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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

  July 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.

Updated
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

Updated
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). www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/antony-and-cleopatra [P]

As You Like It

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 2 May – 26 August (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/as-you-like-it [P]

New
Shakespeare in the Squares. All London venues. Leinster Square, W2, 20 June; St James’s Gardens, W11, 21 June; Norland Square, W11, 22 June; Queen’s Park, NW6, 23 June; Arundel and Ladbroke Gardens, W11, 26 June; Paulton’s Square, SW3, 27 June; Paddington Street Gardens, W1, 28 – 29 June; Little Wormwood Scrubs Park, W10, 30 June; St James’s Square, SW1, 3 July; Connaught Square, W2, 4 July; Bedford Square, WC1, 5 July; Crescent Garden, W9, 6 July; St Peter’s Square, W6, 7 July; Le Gothique, Royal Patriotic Building, Wandsworth, SW18, 8 and 10 July; Ladbroke Square Gardens, W11, 11 July; Cleveland Square, W2, 12 July. www.shakespeareinthesquares.co.uk [P]

Directed by Max Webster. Regents Park Open Air Theatre, London, 6 – 28 July (0844 826 4242) http://openairtheatre.com/production/as-you-like-it [P]

Comedy of Errors

St John’s College Gardens, Cambridge, 30 July - 18 August (07955 218824). Part of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. www.cambridgeshakespeare.com/programme/ Top of Form[P]

Adaptation

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. www.rsc.org.uk/first-encounters-the-comedy-of-errors/ [A/P]

Coriolanus

Cymbeline

Robinson College Gardens, Cambridge, 9 – 28 July (07955 218824). Part of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. www.cambridgeshakespeare.com/programme/ Top of Form[P]

Hamlet

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 25 April – 26 August (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/hamlet [P]

Adaptations

Three Inch Fools. Coggeshall Grange Barn, National Trust, Colchester, 3 June (07714 028770); Elstow Abbey, Elstow, 5 June (07714 028770); Hastings Pier, Hastings, 7 June (01424 445566); Hartwell's Barn, Brill, 10 June (07714 028770); St Peter's Church, Lowick, 14 June (07894 698688); Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire, 15 June (01158 077900); Lyddington Village Grean, Rutland, 17 June (07714 028770); Newark Castle, Newark, 20 June (01636 655755); Ordsall Hall, Salford, 21 June (01618 720251); Helmsley Castle, English Heritage, 29 June (0370 333 1183); Scarborough Castle, English Heritage, 30 June (0370 333 1183); Belsay Hall, English Heritage, 7 July (0370 333 1183); Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, 10 July (07714 028770); Duns Castle, Duns, 12 July (07714 028770); Lauriston Castle, Lauriston, 15 July (01315 293993); Archerfield Walled Garden, East Lothian, 17 July (01620 388588); Innerpeffray Chapel, Perthshire, 19 July (01764 652819); Kilbryde Castle, Perthshire, 21 July (07714 028770); Glamis Castle, Angus, 26 July (01307 840393); Culzean Castle, National Trust for Scotland, 27 July (07714 028770); Drumlanrig Castle Dumfries & Galloway, 29 July (01848 331555); Whorlton Village Green, 31 July (01833 628419); Brougham Hall, Cumbria, 4 August(07714 028770); Speke Hall, National Trust, Liverpool, 8 August (07714 028770); Charlecote Park, National Trust, Warwick, 11 August (01789 470277); The Globe at Hay, Hay on Wye, 12 August (07714 028770); Highcliffe Castle, Dorset, 16 August (01425 278807); Dunster Castle, National Trust, Somerset, 18 August (07714 028770); Mapperton, Dorset, 19 August (01308 862645); Outdoor performance with music. www.threeinchfools.com/upcomingperformances/ [P]

New
Hamlet – Horatio’s Tale. Adapted and directed by Nick Hennegen. Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, 3 – 26 August (0131 623 3030). A remarkable solo Hamlet from Horatio’s POV! Shakespeare’s classic tale of madness, murder and betrayal with incredible performance, brilliant original music and Sir Derek Jacobi as Old Hamlet! Something is very right in the state of Denmark! Playing in rep with Henry V – Lion of England. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe. www.assemblyfestival.com/whats-on/hamlet-horatios-tale [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]

Henry IV, pt.1

Henry IV, pt.2

Henry V

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Directed by Elizabeth Freestone. Theatre Royal, Bath, 21 June – 21 July (01225 448 844); Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, 12 September – 6 October (0117 902 0344). Further tour dates to be announced. http://stf-theatre.org.uk/henryv/ [P]  

Adaptation

The Petersfield Shakespeare Festival. Bedales School, Steep, Petersfield, 18 – 24 July (01730 711577). England vs France. To coincide with the centenary of the end of World War I, Shakespeare’s epic play moves to the battlefields of the Somme, where the glory, the horror and the absurdities of war, all still with us today, are explored in a spectacular way. Ambitious and fast moving, this production will thrill and challenge. Playing in rep with The Taming of the Shrew. www.petersfieldshakespearefestival.co.uk/ [P]

New
Henry V – Lion of England. Adapted and directed by Nick Hennegen. Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, 2 – 25 August (0131 623 3030). Wild young Hal becomes King and lays claim to the French crown. Agincourt as never before! A solo tour de force through Shakespeare’s patriotic masterpiece. Incredible performance, brilliant original music and SFX. www.assemblyfestival.com/whats-on/henry-v-lion-of-england [P]

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

Henry VI, pt 3

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

Adaptation

Bits and Bobs Theatre Company. Methodist Church Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon, 30 August – 1 September. Conflated cast with some gender-swapping. Tickets available soon.

