Shakespeare Schools Foundation

Shakespeare Schools Foundation

Charity information

Shakespeare Schools Foundation

We use the unique power of Shakespeare to transform lives.

Our annual Festival uses a rigorous and supportive process to train teachers and young people in an active and ambitious way of working with Shakespeare.

Months of preparation culminate in exhilarating performance evenings; young people playing Shakespeare in professional theatres - hundreds of nights across the country, every autumn.

Founded 2000

  • Mission statement

    Shakespeare Schools Festival is for everybody. We work with secondary schools, primary schools and special schools throughout Britain. We specifically target disadvantaged schools, using Shakespeare’s language to impart articulacy, confidence and team-work while providing the occasion for young people to believe in themselves and be supported by family and friends.

    SSF trains teachers to direct and stage their own Shakespeare productions via a unique combination of scripts, resources and workshops giving them the tools to engage a whole class, from ages eight to 18 and of any ability. Every autumn, the Festival sees four schools a night each perform a different half-hour Shakespeare play in their local professional theatre.

  • Aims

    Shakespeare Schools Foundation aims to:

    • increase engagement with and appreciation of Shakespeare
    • increase engagement with education
    • improve life skills and promote social cohesion
    • encourage lifelong participation in the arts
    • increase confidence aspiration, and achievement
  • Overview

    Established: January 2000

    Registered Charity Number: 1164676

    Full time staff: 25

    Part time staff: 1

    Phone number: 020 7601 1819

    Address: 140 London WallLondon EC2Y 5DN

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  • Shakespeare for everyone

    SSF unites; we give 30,000 young people the skills needed to perform Shakespeare on a prof... More