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Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

 August 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

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.  Directed by Jonathan Munby.  Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 17 May – 24 August (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

Adaptation

Eric and Cleopatra. Produced by David Graham. New Vic Theatre, 18 – 23 August (01782 717962). http://www.newvictheatre.org.uk/eric-cleopatra [P]

As You Like It

Stamford Shakespeare Festival.  Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall, Little Casterton, 10 – 14 June; 23 – 28 June; 28 July – 2 August; 11 – 16 August (01780 756133).  www.stamfordshakespeare.co.uk [P]

New
Oxford Shakespeare Company. Directed by Michael Oakley and music by Nicholas Lloyd Webber. Wadham College Oxford Monday, 30 June - 15 August (01865 305 305) http://www.oxfordshakespearecompany.co.uk/  [P]

New
American High School Theatre Festival / PDS Theater.  Pilrig Studio (Venue 103), Edinburgh, 4 – 5; 7, 9 August (no phone).  [Part of Edinburgh Fringe 2014]
www.edfringe.com or www.facebook.com/PDSTheater [A]

Comedy of Errors

The Handlebards. Fingask Castle, Rait, 3 August; Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, 6 – 10 August.

Festival Players. House of Dun, Montrose, Angus, 1 August (0844 493 2144); Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, Stroud, 6 August (01726 879 500); Lampeter House, Lampeter Valley, Near Narbeth, Pembrokeshire, 7 August (01834 869 323); Swinhay House, Swinhay Lane, Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire, 8 August; Winterbourne Court Farm Barn, Winterbourne, 9 August (01454 772 285); Swan Theatre, The Moors, Worcester, 13 August (01905 611 427); Raglan Castle, Raglan, 14 August (01873 853 254); Penlee Park Theatre, Morrab Road, Penzance, 15 August (01726 879 500); Chaplaincy Gardens, St Mary’s, Isle of Scilly, 16 August (01720 422 641); Tresco Abbey Gardens, Tresco, Isle of Scilly, 16 August; Sterts Amphitheatre, Upton Cross, Nr Liskeard, Cornwall, 19 August (01579 362 382); Powderham Castle, Exeter, 21 August (01626 890 243); The Old Vicarage, Ickleton, Saffron Walden, 25 August (01799 531 916); Cogges Manor Farm, Church Lane, Witney, 28 August (01993 772 602); Woodchester Mansion, Nympsfield, 29 August (01453 861541); Jewry Wall Museum, Leicester, 30 August (0116 253 2569); Manor House Museum, West Bromwich, 31 August (0121 588 2985). http://www.thefestivalplayers.co.uk [P]

Red Rose Chain. Directed by Joanna Carrick. Jimmy’s Farm, 8 July – 23 August. (01473 603388). http://www.redrosechain.com/page/theatre-in-the-forest. [A]

Groundlings Theatre Company.  Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth, 10 – 12 July and 30 July – 3 August (023 9273 7370); Rose Playhouse, London, 16 – 27 July (020 7261 9565).  www.groundlings.co.uk [P]

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]

Pendley Shakespeare Festival.  Pendley Manor, near Tring, 6 - 10 August (box office from July 2014: 01442 820 060; online booking available now).  http://www.pendleyshakespearefestival.co.uk/ [A]

New
GB Theatre Company. Directed by Ed Viney. Collector Earl’s Garden, Arundel Castle, 21 and 23 August (01903 882173) www.gbtheatrecompany.com/arundelcastle.html. [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.  Directed by Blanche McIntyre.  Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 30 August – 12 October (020 7401 9919).  www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

Coriolanus

Lazarus Theatre Company. Tristan Bates Theatre, London, 18 August – 6 September (020 7240 6283). http://lazarustheatrecompany.webs.com/ [P]

Cymbeline

Hamlet


Gin & Tonic Productions Ltd.  Directed by Henry Conklin and Elske Waite.  The Space on North Bridge, Edinburgh, 1 – 23 August (
0131 226 0000).  http://www.ginandtonicproductions.org/ [A]

New
Secret Theatre.  C Venues – c too (Venue 4), Edinburgh, 31 July; 1 – 10; 12 – 25 August (0845 260 1234).  [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014].  www.edfringe.com [P]

New
American High School Theatre Festival.  Pilrig Studio (Venue 103), Edinburgh, 4, 6, 7, 9 August (no phone).  [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014].  www.edfringe.com [A]

New
FramBag Theatre.  theSpace on North Bridge (Venue 36), Edinburgh, 11 – 16 August (0131 510 2386).  [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014].  www.edfringe.com [P]

New
Cog & Sprocket Productions.  Adapted & Directed by Jo Marsh.  SpaceCabaret @54 (Venue 54), Edinburgh, 11 – 16 August (0131 510 2387); theSpace @ Jury’s Inn (Venue 260), Edinburgh, 11 – 16 August (0131 510 2381).  [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014].  www.edfringe.com [P]

Pendley Shakespeare Festival.  Pendley Manor, near Tring, 13 - 17 August (box office from July 2014: 01442 820 060; online booking available now).  http://www.pendleyshakespearefestival.co.uk/ [A]

Manchester Royal Exchange Company.  Directed by Sarah Frankcom.  Maxine Peake (Hamlet). Royal Exchange, Manchester, 11 September – 18 October (0161 833 9833). www.royalexchange.co.uk [P]

Citizen’s Theatre Company.  Directed by Dominic Hill.  Citizen’s Theatre, Glasgow, 19 September – 11 October (0141 429 0022).  www.citz.co.uk [P]

Archway Theatre Company, Horley Hamlet, 23 September – 4 October (01293 784 398).  http://www.archwaytheatre.co.uk/index.shtml  [A]

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

Sonia Friedman Productions.  Directed by Lyndsey Turner.  Benedict Cumberbatch (Hamlet). Barbican, London, 5 August – 31 October 2015 (0845 120 7550).  [P]

Adaptations

New
Actors.  Underscore Theatre Company.  Paradise in the Vault (Venue 29), Edinburgh, 12 – 17 & 19 – 25 August (0131 510 0022).  It's 60 minutes and counting until the Tallaght Thespians go onstage with their production of Hamlet. But where on earth is Hamlet? Is Ophelia having a real-life mental breakdown? Why do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern hate each other? And is the director really a visionary or just insane? Come join the dressing room madness as a bunch of amateurs attempt to save a show with no lead, no scripts and no talent. Will they come together in time for opening curtain? Don't bet on it. Actors is a Fringe debut from Dublin's Underscore Theatre.’ [Part of Edinburgh Fringe 2014].  www.edfringe.com [P]