King John

King Lear

Chichester Festival Theatre. Directed by Jonathan Munby. Ian McKellen (Lear). Duke of York’s Theatre, London 11 July – 3 November. www.atgtickets.com/shows/king-lear/duke-of-yorks/ [P]

Adaptations

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! www.priorytheatre.co.uk/productions/201809-amateurs [P]

New
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). 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! www.chesiltheatre.org.uk/index.html/#Amateurs [P]

Trump Lear. Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh, 1 – 27 August (0131 556 6500). Direct from its hit New York season, Trump meets Lear in this 'biting political satire' that's inspired upon the whims of a madman! An absurdly funny take on Shakespeare's greatest tragedy as you've never seen it before. www.pleasance.co.uk/event/trump-lear#overview [P]

Love's Labour's Lost

Guildford Shakespeare Company. Directed by Tom Littler. University of Law, Guildford, 13 – 28 July (01483 304384) www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk/loves-labours-lost/ [P]

Folksy Theatre Company. Queens Park Arena, Glasgow, 16 July; Clydebank Townhall, Glasgow, 17 July; Threave Garden, Castle Douglas, 18 July; Glen House Gardens, Innerleithen, 19 July; Duff House, Near Banff, 20 July; Bothwell Castle, South Lanarkshire, 21 July; Tuckwell Amphitheatre, Cheltenham, 22 July; Burrow Farm Gardens, Axminster, 24 July; Marwood Hill Gardens, Barnstaple, 25 July; The Hyde Residential Garden, Bridport, 26 July; Boiling Wells Amphitheatre, Bristol, 27 – 28 July; Hestercombe Gardens, Taunton, 29 July; Forde Abbey, Chard, 31 July; Ecos Ampitheatre, Frome, 1 August; The Walled Gardens of Cannington, 3 August; Ammerdown Gardens, Radstock, 4 August; Shockerwick House Garden, Bath, 5 August; Connaught Gardens, Sidmouth, 8 August; Adlington Hall, Macclesfield, 9 August; Millets Farm, Frilford, 10 August; Walkden Gardens, Sale, 11 August; Biddulph Grange, Staffordshire, 12 August; Stonyford Cottage Gardens, Northwich, 14 – 15 August; Bodelwyddan Castle, Rhyl, 16 August; The Dorothy Clive Garden, Market Drayton, 17 August; Brighton Open-Air Theatre, Brighton, 18 August; Penlee Park, Penzance, 19 August; Old Hall Playing Field, Maghull, 21 August; Bishops Wood Centre, Stourport-on-Severn, 22 August; Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton, 23 – 24 August; Martineau Gardens, Birmingham, 25 August; Ordsall Hall, Salford, 26 August; The Burrows Gardens, Ashbourne, 29 August; Port Sunlight Village in The Dell, Wirral, 30 August; Hare Hill Garden, Macclesfield, 1st September. Tickets on sale from 1 April. www.folksytheatre.co.uk/loves-labours-lost-dates/4594209100 [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe. Directed by Nick Bagnall. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 23 August – 15 September (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/loves-labours-lost [P]

Macbeth

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). www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/macbeth [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) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Trinity College Gardens, Cambridge, 30 July - 18 August (07955 218824). Part of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. www.cambridgeshakespeare.com/programme/ Top of Form[P]

Abbey Shakespeare Players. Directed by Amy Levene. St Dogmaels Abbey, Pembrokeshire, 1 – 4 August. Open air production. www.abbeyshakespeare.co.uk [A]

New
Directed by Robert Hastie. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 7 November – 2 February 2019 (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/macbeth [P]

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

Adaptations

Flabbergast Theatre Company. Wilton’s Music Hall, London, 18 June – 2 July (020 7702 2789). Flabbergast Theatre presents a visceral and vibrant version of Shakespeare's classic. Implementing their award-winning experience in physical theatre, puppetry, stage combat, clowning and mask work, Flabbergast demonstrates a rigorous approach to verse and storytelling. With exceptional live music and bespoke human voice effects performed live by the ensemble, this production truly evokes the tragedy of the Scottish king. www.wiltons.org.uk/whatson/421-macbeth [P]

New
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). 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. www.dundeerep.co.uk/event/the-macbeths [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. www.bac.org.uk/content/43606/whats_on/whats_on/shows/the_paper_cinemas_macbeth [P]

Measure for Measure

Adaptations

New
Measure for Measure (LGBT Version) - Remember the Clause Season. All or Nothing Repertory Theatre Company. Courtyard Theatre, London, 19 June – 7 July (0870 163 0717). On 24th May 1988 Margaret Thatcher’s conservative government implemented Section 28, a local authority clause set in UK Law that banned the right to “promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality.” It also outlawed “the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.” All or Nothing Repertory Theatre Company’s first season aims to highlight the 30 year anniversary of this terrible law. We have a version for ‘Measure for Measure’ by William Shakespeare which swaps genders and sexualities of characters. The law implemented by Angelo is Section 28 which see’s Juliet imprisoned and Claudia set for a far worse fate as the punishment for breaking this law is the death penalty which is still, in 2018,  a consequence of being gay in 8 countries around the world. Performed in rep with two other plays. www.thecourtyard.org.uk/  [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. www.donmarwarehouse.com/production/6629/measure-for-measure/ [P]

The Merchant of Venice

Directed by Brendan O’Hea. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 14 - 16 May and 8 September (020 7401 9919); Chilham Castle, Kent, 25 May. Part of the Voter’s Choice tour. www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/the-merchant-of-venice [P]

