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Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

  November 2021

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

As You Like It

Comedy of Errors

 

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Phillip Breen. Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, 2 – 6 November (01789 403416); Barbican Theatre, London, 16 November – 31 December (0845 120 7550)

www.rsc.org.uk [P]

 

New

Shakespeare Nation. Hall for Cornwall, Truro, 10 April 2022 (01872 262466) https://www.hallforcornwall.co.uk/playhouse-tickets-shows/shakespeare-nation-comedy-of-errors/about-the-show [A]

 

Updated

Kelvin Players. Kelvin Players Studio Theatre, Bristol, 13 – 16 & 20 – 23 July 2022

(0117 942 5540) https://www.kelvinplayers.co.uk/coming-soon [A]

Coriolanus

Cymbeline

Hamlet 

New

The Kelvin Players. Kelvin Players Studio, Bristol, 27 October – 6 November (0117 942 5540) https://www.kelvinplayers.co.uk/current-production [A]

 

Shakespeare’s Globe. Directed by Sean Holmes. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 21 January – 9 April 2022 (020 7401 9919) https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/hamlet-2021/ [P]

 

 

Adaptations

 

Directed by Greg Hersov. Cush Jumbo (Hamlet). The Young Vic, London, 25 September – 13 November. (020 7922 2922). Female Hamlet. www.youngvic.co.uk [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, July 29 (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. https://thelionking.co.uk/london/ [P]

The Lion King (The Tour). 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. Bord Gais Energy Theatre (formerly Grand Canal Theatre), Dublin, 23 December – 4 February 2022 (0818 719 377); Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol, 18 February – 19 March 2022 (0844 871 3012); Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, 24 March – 28 May 2022 (01274 432 000); Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff, 7 July – 27 August 2022 (08700 40 2000); Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, 8 September – 15 October 2022 (023 8071 1811); Palace Theatre, Manchester, 27 October – 24 December 2022 (0870 401 3000). 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. https://thelionking.co.uk [P]

 

New

Oddsocks Hamlet – The Comedy. Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 14 – 16 June 2022 (024 7655 3055). Hamlet - The Comedy finds the eponymous royal student returning home for the summer holidays to find something rotten in the state of Denmark and it’s more than just the bag of dirty washing! Mum’s married Uncle Claudius and Dad’s dishing the dirt from his grave – it’s enough to make a teenager mad! Things will never be the same again in the Hamlet household. https://www.belgrade.co.uk/events/hamlet-the-comedy/ [P]

Henry IV, pt.1

Henry IV, pt.2

Henry V


New

The South Devon Players. Brixham Theatre, Brixham, 26 – 27 November (01803 415987) https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/brixham-theatre/the-south-devon-players-present-shakespeares-henry-v/e-vpblzv [A]

 

Donmar Warehouse, London, 11 February 2022 – 9 April 2022. Cast Kit Harrington. Director Max Webster. (0844 871 7624) www.donmarwarehouse.co.uk [P]

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

New

Henry VI: Rebellion. The Royal Shakespeare Company. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1 April – 28 May 2022 (01789 331111) https://www.rsc.org.uk/henry-vi-rebellion/ [P]

Henry VI, pt 3

New

Henry VI: Wars of the Roses. The Royal Shakespeare Company. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 11 April – 4 June 2022 (01789 331111) https://www.rsc.org.uk/henry-vi-wars-of-the-roses/ [P]

 

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

King John

King Lear

 

Adaptations

 

New

A Bunch of Amateurs by Nick Newman & Ian Hislop. Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking, 11 – 13 November (01483 545900) https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/a-bunch-of-amateurs/rhoda-mcgaw-theatre-woking/ [A]

A Bunch of Amateurs by Nick Newman & Ian Hislop. Oast Theatre, Tonbridge, 12 – 19 March 2022 (01732 363849). 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 the cast are a bunch of amateurs. Jefferson's monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested by the enthusiastic amateur thespians - who are not averse to a spot of ego, vanity and insecurity themselves. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson's career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself and his relationships with other people... along with his inner Lear! https://www.oasttheatre.com/plays/new-season-2021-2022/829-12th-19th-march-a-bunch-of-amateurs-by-nick-newman-ian-hislop [P]

 

The Dresser by Ronald Harwood. Malvern Festival Theatre, Malvern, 18 – 22 January 2022 (01684 892277); Oxford Playhouse, Oxford, 25 – 29 January (01865 305305); Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 1 – 5 February (01227 787 787); Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, 8 – 12 February (01274 432000); King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, 15 – 19 February (0131 529 6000). It is 1942 and in a war-torn provincial theatre an aging actor-manager, known to his loyal acting company as ‘Sir’, is struggling to cling on to his sanity and complete his 227th performance of King Lear. For 16 years Norman, Sir’s devoted dresser, has been there to fix Sir’s wig, massage his ego, remind him of his opening lines and provide the sound effects in the storm scene. It is down to Norman to ensure that in spite of everything, the show goes on. https://britishtheatre.com/the-dresser-tour-starring-matthew-kelly-julian-clary/ [P]

