Hear from leading academics, actors, directors and RSC staff about Shakespeare, the shows on our stages and theatre.

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ABOUT THE SUMMER SCHOOL 

The 77th RSC Summer School will be held between 12 and 16 August 2024 in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Through a carefully curated programme, based in our main auditorium, you will meet and hear from leading members of the acting companies and creative teams to explore the choices made for the productions in the 2024/25 season. Participants will have the opportunity to find out more about how theatre is made at the RSC, step onto the main stage to fill the auditorium with Shakespeare’s language, understand music as an aural design for a production and learn how the impact of the play changes through composition and sound design. You will also hear from leading academics, curated by The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, who will challenge and enable us to look at the plays through a different lens.

 

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Cost

£200 in person for the week (does not include performance tickets)

Session and Day Tickets

£50 in person day tickets (excluding 15 August) will be available to purchase on the day at the Box Office.

Individual session tickets at £20 will be available to purchase on the day at the Box Office. Subject to availability. These tickets are not available to purchase in advance. 

Online Sessions

£10 per session. Information about the programme of streamed events will be announced in the Spring.

Performances

Participants are encouraged to book to see the shows that will be discussed over the course of the week. You can book to see these in advance or if you wish to see them during the week of the Summer School we recommend:

The Merry Wives of Windsor, Monday 12 August, 7.15pm, Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Pericles, Tuesday 13 August, 7.30pm, Swan Theatre

The School for Scandal, Wednesday 14 August, 7.15pm, Royal Shakespeare Theatre

As You Like It, Thursday 15 August, 5pm, The Holloway Garden Theatre

N.B performance tickets are not included in the cost of the Summer School

Speakers

This year will include speakers from our 2024/25 productions, RSC staff and leading academics. We are delighted to announce attendance from the following:

  • Michael Corbidge, Voice Practitioner
  • Michael Dobson, Director, The Shakespeare Institute
  • Alfred Enoch (Pericles)
  • Siubhan Harrison (The School for Scandal)
  • Tamara Harvey, Co-Artistic Director
  • John Hodgkinson (The Merry Wives of Windsor)
  • Bruce O'Neil, Head of Music
  • Samantha Spiro (The Merry Wives of Windsor)
  • Geoffrey Streatfeild (The School for Scandal)

The full programme of events and speakers will be published in due course. 

Any enquires please contact summer@rsc.org.uk   


The RSC Summer School is delivered in collaboration with The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham.
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The work of the RSC Creative, Learning and Engagement department is generously supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Clore Duffield Foundation, Foyle Foundation, GRoW @ Annenberg, The Polonsky Foundation, The Mackintosh Foundation, The Thompson Family Charitable Trust, Halabi Thomaz Foundation, Stratford Town Trust, LSEG Foundation, The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity, John S Cohen Foundation, HDH Wills 1965 Charitable Trust, Teale Charitable Trust, The Grimmitt Trust, Sir James Knott Trust, The Oakley Charitable Trust, Misses Barrie Charitable Trust, and The Wyfold Charitable Trust

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