Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK
March 2017 onwards
productions that we know about from the current month
onwards are included in this list.
indicates that a production has been added to the list this
indicates that the information has been changed or expanded this
[A] indicates an amateur production.
[P] indicates a professional production.
All's Well That
Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Iqbal Khan. Royal
Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 11 March – 7 September (01789
As You Like It
Directed by Bill Alexander. POSK, London, 11 – 20 April (020 8834 0500)
The Lake and Shared Experience. The Theatre By The Lake,
Keswick, 7 July – 4 November (017687 74411)
James Cousins Company. Devised and choreographed by James
Cousins. Lakeside Arts, Nottingham, 3 March; Gulbenkian,
Canterbury, 7 March; The Place, London, 15 – 18 March; The
Brewhouse, Taunton, 22 March; Corn Exchange, Newbury, 29 March;
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.
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
Civil Brawl Theatre Company. Number One Shakespeare
Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, 3 – 5 April
(0783 7586597). Modern
day setting with some gender-swapped roles.
Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company. Minack
Theatre, Penzance, 14 – 18 August (01736 810 181)
The University of Sunderland Faculty of Arts Design and
Media (Part of SunFest 2017). The Arts Centre, Washington, 25 May
(0191 219 3455)
Company. Directed by Angus Jackson, Sope Dirisu (Coriolanus).
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 15 September –
14 October (01789 403493)
www.rsc.org.uk 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)
www.almeida.co.uk Booking opens 8 September. [P]
Directed by Pip
Nixon. The Little Theatre, Leicester, 24 – 29 April (0116 255 1302)
Hamlet (opera) by Brett
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.
Icarus Theatre Collective. Adam Smith
Theatre, Kirkcaldy, 20 – 21 March (01592
583302); Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling, 22 March
(01786 466666); 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
Boom Productions. The Lyric Theatre,
Carmarthen, 22 – 25 March (0845 226 3510).
Commemorate the centenary of the World War 1
with Shakespeares ‘Hamlet’. 1917 Germany declared unrestricted
submarine warfare leading to America joining the conflict.
Elsinore crown a new Monarch, while the emotionally volatile
Hamlet questions life and existence. Enjoy this high quality
artistic depiction of a classic that will leave an enriching
experience for the Shakespeare follower.
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.
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.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom
Directed by David Leveaux. The Old Vic Theatre, London,
25 February - 29 April 2017 (0844 871 7628).
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]
Henry IV, pt.2
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.
VI, pt 1
VI, pt 2
VI, pt 3
York Theatre Royal. Directed by Ben Prusiner.
King’s Manor, York, 30 March – 1 April (01904 623568).
Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Angus Jackson. Royal
Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 3 March – 9 September
Directed by Robert Hastie. Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 17 May –
10 June (0114 249 6000)
Park Open Air Theatre, Chester, 23 June – 27 August (0845 241 7868)
Royal Shakespeare Company’s Learning and
Performance Network. Hall for Cornwall, Truro, 28 March (01872 262 466). Young people
from Launceston College and surrounding Cornish Schools come
together to bring to life Shakespeare’s iconic tale of political
intrigue and conspiracy.
Julius Caesar is a fantastic
celebration of the achievements of children and young people
involved in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Learning and
Performance Network, a long term programme where schools work
with artists and practitioners from the RSC and Hall for
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
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.
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)
Nancy Meckler. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre,
London, 10 August – 14 October (020 7401 9919)
Directed by Jonathan Munby. Minerva
Theatre, Chichester, 22 September – 28 October (01243 781 312)
Primary Shakespeare –
King Lear. Orange Tree Theatre, London, 13 May – 10 June (020 8940 3633). 4 actors performing
an abridged version for children.
Royal Shakespeare Company in collaboration
with Chichester Festival Theatre.
Christopher Luscombe. Edward
Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, 9 December – 18 March
(0845 481 1870).
The Dukes Young Actors.