Blind Hamlet.  Actors Touring Company. Directed by Ramin Gray. Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh, 31 July – 25 August. (020 7930 6014) “Blind Hamlet transforms Shakespeare's tragedy into an interactive theatrical battle and reimagines the bloody struggle for Hamlet's Elsinore. Volunteers take to the stage to outwit each other as a different power-struggle unfolds at each performance, with Hamlet turned on its head and every spectator a player.” www.atctheatre.com. [P]

New
Hamlet and Ophelia.  The Lund Players.  C Venues – C (Venue 34), Edinburgh, 31 July; 1 – 9 August (0845 260 1234).  The Players of Elsinore have a story to tell. It is the greatest tragedy of all but is yet to be cast. A high energy new adaptation using contemporary multimedia theatre. Melding live music, stunning visual effects and breathtaking physical ensemble work with the simple beauty of Shakespeare's language, they place the destinies of these ill-fated characters in the hands of the audience. Before the players string their first chord or hum their first note the genders of the characters need to be decided. What story do you want them to tell? [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014].  www.edfringe.com [P]

New
Hamlet and Ophelia Go Swimming.  Utah Valley University.  Gryphon@WestEnd (Venue 109), Edinburgh, 5 – 8 August (07599903210).  An exploration of the cyclical disintegration of romantic relationships using music, mask, and text taken from literature and reality explore what could have happened between Hamlet and Ophelia before the events of Hamlet. Contemporary monologues chronicling an ascent into and a descent out of love are interrupted by lines from the play and ghosts from the future. Physical theatre and dance are used to create meaningful images, carefully organising the shards of a shattered relationship into a ritualistic piece of devised theatre.’ [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014].  www.edfringe.com [A]

New
Hamlet Private Eye.  Glass Dagger Productions.  theSpace on North Bridge (Venue 36), Edinburgh, 4 – 9 August (0131 510 2386).  Shakespeare's Hamlet is re-imagined as a contemporary tale of ultimate noir and slapstick comedy. John Hamlet, Private Eye takes on the case of a missing woman and gets more than he bargained for.  [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014].  www.edfringe.com [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

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Antony Sher (Falstaff), Jasper Britton (Henry IV), Alex Hassell (Prince Hal), Paola Dionisotti (Mistress Quickly).  Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon, 18 March - 6 September (0844 800 1110); Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne, 25 September - 4 October (08448 11 21 21); Theatre Royal, Norwich, 14 October - 18 October (01603 630 000); The Lowry, Salford, 21 October - 25 October (0161 876 2000); 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]

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]

Adaptation

New
Thrice Ninth Productions. St James Theatre, London, 29 September – 3 October (0844 264 2140). Short version. https://sites.google.com/site/thriceninththeatre/productions. [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). Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon, 18 March - 6 September (0844 800 1110); Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne, 25 September - 4 October (08448 11 21 21); Theatre Royal, Norwich, 14 October - 18 October (01603 630 000); The Lowry, Salford, 21 October - 25 October (0161 876 2000); 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

 Groundlings Theatre Company.  Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth, 13, 29, 31 July; 2 August (023 9273 7370); Rose Theatre, London, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 July (020 7261 9565). www.groundlings.co.uk [P]

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]

Adaptations

New
Dogs of War.  Institute for the Exploration of Theatre, Dance and Performance.  Assembly George Square Studios (Venue 17), Edinburgh, 31 July; 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 14, 16 August (0131 623 3030). ‘Using the original text of Shakespeare’s Wars of the Roses plays alongside new text by The Master of Verona author David Blixt, the play features oft-cut scenes of soldiers, citizens, women, children and ghosts to re-examine representations of war via the bodies of common people. A chorus acts as guide and provocateur as he navigates the audience through the underbellies of some of the Bard’s most famous plays, including Henry V and Richard III. With an ensemble of sixteen portraying more than three dozen different characters, Dogs is a strikingly contemporary, multimedia incarnation of the history canon.  [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014]. www.edfringe.com [A]

New
Harry the King. Mingled Yarn.  Zoo Southside (Venue 32), Edinburgh, 10 – 25 August (0131 662 6892).  Henry V: legendary king or brutal soldier? War criminal or star of England? From a couple's bedroom to the field of Agincourt and back again, two actors re-stage Shakespeare's epic of conquest, conflict and dilemma. A hundred years after France was torn apart by the First World War, Harry the King takes an English national legend by the scruff of the neck. Mingled Yarn is an emerging company dedicated to creating new theatre out of old stories, spinning a good yarn along the way.  [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014].  www.edfringe.com [P]

New
Henry V:  Here and Now.  King Cobra Theatre.  Gryphon@West End (Venue 109), Edinburgh, 12 – 16 August (07599903210).  A modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry V, with the conflict re-worked to England vs Scotland. When Henry's uncle Falstaff dies intestate, he expects to inherit the family cottage. He reckoned without Falstaff's Scottish landlord, who lives in the cottage now. Rather than go through a complicated and costly legal battle, Henry decides to woo the landlord's daughter, and get the cottage through marriage.  [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014]. www.edfringe.com [A]

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

Henry VI, pt 3

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.  Directed by Dominic Dromgoole.  Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 20 June – 11 October (020 7401 9919).  www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

New
Julius Caesar in Original Pronunciation.  University of Houston- Downton University Theatre.  Gryphon@West End (Venue 109), Edinburgh, 1 – 9 August (07599903210).  The University of Houston-Downtown University Theatre is performing Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in Shakespeare’s original pronunciation. This dynamic cutting of the play compresses the action of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy into 85 minutes of thrilling theatre, spoken with the ultra-expressive sounds of Elizabethan dramatic speech. Come experience the action and hear the play as Shakespeare intended it to be heard.  [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014].  www.edfringe.com [A]

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Directed by Phil Sheppard. The RADA Youth Company, Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre, 9 August (020 7908 4800). www.rada.ac.uk [A]

