Pupils at The King’s School in Chester have taken up the gauntlet thrown down by the Royal Shakespeare Company to honour the bard 400 years after his death.
The company is encouraging schools around the country to stage some or all of William Shakespeare’s popular comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream – a challenge the students couldn’t resist.
Directors Clare Howdon and Ann Marie McMahon have chosen to stage the production in a traverse configuration, with the audience on two sides of the school’s Vanbrugh Theatre so that members can be fully involved throughout.
The senior school students will demonstrate that ‘the course of true love never did run smooth’, in the human nor the fairy realm.
So strong was the enthusiasm to audition for this production that it has been double cast, meaning that the students play different roles on alternate nights. Students have also designed the costumes and the set and will be both backstage and in the sound and lighting box, running the technical side of things during the show.
Performances take place from March 2-5 from 7.30-9.30pm and tickets, priced at £8 and £6 (concessions), can be obtained from www.kingschester.co.uk/whats-on or by ringing 01244 689500.