Text: Large Group Coaching Hamlet, an actor dressed in royal attire looks pensive

Large Group Coaching: Hamlet

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This hour long session for actors focusses on a single speech from Hamlet, introduced by James Garnon who played this part in our 2018 production, with support from our movement and voice faculty.

The speech you will be exploring is

Oh, my offence is rank, it smells to heaven

– Claudius, Hamlet, Act III, Scene 3, lines 36-72

This online session will start with James Garnon putting the speech into the context of the play, and in its performance context at the Globe.

He will then demonstrate his approaches to working with the text. Following that, one of our movement practitioners will demonstrate some physical approaches that can be used to unlock the meaning within the speech. Finally, the same speech will be worked by one of our voice practitioners, who will suggest appropriate vocal choices that can be used to access the character and enhance the story being told.

By working with the text, the body and the voice you really will be harnessing the full storytelling potential shared by players at the Globe.

This is an online session for up to 50 participants. It is not an interactive session, your microphones will be muted, but there will be some practical elements. If you would like individual feedback on your presentation of the speech after this session, please do consider booking onto one our Small Group Coaching sessions after the event.

Please note this session is open to all and not limited to a ‘traditional’ casting of Claudius.


Your ticket is valid for one individual to join this online session on one device.

You cannot book this session unless you have registered with The Studio at Shakespeare’s Globe and the ticket must be booked by the individual who will be participating in the workshop.

You will be sent a pre-visit email one week before the event with a copy of the text we will be working with (it does not need to be memorised). If you have booked within a week of the event, this email will be sent the day after your booking.

A second pre-visit email with a unique link and joining instructions will be sent to you the day of the event. You will need access to a reliable internet connection and to be able to join a Zoom meeting.

Please ensure you arrive a couple of minutes in advance of the start time. The Zoom meeting will be locked after 10 minutes and latecomers will not be admitted

No recording or photography will be permitted throughout the session.

Our staff retain the right to terminate any participant’s connection to the Zoom meeting if our Ticket terms and Community guidelines are not followed.


Price: £20

Please purchase one ticket per individual.

A £2.50 transaction fee per order applies online

Duration:  1 hour

Capacity: 50 individuals per session

To book into this session you need to be a professional actor registered with The Studio at Shakespeare’s Globe.  


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