Befitting the Bard’s 450th birthday, this year’s national event is the largest to date.
More than 35,000 young people will take to professional stages across the UK, with 130 theatres taking part.
The Festival works with more than 1,000 secondary, primary and special schools, making it possible for them to stage abridged Shakespeare productions.
Each night, up to four schools will perform four different Shakespeare plays.
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