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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

  March 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

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Caroline Byrne. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 11 January – 3 March (020 7401 9919) [P]

Antony and Cleopatra

National Theatre. Directed by Simon Godwin. Ralph Fiennes (Antony) and Sophie Okonedo (Cleopatra). Olivier (National Theatre), London, from 11 September (020 7452 3000). Dates and further details to be confirmed. [P]

As You Like It

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 2 May – 26 August (020 7401 9919) [P]

Fourways. Directed by Barney Powell. Pipers Corner School, Great Kingshill, High Wycombe, 17 – 19, 23 – 26 May (01494 522722). Open-air production. [A]

Directed by Max Webster. Regents Park Open Air Theatre, London, 6 – 28 July (0844 826 4242) [P]

Comedy of Errors

Brentwood Shakespeare Company. Directed by Chrissie O’Connor. Brentwood Theatre, Brentwood, 1 – 3 March (01277 200305) [A]




Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Simon Godwin. Paapa Essiedu (Hamlet). Royal and Derngate, Northampton, 27 February – 3 March (01604 624 811); Hackney Empire, London, 6 – 31 March (020 8985 2424) [P]

University of Bolton. Directed by David Thacker. Octagon Theatre, Bolton, 15 February – 10 March (01204 520 661) [P]

Stage 65 Youth Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse. Directed by Dave Orme. The Salberg, Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury, 12 – 14 April (01722 320333) [A]Stage 65 Youth Theatre, Salisbury Playhouse

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 25 April – 26 August (020 7401 9919) [P]


Blood, Sweat and Tea Productions. Great Hall, Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, 16 – 17 April (01970 623 232) [A]

Three Inch Fools. Ordsall Hall, Ordsall, Salford, 21 June (0161 872 0251). Open-air performance. Part of summer tour, more dates to be announced. [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. [P]  

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

Henry VI, pt 3

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

London Theatre Company. Directed by Nicholas Hytner. David Calder (Caesar), Michelle Fairley (Cassius), David Morrissey (Mark Antony), Ben Whishaw (Brutus). Bridge Theatre, London, 20 January – 15 April (0843 208 1846) [P]

Spada Productions Theatre Company. Directed by William Vercilli. Courtyard Theatre, London, 5 March – 1 April (0870 163 0717) [P]


Presented by York Associate Schools Festival. Theatre Royal, York, 20 March (01904 623 568). York Associate Schools cluster presents scenes from Shakespeare’s tale of power and revenge. Caesar has control over the Senate in Rome, but does he have even loftier ambitions? Brutus thinks so and believes it is time to seize the moment before it is lost forever. Eight moments from this Shakespeare classic are told through physical ensemble storytelling that places each company member at the heart of the story. [A]

King John

King Lear

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Antony Sher (Lear). Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 23 May – 9 June (0870 6091110) [P]

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

Love's Labour's Lost

Unfolds Theatre Company. Directed by Marnie Nash. The Rose Playhouse, London, 27 February – 24 March (020 7261 9565). 90 minutes (no interval). [P]

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


Out of Chaos Theatre Company. Wyvern Theatre & Arts Centre, Swindon, 1 – 2 March (01793 524 481); Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, 7 March (01684 295074); Yvonne Arnaud Theatre (The Mill Studio), Guildford, 8 – 10 March (01483 44 00 00) [P]

Directed by Adele Thomas. The Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol, 22 February – 7 April (0117 902 0344) [P]

National Theatre. Directed by Rufus Norris. Rory Kinnear (Macbeth), Anne-Marie Duff (Lady Macbeth). Olivier Theatre, London, 26 February – 23 June (
020 7452 3000); 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 National Production Company. Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, 1 – 3 March (01438 363200); The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham, 10 – 14 April (0121 359 9444) [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) [P]


Macbeth (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Royal Opera House, London, 25 March – 10 April (020 7304 4000) [P]

Mark Bruce Company. Playhouse Theatre, Salisbury, 10 – 12 May (01722 320 333). A striking dance theatre adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a tragic descent into the darkest sides of human nature. Goaded by the whispers of demons, the Macbeths unleash murder for their own gains and set in motion their path to madness and self-destruction, unravelling events in a nightmare they cannot control. With a cast of nine this dance theatre production realises a beautifully harrowing vision of an internal wasteland formed from the pursuit of power through ruthless means. [P]

Young Theatre. Adapted and directed by Mark Oldknow. Curzon Centre, Beaconsfield, 5 – 7 April. [A]

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. [P]

The Farndale Avenue’s Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of Macbeth (a Comedy) by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jr. Sharnbrook Mill Theatre, Sharnbrook, Befordshire, 12 – 17 March. [A]