Worcester Repertory Company. Hereford Cathedral, 14 – 16 October; Malvern Priory, 17 – 28 October; Worcester Cathedral, 22 – 25 October. (01905 611 427). http://worcesterlive.co.uk [A]

Fluellen Theatre Company. Grand Theatre Arts Wing, Swansea, 15 – 17 October. www.fluellentheatre.co.uk [A]

King John

King Lear

Shakespeare’s Globe.  Directed by Bill Buckhurst.  Joseph Marcell (Lear).  New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, 3 July - 5 July (023 9264 9000); Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 8 - 12 July (01284 769 505); The Playhouse, Oxford, 22 July - 3 August (01865 305 305); Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London, 6 - 23 August (020 7401 9919); Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, 20 – 23 August (01748 823 021).  www.shakespearesglobe.com  [P]

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

Adaptations

Lear’s Daughters. The Fletcher Players’ Society. Directed by Isabelle Kettle. C Nova, Edinburgh. 30 July – 16 August. http://www.camdram.net. [A]

New
Let it Fall (After King Lear).  nedsblunt.  Assembly George Square Studios (Venue 17), Edinburgh, 12 – 17; 19 – 23 August (0131 623 3030).  ‘Leah wants to rest, Goneril and Regan want to party, Cordelia's off to France and matricide is in the air. A bold and beautiful piece of new writing that has rewired King Lear to create a charged drama of familial strife, ferocious behaviour, cheese sandwiches and love. This dynamic company of young actors create a visual and verbal treat, turning Shakespeare's story into a funny and moving modern tale.’  [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014] www.edfringe.com [P]

Love's Labour's Lost

Hertfordshire Players.  Minack Theatre, Penzance, 25 – 29 August (01736 810 181). [A]

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]

Macbeth

Updated
The Handlebards.  Cambo Estate, St Andrews, 1 August (01333 450 054); Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh – West Gate, Edinburgh, 7 & 9 August (no phone).  [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014].  www.edfringe.com or www.peculius.com  [P].

Illyria Theatre Company. Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, 1 August (01962 857275); Canolfan Y Celfyddydau Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, 6 August (01970 62 32 32); Montgomery Castle, Powys, 7 August (01686 668442); Abergavenny Castle Grounds, Abergavenny, 8 August (01873 850805); Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Pwllheli, 12 August (01758 740763); Harlech Castle, Harlech, 17 August (01766 780667); Canolfan Natur Cymru/ Welsh Wildlife Centre, nr Cardigan, 19 August (01239 621200); Castle Hill, Filleigh, N Devon, 21 August (01805 624624); Williamson Park, Lancaster, 24 August (01524 33318).  www.illyria.uk.com [P]

Festival Players. Falkland Palace, Falkland, Cupar, Fife, 2 August (0844 493 2186); Threave Garden (NTS), Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway, 3 August (01556 502 575); Langar Hall, Langar, 10 August (01949 860 559); Sterts Amphitheatre, Upton Cross, Nr Liskeard, 20 August (01579 362 382); Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury, 22 August; Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Abbotsbury, 23 August (01305 871 130); Hall’s Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon, 24 August (01726 879 500). http://www.thefestivalplayers.co.uk/  [P]

RIFT.  Directed by Felix Mortimer.  Secret Zone 2 Location, East London, 20 June – 16 August (no phone).  ‘Performed overnight from 8pm until 8am, RIFT create a fevered festival-like dream of characters sleepwalking through walls, confiding plots and conspiring murder in this lively and ambitious retelling of Shakespeare's Scottish play. A visceral experience, the performance will envelop its environs to create a world floating between dystopia and utopia; waking and sleeping, with an extraordinary view over the city at sunrise the following morning. Running time: 12hrs. Suitable for age 14+.’ http://macbeth.in/collections/macbeth [P]

Creation Theatre.  The Gardens at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, 1 August – 13 September (01865 766266).  http://www.creationtheatre.co.uk/  [P]

New
GB Theatre Company. Directed by Ed Viney. Collector Earl’s Garden, Arundel Castle, 22 August (01903 882173) www.gbtheatrecompany.com/arundelcastle.html. [P]

Filter & Tobacco Factory Theatre Companies. Tobacco Factory, Bristol, 3 – 20 September (0117 902 0344). www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com [P]

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

Mercury Theatre Company.  Directed by Daniel Buckroyd.  Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 2 – 18 October (01206 573 948).  www.mercurytheatre.co.uk [P]

Adaptation

Opera.  Music by Guiseppe Verdi.  Third World Bun Fight.  Directed by Brett Bailey.  Barbican, London, 16 – 20 September (0845 120 7550).  In this radical take on the seminal opera, combining bold visuals with a reconstructed score sung by a South African ensemble, Brett Bailey sets his Macbeth in a troubled, post-colonial Africa. Refugee performers, fleeing from conflict within Congo, encounter a trunk containing sheet music and gramophone recordings of Verdi's Macbeth. Inspired by the composer's musical adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy, they retell the story from their own perspective - a conflict-ravaged, exploited homeland where a warlord and his wife seize power of a province and militia fight to the death over mineral resources.” [P] 

New
Bunker Trilogy:  Macbeth.  Jethro Compton Productions.  C Venues – c Nova (Venue 145), Edinburgh, 30 – 31 July; 1 – 25 August (0845 260 1234).  [Part of Edinburgh Fringe 2014]. www.edfringe.com or www.jethrocomptonltd.co.uk [P]

New
Heartbreak Productions. 1 Aug Wimpole Estate (NT), Cambridgeshire; 3 Aug, Warley Woods, Smethwick; 15 Aug Pontefract Castle, Wakefield; 16 Aug, The Walled Garden, Astley Park, Chorley; 20 - 22 Aug Temple Newsam, Leeds; 23 - 24 Aug Nottingham Castle; 27 Aug, mima Gardens, Middlesbrough; 28 Aug Charlecote Park (NT), Warwickshire; 29 – 31 Aug, Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens, Manchester; 4 - 6 Sep, The Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa. In a First World War rehabilitation centre, a group of soldiers commemorate the lives of those they have lost with a haunting performance of Macbeth which will ensure that the horrors of war are not forgotten. Witchcraft, manipulation and murder ensue as the soldiers attempt to recover from the physical and mental scars of war. http://www.heartbreakproductions.co.uk/ [P]

