The English-Speaking Union

TLab: Travel and Learn Abroad

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust: This page contains information from our Summer 2019 program. 2020 program information will be posted shortly.

Course Description

From Page to Stage
July 7-13, 2019

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. Royal Shakespeare Company performances include The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, Measure for Measure, The Provoked Wife, and one to-be-announced performance at Shakespeare's Globe.

This travel-learning experience is perfect for anyone interested in cultural exploration, lifelong learning, or just having a unique 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 study with world-class scholars and educators in a historic setting.

2019 Course Schedule (subject to change)

July 7 July 8 July 9 July 10 July 11 July 12 July 13
1:00pm Coach pick-up from LHR Introduction and welcome to the course Group post-performance discussion of The Provoked Wife Shakespeare's Sonnets
Paul Edmondson & Sir Stanley Wells [subject to availability]
Group post-performance discussion of The Taming of the Shrew Group post-performance discussion of As You Like It 9:00am
Coach transfer to LHR 
'Trust Treasures' archive display Talk on Shakespeare's Stages 'Texts Through Time' archive display Talk on As You Like It Royal Shakespeare Company Q&A Session on As You Like It
Visit to Shakespeare's Birthplace  Coach pick-up for trip to Shakespeare's Globe Talk on The Taming of the Shrew

Afternoon tea at the Garden Café

Visit to Anne Hathaway's Cottage
Talk with Roger Pringle [subject to availability]

Visit to Shakespeare's New Place
Tour of Royal Shakespeare Company Theatre [subject to availability]

Visit to Hall's Croft
Welcome Dinner 
Performance of 
The Provoked Wife
TBA Performance at Shakespeare's Globe
Performance of The Taming of the Shrew
Performance of As You Like It



Deadline: April 9, 2019. If you are still interested in Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, please call Betty Roth at 212 818 1200 ext. 246.

Program cost: Singles: $2,150 or $1,950 for early birds and teachers. Pairs: $1,750 each, or $1,550 each for early birds and teachers.


  • Welcome dinner at Hall's Croft
  • Tickets to four Royal Shakespeare Company productions -- The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, Measure for Measure, The Provoked Wife -- plus one production at Shakespeare's Globe
  • Admission and guided tours of Shakespeare houses
  • Excursion and standard admission to Blenheim Palace
  • Afternoon 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. Further details will be issued closer to the program start date.

You are responsible for arranging your travel to and from the UK.  Transfer to and from London Heathrow Airport is included in your program fee (if arriving within prescribed window; information will be issued upon registrations). 

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

You are responsible for travel insurance, which the ESU strongly suggests you purchase (with a clause allowing for program cancellation).




Deadline: April 9, 2019. If you are still interested in Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, please call Betty Roth at 212 818 1200 ext. 246.

  • Registration is non-competitive and accepted on a rolling basis.
  • A deposit payment of $500 is required with registration.  If deposit will be paid by check, registrant will be issued an invoice and the check must be received within two weeks of registration or the registrant will forfeit their spot.
  • Invoice will be issued ten weeks prior to course.
  • Balance will be due eight 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 ten 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.

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

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