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Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

   September 2018 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

National Theatre. Directed by Simon Godwin. Ralph Fiennes (Antony) and Sophie Okonedo (Cleopatra). Olivier (National Theatre), London, 18 September – 19 January 2019 (020 7452 3000). [P]

As You Like It

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Kimberley Sykes. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 14 February – 31 August 2019. Booking opens 22 October. [P]

Comedy of Errors


First Encounters: The Comedy of Errors. Edited and directed by Alex Thorpe. Royal Shakespeare Company. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 19 – 27 October (0870 6091110). 90 minutes. For 7 – 13 year olds. [A/P]





Directed by Amy Leach. Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse), Leeds, 1 – 30 March 2019 (0113 213 7800). Female Hamlet. [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]

Super Hamlet 64 by Edward Day. Edward/Edalia Day Theatre Company. OFS Studio (previously known as Old Fire Station Theatre), Oxford, 13 September (01865 297 170). What if you woke up and realised that your life was actually a computer game? Your Dad just died, your Uncle’s married your Mum and is hell bent on world domination, while the person you have a crush on turns out to be a samurai sword-wielding super hero. Oh, and your Dad’s a singing ghost. Super Hamlet 64 is fast paced retelling of Shakespeare most famous play, full of retro animation, spoken word, live music and comedy songs. [P]

Henry IV, pt.1

Henry IV, pt.2

Henry V

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Directed by Elizabeth Freestone. Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, 12 September – 6 October (0117 902 0344); Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, 9 – 13 October (01723 370541); Dukes Theatre, Lancaster, 16 – 20 October (­01524 598500); Malvern Theatres, Malvern, 23 – 27 October (01684 892277); Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 30 October – 3 November (01284 769505); Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 6 – 10 November (01392 726363). [P]  


Cry God for Harry, England and St George. Mulberry School for Girls. Duke of York’s Theatre, London, 3 September (08448 717623). Putting on an all-female production of Henry V was never going to be easy, but for Sayara and her team of East London teenagers, it’s about to get a lot harder. When a letter drops through the front door and their community comes under threat, this group of young women must learn what leadership really means, and what you need to sacrifice to stand up for what you believe in. [A]

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

Henry VI, pt 3

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar


Bits and Bobs Theatre Company. Methodist Church Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon, 30 August – 1 September. Conflated cast of 10 with some gender-swapping of roles. [P]

King John

King Lear

Chichester Festival Theatre. Directed by Jonathan Munby. Ian McKellen (Lear). Duke of York’s Theatre, London 11 July – 3 November. [P]


A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Directed by Karen Shayler. Priory Theatre, Kenilworth, 5 – 15 September (01926 55301). Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear! [P]

A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Directed by Peter Liddiard. Chesil Theatre, Winchester, 26 January 2019 – 2 February (01962 867 086). [P]

Love's Labour's Lost

Folksy Theatre Company. Hare Hill Garden, Macclesfield, 1st September. [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe. Directed by Nick Bagnall. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 23 August – 15 September (020 7401 9919) [P]


National Theatre. Directed by Rufus Norris. Rory Kinnear (Macbeth), Anne-Marie Duff (Lady Macbeth). The Lowry, Salford, 29 September – 6 October (0161 876 2000); Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 16 – 20 October (01752 267 222); Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, 23 – 27 October (0131 529 6000); Theatre Royal, Norwich, 30 October – 3 November (01603 630 000); His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, 7 – 10 November (01224 641 122); Theatre Royal, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 13 – 17 November (08448 11 21 21); Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield, 20 – 24 November (0114 249 6000); Theatre Royal, Bath, 27 November – 8 December (01225 448 844); New Theatre, Oxford, 8 – 12 January 2019 (0870 606 3500); Bord Gais Energy Theatre (formerly Grand Canal Theatre), Dublin, 15 – 19 January (0818 719 377); Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 22 – 26 January (0115 989 5555); Hull New Theatre, Hull, 5 – 9 February (01482 226 655); Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 12 – 16 February (01227 787 787); Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 19 – 23 February (0141 240 1133); Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, 26 February – 2 March (023 8071 1811); Grand Opera House, Belfast, 5 – 9 March (028 9024 1919); Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, 12 – 16 March (01902 429 212); Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 19 – 23 March (08700 40 2000). [P]

The Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Polly Findley. Christopher Eccleston (Macbeth), Niamh Cusack (Lady Macbeth). Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 13 March – 18 September (0870 6091110); The Barbican, London, 15 October – 18 January 2019 (0845 120 7550) [P]

Merely Theatre Company. The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, 18 – 19 September (01539 440872); Lowther Pavilion, Lytham St Anne’s, 20 September (01253 794221) MATINEE ONLY; Theatre Royal, Wakefield, 25 September (01924 211311); Stantonbury Theatre, Stantonbury, 26 – 27 September (01908 324466); Brentwood Theatre, Brentwood, 28 September (01277 200305); Palace Theatre, Paignton, 1 October (01803 665800) MATINEE ONLY; The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, 2 October (01805 624624); Broadway Theatre, Letchworth, 3 October (01462 681088); Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick, 9 October (028 4461 0747); The Alley Theatre, Strabane, 10 October (028 7138 4444); Space Theatre, Bangor, 12 October (028 9147 1780); Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, 13 October (028 9244 7452); Market Place Theatre, Armagh, 16 – 16 October (028 3752 1821); Roe Valley Arts, Limavady, 17 October (028 7776 0650); The Broadway Theatre, Barking, 19 October (020 8507 5607); Tacchi-Morris, Taunton, 23 October (01823 414141); Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, 24 October (01970 623232). Touring in rep with Much Ado about Nothing. [P]

Putney Theatre Company. Directed by Ian Higham. Putney Arts Theatre, London, 6 – 11 November (020 8788 6943). [A]

Directed by Robert Hastie. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 7 November – 2 February 2019 (020 7401 9919) [P]


Bowler Crab Productions. The Mermaid Inn, Rye, 20 September (01797 223065). Performed as ‘Dinner with Macbeth’ between dinner courses; Abbot’s Hall, Battle Abbey School, 21 October (not a dinner performance) ( Shortened version. [P]

National Youth Theatre. Adapted (abridged) by Moria Buffini. Directed by Natasha Nixon. Garrick Theatre, London, 20 November – 7 December (0844 482 9673). A brand new gender fluid adaptation of Shakespeare’s sinister tale of greed, betrayal and revenge. This electric production explores the gender politics and human struggle which spark triumphant Macbeth’s infamous and catastrophic downfall. [P]

The Macbeths by Alexander Raptotasios and Manolis Tsiipos. Produced by Citizens Theatre. Directed by Dominic Hill. Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee, 3 – 4 October (01382 223 530); MacArts Theatre, Galashiels, 5 October (01896 756852); Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley, 6 October (0300 300 1210); Byre Theatre, St Andrews, 9 – 11 October (01334 475000); Macrobat Arts Centre, Stirling, 12 October (01786 466666); Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 16 – 20 October (0131 228 1404); Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, 23 October (01463 234234); Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Pitlochry, 25 October (01796 484626); Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock, 27 October (01475 723723). At the heart of Shakespeare’s darkest play is a disintegrating marriage. This new adaptation using a radically cut version of the text focuses on the relationship between one of the most famous killers in literature and his ambitious wife. Returning from battle, Macbeth hears a prophesy emboldening him to murder and betray. Compelled by his equally ruthless wife, Macbeth ignores his creeping sense of guilt and hopelessness and attempts to hasten the hand of fate, unwittingly ushering in the downfall of them both. [P]

Macbeth – Director’s Cut. Volcano Theatre Company. Directed by Paul Davies. Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, 9 – 10 October (0161 912 5616); Harrow Arts Centre, Harrow, 11 October (020 3773 7161); Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, 12 – 13 October (029 2030 4400); MAC, Birmingham, 15 October (0121 446 3232); Wickham Theatre, Bristol, 17 October (0117 3315088); Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea, 23 October (01792 602060); Amata, Falmouth University, 26 – 27 October (01326 259349); The Arts Institute, Plymouth, 31 October (01752 600600); Omnibus Theatre, Clapham, 1 – 2 November (0207 498 4699); Jacksons Lane, Highgate, 6 – 7 November (020 8341 4421); Enable Us Project (university of Sheffield), Sheffield, 8 November (online booking); Small World Theatre, Ceredigion, 9 November (01239 615952); The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University, 12 November (01695 584480); Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton, 13 – 14 November (01902 321 321). Macbeth is disturbing. Murder always is. This is an interpretation of the play informed by the terrors that impinge on our daily lives in which evil goes on to take new and different forms. Not suitable for children. [P]

