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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

  April 2017 onwards

All the productions that we know about from the current month onwards are included in this list.

New indicates that a production has been added to the list this month.

indicates that the information has been changed or expanded this month.

[A] indicates an amateur production.
[P] indicates a professional production.

All's Well That Ends Well

Antony and Cleopatra

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Iqbal Khan. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 11 March – 7 September (01789 403493) [P]

As You Like It

LAMDA. Directed by Bill Alexander. POSK, London, 11 – 20 April (020 8834 0500); Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 26 – 27 April (01284 769 505) [P]

Theatre By The Lake and Shared Experience. The Theatre By The Lake, Keswick, 7 July – 4 November (017687 74411) [P]


Rosalind (dance). James Cousins Company. Devised and choreographed by James Cousins. DanceXchange, Birmingham, 6 – 7 April; Tramway, Glasgow, 25 April; The Riley Theatre, Leeds, 29 April; The Junction, Cambridge, 3 May; Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich, 5 May.

7/7 The Dance of Life in Seven Steps (dance). Hungarian State Theatre. Choreographed by Baczó Tünde. Studio, York Theatre Royal, 15 – 16 May (01904 623568). 7/7 rewrites Jacques’ famous monologue in the play ”As you like it” from the viewpoint of a woman,  forced upon the stage of the contemporary world. From that starting point, the fine filter of dancing, and physical theatre denudes the story of words, recomposing the seven stages of life in a non-verbal manner, from childhood to old age metamorphosed within a contemporary female character. [P]

Civil Brawl Theatre Company. Number One Shakespeare Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, 3 – 5 April (0783 7586597). Modern day setting with some gender-swapped roles. [P]

The HandleBards. Diss Park, Norfolk, 10 June (01379 652241); Painswick Rococo Garden, Painswick, 30 June – 1 July (01452 813204); Palace Theatre, Newark, 14 July (01636 655 755). Four-strong all female troupe. [P]  

Comedy of Errors

Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company. Minack Theatre, Penzance, 14 – 18 August (01736 810 181) [P]


Raiser Theatre. theSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53), Edinburgh, 22 – 26 August (0131 226 0000, after 7 June) [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival] [P]


The University of Sunderland Faculty of Arts Design and Media (Part of SunFest 2017). The Arts Centre, Washington, 25 May (0191 219 3455) [A]

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Angus Jackson, Sope Dirisu (Coriolanus). Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 15 September – 14 October (01789 403493) Public booking opens in late February. [P]



Almeida Theatre. Directed by Robert Icke. Andrew Scott (Hamlet), Juliet Stevenson (Gertrude). 17 February – 8 April (020 7359 4404) Booking opens 8 September. [P]

Directed by Pip Nixon. The Little Theatre, Leicester, 24 – 29 April (0116 255 1302) [P]

Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Ghost Light Players. The Space on the Mile (Venue 39), Edinburgh, 7 - 11 August (0131 226 0000, after 7 June) [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival] [P]


Hamlet (opera) by Brett Dean. Glyndebourne Theatre Company. Libretto by Matthew Jocelyn, directed by Neil Armfield. Glyndebourne, Lewes, 11 June – 6 July and 21 – 27 October (01273 815000); Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 3 November; Theatre Royal, Norwich, 17 November; Milton Keynes Theatre, 24 November; Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 1 December. [P]

Icarus Theatre Collective. Hawth Theatre, Crawley, 29 – 30 March (01293 553636); Kings Theatre, Southsea, 3 – 4 April (02392 828282). Blending traditional and physical theatre with a musical score, Icarus Theatre Collective return to bring to life some of literature’s most vibrant language and characters in Shakespeare’s boldest, most exciting and action-packed tragedy. [P]

King’s Theatre, Portsmouth, 1 – 4 April (023 9282 8282). A company of seasoned classical actors embrace the brutality of the greatest play ever written. A gripping, ensemble style brings exhilaration and violence to the unforgettable music and delicacy of the words. Blending traditional and physical theatre with a musical score, this muscular production brings vividly to life some of literature’s most vibrant language and characters in a way you’ve never seen before: bold, exciting, and action-packed. [P]

The Lion King. Book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi. Music by Elton John, Tim Rice, Lebo M, Julie Taymor, Mark Mancina, and Hans Zimmer. Walt Disney Company. Directed by Julie Taymor. Lyceum Theatre, London, 24 September 1999 – (0870 243 9000); “A young lion grows up and learns that taking over the pride requires wisdom and maturity. Simba is the young lion, his wicked uncle is Scar and his father, killed by his uncle, is King Mustafa.” [P]

