Shakespeare, performance and prose for Key Stage 3 students

The ESU Performing Shakespeare Competition


Imagine if you could offer your students the chance to perform in the heart of London's theatreland. And imagine if, by doing so, you could unlock the transformative power of Shakespeare's work.

The English-Speaking Union's Performing Shakespeare Competition allows all Key Stage 3 and home-schooled pupils between the ages of 11 and 14 to demonstrate and develop their creativity, their confidence and their ability to express themselves - important skills in the classroom and in the wider world.

ESU Performing Shakespeare video

Teachers are provided with resources to enable and encourage their students to submit a short video of themselves performing a monologue or duologue from any of Shakespeare's texts. All students receive feedback and the best entries are sent forward to the regional finals, which include an educational workshop and a live performance of their chosen speech.

Winners from each region are invited to the national Grand Final in London each spring.

Registration for this competition is currently closed and will open in the summer term. To find out more, please e-mail

To find out about the finals and winners of the 2017 competition click here.


The ESU provides teaching resources that enable students and teachers to engage with Shakespeare in a fun and interactive way. Students who reach the Regional Final have the opportunity to take part in educational workshops.

Example Speeches: Duologues
Example Speeches: Monologues