The 56 young people from schools and colleges in the Midlands will join the professional cast onstage in Romeo and Juliet.

The young people are all aged 12-18 and pupils of schools or colleges in Birmingham, Coventry, Northampton and Warwickshire.

In teams of four they will perform each night in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, sharing the role of the Chorus with the professional cast.

A young woman and two young men rehearsing
Young people from Northampton in rehearsal for Romeo and Juliet
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The young people will take part in three or four rehearsals with the members of the RSC’s Education team, and the Romeo and Juliet creative team. Then they join the professional company for an onstage rehearsal and their public performances, as the production runs in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre until Saturday 21 September.

The 56 young people join us from:

  • Moseley School & Sixth Form, City Academy and Hall Green School in Birmingham
  • Sidney Stringer Academy and President Kennedy School in Coventry
  • Lings Performing Arts Academy, Northampton
  • Stratford-upon-Avon, Campion, Myton, St Benedict’s Catholic High, Shipston High, Kineton High, Welcombe Hills Schools, and Stratford-upon-Avon College in Warwickshire

Hall Green School English Teacher Claire Day said: “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for our students, none of whom have any previous theatre experience. We are hoping that their involvement will fire the interest of all our students.”