Re-member Me. Written and performed by Dickie Beau. Directed by Jan-Willem Van Den Bosch. Almeida, London, 19 and 26 March, 2 April (020 7359 4404). When award-winning performer and lip synch maestro Dickie Beau realised he might never play the Dane, he decided instead to turn himself into a human Hamlet mix-tape. He would channel audio recordings of great historical performances of theatre's most famous role, to "re-member" the ghosts of Hamlet from the past. Haunting the set of Robert Icke's Hamlet, this solo satellite show is the story of Dickie's failed quest to become the Über-Hamlet ... and why he got distracted on the way. [P]

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard. Directed by David Leveaux. The Old Vic Theatre, London, 25 February - 29 April 2017 (0844 871 7628). [P]

Henry IV, pt.1


Henry IV – a Pub Wake. Bronzehead Theatre. Eagle & Child, York, 14 – 18 May (part of the York International Shakespeare Festival) (01904 623568); Ilkley Moor Vaults, 19 – 20 May; Kirkstall Bridge Inn, Leeds, 23 May; Crowd of Favours, Leeds, 24 – 25 May; Helmsley Walled Garden, York, 26 May; So! Bar, Ripon, 30 May; Wig & Mitre, Lincoln, 1 June. The King is dead. Long live the King. Join Falstaff, Hal and the regulars at the Boar's Head Tavern to raise a glass to the dear departed. Through music, tears and laughter, Bronzehead follow their critically acclaimed Richard II with Shakespeare's elegy to the young and the old in the face of death. Here's to bad role models and wasted lives, absent fathers and prodigal sons. [Adaptation of both parts] [P]

Henry IV, pt.2

See above.

Henry V


Henry V (Man and Monarch). Directed by Philip Parr. Brett Brown (Henry V). Theatre Royal, York, 19 – 20 May (01904 623 568). In a bold one-man adaptation of the classic play, award winning Australian actor Brett Brown, plays Shakespeare’s hero king, from his reckless youth, to his coronation, to his victory on the battle field of Agincourt, as he balances the creation of a power base through military authority at Agincourt, with the loss of camaraderie with the common man. [P]

Into the Breach written and performed by Mark Carey. The Old Red Lion, London, 3 April (0844 412 4307). This nostalgic, funny and moving story is a vivid portrait of village life during the Second World War with all seventeen colourful characters played by highly experienced actor and writer, Mark Carey. George Crocker is keen to liven up his dull life so he decides to join the Village Drama Club where his world is turned upside down as he gets thrown into the deep end in a production of Henry V. [P]

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

Henry VI, pt 3

Henry VIII

York Theatre Royal. Directed by Ben Prusiner. King’s Manor, York, 30 March – 1 April (01904 623568). Promenade performance. [P]

Julius Caesar

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Angus Jackson. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 3 March – 9 September 2017 (01789 403493) [P]

Directed by Robert Hastie. Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 17 May – 10 June (0114 249 6000) [P]

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester, 23 June – 27 August (0845 241 7868) [P]


Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Julian Glover, Lynn Farleigh (performers). Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, 9 June – 1 July (0117 987 7877). Building on the brilliant success of King Lear in 2016, Julius Caesar will bring together theatre legends Julian Glover and Lynn Farleigh with the stars of tomorrow from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School for a contemporary production of Shakespeare's most famous political drama. [A/P]

King John

King Lear

The Actor’s Wheel Theatre Company. Desmond Tutu Theatre, University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth, 10-12 May  (; New Theatre (also Cygnet Theatre), Exeter, 24 May (01392 277 189); Sterts Theatre (near Liskeard), 25 May (01579 362382); Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, 27 May (01752 267131) [P]

Directed by Nancy Meckler. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 10 August – 14 October (020 7401 9919) [P]

Directed by Jonathan Munby. Ian McKellen (Lear). Minerva Theatre, Chichester, 22 September – 28 October (01243 781 312) [P]


Primary Shakespeare – King Lear. Orange Tree Theatre, London, 13 May – 10 June (020 8940 3633). 4 actors performing an abridged version for children. [P]

Love's Labour's Lost

Questor’s Academy. The Studio, Questor’s Theatre, London, 31 March – 8 April (020 8567 5184) [A]


The AC Group. Jack Studio Theatre (previously Brockley Studio Theatre, London, 4 – 22 April (020 8291 6354) [P]

Sutton Coldfield Town Hall Theatre Company. Directed by Benjamin Field. Town Hall, Sutton Coldfield, 23 – 27 May (0121 2969 543) [P]

Iris Theatre Company. Directed by Daniel Winder. David Hywel Baynes (Macbeth).
St Paul's Church (The Actors Church), London, 21 June – 29 July (020 8692 5322) [P]


