If you’re new to using rehearsal room approaches to teach Shakespeare, then this course is for you.

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Foundation Certificate Participant, September 2023

"Absolutely amazing two days. Lots of learning, ideas and fun. Thank you both for making the two days extremely thought provoking and insightful, whilst also being extremely fun and engaging!"

Are you passionate about inspiring young people and teaching Shakespeare? This course will help you acquire the knowledge, confidence and skills to begin using our approaches to bring Shakespeare’s plays to life in your classroom.

Upcoming course dates

12-13 February 2024 & 3 June 2024

How to book

Call the RSC Learning Ticket Hotline on 01789 331259, or email learning.boxoffice@rsc.org.uk. Please specify which course you would like to book onto.


  • £450.00 UK State School Teachers
  • £650.00 UK Independent School Teachers
  • £250.00 ECTs (Early Career Teachers)

If you do not see yourself represented in the categories above please see our FAQs page or contact teachers.courses@rsc.org.uk  


Our Foundation Certificate courses are open to any teacher, educator or student who teaches Shakespeare or may teach Shakespeare in the future. No prior experience is required. Equally, experienced teachers are also welcome as this course provides an excellent change to consolidate your knowledge and try new techniques with our rehearsal room approaches.

Attaining our Foundation Certificate automatically qualifies you for our Intermediate Certificate course.

Questions about eligibility? Please get in touch at: teachers.courses@rsc.org.uk


  • Building the foundations: introducing ways of working that will ensure your students are ready to engage with Shakespeare’s plays.
  • Company building: exercises to establish approaching Shakespeare from the perspective of an acting company.
  • Creating the world of the play: ways of introducing or building on existing knowledge of the play.
  • Active close reading: analysing key speeches and scenes through rehearsal and performance.
  • Understanding plot: ways of helping students access Shakespeare’s plots and storylines.
  • Developing inclusive practices: with a particular focus on supporting lower attainers.
  • Practical advice: work with expert subject specialists to discuss adapting the work to your own context and the transferability of our approaches to other texts.
  • Reflective task: a task to further develop teaching practice by considering the opportunities and challenges of working in this way.

COURSE Structure

Day 1, 10am - 4.30pm This day includes an evening performance in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

Day 2, 9am - 3.30pm

Between the first two days of the course and the third there is a gap of time for course participants to apply some of the techniques covered in their classrooms.

Day 3, 10am - 4.30pm

N.B. Course content and structure are subject to change. Full details of each course will be confirmed after booking.


Please visit our dedicated FAQs page.

If you cannot find the answer you're looking for, please get in touch: teachers.courses@rsc.org.uk