The Paper Cinema’s Macbeth. Paper Cinema. BAC (Battersea Arts Centre), London, 9 – 27 October (020 7223 2223). Immerse yourself on a journey through rugged Scottish landscapes and encounter storms, betrayal and murderous plot. Shakespeare's tragedy is vividly told with illustration, masterful puppetry and a live score. Watch a captivating silent film created before your eyes. Hand-drawn puppets collide with music, Foley and cinematic projection to create epic battle scenes and intricate characters. [P]

Measure for Measure

Changeling Theatre Company. Directed by Robert Forknall. Tour: July-August 2018; Greenwich Theatre, London, 2 – 6 October (020 8858 7755). Part of the Greenwich Performs Festival.  [P]

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 28 June – 29 August 2019. Booking opens 22 October. [P]


Directed by Josie Rourke. Performers: Hayley Atwell, Jack Lowden. Donmar Warehouse, London, 28 September – 24 November (0844 871 7624). Vienna is corrupt. The Duke, who has let the city fall to vice, hands control to his Deputy, a hardline, puritan reformer. The Deputy uses ancient laws to sentence citizens to death for sexual misconduct. But when a religious Novice pleads for clemency, their heady encounter leaves the Deputy guilty of the very crime that the law condemns. Artistic Director Josie Rourke’s production of Measure for Measure imagines the play in its original year of performance, 1604, and also in 2018. Within every performance, Hayley Atwell and Jack Lowden will alternate the roles of powerful Deputy and powerless Novice. [P]

The Merchant of Venice

Directed by Brendan O’Hea. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 8 September (020 7401 9919). Part of the Voter’s Choice tour. [P]

llyria Theatre Company. Burrswood Health and Wellbeing, Groombridge, 14 September (Book Online); Manor Farm, Corsley, 16 September (Book Online). Provisional schedule - more dates to be added. [P]


Bedouin Shakespeare Company. Duke of York’s Theatre, London, 22 October (08448 717623). A gender-balanced reworking of the play (female Shylock and Antonio). Single performance in Britain after a tour of Italy. [P]

Merry Wives of Windsor

Stamford Shakespeare Festival. Tolethorpe Hall, Stamford, Lincolnshire, 10 July – 1 September (01780 763203). [P]

Royal Shakespeare Company. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 4 August – 22 September (01789 403493); The Barbican, London, 7 December – 5 January 2019 (0845 120 7550) [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Play On Theatre Company. Etcetera Theatre, Camden, London, 11 – 15 September (020 7482 4857). [A]


Ballet Black. A Dream within A Midsummer Night's Dream by Arthur Pita (choreographer). Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London, 10 – 13 October (020 8534 0310); The Lowry Theatre, Salford, 19 November (0161 876 2183). Described as a ‘sexy, cheeky frolic’ by, the production mixes the classical and contemporary to distil the essence of Shakespeare’s comedy, unfolding to an eclectic soundtrack that includes Eartha Kitt, Barbra Streisand and Yma Sumac. [P]

Shakespeare in the Garden (Open Bar Theatre Company). The Anglers, Teddington,  5 September; The Red Lion, Barnes, 6 – 8 September; The Duke of Kent, Ealing, 13 – 15 September. 4 actors. [P]

Bowler Crab Productions. Big Green Cardigan Festival, Hawkhurst Road, Sedlescombe, East Sussex, 9 September. ‘Pocket performance’. [P]

Sheffield Theatres Production. Directed by Robert Hastie. Music by Dan Gillespie Sells. Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 28 September – 20 October (0114 249 6000). Desperate lovers, squabbling supernaturals and a hapless troupe of amateur actors get tangled in this joyous tale of enchantment and transformation. Full of magic and mayhem, this is Shakespeare’s most celebrated comedy, reimagined in a fresh production brimming with musicality. [P]

Flute Theatre Company. Adapted by Kelly Hunter. Orange Tree Theatre, London, 5 – 24 November (020 8940 3633). Flute Theatre, who create productions especially for people with ASC and other special educational needs, return to the Orange Tree, with their unique and spellbinding performances, enabling everyone to enjoy Shakespeare. Up to 15 young people on the spectrum become the participants for each performance, sitting with seven actors in a circle on our stage, where they are encouraged by the actors to play sensory games which unravel the story of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. [P]

