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Dissect the main themes of Shakespeare’s key plays, discover how producers cast colour-blind actors and find out how Muslims are impacting stereotypes on the stage.

There’s never a dull moment on our Theatre Studies course. Study Theatre Studies with Oxford Summer Courses and learn from a variety of unique sources and materials from English and French theatre to African and Caribbean works. We’ll go behind the scenes, looking at the themes and theories that shape the contemporary stage and also give you free reign to engage in staged readings of relevant texts too.

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Learn how to spot the theatrical cues and themes in plays, films, and dramatisations and understand character development and communication with our in-depth Theatre Studies course.

Our expert tutors will demonstrate how dramatists portray people of different races, religions and cultures to underline contextual issues and help you develop your own ideas further with analysis, discussion and debate.

Exploring extracts from texts, we’ll study a range of sources from Shakespeare to present day, collaborating with students from around the world to contribute to the intercultural understanding of the stage and behind the scenes meaning.

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Our established tutors are experts in their fields of study.

Gain the skills and experience you need to excel with a unique, unparalleled learning experience. Each week, you’ll be able to collaborate with leading academics mirroring the teaching method of the iconic, world-renowned and most respected educational establishment in the UK – Oxford University.

As current and past alumni of top universities, they’re highly specialised, recognised and knowledgeable in their chosen fields and can transfer their academic wisdom to you through interactive learning, independent study, seminars, and tutorials, depending on your age group.

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