The University of Wolverhampton in Stafford is one of the main sponsors of the Stafford Festival Shakespeare, which is currently taking place at Stafford Castle until Saturday 13th July 2019.

Established in 1991, Stafford Festival Shakespeare has fast become one of Europe’s largest open air Shakespeare productions and this year the tragic-comedy the Merchant of Venice, is being performed against the striking background of Stafford Castle, in a purpose-built auditorium under the stars.

Trevor Humphreys, University of Wolverhampton in Stafford’s centre co-ordinator, said: ‘We are continuing to build on our presence in the Staffordshire area and as well as our short courses and public lectures we’ll be offering foundation degrees from September this year. As well as becoming a sponsor of the Stafford Gatehouse Theatre we have offered support to enable Stafford Festival Shakespeare to put on its boldest production yet. We have already offered lectures relating to Shakespeare and will be holding another ‘To Brexit or not to Brexit – has Shakespeare become the mascot of Brexit Britain?’ later this month’.

Jemma Harrison, Marketing and Sales Manager at Stafford Gatehouse said: ‘The Gatehouse is so grateful for the sponsorship and support that the University have given to us this year. It is through partnerships like this that we are able to reach all members of the community and engage with groups whose access to the arts is perhaps more limited. As we continue to work together we hope to provide opportunities for current and prospective students to gain valuable experience within a professional theatrical environment.’

Anyone interested in the FREE lecture on 17th July can book their tickets at or pop in to the University of Wolverhampton in Stafford, 2a Staffordshire Place, Stafford ST16 2LP.