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Each year the New York-based Oxford Shakespeare Company chooses a Shakespeare classic to be taught and performed in London & Stratford-upon-Avon. 


CLICK HERE to read about the 2014 text: the OSC Hamlet Project.


Actors audition via video and are accepted from all over the US, Canada, UK and UE.

RSC founder

JOHN BARTON

Award-winning actor

SIR DEREK JACOBI

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USA or Canada,
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BBC Shakespeare star

RADA instructor

BRIAN STIRNER

RSC star

EDWARD

PETHERBRIDGE

Shakespeare’s Globe director

former RADA instructor

MALCOLM McKAY

RSC Voice Director

CICELY BERRY

A NOTE about the FEES

    & various legal mumbo-jumbo:


Please note that (unless a workshop is canceled, which has never happened), all fees are non-refundable, since they are applied toward workshop expenses. If an actor is forced to cancel after making any or all payments, we regret that those payments are NOT refundable.


The full payment is due at time of acceptance, and paid to the OSC.


It is unlikely, but please note that the trip, class and program itinerary may be subject to change.


When the work or performances are scheduled for outdoors, the venues and the town of Stratford reserve the right to change the performance location.


Please note that agreeing to participating in OSC events implies consent to use your likeness in OSC promotional photos, website and videos.

COMMENTS ON OUR U.K. PRODUCTIONS:


“What a great pleasure it was to see you perform ‘The Dream’ outside in the theatre gardens. It was really good: the actors were inhabiting the language so truthfully, and finding the nuances and wit therein: it was very moving – and everyone loved it. I hope you will come again... Brilliant!” - Cicely Berry, voice director, Royal Shakespeare Company.


"I saw two OSC productions - Twelfth Night and As You Like It - in London's Hyde Park on consecutive years and found them both delightful. The presentations were beautifully clear and with no sense of strain in the outdoor environment, and the cast was so compelling that passers-by were drawn into staying and enjoying a Shakespeare play when they had clearly been originally intent on going somewhere else. Tremendous." - Brian Stirner, RADA, BBC Shakespeare.


“I saw Ron Destro's production of Twelfth Night on a rainy blustery day in Hyde Park London.  The audience was small and the cast very wet.  There was something about the single-minded way these young actors stuck to their task despite the conditions that made the world they were creating seem very real.  It was as if the very incongruity of the event made you look twice and convinced you that it was real.  Either these people were insane or what they were doing was very true.  They were creating an actual world in a place where that world should not have existed.  Thinking about it afterwards I realised it was not only the courage of the actors that had made this possible, it was the integrity at the heart of the production itself; the relationships, the story, the various subtexts were all strong enough to survive whatever was thrown at them.  I can honestly say it was one of the strangest and most memorable theatrical experiences I've ever had.” - Malcolm McKay, writer and Director (Shakespeare’s Globe, London).

ACTOR COMMENTS

from the most recent London workshops:


“Thank you, Ron, for this great opportunity. The masterclasses were great - all of them, and I've learned a lot... thank you so much for an amazing opportunity to work with John Barton... It was a trip to remember!


“The trip was great! We had a lot of fun, two great shows, and a whole mess of great memories.


“The classes were AMAZING!  John Barton and Brian Sterner were my favorites. My friends here are green with envy!


I found the trip wonderfully rewarding, particularly the workshops with great teachers. I have to admit that I was somewhat skeptical that I could learn a great deal from any one - even the best teachers - in a mere 2 hours, but I was wrong. I learned a great deal. Much thanks.”


“I just wanted to write you a quick note of gratitude for the London experience!  


It sincerely was one of the best moments of my life and I will cherish it forever. 


Thank you again for the opportunity and I look forward to working with you again in the future.


“The workshops were excellent and well worth the trip by themselves... we had a great time and it was an experience not to be missed.


What a great memory!”


This trip was awesome! The Stratford performances were awesome!”


I learned a lot and had a wonderful time.”


It was truly a once in a lifetime experience. The highlights besides performing were definitely the classes, especially with John Barton. I really appreciate that. I don’t think many actors get access to them at all at this time in their lives.  I truly had a great time, and it will be an experience I will always cherish.”

