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National Theatre signs up to free theatregoing scheme for 4,500 schoolchildren

Sir Robin Wales (right) and Tania Wilmer (centre) at the launch of Every Child a Theatre Goer in 2016 Sir Robin Wales (right) and Tania Wilmer (centre) at the launch of Every Child a Theatre Goer in 2016
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The National Theatre is partnering with Stratford Circus Arts Centre to allow 4,500 schoolchildren to see a free Shakespeare production.

It is part of the annual Every Child a Theatre Goer initiative by the London Borough of Newham and is the first time that the NT has collaborated with the project.

Stratford Circus has been running the project for four years, and this year 4,500 children from 67 primary schools in Newham will see a free Bollywood-themed adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, created by a team at the National.

As part of its residency, the NT will also run an education programme alongside the show, allowing children to discover what goes into creating a production and the roles surrounding it, including the director, designer, choreographer and technicians.

Alice King-Farlow, director of learning at the National, said she was delighted to be working with Stratford Circus – with which the NT has previously worked on other education programmes.

“It’s fantastic to work with schools, teachers and partners who share our belief that all young people should have access to inspirational theatre and that the arts are a vital part of the school curriculum,” she said.

The scheme runs from January 18 to February 1 in partnership with Newham Council and the mayor of Newham, Robin Wales, who said: “Despite the cuts to our budget, we have continued to invest in this programme as it is vital in nurturing the creativity and imaginations of our children and helps to lay the foundations for their future success.”

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