It was great to watch our pupils perform an abridged Shakespeare’s ‘Anthony and Cleopatra’ in the West End this week in the 2017 Schools’ Shakespeare Festival.   Forty minutes of real perfection, it was really enjoyable and we were very proud of all our pupils. Well done.

The play is over 400 years old and tracks the friendship between Cleopatra (the last ruler of Egypt; after her Egypt became part of the Roman Empire) and Mark Antony (one of three rulers of Rome at the time) from the time of the Sicilian revolt to Cleopatra's suicide during the Final War of the Roman Republic.  What was so great was the fact that the cast clearly understood what they were saying: an obvious point perhaps but not always the case with Shakespeare.

Success is the result of commitment, graft and hard work: in this case, months of learning lines, rehearsals, instruction from the performing Arts team, making costumes and props. There is a lesson for all of us to learn  here! You get what you work for.