“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

UK &
European actors
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train & perform
HAMLET
in London
& Stratford-upon-Avon













Study with
Shakespeare Legends...
Past master teachers include
JOHN BARTON
CICELY BERRY
MALCOLM MCKAY
DEREK JACOBI
Hands-on Classes!
New:
Casting Director/Agent Session Planned
While deadline is rolling,
it is best to audition by
Feb 1st

train & perform

HAMLET

in London

& Stratford-upon-Avon














Study with

Shakespeare Legends...

Past master teachers include

JOHN BARTON

CICELY BERRY

MALCOLM MCKAY

DEREK JACOBI

Hands-on Classes!

New:

Casting Director/Agent Session Planned

While deadline is rolling,

it is best to audition by

Feb 1st

U.K. Workshop

for Students & Professionals

2014 OSC U.K. Workshop

May 19-27

“Our England adventure remains one of my favorite theatre experiences to date... What you do is very cool!”

- Mary D.

“Thank you for the wonderful experience! I’d do it again in a heartbeat!”

- William F.

“a really wonderful group of people...really great group... could not have picked a better group... such a group of kind and talented people...”

“I have to admit that I was somewhat skeptical that I could learn a great deal from any one - even the best teachers - in a mere 2 hours, but I was wrong. I learned a great deal. Much thanks.”

- Charles B.

“London was amazing and Stratford mesmerizing. Just sitting at the ‘feet’ of the Masters was thoroughly amazing. I would love to join you again.”

- Sarah A.

“And now I’m [back] in London. I just did a 4-day course at The Poor School. They offered me a place in their two-year training... and I must credit your teaching and thank you.”                       

- Ronald L.

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

- Alex K.

2014 OSC FEE:  $685.

travel excluded

see below for optional travel package.


* the number of classes offered and the specific instructors are always subject to change since we are always at the mercy of fluctuating artist schedules. We generally offer 2-3 master classes.

The Process: Actors submit a video audition to the OSC. Acceptance deadlines are rolling, but it is advisable to submit videos by Feb 1st. Those accepted provide an application and workshop fee of $685 for the training and master classes.  Actors may use the OSC travel agent to join others on flights and group hotels, or secure their own arrangements for the 1-week trip.


Due to the high numbers of actors interested, we often work 2 or 3 casts (20 - 40 actors). ALL actors will perform in the planned city(ies).

OSC training consists of work developed at RADA and the RSC, such as text work from John Barton, vocal work from Cicely Berry and Kristin Linklater, and Laban movement technique. 


In the last few years, hands-on master classes were taught by Derek Jacobi, John Barton, Cicely Berry, Brian Stirner and Malcolm McKay.*


Group travel arrangements are also available as an option through our recommended travel agency. Info about our discounted group rate will be posted here soon.

All roles are cast and lines are learnt before the workshop begins.


THE PLAN FOR THE 2014 WORKSHOP is to receive training and rehearsals in London on May 20-22. Hands-on classes are taught by distinguished artists from the OSC, Globe, RSC, and RADA. See planned itinerary below.


Then a session will be planned for actors to present their work before a casting representative for feedback.


After the training sessions, actors will perform 2 shows in a London venue, before journeying to historic Stratford-upon-Avon to present the play there as part of the Stratford-upon-Avon Arts Festival.

Actors travel to London to receive intensive hands-on Shakespeare training from American and British artists, present their work for a casting person, then perform the play in London and Stratford-upon-Avon.

2014 planned itinerary


May 19   Overnight flight to London

May 20   Rehearse 2-10pm/Master Class #1

May 21    Rehearse 9-5pm/Casting Director/FREE EVENING

May 22   Rehearse 9-5pm/Master Class #2/FREE EVENING

May 23   FREE DAY/Two London evening shows

May 24   coach to Stratford/FREE DAY

May 25   Master Class #3/Stratford show

May 26   Stratford show Raindate/FREE DAY

May 27   Morning coach to the airport

OSC optional travel package


For those who do not wish to make their own travel arrangements, our Travel Agent has obtained the following group rates.  These rates are based upon double occupancy and flight in and out of NYC.


Air, hotels, coaches, breakfast 

     $2297. per person

     single room supplement add $592.


Land only...

     $1316. per person

    single room supplement add $592.