New
Hecat’s Poison:  Enter the Three Witches by S.T. Sato.  Players Tokyo.  Quaker Meeting House (Venue 40), Edinburgh, 1 4 – 9; 11 – 16; 18 - 23 August (0131 220 6109). ‘This adaptation of Macbeth is told by Hecate, Goddess of Crossroads, from her point of view. Straightforward in style, the original text mostly preserved for this classical Shakespearean performance. Players Tokyo is a Japanese English-speaking theatre group specialised in Shakespeare. S.T. Sato, the founder and main player, trained at Cygnet Training Theatre in Exeter and studied Shakespeare at Exeter University where she gained her MFA in Staging Shakespeare in 2003.  [Part of Edinburgh Fringe 2014]. www.edfringe.com [P]

New
Macbeth adapted by Carl Heap.  RYSC Searchlight.  Laurston Hall (Venue 163), Edinburgh, 4 – 8 August (0131 339 5374 or 07585 445 995).  A group of young people performing an adaption of Macbeth by Carl Heap set in a post-apocalyptic bunker. Searchlight is a youth project based in Redruth Cornwall.’ [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014].www.edfringe.com [A]

New
(The Reel) Macbeth. Physical Theatre and Dance. Kidbrooke Theatre Company at Corelli College. C South (Venue 58), St Peter's, Lutton Place, Edinburgh. 3 – 9 August (0845 260 1234). This choreographed adaptation is full of humour, energy and innovation from the moment the three witches leap into action. A lively interpretation takes the Scottish play back to its geographical roots and presents the story (told at a rattling pace) of Macbeth’s murderous activities through the Scottish reel, Highland dancing and physical theatre. [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014].www.edfringe.com [A]

New
Macbeth - Son of Light.  Quids In Theatre Company.  theSpace@Surgeon’s Hall (Venue 53), Edinburgh, 11 – 16; 18 – 23 August (0131 510 2384).  Scotland 1040, a nation in turmoil, striving for independence. One man will emerge to unite the country as he struggles to overcome the legend of Shakespeare's creation. This new play by Quids In Theatre Company explores the relationship between the historic Macbeth; pilgrim, warrior, lover, husband and king, with the Macbeth of William Shakespeare. Using mixed media, mask, puppetry and live action, this fast paced, energetic and vibrant production will inspire audiences to consider the king in a new light.  [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014].  www.edfringe.com [P]

New
Macbheatha.  White Stag Theatre Company and David Walker.  Summerhall (Venue 26), Edinburgh, 11 – 17; 19 – 24 August (0131 560 1581).  A vision of a dystopian, superstitious, tribal Scotland. The Macbeth couple rise to power by brutal bloody means leading to their inevitable downfall holed up in their bunker. Suitable for non-Gaelic speakers. ‘A powerful new one-hour adaptation, translated into richly atmospheric Gaelic. A two-person format throws fierce emphasis onto the blighted and deteriorating relationship between Macbheatha and his wife. Superb, passionate and driven performances, sexually charged and blazing with ambition.’ **** (Scotsman).  [Part of Edinburgh Fringe 2014] www.edfringe.com or www.madeinscotlandshowcase.com  [P]

Measure for Measure

New
Sydney Theatre School.  theSpace on North Bridge (Venue 36), Edinburgh, 4 – 9 August (0131 510 2386).  [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014].  www.edfringe.com [A]

New
Bowler Crab Productions. Half House Farm, Three Oaks, East Sussex, 23 – 30 August. www.bowler-crab.com. [Open-air production].

The Merchant of Venice

Rain or Shine Theatre Company. Cuckfield Recreation Ground, Queens Hall, Cuckfield, 1 August (01444 451 610); Barnwood Park, Barnwood, 2 August (01452 616 305); Ormesby Village Centre, Ormesby St. Margaret, 10 August (01493 730 178); Belsay Hall Walled Garden, Ponteland, 16 August (01661 881 636); Mount Grace Priory, Northallerton, 17 August (01609 883 494); Bedwellty House and Park, Tredegar, Blaenau, Gwent, 19 August (01495 353 370); The Corn Barn, Sutton Barton, Cullompton, 21 August (01884 321 07); Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, 22 August (01202 841 400); Stokesay Castle, Craven Arms, 29 August (01452 521 575); Naunton Dovecote, Naunton, 31 August (01451 850 586). www.rainorshine.co.uk [P]

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Robinson College Gardens, Cambridge, 28 July – 16 August (01223 357 851). www.cambridgeshakespeare.com  [A]

New
Trent Shakespeare Company.  Greenside @ Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, 18 – 23 August (01316186967).  [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014].  www.edfringe.com [P]

Pembroke Players. Venues across Cambridgeshire and Japan. 1 September – 31 October. http://www.camdram.net. [A]

New
Ashrow Theatre Company. Guildhall Theatre, Derby, 7 – 11 October. (01332 255800) www.ashrowtheatre.com. Tickets at www.derbylive.co.uk/whats-on/the-merchant-of-venice [P]

Merry Wives of Windsor

Principal Theatre Company. Coram’s Fields, Bloomsbury, London, 17 July – 2 August (020 8807 6680 or online at www.millfieldartscentre.co.uk). www.principaltheatrecompany.com [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

New
C Theatre. Shakespeare in the Garden, C South (Venue 58), St Peter's, Lutton Place, Edinburgh. 31 July, 1-11, 13-15 August.  (0845 260 1234) [Part of Edinburgh Fringe 2014] www.edfringe.com [P]

New
Tripped Theatre.  theSpace@Surgeons Hall (Venue 53), Edinburgh, 1 – 2; 4 – 9; 11 – 16 August (0131 510 2384).  [Part of Edinburgh Fringe 2014] www.edfringe.com [P]

Oddsocks. Mary Arden's Farm, Wilmcote Nr Stratford-upon-Avon, 1 August (01332 258328); Durrell Wildlife Park, Jersey, Channel Islands, 4 – 9 August (As part of the Jersey Arts Centre programme 01534 70044); Castle Cornet, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, 15 – 18 August (01481 747280 for information Online booking opening soon).  Touring with Twelfth Night. http://www.oddsocks.co.uk [P]

Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company.  Broomfield Hall, Derby, 1 - 3 August (01332 255800); Minack Theatre, Penzance, 11 – 15 August  (01736 810 181).  www.derbyshakespeare.org.uk [A]

