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Shakespeare Schools Festival transforms the life over over 30,000 young people every year.

Through SSF, young people change their attitude to learning. Our process instills curiosity and empathy, aspiration and self esteem - with profound results in and out of the classroom - giving young people the confidence to stride onto whatever stage life has for them.

We believe that Shakespeare can improve the life chances of some of the most deprived young people in the UK, which is why every year we strive to work with those from the hardest to reach backgrounds and with special educational needs.

To make the Festival happen, we need to raise 2 million pounds each year. Please help us secure the future of the Festival.

Latest news

  • Hamlet found not guilty

    On 27 November, the witty defence team comprising of Shaheed Fatima QC and John Kelsey-Fry QC scored a victory as the audience jury found Hamlet, played…

  • “Bursting with pride”

    A guest blog by Ruairi Kal, student performer from Holy Evangelists’ Primary School, about their 2016 Festival performance of Hamlet.

  • 1/4 million lives changed!

    This year, we have reached over ¼ million people nationwide since SSF started 16 years ago. With us, thousands of young people and their teachers from…

  • Celebrate #GivingTuesday with SSF

    We are raising money for our work with special schools all week - please help us reach our target!