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Performing Shakespeare


"It was fantastic to see so many young people lit up by Shakespeare - hopefully it will be the start of a life-long love and interest!" - Teacher from Harris Academy, 2013.

About Performing Shakespeare 

The ESU Performing Shakespeare Competition was started in 2012 by the ESU London Branch. For two years, the competition was only open to London Schools, however in 2014 secondary schools from the Brighton, Wales and London Branches will be invited to participate. Performing Shakespeare is a mixture of workshops and performance for year 8 and 9 pupils. It provides an excellent introduction to Shakespeare and helps young people develop confidence in their performance, speaking and presentation skills. Performing Shakespeare is sponsored by the ESU’s London region.

To take part in Performing Shakespeare, pupils submit a 5 minute video of their monologue or duologue. ESU performance mentors visit several participating schools on a first come first serve basis to deliver a workshop ahead of the submission deadline. Teachers and pupils from the schools with the best videos are then invited to attend the day in Mayfair in May.

Registration for Performing Shakespeare 2014 is now CLOSED. The deadline for video submissions is 7 March 2014.

If you have not been able to register but would still like to participate, please email


Participants' Handbook

For tips and activities, view or download the handbook for Performing Shakespeare participants.

To download the handbook, please click on the link below.

Performing Shakespeare - Participants' Handbook 2014


YouTube video submission

If you have submitted your video to YouTube, please click here to fill in the accompanying submission form.