Much Ado About Nothing

Merely Theatre Company. The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, 18 – 19 September (01539 440872); Lowther Pavilion, Lytham St Anne’s, 20 September (01253 794221) EVENING ONLY; Theatre Royal, Wakefield, 24 September (01924 211311); Stantonbury Theatre, Stantonbury, 27 September (01908 324466); Palace Theatre, Paignton, 1 October (01803 665800) EVENING ONLY; Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, 4 October (01892 678678); Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey, 11 October (028 9034 0202); The Civic Theatre, Barnsley, 25 October (01226 327000). Touring in rep with Macbeth. [P]


Antic Disposition Theatre Company. Gray's Inn Hall, London, 17 August – 1 September (0333 666 3366). Set in a sun-drenched French village celebrating the new peace of 1945, Antic Disposition's Much Ado About Nothing introduces us to a cast of vibrant and eccentric characters, as the quiet village square turns battlefield for the ‘merry war’ between sparring partners Beatrice and Benedick. [P]


Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London. Directed by Claire van Kampen. 20 July – 13 October (020 7401 9919) [P]

English Touring Theatre (in association with Oxford Playhouse and the Tobacco Factory). Directed by Richard Twyman. The Playhouse, Oxford, 18 – 22 September (01865 305 305); Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate, 25 – 29 September (01423 502 116); Cast, Doncaster, 2 – 6 October (01302 303 959); Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, 9 – 13 October (01484 430 528); Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 16 – 20 October (01242 572 573); Coliseum Theatre, Oldham, 23 – 27 October (0161 624 2829); New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 30 October – 3 November (01473 295 900); Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, 6 – 10 November (024 7652 4524); Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole, 20 – 24 November (0844 406 8666) [P]


Richard II

Ketterer’s Men. Shakespeare Institute Lecture Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon, 27 – 30 September. [A]

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 22 February 2019 – 21 April  (020 7401 9919) [P]

Richard III

Romeo and Juliet

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Erica Whyman. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 21 April – 21 September (01789 403493); The Barbican, London, 2 November – 19 January 2019 (0845 120 7550); Blackpool Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 26 February – 2 March (01253 290 190) [P]

Crescent Theatre Company. The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, 3 – 10 November (0121 643 5858) [A]


Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Moscow City Ballet. Palace Theatre, Manchester, 17 January 2019 (0870 401 3000); Kings Theatre, Portsmouth and Southsea, 8 – 9 February (023 9282 8282). Part of a tour with other ballets. [P]

I Capuleti e i Montecchi (The Capulets and Montagues) by Vencenzo Bellini. Opera Holloway. The Woolstore, Codford, 31 August (01985 850345); The Christ Church Centre, Henley-on-Thames, 7 September (0207 183 7323); The Broadway, Barking, 8 September (020 8507 5607); The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 14 September (01305 266926); The Courtyard, London, 19 September (0870 163 0717); St Martins, Epsom, 22 September (Free Entry); The Tithe Barn (part of the Shipley Arts Festival), Sullington, 23 September (01403 750220); The Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury on Thames, 28 September (Online Booking); Pop Up Theatre, Lingfield, 30 September (01342 833893). Opera Holloway present a fresh, new, contemporary take on one of the most famous love stories of all time.  Director Fiona Williams moves the action to 1950’s Naples; the stifling heat fans the flames of a budding romance.  In this poor neighbourhood, controlled by the mafia, Romeo and Giulietta fight to unite their families and keep their relationship alive. [P]

The HandleBards. South Street Park Amphitheatre, Sheffield, 2 September (07986 784 207); The Charterhouse, London, 6 September (07986 784 207). All female cast. [P]

Re-defining Juliet. The Pit, Barbican Centre, London, 29 – 30 November (0845 120 7550). Weaving text from Romeo and Juliet with hard-hitting stories from women whose femininity and authenticity have been questioned by society, Redefining Juliet celebrates difference to prove that anyone can play the iconic part. Appearing regularly on British television, Storme Toolis has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. Inspired by a desire to portray Juliet herself, she collaborates with other performers who have felt like outsiders to bring multiple dimensions to the famed romantic lead. Featuring key scenes from the play, interspersed with resonant details of the actors’ personal lives, this is an empowering production, both joyous and sad, shot through with wit. [P/A]