Bowler Crab Productions. Half House Farm, Three Oaks, 29 – 30 June, 1, 20, 21, 29 July; St John’s Centre, Bexhill, 7 July; The Hen & Chickens Theatre Bar, Islington, 8 July; The Stables Theatre and Arts Centre, Hastings, 13 – 14 July; The Underground Theatre, Eastbourne, 22 July; St John’s URC, Edenbridge, 28 July. www.bowler-crab.com [P]

llyria Theatre Company. Uppark, Nr. Petersfield (NT), 1 July (Book Soon); Gordon Castle Walled Garden, Fochabers, 4 July (Book Soon); Logie Steading, Forres, 5 July (Book Online); Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden, Warrington, 7 July (Book Online);  Lytham Hall, Lytham St Anne’s, 8 July (Book Online); Broxbourne Arts Spotlight Gardens, Hoddesdon, 12 July (Book Online); Castle Gardens, Sherborne, 13 July (Book Online); Chepstow Castle,  Chepstow, 14 July (Book Soon); Merlin Theatre, Frome, 15 July (01373 465949); Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury, 17 July (Book Online); Lincoln Castle, Lincoln, 18 July (Book Online); Shaftsbury Park, Carrickfergus, NI, 20 July (Book Soon); Drum Castle, Gardens and Estate (NTS), Banchory, 21 July (0131 458 0200); Edge Hill University Arts Centre, Lancaster, 22 July (01695 584480); Brantwood, Coniston, 24 July (Book Online); Kingston Lacy (NT), Wimborne, 26 July (Book Soon); Cockington Court, Torquay, 27 July (Book Online); Arlington Court (NT), Barnstaple, 28 July (Book Soon); Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 29 July (01726 879 500);  Sterts Theatre, Liskeard, 31 July (01579 362382); Fulham Palace, London, 3 August (Book Soon); Abergavenny Castle, Abergavenny, 4 August (01873 850805); Tonbridge Castle, Tonbridge, 7 August (Book Soon); Dean’s Yard at Westminster Abbey, London, 8 – 9 August (Book Online); The Hawth Amphitheatre, Crawley, 10 August (01293 553636); The Vicarage, Great Torrington, 11 August (Book Soon); Plas Gwyn-Y-Weddw Arts Centre, Pwllheli, 15 August (01758 740 763); Montgomery Castle, Powys, 16 August (01686 668442); Arundel, Nr. Chichester, 17 – 18 August (Book Online); Folkstone Amphitheatre, Folkstone, 19 August (Book Soon); Williamson Park, Lancaster, 27 August (Book Online); Burrswood Health and Wellbeing, Groombridge, 14 September (Book Online); Manor Farm, Corsley, 16 September (Book Online). Provisional schedule - more dates to be added. http://twenty46studios.com/~tmp/Merchant_Schedule.htm [P]

Stamford Shakespeare Festival. Tolethorpe Hall, Stamford, Lincolnshire, 26 June – 4 August (01780 763203). http://stamfordartscentre.com [P]

Downing College Gardens, Cambridge, 9 – 28 July (07955 218824). Part of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. www.cambridgeshakespeare.com/programme/ Top of Form[P]

Adaptations

The Merchant of Venice – Primary Shakespeare. Directed by Imogen Bond. Orange Tree Theatre, London, 26 May – 30 June (020 8940 3633). Shakespeare’s story of greed and injustice explored for a younger audience. www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/the-merchant-of-venice [P]

Shit-Faced Shakespeare – The Merchant of Venice. Leicester Square Theatre, London, 18 April – 2 June (08448 733433). Shit-faced Shakespeare is the hilarious combination of an entirely serious adaptation of a Shakespearean classic, with an 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 possibly go wrong? https://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873581166 [P]

Merry Wives of Windsor

Stamford Shakespeare Festival. Tolethorpe Hall, Stamford, Lincolnshire, 10 July – 1 September (01780 763203). http://stamfordartscentre.com [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) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Adaptations

Falstaff (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Directed by Bruno Ravella. Garsington Opera Chorus. Wormsley Estate (previously operated from Garsington Manor), High Wycombe, 16 June – 22 July (01865 361 636) www.garsingtonopera.org/performance/falstaff [P]

Falstaff (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Directed by Robert Carson. Royal Opera House, London, 7 – 21 July (020 7304 4000) www.roh.org.uk/productions/falstaff-by-robert-carsen [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Thirlestane Castle, Lauder, 1 July (01578 722 430); Warkworth Castle, Warkworth, 3 July (0370 333 1183); Markree Castle, Collooney, 11 July (071 916 7800); Cabra Castle, Kingscourt, 16 July (042 966 7030); Fota House Arboretum & Gardens, Fota Island, Carrigtwohill, 20 July (00353 21 481 5543); Powis Castle and Garden, Welshpool, Powys, 24 July (0344 249 1895); Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Edgbaston, Birmingham, 25 July (0121 454 1860); Bath Racecourse, Bath, 31 July (01225 424 609); National Trust Erddig, Wrexham, 11 August (03442 491 895); Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire, 12 August (01623 455 900); The Savill Garden, Englefield Green, 24 August (01784 485 400); Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, 26 August (01526 352 411); Layer Marney Tower, Colchester, 29 August (01206 330 784). www.chapterhouse.org/show1.html [P]

King’s College Gardens, Cambridge, 9 – 28 July (07955 218824). Part of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. www.cambridgeshakespeare.com/programme/ Top of Form[P]

Directed by Blair Ruddick. Theatre Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare, 1 – 4 August (0117 902 0344) www.whatsonstage.com/weston-super-mare-theatre/shows/a-midsummer-nights-dream_159253/ [P]

Adaptations

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 londondance.com, 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. http://balletblack.co.uk/events/ [P]

