REHEARSALS have started for Belper’s first-ever Shakespeare Festival.
Run by the Strutt’s Society, the festival is taking place on Friday and Saturday, December 9 and 10, from 7.30pm, at the Strutts Centre on Derby Road.
Local groups and individuals will be performing drama pieces, including extracts from Macbeth, The Tempest, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello and Hamlet.
There will be a performance by the Chevin Singers and a poetry recital by a group from the U3A.
Belper drama teacher Jeff Moule will perform a prologue featuring extracts from several plays.
On the Saturday afternoon at 2pm there will be a reading of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which members of the public are welcome to participate in.
Other attractions will be Shakespeare-related displays and quizzes.
Tickets for the event are £5. It’s free for children aged under 12 years.
Get your tickets from the newsagents at 31A King Street, or from the Strutts Centre.