Liz Stevenson. The Dukes Theatre,
Lancaster, 22 – 25 March (01524 598 500)
The AC Group. Jack Studio
Theatre (previously Brockley Studio Theatre, London, 4 – 22
April (020 8291 6354)
Blake Theatre, Monmouth, 8 February
(01600 719 401); Quarry Theatre, Bedford, 7 March (01234
362335); Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, 17 March (0161 912 5616). An hour long creative adaptation of
Macbeth. A dagger-sharp cast of three take down
Shakespeare’s classic tale of ambition, betrayal, murder and
manipulation in a boiling hell-broth of tragedy, comedy,
physical theatre and song.
Macbeth – Folie a Deux. Minimum Wage
Brindley Arts Centre,
Runcorn, 23 June (0151
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.
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.
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett.
Bolton Little Theatre, 6 – 11 March (01204 334 400).
Cygnet Theatre Company. New Theatre (also
Cygnet Theatre), Exeter, 22 March – 1 April (01392 277 189)
The Merchant of Venice
The Merchant of Venice (opera) by
Royal Opera House, London, 19 – 20 July
(020 7304 4000)
Gratiano: Grist to the Mill. Written and performed by Ross
Ericson. Studio, York Theatre Royal, 18 May (01904 623568)
Merry Wives of
Festival Players. Directed by Michael Dyer.
Glastonbury Abbey, 25 August
(www.glastonburyabbeyshop.com). Part of UK tour, dates and
venues to be announced. See
http://thefestivalplayers.co.uk for further details.
All-male production [P]
Directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins. The Young Vic,
London, 16 February – 1 April (020 7922 2922)
Act One (The
Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre).
Directed by Lucy Betts. Mill
Studio (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), Guildford, 30 March – 1 April (01224 620 011)
Further Stages Theatre Company. New Wimbledon
Studio Theatre, London, 8 – 9 April (0870 060 6646)
NK Theatre Arts. The Forum Theatre (also Romiley
Forum), Stockport, 24 – 27 May
Park Open Air Theatre, Chester, 9 June – 27 August (0845 241 7868)
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 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)
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.
Daniel Taylor Productions.
Epstein Theatre (formerly Neptune Theatre), Liverpool, 25 – 29 April (08448
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (opera) by Benjamin Britten.
Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra.
Snape Maltings Concert
Hall, Aldeburgh, 9 – 14 June (01728 687 110)
Young Actors Company. Corpus
Playroom, ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 30 March – 1 April (01223 300085).
Thisbe by Samantha Sutherland. Door Ajar Theatre
Aberdeen Exhibition and
Conference Centre (AECC), Aberdeen, 10 March (01224 620 011);
Theatre Royal, York, 21 – 22 March (01904 623 568).
‘The course of true love
never did run smooth’ –
the daughter of Helena and Demetrius discovers there was never a
truer word spoken in this actor-musician follow up to
Shakespeare's popular comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Fourteen years have
passed since the fateful night Thisbe’s parents, Helena and
Demetrius, were lost in the woods. The only thing they remember
is waking up completely in love with one another. But as their
love becomes obsession, where does this leave their neglected
and confused daughter, Thisbe? Cue the prankster Puck and his
fairy flunkeys who love nothing more than to meddle with the
mortal world. With the promise of solving all of her problems,
they lure Thisbe into the woods where it isn’t long before she
finds herself embroiled in their roguery.
Intoxicated with magic and adventure, has Thisbe gone too
far this time? Can she stop her family falling apart? And does
she even want to?
Much Ado About Nothing
Love’s Labour’s Won or Much Ado About Nothing.
Royal Shakespeare Company in collaboration with Chichester
Christopher Luscombe. Edward
Bennett (Benedick). Theatre Royal Haymarket,
London, 9 December – 18 March
2017 (0845 481 1870).
Matthew Dunster. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre,
London, 14 July – 15 October (020 7401 9919)
Shit-Faced Shakespeare – Much Ado
about Nothing. Leicester Square Theatre, London, 11 April – 16
September (08448 733433).
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?
Company. Directed by Matt Feast. Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin
University, Cambridge Campus, East Road, Cambridge 21 – 22 March
352932). Abridged version in a
double-bill with Romeo and Juliet. [A]
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)
Shakespeare’s Globe. Directed by Ellen McDougall. Sam
Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 23 February – 16 April
SISATA. Bread and Roses,
London, 22 – 24 June (020 7498 1779)
Otello (opera). Directed
by Keith Warner. Royal Opera House, London, 21 June – 15 July
(020 7304 4000).
