The world's largest youth drama festival

About the Festival

Up to 30,000 participants, 1000 schools, 136 theatres, 1 Festival

The annual Festival is Shakespeare Schools Foundation’s flagship project and the world’s largest youth drama festival. We use the unique power of performance to develop self-esteem, articulacy, literacy and teamwork; skills that transform lives. In autumn 2019, a new generation will discover that by performing Shakespeare on a professional stage, they can gain the confidence to aspire and achieve in any walks of life.

Click here to find out more about participating in the Shakespeare Schools Festival.

“The performance was amazingly emotional. It brought a tear to many of the audience, including the staff.  Performing it at a real theatre was such a magical experience; the lights, the music, the real audience, the evening - it added so much that we could simply not replicate at school.” Headteacher, Guildford

Every year, we work with thousands of pupils from every community, background and age group across the UK. Months of preparation culminate in exhilarating performances in professional theatres nationwide; a night which can give confidence and self esteem to last a lifetime.

The 19th Shakespeare Schools Festival runs from October to November 2019. With around 300 performances from Penzance to Falkirk, Barnsley to Belfast, from inner-cities to seaside towns, it promises to be a thrilling experience for all! 

96%
of teachers said that their students were resilient as a result of the Festival

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

About our impact
95%
of teachers reported that their students were better able to empathise with each other

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

About our impact
99%
of teachers said that their students increased in confidence

Every year we help thousands of young people from across the UK become better at teamwork, more confident and more ambitious.

About our impact
97%
of teachers agreed that their students were better at working together as a team

Every year we help thousands of young people from across the UK become better at teamwork, more confident and more ambitious.

About our impact
94%
of students are more likely to seek out new opportunities

With us, young people change their attitude to learning; we instill curiosity, empathy and pride.

About our impact
More than
250,000
young people have taken part in the Festival

At our core is our Festival - the world’s largest youth drama festival.

About our impact

SSF is a cultural education charity that exists to instil curiosity and empathy, aspiration and self-esteem, literacy and teamwork - giving young people the confidence to see that all the world is their stage.

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