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Young Academics’ Summer School (Ages 16–19) (2020)

An online course to attend via Zoom

 17 – 21 AUGUST 2020          AT HOME

An immersive five-day online course particularly suited to students aged 16–19 who are going on to study English Literature at university. You will work with leading academics, actors and dramaturges and will explore the social, political and cultural context in which Shakespeare and his contemporaries were writing.

This is the perfect course if you are interested in deepening and enriching your understanding of Shakespeare and the unique spaces for which he wrote. It would be the ideal first step if you are looking to extend your interest and understanding of Elizabethan and Jacobean drama.

You will have the opportunity to participate in stimulating online lectures and seminars and discuss Shakespeare’s influence on English Literature as a master of comedy, tragedy and history.

As part of the online course you will:

  • Work with leading Shakespeare practitioners and actors.
  • Conduct in-depth textual analysis of Shakespeare’s plays
  • Attend academic lectures and seminars.
  • Watch and discuss seminal productions from Shakespeare’s Globe’s performance archive.
  • Receive a certificate upon completion of the course.

Course information

Course dates
17–21 August 2020 inclusive
Monday – Friday 10.00–16.30

Course fees:
Full rate £500
Early Bird rate £450 (apply before 11.50pm 24 July)
Concession rate £400 (available to participants from households who are in receipt of universal credit)

A £2.50 transaction fee per order applies online


If you have any questions regarding the course, please email us.


Those who:

  • Are aged 16-19.
  • Have an interest in Shakespeare.
  • Have a level of confidence in English which will enable you to cope with close analysis of Shakespeare’s language.
  • Have a reliable internet connection.
  • Can access Zoom via a laptop, desktop computer or tablet.
  • Can access a quiet room or space with room to move around to take part in the online seminars and workshops.


‘I have been fascinated by the debate about whether Shakespeare’s plays should be adapted to appeal to modern audiences, (e.g. engaging in current affairs.) It has left me with lots to consider!’

— Young Academics’ Course 2019

‘I’ve had a really great time and met some really great people.’

— Young Academics’ Course 2019

‘Mary is absolutely lovely! Thank you to everyone who helped out for being so welcoming and friendly!’

— Young Academics’ Course 2019

‘I can’t wait to use this knowledge in my A Level exam next year, it will be so beneficial. I want to go into acting so this has helped me to see the academic side and delve more into the language.’

— Young Academics’ Course 2019