Top directors, actors & practitioners lead London-based Summer School
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Top directors, actors & practitioners lead London-based Summer School

Six-day long workshops both daytime and evening at The Playground Theatre

Sharing Shakespeare Summer School 
14-19 June, 10 to 4.30 and 5.30 to 9.30pm
with Lucy Bailey, Michael Corbidge, Philip Cumbus, Sarah Sayeed and Emma Lucia Hands 


Sharing Shakespeare Workshops - a week-long summer school of theatre courses | Line-Up (

* discount for whole school booking and under-25s get 25 per cent off! 

* open to all 

* unique access to practitioners working at the top of their profession 

* check out our brochure for all the details 

* once on the landing page for the booking line you will see a calendar - click on the time and date for the workshop you want to book

(you can book the whole school by clicking on 10am, Monday, June 14. Under 25s can claim their discount as it asks for payment. There is also the option to book all three of Sarah Sayeed's workshops at a discount price.)

Building on the reputation of its last five summer schools in Italy, the UK-based theatre company and charity is bringing its workshop programme to London. The stimulating and exciting programme features acclaimed directors, actors and practitioners exploring Shakespeare’s texts, dramatic styles and putting scenes on their feet. This is a unique opportunity for participants, whether they be actors and directors themselves or students and Shakespeare enthusiasts, to work with some of the UK’s most accomplished artists. Individual workshops can be booked or the summer school as a whole. Situated in Latimer Road, W10, The Playground Theatre, is one of the newest, most exciting off-west end venues, working with established and emerging artists nationally and across the globe. The playing area is spacious, with plenty of room for social distancing.   

The programme

  • Renowned Director Lucy Bailey and Senior RSC text and voice coach Michael Corbidge will explore simultaneously Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’ and a new translation by Mike Poulton of the Commedia dell’Arte play, ‘Gl’Ingannati’ or ‘The Deceived’, which it is thought Shakespeare used as his inspiration. Lucy has led work at three of our summer schools in Italy and is a firm favourite with the attendees. She has directed extensively at Shakespeare’s Globe, The RSC, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath, The Crucible, Sheffield and countless other UK theatres. Michael has been teaching, writing and directing around the world and online for 35 years in theatre, drama schools, community theatre and the corporate world. 16 - 19 June.
  • Philip Cumbus is a brilliant young actor, director and teacher, who already has performed in 14 productions at Shakespeare’s Globe. He works extensively with students at RADA and other drama schools and will bring his considerable experience to chosen texts. 14-15 June
  • Sarah Sayeed is a musician, vocal artist, composer, writer and workshop facilitator who has worked at both the RSC and Globe. She has more than 15 years of experience working collaboratively with a range of artists. Over the first three evenings Sarah offers a range of workshops. Monday 14th   Free Your Voice - Discover your own natural voice, exploring different ways of working with range and dynamics. We will focus on expression, intent and clarity as we explore extracts from Shakespeare’s texts and dialogue. Tuesday 15th This session will explore ways of scoring a piece of Shakespeare’s text. We will discover natural resources the actor or performer can utilise in scoring using the body, through instruments and the voice. Each attendee will create their own unique graphic composition which can be brought to life in myriad ways. Wednesday 16th – The Art of the Speech. What makes a good speech and how do we best approach it? Exploring different methods of approaching speech through language, meaning, voice work and delivery.
  • Emma Lucia Hands will lead three evening sessions on one of Shakespeare’s most enduring and best loved comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  A respected director and producer, for many years, along with her husband Terry Hands, Emma was part of the team which created the international reputation of Wales’ prestigious theatre Clwyd Theatr, Cymru. Currently she is Interim Head of School at Drama Studio London and led a highly successful module on The Two Gentlemen of Verona at our 2019 Summer School in Florence. Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th.
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