English in Action: The English-Speaking Union


National Shakespeare Competition

Welcome to the 35th annual ESU National Shakespeare Competition

Join us!

Click here to order 2018 ESU National Shakespeare Competition t-shirts for competition participants, winners, or just for fun!  Order form open until January 18 (shirts will ship in early February).

Once you have conducted your competition, notify the ESU of your winner with the Branch Winner Entry Form (due March 7, 2018).


2018 Branch Coordinator Handbook

This handbook contains all the information you will need in order to plan and execute your Branch Competition during the 2017-2018 season.  If you have additional questions, please email shakespeare@esuus.org.

  • For other materials referenced in this handbook, please visit the Documents & Forms Page.
  • Download a press release to adapt (red/highlighted fields) for local distribution following your Branch Competition.  Please share any media documents with us that you may distribute about your local competition.  Email shakespeare@esuus.org.
  • Review tips for sharing your competition on social media.
  • Student certificates for branch-level competitions are available upon request (email shakespeare@esuus.org).

Informational Conference Call

Listen to the conference call that was held Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 4:00pm EDT