Canterbury Shakespeare Festival To Kick Off With ‘Romeo And Juliet’ | Arts


The newly established Canterbury Shakespeare Festival will kick off with Romeo And Juliet, as well as a staging of A Midsummer Nights Dream. The outdoor performances will take place on the University of Kent campus, with Romeo And Juliet taking place on the 14th of August until the 16th of August, and A Midsummer Nights Dream playing from the 21st until the 23rd of August.


Creative Director and University of Kent undergraduate, Benjamin Chamberlain, stated that “we rightly celebrate the fact that the character’s from Geoffrey Chaucer’s ‘The Canterbury Tales’ finished their pilgrimage here“, adding that there is also “room to celebrate” William Shakespeare in the city. The festival has also been personally endorsed by Academy Award-nominated actor and University of Kent alumnus, Tom Wilkinson, who said that his first ever Shakespeare play, fittingly, was A Midsummer Nights Dream, and that he played the role of Bottom.


If Canterbury was in need of more Shakespeare before, it certainly isn’t now. You can book tickets here, and further support the festival through its Kickstarter campaign here.



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