What You Will 2023 Winners!

“Sound trumpets”(Henry VI)

Following eight wonderful months of reimagining Shakespeare, we're thrilled to announce the Winners of our 2023 What You Will competition. The response we received was astounding and all Finalists brought us immense joy at last night's Celebration Gala in London's West End.

It was a tough decision for our Judges to shortlist the hundred of entries we received, as each piece showcased a deep grasp of Shakespeare's language, emotional maturity, and remarkable intellectual insight—qualities often beyond adults' reach.

What You Will Winners Photo: David Monteith-Hodge - Photographise

Initially launched to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's First Folio, What You Will has grown into something much more. We've witnessed first-hand the unique power of young people making Shakespeare their own. It's a testament to the brilliance and passion of young voices, and we have been honoured to place their stories centre stage.

The young talent onstage last night was outstanding, and we're eager to showcase their achievements (cue rapturous applause) as the Winners of our 2023 What You Will competition.

Our Winners

8 - 11
Toby Barnett-Jones
The Winter's Tale

12 – 16
Annabelle Francis-Baker
The Porter

17 – 21
Corb Calow Davies
Much Ado About Nothing

22 - 25
Aoife Parr
Titus Andronicus

The World's Mine Oyster Award
(English as an additional language)

Kira Barylnyk
Romeo and Juliet

The Reimagining Award (SEND)
Bensham Manor School

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young people have taken part in the Festival

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