Love's Labour's Lost

Macbeth

Directed by Yael Farber. James McArdle (Macbeth), Saorise Ronan (Lady Macbeth). Almeida Theatre, London, 25 September – 20 November. (020 7359 4404) www.almeida.co.uk/whats-on/the-tragedy-of-macbeth/29-sep-2021-20-nov-2021 [P]

New

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, 11 – 20 November (0117 987 7877) https://bristololdvic.org.uk/whats-on/macbeth [A]

New Wimbledon Theatre. 22 November – 27 November. (0870 060 6646) www.newwimbledontheatre.co.uk [A]

Adaptation

Players Theatre Company. Chiswick Playhouse (formerly The Tabard Theatre), London, 20 October – 6 November (0870 1696 805). An all-female production. Cast of nine actors. https://www.chiswickplayhouse.co.uk/macbeth [P]

Measure for Measure

Shakespeare’s Globe. Directed by Blanche McIntyre. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 19 November – 15 January 2022 (020 7401 9919) https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/measure-for-measure-2021/ [P]

The Merchant of Venice

 Shakespeare’s Globe. Directed by Abigail Graham. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 18 February – 9 April 2022 (020 7401 9919) https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/the-merchant-of-venice-2021/ [P]

Adaptations

 

A Merchant of Venice. Adapted and directed by Bill Alexander. The Playground Theatre, London, 10 November – 4 December (020 8960 0110). Within Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice lies an inner play about a small network of relationships, one that wrestles with Justice and Mercy, Marriage and Money, Race and Class, one that, in essence, explores the tortured nature of Love. This new version of the play focuses on six key characters whose entangled loves, desires and fortunes hinge on a better understanding of themselves and their relation to each other in the blackly comic world of a modern-day Venice. https://theplaygroundtheatre.london/events/merchantofvenice/ [P]

Merry Wives of Windsor

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 

Reading Rep Theatre, Reading. Directed by Paul Stacey, Christie O’Carroll. 11 May 2022 – 5 June 2022 (01183 370 2620) [P]

Lewes Little Theatre, Lewes, 9 – 16 July 2022 (01273 474 826) https://www.lewestheatre.org/play/midsummer [A]

Adaptations

 

Out of Chaos Theatre Company. Norwich Theatre, Norwich, 16 October (01603 630000); Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham, 20 October (01476 406 158); The Civic, Barnsley, 17 November (01226 327000). Love is confusing. Especially when magic is involved. And then a donkey shows up. Confused couples compete for the wrong person's affection. Competitive performers try to steal the show. Combative fairies battle for supremacy. Two actors play them all. https://www.out-of-chaos.co.uk/midsummer [P]

 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream – A queer look at a classic. Stock Exchange Dramatic and Operatic Society (SEDOS). Bridewell Theatre, London. 14 September 2022 – 24 September 2022 www.sedos.co.uk [A]

Much Ado About Nothing

New

The Royal Shakespeare Company. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 4 February – 12 March 2022 (01789 331111) https://www.rsc.org.uk/much-ado-about-nothing [P]

Othello

Pericles

Richard II

Richard III

Romeo and Juliet 

New

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Redgrave Theatre, Bristol, 2 – 10 December (0117 987 7877) https://redgravetheatre.com/event/2021/12/bristol-old-vic-theatre-school-presents-romeo-and-juliet/1078/ [A]

Adaptations

 

Romeo and Juliet (ballet) by Sergei Prokofiev. Choreographer: Kenneth MacMillan. Royal Ballet Company. Royal Opera House, London, 5 October – 25 February 2022 (020 7304 4000) https://www.roh.org.uk/tickets-and-events/romeo-and-juliet-by-kenneth-macmillan-details [P]

 

Romeo and Juliet (ballet) by Sergei Prokofiev. Choreographer: Johan Kobborg. Sergei Polunin (Romeo), Alina Cojocaru (Juliet). Royal Albert Hall, London, 1 December (020 7589 8212) www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/events/2021/romeo-and-juliet/ [P]

 

Romeo and Juliet (ballet) by Sergei Prokofiev. The Russian State Ballet of Siberia.

Cardiff, St David's Hall, 31 December – 2 January 2022 (029 2087 8444); Blackpool Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 7 January 2022 (01253 290190); Hull New Theatre, Hull, 19 January 2022 (01482 226655); Darlington Hippodrome (formerly Civic Theatre), Darlington, 28 January 2022 (01325 486 555); The Hexagon, Reading, 1 February 2022 (0118 960 6060); Ipswich Regent, Ipswich, 4 February 2022 (01473 433100); Theatre Royal, Brighton, 7 February 2022 (08700 606650); New Theatre, Oxford, 11 February 2022 (0870 606 3500); Empire Theatre, Liverpool, 14 February 2022 (0844 847 2525); New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 21 February 2022 (0870 060 6646); Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, 1 March 2022 (01902 429212); Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh, 3 March 2022 (0870 606 3424); Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth, 8 March 2022 (01202 203630); Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe, 11 March 2022 (01494 512000); Anvil Arts, Basingstoke, 15 March 2022 (01256 844244); De Montfort Hall, Leicester, 17 March 2022 (01162 333111); Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol, 25 March 2022 (0844 871 3012) https://www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/russian-state-ballet-and-orchestra-of-siberia https://www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk/event/romeo-juliet

