The poetry of William Shakespeare will be echoing through the halls of a Chester high school between now and the height of summer.

Queen’s Park High has forged a new relationship with the Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre which will see actors from this summer’s productions using the school for rehearsals.

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The Handbridge school is hosting the cast and creative crew for their rehearsals of the Shakespeare plays As You Like It and The Two Gentlemen of Verona, as well as a new adaptation of the children’s classic Stig of the Dump, which will be performed in rep between July 1 and August 21.

The cast of 16, made up of equal numbers of men and women, will be based at the school for 10 weeks.

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Alex Clifton, artistic director of Storyhouse, said: “We are really thrilled with our new partnership with Queen’s Park High. We hope the school’s pupils can feel part of the open air theatre and be inspired by the work we are creating there.”

Lyndsay Watterson, headteacher of Queen’s Park High, said: “Working in partnership with Storyhouse is an enviable position for a school to be in, as the opportunities it affords bring the professional world of the performing arts in line with our students’ learning experiences.”

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Tickets for Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre are on sale now, go to www.grosvenorparkopenairtheatre.co.uk