The world's largest youth drama festival

International Schools

Perform the worlds of the world's best-loved playwright on a professional stage in Shakespeare's home country

Let us host your performance at one of our professional theatres, and introduce you to schools from the local area. Improve your students' spoken English, and give them a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Schools have joined us from Russia, Egypt, the United States, Spain and Luxembourg, and we can’t wait to welcome you and your students to share and unite in the transformational power of Shakespeare’s works.

"My students have undergone a nearly magical transformation, revealing incredible acting potential. It was an amazing opportunity for professional development and some students have seriously matured during our trip to Edinburgh, being responsible as never before." Ksenia , Teacher-Director, Moscow

January-May: Sign up for the Festival, gain access to all of our abridged scripts and resources

May-June: We schedule you into one of our Festival nights, giving you a selection of professional theatres and dates to choose from

October-November: Join us here in the UK for an unforgettable night of performance. Your students will perform their 30 minute Shakespeare abridgement in a theatre alongside 2 or 3 UK schools from the area, to a paying audience and rapturous applause!

The Festival costs just £719 for international schools (+VAT where applicable).

For this price we provide:

  • A web account to access a wealth of digital resources including drama games, classroom activities, videos, marketing tools and much more!
  • Abridged English Language scripts
  • Creative and logistical email and phone support and advice from the SSF Team
  • Visa invitations if required
  • The opportunity to work with a UK school who will perform at the same theatre
  • An International School handbook, including advice on how to use sound and light in your show, and a guide to the local area in which you will be performing
  • A Performance Day in a professional theatre alongside 2 or 3 local schools, consisting of a half day Tech and Dress Rehearsal, and the performance itself
  • Technical and artistic support throughout the Performance Day

If you are interested in taking part in our Festival, or working with us in another way, email us via festival@shakespeareschools.org.

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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