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Stafford Festival Shakespeare set for announcement of 2018 show

Stafford Festival Shakespeare producers are celebrating another successful show following the final performance of The Tempest at Stafford Castle last Saturday.

Following the storming success of The Tempest earlier this year, producers of Stafford Festival Shakespeare are busy with preparations for the imminent announcement of its 2018 production, which – for the first time in the event’s history – will be a co-presentation from Stafford Gatehouse Theatre and Freedom Leisure working with Stafford Borough Council.

The 28th annual Stafford Festival Shakespeare will once again take place at Stafford Castle, which has played host to the event since the very first production of Henry V in 1991. Since then the festival has been produced by Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on behalf of Stafford Borough Council. However, following its successful bid to deliver the Borough Council’s Leisure and Culture services from December 2017, Freedom Leisure will now partner with the Gatehouse to ensure the ongoing prosperity of the critically-acclaimed festival.

Stafford Festival Shakespeare Producer and Artistic Programme Manager at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, Derrick Gask, said: “It’s been a great year for Stafford Festival Shakespeare – with The Tempest achieving three five star reviews from some notable publications such as The Stage, and attracting over 8,000 visitors to boot! Indeed, we are aiming to build on this success with our 2018 production. Look out for the announcement of next year’s title on Tuesday 31st October.

“On behalf of everyone at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre, it is with great pleasure that we welcome Freedom Leisure to the operating team. With their support the future looks bright for Stafford Festival Shakespeare and we can’t wait for next summer’s show in the magnificent, open-air surroundings of Stafford Castle.”

The 2018 Stafford Festival Shakespeare production will be announced on Tuesday 31st October. For more information about Stafford Festival Shakespeare please visit www.staffordfestivalshakespeare.com


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