New
Permanently Bard. Boater, Bath, 2 – 3 August; Pilot, Greenwich London, 8 – 9 August; Mill, Elstead, Godalming, 14 – 15 August; King and Queen, Caterham, 16 – 17 August; Duke of Kent, Ealing London, 21 – 23 August; Links Tavern, Liphook, 30 - 31 August; Rose and Crown, Ealing London, 4 – 6 September;  Red Lion, London, 12 – 13 September. http://www.fullersdream.co.uk/Fullers_Dream/Home.html [P]

New
The Malachites. Shoreditch, London. 4 – 6, 11 – 13 August (0871 220 0260) http://themalachites.wordpress.com/about/ [P]

New
London Contemporary Theatre. Directed by Lotte Wakeham. South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, 7 – 8 August; Sandford Parks Lido, Cheltenham, 9 August; Gunnersbury Park, London, 14 August; Ventnor Botanical Gardens, Isle of Wight, 22 August; South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, 24 – 25 August. http://www.londoncontemporarytheatre.com/

Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Ashby de la Zouch Castle, Ashby de la Zouch, 16 August (01530 413343); Writtle College, Chelmsford, 22 August (01245 424204); Kirby Hall, Corby, 23 August (01536 203230); Wimbleball Lake, Brompton Regis, 25 August (01398 371460); National Trust Cliveden, Nr Maidenhead, 30 August (0844 249 1895).  www.chapterhouse.org [P]

New
Fife College Students.  Edinburgh Elim (Venue 132), Edinburgh, 19 & 21 August (0131 447 5086).  [Part of Edinburgh Fringe 2014] www.edfringe.com [A]

New
Rosebridge Theatre Company. Directed by Adam Morris. The Courtyard, Hoxton. 20 August – 7 September (020 7729 2202) http://www.rosebridgetheatre.com/ [P]

Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole, 10 – 14 September (0844 871 7614). www.atgtickets.com/venues/aylesbury-waterside-theatre/

Barbican (in association with the RSC). Directed by Dmitri Krymov. Barbican Centre, 12 November – http://www.barbican.org.uk/theatre. [P]

Adaptations

The Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet The Genius of Balanchine: Apollo/A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Valentin Baranovsky directed by Victor Hochhauser. Royal Opera House, 8 – 9 August http://www.roh.org.uk. [P]

New
Bottom’s Dream.  Shakespeare on the Run.  Greenside @ Royal Terrace, Edinburgh (Venue 231), 1 – 9; 11 – 16 August (0131  5572124). [Part of Edinburgh Fringe 2014].  www.edfringe.com [P]

New
Midsummer / Jersey.  American High School Theatre Festival.  Church Hill Theatre (Venue 137), Edinburgh, 5 – 8 August (no phone).  Midsummer / Jersey is a hilarious, high-octane re-telling of Shakepeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream set on the Jersey Shore. The story revolves around the impending marriage of the Governor, the love affairs of four beach-bound high school crushes, a lively crew of fairies and the staff of the local beauty salon. The night takes a magical turn when Oberon and Puck arrive armed with a powerful love potion and a desire for mischief making. Weddings and acting careers hang in the balance as the lovers take to the boardwalk!’ [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014].  www.edfringe.com [A]

Pocket Dream. Propeller. Directed by Edward Hall. Gulbenkian Theatre, 23 September. www.propeller.org.uk/productions/pocket-dream-2014. [P]

New
The Seussification of a Midsummer Night’s Dream. Red Bonnet Productions. The Space on North Bridge (Venue 36). Edinburgh, 1 – 9 August, (0131 510 2386). As comedies go, Midsummer’s the greatest! Except that the language Will used ain’t the latest. Shaky used old words like: Thee, Thou and Thine. It’s hard to process that much old at one time. So we ran the script through the Script Squash Two-Fifty. It’s a machine that makes old scripts more nifty. It tightens the plot, which is kinda gigantic. The whole play rhymes now and is much less iambic!' The Bard’s most beloved comedy gets the full Seuss treatment in this playful adaptation. [Part of Edinburgh Fringe 2014].  www.edfringe.com [A]

Much Ado About Nothing

The Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London, 29 July – 23 August (08444 771 000).  http://giantolive.com/ [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe touring. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 22 – 31 August. Ticket information at:
www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

New
Year Out Drama Company. C too (Venue 4), St Columba's by the Castle, Johnston Terrace/ Victoria Terrace, Edinburgh, 11 – 16 August, (0845 260 1234). [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014].  www.edfringe.com [P]

Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Warkworth Castle, Warkworth, 14 August (01665 711423); Helmsley Castle, Helmsley, 19 August (01439 770442); Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, 20 August (0115 9895555); Walsingham Abbey, Little Walsingham, Norfolk, 21 August (01328 820510); Gilbert White's House and Gardens, Selborne, 24 August (01420 511 275); Sterts Arts Centre, Upton Cross, Liskeard, 27 August (01579 362382); Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa, 31 August (01526 352 411).  http://www.chapterhouse.org/ [P]

New
Penniless Porch Players.  theSpace@Venue 45, Edinburgh, 18 – 23 August (0131 510 2381).  [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014].  www.edfringe.com [P]

Cambridge American Stage Tour. Directed by Emily Burns. 1 – 29 September touring and 7 – 11 October ADC Theatre. http://www.adctheatre.com. [A]

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]

Adaptations

New
Much Ado About Zombies.  Thread Theatre Company.  The Space on the Mile (Venue 39), Edinburgh, 11 – 16 August (0131 510 2382).  Witness the trials and tribulations of staging a beloved Shakespearean comedy in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. Will Benedick and Beatrice finally get it on, or will they be eaten first?  [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014]. www.edfringe.com [P]

What’s All the Fuss About? Regent Theatre. Anne Nolan, Denise Nolan, Kim Woodburn. 15 October. “Love is in the air as a small Irish community prepares for the wedding of Hope and Connor, but mischief is afoot as they all conspire to match reluctant lovers Ben and Bernie, with hilarious consequences. But when the bride is tricked into writing a love letter to another man, all of their futures are threatened. Based on Shakespeare's best-loved comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, come with us on a journey of mayhem, mischief and misunderstanding - and find out if love really does conquer all. Featuring iconic hit songs from the 50s,60,70s and 80s.” [P]

Othello

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Trinity College Gardens, Cambridge, 28 July – 16 August (01223 357 851). www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [A]

New
Clatterhouse Theatre. Drayton Arms, Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 0LJ, 2 – 27 September (020 7835 2301).

