Shakespeare Summer School

SHAX 2014 v1

3 – 16 August 2014
Programme Director: Dr Fred Parker

The 2014 Shakespeare Summer School celebrates the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth – as well as its own 20th anniversary – with a rich collection of courses, lectures, and special events.

Who can apply?

Programmes are open to university students, professionals and those with other life experience; gap-year students preparing for university may also apply (students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian if under 18 when the programme commences). Participants must also meet our language requirements.

How to apply

To apply for this programme, first select the courses you wish to study from the list below.

Please download an application form and submit by fax or post. Online booking is now closed.

For more information about other Summer School programmes please visit:

The academic programme

  • Four special subject courses
    (two for each week)
  • Plenary course RS0
    Shakespeare's World
  • Evening lectures

Special subject courses

You choose two courses per week, each has five sessions. You are expected to engage in preparatory work to gain the greatest benefit from your studies.

Week 1 (3 – 9 August)

Group Ra: 9.15am – 10.45am

Ra1 "And kinde with kinde confound": Shakespeare's bending of genre
Ra2 The Tempest in performance: "O brave new world..."
Ra3 Two problem comedies: All’s Well That Ends Well and Measure for Measure
Ra4 Shakespeare and other sonneteers

Group Sa: 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Sa1 Shakespeare and love
Sa2 Love's Labours Lost: "the wonder of the world"
Sa3 An essence that’s not seen: appearance and reality in Othello
Sa4 Staging History in Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V - Cancelled

Week 2 (10 – 16 August)

Group Rb: 9.15am – 10.45am

Rb1 Justice and fortune in The Merchant of Venice
Rb2 The Tempest in performance: "O brave new world..."
Rb3 First world, (not so) green world
Rb4 King Richard III and Macbeth: tragedies of tyranny

Group Sb: 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Sb1 King Lear
Sb2 Two Roman tragedies
Sb3 Shakespeare's late plays
Sb4 Staging History in Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V - Cancelled

Plenary lectures

The theme of the morning lecture programme is Shakespeare's World. Lectures will open up new connections both within and beyond the works. Speakers will include such eminent Shakespeareans as Catherine Belsey, Kate McLuskie and Catherine Alexander, as well as members from the English faculty in Cambridge.

Evening lectures

These lectures are broader in scope and include introductions to the optional excursions.


Accommodation is available for participants who want to stay in a Cambridge College. Please see the accommodation options available for this programme.

Non-residential attendance is also available if participants prefer to find their own lodgings.

Programme fees

Programme fees include tuition, bed, breakfast and evening meals unless otherwise indicated.

Click here to see the options available.

Pre-enrolment information

Booking terms and conditions


2014 brochure as a PDF (5.31MB)
Application form as a PDF (113KB)

Contact us

University of Cambridge
International Programmes
Institute of Continuing Education
Madingley Hall
United Kingdom
CB23 8AQ

Tel: +44 (0) 1223 760850
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 760848


Teaching and assessment is in English. Students for whom English is not their first language should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Summer Schools brochure download page.