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The Young Academics’ Summer School is a one week immersive course particularly suited to students 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 see productions, participate in stimulating lectures and seminars and discuss Shakespeare’s influence on English Literature as a master of comedy, tragedy and history.

You will:

  • watch and discuss Globe productions
  • participate in Q&As with actors
  • work with leading Shakespeare practitioners and actors
  • conduct in-depth textual analysis of Shakespeare’s plays
  • attend academic lectures and seminars at the Globe
  • receive a certificate upon completion of the course

Course information

Course dates to be confirmed

Course fees: to be confirmed

Fees include all tuition and tickets to Globe productions.

Applications available later this year

If you have any questions regarding the course, please email or telephone 020 7902 1478

Frequently asked questions about Summer Schools


Are aged 16-19
Have an interest in Shakespeare
Are able to travel to and from the Globe Independently
Are able to provide your own accommodation
Have a level of confidence in English which will enable you o cope with close analysis of Shakespeare’s language
Are able to attend one early morning session


Are you aged 16 – 19 and live and learn* in the borough of Southwark? Are you an aspiring young actor or literature student? Do you enjoy being on stage, or perhaps you are more interested in studying Shakespeare?

If so, Shakespeare’s Globe are able to offer you a FREE place on our summer school programmes.

To apply, please state that you are applying for the Southwark Student Scheme when completing your application.

The Shakespeare Globe Trust is committed to improving access for disadvantaged pupils, and we contribute to improving educational outcomes in our local area through our admissions policy for our two bursary places at our Summer Schools. As part of this commitment, we prioritise pupils eligible for pupil premium funding in our oversubscription criteria.

All participants under the age of 18 must have the consent of a parent or guardian.

*non-fee paying schools only


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