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Shakespeare Schools Festival 2018

by Laura Johnston

Schools in Knowsley are taking part in the annual Shakespeare Schools Festival once again to celebrate Shakespeare and enjoy weeks of fun learning to perform some of his best work on a professional stage.

The festival, organised by Shakespeare Schools Foundation, is the world’s largest drama festival and it brings together around 30,000 young people from primary, secondary and special schools across the country. By taking part, young people can gain confidence and ambition, as well as improve literacy schools and teamwork.

Shakespeare Schools Festival is just one of the ways Knowsley enjoys keeping Shakespeare’s memory alive and celebrating its fascinating links with the famous playwright. In Elizabethan times, Prescot was the only English town outside of London to have a purpose-built indoor playhouse.

Eighteen Knowsley schools will be performing nine popular Shakespeare stories at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park from 19 to 23 November 2018.

Monday 19 November 2018, 7pm
MacBeth – Malvern Primary School
The Tempest – St. John Fisher RC Primary School
Henry V – St. Michael and All Angels RC Primary School

Tuesday 20 November 2018, 7pm
MacBeth – St. Anne’s RC Primary School
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Junior School
Much Ado About Nothing – Stockbridge Village Primary School
Hamlet – Holy Family Primary School

Wednesday 21 November 2018, 7pm
The Tempest – Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School
Henry V – St Andrew’s The Apostle RC Primary School
MacBeth – St Marie’s RC Primary School
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Whiston Willis Community Primary School

Thursday 22 November 2018, 7pm
The Tempest – Halewood Academy
The Winter’s Tale – All Saints Catholic High School
Hamlet – Our Lady’s RC Primary School
Romeo and Juliet – St Joseph’s The Worker RC Primary School

Friday 23 November 2018, 7pm
The Tempest – Plantation Primary School
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – St Joseph RC Primary School
MacBeth – St Luke’s RC Primary School

To book tickets, you can call 0151 443 2300 or visit Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park on Longview Drive, Huyton L36 6EG

Tickets are £9.75 for adults, £7.75 for children and £6.50 if you buy 20 or more

Rehearsals with St. Joseph’s Primary School in Kirkby

Rehearsals with Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School in Prescot