Romea and Julian. Purple Ostrich Productions Company. Directed by Kerry Fitzgerald and Joe Miller. Bread and Roses, London, 6 – 10 November (020 7498 1779). Set on an estate in South-East London, where the young people are left to their own devices and where carrying a knife is second nature we follow the tragic journey of these two lovers over the course of 90 blood pumping minutes. Meet Romea, a love-obsessed poet who will do anything to have sex and Julian, a young man who prizes his virginity above everything else. A gender-swapped Romeo and Juliet. [P]

The Taming of the Shrew

Directed by Brendan O’Hea. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 11 May, 13 May and 7 September (020 7401 9919); Chilham Castle, Kent, 26 May (evening only). Part of the Voter’s Choice tour. [P]

Shake-Scene Shakespeare Theatre Company. Tristan Bates Theatre (TBT), London, 8 – 13 October (020 7240 6283). Prepared using the cue script technique used in Shakespeare’s own theatres, the cast will rehearse their own lines and cues, but not rehearse together before the performance. The play will appear on the stage, created by the cast for the audience. [P]

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Justin Audibert. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 8 March – 31 August 2019. Booking opens 22 October. [P]


Kiss Me Kate. Sheffield Theatre Productions. Directed by Paul Foster. The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 7 December – 12 January 2019 (0114 249 6000) [P]

The Tempest

Southsea Shakespeare Actors. Directed by Aaron Holdaway and David Pearson. Hayling Island Station Theatre, Havant, 7 – 10 November (023 9246 6363) [A]


Return to the Forbidden Planet by Bob Carlton. Eastbourne Theatres Company. Directed by Chris Jordan. Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, 9 August – 1 September (01323 412 000) [P]

Timon of Athens


Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Simon Godwin. Kathryn Hunter (Timon). Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 7 December – 22 February 2019 (01789 403493) [P]

Titus Andronicus

Troilus and Cressida

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran in collaboration with Evelyn Glennie. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 12 October – 17 November (01789 403493); Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 12 October – 17 November (020 7401 9919) [P]

Twelfth Night

Directed by Brendan O’Hea. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London,  6 September (020 7401 9919) Part of the Voter’s Choice tour. [P]

Directed by Wils Wilson. Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, 14 September – 6 October (0131 248 4848); Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, 17 October – 10 November (0117 987 7877) [P]


The HandleBards. Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham, 2 September (07986 784 207); The Charterhouse, London, 4 5 September (07986 784 207). All male cast. [P]

Watermill Theatre. Directed by Paul Hart. Wilton's Music Hall, London, 12 – 22 September (020 7702 2789) Bohemian, outlandish, isolated: Illyria is a land where everyone has lost something in a world reeling in the wake of war. Viola is washed ashore. In a bid to survive this mysterious ethereal land, she disguises herself as Cesario to serve the solitary Duke Orsino. What follows is a tale of mistaken identities, seduction and transformation, leading to a complex love triangle and the near destruction of all propriety! The Watermill, renowned for its bold, progressive and collaborative approach to Shakespeare, re-imagines Twelfth Night in the hedonistic 1920s, where prohibition is rife. Fused with innovative staging and actor musicianship, the radical spirit of Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald collides with the contemporary influence of Postmodern Jukebox. [P]

Adapted by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub. Directed Kwame Kwei-Armah and Oskar Eustis. The Young Vic, London, 2 October – 17 November (020 7922 2922). Shakespeare meets his match as brass bands and Beyoncé weave through this enchanting musical adaptation of Twelfth Night, with music and lyrics by the critically acclaimed songwriter Shaina Taub. [P]

Flute Theatre Company. Adapted by Kelly Hunter with music by Tom Chapman. Minerva Theatre, Chichester, 15 – 26 January 2019 (01243 781 312). Flute Theatre’s unique production of one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies has been performed across Europe and makes its UK premiere at the Minerva Theatre. Viola is saved from drowning with a bucket of freezing water and welcomed into Illyria by a mysterious clown who leads us all on a melodious and dreamlike odyssey. With nothing but instruments, costumes and props that may have been washed up on a beach, the cast of seven actors are swung between characters, between actor and musician, and between love and madness by this whirligig of a play. The result is a painfully funny and hopelessly romantic version of this classic, exploring the ecstasy and grief of falling in love for the first time. For anyone who has ever been in love, or is fed by a love of music. [P]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

