The English-Speaking Union of the United


National Shakespeare Competition

Welcome to the 35th annual ESU National Shakespeare Competition

Join us!

To register your branch for the 2018 season, complete the 2018 Branch Participation Agreement Form by Friday, September 15, 2018.

Click here to order 2018 ESU National Shakespeare Competition t-shirts for competition participants, winners, or just for fun!  Order form open until December 13 (shirts will ship in early January).


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

For other materials referenced in this handbook, please visit the Documents & Forms Page.

Informational Conference Call

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


Coming soon

  • Pre-competition Press Release for local distribution
  • Post-competition Press Release for local distribution
  • Student certificates for branch-level competitions are available upon request (email