Shakespeare Schools Festival

The annual Shakespeare Schools Festival South Africa presents its 13th year with its longest season yet.

The festival will takes place for a week with 21 confirmed groups performing over 6 days under this year's fest – themed Unplugged and Illuminated in 2023.

This festival showcases blossoming young South African talent and it is a catalyst for youth empowerment.

For more than a decade the festival has developed a non-competitive, fully inclusive environment where school-going youth can build confidence, improve on life skills and have their voices are heard, acknowledged, encouraged, challenged and respected.

Importantly too, the festival welcomes learners with different abilities and physical challenges such as the Adelaide Tambo Special School who, like their peers, continues to deliver ground-breaking and moving theatre productions year after year.

One of the unique aspects of this festival is that the Shakespeare plays are no more than 35 minutes in duration. The full range of Shakespeare plays is on offer with texts also available in isiXhosa,

The Shakespeare Schools Festival South Africa has grown into Africa’s largest youth drama festival event with a purely Shakespeare focus.

Date: 5-10 September

Time: Tues-Sun 7pm

Price: R110 | R65 kids U 10

Venue address: The Lesedi at Joburg Theatre, 163 Civic Blvd, Braamfontein, Johannesburg

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Wheelchair accessibility: Yes


Tel: +27 83 289 7741