Schools get ready for Bard’s big birthday bash

The Capitol Theatre is delighted to mark Shakespeare’s 450th birthday by throwing him the biggest party he has ever seen with the largest Shakespeare Schools Festival to date.

Photo by Sean Afnan
Photo by Sean Afnan

The event takes place on Monday and Tuesday, November 3 and 4, at 7pm.

Some 35,000 young people will take to professional stages across the UK.

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From Southampton to Inverness, from Londonderry to Norwich, 130 theatres will be hosting a party to remember and The Capitol is joining in the fun.

The Shakespeare Schools Festival is the UK’s largest youth drama festival and enables more than 1,000 primary, secondary and special schools to stage abridged Shakespeare productions in their local professional theatre.

Each night three schools will perform three different Shakespeare plays. Come and party with Shakespeare and celebrate the achievements of your local schools in a wonderful evening of entertainment.

Sir Tom Stoppard, SSF Patron, said: “Had I encountered something like Shakespeare Schools Festival, I believe my life would have bounced forward over some of the inhibitions and incomprehensions of adolescence.

“Childhood deserves such luck.”

Tickets for the show cost £9 (concessions £6.50, groups 20+ £6). Call the box office on 01403 750220 or visit