The Theatre Royal, in Bury St Edmunds, is launching a children’s Shakespeare Festival to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death.
The Bard In Bury festival is inviting schools with pupils aged 8 to 16 to take part, explore and then perform one of Shakespeare’s most loved plays A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Teachers will be able to attend a Directing Shakespeare workshop and along with their students will watch a performance of the play by acting students from LAMDA who perform it at the theatre from April 13 to 16.
After that, each school taking part will create its own version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream using excerpts from the original text.
Later this year each school gets to perform on stage at the Theatre Royal as part of a whole evening performance.
Georgina Stone, the theatre’s education officer, is heading up the festival.
She said: “This is the perfect way to mark Shakespeare’s legacy, by filling the theatre with excited young people to perform one of his most illustrious plays.
“We don’t just want to pay lip-service to the Bard, we want to celebrate his genius, and we want his work to come alive in Bury St Edmunds and at the Theatre Royal.”