Julian Ollive, the York Theatre Royal’s education and young actors associate, meets a group of pupils from York High School who visited the theatre as part of a new partnership between the school, the theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The partnership is part of the RSC’s Learning and Performance Network, a long-term programme involving schools, communities and theatres across England, and as part of that, the school and the theatre will be staging performances of Shakespeare’s King Lear by the RSC’s Young People’s group.

Established in 2006, the programme aims to bring about a significant change in the way young people experience the work of Shakespeare.

York High School is working alongside the Theatre Royal as the “hub” school on the network and is looking to recruit up to seven schools from their locality to work closely with them.

The edited version of King Lear brings professional productions into the heart of a school and community, giving students and their families the opportunity to experience Shakespeare live.

The performances will be at York High on November 20 and 21, at 7.30pm, and at the Theatre Royal on November 23, at 7.30pm, and November 24 at 2.30pm.

Tickets are available from York Theatre Royal box office on 01904 623568.