The English-Speaking Union

TLab: Travel and Learn Abroad

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Summer 2023

PROGRAM Description

Join Us in Stratford-upon-Avon in the Summer of 2023!

Page to Stage Program: July 17 - 23, 2023


Page to Stage' immersive week with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Immerse yourself in the language and world of Shakespeare with experts from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.  Based in the historic sites of Harvard House and Hall's Croft, you will enjoy interactive, illustrated talks from emminent scholars on a range of topics including: Shakespeare's Life, Times and Legacy; Shakespeare in Performance; Music in Shakespeare's Theatre; The First Folio in its anniversary year; current research trends in Shakespeare Studies.  There will also be an opportunity to learn more about the Trust's treasures held in its archives and collections through a Q&A with its collections experts.

The course will include behind the scenes tours and museum visits as well performances at the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company and Globe theatres. [Plays still to be confirmed.]

To set you up for the theatre visits you will engage in pre-performance talks on the plays being seen, along with faciitated group post-performance discussions and a chance to talk with members of the RSC's acting company.

All of this is designed to give you a new perspective on how Shakespeare's legacy is celebrated in Stratford-upon-Avon and continues to shape people's lives not just in the town of his birth but around the world.

This travel-learning experience is perfect for anyone interested in cultural exploration, lifelong learning, or just having a uniquely English experience.  It's also an excellent opportunity for English, social studies, and theater teachers of all experience levels (including pre-service and retired), and others who are eager to engage in learning with world-class scholars and educators in a historic setting.

Includes accommodations, admission to all sites, meals as listed, performance tickets, transportation to the Globe and airport transfers. An ESU representative will also be present. Enjoy every planned activity or explore Stratford at your leisure. We are planning a full itinerary but you decide what to enjoy!

FOR REFERENCE ONLY: 2020 Program Information

2023 Program Information Available early January 2023

July 12-18, 2020

Immerse yourself in the language and world of Shakespeare.  Through theatrical performances at the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, lectures with eminent scholars, exclusive behind-the-scenes tours, and museum visits, you will explore Shakespeare's family homes, enjoy the sites and shops that make Stratford-upon-Avon a unique destination, and gain a new perspective on how the Bard's legacy continues to shape our lives today. Enjoy Royal Shakespeare Company performances including The Comedy of Errors, Peer Gynt, The Winter's Tale, and Europeana, and one to-be-announced performance at Shakespeare's Globe.

Includes accommodations, admission to all sites, meals as listed, performance tickets, transportation to the Globe and airport transfers. An ESU representative will also be present. Enjoy every planned activity or explore Stratford at your leisure. We've planned a full itinerary but you decide what to enjoy!

2020  Schedule (fOR REFERENCE ONLY)

July 12 July 13 July 14 July 15 July 16 July 17 July 18

1:00 pm

Coach pick-up from LHR

Breakfast  at hotel

Breakfast at hotel

Group post-performance discussion of The Comedy of Errors

Breakfast at hotel

"Shakespeare's Stages" group discussion

Breakfast at hotel

Americans and Stratford upon Avon: a talk with Roger Pringle 

Breakfast at hotel

Group post-performance discussion of A Winter's Tale

9:00 am

Coach transfer to LHR 

Group pre-performance talk on The Comedy of Errors

Shakespeare's Sonnets
Paul Edmondson  [subject to availability]

Meet world-renowned editor and expert Sir Stanley Wells

Group pre-performance talk on Peer Gynt

Trust Treasures: marvels from the Birthplace archives

Explore Texts Through Time a display of historic and rare documents from the archives

Meet the Artists of the Royal Shakespeare Company: Q&A Session on A Winter's Tale

Behind the Scenes Tour at Royal Shakespeare Theater

Guided visit to Anne Hathaway's  Cottage followed by an included proper English afternoon tea in the garden.  Excursion to Shakespeare's Globe Theater in London via luxury coach
Visit to 
Shakespeare's Birthplace