Macbeth (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Teatro Regio Torino. Directed by Emma Dante. Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, 18 – 20 August (0131 473 2000). [Part of the Edinburgh International Festival] [P]

The Devil Speaks True. Goat and Monkey Theatre Company. Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole, 27 April (0844 406 8666). Often taking place in complete darkness, The Devil Speaks True uses wireless headphones and binaural sound design to plunge audiences into an intimate, 360 degree auditory experience, while using the story to explore the psychological effects of war on returning soldiers. This innovative production by one of the UK’s leading contemporary theatre companies cuts the words of real ex-servicemen into Shakespeare’s original text, while using projection, scent, special effects, magic and dance to explore the post-traumatic stress of Macbeth’s brother-in-arms Banquo, and the journey to his death. [P]

Macbeth – Folie a Deux. Minimum Wage Theatre Company. Brindley Arts Centre, Runcorn, 23 June (0151 907 8360). The Macbeths are a killer couple incarcerated for murder. Yet who really is to blame? Macbeth, Lady Macbeth or is it a case of shared madness? Maybe the answer lies in the psychological condition of folie a deux - which describes individuals who would perhaps not commit a crime but when put together commit the ultimate crime. Minimum Wage Theatre Company stage an innovative and startling multi-media interpretation of Shakespeare's timeless and universal classic tragedy. [A]

The Macbeths by Alexander Raptotasios and Manolis Tsiipos. Pleasance, London, 18 – 30 April (020 7609 1800). The Macbeths are hosting a dinner party. There will be food, drinks and karaoke, because enjoying yourself is always important, and entertainment is at the heart of every tragedy. But someone always has to pay in the end. Set as an immersive dinner party with karaoke, this new take on Shakespeare’s classic tragedy is exploring how we consume violence as spectators and when we switch our empathy “on”. Comedy, tragedy, disco and a lot of food will mix together as the dead are leaving the stage and joining the auditorium. You have nothing to worry about. You do not have to do anything. You can just watch. Have a drink and a snack or two. [P]

MacBlair by Charlie Dupre. Falling Sparrow Productions. Performed by Charlie Dupre and Matt Morrison. Part of the Brighton Fringe. The Warren (Studio 3), Brighton, 5 – 7 May and 3 – 4 June (
01273 91 72 72). It is 1994. Returning from a successful parliamentary meeting, Macblair and Macbrown meet three weird hacks on a stairwell in the House of Commons. They prophesy that Macblair will become leader of the Labour party, then Prime Minister, and eventually... King of the World. This is the story of Tony Blair as a Shakespearean tragicomedy. Performed by 3 actors, it uses verse, rap, comedy and physical theatre to examine the inner workings of one of the most detested men in modern political discourse. [P]

Measure for Measure

Cygnet Theatre Company. New Theatre (also Cygnet Theatre), Exeter, 22 March – 1 April (01392 277 189) [P]

The Merchant of Venice


The Merchant of Venice (opera) by André Tchaikowsky. Welsh National Opera. Royal Opera House, London, 19 – 20 July (020 7304 4000)  [P]

Gratiano: Grist to the Mill. Written and performed by Ross Ericson. Studio, York Theatre Royal, 18 May (01904 623568); Assembly Hall, Edinburgh, 3 – 28 August (0131 226 0000, after 7 June) [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival]. Bassanio has been murdered and, under suspicion, Gratiano is forced to revisit his Fascist past. He was never the hero – just a minor character, the plucky comic relief – but he never thought he played the villain.  In a challenging sequel to William Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice' we explore the politics of prejudice in the 20th Century.  Amongst the turmoil of post war Italy we read between the lines of Shakespeare's classic tale, examine the true nature of the characters, and ask just how Mussolini managed to use democracy to turn a people against themselves. [P]

Merry Wives of Windsor


Festival Players. Directed by Michael Dyer. Glastonbury Abbey, 25 August ( Part of UK tour, dates and venues to be announced. See for further details. All-male production [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins. The Young Vic, London, 16 February – 1 April (020 7922 2922) [P]

Act One (The Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre). Directed by Lucy Betts. Mill Studio (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), Guildford, 30 March – 1 April (01224 620 011) [A]

Further Stages Theatre Company. New Wimbledon Studio Theatre, London, 8 – 9 April (0870 060 6646) [P]

NK Theatre Arts. The Forum Theatre (also Romiley Forum), Stockport, 24 – 27 May (0161 430 6570) [A]

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester, 9 June – 27 August (0845 241 7868) [P]

Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Hampton Court Castle Gardens, 15 June (01568 797777); Dunster Castle and Gardens, 17 June; Nottingham Castle, 7 July; Dunham Massey, Cheshire, 8 July (0844 2491895); Oxburgh Hall, King’s Lynn, 14 July; Gunby Hall and Gardens, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, 15 July (01754 890102); Framlingham Castle, 16 July; Newstead Abbey, Ravenshead, Notts, 21 July; Flatford, East Bergholt, Essex, 28 July (0844 2491895); Carew Castle, Pembrokeshire, 6 August (01646 651782/ 651657); Lanercost Priory, Nr Brampton, Cumbria, 13 August (0370 3331183); Tynemouth Castle and Priory, Pier Road, Tyneworth, Tyne & Wear, 17 August (0370 333 1183); Elsham Hall Gardens, Brigg, North Lincs, 20 August (01652 688698); West Wycombe Park, High Wycombe, 26 August; Gilbert White and The Oates Collections, Selbourne, Hampshire, 27 August (01420 511275). Some dates to be confirmed, check website for details. [P]

Castle Theatre Company (University of Durham). Glastonbury Abbey, 12 July [A]


A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ballet). Ballet Cymru and Riverfront Theatre. Music by Felix Mendelssohn. Choreography by Darius James.  Blackwood Miner’s Institute, Blackwood, 24 May (01495 227206); Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn, 31 May (01553 764864); Borough Theatre, Abergavenny, 2 June (01873 850805); Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln, 4 June (01522 837600); Charter Theatre, Preston, 7 June (01772 80 44 44); Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, 10 June (0161 912 5616); Pontio, Bangor, 15 June (01248 382828); The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, 16 June (01684 295074); Lighthouse, Poole, 22 June (01202 280000); Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton, 23 – 24 June (01823 283 244); Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, 27 June (01438 363 200); Courtyard Theatre, Hereford, 29 June (01432 340555); The Haymarket, Basingstoke, 30 June (01256 844244); Gaiety Theatre, Ayr, 5 July (01292 288235); Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl, 7 July (01656 815995); Corn Exchange, Newbury, 8 July (0845 5218 218); Garrick Theatre, Lichfield Festival, 9 July (01543 300191) [P]

The Dream (ballet). Choreographed by Frederick Ashton. Music by Felix Mendelssohn. Royal Opera House, London, 2 – 10 June (020 7304 4000). Part of a triple bill in tribute to Frederick Ashton. [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (opera) by Benjamin Britten. Daniel Taylor Productions. Epstein Theatre (formerly Neptune Theatre), Liverpool, 25 – 29 April (08448 884 411) [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (opera) by Benjamin Britten. Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra. Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh, 9 – 14 June (01728 687 110) [P]

Young Actors Company. Corpus Playroom, ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 30 March – 1 April (01223 300085). [A]


The HandleBards. Painswick Rococo Garden, Painswick, 21 July (01452 813204). Four-strong all male troupe. [P] 

Much Ado About Nothing

Directed by Matthew Dunster. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 14 July – 15 October (020 7401 9919) [P]


Shit-Faced Shakespeare – Much Ado about Nothing. Leicester Square Theatre, London, 11 April – 16 September (08448 733433). The smash-hit, internationally acclaimed, award-winning, multi sell-out fringe phenomenon is back in London with a new show for 2017: Much Ado About Nothing. Shit-faced Shakespeare is the hilarious combination of an entirely serious adaptation of a Shakespearian classic with a single, entirely shit-faced cast member. With one cast member selected at random and given four hours to drink before every show we present to you classical theatre as it was always meant to be seen. With a gin in one hand, a cup of wine in the other and a flagon of ale in the other... What could go wrong? https://leicestersquaretheatre  [P]



Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Directed by Richard Twyman. The Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol, 16 February – 1 April (0117 902 0344); Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 9 – 13 May (01392 493 493); Wilton’s Music Hall, London, 16 – 20 May (020 7702 2789) [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe. Directed by Ellen McDougall. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 23 February – 16 April (020 7401 9919)  [P]

SISATA. Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole, 12 -1 13 May (0844 406 8666); The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 15 May (01297 442138); Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth, 20 May (01202 413 600); Mowlem Theatre, Swanage, 27 May (01929 422239); Royal William Yard, Plymouth Fringe Festival, 29 – 31 May; Old Sarum, Salisbury, 3 June; Trowbridge Arts, Trowbridge, 8 June (01225 774306); Verwood Hub, Dorset, 10 June (01202 828740); D’Urberville Centre, Wool, 11 June; Caversham Court Gardens, Reading, 12 June (0118 960 6060); Highdown Gardens, Worthing, 13 – 14 June; Bread and Roses Theatre, London, 22 – 24 June (020 7498 1779); Wimborne, Dorset, 1 July; Rum’s Eg, Romsey. Hampshire, 2 July; Educational Museum, Haslemere, 3 July (01428 642112); Lewes Castle, East Sussex, 7 – 9 July; Brighton Open Air Theatre, Brighton, 12 – 15 July; Rottingdean Terraces, Rottingdean, 16 July; Pentridge, Dorset, 20 July; Max Gate, Dorchester, 21 – 22 July (01305 267992); Edmondsham House and Gardens, Edmondsham, 23 July  [P]