Macbeth: A Tale of Sound and Fury. 6FootStories Theatre Company. Directed by Jake Hassam. Greenwich Theatre, London, 17 April (020 8858 7755). More tour dates to follow. [P]

The Paper Cinema’s Macbeth. Paper Cinema. BAC (Battersea Arts Centre), London, 20 March – 4 April (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]

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett. Adapted by Stephen Briggs. Directed by Russell Hughes. Little Theatre, Leicester, 13 – 16 June (0116 255 1302). Something wicked has come to Lancre and only Granny Weatherwax and her unlikely coven stand between the Kingdom and its eventual destruction.  Featuring witches, evil nobility, strolling players and diverse alarums and excursions (as well as a man in a funny hat), Terry Pratchett takes Macbeth, gives it his unique Discworld spin and turns up the heat ‘til the knobs fall off. [P]

Measure for Measure

RoughCast Theatre Company. Directed by Paul Baker. Old Kings Head, Brockdish, 12 March (01379 668843); Public Hall, Beccles, 15 March (01502 770060); The Hub, Huntingfield, 16 March (01502 770060); Wingfield Barns, Wingfield, 18 March (01379 384505); St Edmunds Hall, Hoxne, 23 March (01379 586745); New Cut Arts, Halesworth, 24 March (0300 3033211); Southwold Arts Centre (formerly Southwold Theatre), Southwold, 25 March (01502 722 572); The Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 30 March (01986 897130); Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 31 March (01379 652241) [A]

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. [P]

Todmorden Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society. Hippodrome Theatre, Todmorden, 20 – 23 June (01706 814875) [A]


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. [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? [P]

Merry Wives of Windsor

Boom Productions Theatre Company. Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen, 28 – 31 March (0845 226 3510) [A]

Royal Shakespeare Company. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 4 August – 22 September (01789 403493) [P]


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) [P]

Falstaff (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Directed by Robert Carson. Royal Opera House, London, 7 – 21 July (020 7304 4000) [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Daniel Taylor Productions. Epstein Theatre (formerly Neptune Theatre), Liverpool, 12 – 21 April (08448 884 411). In a double bill with Romeo and Juliet. [P]

Filter Theatre Company. Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, London, 13 – 14 April (020 8741 6850); Hull Truck Theatre, Hull, 17 – 21 April (01482 323 638); Theatre Clwyd, Mold, 24 – 28 April (01352 701521); NST Campus, Southampton, 1 – 5 May (023 8067 1771); Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 8 – 12 May (01392 726363); The Playhouse, Oxford, 15 – 19 May (01865 305 305); Cast Theatre, Doncaster, 22 – 26 May (01302 303 959); Cambridge Arts Centre, Cambridge, 5 – 9 June (01223 503333) [P]

Directed by Paul Hart. The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 10 May – 16 June (01635 46044) [P]

Quantum Theatre. Forum Theatre, Billingham, 21 June (01642 552 663) [P]

Directed by Blair Ruddick.
Theatre Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare, 1 – 4 August (0117 902 0344) [P]


A Midsummer Night’s Dream (opera) by Benjamin Britten. English National Opera. Directed by Robert Carson. London Coliseum, London, 1 – 15 March (020 7632 8300) [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ballet) by Felix Mendelssohn. Ballet Theatre UK. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 1 – 2 March (01284 769 505); Epsom Playhouse, Epsom, 9 March (01372 742 555); The Harlequin, Redhill, 21 March (01737 765 547) [P]

Lyric Hammersmith & Filter Theatre. Directed by Sean Holmes. Theatr Clwyd, Mold, 24 – 28 April (0845 330 3565). This classic tale of young lovers and warring fairies is given a unique and irreverent twist, with original live music. Filter’s Dream is part rock gig, part exuberant joke, exploding the conventions of the form and remaking them in dazzling new shapes. [P]

Lazarus Theatre Company. Directed by Ricky Dukes. Greenwich Theatre, London, 15 – 26 May (020 8858 7755). Shakespeare’s best loved comedy comes to the stage in this all-new ensemble production. Through the use of text, music, movement, puppetry and song this production promises to be a fantastic first introduction to Shakespeare for any age. [P]

Quantum Theatre.
Forum Theatre, Billingham, 21 June (01642 552 663). Cut down, school-friendly performance (part of schools tour). [P]

