About Shaoke

About Shaoke:

The basic IDEA behind Shakespeare Karaoke:

You experience Shakespeare.
By doing it.

Why does SHAOKE do what it does?
Why should you care?
Read on Macduff!
We have one purpose:
to give Shakespeare newcomers an easier ride than we had.


SHAOKE can teach you the basics of Shakespeare in one easy session.

And in the style of Shakespeare:
• Very short to no rehearsal.
• No time to learn lines or study text and metre.
• Working from what the metre suggests at the moment of delivery.
• Honest open and immediate response to what is said to you.
• Sense of collaboration with the other players.
• Bare stage except for props.
• No fancy or special or stagey accent.
• No one gets killed, hurt, or impregnated.

We provide:

  • Tailored Team Building for Companies.
  • A fund-raising event night for Theatre Groups and their members.
  • Audition preparation for applying to Drama School or for a Shakespeare play.
  • Tailored School workshops based on ANY individual play by Shakespeare.
  • Sessions based on Early Modern Theatre History and EM Acting Practices.
  • Sessions introducing the Man, the Playwright, the Poet, his Legacy
  • Sessions focusing on his Language, Writing Style, and Pronunciation.

All workshops provide a framework and move from the Page to the Stage.
We use simple props and attributes necessary for the scenes.

NO Actor Training – NO English Accent – NO Shakespeare Voice –  NECESSARY

As YOU like it is how we like it!




Date and Time: Sun 12 March 2017 @ 18:00 – 20:00 GMT
Location: SLAM Kings Cross 32 Cubitt Street London WC1X 0LR United Kingdom


HOW does a Shaoke show work?!?

WSC 2016
WSC 2016


Watch this 30 second SHOWREEL

We provide some simple rules for reading.
And provide a quick demonstration.
You quote some famous one-liners.
You graduate to insults and abuse.


We move on to the MAIN theme of the day.
The play's genre determines the theme.
The genres in Shakespeare’s plays are:
Tragedy, Comedy, History, Romance.


Shakespeare should first and foremost be spoken.

You say the words, and you are…
Hamlet, Queen Gertrude, Ophelia, Rozencrantz & Guildenstern
or any ONE of 1223 characters.

Juliet mourns Romeo

How will I know what to do?
A CONTEXT is given for your scene or monologue.
You will know who, what, where, and why you are in the scene.
Props are chosen to help with the action.
The words are projected on a screen.
You bring the words to life,
embodying your relationship with Shakespeare.
The audience reads along, sees and hears the action.


Other themes we investigate, play with, and explore include:


Shakespeare Crimes Investigation R&J Pts 1&2.
Either part can be done independently. Both give the story of R&J Space for EDUCATORS
to be able to extrapolate lesson materials; literary or dramatic.

Part One SCI Verona: Crime Scene. Two detectives at a Crime Scene Investigation.
They find 3 fresh dead bodies of Local Celebrities in the Graveyard.
The killer or killers used the methods of sword, dagger & poison.
This classic who-dunnit is resolved in an hour … DUM DUM.

Part Two SCI Verona: Lore and Ordure.
The Montague lawyer prosecutes the Nurse.
The Capulet Lawyer prosecutes Friar Laurence.
The Judge presiding. Includes surveillance footage …
Jury duty finishes after about an hour … DUM DUM



We tailor each show to your needs. Every show is made bespoke. For you, and by you.


Workshops for SCHOOLS

Shakespeare can be brought down from the ivory tower of the Academy.
Shakespeare can transcend the classroom.
All good teachers know this.
Often you have very little time to prepare.
Let us help you.

School workshops bring Shakespeare's world and words to life.
Focusing on language, literature, drama, and history.

We LOVE Shakespeare

We ZOOM in on the play you are studying.
The play is put into theatrical, historical context.
The students take on character ROLES,
and re-enact the play's story.

Workshops can be made to fit classrooms,
or combine several classes in a lecture hall.

We welcome and encourage post-show student and teacher reviews.

William's entertaining, informative and interactive session
was the perfect ice-breaker for our Introduction to Shakespeare unit.
In a 90-minute session, William demonstrated a range of plays and characters.
After sharing some tricks-of-the-trade, William had our students
queuing up for the karaoke finale! Without doubt, mission accomplished!
Karl Bates
English Teacher, International School Hilversum, The Netherlands.


More Feedback from other schools:

* Thanks again for doing a fantastic job, I really enjoyed your energy and enthusiasm (Beth Flintoff Outreach Director The Watermill Theatre UK)

* The content was just right for our pupils. A great blend and mix of history, superstition, comedy and physical performance. (Mrs R Hine MA, Head of Learning Resources, Berkhamstead School, UK)

*Vorig jaar is William bij ons op Jacob van Liesveldt geweest voor workshops met 4-havo (tto). Dat is ons uitstekend bevallen. (Drs. I.O.M. Oskam, Coordinator Bilingual Department, Penta College, NL)

*Wij hebben er ook erg van genoten en willen je ZEKER volgend jaar weer vastleggen! ( Miranda van den Brink Activiteiten coordinator, Veluws College Walterbosch, NL)


Workshops for ACTORS

The SHAOKE Bootcamp introduces you to the art of speaking Shakespeare's verse.

Do you know the difference between your Verse & Prose?
Is it Iambic Pentameter or Banana Contaminator?
Is the verse blank or rhyming?
Do you know your quatrain from your couplet?
Does it matter?