Frantic Assembly.  Directed by Scott Graham.  Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 4 - 11 October (01752 267222);  Playhouse, Oxford, 21 - 25 October (01865 305305); 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 - 7 February 2015 (020 8741 6850).  http://www.franticassembly.co.uk/  [P]

Adaptation

Opera.  Otello by Giuseppe Verdi.  English National Opera. Directed by David Alden. Conducted by Edward Gardner. Coliseum, London, 13 September – 17 October (020 7632 8300). www.eno.org  [P]

Pericles

Richard II

Richard III

Jamie Lloyd Productions.  Directed by Jamie Lloyd.  Martin Freeman (Richard III).  Trafalgar Studios, London, 1 July – 27 September (0870 060 6632).  [Part of Trafalgar Transformed 2 Season]  www.trafalgartransformed.com [P]

 

Adaptations

New
Dogs of War.  Institute for the Exploration of Theatre, Dance and Performance.  Assembly George Square Studios (Venue 17), Edinburgh, 31 July – 16 August (0131 623 3030). ‘Using the original text of Shakespeare’s Wars of the Roses plays alongside new text by The Master of Verona author David Blixt, the play features oft-cut scenes of soldiers, citizens, women, children and ghosts to re-examine representations of war via the bodies of common people. A chorus acts as guide and provocateur as he navigates the audience through the underbellies of some of the Bard’s most famous plays, including Henry V and Richard III. With an ensemble of sixteen portraying more than three dozen different characters, Dogs is a strikingly contemporary, multimedia incarnation of the history canon.  [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014]. www.edfringe.com [A]

Drag King Richard III. STANCE Theatre Company.  Directed by Roz Hopkinson. Riverside Studios, London, 28 July – 3 August. http://stancetheatre.co.uk. [A]

New
King Ubu by Alfred Jarry.  Greene Shoots Theatre.  C Venues – C (Venue 34), Edinburgh, 10 - 16 August (0845 260 1234).  This playful reinvention of Alfed Jarry's notorious play combines comic physical storytelling and tight ensemble work to engage and entertain the whole family. The audience are invited to Poland to see the dastardly Ubu and his greedy wife rise to power through their treacherous and villainous deeds. Who will stop them?   [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014].  www.edfringe.com [P]

Romeo and Juliet

Antic Disposition. Directed by John Risebero and Ben Horslen. Temple Church, 30 August – 7 September (0333 666 3366). http://www.anticdisposition.co.uk. [A]

New
Home. Directed by Walter Meierjohann. Victoria Baths, Manchester, 17 September – 4 October (0161 200 1500). http://homemcr.org/ [P]

New
Sherman Theatre. Directed by Rachel O’Riordan. Sherman Theatre, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff, 2 – 18 October (029 2064 6900).
http://www.shermancymru.co.uk [P]

Adaptations

Ballet. Royal Swedish Ballet. Directed by Mats Ek. Sadler’s Wells Theatre, 24 – 27 September ( 0844 412 4300) www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2014/Royal-Swedish-Ballet/. [P]

New
Romeo and Juliet (adaptation). Beaconfield Players, C Cubed (Venue 16), 10 – 25 August, It's 2014. There's a new pill on the streets. Ask the Friar. Mercutio wants to try it. Juliet's Bethnal Green BBQ: Rosalind and three other friends attending. What lady is that? She speaks. The Friar, a drug-dealer, commands authority from the periphery. Rosalind's compartmentalised brand of seduction is a lingering temptation. Mercutio lives in half-hour highs and wants his mate back. Shakespeare's timeless story is reimagined in the atomised modern world of urban youth culture. No Montagues, no Capulets. Love sabotaged by modern whims. [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014].  www.edfringe.com  [A]

West Side Story. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Arthur Laurents. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (0122 7787 787), 29 July – 9 August; Theatre Royal Plymouth (0175 2267 222), 12 – 23 August; Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff (029 2063 6464), 26 – 30 August; Liverpool Empire Theatre (0844 871 3017), 2 – 13 September; Theatre Royal Norwich (01603 63 00 00).  http://westsidestorytheshow.co.uk/tour-tickets. [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. New Lyric Operatic Company. Grand Opera House, Belfast, 18 – 22 November (028 9024 1919) www.goh.co.uk/west-side-story. [A]

The Taming of the Shrew

Stamford Shakespeare Festival.  Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall, Little Casterton, 1 - 5 July; 14 – 19 July; 4 – 9 August; 18 – 23 August (01780 756133).  www.stamfordshakespeare.co.uk [P]

Everyman Open Air Festival. Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, 26 July – 2 August (online booking from 1 April). www.everymanfestival.co.uk [A]

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Homerton College Gardens, Cambridge, 28 July – 16 August (01223 357 851). www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [A]

XWire Entertainment.  The London Theatre, London, 14 – 19 October (020 8694 1888).  http://www.thelondontheatre.com/ [P]

Adaptation

Kiss Me, Kate. Part of the BBC Prom 21. John Wilson Orchestra. The Royal Albert Hall, 2 August (0845 401 5040) www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/bbc-proms/prom21/default.aspx. [P]

New
Shrew. Ami Jones. C cubed (Venue 16), Riddle's Court, 322 Lawnmarket, Royal Mile, Edinburgh. 31 July, 1 -25 August, (0845 260 1234). Katharina - or Katharine, or Kate, or The Shrew, she isn't sure which - is trapped. She drinks. She folds the laundry. She throws things. She reminisces. About her father, who never seemed to care. About her sister, who figured it all out better than she did. And, most and least, about her husband, who made it all happen and who destroyed it all in equal measure. A new piece of solo theatre about what it means to be someone, what it means to be a woman, and what it means to be trapped in our own underwhelming destinies. [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014].  www.edfringe.com [P]