Otello (opera). Directed by Keith Warner. Royal Opera House, London, 21 June  – 15 July (020 7304 4000). [P]

Birmingham Royal Ballet Triple Bill: Arcadia/Wink/The Moor’s Pavane. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 5 – 6 May (01242 572 573). José Limón’s The Moor’s Pavane distils the passion and tension of Shakespeare’s Othello into a thrilling one-act tragedy, tightly focused on four characters and their jealousy. In the beautiful Wink, danced to music and the spoken word, Jessica Lang captures the poetry of five Shakespearean Sonnets. Finally, in Arcadia the ancient god Pan is unleashed, as Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Ruth Brill makes her first commissioned piece to a new score composed by renowned saxophonist John Harle. [P]

Waiting for Othello. Directed by Jan Naturski. Studio, York Theatre Royal, 17 – 18 May (01904 623568). Two half-African, half-European actors meet, at auditions for the role of Othello.. Both are children of immigrants, and both are looking for their identity - split between two continents and cultures. When is the colour of our skin a problem? And when it is an advantage? The answer is hard to define - as hard as the role of Othello, which for our characters is a dream, but also a curse. [P]


Richard II

Clatterhouse Theatre Company. Drayton Arms Theatre, London, 15 March – 1 April (020 7835 2301) [P]

Richard III

Northern Broadsides Theatre Company. Directed by Barrie Rutter. Hull Truck Theatre, Hull, 4 – 27 May (01482 323 638); The Viaduct, Halifax, 30 May – 3 June (01422 255 266)  [P]

Directed by Mehmet Ergen. Greg Hicks (Richard III). Arcola Theatre, London, 11 May – 10 June (020 7503 1646) [P]


Richard III – One Woman Show. Brite Theater. Directed by Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdottir. The Place, Bedfordshire, 14 April; Acorn, Penzance, 12 May; Abbots Kitchen, Glastonbury Abbey, 13 May; Brighton Fringe, Brighton, 17 – 21 May; Dumfries and Galloway Festival, 3 – 4 June; Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh, 15 – 19 August; Cygnet Theatre, Exeter, 4 – 5 October [P]

Romeo and Juliet

Directed Daniel Kramer. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 22 April – 9 July (020 7401 9919)  [P]

Directed by Paul Hart. Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 10 May – 22 July (01635 46044); Theatre Royal, York, 16 – 20 May (01904 623 568); Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, 24 – 27 May (01483 440 000); Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 5 – 8 July (01242 572 573) [P]

The University of Sunderland Faculty of Arts Design and Media (Part of SunFest 2017). The Arts Centre, Washington, 27 May (0191 219 3455) [A]

Everyman Company. Directed by Nick Bagnall. Everyman & Playhouse, Liverpool, 27 May – 7 June (0151 709 4776) [P]

Butterfly Theatre Company. Glastonbury Abbey, 14 - 16 July Promenade performance. [P]


Romeo and Juliet (ballet). English National Ballet. Choreography by Rudolf Nureyev. Southbank Centre, London, 1 – 5 August (0844 847 9910); Hippodrome, Bristol, 21 – 25 November (0844 871 3012) [P]

I Capuleti e i Montecchi (The Capulets and Montagues) by Vencenzo Bellini (opera). Popup Opera. The Asylum, London, 2 April; Brunel Museum, Thames Tunnel Shaft, London, 4 – 5 April, West Wight Association 70th Anniversary, Freshwater, Isle of Wight, 8 April [P]

A Village Romeo and Juliet (opera). New Sussex Opera. Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, 2 April (01323 412 000). In this dark re-telling of Shakespeare’s play, childhood sweethearts Vrenchen and Sali are torn apart by their fathers’ feuding over land owned by the mysterious Dark Fiddler, who predicts revenge on anyone who tries to claim this wilderness. [P]

Omidaze co-production with Wales Millennium Centre. Studio 2, Theatr Clwyd, Mold. 5 – 8 April (01352 701521). Combining circus and theatre. [P]

