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  • Locations: London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
LondonWhy this class?
See Shakespeare in an entirely new light! Unlock the secret to performing Shakespeare’s work. Explore the language and theatre of the world’s greatest playwright through the use of the First Folio of 1623. Using Shakespeare’s own methods, students will learn how to interpret text and build a foundation for inspiring performances.
With the rigorous performance schedule of the repertory system during Shakespeare’s day, there was no time to rehearse. Therefore, Shakespeare created a system that quickly and efficiently provided the actor with the entirety of the character. He achieved this by placing essential clues for the actors directly into the text! Unfortunately, since that time, many editors have removed this vital, intended text and deleted important acting clues in the name of regularity. The First Folio is the most authentic manual available to Shakespearean actors today.  Students will learn how to decode the language, spelling, punctuation and lineage preserved in the First Folio of 1623.  Action and subtext become clear and performances become exhilarating for both actor and audience.  First Folio Technique is the foundation of Chicago Shakespeare Theatre where Professor Long also teaches the technique.
Why go to London?
What better place to go than to study the Bard’s work – London!
Students will be immersed in the life and plays of the world’s greatest playwright William Shakespeare where he actually lived and worked – London and Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • You will be taken down the streets, into the theatres, and through the homes gaining, through first-hand experience, the places and people that inspired Shakespeare’s plays
  • You will participate in professional workshops that will build upon the work we have begun in the States:
  • Advanced Globe Workshop
  • Half day workshop with the Royal Shakespeare Company
  • You will experience Shakespeare’s plays as they were meant to be experienced –on the stage of the Globe Theatre in London. 
  • You will visit several world famous theatres in London and Stratford attending backstage tours and engaging in meaningful dialogue and discussion with working theatre professionals. 
    • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
    • Royal Shakespeare Theatre
    • Theatre Royal Drury Lane
    • National Theatre Complex
  • You will attend three plays throughout our stay at: The Globe Theatre, The National Theatre, and The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon.You will be introduced to the major historical sites and museums of Shakespeare’s hometown as well as the cultural offerings of London
Estimated Price: $3800
  • ​Round-trip airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Harper Tuition
  • Daily breakfast 
  • Professional workshops
  • Theatre tickets
  • Backstage tours
  • Admission to Anne Hathaway's cottage and Shakespeare's birthplace
  • Transportation in-country
Email Professor Kevin Long,, with any questions about the program. If you have any questions about the application, email


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