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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

 November 2014 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

New
Theatre Royal, York. Directed by George Costigan. Niamh Cusack (Cleopatra), Paterson Joseph (Antony). 22 February (01904 623568). Rehearsed reading. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/ [P]

New
The Norwich Players. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 23 April – 2 May  (01603 620917).  www.maddermarket.co.uk/index.html [A]

As You Like It

Adaptation

New
Seven Ages. Written by Kevin Tomlinson. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds. 12 November (01284 769505).  www.theatreroyal.org/shows/seven-ages/ [P]

Comedy of Errors

Theatre by the Lake. Directed by Ian Forrest. Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, 26 July – 8 November (01768 774 411). http://www.theatrebythelake.com [P]

Coriolanus

Cymbeline

Hamlet

ACS Random.  Park Theatre, London, 2 – 14 December (020 7870 6876).  http://www.acsrandom.co.uk/ACS_Random/Home.html [P]

New Venture Theatre, Brighton. 16 – 24 January. (01273 746 118) www.newventure.org.uk [P]

New
Clwyd Theatr Cymru. Directed by Terry Hands. Anthony Hopkins Theatre, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, 5 February - 7 March (0845 330 3565) www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk ; New Theatre, Cardiff, 10 - 14 March (029 2087 8889). www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk/ [P]

Ninagawa Company. Directed by Yukio Ninagawa. Barbican Theatre, London. 21 – 24 May. (0845 120 7550) www.barbican.org.uk In Japanese with English surtitles. [P]

Sonia Friedman Productions.  Directed by Lyndsey Turner.  Benedict Cumberbatch (Hamlet). Barbican, London, 5 August – 31 October (0845 120 7550).  [P]

Adaptations

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]

The Lion King Tour. Empire Theatre, Sunderland, 18 Sept – 1 November (0870 602 1130) www.sunderlandempire.org.uk; Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 6 November - 11 January 2015 (08700 402000) www.wmc.org.uk; Palace Theatre, Manchester, 17 January – 22 February (0870 401 3000) www.palaceandoperahouse.org.uk [P]

Henry IV, pt.1

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Antony Sher (Falstaff), Jasper Britton (Henry IV), Alex Hassell (Prince Hal), Paola Dionisotti (Mistress Quickly). Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, 28 October - 1 November (01274 432 000); Theatre Royal, Bath, 4 November -  8 November (01225 448 844); Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 11 November - 15 November (01227 787 787); Barbican Centre, London, 29 November - 24 January (0845 120 7550). www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Donmar Warehouse.  Directed by Phyllida Lloyd.  Harriet Walter (Henry IV).  Donmar Warehouse, London, 3 October – 29 November (0844 871 7624). http://www.donmarwarehouse.com/ [P]

LAMDA. Pleasance, London. 26 November – 4 December (0207 609 1800). www.pleasance.co.uk [P]

Henry IV, pt.2

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Antony Sher (Falstaff), Jasper Britton (Henry IV), Alex Hassell (Prince Hal), Paola Dionisotti (Mistress Quickly). Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, 28 October - 1 November (01274 432 000); Theatre Royal, Bath, 4 November -  8 November (01225 448 844); Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 11 November - 15 November (01227 787 787); Barbican Centre, London, 29 November - 24 January 2015 (0845 120 7550). www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Henry V

South London Theatre. Directed by Mark Bullock. Bell Theatre, The Old Fire Station, Norwood, London, 4 – 8 November (020 8670 3474). www.southlondontheatre.co.uk [A]

Putney Arts Theatre. Directed by Barney Hart-Dyke and Kim Dyas. 11 - 15 November (020 8788 6943) putneytheatrecompany.org.uk [A]

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

Henry VI, pt 3

Henry VIII

Adaptation

New
Anne Boleyn. By Howard Brenton. Harborough Theatre, Market Harborough, 11 – 15 November (0333 666 3366)  http://harboroughtheatre.com  [P]

Julius Caesar

Proud Haddock Productions. Chelsea Theatre, London. 3 – 15 November. (020 7352 1967) www.chelseatheatre.org.uk [P]

