For the past eight years the Principal Theatre Company have run a number of SHAKESPEARE WORKSHOPS for professional actors, culminating in showcases of Shakespeare scenes & monologues for industry professionals at RADA’s Theatres, The Lion & Unicorn Theatre, or at The Etcetera Theatre, Camden.

Many of the actors that have taken part in these workshops have gained paid acting work as a result of being seen in the showcases. Obviously this is one of the main aims of the course.

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Paul Gladwin (Joint Artistic Director) takes between 10 – 15 actors and over a period of 4/5 weeks works with them on scenes from several Shakespeare plays. They work for 3 to 4 hours a week studying Shakespeare’s text in detail – breaking down all of the different elements and intricacies as listed below. Each actor then has the opportunity to showcase themselves in a specific scene and monologue.
Through these classes Paul helps the actors find all of the clues that Shakespeare himself set down for us to analyse.

Paul makes the classes fun, but challenging.

The workshops consist of relaxation techniques, getting to grips with the language through Shakespeare theatre games & exercises, text analysis (Working from the First Folio), monologues, duologues and set scenes. Paul works privately with each actor on a set Shakespeare speech – preparing it to audition standards.

After studying the text in detail, Paul then directs the actors in their scenes & monologues, and in week 4/5 the actors stage a showcase of their work in a central London venue. We use a near bare stage and a minimum of props. The emphasis is on Shakespeare’s words and how the actor uses them. We invite a number of industry professionals to cover our work. We also invite family & friends.

Paul has recently produced a Shakespeare Showcase at the Etcetera Theatre, Camden – please check back here for when Paul will be accepting submissions for the next Showcase.

Principal also run school workshops alongside our resident musical director – Ruth Clarke-Irons. The workshops aim to explore Shakespeare’s plays through drama games, active storytelling and music. Please see the ‘School Workshops‘ page for more details and how to book a session for your school.