February 9th, 2012

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Jamie Bamber Announced as Patron for The Globe's Playing Shakespeare Project

Several years ago, The Globe Theatre, in conjunction with Deutsche Bank, created Playing Shakespeare - a project for London schools, with 16,000 free tickets given to students for a full-scale Shakespeare production created specifically for young people. Every year, celebrity patrons help to support the production and, this year, Jamie is one of the patrons. The 2012 production is "A Midsummer Night's Dream". More information about the show, as well as a statement form Jamie, can be found at The Globe's Facebook page:

"I can remember being twelve years old and reading Shakespeare for the first time and it feeling like a foreign language. But I was lucky. I had inspiring teachers and interested parents who shared their love for the plays. I remember laughing hysterically at a production of "Two Gentleman", one of the first at the Globe, and being stunned by the thought that "this stuff is really funny". It changed my life. Thanks to this project thousands of teenagers who would not otherwise get that opportunity will be introduced to Shakespeare's immediacy and hopefully they will find themselves laughing as I did - and who knows where those opportunities will lead?"

I'll update as more information becomes available or you can check out @The_Globe.