New
Shakespeare Institute Players. Directed by Rebecca Martin. The Shakespeare Institute Lecture Hall, Stratford-Upon-Avon, 3 - 6 December. www.shakespeareinstituteplayers.co.uk [A]

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Redgrave Theatre, Bristol, 31 January – 7 February (0117 973 3955) www.cliftoncollegeuk/ccsl/redgrave [A]

King John

King Lear

Crescent Theatre Company. Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, 8 – 15 November (0121 643 5858). www.crescent-theatre.co.uk [A]

New
New Theatre Nottingham. Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, 9 – 12 December (0115 846 7777). www.lakesidearts.org.uk  [P]

National Theatre (Olivier), London. Directed by Sam Mendes. Simon Russell Beale (Lear). 14 January - 2 July. (020 7452 3000) www.nationaltheatre.org.uk [P]

Guildford Shakespeare Company. Holy Trinity Church, Guildford, Surrey. Brian Blessed (King Lear), Rosalind Blessed (Goneril). 17 January – 7 February. (01483 304384) www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk [P]

Adaptation

New
Lear’s Daughters. Footfall Theatre. Directed by Isabelle Kettle. Hope Theatre, Islington, 9 – 20 December (0333 666 3366). [Uses Shakespeare’s text]. www.thehopetheatre.com [P]

Love's Labour's Lost

Royal Shakespeare Company.  Directed by Christopher Luscombe.  Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 23 September – 14 March 2015 (0870 6091110).  www.rsc.org.uk [P]

LAMDA. Directed by Mattew Lloyd. Pleasance Theatre, London. 27 November – 4 December. (0207 609 1800). www.pleasance.co.uk [P]

Macbeth

National Youth Theatre.  Directed by Ed Hughes. Ambassador Theatre, London, 19 September – 26 November (08448 112 334).  www.nyt.org.uk/ [A]

New
Omnibus Theatre. Directed by Gemma Kerr. Omnibus Theatre, London (promenade performance) 11 – 29 November (020 7498 4699). www.omnibus-clapham.org/ [P]

Traffic of the Stage. Brixham Theatre, Devon. 19 November. (01803 852 829) www.uktw.co.uk/Brixham/Brixham-Theatre/V884 [P]

Sharnbrook Mill Theatre Trust, Sharnbrook Mill Theatre, Bedford, 15 - 20 September www.sharnbrookmilltheatre.co.uk [A]

Adaptations

Opera.  Music and lyrics by Giuseppe Verdi.  Scottish Opera. Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, 1 November (tickets via website) www.scottishopera.org.uk [P]

Updated
Macbeth – in pitch black. London Contemporary Theatre (in association with South Hill Park Arts Centre). Performed in the dark. St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, 1 November (01493 745 461) www.stgeorgestheatre.com ; Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax, 16 November (01422 349 422). www.squarechapel.co.uk [P]

New
Wyrd Sisters. Written by Stephen Briggs. Chelmsford Theatre Workshop. Old Fort Theatre, Chelmsford, 15 – 18; 22 – 25 April (01245 606505). http://chelmsfordtheatreworkshop.wordpress.com/contact-us/ [A]

Measure for Measure

Cheek by Jowl (Russian Ensemble). Directed by Declan Donnellan. Barbican Theatre, London. 15 – 25 April. (0845 120 7550) www.barbican.org.uk [P]

The Merchant of Venice

Sell A Door Theatre Company.  The Opera House, Buxton, 4 November (0845 12 72190).  http://www.selladoor.com/ [P]

Almeida Theatre, London. Directed by Rupert Goold. 5 December – 14 February 2015. (020 7359 4404) www.almeida.co.uk [P]

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Redgrave Theatre, 19 - 28 February 2015 (0117 973 3955) www.cliftoncollegeuk.com/ccsl/redgrave [A]

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon. Directed by Polly Findlay. 14 May - 2 September 2015. (0870 60901110) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Bournemouth Shakespeare Players, 14 – 25 July 2015 www.bshakespearep.org [A]

Merry Wives of Windsor

New
Harrogate Dramatic Society. Harrogate Studio Theatre, Harrogate, 28 – 31 January 2015 (01423 502116). www.hds-online.co.uk/ [A]

