Jamie Brown facilitates a movement workshop with NYT members (c) 1623

We tailor inspirational training sessions to your needs, using text, characters and themes from Shakespeare to develop skills for a variety of people, in particular, emerging artists and business leaders.

Our first masterclass is on acting Shakespeare for theatre, film, TV and online audiences


Starting Shakespeare Acting Course 2015-16This course is for anyone who has not received formal training, aspires to become a professional actor and shows potential to be a great performer.

You might be in a youth or community theatre, an amateur dramatics society or an after-school drama club and want to focus on developing your performance skills with professionals.

The course takes place once a month at QUAD in Derby from September to June for a series of workshops to develop skills such as text, voice, movement, combat, singing, puppetry and acting to camera.

1623 trainee actors 2014-15While the focus in each workshop is on Shakespeare, the skills that you develop are transferable to all aspects of theatre and performance.

Each month, you will have the opportunity to perform a short scene at Shakespeare Night, 1623's monthly public workshop at Derby Theatre.

The course culminates in June, when a public showcase takes place at QUAD.

To read the blog of someone who was on a past course, click here.

The 2015-16 Starting Shakespeare acting course will begin in September 2015 and take place monthly until June 2016.

Starting Shakespeare Acting Course 2015-16Auditions for a place on the course will happen on Saturday 4 July 2015 at QUAD.

We ask that you prepare a speech from a Shakespeare play of your choice to perform at your audition. The speech must be no longer than 3 minutes long. We will also ask you a few questions about your plans to become a professional actor.

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To apply, please go to and fill in the online form.


Shakespeare for Leaders © 16231623 theatre company and QUAD are working in partnership to offer a range of unique leadership, management and staff development training that is delivered to meet the specific needs of your organisation.

"The way you used Shakespeare’s plays to develop our skills was inspirational. Thank you!"


Shakespeare for Leaders with Associated Northcliffe Digital © 1623As Shakespeare's plays cover a wide range of themes and issues, they can inspire us to look at new ways of thinking and behaving. We tailor company away days to address any topic whether it's communication, leadership or team-building.

"An enjoyable day, which gave the whole team the chance to sharpen verbal and non-verbal communication skills"

Janet Pryme, Open University


Members of Derby Youth Theatre in Macbeth © 1623Passing on the physical and vocal skills needed to perform Shakespeare and other classical playwrights is important to us. We believe that we must share our skills with talented young people to ensure that high-quality classical theatre takes place in the future.  We also offer advice on drama school and university auditions.

"Thank you for an amazing workshop ... it was really fun and informative "

Tom, Derby LIVE Youth Theatre


Exploring a scene from Macbeth © 1623We are passionate about sharing our performance skills with other theatre professionals, particularly those new to the industry. We also want to continue developing our skills, as well as learning new ones, with other fellow professionals. From time to time, we hold Shakespeare workshops facilitated by associate artists and guests.

"I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop last weekend. Learnt a lot, too!"

Sarah Marie Cole, West Midlands


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