Three Inch Fools. Scampston Hall, North Yorkshire, 1 July (01944 759111); Stokesley Parish Church, Stokesley, 3 July (07714 028770); Crook Hall, Durham, 4 July (07714 028770); Buxton Pavilion Gardens Bandstand, Buxton, 5 July (01663 744516); Chipchase Castle, Northumberland, 8 July (07714 028770); Hulne Abbey, Northumberland, 11 July (07714 028770); Abbotsford, 13 July (07714 028770); Lauriston Castle, Lauriston, 14 July (01315 293993); Innerpeffray Chapel, Perthshire, 18 July (01764 652819); Hill of Tarvit, National Trust for Scotland, Fife, 20 July (01334 653127); Glamis Castle, Angus, 22 July (01307 840393); Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire, 24 July (013397 42534); Fyvie Castle, National Trust for Scotland, Turriff, 25 July (07714 028770); Dundonald Castle, Dundonald, 28 July (07714 028770); Whitby Abbey, English Heritage, 1 August (0370 333 1183); Tynemouth Priory, English Heritage, 2 August (0370 333 1183); Constable Burton Hall, North Yorkshire, 3 August (07714 028770); Muncaster Castle, Cumbria, 5 August (01229 717614); Rufford Old Hall, National Trust, 7 August (03442 491895); Beeston Castle, English Heritage, 9 August (0370 333 1183); Charlecote Park, National Trust, Warwick, 10 August (01789 470277); Parade Gardens, Bath, 14 August (07714 028770); Old Sarum, English Heritage, 15 August (0370 333 1183). Outdoor performance with music. www.threeinchfools.com/upcomingperformances/ [P]

Quantum Theatre. The Bewdley Museum, Bewdley, 1 July (0845 607 7819); Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst, 14 July (01892 893 820); Highcliffe Castle, Highcliffe, 15 July (01425 278 807); Oystermouth Castle, Swansea, 19 July; Sterts Theatre, Liskeard, 21 July (01579 362 382); Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 25 July (01726 879 500); Inveresk Lodge Garden, East Lothian, 4 August. Cut down, school-friendly performance. More dates and venues to be added. www.quantumtheatre.co.uk/msndschedule/ [P]

New
LVM. Directed by Leo Sene. Waterloo East Theatre, London, 28 – 29 July (020 7928 0060). Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum. Founded 1863 would later be renamed Broadmoor Hospital. Treating hundreds of patients, many serial killers, schizophrenics, murderers, psychopaths, and many suffering from depression. Charles Bronson, Ronald Kray and Peter Sutcliffe where just a few of the patients to be treated at Broadmoor. Treatments ranged from medication to electro shock treatment. Dramatherapy was later introduced, and would see patients acting out Shakespeare's most loved plays. In the mid to late 1900’s the RSC visited Broadmoor and performed for the patients. A hospital-wide collaborative enterprise was activated. It involved staff, and called for advice and practical help from many patients. Some actors, perhaps too apprehensive for their own safety, didn’t join in. Nor did every patient, for reasons un-recorded, want to see the plays. www.waterlooeast.co.uk/midsummer-nights-dream [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. www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/a-midsummer-nights-dream [P]

New
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. www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/a-midsummer-nights-dream [P]

Much Ado About Nothing

Made by Storyhouse. Directed by Bill Buckhurst. Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester, 6 July – 25 August (0845 241 7868) www.grosvenorparkopenairtheatre.co.uk/much-ado-about-nothing/ [P]

Adaptations

Rain or Shine Theatre Company. Kinlet Hall at Moffats School, Bewdley, 1 July (01299 841230); The Everyman Studio Theatre, Cheltenham, 3 – 5 July (01242 572573); Shrivenham Memorial Hall, Shrivenham, 6 July (01793 782925); Frilford Heath Golf Club, Abingdon, 7 July (01865 390864); Deeside Ramblers Hockey Club, Tiverton, 8 July (03306 600541); Dore Abbey, Hereford, 11 July (01981 570264); Hempsted Village Hall Garden, Gloucester, 12 July (01452 302714); Houndscroft House, Stroud, 14 July (03306 600541); Owslebury Primary School Field, Winchester, 15 July (03306 600541); Tuckwell Amphitheatre at Dean Close School, Cheltenham, 20 July (01242 258002); Lamport Hall Gardens, Lamport, 21 July (01604 686272); Queen's Drive Space, Exmouth, 22 July (03306 600541); Upper Leigh Farm, Shaftesbury, 27 July (01747 830278); Barnwood Park, Barnwood, 28 July (01452 521575); Warners Court Farm, Charfield, 29 July (03306 600541); Brockswood Animal Sanctuary, Dudley, 2 August (01902 884390); Cuckfield Recreation Ground, Cuckfield, 3 August (01444 454276); Sandford Parks Lido, Cheltenham, 4 August (01242 572573); Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, 5 August (01202 841400); Bryngarw House Lawn at Bryngarw Country Park, Brynmenyn, 8 August (01656 815995); Maumbury Rings, Dorchester, 9 August (01305 266926); Severn Valley Country Park, Bridgnorth, 10 August (01746 781192); Blockley Village Green, Moreton-in-Marsh, 11 August (03306 600541); Church Meadow, Upton Grey, 12 August (01256 862440); Prince Albert Gardens Amphitheatre, Swanage, 13 August (01929 422885); The Corn Barn, Sutton Barton, 15 August (01884 32107); Mannington Gardens at Mannington Hall, Norwich, 16 August (01263 584175); Ormesby Village Centre, Ormesby St. Margaret, 17 August (01493 730178); Belsay Hall Castle & Gardens, Ponteland, 18 August (01661 881636); Mount Grace Priory, Northallerton, 19 August (01609 883494); Over Farm Barn, Over, Gloucester, 21 August (01452 521575); Goodrich Castle, Goodrich, 24 August (03306 600541); Witley Court, Great Witley, 25 August (03306 600541); Wenlock Priory, Much Wenlock, 26 August (03306 600541); Stokesay Castle, Shropshire, 28 - 29 August (03306 600541); Hailes Abbey, nr Winchcombe, Cheltenham, 30 August (03306 600541); Portchester Castle, Portchester,
31 August (03306 600541). November 1918.
The Great War has come to end and, the men of the British military forces are returning to their homes. Don Pedro and his comrades are coming at last to Messina (a little known village on the edge of the Cotswolds) where they are met by friends, old and new. Join us this summer, as we visit one of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies. From the dastardly Don John, to the daft Sergeant Dogberry, Much Ado about Nothing will bring you revellers, rascals and romance. Featuring the very best of the Bard’s wit and wisdom, the fiery Beatrice gives Benedick, the bachelor, a battle of words to remember, and true love is at its sweetest as Claudio falls for his darling Hero. www.rainorshine.co.uk/summer_2018.html [P]