Adaptation

Falstaff.  Opera.  Music by Giuseppe Verdi.  Lyrics by Arrigo Boito.  Royal Opera House, La Scala Milan, and Canadian Opera Company.  Royal Opera House, London, 6 – 18 July 2015 (020 7304 4000).  www.roh.org.uk [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Theatre West 4. Questors Theatre, Ealing, London, 11 – 15 November (020 8567 5184). www.questors.org.uk [P]

Adaptations

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (As You Like It). Barbican (in association with the RSC). Directed by Dmitri Krymov. Barbican Centre, 12 - 15 November. Performed in Russian with English surtitles. http://www.barbican.org.uk/theatre. [P]

New
Pocket Dream. Propeller. Directed by Edward Hall. V&A, London, 3 November; St Marks School, Hounslow, 4 November; Sutton Valance School, Maidenstone, 5 November; Desborough College, Maidenhead, 6 November; Electric Theatre, Guilford, 7 November. More dates TBA (01483 444789).
http://propeller.org.uk. [P]

New
A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Incidental music by Felix Mendelssohn. Royal Shakespeare Company and Garsington Opera. Directed by Douglas Boyd and Gregory Doran. Wormsley Estate, High Wycombe, 16 – 18 July 2015; Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon, 26 July 2015 (0844 800 1110). www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on [P]

New
Oberon (opera). Music by Carl Maria von Weber. New Sussex Opera Chorus. Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, 23 November (01323 412 000). www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk/  [P]

Much Ado About Nothing

Royal Shakespeare Company. (Billed as “Love’s Labour’s Won” to pair with Love’s Labour’s Lost). Directed by Christopher Luscombe. Edward Bennett (Benedick), Michelle Terry (Beatrice).  Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 3 October – 14 March 2015 (0870 6091110).  www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Riverside Drama Company. Directed by Martin Holtom. Duchess Theatre, Long Eaton, 20 – 22 November.  http://www.duchess-theatre.com/ [P]

New
Reading Between the Lines. Directed by Hal Chambers. Greenwich Theatre, London, 27 – 28 February 2015 (020 8858 7755).  www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk [P]

Hillbark Players. Directed by Martin Riley. Royden Park, Frankby, nr West Kirby, The Wirral.  22 – 27 June 2015 www.hillbarkplayers.co.uk [A]

Othello

Frantic Assembly.  Directed by Scott Graham.  The Curve, Leicester, 28 October - 1 November (0116 242 3595); CAST, Doncaster, 4 - 8 November (01302 303 959); REP, Birmingham, 12 - 15 November (0121 236 4455); The Lowry (Quays), Salford, 18 - 29 November (0843 208 6000); Lyric Hammersmith, London, 13 January 2015 - 7 February 2015 (020 8741 6850).  http://www.franticassembly.co.uk/  [P]

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Directed by Iqbal Khan. 4 June – 28 August 2015. (0870 609 1110) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Pericles

New
LIPA (The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts). Sennheiser Studio Theatre, Liverpool, 27 – 29 November (0151 709 4988). www.lipa.ac.uk   [A]

Richard II

Richard III

Little Goblin Productions. Theatre Collection, Upstairs at the Lord Stanley, London. 10 October – 2 November. www.theatrecollection.net  [P]

Theatre Royal, Norwich. 11 – 13 December. (01603 630 000) www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk [P]

The Cotswold Arcadians. Directed by David Sherratt. Hatherop Castle School, Gloucestershire, 20 - 25 July 2015. Open-air production. www.arcadians.org [A]

Romeo and Juliet

New
London Theatre Workshop. Directed by Brandon Force. London Theatre Workshop, above the Eel Brook Public House, London, 4 – 22 November. http://londontheatreworkshop.co.uk [P]

Southsea Shakespeare Actors, Station Theatre, Hayling Island, 5 – 8 November (02392 466363) www.hayling-dramatics.hampshire.org.uk [A]

New
Pepper’s Ghost Theatre Company and The Play's the Thing Theatre Company. Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes, 10 – 13 December (01908 324 466). www.stantonburytheatre.co.uk  [P]

