"O for a muse of fire..."
Immerse yourself in the world of Shakespeare through study and performance. Acting Shakespeare is an intensive 6-week experience in London, England that combines classes, excursions and performance opportunities all led by professional actors. Learn new techniques, hone your acting skills and discover the joy of performing the plays of England's greatest playwright.
Learn Cue Script Technique, a unique approach to Shakespeare that supports both experienced and beginning actors to create bold performances in just a few short weeks with no intense rehearsal. Included in this course is:
Acting Shakespeare (Cue Script Technique)
Voice and Movement Classes
Stage Combat Foundation Certificate
Shakespeare Solo Speeches (optional LAMDA Exam)
There are opportunities for one-to-one coaching and personal development to help gap year students build skills that will support career plans and further study, either in theatre or other subjects.
At a Glance
Sept 20th - Oct 31st, 2021
Connect this program to France for a 12-week experience:
Nov 1st - Dec 13th, 2021
Open to any students between the ages of 18 - 22. Requires an online application and supporting materials.
$8475 USD per session. There is a 5% discount if you enroll in multiple sessions.
There are a range of scholarships available for this program.
Consider this program if:
you are interested in Shakespeare
you want a structured acting course in a residential setting
you have acting experience and want to boost your skills or prepare for drama school auditions
you have no experience in acting and want to start
Faculty on this program
Andrea has been the Director of Berridge Programs since 2008. Previously, she was Executive Director of Oxbridge Programs and has led academic enrichment programs at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and in London, Paris and Barcelona. Andrea is a trained actor, costume designer, meditation teacher and acting coach.
Dan is an actor and director in London. He trained at Drama Studio and holds an MA from Cambridge University. Recent credits include the world tour of Lionboy with Complicite. Dan has acted with the National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company and was a company member of the Young Vic Theatre for 6 years. Dan has taught at Drama Centre, Central School of Speech and Drama and East 15.
Simon is an actor, director and teacher based in London. He has a degree from University of Durham and attended Academy of Live and Recorded Arts. Simon has taught at Stanford University, Singapore Repertory Theatre, Oxford University, Loyola Marymount University, Drama Studio London and LAMDA.
Diarmaid is an actor and writer in London, England. He is a graduate of the MA Acting Program at East 15. He was the Company Manager of the Shakespeare Program for The Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University for many years and has guided hundreds of students through their classical acting training with the Globe Theatre in London.
Cecily is an actor and singer from London. She is a graduate of École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq and the Brit School with a BTEC First & BTEC National in Performing Arts . Recent stage credits include The Wind and the Willows for Gobbledigook Theatre , Dial M For Murder with London Repertory Players and The Frida Kahlo Of Penge West for KP Productions.
Expand technique and skills with Shakespeare in performance
Perform a full length play
Earn a Stage Combat Certificate
Earn a LAMDA qualification
Encourage critical thinking and creative problem solving skills
Strengthen both verbal and written communication of creative ideas
Provide a rich cultural and historical study abroad experience
Provide an experience of living independently
Cultivate collaborative spirit and community mindedness
Improve time management, self-reflection and self-evaluation skills
Living in London
Experience life in London, one of the world’s most artistically vibrant cities. You’ll live in a University of London residence hall as you attend weekday classes with professional actors and directors. London has so much to see and weekends will be unstructured time so you can explore the city and soak it all in. Explore a museum or gallery, take a cruise down The Thames or stroll through Hyde Park or Regent’s Park. Shop in Oxford Circus or take in a West End show. We can book theatre tickets for you, recommend restaurants and help you make the most of your time in London. This program can be done on its own or connected to our Acting On Camera program in France for an unforgettable 12-week gap year in two stunning European destinations.
Trips and Excursions
There is nowhere better in the world to study Shakespeare than in England. You’ll see Shakespeare plays at the National Theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Royal Shakespeare Company. There is a weekend excursion to Stratford-Upon-Avon, where we will visit Holy Trinity Church, the resting place of the Bard and have a backstage tour at the RSC before taking in a performance. You’ll also enjoy an “insiders” view of London with visits to the costume collection at the V&A Museum, lunch out at Covent Garden, shopping at Old Spitalfields Market and we’ll have guided tours of all of must see sites including the Tower of London, British Museum and Tate Modern Gallery.
Connect to France
Connect this program to our ACTING ON CAMERA in France for a 12-week experience in two European destinations. Live in an 18th century chateau in in the heart of Normandy, France and study acting with industry professionals from around the world.