A Shakespearean treat for Leeds youngsters

TREAT: A schools' performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
TREAT: A schools' performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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SCHOOL children from across Leeds have been treated to an authentic Shakespearean experience at the Rose Theatre in York.

Thousands of young people have seen Shakespeare brought to life on stage at the temporary theatre, which has been designed to replicate the original Rose Theatre, built on the south bank of the River Thames in London in 1587. A bursary scheme is funding 3,000 tickets for school children who may otherwise have been unable to attend the theatre during its spell in the city.

James Cundall, chief executive of Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, and creator of Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, said: “Seeing a Shakespeare play live in the environment that it was intended for is a unique experience which, I believe, brings it to life in a way that can’t be achieved by hearing or reading the play in a classroom.”