The Faction. New Diorama Theatre, 15-16 Triton Street, London, 6 January – 28 February 2015. (0844 2090 344) www.newdiorama.com [P]

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. The Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, 19 February – 4 April 2015. (0117 902 0344) www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com [P]

Rose Theatre, Kingston, 28 February – 21 March 2015. (08444 821 556) www.resetheatrekingston.org [P]

Adaptations

New
Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Moscow City Ballet. Music by Sergei Prokofiev. Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 4 January 2015 (01223 357 851). www.cornex.co.uk/ [P]

New
Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Bad Boys of Dance. Choreographed by Adrienne Canterna, directed by Rasta Thomas. Sadlers' Wells, Peacock Theatre, London, 3 - 29 March 2015 (0844 412 4322). www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2015/rasta-thomas-romeo-juliet [P]

New
Romeo and Juliet: A Plunderphonica. Stagepunk Theatre. Composed by Matthew Reynolds, directed by Simon Jay. Bread and Roses Theatre, Clapham, London, 4 – 9 November (020 7498 1779). www.breadandrosestheatre.co.uk [P]

National Theatre.  Written by Ben Power. Directed by Bijan Sheibani.  National Theatre, Temporary Space (aka The Shed), 29 October – 14 November (020 7452 3000). 60 minute version for 8-12 year olds. http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/ [P]

West Side Story. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited. Long Eaton Operatic Society. Long Eaton,
Nottingham. 28 October - 1 November (01332 874352)
www.longeatonoperatic.com [A]

West Side Story. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Kings High School and Warwick School, Bridgehouse Theatre, 12-15 November 2014 www.bridgehousetheatre.co.uk [A]

West Side Story. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. New Lyric Operatic Company. Grand Opera House, Belfast, 18 – 22 November (028 9024 1919) www.goh.co.uk/west-side-story. [A]

West Side Story. Montgomery Theatre, Sheffield, 21-22 November (0114 249 6000) www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk [P]

The Taming of the Shrew

Immersion Theatre.  Directed by James Tobias and Amy Gunn.  Camberley Theatre, 4 November; Underground Theatre, 8 November; Kenton Theatre, 11 November; Arts Centre, Harrow, 12 November.  www.immersiontheatre.co.uk/taming-of-the-shrew-2014/ [P]

Adaptation

Kiss Me Kate. Music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Bourneville Musical Theatre Company. Crescent Theatre, Birmingham. 12-16 May 2015 www.bmtcweb.co.uk [A]

New
Taming Who?  By Darren Raymond. Intermission Youth Theatre. Intermission Theatre, St. Saviours Church, Walton Place, London, 29 October – 22 November. (020 7581 4620). It's Freshers' week at Uni, and Petruchio arrives on campus full of excitement with his younger brother Grumio. However, an unexpected call from their Dad quickly turns them into despair: he wants them to come and live with him in Nigeria as there is no one to look after them in London. In a moment of panic Petruchio tells his Dad that he is married. Surprisingly contented by the news, Dad allows them to stay, but will travel to London to meet her... Petruchio has three days to find a wife! www.iyt.org.uk/ [P]

The Tempest

The Apollo Theatre, Newport, Isle of Wight, 15 – 23 May 2015 (01983 527 267). www.apollo-theatre.org.uk/the-tempest/ [P]

Adaptations

This Last Tempest. Uninvited Guests & Fuel. Festival Theatre, Malvern, 4 – 5 November (01684 892 277); Quarterhouse, Folkestone, 7 – 8 November (01303 858 500); Cambridge Junction, Cambridge, 26 November (01223 511 511); Lakeside Theatre, Colchester, 27 November (01206 873 261); Theatre Royal, Margate, 28 – 29 November (0845 130 1786).  This Last Tempest is a sequel to The Tempest and begins where Shakespeare left off. Caliban and Ariel are left alone on the enchanted island, watching Prospero's ship sail over the horizon and out of view. Part theatre, part gig, This Last Tempest draws on Uninvited Guests' collaborative approach to devised theatre. Working with composer and musician Neil Johnson, they fill this strange yet familiar island with guitar noise, evocative sounds and sweet airs.’ [P]

