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.
1564 – The Year of Shakespeare’s BirthAs it is the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare this year, this series of blogs will explore events and everyday life for every 50 years since, using items from across our collections. It makes sense to start at the beginning…
Embracing Shakespearian conversation in a digital age, Blogging Shakespeare is the blog created, hosted and (often) written by the learning team.
3rd Notre Dame Wells Shakespeare LectureThis year’s Shakespeare lecture in honour of Professor Stanley Wells C.B.E. was given by Professor Ann Thompson of King’s College London. Her talk was called ‘”You need not tell us what Lord Hamlet said”.: Have we…