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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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Shakespeare is at once familiar and disconcertingly strange; easy to praise, hard to read, let alone perform. The things that estrange us from the plays and poems—linguistic change, unstable texts, uncertain contexts--have gradually slipped out of general view, producing a version of Shakespeare that sounds suspiciously like ourselves. This course, by examining ten plays via a selection of manageable excerpts, will try to restore something of Shakespeare’s image, by freeing it from the film of familiarity. The emphasis will be securely on the language, however insecure our knowledge of that is.


Fees & bursaries


The course fee includes tuition, tea, coffee and lunch and travel on excursions (but not entrance fees to properties visited).

VAT does not apply to course fees and there is no service charge (gratuities to domestic staff are left to your discretion).


You may cancel a course booking at any time. After the 14 day cancellation period has expired, the standard ICE course cancellation policy will apply. Please view our refund and cancellation policy for further details.


The Cambridge University Press (CUP) Bursary Fund offers a bursary of 50% of the course fee to applicants who teach in a UK state school or state-funded further education institution, applying to study a day school, weekend course or online course.

Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

Course dates

07 Nov 2019 to 05 Dec 2019

Course duration

5 Weeks

Apply by

01 Nov 2019

Course fee


Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits


Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

Course code