New
Return to the Forbidden Planet by Bob Carlton. Cut to the Chase Theatre Company. Directed by Bob Carlton. Queens Theatre, Hornchurch. 6 – 15 November. Touring:
Theatre Royal, Brighton, 20 - 24 January 2015; New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, 26 - 31 January; The Orchard, Dartford, 2 - 7 February; King's Theatre, Glasgow, 9 - 14 February; Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe, 16 - 21 February; The Auditorium, Grimsby, 23 - 28 February; Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe, 16 - 21 March; Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, 16 - 21 March; New Theatre (formerly known as Apollo Theatre), Oxford, 30 March - 4th April; Palace Theatre, Manchester, 4 - 9 May (01708 433 333). www.queens-theatre.co.uk [P]

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

Updated
English Touring Theatre (ETT). Directed by Jonathan Munby. Watford Palace Theatre, Watford, 1 November; Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 4 – 8 November; Hall for Cornwall, Truro, 11 – 15 November; Richmond Theatre, Richmond, 18 – 22 November; Theatre Royal Brighton, Brighton, 25 – 29 November (08700 606 650). www.ett.org.uk/productions/81/twelfth-night  [A]

Watermill Young Company.  Directed by Seamus Allen.  Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 12 – 15 November (01635 46044).  www.watermill.org.uk  [A]

New
Hartley Players. Hartley Village Hall, Hartley, 19 – 22 November (01474 873721). http://hartleyplayers.com   [A]

Brighton Little Theatre, Brighton, 23 - 27 June 2015 (0844 888 0432); Lewes Castle, Lewes, 2 – 5 July (01273 486 290).  www.brightonlittletheatre.com  [A]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

New
Richard Burton Company, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Directed by Joe Murphy. Bute Theatre, Raymond Edwards Building, Cardiff, 3 – 13 December (029 20 391 391). www.rwcmd.ac.uk  [P]

Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London, 9 December – 3 January 2015 (08444 771 000).  www.giantolive.com [P]

Poems and Apocrypha

Adaptation

New
Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang. A 'little moment' of a timeless story told through Shakespeare's Sonnets. Rose Playhouse, London, 4 – 29 November (020 7261 9565). www.rosetheatre.org.uk [P]

Miscellaneous
(in alphabetical order)

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) – Revised by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, Jess Winfield, Reed Martin (additional material).  Reduced Shakespeare Company. Camberley Theatre, Camberley, 2 November; Norden Farm, Maidenhead, 6 November; Playhouse, Espsom, 18 November; Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, 20 November. (tickets via website)  http://www.reducedshakespeare.com/  [P]

Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi.  The Royal Opera House, London. 6 – 18 July 2015. (0207 304 4000) www.roh.org.uk [P]

Shakespeare in Love. Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall from the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard. Disney Theatrical Productions. Directed by Declan Donellan. Tom Bateman (Shakespeare), Lucy Briggs-Owen (Viola). Noel Coward Theatre, London, 2 July – ongoing. ‘Plagued by debt, tormented by writer’s block and in desperate need of a new hit, promising new playwright Will Shakespeare finds his muse in the form of passionate young noblewoman, Viola De Lesseps. Their forbidden love soon draws everyone, including Queen Elizabeth herself, into the drama and inspires Will to write the greatest love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet.’ http://shakespeareinlove.com/  [P]

New
Shakespeare Karaoke. The Faction. New Diorama Theatre, London, 21 November (0207 383 9034).
The bar is open and the stage is empty. Buy yourself a drink or three, relax with your friends and, if the mood takes you, take to the stage to deliver the Shakespeare speech of your choice. http://newdiorama.com/whats-on/shakespeare-karaoke [A]

New
Winter’s Rages – Shakespeare in Speech and Song. Written and directed by Sophie Kochanowska. Rose Playhouse, London, 2 – 14 December (020 7261 9565).
Shakespeare fragments are fused with new material and classical song in this devised theatre piece for actress, soprano & piano which explores the blistering power of the human voice. www.rosetheatre.org.uk [P]

 

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