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Annual Study Trip to Shakespeare's Hometown

Portrait of Shakespeare from the Third FolioThe yearly Shakespearience study trip takes participants to Stratford-upon-Avon – home of the bard! – and London. The trip includes a course at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, interaction with people who work at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and four theatre performances (some in Stratford, some at the Globe in London). Participants have plenty of time to explore London and Stratford on their own, not only visiting the Bard's birthplace but also following in his footsteps at Anne Hathaway's cottage or walking along the Thames. Each excursion also includes additional opportunites for exploration, depending on the exact schedule; previous iterations have included trips to Oxford, to Windsor Castle, and to Roman ruins.

A combined Proseminar / Haupt-/Masterseminar is usually offered as part of the regular teaching program for those who wish to study the texts in detail. Participation in the seminar is not compulsory for the trip. Students registered for the study trip are guaranteed a place in the seminar if they apply during the regular registration periods. Please note that, as part of that seminar, a compact session (two mornings) will precede the study trip where we will read and discuss the plays. Attendance at these reading sessions is highly recommended for all participants of the trip.


2022 | 27 September – 2 October

Registration for this year's trip closed on 24 June. The accompanying seminar will take place in the 2022/23 winter term with a compact session in September (exact date tba). For further information, please contact: .

The group will study and see performances of:

  • Richard III
  • Henry VIII
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • All's Well that Ends Well


Exterior of Shakespeare's birthplace with neighboring garden Frontal view of the Globe stage Exterior of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Shakespeare's Birthplace

Globe Theatre

Royal Shakespeare Theatre


Previous trips

The 2020 and '21 Shakespeariences were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The Taming of the Shrew
  • As You Like It
  • The Tempest
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • The Two Noble Kinsmen
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Macbeth
  • The Duchess of Malfi (Webster)

  • Julius Caesar
  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • Salome (Wilde)
  • Vice Versa (Phil Porter)

  • Hamlet
  • Cymbeline
  • The Taming of the Shrew
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Othello
  • The Merchant of Venice
  • King John
  • The Jew of Malta (Marlowe)
  • The Famous Victories of Henry V (Anonymous)

Excursion to London to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth

  • As You Like It
  • Titus Andronicus
  • Hamlet
  • All's Well That Ends Well
  • A Mad World My Masters (Middleton)
  • Twelfth Night
  • A Comedy of Errors
  • The Tempest
  • King John
  • Richard III

  • Doctor Faustus (Marlowe; Globe)
  • City Madam (Massinger)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Macbeth
  • Cardenio


Exterior of Shakespeare's birthplace with neighboring garden Frontal view of the Globe stage Exterior of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Windsor Castle

From the archives of the
Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Globe Theatre (exterior)