This year marks Shakespeare's 450th birthday and everyone at Shakespeare Schools Festival think that's a brilliant reason to celebrate. This autumn, we are throwing him a birthday party. In fact, we are throwing the biggest party he has ever seen in the form of our largest Festival to date. 35,000 young people will take to professional stages across the UK. From Southampton to Inverness, from Londonderry to Norwich, 130 theatres will be hosting a party to remember.
But this isn't just a party for Shakespeare. This is a party for every young person taking part. Shakespeare is a part of their cultural heritage, and our young actors have been reclaiming him as their own for the last 14 years. Through performing Shakespeare, young people gain in confidence, self-belief and unlock their potential. Last year, 84% of audience members said attending a performance had positively changed their perception of the young people in their community. This is their party, but they need your help to make it truly unforgettable.
By donating, you are helping make the party happen and allowing young people across the UK to be part of the celebration.