The Shakespeare Society of Southern Africa


The Shakespeare Society of Southern Africa (SSOSA) was founded to encourage and stimulate engagement with the works of William Shakespeare.

It seeks to enrich the study of Shakespeare in schools and institutions of higher education; to stimulate interest in Shakespeare among the general public by means of productions, readings, lectures, courses, seminars and conferences; to act as an information centre covering research, publications, translations, and performances of Shakespeare’s works; to publish and distribute literature on Shakespeare; and to liaise with organisations, groups and individuals with similar aims. 

Shakespeare ZA is a SSOSA initiative.

For a summary of the Society’s activities at national level in recent years, please consult the president’s reports for 2016-17 and 2017-18. More information about branch-level activities can be found here.


As a national body, SSOSA is a project of the Grahamstown Foundation and enjoys the administrative support of the Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA) at Rhodes University. The executive committee comprises members based in Gauteng, the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape. In addition, the society has autonomous branches in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Grahamstown/Makhanda and Port Elizabeth.

If you would like to find out about the activities of one of these branches, or start your own SSOSA branch, please contact us. A combined report on the activities of the Grahamstown/Makhanda, Johannesburg and Cape Town branches in 2017-18 can be viewed here. Download the SSOSA newsletters from 2012, 2013 and 2014, or the combined reports from 2016-17, to read about branch activities in recent years.


The Shakespeare Society also offers a free “Youth Membership” to high school learners and teachers with the following benefits:

* Opportunities to meet and observe professional actors and directors at work

* Links to Literature and Drama departments at various South African universities

* Discounts on tickets to productions of Shakespeare’s plays.

You can download the application form here and email it to us.


To download a copy of the constitution in its current form, click here.