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Students from Burlington Danes Academy have
performed an extract from last year’s successful
adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing for Prince
Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall at Southend’s
Palace Theatre.

The event, on Wednesday January 29 was the first in a series celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th birthday.

Burlington Danes Pupils Meet Prince Charles

Sixth form student Fred Gill said: “It was an honour to
perform in front of Prince Charles and to talk to him
afterwards about the variety of dramatic events we
put on at Burlington Danes. He seemed really interested in what I had to say.”

The Prince and Camilla took time during a tour of Essex to watch youngsters from six schools perform scenes from various Shakespeare plays. The royal couple then joined the actors and their teachers on stage for a meet and greet.

Speaking about the Burlington Danes performance, the Prince said: "I particularly enjoyed the last one from Much Ado About Nothing when they all danced. I think the Shakespeare Schools Festival is empowering and it builds confidence in children.“

Burlington Danes Academy’s head boy, Jadon Guthrie, said: “What was perhaps most inspiring
about the day was how genuine and enthusiastic Prince Charles was.”

The Shakespeare Schools Festival is the UK’s largest youth drama festival, providing students from all backgrounds the opportunity to perform Shakespeare in professional theatres.

Chief Executive Penelope Middelboe said: “Shakespeare Schools Festival is about sharing
something so extraordinary that people find the courage to stand on stage and speak some of the greatest words ever written.

“We are so excited to share this with Their Royal Highnesses in this very special year for Shakespeare."

Burlington Danes' Head of Performing Arts Mr Prout said: “Performing Shakespeare in its original form was as exciting for our students today as it has been for the generations of professional actors that have come before them.”

The Burlington Danes ensemble will alsoi visit 11 Downing Street this month for a final rendition in front of government ministers.

Alabama Nutt, Y9, said: “I really enjoyed the thrill of being on stage in front of a live audience and and I can’t wait to do it again at Downing Street.”


February 3, 2014