Pupils from three local primary schools will be performing in a creative festival inspired by the works of Shakespeare at Weymouth Pavilion.

The Shakespeare By The Sea festival is entering its third year and will see three classes perform abridged versions of Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet to a live audience on Wednesday, February 7 at 6.30pm.

Casts from St. John’s Primary School in Weymouth, The Prince of Wales School in Dorchester and Southill Primary School in Weymouth are currently rehearsing for the event.

Event organiser Gary Spracklen, headteacher at The Prince of Wales School, said: “This is a unique event that will again create lifetime memories for south Dorset schoolchildren.

"The event promises to be a spectacular celebration of creativity and we warmly welcome everyone to cheer the children on for what for many of them will be their first time on a professional stage”.

Dorset Echo: Pupils from Southill Primary School in rehearsal for Romeo and Juliet.

Over 120 children will be taking part in this year’s festival across Weymouth and Dorchester.

Mr Spracklen said the schoolchildren have thrived immersing themselves creatively in the world of Shakespeare.

“There is a real buzz of excitement about this year's festival. Children across the school have been watching with anticipation as they have seen swords and tartan costumes heading into the hall followed by battle sounds and cries from our Macbeth rehearsals!

“Shakespeare in year four is now a tradition at our school and something every child looks forward to taking part in.

"We cannot wait for the curtain to be raised on February 7 and for the whole world to see the talent and passion our young people have for Shakespeare and his classic works!"

Organisers also invite sponsors to take part in this year’s festival with three different tiers available.

A £100 bronze sponsorship includes a quarter page mention in the event programme and two complimentary tickets. A £250 silver sponsorship includes a half page programme mention and four tickets and a £500 gold includes a full-page mention in the programme and eight tickets.

Tickets for the festival are available to book via The Weymouth Pavilion Box Office or on the theatre's website: https://weymouthpavilion.com/shows/shakespeare-by-the-sea/