in Elsinor, Denmark



JULY 10-19

in London & Castle Hedingham


See Schedules Below.

Photo by Adrian Blundell

Each year the New York-based Oxford Shakespeare Company chooses 2 or 3 Shakespeare classics to be taught and performed in historic site-specific locations throughout the world.


Actors (union & non-union) from across the US, Canada, UK and EU submit a video audition to the OSC. Those accepted are offered a role in the play, and provide a workshop fee for the training and master classes. 


Lines are learnt before the workshops begin. On the starting date, actors meet in the designated city for training and rehearsals provided by OSC, RSC, RADA or Globe artists. At the end of the week, performances are given.There are 2 different casts, and ALL actors perform at EACH venue at least once. Plays may be cut to run 90-120 minutes. 



MASTER CLASSES are often planned with former RADA Instructors like

MALCOLM MCKAY who has directed at Shakespeare’s Globe and has taught Kenneth Branagh, Fiona Shaw, Mark Rylance, Ralph Fiennes, etc.


The OSC workshops are open to union and non-union actors throughout the world.

Actors are asked to video a one or two-minute monologue in verse from ANY Shakespeare play.  Then send a link to the video (uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, etc)  to destro@oxfordshakespeare.org. There is no deadline, but as videos are received they are evaluated and role offers sent out, so the sooner the better.

You should also email your resume, picture and roles desired (not a guarantee, of course, but helpful for us). Women should include male and female roles since women may be cast in male roles. 

If you are accepted, you will receive a role offer. If you accept, you will send in the OSC workshop fee. Since actors travel from all over the world, each arranges their own air travel, meals and accommodation. The OSC often arranges an optional hotel package for those interested.  

Training.  The OSC mission is to teach actors how to master the performance of a Shakespeare play through voice, movement and text exercises mostly developed by artists at RADA and the RSC.  Where one or more master classes have been arranged, in rare instances, classes may be modified or cancelled since we employ working artists who are at the mercy of ever-changing schedules. 

 We often have two casts per workshop, each performing one show in each location.  Actors may be in one or both casts., depending upon the need of the workshop.

Photo by Adrian Blundell



£240 GBP


The fine print: All workshop fees are non-refundable, as they represent a commitment to the project, and actor substitutions for a 10-day workshop are very difficult to make.  


The OSC does not provide transportation, food or accommodation, although we sometimes put together an optional hotel plan for those interested.  We can also pair actors who are looking to find bnb shares.


It is unlikely, but please note that the trip, class and program itinerary may be subject to change. Due to location restraints, the venues and the towns reserve the right to alter  performance locations. Please note that agreeing to participate in OSC events implies consent to use your likeness in OSC promotional photos, website, videos and OSC documentary.


DIRECTION from OSC founding director


 Kennedy Center award-winner who has directed over 40 Shakespeare plays.

Hamlet Location:

The OSC will present our Hamlet in the Palace Gardens at Marienlyst Castle near Hamlet’s grave.


Hamlet Schedule:

TUE 6/25 - SUN 6/30: work 9am-4pm.


MON 7/1 - shows 6 & 8pm.

TUE 7/2 - rain date.

THU 7/3 - check out.

All’s Well Location:

The OSC will present All’s Well That Ends Well in London and at Castle Hedingham in Essex. 


All’s Well Schedule:

WED 7/10 - work 10am-5pm

TH 7/11 -  work 10am-7pm

FR 7/12 -  work 10am-5pm

SAT 7/13 - work 10am-5pm

SUN 7/14 - work 10am-5pm

MON 7/15 - walk-thru 10am-2pm

               London shows 5&7 pm

TUE 7/16 - London shows rain date

WED 7/17 - Castle Hedingham shows

TH 7/18 - Castle rain date

FR 7/19 - check out.

Recent Participants: 


“It was truly a once in a lifetime experience I will always cherish.”- Alex K.


“This week with the Oxford Shakespeare Company has been the best week of my life. It is the only opportunity I know of where there is a collaboration of UK and US actors and believe that working with actors from other parts of the world has broadened my perspective of how you can approach Shakespeare, making the collaboration, in my opinion, a very strong part of the course’s success. Ron allows you to explore the text and the role you have been given, but also allows other directors and industry professionals to pull you in other directions in more detail, encouraging you to play, investigate and think.  I have loved every single moment and feel honoured to have worked with so many talented and genuine people who all share the same passion that is Theatre. I would recommend this experience to anyone and will remember this week for the rest of my life.” - Emma F.


“One of the most amazing adventures I have ever been on! It was lovely to perform with such a diverse and amazing bunch of actors! And of course... the fantastic director Ron, who was great throughout! If whoever is reading this is thinking about taking part, my advice to you is GO FOR IT, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will stay with you forever!”   - Mia N.

The US-based Oxford Shakespeare Company 

is not affiliated with the

summer resident company at Wadham College, Oxford

Please Remember

Class & Hotel Fees are non-refundable so be certain you can participate before making the commitment.

What is new?

More days have been added to our workshops to allow for more training, more rehearsal time, and more performances. Actor selection is also more competitive.

“I have known Ron Destro and the OSC for many years, have participated in several master classes, and highly recommend them. Ron is one of the most dedicated theatre men I’ve ever known.”  -Oscar-winner F Murray Abraham


“I have been a friend of Ron Destro for some time, and can confirm his great gifts as a writer, director and educator.”

-award--winning actor Michael York