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Shakespeare: A Different Approach

With our productions for 2018 done, it’s time to start looking forward to 2019 and a new year of theatre with English Theatre Leipzig.

As you may have seen in your programme for The Mysterious Mr Love we are offering a Workshop in January and February 2019. Six sessions, three hours each, during which we’ll go through the basics and not-so-basics of creating a believable performance using William Shakespeare as our guide.

The Workshop will be led by English Theatre Leipzig member Peter Hubbard, who will bring his experience working with former and current members of The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Globe, and The Factory to Leipzig.

The secret is in the Verse

Director Tim Carroll, who founded The Factory theatre company and has directed Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry at The Globe in Twelfth Night (see wanted to find a way of performing Shakespeare’s classic plays so that anybody could understand them. By paying special attention to the rhythm and verse of the text, performers can unlock the secrets of Shakespeare’s words and bring them to life. Shakespeare’s use of iambic pentameter allows him to stress the most important parts of each line, and performers can use these cues to understand their texts better and deliver honest and true performances.

What we’ll be doing

Here’s an outline of the first six sessions:

  1. A Different Approach
  2. Learning the Text
  3. Working with the Text
  4. Rhythm and Voice
  5. Working Together
  6. Performance: MSND Act 2 Sc 1

Looking forward

This workshop is not just to learn about acting, it’s to build on our English language theatre company in Leipzig. We hope the workshops will become regular features so that Leipzigers can hone their skills and work with us in our annual productions.


For only €60 (€40 concessions) you can join this unique programme! Places are limited, but our sign-up sheet is open! Fill it out with your details here so that we can place you correctly:

The workshop dates are:
12, 19, 26 January 2019 and 2, 9, 16 February 2019 from 10h00 to 13h00 at Etage Leipzig:

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We’re looking forward to working with you at our first workshop!