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.
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.
Pericles – All at Sea. Multi Story Theatre Company. Everyman Theatre,
Cheltenham, 8 – 9 March (01242 572 573). A tale of turbulent times and tempestuous seas inspired by
Shakespeare’s fantastical story of shipwreck, love, loss and
Company. Drayton Arms Theatre, London, 15 March – 1 April (020 7835 2301)
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)
Richard III – One
Woman Show. Brite Theater. Directed by Kolbrun Bjort
Sigfusdottir. Nottingham Playhouse, 3 March (0115 941 9419); Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh, 15 – 16
March (0131 556 9579); The Place,
Bedforshire, May[date tbc]; Abbots Kitchen, Glastonbury Abbey,
Romeo and Juliet
West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Directed by Amy Leach. Quarry Theatre, WYP, Leeds, 3 – 25 March
(0113 213 7700)
Daniel Kramer. Shakespeare’s Globe
Theatre, London, 22 April – 9 July
(020 7401 9919)
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)
The University of Sunderland Faculty of Arts Design and
Media (Part of SunFest 2017). The Arts Centre, Washington, 27 May
(0191 219 3455)
Directed by Nick Bagnall.
Everyman & Playhouse,
Liverpool, 27 May – 7 June (0151 709 4776)
Company. Glastonbury Abbey, 14 - 16 July
www.glastonburyabbeyshop.com. Promenade performance. [P]
I Capuleti e i Montecchi (The Capulets and Montagues) by
Vencenzo Bellini (opera). Popup Opera. Off Quay,
London, 7 March; Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth, 11 March;
Teignmouth Classical Music Festival, Devon, 12 March; Spirella
Ballroom, Letchworth, 18 March; The vaults, London, 20 – 23
March; Black Mountains Barns, Hereford, 25 March; Hillside
Brewery, Gloucestershire, 26 March; 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
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.
Company. Directed by John Shields. Mumford Theatre, Anglia
Ruskin University, Cambridge Campus, East Road, Cambridge 21 –
22 March (01223
352932). Abridged version in a
double-bill with Much Ado About Nothing. [A]
Studio 2, Theatr Clwyd, Mold. 6
– 8 April (01352 701521).
Oddsocks Romeo and Juliet - Mods v Rockers. Oddsocks
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);
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.
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);
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);
Annes, 22 – 23 May (01253 794 221);
Theatre, Royal, Wakefield, 24 May (01924 211 311).
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
Romeo and Juliet - The Timeless
Tale Reimagined By A Cast Of Five. Actors from the London Stage.
London, 2 – 3 April (020 7258 2925).
West Side Story.
Music: Leonard Bernstein.
New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, 23 – 26 August (0844 847 2302)
The Taming of the
Kiss Me Kate.
Lancaster Royal Grammar School and Lancaster
Girls Grammar School. The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster, 8 – 11 March
(01524 598 500)
Kilworth House Theatre, Leicestershire, 31 May – 16 July (01858 881939, Mon – Fri, 10am – 4pm) Directed by Matthew White.
Kiss Me Kate.
Ilkley Playhouse. Minack Theatre, Penzance,
24 – 28 July (01736 810181)
Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Simon Russell Beale
Barbican Centre, London, 30 June – 18 August (0845 120 7550)
Progress Youth Theatre.
Progress Theatre, Reading, 11 – 15 July (0118 960 6060)
Royal Shakespeare Company. Edited and directed by Aileen
Gonsalves. Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 2 –
4 March; Intermission Theatre, London, 17 – 18 March; Studio
Theatre, The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, 23 – 25 March.
For 8 – 13 year olds.
Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Blanche McIntyre. Royal
Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 23 June – 2 September (01789
Company. Drayton Arms Theatre, London, 17 – 31 March (020 7835 2301)
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.
Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 13
April – 20 May (0161 833 9833). Directed by Jo Davies.