OVO Theatre Company. Directed by Adam Nichols and Janet Podd. Roman Theatre of Verulamium, St Alban’s, 11 – 21 July; Minack Theatre, Penzance, 27 – 31 August (01736 810 181). Set in the American Midwest in the 1960s with a live musical accompaniment.  www.ovotheatre.org.uk  [P]

New
Open Bar Theatre Company. Plough Inn, Ealing, 12 – 13 July; Castle Pub, Harrow, 16 – 18 July; The Gun Pub, London Docklands, 19 July; Turks Head Pub, Twickenham, 21 July; Prince Albert Pub, Twickenham, 24 July; Queens Head Pub, Dorking, 25 July; The Mayfly, Stockport, 26 July; The Cromwell Arms, Romsey, 27 July; The Fox and Hounds Pub, Lyndhurst, 28 July; The Hind’s Head Pub, Aldermaston, 31 July; The Half Moon Pub, Herne Hill, 1 August; George IV Pub, Chiswick, 2 August. Four actors. www.fullers.co.uk/pubs/shakespeare-in-the-garden/tour-1 [P]

Nuffield Southampton Youth Theatre. NST City Theatre, Southampton, 19 – 21 July (023 8067 1771). Shakespeare’s quick-witted comedy of love and misunderstanding, scheming and intrigue, plans and secrets, and men and women matching wits. A play about love, and not taking yourself too seriously. The Nuffield Southampton Youth Theatre take on Shakespeare’s funniest comedy, giving it a twist of their own: girls play boys, boys play girls, in an irreverent and hilarious reimagining of this classic battle of the sexes. www.nstheatres.co.uk/whats-on/much-ado-about-nothing [A]

Othello

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London. Directed by Claire van Kampen. 20 July – 13 October (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/othello [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) www.ett.org.uk/whats-on/othello/dates-tickets [P]

Adaptation


Everyman & Playhouse, Liverpool, 28 April – 10 July (
0151 709 4776). Female Othello. www.everymanplayhouse.com/whats-on/othello [P]

Pericles

Robinson College Gardens, Cambridge, 30 July – 25 August (07955 218824). Part of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. www.cambridgeshakespeare.com/programme/ Top of Form[P]

Adaptation

National Theatre. Adapted by Chris Bush. Directed by Emily Lim. Olivier Theatre, London, from 26 – 28 August (020 7452 3000). A huge company of all ages from across London join together with professional artists to breathe new life into this classic tale in a musical version on the Olivier stage. www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/whats-on [A/P]

Richard II

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

New
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 22 February 2019 – 21 April  (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/richard-ii [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) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Controlled Chaos Theatre Company. Waterloo East Theatre, London, 25 June – 8 July (020 7928 0060) www.waterlooeast.co.uk/romeo-juliet [P]

Adaptations

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Moscow City Ballet. Palace Theatre, Manchester, 17 January 2019 (0870 401 3000). Part of a tour with other ballets. https://www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/moscow-city-ballet [P]

New
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. https://operaholloway.co.uk/bellinis-i-capuleti-e-i-montecchi-2018/ [P]

The Rubbish Shakespeare Company. Salford Arts Theatre, GM Fringe Festival, 13 July (0161 925 0111); The Gregson, Lancaster, 14 July; Buxton Pavilion Gardens, Buxton Fringe Festival, 21 July; The Pleasance Above, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 1-12 and 14-27 August. Enemies. Balconies. Kissing. Sausage rolls! Shakespeare's iconic tale is ‘Rubbished’ at Salford Arts Theatre this July. Sporting a national reputation, from school tours to work with the RSC, this all-male, all-silly troupe present Shakespeare's most hilarious tragedy ever.  www.rubbishshakespearecompany.com  [P]

The HandleBards. Stowe School, Stowe, 4 July (01280 818012); Deene Park, Corby, 6 July (01780 450278); Ickworth House, Bury St Edmunds, 7 July (01284 735270); Diss Park, Diss, 8 July (01379 652241); St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, 10 July (07986 784 207); Gresham’s Theatre in the Woods, Holt, 12 July (01263 713444); The Seagull, Lowestoft, 13 July (01502 589726); The Story Museum, Oxford, 14 – 15 July (01865 790050); The Earth Trust, Abingdon, 17 July (01865 407792); Leicester Guildhall, Leicester, 19 July (0116 253 2569); Milton Keynes International Festival, July 21 (01908 280810); Canary Wharf Outdoor Theatre, London, 23 July (07986 784 207); Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton, 25 July (07986 784 207); Tuppenny Barn, Southbourne, 27 July (01243 377780); London Road Recreation Ground, Camberley, 28 July (07986 784 207); Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, Sevenoaks, 29 July (01732 459777); Sustrans Fallowfield Loop, Manchester, 31 July (07986 784 207); Ordsall Hall, Salford, 1 August (0161 872 0251); Lancaster Castle, Lancaster, 2 August (07986 784 207); Strathtyrum Walled Garden, St. Andrews, 7 August (01334 473600); Inverewe Gardens, Poolewe, 8 August (01445 712952); Victoria Hall, Cromarty, 9 August (07986 784 207); Brodie Castle, Forres, 10 August (01309 647371); Pittenweem Arts Festival, Pittenweem, 11 August (01333 313 109); Hatton Castle, Newtyle, 12 August (07986 784 207); Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh, 15 – 19 August (07986 784 207); Muckhart Nature Park, Dollar, 22 August (07986 784 207); Bowhill, Selkirk, 24 August (01750 22204); Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh, 25 August (01668 214515); Kirkley Hall, Ponteland, 26 August (01670 841235); Crook Hall, Durham, 28 August (0191 3848028); Bolton Castle, Leyburn, 29 August (01969 623981); Epworth Old Rectory, Epworth, 31 August (01427 872268); South Street Park Amphitheatre, Sheffield, 2 September (07986 784 207); The Charterhouse, London, 6 September (07986 784 207). All female cast. www.handlebards.com/girls-tour-dates/ [P]

