Students and Enthusiasts
We believe that Shakespeare is for everyone. This section is for all those who are interested in finding out more about William Shakespeare and his works.
Browse these pages to find details of our bespoke courses for visiting groups; from American and European university groups to the Norwegian Shakespeare Society. Join the students and enthusiasts who come from all over the world to enjoy courses with us each year.
You don't have to be a member of a formal group to join in with our learning activities. From short 'Living Shakespeare' courses to family fun, you can find something to suit you.
To follow our thoughts on all things Shakespearian, read our blogs;
- Finding Shakespeare (from the collections team)
- Blogging Shakespeare (from the learning team)
- Living Shakespeare (conversations with visitors to the Birthplace)
- Mary Arden's Farm Blog
You can join in the conversation by leaving us a comment there too!
If you are looking for plot summaries of the plays there are lots to be found on-line. Very detailed ones are available here at Spark Notes.
Door at one of the Shakespeare Houses
Thinking of bring a group (aged 15+) to Stratford-upon-Avon? We offer various course elements which can be combined into a full programme of activity. Listed here are just a few from our selection
Find out more about Shakespeare's life, times and cultural context.
Discursive Learning - Deep Understanding
Informative and fun introduction to Shakespeare's life and times
Spend a day as a Tudor child
Shakespeare and theatre workshop
Romeo and Juliet, true love?
Are Romeo and Juliet really the most romantic of all lovers? Or is their love more folly, infatuation and teenage angst?
Curating digital stories from Shakespeare's work, life and times Finding Shakespeare is the blog belonging to the collections team.
Celebrating International Women’s DayThere are many strong female characters in Shakespeare’s plays and it is well-known that in original performances female parts were usually played by male actors. However, increasingly female actors are cast in traditionally male roles…
Embracing Shakespearian conversation in a digital age, Blogging Shakespeare is the blog created, hosted and (often) written by the learning team.
Worlds ElsewhereI am pleased to post the following on behalf of Andrew Dickson, a journalist at the Guardian and a Fellow of our exciting new project (with University of Warwick) Shakespeare on the Road: “A few years back, when I was just about to start work…