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The Great Shakespeare Debate

The Great Shakespeare Debate is now closed for applications for 2011/12.

This year's Great Shakespeare Debate took place in Stratford-Upon-Avon on March 7th and 8th 2011.

Organised by the ESU and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, this is a residential competition for A-level departing students. It presents a unrivalled opportunity to discuss and engage with Shakespeare's texts, working with expert mentors from the ESU and the Birthplace Trust.


Winners of the Great Shakespeare Debate



As with previous years, entry will be by online video, with the teams submitting a short 2-3 minute YouTube clip to the ESU and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for adjudication. These videos should be unlisted, with commenting disabled, and the link should be sent to

There will be two rounds to entry, the first will involve the question of authorship, examining the claim that Shakespeare was not the true author of the plays attributed to him.

Round two will be based on the play Measure for Measure, which will be the production we visit as part of the programme in March.

Applications for Round 1 must be submitted before December 2, with adjudication and feedback before December 9. Round 2 will be open until January 16 with winning teams notified by January 20.

The top 12 teams will then take part in the finals, held in March in Stratford-Upon-Avon, and which will include overnight youth hostel accommodation, three rounds of debating, workshops, a Q&A session with RSC actors and a trip to see Measure for Measure at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

The fee for entry is £150, which covers all of the above activities.

Application Resources

For a full set of application resources, including everything you need to get started in making your first round application video, please click here


For More Information

Please contact Steven Nolan