Shakespeare Schools Festival Comes to Town

The largest youth drama festival in the UK is set to take centre stage at Thwaites Empire Theatre on Thursday, 20th October.

Shortened Shakespeare plays will be performed by local schools, showcasing an interpretation of the Bard as never seen before.

The performance comes as a part of the Shakespeare Schools Festival, which will see 30,000 young people take to the stage nationwide.

Jacub, a pupil who took part in a performance at the 2015 Festival, said: “My heart was beating really fast until I had said all my lines and my bit was over. Then I felt like I wanted to do it all again… It has changed my life.”

The Shakespeare Schools Festival gives primary, secondary and special school pupils from all backgrounds the opportunity to experience the magic of theatre, ultimately transforming lives.

Ruth Brock, Chief Executive at Shakespeare Schools Festival, said: “At SSF, we don’t just believe in the limitless power of Shakespeare to amuse and terrify, move and inspire. We believe that something as scary and inspirational as doing Shakespeare has the power to change lives.”

Chairman of Thwaites Empire Theatre, Michael Berry, said: “The festival is a registered charity and all box office sales go towards enabling them to take even more young people on a magical journey. We hope the local community support this show which encourages pupils from across the UK to get involved with professional theatre.”

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