On a blissfully hot weekend 27 people from Grays Thurrock Rotary travelled up to Stratford Upon Avon for the now annual Shakespeare pilgrimage
In a packed itinerary the group enjoyed great food and entertainment. The River Festival provided a great diversion for the weekend and brought every conceivable type of narrowboat and canal boat to the town adding a splash of colour wherever you went.
The 2015 production of The Merchant contained two very notable names :
Makram J Khoury, is one of the most celebrated actors in Israel and has worked on stage and screen for over 50 years; he was awarded the 2014 Jerusalem Film Festival's Achievement Award and the Israel Prize for acting, regarded as the state's highest honour.He makes his RSC debut playing Shylock.

and making her RSC debut also. in the role of Portia, was Patsy Ferran. Winner of Most Promising Newcomer at this year's Critics' Circle Awards and certainly a big name for the future.
                                                                               Roll on 2016!