All The Worlds A Stage - The Directory Group

All the world's a stage

Alton paid homage to Britain’s most famous bard, as talented young actors took to the stage to perform the works of Shakespeare.

Marking the 400th anniversary of the writer’s death, Alton’s Public Gardens were transformed into an open-air theatre, with original modern adaptations of Shakespeare’s most famous works by students from Alton College, Amery Hill School, Eggar’s School and Bordon Junior School.

The afternoon began with an enthusiastic performance of scenes from 'The Merchant of Venice' by students from Amery Hill School. Alton College were next to perform, coordinated by Nicola Kingsley, Head of English and Performing Arts.

Students from Eggar's School were on top form with excellent performances from a recent school production, the hilarious ‘Twelfth Night’ and the famous speech from ‘As you Like it’.

The last play was ‘The Tempest’, performed by the youngest actors of the day, Bordon Junior School.

Their Deputy Head Teacher Jon Reilly said: “It was such a privilege for our pupils to be involved in such a fantastic event. It has certainly whet the children’s and the school’s appetite to learn even more about the life and work of William Shakespeare."

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