A SHAKESPEAREAN tragedy was avoided when a Stafford coach firm came to the aid of thespians preparing for the annual celebration of The Bard in the town.
Leon's Coaches stepped in to provide a large industrial unit in which the team running the Stafford Shakespeare Festival could construct the large set needed for this year's production of Romeo and Juliet at Stafford Castle.
Director at the family-owned business, Robert Douglas, said when the festival suggested they were struggling to find space to build the set he was more than happy to help.
“The festival has become a significant event for the county and we recognise the importance it holds for the local economy year on year,” he said.
Producer, Derrick Gask, said: “We have always sourced support from local businesses and Leon’s coaches have really shown how the Stafford community come together in moments of need.”
One of Europe's largest open air Shakespeare festivals, the annual Stafford event, now in its 22 year, will see a production of Romeo and Juliet played out against the beautiful and ancient backdrop of Stafford Castle, with all-weather grandstand seating available to accommodate an audience of up to 1000 people.
Commencing on Thursday June 28 and running until Saturday July 14, tickets are priced at £10 for the opening night and Monday evenings and £17.50 on all other dates, and are available from the box office on 01785 254653 or via the official website www.staffordfestivalshakespeare.co.uk.