A group of primary school children has been praised for a performance of Romeo and Juliet in a Northampton theatre.
A total of 28 year six pupils at Nicholas Hawksmoor Primary School in Towcester performed the Shakespeare play in front of a paying audience at the Deco Theatre earlier this month.
Andrea Curtis, headteacher of Nicholas Hawksmoor Primary School, said: “What has been so outstanding is how well these children have mastered the Shakespearian language in learning their parts.
“It certainly isn’t the easiest of plays to act. We are all so proud of what they have achieved and the level of professionalism they have shown throughout. They’ve had great fun and learned so much, it was an experience I’m sure they’ll never forget.”
Nicholas Hawksmoor was the only school in Towcester and surrounding area that took part in the Shakespeare School Festival.
On the night they performed alongside three other schools, two of which were secondary schools, all based in Northampton. They then performed to the rest of the school the following morning.
James Driver, year six teacher and director of Romeo and Juliet, said, “The children did an absolutely amazing job. It would have been easy to feel intimidated performing on such a big stage, in front of so many people, but they all rose to the challenge and gave a performance to be truly proud of.
“The organisers of the event commented on their professionalism throughout the day. Some of the parents of the secondary school students were heard saying they could not believe children from a primary school could produce something of such high quality. I am immensely proud of them all.”
The Shakespeare Festival is the UK’s largest youth drama festival and involves more than 1,000 schools and 150 professional theatres.