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Expansion for Shakespeare Schools Festival to mark Shakespeare’s 450th birthday

3:27, 12th November 2012

The department for education is donating £140,000 to Shakespeare Schools Festival to mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth in 2014.

Thousands of students from across the UK will have the opportunity to stage one of Shakespeare’s works in 2014. The Shakespeare Schools Festival is planning to invest £3.2 million to provide 50,000 students with rehearsal and staging advice, as well as a local theatre spaces to rehearse in.

The Shakespeare Schools Festival currently works with 700 schools around the UK; they hope to be working with up to 2,000 schools by 2014.

In 2011, the charity branched out to include primary schools in their work for the first time. The festival aims to continue expanding their annual event into more primary schools.

Education secretary Michael Gove said of the Shakespeare Schools Festival: ‘The festival enables students to bring the plays of the great playwright to life and does fantastic work to improve cultural education in our schools.’

The department for education is also contributing £125,000 to the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) to distribute all secondary state schools with a free copy of RSC Shakespeare Toolkit for Teachers which has a RRP of £50.

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