https://www.hulltheatres.co.uk/events/russian-state-ballet-siberia-romeo-and-juliet

https://whatsonreading.com/venues/hexagon/whats-on/russian-state-ballet-siberia-romeo-juliet

https://ipswichtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/siberian-ballet-romeo-juliet/

https://www.grandtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/romeo-juliet/

https://wycombeswan.co.uk/Online/tickets-siberian-ballet-wycombe-2021

https://www.anvilarts.org.uk/whats-on/event/prokofievs-romeo-juliet

https://www.demontforthall.co.uk/event/romeo-juliet/ [P]

 

 

New

Bristol Old Vic Young Company and Young SixSix. Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, 12 – 15 January 2022 (0117 987 7877). Verona. Right here. Two households. Your neighbours. A pair of star-crossed lovers. Your friends. They enter. You watch them. We know how this ends. This is a race, no one can win. They will spend the whole play running from their fate. It will not work. They have to die. This is a tragedy. https://bristololdvic.org.uk/whats-on/romeo-and-juliet-1 [A]

 

& Juliet by David West Read. Shaftesbury Theatre, London, from September 24 (020 7379 5399). We all know the story of Romeo and Juliet, star crossed lovers from warring families who are undeniably drawn to each other. Theirs is a love story for the ages and a tragedy unlike any other but what if we could rewrite the final scene? What if Juliet put the dagger down and decided to take a girls trip instead? In this irreverent rewrite that's exactly what happens. When Juliet wakes up, instead of a dagger to the heart, she gathers Nurse and her best girlfriends and heads to the city of lights. Juliet sets off to prove that she is the author of her own story and that there is life, and love, after Romeo. This wild new musical features the back catalogue of Swedish songwriter Max Martin with pop anthems that you'll love hearing in a completely different way. Songs like Baby One More TimeLove Me Like You DoCan't Feel My Face and Everybody.

 www.andjulietthemusical.co.uk [P]

 

Shit-Faced Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet.

New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, 3 November (023 9264 9000); Octagon Theatre, Yeovil, 5 November (01935 422884); Dorking Halls, Dorking, 6 November (01306 881717); Grand Theatre, Swansea, 7 November (01792 475715); Beck Theatre, Hayes, London, 10 November (020 8561 8371); Arts Centre, Colchester, 12 November (01206 500900); Alban Arena, St Albans, 16 November (01727 844488); Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 18 November (01473 433100); The Exchange, London, 19 – 20 November (0208 240 2399); Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle upon Tyne, 24 November (0844 2491 000); Lyceum Theatre, Crewe, 25 November (01270 537 333); The Dome, Doncaster, 26 November (01302 370 999) www.uktw.co.uk/Tour/Play/Shit-Faced-Shakespeare-Romeo-and-Juliet/T0816849330/ [P]

West Side Story. Score by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Ulster Operatic Company. Grand Opera House, Belfast, 10 – 14 May 2022 (028 9024 1919) https://www.goh.co.uk/whats-on/west-side-story/ [P]

 

 The Taming of the Shrew

 
The Tempest

 

New

South Bank Players. Directed by Jolena Flett. South Bank Playhouse, Belfast, 11-20 November. www.southbankplayhouse.com [A]

 

Jermyn Street Theatre. 22 November – 18 December. Director Tom Littler. (020 7287 2875) https://www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk/show/the-tempest/ [P]

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night 

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

Poems and Apocrypha

Miscellaneous
(in alphabetical order)

Doing Shakespeare. Bridewell Theatre, London EC4Y 8EQ. 1 November – 13 November www.sbf.org.uk (020 7353 3331) [P]

 

Impromptu Shakespeare. New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 17 June 2022 (0870 060 6646)

https://rondotheatre.co.uk/whats-on/

www.newwimbledontheatre.co.uk [P]

The Second Best Bed. Worcester Rep Company. 6 November, Tiverton Community Arts Centre. (07443 502523) www.tivertoncommunityartscentre.co.uk [A]

 

New

ShakeItUp: The Improvised Shakespeare Show. The Hen and Chickens Theatre, London, 1 November, 6 December, 3 January 2022, 14 February 2022 & 7 March 2022 (020 7704 2001). Shakespeare hasn’t written anything new for an age, so we thought we’d give him a hand. Using his language, your audience suggestions and our overactive imaginations, we create a brand new Shakespeare play live on stage! Join ShakeItUp Theatre for an evening of improvised Bard-based Bedlam. Every show is a classic Shakespeare would have been proud to write (probably). https://www.unrestrictedview.co.uk/the-improvised-shakespeare-show/ [P]

 

 

 

 

 

 

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