The Three Inch Fools. Eastbury Manor House (National Trust), Barking, 9 June; Elstow Abbey, Bedford, 16 June; Foxtail Lilly, Oundle, Northamptonshire, 17 June; Lyddington Village Green, Rutland, 18 June; Newark Castle, Nottinghamshire, 20 June; All Saints Church, Bakewell, Derbyshire, 21 June; Ordsall Hall, Salford, 23 June; Constable Burton, North Yorkshire, 24 June; Farnley Hall, Otley, Yorkshire, 2 July; Chipchase Castle, Wark, Northumberland, 9 July; Crook Hall, Durham, 11 July; Abbotsford, Melrose, Scottish Borders, 15 July; Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh, 17 July; Archerfield Walled Garden, East Lothian, 19 July; Glamis Castle, Angus, 22 July; St Margaret’s Church, Braemar, 25 July; Fyvie Castle, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, 26 July; Innerpeffray Chapel, Crieff, Perthshire, 27 July; Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, 29 July; Whorlton Village Green, Northumberland, 2 August; Brougham Hall, Penrith, Cumbria, 3 August; Rydal Mount, The Lake District, 4 August; Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, Cumbria, 6 August; Speke Hall (National Trust), Liverpool, 9 August; Rufford Old Hall (National Trust), Lancashire, 10 August; Ripon Cathedral, North Yorkshire, 11 August; The Globe at Hay, Hay-on-Wye, 16 August. The Three Inch Fools are a five-strong troupe of actors with all manner of musical instruments, travelling with their set, props, costumes and camping gear, performing their highly imaginative and vibrantly musical take on Shakespeare's plays. [P]

Oddsocks Romeo and Juliet - Mods v Rockers. Oddsocks Theatre Company. Forum Theatre, Billingham, 13 June (01642 552 663); Guildhall Theatre, Derby, 14 - 16 June (01332 255 800); Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 20 – 22 June (024 7655 3055); MAC Birmingham, Birmingham, 15 July (0121 446 3232); Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 26 August (01726 879 500). Oddsocks are delighted to be breathing new life into Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet by giving it a musical Mods & Rockers theme. There's Nowhere to Run for the Capulets and Montagues as violent confrontation stalks every meeting, even Down at the Tube Station at Midnight. Meanwhile, Juliet's Nurse is looking forward to a good old Twist and Shout at the Capulet party, which Romeo's mates are planning to gatecrash. Romeo has doubts about going to the Capulet Nite Klub but that is where he meets his Juliet, and It Must Be Love. Maybe, just maybe, The Power of Love will end the families' violent feud. [P]

Romeo and Juliet - Merely: Romeo and Juliet. Merely Theatre Company (in association with The Production Exchange). Theatre Royal, Lincoln, 2 March – 3 March (01522 519999); Playhouse Theatre, Norwich, 8 – 9 March (01603 598598); Corn Exchange, Newbury, 14 – 15 March (0845 5218 218); Stantonbury Theatre, Stantonbury, 16 March (01908 324466); The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, 21 – 22 March (01539 488 444); Wokingham Theatre, Wokingham, 23 – 24 March (0118 978 5363); Market Place Theatre, Armagh, 28 – 29 March (028 3752 1821); Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, 30 March (028 92 509 254); Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick, 31 March (028 4461 0747); The Space Theatre, Bangor, 1 April (02891471780); Greenwich Theatre, London, 19 – 22 April (020 8858 7755); Uppingham Theatre, Uppingham, 5 May (01572 820 820); The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 10 May (01442 228 091); Lowther Pavilion, Lytham St Annes, 22 – 23 May (01253 794 221); Theatre, Royal, Wakefield, 24 May (01924 211 311). Merely present young love in all its raw and savage beauty, driving through action-packed thrills and tender intimacy to crushing loss. Five actors blast the company’s signature style of urgency, humour and clarity to conjure a stirring, visceral theatrical experience.  [P]

Romeo and Juliet - The Timeless Tale Reimagined By A Cast Of Five. Actors from the London Stage. Cockpit Theatre, London, 2 – 3 April (020 7258 2925). [P]

West Side Story. Music: Leonard Bernstein. Dolman Theatre, Newport, 23 – 25 June (01633 263 670) [P]

West Side Story. Music: Leonard Bernstein. New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, 23 – 26 August (0844 847 2302) [A]

The Taming of the Shrew


Kilworth House Theatre, Leicestershire, 31 May – 16 July (01858 881939, Mon – Fri, 10am – 4pm) Directed by Matthew White. [P]

Kiss Me Kate. Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking, 2 – 6 May (01483 545 900) [A]

Kiss Me Kate. ­Ilkley Playhouse. Minack Theatre, Penzance, 24 – 28 July (01736 810181) [P]

