Shakespeare Summer School
2 – 15 August 2015
Programme Director: Dr Fred Parker
The 2015 Shakespeare Summer School celebrates its 21st 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
Applications for 2015 will open in December 2014 when the new programmes go live.
For more information about other Summer School programmes please visit:
The academic programme
- Four special subject courses
(two for each week)
- Plenary course RS0
Truth and Fiction
- 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.
9.15am – 10.45am
Ra1 - The Falstaff plays: Henry IV and The Merry Wives
Ra2 - Slow reading: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Ra3 - Hamlet's problems
Ra4 - "Love is merely a madness": As you Like It
2.00pm – 3.30pm
Sa1 - "So much blood ...": Macbeth
Sa2 - The Taming of the Shrew and other early comedies
Sa3 - Romanticising Shakespeare
Sa4 - Mortality and mercy in Measure for Measure
Group Rb: 9.15am – 10.45am
Rb1 - Shakespeare’s strange last plays
Rb2 - Shakespeare and the shapes of history
Rb3 - Antony and Cleopatra: a Roman thought about Egypt
Rb4 - Shakespeare’s troublesome endings
2.00pm – 3.30pm
Sb1 - 'So much blood …": Macbeth
Sb2 - Much Ado About Nothing and Othello
Sb3 - Justice in King Lear
Sb4 - Shakespeare and friends
The theme of the morning lecture programme is Truth and Fiction. 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 Martin Best, lutenist with the Royal Shakespeare Company..
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 include tuition, bed, breakfast and evening meals unless otherwise indicated.
2014 brochure as a PDF (5.31MB)
University of Cambridge
Institute of Continuing Education
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.
2 August 2015
16 August 2015
20 July 2015
1 week options available
International Summer Schools
View the available options (PDF file)