The Faction Theatre Company. Wilton’s Music Hall, London, 26 – 30 June (
020 7702 2789). Multi award-winning ensemble The Faction unleash the magic, energy, and mayhem of one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies. Set against the backdrop of a royal wedding, four young lovers, six local tradespeople, and an entire kingdom of warring fairies descend upon the Athenian woods one midsummer's night. Renowned for combining an intelligent interrogation of text with a powerful group physicality, The Faction's new production is fresh in linguistic detail and packed with unforgettable visual moments – from the raw power of the fairies' rituals to an ass's head created entirely from arms and fingers. [P]

Much Ado About Nothing

Wigan Little Theatre. Directed by Caroline McCann. Crompton Street, Wigan, 11 – 21 April [A]

Middlesbrough Little Theatre Company. Directed by Rob Clilverd. Middlesbrough Theatre, Middlesbrough, 2 – 5 May (01642 815 181) [P]

Made by Storyhouse.
Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester, 6 July – 25 August (0845 241 7868) [P]


Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank. Directed by Michael Oakley. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 24 February – 20 March (020 7401 9919). Our Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank productions are created especially for young people and are an opportunity for all the family to attend a full-scale, fast-paced 90 minute performance in the Globe Theatre. Packed with intrigue, double crossing and plenty of laughter, Much Ado About Nothing is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for families. Following the turbulent romances between Hero and Claudio and Beatrice and Benedict, this exploration of what loyalty, chivalry, and true love really mean empowers young people to challenge their own perceptions of relationships. [P]

Directed by Simon Dormandy. The Rose Theatre, Kingston, 13 April – 6 May (08444 821 556). Don Pedro is victorious. Having won a turf war down in the city, the Mafia overlord and his entourage take over the luxury spa hotel Messina in order to hide-out, party and recover deep in the Sicilian hills. As hotel owner Leonato fawns over his clan boss, his beautiful daughter Hero wins the heart of Claudio, the Don's young protégé. Meanwhile the no-nonsense, customer experience manager Beatrice has unfinished business to attend to with Benedick, Pedro's commitment-phobic consigliere. But when Hero is disgraced, the party is over, love turns to hatred and new battle lines are drawn. [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. [A]


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


Everyman & Playhouse, Liverpool, 28 April – 10 July (
0151 709 4776). Female Othello. [P]


Cheek by Jowl Theatre Company. Directed by Declan Donnellan. Barbican Centre, London, 6 – 21 April 2018 (0845 120 7550); The Playhouse, Oxford, 24 – 28 April 2018 (01865 305 305). Part of an International Tour. [P]


National Theatre. Adapted by Chris Bush. Directed by Emily Lim. Olivier Theatre, London, from 14 August (020 7452 3000). Dates to be confirmed. A community ensemble and small cast of professionals. [P]

Richard II

Richard III

Directed by Lu Kemp. Perth Theatre, Perth, 17 – 31 March (01738 621 031) [P]


Brite Theatre Company. Directed by Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdittir. Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, 10 – 14 April (0141 429 0022). Breaking new ground in Shakespearean performance, Brite Theater re-imagine Richard III as a one- woman show. The fourth wall is utterly obliterated as the audience takes on the roles of all the other characters at Richard's party in this intimate, unpredictable and moving production. [P]

Romeo and Juliet

Daniel Taylor Productions. Epstein Theatre (formerly Neptune Theatre), Liverpool, 11 – 21 April (08448 884 411). In a double bill with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. [P]

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Erica Whyman. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 21 April – 21 September (01789 403493) [P]

NK Theatre Arts. Forum Theatre, Stockport, 25 – 27 April (0333 666 3366) [A]


Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Russian State Ballet and Opera House. Theatre Royal, Norwich, 4 April (01603 630 000) [P]

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia. De Montfort Hall, Leicester, 1 March (01162 333 111); Pavillion Theatre, Bournemouth, 12 March (0870 111 3000); Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh, 20 March (0870 606 3424) [P]

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Birmingham Royal Ballet. Sadler’s Wells, London, 12 – 13 June 2018 (020 7863 8000); Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, 26 – 30 June (0870 730 1234) [P]

Hope Mills Theatre in collaboration with Girl Gang Manchester. Directed by Kayleigh Hawkins. Hope Mills Theatre, Ancoats, Manchester, 26 – 30 June. All female cast. [P]

Juliet and Romeo: A Guide to Long Life and Happy Marriage. Lost Dog Dance Theatre Company. Directed by Ben Duke. Performed by Ben Duke and Solène Weinachter. BAC (Battersea Arts Centre), London, 14 – 24 February (020 7223 2223); The Place Theatre, London, 27 February – 3 March (020 7121 1100). Lost Dog’s new show reveals the real story of Romeo and Juliet. It turns out they didn’t die in a tragic misunderstanding, they grew up and lived happily ever after. Well they lived at least. Now they’re 40ish, at least one of them is in the grips of a mid-life crisis, they feel constantly mocked by their teenage selves and haunted by the pressures of being the poster couple for romantic love. They have decided to confront their current struggles by putting on a performance – about themselves. Their therapist told them it was a terrible idea. With Lost Dog’s blend of dance, theatre and comedy this duet takes on our cultural obsession with youth and our inevitable issues with longevity. [P]

