York schools bring Macbeth to the city soon

York Associate Schools present
by William Shakespeare
York Theatre Royal Main House, 25 & 26 March, 7pm

York Theatre Royal and The Royal Shakespeare Company present our Associate Schools Programme’s Macbeth. Ten York schools will come together across a two-day festival on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 March presenting scenes from Shakespeare’s ultimate story of power and ambition.

The event is in partnership with ten schools across York. The schools participating are: York High School, Scarcroft Primary, Applefields School, Poppleton Road Primary, St.Barnabas CE Primary, Knavesmire Primary, Clifton Green Primary, Millthorpe School, Vale of York Academy and Fulford School.

Julian Ollive, Education Associate and Festival Producer said:

“York Theatre Royal and the RSC are proud and privileged to be working alongside these schools in presenting our Macbeth festival. We are excited to see the schools’ work on stage, which are all presented by large ensembles in the spirit of inclusivity and choral story-telling.”

The Associate Schools programme is a national project run by the RSC in collaboration with regional theatre partners. The programme spreads the breathe of the country and each region develops its own cluster and programme of work with support and training from the RSC.

The ambition of the Associate Schools programme is to bring about a significant change in the way young people experience, engage with and take ownership of the work of Shakespeare. Teachers learn through extensive training how to explore Shakespeare with their students in the way actors do in a rehearsal room, using dynamic, active approaches.

York Theatre Royal supports the teachers throughout the rehearsal process, offering advice to support the teacher in their development as an artist.

This version of Macbeth tells most of the narrative arch of the story with each school telling a short section. Each school will perform under the direction of their teacher, with consistent costumes and scenery giving the evening the feeling of one whole play, rather than individual performances.