Half of teenagers ‘never been in a theatre’

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Almost half of teenagers coming to annual free Shakespeare performances for schools have never been inside a theatre before, research suggests.

More than 150,000 teenagers have been brought to Shakespeare's Globe in London over the past decade.

But a study of the audience shows that for many of these youngsters this will be their first sight of a live play.

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