Oddsocks Theatre Company. Bedford Park Pavilion, Bedford, 6 July (online bookings only); Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, Bromsgrove, 8 July (01332 258328); Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar, 12 July (01642 279500); Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham, 15 July (0121 446 3232); Palace Theatre Newark, Nottinghamshire, 19 July (01636 655755); Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, 20 July (0115 846 7777); Cast, Doncaster, 22 July (01302 303 959); Markeaton Park Craft Village, Derby, 24 – 26 July (01332 255800); Mary Arden’s Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon, 27 July (01332 258328); Castle Cornet, Guernsey, 16 – 18 August (01481 726518); La Seigneurie, Sark, 21 August (01481 832175); Brighton Open Air Theatre, Brighton, 24 August (0333 666 3366). Oddsocks are delighted to be breathing new life into Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet by giving it a musical Mods & Rockers theme. Touring in rep with The Tempest. www.oddsocks.co.uk [P]

New
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. www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2018/event/redefining-juliet [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. www.breadandrosestheatre.co.uk/romea-and-julian.html [P]

Shit-Faced Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet. Leicester Square Theatre, London, 20 June – 1 September (08448 733433). Shit-faced Shakespeare is the hilarious combination of an entirely serious adaptation of a Shakespearean classic, with an 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 possibly go wrong? https://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873581097 [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. www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/the-taming-of-the-shrew [P]

St John’s College Gardens, Cambridge, 9 – 28 July (07955 218824). Part of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. www.cambridgeshakespeare.com/programme/ Top of Form[P]

Adaptations

Updated
The Petersfield Shakespeare Festival. Bedales School, Steep, Petersfield, 25 – 29 July (01730 711577); Theatre Royal, Winchester, 29 August (01962 840 440). Man vs Woman. You are all invited to “The Shrew’s Tavern”, where new life will be breathed into Shakespeare’s controversial comedy. Come and see a couple hell-bent on confusing and outwitting each other in outrageous style. There will be dancing, singing and a wedding before the play’s surprising conclusion - just in time for last orders. Playing in rep with Henry V. www.theatreroyalwinchester.co.uk/the-taming-of-the-shrew/ [P]

Kiss Me Kate. Welsh National Opera and Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North. Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, 4 – 7 July (0131 529 6000). www.kissmekatethemusical.co.uk/ [P]

Kiss Me Kate. Sheffield Theatre Productions. Directed by Paul Foster. The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 7 December – 12 January 2019 (0114 249 6000) www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/kiss-me-kate [P]

The Tempest

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men. Leeds Castle, Maidstone, 4 July (01622 767865); Hatfield Forest, Bishop’s Stortford, 5 July (0344 249 1895); Witley Court & Gardens, Worcestershire, 6 July (0370 333 1181); Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, 7 July (029 2087 8100); Ham House and Garden, Richmond, 8 July (0344 249 1895); Eltham Palace, Eltham, 11 July (0370 333 1181); Chiswick House and Gardens, London, 12 July (Book tickets online); Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, 13 – 14 July (01603 630000); Stanley Hall, Halstead, 15 July (01787 475153); Woburn Abbey and Gardens, Bedfordshire, 18 July (01525 290333); Oxburgh Hall, King’s Lynn, 19 July (0344 2491895); Coughton Court, Nr Alcester, 20 July (0344 2491895); Waddesdon Manor, Nr Aylesbury, 21 July (01296 820414); Claremont Landscape Garden, Esher, 22 July (Book tickets online); Bradley Manor, Newton Abbott, 24 July (01803 842382); Pentillie Castle, Cornwall, 25 July (01579 350044); Tyntesfield, North Somerset, 28 July (0344 249 1895); The Bishop's Palace, Somerset, 29 July (01749 988111 Ext 200); Killerton, Exeter, 31 July (0344 2491895); Dunster Castle, Dunster, 1 August (0344 2491895); Kingston Lacy, Dorset, 2 August (0344 2491895); Dyrham Park, Nr Bath, 3 – 4 August (0344 2491895); Hatchlands Park, Guildford, 5 August (01483 444334); Shrewsbury Castle, Shrewsbury, 7 August (07813 026367); Chatsworth, Bakewell, 8 August (Book tickets online); Knowsley Hall, Merseyside, 9 August (Book tickets online); Kenilworth Castle, Kenilworth, 10 August (0370 333 1181); The Vyne, Basingstoke, 11 August (044 2491895); Hatfield House, Hatfield, 12 August (01707 287010); West Wycombe Park, Buckinghamshire, 15 August (0344 2491895); Emmetts Garden, Sevenoaks, 16 August (0344 2491895); Morden Hall Park, London, 17 August (0344 2491895); St John's Lodge Garden – The Regent's Park, London, 18 August (Book tickets online); Kenwood House, London, 19 August (0370 333 1181); East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire, 22 August (0344 2491895); Arley Hall and Gardens, Northwich, 23 August (01565 777353); Newby Hall and Gardens, Ripon, 24 August (01423 322583 option 3); Alderford Lake, Whitchurch, 25 August (01948 665914); Bantock House and Gardens, Wolverhampton, 26 August (0870 320 7000); Hylands Estate, Chelmsford, 28 August (01245 605500); Holkham Hall (The Walled Gardens), Norfolk, 29 August (01328 713111); Tattershall Castle, Tattershall, 30 August (01526 342543); Scotney Castle, Tunbridge Wells, 31 August (0344 2491895). All Male Cast. www.tlcm.co.uk/current-production/ [P]

