Heard the one about the TV stars bringing plays to schools online?

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Comic Joe Lycett leads posse of stars hoping readings will inspire children unable to go to theatres

Comedian Joe Lycett is limbering up for a Shakespearean performance: “It is all ‘knock knock’ jokes really, so I don’t know quite what I will do yet,” he said this weekend ahead of a virtual audio production of Macbeth, where he will play the drunken porter, the play’s only “comic relief”.

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The host of BBC One’s The Great British Sewing Bee is one of the first stars of an initiative designed to bring plays to life for pupils now unable to go the theatre. Called ReadThrough, it has already gained some illustrious supporters in the shape of Stephen Fry, Simon Callow and Emma Thompson and on 11 February, it gives its first reading.

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