Redefining Juliet - R&D work-in-progress reading. at The Other Place, Stratford-Upon-Avon, 22 June (0870 6091110). A chance to see inside the creative engine room of The Other Place where the RSC explores new ideas and exciting theatrical opportunities.  Being developed by Storme Toolis and Alice Knight, Redefining Juliet is a frank and feisty re-telling of the greatest love story of all time, casting six diverse Juliets: each owning the iconic Shakespearean heroine for themselves. Developed in collaboration with the RSC and the Barbican. Part of the RSC's Mischief Festival. 2.30pm performance only. [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? [P]

West Side Story. Chelmsford Young Generation. Directed by Jeremy Tustin. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 17 – 21 April (01245 606505). [A]

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]


Actors from the London Stage (AFTLS). The Cockpit Theatre, London, 7 – 8 May (020 7258 2925). Petruchio, the fortune seeker and Katherina, the shrew. Is it love at first sight—or war? Discover new layers of Shakespeare’s enduring (and controversial) battle of the sexes, brought to life by a dynamic five-actor ensemble. The AFTLS ensemble deftly combines innovative staging with essential props and simple costumes. Each actor shares responsibility for the direction of the play and performs two or three major roles (as well as several minor ones). Through imagination and collaboration, the cast conjures Shakespeare's immortal words and worlds into being. [P]

Lancaster Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society. Grand Theatre, Lancaster, 8 – 12 May (01524 64695). [A]

Kiss Me Kate. Ware Operatic. Directed by Linda Dyne and Adam Baum. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 6 – 10 March (01992 531500) [A]

Kiss Me Kate. Welsh National Opera and Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North. Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds, 23 – 26 May (0870 125 1898); London Coliseum, London, 20 – 30 June (020 7632 8300); Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, 4 – 7 July (0131 529 6000). [P]

The Tempest

Old Buckenham Players. Old Buckenham Village Hall, Attleborough, Norfolk, 17 – 19 May (01953 451267) [A]

Blissful Theatre Company. The Arden Theatre, Faversham, 2 and 9 June, Robin Hood Pub, Blue Bell Hill, Chatham, 23 June (07377998757). [A]

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) [P]

Made by Storyhouse.
Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester, 27 July – 26 August (0845 241 7868) [P]


Controlled Chaos UK Theatre Company. Directed by Dylan Lincoln. Studio Theatre (previously Brockley Studio Theatre), London, 13 February – 3 March (020 8291 6354). Featuring live music from a talented cast of actor-musicians, performing an original score, Controlled Chaos’s all female production of The Tempest shakes the ground with its bold re-imagining of William Shakespeare’s final dark comedy. [P]

Oddsocks The Tempest. Oddsocks Productions. Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 19 – 21 June (
024 7655 3055). 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! On board the spaceship you’ll find Prospero, an ageing Astronaut, his fearless daughter Miranda and a host of madcap aliens, some of whom have murder on their mind. Prepare for launch, get on your space-suits and take one small step for man, one giant leap for Shakespeare! [P]

Return to the Forbidden Planet by Bob Carlton. SOSage Factory Theatre Company. The Core (formerly the Library Theatre Arts Complex), Solihull, 1 – 3 March (0121 704 6962). Bob Carlton’s smash hit West End musical is based on Shakespeare's The Tempest and the 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet. [A]

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) [P]

Twelfth Night

LAMDA. Directed by Ronan Phelan. Sainsbury Theatre, LAMDA, London, 3 – 5 April (020 8834 0500) [P]

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. [P]

The Chameleons Amateur Dramatic Society.
Compass Theatre, London, 24 – 26 May (01895 673 200) [A]

Bristol Old Vic and Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. Directed by Wils Wilson, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, 17 October – 10 November (0117 987 7877) [P]


Toby Belch is Unwell. The Theatre, Chipping Norton, 29 March (01608 642350). Toby Belch is Unwell brings us both the character of Toby Belch and that of the actor playing him. Both contemplate their legacy: will they always be the bit part, the buffoon and stage bully? Will they never play the lead in life? Deftly bringing in other Shakespeare characters and references, with many original lines, as well as commentary on contemporary society, this piece delights those who know and love Shakespeare and those new to the work. It also captures beautifully the relationship between an actor on stage and their audience, and how each depends on each other. [P]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Noble Kinsmen