The Tempest

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Simon Russell Beale (Prospero). Barbican Centre, London, 30 June – 18 August (0845 120 7550) [P]

Progress Youth Theatre. Progress Theatre, Reading, 11 – 15 July (0118 960 6060) [A]

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Blanche McIntyre. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 23 June – 2 September (01789 403493) [P]

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

Directed by Paul Hart. Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 6 April – 6 May (01635 46044); Theatre Royal, York, 18 – 20 May (01904 623 568); Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, 23 – 27 May (01483 440 000); Playhouse, Salisbury, 20 – 24 June (01722 320 333); Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 18 – 22 July (01635 46044). Reimagined in the 1920s where prohibition is rife and Europe is still reeling in the wake of war, this brand new production bursts to life. Fuelled by a scintillating selection of energetic jazz music, an outstanding ensemble of actors creates a dizzying and beautiful version of Shakespeare’s perfect play. The radical spirit of Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong is fused with an innovative approach to staging and actor-musicianship to tell this timeless story of mistaken identities, seduction and transformation, balancing comedy, romance and tragedy in equal measure. [P]

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 13 April – 20 May (0161 833 9833). Directed by Jo Davies. [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 18 May – 5 August 2017 (020 7401 9919)  [P]

Rain or Shine Theatre Company. Glastonbury Abbey, 14 June ( Part of a national tour, dates and venues to be announced. See for details. [P]

Winchester Players. Minack Theatre, Penzance, 21 – 25 August (0136 810 181) [P]

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Christopher Luscombe. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 2 November – 24 February 2018 (01789 403493) Public booking opens in late February. [P]


National Theatre. Directed by Simon Godwin. Tamsin Greig (Malvolia). Olivier (National Theatre), London, 14 February - 13 May (020 7452 3000). [P]

Merely Theatre (in association with the Production Exchange). Greenwich Theatre, London, 19 - 22 April (020 8858 7755); Lowether Pavilion, Lytham St Annes, 22 - 23 May (01253 794 221); Theatre Royal, Wakefield 25 May (-1924 211 311). Using 5 actors. [P]

Shakespeare Up Close. Directed by Alex Thorpe. Orange Tree Theatre, London, 18 – 26 March (020 8940 3633). In 90 minutes, 6 actors bring Shakespeare’s darkest comedy to life in a mischievous, feisty and fast paced production. [P]

The Three Inch Fools. Ightham Mote
(National Trust) Kent, 3 June; Charlton Park, Bishopsbourne, Kent, 4 June; Wayborough Manor, Minster, Kent, 6 June; Coggeshall Grange Barn (National Trust), Essex, 10 June; St Peter’s Church, Lowick, Northamptonshire, 15 June; Burton Constable, East Yorkshire, 25 June; Scampston Hall, North Yorkshire, 1 July; Stokesley Parish Church, North Yorkshire, 5 July; Helmsley Castle (English Heritage), North Yorkshire, 7 July; Skirsgill Park House, Penrith, Cumbria, 8 July; Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, 12 July; Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh, 16 July; Kilbrdye Castle, Dunblane, Perthshire, 20 July; Glamis Castle, Angus, 23 July; Abbotsford, Melrose, Scottish Borders, 30 July; Lancaster Castle, Lancaster, 8 August; Upton Cressett, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, 12 August; Charlecote Park (National Trust), Warwickshire, 13 August; Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, 15 August; The Globe at Hay, Hay-on-Wye, 17 August; Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury, 18 August; Mapperton Gardens, Beaminster, Dorset, 20 August. The Three Inch Fools are a five-strong troupe of actors with all manner of musical instruments, travelling with their set, props, costumes and camping gear, performing their highly imaginative and vibrantly musical take on Shakespeare's plays. [P]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

Cheek by Jowl Theatre Company. Directed by Declan Donnellan. Barbican Theatre, London, 5 – 22 April (020 7638 8891); Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, 25 – 29 April (0117 987 7877) [P]

Poems and Apocrypha

Venus and Adonis. Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 26 July – 4 August (01789 403493) [P]

(in alphabetical order)

Analyse Thou by Jodana Janse van Vuuren and Lee Woodward. Ruff Trade Theatre Company. OFS Studio (previously known as Old Fire Station Theatre), Oxford, 21 April (01865 297 170). A trio of top counsellors psychoanalyse some of the Bard’s most well-known characters in a riveting series of uproarious encounters. Delve into the psyches of Hamlet, Titania, Lord and Lady Macbeth. A madcap comedy from Ruff Trade Theatre, thoroughly accessible yet peppered with enough textual references to satisfy the scholars. Why is Hamlet so riddled with doubts and ruminations? What strange childhood trauma led to Queen Titania’s wanton fixation with donkeys? The answers are all here in a series of revealing counselling sessions made open to the public for the first time. Watch in awe as a trio of top analysts exorcise the demons from the Bard’s finest and get to the heart of the Iambic Id. [P]

