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Stafford Festival Shakespeare lauds international appeal

Producers of Stafford Festival Shakespeare are preparing to welcome three very special, international guests to a performance of this year’s critically-acclaimed production of The Tempest at Stafford Castle.

Now in its 27th year, the festival has attracted many thousands of visitors from far and wide during the course of its history. This year, however, three Chinese nursing students have travelled across the globe to take up residence at the nearby Stoke Royal Hospital and have identified the production at Stafford Castle as one of the local, cultural delights to sample during their stay.

Indeed, when Producer Derrick Gask was made aware of the student’s interest in seeing the show, he was more than happy to provide complimentary tickets to make their visit extra special:

“It’s an absolute pleasure to be able to welcome our guests from the Far East to this year’s Stafford Festival Shakespeare” commented Gask.

“The festival’s reputation has grown significantly over the last few years – a point reflected in the five star reviews The Tempest has received from numerous, high-profile publications – but reaching an international audience is something really special. Who knows, we may see many more international visitors to the production at Stafford Castle in the years to come” concluded Gask.

Karen Hertz, Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Trauma and Orthopaedics at Stoke Royal Hospital, said:

“University Hospitals of North Midlands is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for hip fracture care. As a result of this, the unit’s team has participated in educational programmes across the world. As part of this work they have welcomed three nurses from The Sixth Peoples Hospital in Shanghai China for a two month educational programme. The local community have been very supportive in ensuring that the nurses’ experience is not just clinical but also reflects the rich history and culture of The UK and of the local surroundings. As part of this, Stafford Gatehouse Theatre has kindly donated tickets for the nurses to attend an evening performance of The Tempest at Stafford Castle.”

The Tempest will run until Saturday 8th July 2017 at Stafford Castle. Full ticket information and this year’s catering options can be obtained from the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting www.staffordfestivalshakespeare.com

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