Pupil Ben Crick from Stamford School filmed for BBC Shakespeare final

Stamford School pupil Ben Crick and head of drama Anneke Davies with BBC film crew members Fabienne Panto and Josie Besbrode
Stamford School pupil Ben Crick and head of drama Anneke Davies with BBC film crew members Fabienne Panto and Josie Besbrode

A YOUNG actor had a visit from a film crew as he prepared for the final of a Shakespeare competition.

A BBC crew came to Stamford School earlier this month to film Year 10 pupil Ben Crick.

Ben, 15, from Primrose Way, Stamford, is one of nine finalists in the Off By Heart Shakespeare competition.

The crew filmed Ben around the school and at home. They also interviewed head of drama Anneke Davies.

The competition, which ends on Sunday in Stratford-upon-Avon, is being turned into a documentary which will air on BBC 2 in April.

Ben said: “I was quite nervous at the start of the day, but really enjoyed having the cameras follow me around.

“I’m excited about the final and have learnt my script, but am looking forward to the coaching sessions to help improve my performance.”

The grand final began on Wednesday. It consists of a four day workshop culminating in a final performance on Sunday.

Each finalist has received expert coaching and mentoring from the Royal Shakespeare Company.