The basic IDEA behind Shakespeare Karaoke:

You experience Shakespeare.
By doing it.


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

• No rehearsal.
• No learning lines.
• No fancy or special or stagey accent.
• No one gets killed, hurt, or impregnated.

We provide:

  • Tailored Team Building for Companies.
  • Audition preparation for applying to Drama School or for a Shakespeare play.
  • Tailored School workshops based on ANY individual play by Shakespeare.

All workshops move from the Page to the Stage.
We use simple props and attributes.

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


HOW does a Shaoke show work?!?

We provide some simple rules for reading.
You quote some famous one-liners.
You graduate to insults and abuse.
We move on to the MAIN theme of the day.
You say the words, and you are…
Hamlet, Queen Gertrude, Ophelia, Rozencrantz & Guildenstern
or any ONE of his 1223 characters.

Watch this 30 second SHOWREEL

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.

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

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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 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!!!


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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

Email: william@shakespearekaraoke.com
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 past:

– 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.

Speechwork for Internationals

Welcome to Speechwork for Internationals!

WS at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Speech is your birthright. It took years to learn and since then it’s been effortless, right?

When i first started acting, i got lucky. Fascinated by accents and dialects at an early age. My parents were Scottish (Edinburgh and the Borders) who lived in Lancashire, North West England. Emigrating to suburban Toronto in Canada changed the way i spoke. After University, i moved on again to my adopted city of Amsterdam. Here i discovered acting and began to study the necessary skills. But this isn’t about me.

It’s about YOU, the professional who uses their voice to persuade, delight, and sell.

We rarely give our voices any training. You may devote hours each week to physical fitness, yoga, or meditation. So why not take control of your voice?

Instant gratification in voice training is an illusion. Yes, it takes time and effort.                Results are gradual. Applying yourself, your results can quickly be significant.

The solution? Let us teach you about your voice, so that YOU have control.

Our approach is through the 4 P’s of Voice (as per KT Speechwork)

1. People – Your unique Voice

2. Posture – Your Mouth and Vocal Tract

3. Prosody – Your Tune, Melody, Pitch, Rhythm, and Intonation

4. Pronunciation – Your Speech Sounds and Accent

After you have discovered YOUR speech apparatus, you learn how to apply it in learning accents.

The 1 day BASICS workshop:

An amazing 5 hours introducing you to the 4 P’s of your Voice.                                                            You will leave knowing what your voice can do, and where you need to concentrate your further development. Awareness is the key.

PLUS an awesome Voice Warm Up reinforcing what you learned, step by step.

PLUS a new community of people like you developing themselves and gaining control.

PLUS a 50 euro discount on any further courses you follow.

PRICE:  75 euros (incl. btw)

Maximum 8 participants.

SIGN UP via mail: iloveshakespeare@me.com