Play Out The Play: Warring Love

Are you looking to develop your Shakespeare skills? Knowledge? Confidence?  Discover a play of his you’ve never read, or revisit one of your favourites? Scaffold Shakespeare Company create a supportive inclusive space for professional theatremakers to read and explore Shakespeare’s plays. At our workshops you can ask the basic questions, obsess about the tiniest details, and make new connections with others. Open to any actor, director, designer or other theatremaker regardless of your experience with Shakespeare.

When: March-June 2018, 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month, 10.30am-6pm

Where: Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London, SE1 0LN

How Much: £12 per workshop / £10 each for 4 or more workshops

Book your place at a workshop HERE


Our previous Play Out The Play workshop series The Complete Plays (2013-16), which covered every Shakespeare play in chronological order, and The Sonnets (2016-17), which concluded with Speak Low If You Speak Love (co-produced with Hampton Court Palace), were attended by over 200 people. Warring Love starts in March 2018 with 8 plays over 4 months, and soon we will announce some special masterclasses to be held in July.

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To round off the Warring Love workshop series, we are running a related Masterclass Season:

“Kings, Clowns, Lovers and Messengers”

1st July – Being Royal
8th July – Clowning and the Actor
15th July – Wooing with Words
22nd July – Messengers

All masterclasses will be conducted from 10.30am to 6pm at Jerwood Space.

Book your place at a masterclass HERE

When: Each Sunday in July, 10.30am-6pm

Where: Jerwood Space, 171 Union Street, London, SE1 0LN

How Much: £40 per masterclass – discounts available for booking more than one workshop:

You can book for one or more masterclass at a time. To receive your discount select 2 or more days and proceed to checkout. When you are on the “CART” page please enter the relevant Coupon Code:

2 Masterclasses – “£10off“

3 Masterclasses – “£20off“

4 Masterclasses – “4for3“

and click “APPLY COUPON“. This will then provide you with a discount.

PLEASE NOTE: Each discount code will only work for the relevant number of masterclasses when you are purchasing more than one at one time.


“Scaffold approach Shakespeare with vigour, rigour, and a relentlessly enquiring mind. Their workshops are inclusive, incisive and playful. It is well worth joining the Scaffold family.”

Giles Taylor, actor, Shakespeare consultant, author of Dramatic Adventures in Rhetoric

“When I think of Scaffold, I can’t believe my luck. An opportunity to speak all the plays and the sonnets, applying all we feel and learn from the text to our world today, whilst in the company of Shakespeare beginners and die-hards. It’s incredible. New friends, endless possibilities. The workshops are well structured, and comfortable, it is nothing but a safe environment. I cannot recommend these unique, priceless Scaffold Shakespeare workshops enough. There is nothing else like it. I consider them essential to my acting career and development.” 

Ayesha Casely-Hayford,  actor

Workshops in 2018

MARCH 11th Richard II

MARCH 25th The Two Gentlemen of Verona

APRIL 8th Henry IV part 1

APRIL 22nd The Comedy of Errors

MAY 13th Henry IV part 2 

MAY 27th Love’s Labour’s Lost

JUNE 10th Henry V 

JUNE 24th Romeo & Juliet


Our Guiding Principles

Openness – we believe Shakespeare can be for anyone, so there is no experience necessary to join a workshop. When reading the play, parts are cast by volunteering, so you can manage your own involvement on the day; and crucially anyone can read any part.

Our workshop venue is fully accessible. If you have access needs and wish to get in touch, please email

Fresh Eyes – we all have some kind of relationship to Shakespeare, from learning it at school, performing it, seeing, reading it and so on; this history inevitably carries with it certain ‘burdens’ – good and bad. To see these plays with as fresh eyes as we can muster, we encourage you to acknowledge your ‘burdens’, put them to one side for the day (as much as possible) and try to explore the work as if for the first time.

Healthy Disagreement – we encourage you to be bold with ideas, questions, thoughts and expressing your response to the work. Shakespeare’s plays are full of options and open to interpretation (we believe there is no one way they ‘should’ be done), so be prepared to disagree in a healthy way – with each other, with Shakespeare, with yourself.


What do I need to bring?

A copy of the play, and lunch. Refreshments are available from nearby cafes and shops, and the venue includes a kitchenette with kettle and microwave. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

How long is a workshop?

Starts 10.30am, ends 6pm. Someone from Scaffold will be there to welcome you from 10.15am. For the shape of the day in full, including when breaks are taken, see ‘Shape of the Day’ at the bottom of this page.

What does the day involve?

We will read the play as a group in the morning. In the afternoon, participants have the opportunity to look more closely at any aspect of the play they wish. For a full run down of the day, see ‘Shape of the Day’ at the bottom of this page.

How many people will be at the workshop?

The maximum capacity for regular workshops is 20 people. Masterclasses may have a capacity of more or less depending on the nature of the workshop, in which case the number of places will be clearly advertised. Workshops are led by a Scaffold Shakespeare Company Artistic Director.

How much does it cost?

Only £12 per workshop!

And even better, if you book in advance for 4 or more workshops in an 8 workshop cycle, each workshop only costs you £10.

Can I just observe?

All aspects of involvement in the workshop are on a voluntary basis – once you’ve paid your entry, you can manage your involvement on the day with no obligation to read if you don’t want to. With such a reasonably priced workshop, though, we don’t offer a reduced price for those wishing to observe only.

Where are the workshops?

JERWOOD SPACE ,171 Union Street, London SE1 0LN – here’s a link to directions and map

How do I book and pay?

To ensure your place, please book in advance via the booking page. You can book for one or more workshops at a time, and if you book 4 or more at once you get £2 off each workshopTo receive your discount

– add 4 or more workshops to your cart
–  on the CART page, click PROCEED TO CHECKOUT.
– enter the Coupon Code “4ORMORE” and click “APPLY COUPON“. Your discount will be automatically applied.

PLEASE NOTE: Discount code will only work when you are purchasing 4 or more workshops at one time. 

Payments are handled securely by Stripe.

Can I just turn up on the day?

You may, but there is no guarantee of a place. You can pay on the day online via your smartphone or other device. We can accept cash

How do I cancel my booking?

Once a booking has been made it is non-refundable. However, if you are unable to attend, your booking is transferable to another workshop at the same price, or used as a discount on a future masterclass. Please email if you wish to transfer your booking to another workshop.


SHAPE OF THE DAY (timings approximate):

10.15am Doors open (tea, coffee and biscuits provided)

10.30 am Introduction and warm up

10.45 – 1.45 Read the whole play on its feet, re-casting Act by Act (a fifteen minute break to be taken after Act 3)

1.45-2.45 LUNCH

2.45- 3.15 Discussion

3.15-3.45 Back to the text for further exploration – scene work, solo work, further discussion etc.

3.45 BREAK

4.00 – 5.30 Show and Tell: Presenting work explored in the afternoon session

5.30 – 6 Final discussion and Round-up


Book your place at a workshop HERE

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