The English-Speaking Union

Travel and Learn Abroad in the UK  ESU TLab Summer Programs

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust 1-Week "Page to Stage" Program

PROGRAM Description

Page to Stage 1-Week Program July 2024 Details Coming Soon! Summer 2023 Program Information Below For Reference Only

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 (home of Shakespeare's daughter), 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 facilitated 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 at the White Swan Hotel, admission to all sites, breakfast daily, performance tickets and transportation to Shakespeare's Globe in London. 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! Following is the initial program. Please Note: it is subject to adjustment depending on speaker and RSC tour availability. All classes will take place at the Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Startford-upon-Avon. 

2023 Schedule 

Mon July 17 Tue July 18 Wed July 19 Thu July 20 Fri July 21 Sat July 22 Sun July 23



Breakfast  at hotel

Welcome & Introduction with Dr. Nick Walton. Talk on "Brand Shakespeare - Who is Shakespeare, What is He?"

Visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace

Breakfast at hotel

Group post-performance discussion of led by Dr Darren Freebury-Jones of  As You LIke It

Refreshment Break

RSC Q&A of As You Like It 

Breakfast at hotel

Talk on the First Folio by Dr Darren Freebury-Jones. 

Visit to Shakespeare's New Place including the First Folio exhibition led by Rev Dr. Paul Edmondson

Breakfast at hotel

Group post-performance discussion led by Dr Jennier Waghorn on "The Empress"|

Refreshment Break

Breakfast at hotel

Visit to Anne Hathaway's Cottage

9:00 am

Depart after Breakfast  

Q&A with Collections Team chaired by Dr. Jennifer Waghorn. Also includes items from the Collections

Refreshment Break

Voice class with Jonathan Broadbent (TBC) 

Talk on Shakespeare in Performance including reference to orignal staging conditions by Dr Nick Walton

"When a man hath a familiar style" A Survey of Methods in Authorship Attribution Studies"  with Dr Darren Freebury-Jones  archives

Pre-Performance Talk on Macbeth by Dr Nick Walton

 RSC Theatre Tour (subject to availability)

Pre-performance talk on "As You Like It" with Dr. Darren Freebury-Jones

 Talk on Shakespeare in Performance including reference to orignal staging conditions by Dr Nick Walton Talk on "Music in Shakespeare's Theatre" with Dr Jenifer Waghorn

Coach pick-up from Windsor Street Coach Park for excursion to Globe Theatre in London 

Free-time to explore Stratford at your leisure

6:00 pm
Welcome Dinner at White Swan Hotel

7:15 pm
Performance of 
"As You Like It" at Royal Shakespeare Theater
Evening Free to Explore Stratford at your leisure 7:30 pm
Performance of "The Empress" at the Swan Theatre

7:30 pm
Performance of Macbeth

Coach transfer back to Stratford-upon-Avon



Starting at $2000 per person


  • Tickets to two Royal Shakespeare Company productions 
  • Tickets to one production at Shakespeare's Globe in London (including round-trip coach)
  • Exclusive RSC Theatre Tour
  • Admission and guided visit of Shakespeare's Birthplace, Shakespeare's New Place & Anne Hathaway's Cottage
  • Talk on The First Folio and Q & A with a member of the Collections Team
  • Q&A with a cast member of the RSC acting company
  • Accommodation at  historic White Swan Hotel with private bath
  • Breakfast daily & Welcome Dinner at White Swan Hotel

    • Dr. Anjna Chouhan - Senior Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
    • Dr. Nick Walton, Shakespeare Courses Development Manager at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust 
    • Dr. Darren Freebury-Jones,  Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
    • Dr. Jenifer Waghorn,  Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
    • Royal Shakespeare Company cast member

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.

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


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


Accommodations at the charming and historic White Swan Hotel in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon is included in the program cost. All rooms have a double bed and private bath. Room assignments are based on order of registration. Price below is the full program, per person price:

$2200 - Grand double room; $2000 Classic double room

International Air is Not included

The ESU recommends you only purchase refundable/chageable flights



  • Registration is non-competitive and accepted on a rolling basis.Spaces are limited, so book now!
  • A deposit payment of $500 is required with registration via credit card
  • Invoice will be issued after receipt of registration.
  • Balance will be due within 1 week.


Cancellation Policy 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 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.


Alice Uhl at: or 212-818-1200, ext 212




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