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21 April 2016

Stirling Castle plays starring role in youth Shakespeare festival

The Great Hall at Stirling Castle is set to take centre stage for pupils from Dunblane High School on Tuesday 26th April, as budding young actors perform a showcase of Shakespeare.

A general view of Stirling Castle, showing the gate house, royal palace and the roof of the great hall.

The Great Hall at Stirling Castle is set to take centre stage for pupils from Dunblane High School on Tuesday 26th April, as budding young actors perform a showcase of Shakespeare.

The event is one of many taking place across the country in the 400th year since Shakespeare’s death. Some of Britain’s top cultural, creative and educational organisations are marking ‘Shakespeare400’ with a range of public performances, programmes, exhibitions and creative events.

S2 pupils from Dunblane will offer theatrical performances from the comedy ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, as well as excerpts from the much loved tragedies ‘Macbeth’ and the tale of the star crossed lovers, ‘Romeo & Juliet’.

Eleanor Muir, Visitor Experience Manager at Stirling Castle, said:

“We’re very pleased to welcome these young performers to the castle, which is a truly atmospheric backdrop for them to share what they’ve been learning about one of Britain’s most famous writers. It’s fantastic to see young people so enthused by literature and history, and I’m sure they’ll give our visitors an afternoon to remember as they bring some of Shakespeare’s best loved plays to life in the Great Hall.”

The S2 pupils have been studying Shakespeare, exploring Elizabethan life and have created an array of materials to convey their appreciation of the Bard and his iconic works. They will be on hand at the castle to tell visitors about their findings on the day.

The ancient home of Scottish Kings and Queens becomes stage again on July 27th and July 28th for a full-length performance from professional touring theatre company Chapterhouse who will perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Dunblane High School’s Shakespeare Festival takes place on Tuesday 26th April, and is included in admission to Stirling Castle.

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