The Rules of Verse Speaking – and how Shakespeare Breaks Them!
The Rules of Verse Speaking – and how Shakespeare Breaks Them!
With Acting Coach Sarah Hannah


With the recent surge in popularity of period dramas, both on stage and screen, the demand for classically trained actors has reached new heights. However, changes in audition processes have led to an increase in actors being asked to perform Shakespearean monologues, leaving many feeling intimidated and uncertain about how to prepare effectively. Suitable for actors of all skill levels, this online workshop is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the basic rules for acting in verse, essential for any period drama work on screen. Additionally, participants will explore how Shakespeare and other playwrights break these rules and the purpose behind these deviations. By mastering these “rule breaks,” actors can enhance their ability to bring characters to life and deliver compelling performances. For a more in-depth exploration of Shakespearean acting techniques, consider complementing this workshop with our Secrets of Acting Shakespeare: First Folio Technique online workshop.

Meet Your Tutor

Sarah Hannah

Actress, Acting and Audition Coach

Sarah Hannah is a highly experienced professional actress, acting and audition coach. Bringing her extensive experience of working on stage and screen, Sarah will focus on enhancing your passion and understanding of the works of William Shakespeare.

Course Outline

You will be sent a pdf worksheet for this workshop that you will need to write on. It is therefore recommended that you print it out if you can.


Thursday 23rd May 2024

Designed For

All Levels of Ability


6.00pm – 9.00pm (UK Time)

What You'll Love

Improve your Understanding of Shakespeare

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  • Live Online Workshop via Zoom
  • Suitable if you are (17 yrs+)
  • Attracts a varied age range from 17 yrs+. International Students Welcome
  • The course is taught in English, so it is important that you have proficient English language skills
  • Small Class Size
  • A strong internet connection is required to join our live online courses and workshops. Please test your internet connection before booking as we cannot refund due to technical issues. Please familarise yourself with Zoom before attending your workshop. Your camera will be required to be switched on during the workshop
  • Students will receive a Zoom link via email to join the workshop. Please log on at least 10 mins before the workshop begins
  • Learning Outcomes

  • Appreciate a deeper understanding of Shakespeare
  • Course Location

    Held Online Via Zoom

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