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Extra Schools’ performance added for Stafford Festival Shakespeare

Following unprecedented demand, two extra Schools’ matinee shows have been added to the performance schedule of this year’s Stafford Festival Shakespeare production of Macbeth.

The annual Shakespeare production at Stafford Castle has hosted schools from across the county and beyond since its exception back in 1991. This year, with Macbeth being one of the key texts on the GCSE syllabus, the festival is set to be more popular than ever with students eager to get to grips with one of The Bard’s devilishly dark works.

Something wicked this way comes…

As the warrior general Macbeth revels in his victory over the Lords rebellious to King Duncan’s Crown, he is greeted by three weird sisters who through some devilish witchcraft prophesise his own ascent to the seat of Scottish power.

Glimpsing this future foretold, Macbeth and his Lady wife plot a murderous scheme to realise their naked ambitions and secure a royal legacy.

But “blood will have blood” and soon Scotland is plunged back into open rebellion as the toll of dark deeds begin to weigh heavy on the new King and Queen. As his enemies circle, Macbeth realises the tragic futility of his actions before he is eventually slain and order returned to Scotland once more.

Looking ahead to this year’s production, Stafford Festival Shakespeare spokesman, Tom Waldron, is pleased to see ticket sales progressing well:
“We’ve had a fantastic response since the show went on sale last year. In fact, the production is shaping up to be one of our most popular yet with advanced sales currently surpassing those of previous years.

Because the text of Macbeth forms a major part of the GCSE syllabus, we have also taken several large bookings from schools based in Staffordshire and the surrounding counties. The added schools’ matinee performances are expected to book up quickly so I would urge interested parties to contact the box office as soon as possible.”

Macbeth will open on Thursday 28th June and run until Saturday 14th July 2018 at Stafford Castle, with tickets available from just £14.

The school’s matinee performances will take place on Tuesday 3rd and 10th, and Thursday 5th and 12th July at 2pm. Group school bookings must be placed directly through the box office.

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