Acting staff, students and alumni deliver open-air Shakespeare festival


A free Shakespeare festival featuring over 80 students, staff or alumni from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Acting is currently wowing audiences in the Bard’s home town of Stratford-upon-Avon.

The Shakespeare in the Park festival, organised by RBCA Deputy Principal Danièle Sanderson alongside RBCA tutor John Partridge – also director of Tread the Boards Theatre Company and Attic Theatre in Stratford - is presenting productions of Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing over the coming weeks.

Using the recreational ground in Swan’s Nest Lane, Stratford, the festival consists of eight plays over four weekends, comprising of three days of rehearsals then live productions for two days.

Danièle said, “We wanted to give students, who have missed opportunities to perform as a result of COVID, have fun and remember what acting to an audience feels like. This is open air Shakespeare intended as an antidote to lockdown.”

  • 3 and 4 July: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 12noon and 4pm; Macbeth, 2pm and 6pm.
  • 10 and 11 July: The Tempest, 12noon and 4pm, Twelfth Night, 2pm and 6pm.
  • 17 and 18 July: The Taming of the Shrew, 12noon and 4pm; Much Ado About Nothing, 2pm and 6pm.

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