Visit to 
New Place
Visit to Mary Arden's Farm

6:00 pm
Welcome Dinner at Hall's Croft in Old Town

7:30 pm
Performance of 
The Comedy of Errors at Royal Shakespeare Theater
7:30 pm
Performance of Peer Gynt at the Swan Theater at RSC
7:15 pm
Globe performance TBD

7:15 pm
Performance of The Winter's Tale at Royal Shakespeare Theater

7:15 pm

Performance of Europeana at the Swan Theater at RSC


PROGRAM COST (for reference only)

2020 Program cost for Reference Only: Singles: $2,200 or $2000 for early birds and teachers. Pairs: $1,900 each, or $1700 each for early birds and teachers. Early bird bookings by February 1, 2020


  • Welcome dinner at Hall's Croft
  • Tickets to four Royal Shakespeare Company productions, plus one production at Shakespeare's Globe
  • Admission and guided tours of Shakespeare historic houses
  • Welcome tea at Anne Hathaway's cottage
  • Coach transfers from London-Heathrow to Stratford-upon-Avon 

Deposit of $500 is required with registration and must be paid in full within two weeks of registration or the registrant forfeits their spot in program.  Invoice for balance of program cost is sent ten weeks prior to course.  Full balance is due within two weeks of receiving the invoice.

ESU TLab scholarships are not available for this program, but we encourage those interested to consult this fundraising guide.




  • Professor Sir Stanley Wells, CBE, FRSL, Honorary President and Former Chairman of the Trustees of Shakespeare's Birthplace, Emeritus Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the University of Birmingham, and Honorary Emeritus Governor of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre
  • Reverend Dr. Paul Edmondson, Head of Research and Knowledge and Director of the Stratford-upon-Avon Poetry Festival
  • Dr. Nick Walton, Shakespeare Courses Development Manager at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust 
  • Lisa Peter, International Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
  • Roger Pringle, Academic, Former Director of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
  • Royal Shakespeare Company cast members



This course constitutes approximately 30 contact hours of professional development.  Participants who complete the course receive a certificate of attendance upon request.


Housing at the White Swan Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon is included in the program cost. 

Travel to and from the UK is not included. Transfers to and from London's Heathrow Airport is included in your program fee (if arriving within prescribed window; information will be issued upon registration). 

The ESU recommends you wait to purchase your plane ticket until the course is confirmed (or, make insured and/or refundable arrangements).

The ESU strongly suggests you purchase travel insurance to protect your investment (preferably with a clause allowing for program cancellation).




All reservations and payments must be complete by April 9, 2020

  • Registration is non-competitive and accepted on a rolling basis.
  • A deposit payment of $500 is required with registration via credit card
  • Invoice will be issued twelve weeks prior to course.
  • Balance will be due ten weeks prior to course.
  • Course is limited to 25 participants.



Refund Policy:  The deposit is non-refundable.  This course is non-refundable, unless the course is cancelled, in which case deposit will be refunded in full.  If you are not able to attend the course due to emergency circumstances, you will be refunded minus an administration fee only if there is a waitlist applicant who will be able to attend the program in your place.

The English-Speaking Union of the United States (ESU) and/or the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust reserves the right to change predetermined course schedules should it be necessary.  The ESU is not responsible for any entities that provide services during your course, including but not limited to the institution with which you are studying, housing, or accommodation facilities, airline, or other travel agencies.  In participating in this TLab-UK program you must agree to sign the ESU's Waiver and Release of Liability.

Completion of a registration form indicates commitment to attending the course and fulfilling any associated invoices.  Participants are billed 12 weeks prior to program in US dollars, based on current exchange rates and including transaction fees.  Full balance is due from participants within two weeks of receipt of invoice.  Program cost is non-refundable.

Travelers are responsible for medical insurance, most meals, travel, travel insurance, and incidentals.

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