The Sam Wanamaker Festival is a springboard for aspiring actors. Last year Naeem Hayat played Richard III in his duologue at the Festival and was recently cast as Hamlet in the Globe Theatre’s world-wide tour of the play, which started rehearsals this week. Naeem, who originally studied at RADA, says:

“The Sam Wanamaker festival was an incredible and inspiring experience. It gave me the chance not only to perform on the most magical stage but to meet other students at exactly the same point in their careers; a vital thing for an actor leaving drama school. The experience of the Festival is something I will carry with me and I feel very lucky to be able to take a small part of this beautiful and inspiring theatre with me around the world.”

Several more past participants have stepped from the Globe stage into stardom. They include David Oakes who has recently starred in TV dramas The Borgias, and The White Queen, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated Andrew Garfield from The Amazing Spiderman, Never Let Me Go, and most famously The Social Network, and Michelle Dockery, best known as Lady Mary Crawley from Downton Abbey, who’s new film Non-Stop with Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore is currently storming US box-offices.

The Sam Wanamaker Festival takes place on Sunday 6 April at 4pm.