THE world's largest youth drama festival will feature performances at the Beck Theatre in Hayes on March 21.

The Coram Shakespeare Schools Theatre Festival involves thousands of children performing abridged Shakespeare plays live in professional theatres across the country. 

Taking part has huge benefits for them, boosting communication skills, confidence and team work.

The festival gives young people the opportunity to work together to create modern-day interpretations of Shakespeare.

Teachers who work with Coram have also reported that taking part has had a positive impact on children’s entire education, with improvements in literacy, school attendance, behaviour, motivation and better engagement with the core curriculum.