Shakespeare Festival

SaTG Shakespeare Festival 2016

Saturday April 23 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of the world’s greatest playwright and storyteller.   To commemorate Shakespeare’s creative legacy, The Shakespeare at The George Trust is curating a day of family-friendly activities and workshops celebrating all of the best bits of Shakespearean theatre. And it’s all completely free.

For one day only, all the world really will be a stage as we transform Commemoration Hall into Huntingdon’s very own Globe theatre.   Festival visitors will be able to get involved in all aspects of Shakespeare’s plays; from learning how to stage a sword fight to composing an Elizabethan ditty, from promenading in full costume to taking part in a Shakespearean dance.

Throughout the day, Festival visitors will also be able to enjoy short performances by local groups inspired by Shakespeare’s most famous plays and record themselves reading some of his most beautiful sonnets.

The festival will close with a director and actor masterclass delivered by celebrated Cambridge theatre director and Shakespearian author Stephen Siddall with a very special guest.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day.

When:  10.30am – 5.30pm, Saturday 23 April

Where:  Commemoration Hall, 39 High Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3AQ

Entry to the festival and all workshops / performances is free but pre-booking your place is advised as we expect it to be very popular.  Click on the session you are interested in to find out more and to reserve your free tickets.


10.30 – 11.00: Shakespearean Costume parade around town (starting at Commemoration hall, no tickets needed)

11.15 – 12.15: Music and dance workshop, presented by SaTG musical director, Roy Bellass

12.30 – 13.00: Romeo & Juliet, the 30 minute edit, performed by Hunts Youth Theatre

13.15 – 14.15: Weaponry and sword fighting workshop, presented by SaTG sword-master Nic Cole

14.30 – 15.00:Inspired by Shakespeare’ music written and performed by Peppercorns Academy

15.15 – 16.15: Costume exhibition (including dress up), presented by SaTG Wardrobe mistress Jo Fradley

16.30 – 17.30: Shakespeare Masterclass delivered by Stephen Siddall

Other activities:

Throughout the day, visitors will be able to learn to deliver Shakespearean sonnet which they can record to video for posterity (no need to book)

There will also be a Shakespearean treasure hunt challenging visitors to find copies of the ten most popular Shakespeare plays ‘hidden’ in the windows of participating local businesses & the library (no need to book)