Modern Shakespeare: London & Stratford-upon-Avon

Early-bird discount

Get a 10% discount on 2017 Summer Study Abroad courses at Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts when you apply by 31 January 2017.

From the historic Globe Theatre and the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse to the performances archives at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London offers incredible resources to complement your studies.

Your learning will be enhanced by a three day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, where you will delve further into key texts and gain an in depth understanding into the context which Shakespeare is studied today.

Course details

Through lectures, visits, backstage tours, discussion groups and performances, this course offers you the opportunity to engage with modern and contemporary interpretations of Shakespeare in London and Stratford-upon-Avon through an intensive three week programme.  From the historic Globe Theatre and the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse to the performances archives at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London offers incredible resources to complement your studies. 

You will be based at Wimbledon College of Arts, a specialist art college with theatre as one of its key subject areas. Responding to a brief, you will develop a concept and visually communicate your ideas using key Shakespeare texts as a starting point. You will learn about the creative processes used in staging Shakespeare and how these have evolved over time and attend three theatre performances which will be contextualised in group seminars and form the basis of your research. 

Your learning will be enhanced by a three day trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare.  You will work with experts at the Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust and see a performance at the Royal Shakespeare Company to delve further into key texts and gain an in depth understanding into the context which Shakespeare is studied today

Modern Shakespeare: London & Stratford-upon-Avon is an intense course with teaching taking place between 10.00 and 16.00 most days, although there will be some time for self directed study. 

Dates and fees

Dates 2017

Summer: 3 July - 21 July 2017

Fees

£1,795*

*Early-bird discount of 10% will be applied to all applications received by 31 January 2017

Theatre performances

Students will see 3 theatre performances.  The cost of tickets is included in the course fee.  Performances for summer 2017 will be confirmed in early 2017.  Performances for Summer 2016 were:

  • ‘A Midsummers Night Dream’ at Shakespeare’s Globe
  • ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in the West End
  • ‘Hamlet’ at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon trip

A three day, tutor-led study trip to Stratford-upon-Avon takes place in week 2 of the course. 

Travel, shared accommodation in a centrally located hotel, breakfast, all entrance fees are included in the programme fee.  

Tutor

Chris Hill is a freelance theatre director who trained on the MFA Theatre Directing at Birkbeck. He has worked with a range of companies including West Yorkshire Playhouse, Birmingham Rep, Opera North, Headlong, The National Theatre and the Lowry.