For many professional actors, starring in a play by the Royal Shakespeare Company is a high point in their career. So imagine what it's like for an amateur.
Up and down the country, members of 14 amateur dramatic groups are experiencing just that, as they take part in an ambitious co-production with the RSC.
Among them are 12 men and two women who are - alongside their day jobs - rehearsing to play the role of Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Emma Wilkinson reports:
Interviewees: Erica Whyman, Deputy Artistic Director of the RSC, John Chapman, amateur actor playing 'Bottom' and Lucy Ellinson, professional actor, playing 'Puck'.