You can expect:

*Stick work
*Voice warm up
*Verse exploration as a group
*Sonnet work as a group
*Individual sonnet work and presentation


SHAOKE Bootcamp always works towards performance.
Physical work is about awareness and open for all body types.
Vocal work is about awareness and your voice.
Mind work is about Shakespeare’s effect and affect on you.
You do the work.

A Testimonial from Erin Jo Harris:
William Sutton one of the WORLD'S top experts in performing and teaching Shakespeare.
Eric Rasmussen of the RSC Folio & and Paul Prescott – University of Warwick,
both know him well & and agree he's as good as the best!
My private coaching session with Mr Sutton is a huge reason I landed
the role of Rosaline in LLL this summer in Prague.
Do yourself a favor and STUDY WITH THIS MAN!!!

Sonnet Book

Sonnet Book




SIMPLY use the PAYPAL button and drop down menu to ORDER.
The drop down menu for shipping costs reflect the FINAL price you pay.
ISBN: 978-90-9029441-4
We regret the shipping costs being more than the book.
We made a print run of 750 books. Each book signed by the compositor William S.

The Tariffs employed cover these Countries:
EUR1: Austria, Belgium, Denmark (excl. Faro Islands and Greenland), France, (incl. Corsica and Monaco), Germany, Italy (excl. San Marino and Vatican City), Luxembourg, Spain (incl. Balearic, excl. Canary islands), Sweden, United Kingdom (excl. Gibraltar and Channel Islands).
EUR2: All other Countries in Europe (excl. Russia).
Wereld: All other Countries (incl. Russia).

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Some SATISFIED Customers review of the Sonnet book by W.S.

"An engineering and literary critical wonder, all at once, with the added benefit of being compact enough to carry with you."

Douglas Bruster Mody C. Boatright Regents Professor in American and English Literature The University of Texas at Austin

Will Sutton, already a great Shakespeare actor and sonnet performer, has now created a compelling new volume of the Bard’s 154 sonnets. In place of the historical essays and analyses of topics and themes often found in such collections, Sutton begins with a brief explanation of his color-coding system that guides both experienced and novice readers through the actions, thoughts, and structural components of each poem. The volume is brilliant in its simplicity. With it, I am re-exploring works I have been reading, performing, and teaching for decades.
David Alan Stern, PhD Professor of Dramatic Arts
University of Connecticut
Founder and Owner
Dialect Accent Specialists, Inc.

William Sutton long ago memorized all 154 sonnets. He's spoken each poem directly to another human being. And trust me, you'll never really know what a sonnet's about, what it means, and what pound of flesh it demands of you until you speak it to another person. Speaking of performance, William provides readings of the sonnets in Readdle's wonderful Shakespeare Pro app.
He's broken down each sonnet in form and content. Each thought is highlighted, each line ending noted, making understanding both the structure of the poem and the shape of the thought–the rhetorical structure–simply a matter of four colors.

If you can still get a copy of his excellent book on his web site, please do. It's absolutely worth it.

Fun Fact: note how he's structured of the sonnets on the site: they form a sonnet lying on its side!  And so we see that the full set represents the total number of syllables possible in a proper English sonnet (14 lines x 11 syllables). Coincidence? Maybe. Or maybe just genius.

Brian Myers-Cooper, ACTOR in NYC currently memorising all 154 Sonnets.

Here's a sneak preview inside:

Breakdown Sonnetbook

ALSO AVAILABLE for an OUTRAGEOUS Price: All 154 Sonnets read by William on VINYL. COLLECTOR'S LIMITED EDITION Six LP's per box set.

Record 1: A 1-14 B 15-28 <br />

Record 2: C 29-42 D 43-56 <br />

Record 3: E 57-70 F 71-84 <br />

Record 4: G 85-98 H 99-112 <br />

Record 5: I 113-126 J 127-140 <br />

Record 6: K 141-154 <br />

ONLY 4 sets pressed in 2012.<br />

Recorded at FSA Studio Amsterdam Sound Engineer: Stefan Osadzinski




Contact us for Bookings

We LOVE to travel. We are based in Amsterdam.
We will fly in anywhere in Europe for a minimum of
10 participants in a one-day workshop.
All workshops finish with a SHAOKE session

William Sutton
Tel:  00 31 (0)6 28410035
Immediate to 3 hours response time

3 – 24 hours response time

School Workshops
Time  elapsed from first enquiry to performance at school a month – 9 months

Other Workshops
Time elapsed from first enquiry to workshop anywhere from a week to 3 months

Time elapsed from first enquiry to performance anywhere from a week to 3 months.
We LOVE to travel. We are based in Amsterdam. Pitch the idea to your local group of entusiasts.

Here are some of our Patrons in this last year:

– Ministry of Foreign Affairs The Hague (Ministerie van BuZa)
– Schools from Dutch VMBO-T HAVO and VWO level ages 12-18
– International Schools and English Boarding Schools
– The British Library, London
– Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford on Avon
– World Shakespeare Congress, King’s College, London
– In-Players Theatre group Annual Party
– Booking dot com Team-building Party
– Sonnet Workshops in Amsterdam, London, and New York City
– Stortemelk Festival 2016, Vlieland Island, NL
– Esteval da Estrella Festival 2016, Faia, Portugal
– LunchPause mini-SHAOKE show for Effectory, Amsterdam
– Annually recurring 10-week course on Verse-Speaking
at the Media College Film Actors Academy of Hugo Metsers.

  Original Practice Performances with Passion in Practice in 2016 :
-Henslowe speaks! – Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe, London
-Pericles Revisited- Savannah Music Festival, Georgia, USA




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