Great Shakes! Do you remember these Shakespeare plays, workshops and more?
The play’s the thing ... but which one? Every year, schools and professional and amateur companies across East Anglia study, perform and reinterpret a wide range of Shakespearean dramas.
To help mark Shakespeare’s 455th birthday on April 23, here’s a selection of photos from some of the past productions, workshops and Bard-themed events in our region.
According to one recent survey, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is currently the most-performed Shakespeare play around the world, and it is also one of the top titles taught in schools.
That’s certainly borne out locally, with many Dreams taking the stage over the years.
Leiston High School put on a modern interpretation of the magical romantic comedy in 2006, while Felixstowe Academy turned it into a musical in 2013.
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However, another survey shows that Macbeth is the most-taught play at high schools in the UK, and there have been many variedat local productions of this great tragedy too.
Stowupland High School’s drama department put on a bold, highly original production in 2005, with the three witches as “spirits of the dead”,
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On a lighter note, the three witches also featured in a Shakespeare day at Hamonds High School in Swaffham in 1999.
Romeo and Juliet is another very popular choice for schools and drama companies, along with Twelfth Night and The Tempest.
There have been many outdoor productions and Shakespeare-themed events over the years, often in historic settings, including a production of The Tempest at Bungay Castle in 1992 and Wetheringsett Primary School pupils taking part in Macbeth at Framlingham Castle in 2004.