Directed by Blanche McIntyre. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 22 June – 14 October (020 7401 9919) [P]

New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 13 – 17 November (0870 060 6646) [P]

Poems and Apocrypha

(in alphabetical order)

Comedy Store Players. Globe Theatre, London, 19 October (020 7401 9919). For the 21st year in a row, the Comedy Store Players take over the Globe stage with only the faintest idea of where the night will take them and their willing audience. With suggestions from the crowd, this talented troupe will fill the Globe with Shakespeare-inspired improv and the sound of laughter. The Players finish the show with a six-person improvised Shakespeare play, with a title suggested by the audience. [P]

othellomacbeth. Home Theatre (formerly Cornerhouse), Manchester, 14 – 29 September (0161 200 1500); Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, London, 5 October – 3 November (020 8741 6850). One company. Two directors. One set. Two plays. An audacious condensed staging of two of Shakespeare’s most brutal and poetic plays, exploring fear, jealousy, power and revenge. Two stories in which powerful men are manipulated into destroying their societies, their households, their loved ones and themselves. In this dynamic and visceral production these two iconic plays will be performed together by one exciting company of actors, examining escalating cycles of violence; abuses of power and the role and nature of the “tragic hero”. [P]

Shakespeare in Love by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman. Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall. Produced by Theatre Royal Bath and Eleanor Lloyd Productions. Directed by Phillip Breen. Theatre Royal, Bath, 4 – 13 October (01225 448 844); Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 15 – 20 October (0115 989 5555); Malvern Festival Theatre, Malvern, 23 – 27 October (01684 892 277); The Playhouse, Oxford, 30 October – 3 November (01865 305 305); Arts Theatre, Cambridge 5 – 9 November (01223 503 333); King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, 12 – 17 November (0131 529 6000); Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, 20 – 24 November (01243 781 312). Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block…the deadline for his new play – a comedy called Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter – is fast approaching, he’s struggling to finish the first line of a sonnet and he’s in dire need of inspiration. Then he meets the beguiling Viola de Lesseps, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant. Viola is prepared to do anything – including risking the frosty disapproval of Queen Elizabeth I – to fulfil her illicit dream of performing on the London stage and pursuing a passionate affair with the greatest playwright of the age. [P]

Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre: Macbeth / A Midsummer Night’s Dream / Richard III / Romeo & Juliet. Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York, 25 June – 2 September (01904 623 568). Europe’s first ever pop-up Shakespearean theatre is coming to York next summer, promising a thrilling and unique theatrical experience! Artistic Director Damian Cruden and Associate Director Juliet Forster will be putting their stamp on Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream respectivelyOlivier Award-winner Lindsay Posner from the West End will direct Romeo and Juliet and Richard III. Outside the theatre, Shakespeare’s Village will be a vibrant spectacle, allowing everybody free access to Elizabethan entertainment, including wagon performances, juggling jesters and musicians; the best Yorkshire food and drinks and an ornate Elizabethan garden. [P]

Sonnet Sunday. Directed by Federay Holmes. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 2 September (020 7401 9919). For the first time ever in the Globe’s history, we invite you to go on this journey of love, life and the passing of time through all of the sonnets from 1 – 154. Over the course of one day you will be able to hear and enjoy the entirety of the sonnet collection in the beautiful setting of the Globe. This special event has grown out of our annual tradition of Sonnet Walks. With old friends, new faces and special guests, this promises to be a celebration of not only Shakespeare, but also our local, national and international community. [P]

Voter’s Choice. Directed by Brendan O’Hea. Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour. Cambridge Arts Theatre, 29 August - 1 September. How did a company tour in Shakespeare’s day? We know that when the theatres closed, a small group of actors, juggling a variety of roles in three or four plays from their extensive repertoire, would leave London and head off on tour. We also know that the choice of play or entertainment was left to the most powerful person of the household. So, following in the tradition of our resident playwright, and in a first for Shakespeare’s Globe, between May and September 2018 a company of eight actors will offer audiences a choice of three plays: The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night. They will perform all three at the Globe before setting out on a national and international tour. And also in keeping with tradition – and with thrilling unpredictability – the choice of play will be put back into the hands of the most powerful members of the house: the audience. More venues to be announced. [P]



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