The Tempest

Miracle Theatre. Melbury Osmond Field, Nr Yeovil, 1 August; Sandford Orcas, Nr Sherborne, 2 August; Kimmeridge Bay, Nr Wareham, 3 August; St Mawes Castle, St Mawes, 6 August; Tregrehan Gardens, St Austell, 7 – 8 August; Carn Marth Amphitheatre, Redruth, 9 August; Roskilly’s Farm, Helston, 12 August; Penlee Park, Penzance, 13 – 14 August; Heartlands Pool, Nr Redruth, 15 August; Mylor Playing Field, Nr Falmouth, 16 August; Pengenna Manor, Nr Wadebridge, 19 August; The Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell, 20 August; Plen-an-Gwary, St Just, Nr Penzance, 21 August; Trelissick Garden, Nr Truro, 22 – 23 August; Perran Round, Nr Perranporth, 24 August; Restormel Castle, Lostwithiel, 27 – 28 August; Trebah Gardens, Nr Falmouth, 29 – 30 August. Venue information and online booking at: www.miracletheatre.co.uk [P]

The Pantaloons. White Hart, Alton, 1 August (01420 87654); RSPB The Lodge, Sandy, 2 – 3 August (01767 680 541); Landguard Fort, Felixstowe, 6 August (01394 675 900); Eye Castle, Eye, 7 August (01449 676 900); Alford Manor House, Alford, 8 August (01507 463 073); Finringhoe Wick Nature Reserve, Colchester, 10 August (01206 463 073); Botanical Gardens, Sheffield, 12 August (0114 249 6000); Washington Old Hall, Washington, 13 August (0191 416 6879); Greenbank Garden, Clarkston, Glasgow, 14 – 15 August (0844 493 1527); Crook Hall and Gardens, Durham City, County Durham, 17 August (0191 384 8028); Speke Hall, Liverpool, 20 August (01581 427 7231); Kedleston Hall, Derby, 21 August (0844 249 1895); Coughton Court, Alcester, 22 August (0844 249 1895); Montacute House, Montacute, 23 August (01935 823 289); Smallhythe Place, Tenterden, 24 August (0844 249 1895); Mount Ephraim Gardens, Faverhsam, 25 August (01227 751 496); The John Clare Cottage, Peterborough, 27 August (01733 253 330); Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, 28 August (0115 989 5555); The Walled Gardens of Cannington, Bridgwater, 29 August (01278 655 042); Northam Rectory Gardens, Bideford, Devon, 30 August (01805 624 624). www.thepantaloons.co.uk [P]

Tree Folk Theatre Company.  Cockpit Theatre, London, 15 July – 3 August (020 7258 2925) http://www.thecockpit.org.uk/shakespeare  [P]

Timon of Athens

Lock and Key Theatre Company. Directed by Alice Langley. Space Arts Centre, London, 29 July – 2 August space.org.uk/event-booking/?event=timonofathens. [A]

Titus Andronicus

Troilus and Cressida

Lazarus Theatre Company. Directed by Ricky Dukes. Tristan Bates Theatre, London, 21 August – 6 September (020 7240 6283). http://lazarustheatrecompany.webs.com/ [P]

Twelfth Night

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. St John’s College Gardens, Cambridge, 28 July – 16 August (01223 357 851). www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [A]

Madcap Theatre Productions. The Roses, Tewkesbury, 1 August (01684 295 074); Croft Castle, Yarpole, Herefordshire, 8 August; The Artrix, Bromsgrove, 9 August (01527 577 330). http://www.madcaptheatreproductions.co.uk [P]

Oddsocks. Mary Arden's Farm, Wilmcote, Nr Stratford-upon-Avon, 2 August (01332 258328); Durrell Wildlife Park Jersey, Channel Islands, 11 – 13 August (As part of the Jersey Arts Centre programme 01534 700444); Castle Cornet, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, 19 – 22 August (01481 747280 for information Online booking opening soon); Newhaven Fort, Newhaven, E. Sussex, 26 August (01273 517622).  www.oddsocks.co.uk [P]

Merely Players.  Directed by Scott Ellis. Cockpit Theatre, London, 10 August (020 7258 2925). http://www.themerelyplayers.com  [P]

English Touring Theatre (ETT). Directed by Jonathan Munby. 18 September – 18 October; Sheffield Theatres, 21 – 25 October; Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 28 August – 1 November; Watford Palace Theatre, 4 – 8 November; Cambridge Arts Theatre, 11 – 15 November; Hall for Cornwall, 18 – 22 November; Richmond Theatre, London, 18 – 22 November (0870 060 6651); Theatre Royal, Brighton, 25 – 29 November (08700 606 650). www.ett.org.uk

Adaptation

New
Illyria on Sea.  Side by Side Company Stourbridge.  Paradise in Augustines (Venue 152), 12 – 16 August (0131 510 0022). ‘A comic, musical interpretation of Twelfth Night, set at the sea-side in the 1950s.  [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014 and RSC Open Stages 2014]. www.edfringe.com [A]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Simon Godwin. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 12 July – 4 September (0844 800 1110); Theatre Royal, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 7 – 11 October (08448 112 121). www.rsc.org.uk [P]

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

Poems and Apocrypha

Adaptation

New
The Sonneteer. Sebastian Michael and Tom Medcalf with Optimist Creations. Greenside @ Nicolson Square (Venue 209), Edinburgh. 1 – 9, 11 – 16, 18 – 23 August (01316186967). A play on passion, power and possession, featuring the Sonnets of William Shakespeare. What drove the celebrated poet, playwright and actor to write a suite of sonnets about beauty, life and the passage of time and address them to a young man? Obsession? Folly? Infatuation? Or was there more than meets the eye today? In a dynamic new take on an old question, two contemporary characters delve into some glorious poetry, as they weave in and out of the past in search of a plausible truth about love. Everything is conjecture. Except the words. www.thesonneteer.info ’ [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014].  www.edfringe.com [P]

Miscellaneous
(in alphabetical order)

New
The Actor’s Nightmare.  American High School Theatre Festival.  Pilrig Studio (Venue 103), Edinburgh, 4, 6 – 8 August (no phone).  Brecht, Coward and Shakespeare are all rolled into one amazing performance, as we follow a very confused man stumbling through every possible problem an actor has ever encountered. His only ally is an overworked, no nonsense stage manager, but even she can't guarantee he will survive his debut performance.’ [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014].  www.edfringe.com [A]

