A bright start to 2014

As Shakespeare Live embarks on its 26th year of great outdoor Shakespeare we are starting the new season on a high.

We are delighted to inform our members and friends that, following a rigorous application process, the Charity Commission has awarded the company charitable status. This status recognises the benefits Shakespeare Live brings both for our members and for the community to which we belong. Our stated aims as a charity are:

To promote the dramatic arts for the public benefit by producing high quality productions of plays from the Elizabethan and Jacobean period and to advance education in all aspects of the performing arts, in particular but not exclusively for young people’.

We will of course continue to donate as much as our funds allow to local and national charities.

Meanwhile we have also been able to agree a new contract with our hosts at Lackham College which secures our position in this excellent location for several years ahead. So while we get to grips with Becky Fradley-Stokes' exciting production of Macbeth we can look ahead with confidence to future shows. News of the choice of play for 2015 will not be long in coming...

And finally - for the third year running we have been invited to perform in August at The Dell, the RSC's open air space in Stratford. Gill Morrell will take us on a Shakespearean journey through the seasons of the year in 'The rain it raineth every day'. So even when the curtain falls on the main show the drama continues! Details of auditions and casting for this show will follow in due course - watch this space.