Iris Theatre. Directed by Daniel Winder. Tony Bell (Prospero). St Paul's Church (The Actors Church), Inner London, 20 June – 28 July (020 8692 5322) http://actorschurch.org/event/?show=22&id=873584101 [P]

Putney Theatre Company. Putney Arts Theatre, London, 26 – 30 June; Putney Old Burial Ground, 7 – 8 and 14 – 15 July (open air performances) (020 8788 6943). www.putneytheatrecompany.org.uk [A]

Made by Storyhouse. Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester, 27 July – 26 August (0845 241 7868) www.grosvenorparkopenairtheatre.co.uk/the-tempest/ [P]

Adaptations

Eboracum Baroque - The Tempest. Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury, 21 July (01458 831631). Purcell's music includes choruses and songs for evil spirits and stormy instrumental dances depicting the powers of Prospero conjuring up a storm to shipwreck his enemies. It also features the airy spirit, Ariel and songs for the gods of the sea and wind, Neptune and Aeolus. www.glastonburyabbeyshop.com/view-event.php?sid=5715e764154bfedb190c33187dbea5fb&eventid=1000010&month=7&year=2018 [P]

Oddsocks - The Tempest. Oddsocks Productions. Lichfield Garrick Theatre, Lichfield, 1 June (01542 412121); Coolings Garden Centre, Kent, 3 June (01959 532269); The Church Green, Much Wenlock, 8 June (online bookings only); Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, 13 – 13 June (01434652477); Markeaton Park Craft Village, Derby, 14 – 16 June (01332 255800); Thoresby Lawns, Thoresby Park, Newark, 17 June (01623 822009); Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 19 – 21 June (024 7655 3055); Parc Howard, Llanelli, 22 June (0845 226351); Valentines Mansion Gardens, Ilford, 24 June (online bookings only); Stowe School, Buckingham, 26 June (01280 825710); Whitbourne Hall, Worcester, 27 June (01886 821 860); Gawsworth Hall, Cheshire, 30 June, (01260 223456); Fillongley Lodge, Fillongley, 1 July (01676 540320); Middleton Park, Leeds, 3 July (07914 729051); St. Luke’s Bombed Out Church, Liverpool, 4 July (01332 258328); Oakengates Theatre, Telford, 5 July (01952 382382); Bedford Park Pavilion, Bedford, 7 July (online bookings only); RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Harrogate, 10 – 11 July (01423 562 303); Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar, 13 July (01642 279500); Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham, 14 July (0121 446 3232); Jubilee Park, Canary Wharf, 16 July (0207 001 3016); Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, 21 July (0115 846 7777); Cast, Doncaster, 22 July (01302 303 959); Mary Arden’s Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon, 28 July (01332 258328); Coronation Park, Jersey, 30 July – 8 August (01534 700444); Castle Cornet, Guernsey, 10 – 15 August (01481 726518); La Seigneurie, Sark, 20 August (01481 832175); Brighton Open Air Theatre, Brighton, 23 August (0333 666 3366); Victoria Gardens, Tewkesbury, 25 August (01684 295 074). Shakespeare’s tale of illusion and revenge is brought vividly to life in Oddsocks’ musical, Sci-fi adaptation. Experience The Tempest like never before as you‘re transported far off to a distant universe! Touring in rep with Romeo and Juliet - Mods v Rockers. www.oddsocks.co.uk [P]

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) www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/events/return-forbidden-planet [P]

Timon of Athens

Adaptation

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

Titus Andronicus

Brownsea Open Air Theatre. Directed by Don Cherrett. Brownsea Open Air Theatre, Poole, 25 July – 10 August (07845 782924). www.brownsea-theatre.co.uk [A]

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) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Twelfth Night

Directed by Brendan O’Hea. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 7 – 8 May, 10 May and 6 September (020 7401 9919); Chilham Castle, Kent, 26 May (matinee only). Part of the Voter’s Choice tour. www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/twelfth-night [P]

King’s College Gardens, Cambridge, 30 July – 25 August (07955 218824). Part of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. www.cambridgeshakespeare.com/programme/ Top of Form[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) www.bristololdvic.org.uk/index.php?id=1723 [P]

Adaptations

The HandleBards. Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles, 4 July (07986 784 207); Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton, 5 July (07986 784 207); Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes, 6 July (01908 324466); Cottesbrooke Hall, Cottesbrooke, 7 July (07986 784 207); Oakham Castle, Oakham, 8 July (07986 784 207); Abbey Pumping Station, Leicester, 11 July (07986 784 207); Newark Castle, Newark, 12 July (01636 655 755); Monkey Park, Chesterfield, 14 July (07986 784 207); South Street Park Amphitheatre, Sheffield, 15 July (07986 784 207); Recycle Bikes, Sheffield, 23 July (07986 784 207); Ordsall Hall, Salford, 26 July (0161 872 0251); Rufford Old Hall, Rufford, 27 July (01704 821254); Hoghton Tower, Preston, 29 July (01254 852986); Lancaster Castle, Lancaster, 1 August (07986 784 207); Giggleswick School, Settle, 2 August (01729 893 180); Workhouse Museum, Ripon, 4 August (07986 784 207); Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, York, 5 August (07986 784 207); Howsham Mill, Howsham, 8 August (07986 784 207); Raby Castle, Staindrop, 10 August (07986 784 207); The Cycle HUB, Newcastle, 11 August (07986 784 207); Hexham Abbey, Hexham, 12 August (07986 784 207); Northumberlandia, Cramlington, 14 August (0191 284 6884); Felton Park, Felton, 15 August (01665 606515); Alnmouth Friary, Alnmouth, 16 August (01665 606515); Pallinsburn House, Cornhill-on-Tweed, 17 August (01665 606515); Kailzie Gardens, Peebles, 19 August (01721 720007); Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh, 22 – 26 August (07986 784 207); Tonbridge School, Tonbridge, 29 August (01732 304241); Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham, 2 September (07986 784 207); The Charterhouse, London, 4 5 September (07986 784 207). All male cast. www.handlebards.com/boys-tour-dates/ [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. www.wiltons.org.uk/whatson/451-twelfth-night [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. www.youngvic.org/whats-on/twelfth-night [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) www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/the-winters-tale [P]

