Julian Glover is Julius Caesar, Lynn Farleigh is Calpurnia and John Hartoch is Cinna the Poet. Everyone else in the cast of Bristol Old Vic’s current production of Julius Caesar is a third-year student at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
If you want to train as an opera singer, Britain seems a good place to be based. In the 2017 listing by subject, QS World University Rankings placed Juilliard School in New York first in the new performing arts schools category but there were no fewer than three British conservatoires featured in the top 10.
Hats off to amateur theatre and all who take part in it. There’s so much good work out there and it rarely gets the recognition it deserves – and I can only suppose that people who sneer at it are a) professionals who see it as a threat (in itself a compliment of sorts) or b) people who would never dare get up and have a go so they try to belittle those who do.