The English-Speaking Union

The English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition

For ESU Branches ONLY

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This page contains documents and forms for ESU Branches participating in the ESU National Shakespeare Competition. Please do not use these forms if you are not an authorized ESU Branch Officer, Branch Shakespeare Coordinator, or Regional Competition Coordinator. Please scroll down for links to important forms and competition information. 

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The 2023 ESU Nationals Shakespeare Competition Semi-finals will be held LIVE in New York City.

Because this will be our first live competition post-COVID, we ask that you please adhere to these deadlines as that will help us to facilitate the safe travel of all our branch champions. 

Branch competitions must conclude before March 5. Branch Winner Forms are due by March 5

The Winner Packet, which includes a branch winner's travel information and waiver, photo release and other competition information is due by March 10. National will send this form directly to your branch champion when we receive your Branch Winner Form. Winner Packet will include a video submission for participation in the People's Choice Award.

Finals will be held live in New York City on April 24th, 2023. Location will be announced in winter 2023. 

As ALL Branch Champions will be travelling to New York City, the Branch Participation Fee returns to the usual $600.

Click below for important Branch resources for the National Shakespeare Competition! 

2023 Branch Shakespeare Participation Form 

2023 Branch Winner Form

2023 Branch National Shakespeare Competition Handbook 

Link to the School Participation Forms for all branches (these are currently in the process of being updated. If your form still says 2022 it has not yet been updated.)

Link to the School Winner Forms for all branches (these are currently in the process of being updated. If your form still says 2022 it has not yet been updated.)