Underfunding access to Shakespeare ‘denying children their birthright’

The Belfast Telegraph, 16 March 2016

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s artistic director said underfunding access to Shakespeare was “denying children their birthright”.

Gregory Doran, who was appointed in 2012, described the impact of the RSC’s education programme and committed to prioritising it further as he delivered the annual Richard Dimbleby Lecture in the Bard’s 400th anniversary year.

He said: “In Shakespeare’s jubilee year, it’s one of my priorities as artistic director of the RSC to see that I can do all that I can so children at school today are given access (to see Shakespeare).

“As well as bringing our productions to new audiences in China and across the world, we are keen to extend the reach of Shakespeare into our own communities at home here in the UK, and it is one of the aspects of our work of which I am most proud.

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