Acting in Shakespeare Plays Explore the world's most celebrated playwright


Acting in Shakespeare Plays

Course Overview

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Shakespeare is arguably the greatest playwright of all time. The aim of this week-long course is to make his work accessible to all. Through workshops and masterclasses, you will explore the vagaries and complexities of Shakespeare’s language, uncovering brilliant characters, fantastic stories and emotional realities.

This informative and popular course is open to anyone over the age of 18 with an interest in acting, either as a student, a professional or those who act ‘just for the fun of it’!

The course culminates with a celebratory meal where you will have the opportunity to discuss the course and any future plans with teaching staff.


This is a full time week long course. Morning classes run between 9.20 to 1.30; afternoons from 2.30 to 6.

Monday registration is at 8.30am

For the remainder of the week you are invited to a group warm up at 8.30 if you wish to take part.

Please note that afternoon sessions can sometimes over-run past 18:00.

The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School is a leading British Drama School

Our standards are professional and exacting. We encourage you to commit fully to the demands of the course and present and conduct yourself accordingly.

We will inform you which play you will be working on no later than one week prior to the commencement of the course.

Please be aware that rehearsals can sometimes overrun and continue longer than timetabled.

"All the World's a Stage"

Join us, join in, and play one of the “many parts”.

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Working relationships made at BOVTS often extend beyond the course, design commission rates are excellent, it’s fantastic to see the graduates embracing successful and rewarding careers as Performance Designers in a professional environment. Angela Davies, Head of Performance Design