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) – Revised by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, Jess Winfield, Reed Martin (additional material). Company Reduced Shakespeare Company.  Newbury Productions (UK) Ltd. and York Theatre Royal. Directed by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor.  Pleasance, Edinburgh, 17 – 25 August (0131 556 6500).  [P]

New
Dogs of War.  Institute for the Exploration of Theatre, Dance and Performance.  Assembly George Square Studios (Venue 17), Edinburgh, 31 July – 16 August (0131 623 3030). ‘Using the original text of Shakespeare’s Wars of the Roses plays alongside new text by The Master of Verona author David Blixt, the play features oft-cut scenes of soldiers, citizens, women, children and ghosts to re-examine representations of war via the bodies of common people. A chorus acts as guide and provocateur as he navigates the audience through the underbellies of some of the Bard’s most famous plays, including Henry V and Richard III. With an ensemble of sixteen portraying more than three dozen different characters, Dogs is a strikingly contemporary, multimedia incarnation of the history canon.  [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014]. www.edfringe.com [A]

New
Master Shakeshaft. Written by Peter Parkinson, directed by John Crook. The Mary Wallace Theatre, 25 – 28 September  (020 8744 0547)For many years Shakespearian sleuths have wondered, researched and written about Shakespeare's 'Lost Years', It is generally accepted that he got at least one wench with child; that there were persistent rumours of poaching deer; that he was not regarded as being polite to his elders; and, as for fighting, you only have to read Act 1 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet to discover that Shakespeare knew how to start a punch-up. http://www.richmondshakespeare.org.uk/ [A]

New
The Players advice to Shakespeare. New Theatre of Ottawa. C Nova, India Buildings, Victoria Street, (Venue 145) Jul 30 – 25 August (0845 260 1234). In 1607, an actor from Shakespeare's company turns his back on the stage and joins the Midlands Revolt. Mishaps, adventures and a bloody defeat later, he returns to London to urge Shakespeare to tell the story. Will he listen? Will Shakespeare's new play speak to this turmoil? Find out! More than just a rollicking tale, this is an impassioned plea for theatre with a sharp point. [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014]. www.edfringe.com [P]

New
Scots: Double Bill. Theatre Alba. Duddington Kirk Manse garden, (Venue 121). 5 – 16 August. Something in it for Cordelia is comic, yet poignant. Joan Ure felt the position of women with acute sensibility. Cordelia wheels her demanding father to Waverley station. In Something in it for Ophelia, Ophelia feels there should be more substance for her than Shakespeare provided. It should be emphasised that both these plays, touching - as they do, with conviction, passion, and sharp insight - the sort of issues we call serious, do so with a continuous play of wit and fun, and often, a truly joyful gaiety. [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014]. www.edfringe.com [A]

New
Shakespeare for Breakfast. C Theatre. C (Venue 36), Chambers Street EH1 1HR, 30 July – 25 August (0845 260 1234) The Bardic Breakfasters are back! C's Shakespearean sensation returns for a 23rd sell-out year with free coffee and croissants! As ever, a completely brand new storyline for Shakespeare's characters. This comic romp is a witty and unique take on the traditional. [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014]. www.edfringe.com [P]

New
Shakespeare, His Wife and the Dog. Bated Breath. Summerhall, (Venue 26), 5 – 24 August, (0131 560 1581). April 1616 Shakespeare has returned to Stratford a rich famous and successful man but all's not well. Why is he so unhappy? Why can't he sleep? Why is his wife furious with him? Who is Will waiting for and why can't Anne find the dog? The secrets, lies, resentments and passions of a marriage laid bare. A sleepless night in Stratford, the one hour traffic of our play. Bated Breath presents a new play by Philip Whitchurch with a bit of help from Shakespeare. [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014]. www.edfringe.com [A]

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. Noel Coward Theatre, London, 2 July – 25 October (0844 482 5141). ‘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.’ [P]

New
Shakespeare’s Avengers Assembleth. Drake’s Drummers Theatre Company. Greenside @ Royal Terrace (Venue 231), Edinburgh. 1 – 9 August, (0131 5572124). Ever wondered what would happen if the characters of Shakespeare had to team up to stop a Papal Inquisitor? We thought not, but how cool would that be? The Pope is due to deliver an address to stop Queen Elizabeth I from converting England from Catholicism to Protestantism. Desperate to stop this, she hires Shakespeare to write a play to disrupt the address. He must gather together his greatest characters, and Brutus, to write and perform a play in six days. Meanwhile, the High Inquisitor learns of this plan, and sets about a scheme of his own. [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014]. www.edfringe.com [A]

New
Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits. Lance Pierson (actor), Belinda Yates (soprano), Heather Chamberlain (pianist). St Cuthbert’s Church (Venue 122), Edinburgh. 11 – 15 August, (0131 226 0000) 2014 is William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. It’s the right moment to celebrate his enormous contribution to our culture. But if you don’t have time to see all 37 plays or read all 154 sonnets then just check out these Greatest Hits. Actor Lance Pierson brings to life the best sonnets and speeches from Henry to Hamlet and Richard to Romeo. He is supported by soprano Belinda Yates and pianist Heather Chamberlain who present scene setting music. [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014]. www.edfringe.com [P]

New
Shakespeare’s Villains. The California Shakespeare Ensemble. The Space on the Mile (Venue 39), 80 High Street, Edinburgh, 1 – 16 August, (0131 510 2382). Imagine if Shakespeare's best villains were taken out of their respective plays, reassembled Frankenstein style and finally got to be the focus of their own stories. The California Shakespeare Ensemble will do just that in Shakespeare's Villains as they weave three of the Bard's finest antagonists into one engaging 70 minute show using only Shakespeare's original words. [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014]. www.edfringe.com [P]

New
Where is She Now? Sofia Rosinsky and Alexis Rosinsky. theSpace @ Venue45 (Venue 45), 63 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh. 5 – 9 August, (0131 510 2381).
A one person celebration of Shakespeare's best loved and rare monologues with lively and enlightening discussion about the characters portrayed, Including Lady Macbeth and Joan La Pucelle from Henry VI as well as Constance from King John, Caliban from The Tempest, Ophelia from Hamlet, Portia from The Merchant of Venice, Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing and many others. [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014]. www.edfringe.com [A]

 

Data compiled by Kelley Costigan, Jami Rogers and Margaret Roper.

 

   

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