Directed by Barrie Rutter. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 25 May – 30 June (020 7401 9919) [P]

The Winter’s Tale

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


The Winter’s Tale (ballet) by Christopher Wheeldon. The Royal Ballet Company. Royal Opera House, London, 13 February – 21 March (020 7304 4000) [P]

Poems and Apocrypha

Venus and Adonis. Act V Theatre Company. Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol, 3 – 7 April (0117 973 5171) [P]

(in alphabetical order)

Carver Juniors Present Shakespeare. A Midsummer Night’s Disaster and Kids in Tights – The Play by Bill Siviter. 2 one-act plays. Carver Juniors. Carver Theatre, Marple, Cheshire, 29 – 30 June (0161 449 8363). [A]

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). The National Production Company. New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 2 – 5 May (0870 060 6646); Whitley Bay Playhouse, Whitley Bay, 27 May (0844 248 1588); 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! [P]

Dark Lady of the Sonnets (opera) based on the play by Bernard Shaw. Pegasus Opera Company. St Paul's Church (The Actors Church), London, 28 February – 4 March (020 8692 5322). The ‘Dark Lady’ is a Bernard Shaw fantasy which sees a lady of the royal court have a secret relationship with William Shakespeare. The production also features the formidable Queen Elizabeth herself! Part of a double bill of one-act operas. [P]

The Dramatic Exploits of Edmund Kean. Written and performed by Ian Hughes. Georgian Theatre, Richmond, North Yorkshire, 4 March (01748 825252). The play premiered at The Other Place and is now performed on a stage where Kean performed in 1811. [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]

Sam Wanamaker Festival. In association with The Federation of Drama Schools, Noël Coward Foundation and Spotlight. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 25 March (020 7401 9919). Students from the UK’s leading drama schools and from Rutgers Conservatory at Shakespeare’s Globe present scenes by Shakespeare and his contemporaries in the Globe Theatre. The public performances offer a heady mix of tragical, historical, pastoral and comical scenes culminating in one mighty festive finale jig. This year’s theme, ‘Voices for Women’, celebrates the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK. [A/P]

Scratch Shakespeare. Presented by the University of Winchester. Theatre Royal, Winchester, 19 March (01962 840 440). University of Winchester students perform four of Shakespeare’s classics reimagined. With four directors, four theatre companies and four performances inspired by the Bard himself, Scratch Shakespeare is an exciting project supported by Theatre Royal Winchester. [A]

Shakespeare Within the Abbey - All Places that the Eye of Heaven Visits. Shakespeare’s Globe. Directed by Sarah Bedi. Mark Rylance (performer). Westminster Abbey, London, 26 – 28 April (020 7401 9919). Join us for a promenade performance, as we create a beautiful and unexpected world within this sacred space. Consider the war-weary soldier or the hapless lover, behold a great Monarch or bide awhile with a lone and prayerful soul as you explore the famous Abbey on this special evening. All Places that the Eye of Heaven Visits is a collection of fleeting and intimate encounters with Shakespeare’s drama, poetry and song beneath the soaring ribs of London’s tremendous Westminster Abbey. [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]

Sir Thomas More. Shakespeare’s Globe. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 17 June (020 7401 9919). A script-in-hand performance. Part of the Read Not Dead series. [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]

Sonnet Walks. Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 28 – 29 April (020 7401 9919). A walk through Shakespeare’s London brought alive by actors. You will hear Shakespeare’s most compelling and inspiring speeches and some of the most exquisite Elizabethan love poetry in his sonnets. This marriage of our contemporary landscape and London’s hidden past leads you through evocative and historic buildings and streets familiar to Shakespeare. [P]

Voter’s Choice. Directed by Brendan O’Hea. Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour. Chilham Castle, Kent, 27 May; Pontio Arts Centre, Bangor, 6 - 8 June; 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. [P]

Will or Eight Lost Years of Young William Shakespeare’s Life. Written and directed by Victoria Baumgartner. The Rose Playhouse, London, 27 March – 21 April (020 7261 9565). England, 1585. The young Will Shakespeare is living in the peaceful town of Stratford-upon-Avon, in the heart of England with his newlywed wife, Anne. But something’s missing. He’s dreaming of prophecies, rough magic and words no one is able to find. As he starts following these dreams, life takes him on a journey, from under the protection of an immensely rich Lord to nights in brawl taverns with travelling actors. But Elizabethan England is not an easy place to thrive… Find out the story of how Will became William Shakespeare through this play bursting with echoes to his future works, in between fantasies and reality. [P]



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