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Suffolk theatre produces children’s festival for Shakespeare 400 celebrations

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

A festival of theatre performed by children at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds will mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

The Bard in Bury festival is inviting local school children aged between eight and 16 to explore and perform extracts from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

As part of the festival, teachers will attend a directing workshop and, with their students, watch a performance of the play performed by students from LAMDA, between April 13 and 16.

Following this, each participating school will perform an excerpt from the play on the stage of the theatre as part of an evening’s performance. The aim is for the excerpts to make a complete performance of the play.

Georgina Stone, the theatre’s education officer, said: “This is the perfect way to mark Shakespeare’s legacy, by filling the theatre with young people to perform one of his most illustrious plays.”

Meanwhile, actor Harriet Walter is to take part in a fundraising event for the venue. She will appear in conversation with Libby Purves on February 22.

The theatre has to raise £200,000 annually to support its work on and off stage.