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Shakespeare in Performance

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Two Weeks in England & Three Credits

Enjoy great theatre and drama during the English course EN 384-01: Shakespeare in Performance, a 14-day trip to England.

Students in EN384-01: Shakespeare in Performance will see six Shakespeare plays presented by the best acting companies in the world in great venues—the re-created Globe, the new Royal Shakespeare Theater, and more. These performances will help you understand the plays’ words and actions, revealing the greatness of Shakespeare’s work.

And we will see England, with time in London, Bath, and Stratford-upon-Avon. You’ll spend about one-quarter of your time in England involved in coursework, which is primarily seeing plays.

The rest of your trip is unregimented. We encourage students to arrange their own free time, visit the many historic and cultural sites, dine out, shop, and meet British people. You can even plan side trips, such as a quick jaunt to Paris on the high-speed Eurostar train.

Shakespeare’s Globe

Seeing a performance at the re-created Shakespeare’s Globe Theater in London is always a highlight of our trip. The original Globe, where Shakespeare debuted various works, was torn down in 1642. The site of that theater was discovered in 1989, and the current Globe was built nearby.

The re-creation maintains the original’s open-roof design—which allowed daylight to illuminate performances—and a space beside the thrust stage where audience members, called “groundlings,” stood in intimate proximity to the actors. Interaction between today’s groundlings and actors is routine. Houselights are kept on for current performances at the Globe to preserve this connection.

The GlobeDates/Course

This annual trip occurs in early August.

EN384-01: Shakespeare in Performance

3 credit hours that can be applied to one of these requirements:

  • Core: Text and Ideas
  • English: Genre/Author credit
  • COE English certification: Shakespeare

Visit for trip and lodging details. Performance schedules will be posted on the blog as information becomes available.

London CityscapeCourse/Trip Fee

Your cost for EN384-01: Shakespeare in Performance covers:

  • Tuition
  • Airfare
  • Hotels
  • Play tickets
  • Group travel by inter-city coaches

You are responsible for meals and other course/trip expenses. Track the exchange rate of dollars-for-pounds on

Trafalgar SquareDeposit

A $400 deposit is due to Professor William Walsh by the end of fall semester to secure your seat for Shakespeare in Performance. Check should be payable to Butler University. Deposits are refundable until April 30.

Join Us for Shakespeare in Performance

Learn more at informational meetings held throughout fall semester. Meetings are announced in Butler Connection.

For questions, contact

William Walsh

Professor of English