Bard Heads. Finding the Will Theatre Company in association with The Everyman Theatre. The Old Red Lion, London, 2 April (0844 412 4307). Inspired by Shakespeare’s most famous plays and with a nod to Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, Bard Heads imagines what might have happened next in Macbeth and Hamlet. THE THIRD WITCH FROM THE LEFT – What’s done cannot be undone – or can it?  Meg the witch is haunted by a night she can never forget. Now a successful cookery writer and astrologer, she undertakes a time-travelling journey to find answers for what happened on that blasted Scottish heath. CALL ME OZ - Sweet Prince?  Confirmed bachelor Osric lampoons Hamlet. In his youth, Osric, a stylish and sensitive courtier at Elsinore Castle, witnessed Prince Hamlet and several other members of the Danish Royal family meet their untimely end. He’s not spoken about it for over 45 years, but after a devastating session with his therapist, he is compelled to reveal all. Not suitable for children under 12. [P]

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) by Adam Long., Daniel Singer, Jess Winfield and Reed Martin. Chorley Little Theatre, Chorley, 24 – 29 April (01257 275 123). All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays. Join three madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter. [P]

Macbeth & Twelfth Night. Purple Cast Productions. Edited & directed by Wendy A Jeffries and George C Francis. The Bread and Roses Theatre, London, 21 March – 1 April (020 7498 1779). A double 'Bill' Shakespeare of Macbeth & Twelfth Night. Two of Shakespeare’s greatest plays brought to life by one cast! First up: The creeping horror of Macbeth, a tale of the dangers inherent in seeking power at all costs. This ominous masterpiece will be rich in atmosphere and darkness. To complement and contrast, Twelfth Night will be a light, fun, physical take on one of Shakespeare’s finest comedies! Both plays have been edited for clarity and accessibility, but retaining the original verse and language in order that anyone may enjoy them! [P]

My Second Best Bed. The Urban Spaceman Company. theSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53), Edinburgh, 7 – 12 August (0131 226 0000, after 7 June) Shakespeare's life, in Shakespeare's words... Conceived for the RSC’s 2016 Dream Playmaking Festival and using language from the 38 extant plays penned by the Bard, as well as incorporating several of his sonnets and fragments of his extended poetry, the lives of William and Anne Shakespeare are re-imagined and reborn. This short, innovative new production plays around with notions of conflict between the duality of artist and lover. My Second Best Bed is an original take on some of the most famous and profound words and stories ever created. [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival] [P]

What Country, Friend, Is This? York Theatre, Royal, 9 May (01904 623568). York Associate Schools Festival explores the themes of migration, separation and identity in extracts from Shakespeare’s shipwreck trilogy: The Tempest, Twelfth Night and A Comedy of Errors. [P]

William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged). Reduced Shakespeare Company. Wilton’s Music Hall, London, 28 March – 1 April (020 7702 2789); Richmond Theatre, London, 18 April (0870 060 6651); Princess Theatre, Torquay, 2 May (0844 871 3023); Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, 16 May (0844 871 7649); Grand Opera House, York, 20 May (0844 8472322); New Victoria Theatre, Woking, 23 May (0870 060 6645); Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone, 25 May (01303 253 193). Acclaimed stars of the West End stage, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, bring their barnstormingly irreverent and breathtakingly hilarious celebration of our cultural heritage - as seen through the eyes of three Americans wearing trainers. In a better-late-than-never nod to the Bard's 400th anniversary, the bad boys of abridgement present this 'new' play by the man himself, as discovered in a Leicester car park! [P]

Your Bard written and performed by Nicholas Collett. Directed by Gavin Robertson. Wymondham Central Hall, 7 April; St James, Guernsey, 25 April; New Deer Public Hall, Aberdeenshire, 13 May; Kemnay Village Hall, Aberdeenshire, 14 May; Professor Nother is giving a talk about Shakespeare authorship in the function room at the Shakespeare pub – but he doesn’t believe the man from Stratford wrote those plays. That’s Will’s cue to kick the door off the hinges and defend his reputation. Come and meet the man himself and take the lid off a legend in your local. He’ll tell you all about his family, what it’s like on tour and the glory days at the Globe.  Queen Elizabeth I, Christopher Marlowe and Ned Alleyn – you’ll meet them too.  Intermingled with a few of his greatest hits - and maybe a sonnet or a song. [P]


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