Adaptation

The Festival Players. Bartons Mill, Basingstoke, 1 July (01256 331153); The Manor, Frampton on Severn, 5 July (01452 740698); Roman Amphitheatre, Newport, 6 July (0345 611 2970); The Rookery, London, 8 July (020 8764 8656); Leighton Hall, Carnforth, 20 July (01524 734474); Crosby Hall, Liverpool, 21 July (0151 924 9099); Falkland Palace, Cupar, 22 July (01337 857397); Kellie Castle and Garden, Fife, 23 July (01333 720271); Pitmedden Garden (NTS), Ellon, 24 July (01651 842352); House of Dun (NTS), Angus, 25 July (01674 810264); RSPB Loch Leven, Kinross, 26 July (01577 862355); Ford Park, Ulverston, 27 July (01229 580666); Higham Hall, Cockermouth, 28 July (01768 776276); Langar Hall, Nottingham, 29 July (01949 860559);Bishops Palace Garden, Hereford (part of the 3 Choirs Festival), 1 – 2 August (01452 768928); Buckden Towers, St. Neots, 3 August (01480 810344); Ickleton Village Hall, Saffron Walden, 4 August (01799 531916); Norwich School, Norwich, 5 August (01603 618029); Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, 6 August (01277 353010); Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Abbotsbury, 8 August (01305 871130); Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 9 August (01726 879 500); Chaplaincy Gardens, St. Marys (Isles of Scilly), 10 – 11 August (01720 422641); Tresco Abbey Gardens, Tresco, (Isles of Scilly), 12 August (online booking only); Powderham Castle, Exeter, 15 August (01626 890243); Lampeter House, Narbeth, 16 August (01834 869323); The Victoria Arms, Oxford, 18 August (01865 241382); Hall’s Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon, 19 August (01726 879500); Swan Theatre, Worcester, 21 August (01905 611427); Cogges Manor Farm, Witney, 22 August (01993 772602); Woodchester Mansion, Nympsfield, 23 August (01453 861541); Glenfall House, Cheltenham, 24 August (01242 323889); IBM Hursley Club, Winchester, 25 August (01962 815933); Sterts Amphitheatre, Liskeard, 26 August (01579 362382); Hartland Abbey, Bideford, 27 August (01805 624624); Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Winterbourne, 28 August (online booking only). All male cast. www.thefestivalplayers.co.uk/ [P]

Poems and Apocrypha

Miscellaneous
(in alphabetical order)

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). The National Production Company. Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh, 13 – 16 June (0131 623 3030); Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 20 – 22 July (01582 60 20 80); The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham, 24 – 28 July (0121 359 9444) All 37 plays in 120 minutes. The sixteen comedies are reduced to a single section and the histories are played as a ball game. For all those who hate Shakespeare here is a rapid run through the lot - for those that love him, well, indulge yourselves in this delightful evening! www.facebook.com/Nationalproductioncompany/ [P]

The Knights of the Rose by Jennifer Marsden. Arts Theatre, London, 29 June – 26 August (020 7836 8463). An epic medieval tale featuring a timeless playlist of classic rock songs. Headlined by five unforgettable Bon Jovi masterpieces and accompanied by much loved songs from Bonnie Tyler, Meatloaf, No Doubt and more. In this epic tale of betrayal, love, bloodshed and redemption, the noble Knights of the Rose must defend their House and their honour. Even as the chivalrous knights return from a glorious victory, a greater threat against the kingdom stirs. As they face the greatest battle of the age and betrayal threatens to tear them apart, can true love and honour triumph? With rich interwoven literature from Marlowe, Shakespeare and Chaucer mixed with legendary classic rock music; Knights of the Rose is a glorious fusion of popular culture, evocative of Game of Thrones and Bat out of Hell. https://artstheatrewestend.co.uk/whats-on/knights-of-the-rose/ [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”. https://homemcr.org/production/othello-macbeth/ https://lyric.co.uk/shows/othellomacbeth/ [P]

New
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. Malvern Theatres, Malvern, 22 – 27 October (01684 892 277);Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 5 – 10 November (01223 503 333). 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. www.malvern-theatres.co.uk/whats-on/shakespeare-in-love/ www.cambridgeartstheatre.com/whats-on/shakespeare-love [P]

New
Shakespeare Rocks! Saint Thomas More School’s Year 6 Pupils. Albany Theatre, Coventry, 6 July (024 7699 8964). "Shakespeare Rocks!" is a fresh, funny and up to date look at the life and times of William Shakespeare, with a cast of hilarious historical characters, amusing glimpses into some of his works and how he came 'To Be'. Aubrey, The Rough Shakespeare Company's pretentious director, obtains what appears to be William Shakespeare's lost diary. Along with Al, his down to earth assistant, the pair decide to embark on an exclusive adaption of the flamboyant Bard's personal journal. Spread the word... Shakespeare didn't just write... he rocked! http://albanytheatre.co.uk/shakespeare-rocks [A]

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. https://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/page/whats_on.php [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. www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/sonnet-sunday [P]

Voter’s Choice. Directed by Brendan O’Hea. Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour. Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, North Yorkshire, 5 - 8 July; Brighton Open Air Theatre, 11 - 14 July; Oxford Bodleian Library Quad, 17 - 29 July (020 7401 9919). 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. www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/voters-choice-globe-on-tour [P]

 

 

 

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