Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Could Your Words Win? TODAY We Announce Details of the Theatre Royal Creative Writing Competition - Part of the Quest to Find the Region's Favourite Shakespeare Character

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Could Your Words Win? TODAY We Announce Details of the Theatre Royal Creative Writing Competition - Part of the Quest to Find the Region's Favourite Shakespeare Character

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IN our bid to find the region's favourite Shakespeare character, The Journal and the Theatre Royal have been urging people to cast their vote.

But today, a little more effort is being requested as the Theatre Royal launches a creative writing competition as part of the campaign.

The rules are simple. You just have to make a case for your favourite Shakespeare character, in no more than 1,000 words, in the form of a poem, a piece of prose, a story or a play script.

Will it be Hamlet who stirs your creative juices, or Lady Macbeth? Might Rosalind inspire you to put pen to paper or Falstaff who sets your fingers racing over the keyboard? The winner of the competition will receive a trip for four people to the recently reopened Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon - home of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

The prize includes accommodation, supplemented travel, four tickets to see a performance and a tour of the theatre's collections and archives.

Two runners-up will each receive four tickets to the forthcoming RSC season at the Theatre Royal.

The names of the winner and the runners-up will be published in The Journal on April 20 - three days before the region's favourite Shakespeare character is announced.

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre reopened in November after a four-year transformation costing pounds 112.8m. It now boasts a viewing tower, an outdoor theatre square and a new auditorium with a thrust stage.

This means the auditorium can now seat 1,000 theatre-goers around three sides of the stage.

At the November opening ceremony, artistic director Michael Boyd announced the RSC's 50th birthday season, which will start in April, marking the half-century since director Sir Peter Hall first established a permanent theatre company in the Warwickshire town where Shakespeare was born.

Anyone entering the creative writing competition should email their entry to hannah.griffith@theatreroyal.co.uk or post it to Hannah Griffith, development officer, Theatre Royal, Grey Street, Newcastle NE1 6BR.

Meanwhile, the quest to find the region's favourite Shakespeare character continues.

The winning character will be sculpted in bronze and put on a plinth at the Theatre Royal - a permanent homage to the world's greatest playwright. …

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