Theatre, London, 18 May – 5 August 2017 (020
Rain or Shine Theatre Company. Glastonbury Abbey, 14 June (www.glastonburyabbeyshop.com) Part of a national tour, dates and
venues to be announced. See
www.rainorshine.co.uk for details. [P]
Winchester Players. Minack Theatre,
Penzance, 21 – 25 August (0136
Company. Directed by Christopher Luscombe. Royal Shakespeare
Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 2 November – 24 February 2018
(01789 403493) www.rsc.org.uk
Public booking opens in late February. [P]
Tamsin Greig (Malvolia). Olivier
(National Theatre), London, 14 February - 13 May
(020 7452 3000).
Merely Theatre (in association with the Production Exchange).
Theatre Royal, Lincoln, 2 March – 3 March (01522
Playhouse Theatre, Norwich, 8 March (01603
Corn Exchange, Newbury, 14 – 15 March (0845
Stantonbury Theatre, Stantonbury, 16 March (01908
The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, 21 – 22 March
(01539 488 444); Wokingham Theatre, Wokingham, 23 – 24 March (0118
London, 19 – 22 April (020 8858 7755);
Lytham St Annes,
22 – 23 May (01253
Theatre, Royal, Wakefield, 25 May (01924 211 311).
Unlikely lovers come crashing together in this riotous and
deeply tender comedy. Using just 5 actors, we use imagination
and innovation to present identical twins, multiple disguises
and mistaken identity in this tale of mischief and love.
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
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Two Noble Kinsmen
Cheek by Jowl Theatre Company.
Directed by Declan Donnellan. Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 31 January – 4
February (01223 503 333); Theatre Royal, Bath, 22 – 25 February
(01225 448844); The Playhouse, Oxford, 28 February – 4 March
(01865 305 305); Warwick Arts Centre, 7 – 11 March (024 7652
4524); Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 14 – 18 March (01206
573948); Theatr Clwyd, Mold, 21 – 25 March (01352 701521);
Barbican Theatre, London, 5 – 22 April (020 7638 8891); Bristol Old Vic,
Bristol, 25 – 29 April (0117 987 7877)
Directed by Max Webster. Royal Lyceum Theatre,
Edinburgh, 10 February – 4 March 2017 (0131 248 4848)
The Winter’s Tale
(opera). English National Opera. Directed by Rory Kinnear.
London Coliseum, London, 27 February – 14 March
2017 (020 7632 8300)
Poems and Apocrypha
Venus and Adonis. Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory
Doran. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 26 July – 4 August
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) by
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.
The History of Cardenio by William Shakespeare, John Fletcher
and Gary Taylor. Richmond Shakespeare Society and Cutpurse.
Directed by Gerald Baker. Mary Wallace Theatre, Twickenham, 18 –
25 March (020 8744 0547 10am – 7pm only).
Macbeth & Twelfth Night. Purple
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!
Directed by Ivo van Hove. Barbican Theatre,
London, 17 – 19 March
(0845 120 7550).
Ivo van Hove’s
epic is ‘one of the most audacious Shakespeare productions of
the modern era’ (Time
Out), and immerses you in the midst of the
multimedia action. Set in a conference centre with multiple
screens relaying non-stop media coverage, tautly edited versions
Julius Caesar and
Antony and Cleopatra unfold to form one flowing
performance. Power, passion, ambition and national interests –
this is the political game revealed in all its facets – with
video close-ups amplifying the onstage drama.
Roman Tragedies turns audience members into
citizens, inviting them to move freely around the auditorium,
have refreshments, view the protagonists from different
perspectives and live tweet about the experience. First seen at
the Barbican in 2009, the six-hour show combines brilliant
ensemble acting, running from the cerebral to the raw, with
astonishing stagecraft and an electric sense of immediacy.
Performed in Dutch with English surtitles.
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.
William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged). Reduced
Shakespeare Company. Pleasance, Playhouse Theatre, Norwich, 4
February 2017 (01603
Playhouse Theatre, Nottingham, 9 February (0115 941 9419);
Chipping Norton Theatre, Chipping Norton, 11 February (01608 642 350);
Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, 14 – 15 February (0121 236 4455);
Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 17 February (01206 573 948);
Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, 13 March (0844 871 7614);
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!
Your Bard written and performed by Nicholas Collett. Directed by
Gavin Robertson. Royal Oak and Castle, Pevensey, 3 March;
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.