AN ACTOR due to star in a Royal Shakespeare Company Open Stages production of Romeo and Juliet has been jailed for 11 months.
A former armed robber, Adrian Mason, aged 37, was jailed for shoplifting after last year claiming he had found rehabilitation through Shakespearean acting.
He played the role of Edmund in an Open Stages production of King Lear last year, a play that was due to be showcased at the Courtyard Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon at the end of March.
The Coventry man was also due to play Prince Escalus in a Romeo and Juliet production at Rugby Theatre starting in May.
Run by the RSC, Open Stages is an initiative that invites amateur theatre companies from across the UK to perform their own Shakespearean productions.
Working with ten regional theatres the RSC aim to bring amateurs and professionals together to share ideas and learn about each other’s work.
Mr Mason was an actor with one of the Midlands theatre companies involved, MDCC.
The showcase celebrating amateur theatre takes place at the Courtyard Theatre on Sunday 18th and Sunday 25th March.
Adrian Mason featured on a poster as Edmund in the RSC's Open Stages production of King lear last year.
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