ASE spends three days in the quaint Elizabethan market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, usually attending performances by the Royal Shakespeare Company on three consecutive evenings. All students attend pre- and post-performance talks and workshops conducted by ASE faculty and/or cast and crew from the RSC itself. These sessions provide stage history, background to the plays and ideas toward critical interpretation, as well as affording students the opportunity to give their own feedback on productions.
During their free time, students are encouraged to visit numerous properties managed by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, including Shakespeare's Birthplace itself, Anne Hathaway's Cottage, and Hall's Croft. There is also a whole-Programme trip to a nearby castle and grounds, either at Warwick or Kenilworth, both of which have fascinating histories.
After the evening performances, all students (and staff) have an opportunity to identify - and to strike up a conversation with - RSC actors, at the famous Black Swan pub, better known as 'The Dirty Duck'.
Accommodation and Food
Housing in Stratford is in bed and breakfast accomodation, or local hotels and hostels. In Stratford, as at Oxford, students have their usual food allowance augmented.
Students taking a Shakespeare class with ASE are usually also taken to see the Shakespeare Trust archive.