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Shakespeare Schools Foundation is proud to present the world's largest youth drama festival at The Lighthouse.

Join us this autumn for an exhilarating evening of theatre, featuring a series of unique abridged Shakespeare productions by local schools.

See Shakespeare's timeless stories brought to life like never before, and support young people from your community as they take to the The Lighthouse stage.


The annual Festival is Shakespeare Schools Foundation’s flagship project and the world’s largest youth drama festival. We use the unique power of performance to develop self-esteem, articulacy, literacy and teamwork; skills that transform lives. In autumn 2019, a new generation will discover that by performing Shakespeare on a professional stage, they can gain the confidence to aspire and achieve in any walks of life.

Every year, we work with thousands of pupils from every community, background and age group across the UK. Months of preparation culminate in exhilarating performances in professional theatres nationwide; a night which can give confidence and self esteem to last a lifetime.

The 19th Shakespeare Schools Festival runs from October to November 2019. With around 300 performances from Penzance to Falkirk, Barnsley to Belfast, from inner-cities to seaside towns, it promises to be a thrilling experience for all! 

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