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Curtain falls on most successful show in over a decade for Stafford Festival Shakespeare

The 28th annual Stafford Festival Shakespeare production of Macbeth was performed for the final time at Stafford Castle last Saturday, with producers celebrating one of the most successful shows on record for over a decade.

During the show’s run of a little over two weeks, 10,988 people attended a performance at Stafford Castle – which is nearly 3,000 more than last year’s production of The Tempest and the highest attendance figure since Romeo and Juliet back in 2005.

What’s more, the show received unanimous critical acclaim, including a five star review from prestigious title, The Stage, for the second year running.

Stafford Festival Shakespeare spokesman, Thomas Waldron, says:
“My word, what an incredible six weeks it has been! It’s hard to believe that we only began rehearsals for the show early last month – it’s been a hell of a ride since then. Certainly, we’ve been blessed with some exceptionally sunny weather these last few weeks – which poses its own challenges for everyone working on site at Stafford Castle – and thanks must go to our wonderful cast and crew for their tireless efforts.

“On behalf of the Creative Team and all of us at Stafford Festival Shakespeare I would also like to extend our gratitude to the fabulous audiences who came to see the show this summer and who helped make the production one of our most successful on record. To have nearly 11,000 people make the trip up to the Castle is truly astounding and we’ve been completely bowled over by the positive reaction.

“However, we are certainly not resting on our laurels. Plans are already in the works for next year’s show and we will no doubt be making an announcement in the coming month or two about the title for 2019. Watch this space.”

This year’s production of Macbeth was the 28th annual Stafford Festival Shakespeare produced by Stafford Gatehouse Theatre on behalf of Freedom and Leisure, working in partnership with Stafford Borough Council.


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