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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

  December 2019 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

As You Like It

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Kimberley Sykes.  Barbican Centre, West End 26 October - 18 January 2020 (0845 120 7550); The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 29 January – 8 February (01227 787 787); Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 12 – 22 February (01752 267 222); Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 26 February – 7 March (0115 989 5555); Theatre Royal, Newcastle, 12 – 19 March (08448 11 21 21); Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 28 March – 1 April (01253 290 190). Touring in rep with Measure for Measure and The Taming of the Shrew www.rsc.org.uk/as-you-like-it/on-tour [P]

New

Shakespeare’s Globe’s Touring Ensemble. Globe Theatre, London, DATES TBC (020 7401 9919); The Brewhouse, Taunton, 20 May 2020 (01823 283 244); Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, 24 and 27 May (01497 822 629); St James’, Guernsey, 16 July (01481 711 361); Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT), Brighton, 20 – 21 August (07802 299267); The Festival Theatre at Hever Castle, Kent, 29 August (01732 866 114). More dates and venues TBC. www.shakespearesglobe.com/seasons/globe-on-tour-2020/ [P]

Comedy of Errors

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Philip Breen. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 25 April 2020 – 3 October (01789 331111) www.rsc.org.uk/the-comedy-of-errors [P]

 

Adaptation

 

Oddsocks Theatre Company. Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 16 – 18 June 2020 (024 7655 3055). Tour dates to be announced. www.belgrade.co.uk/event/a-comedy-of-errors [P]

Coriolanus

Directed by Robert Hastie. Tom Bateman (Coriolanus). Sheffield Theatres (Crucible), Sheffield, 6 – 28 March 2020 (0114 249 6000) www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/events/coriolanus [P]

Cymbeline

Hamlet

New
Medway Little Theatre, Rochester, 18 – 27 June 2020 (01634 400 322) www.mlt.org.uk/season.html [P]

Adaptations

The Watermill Ensemble. Directed by Paul Hart. The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 17 April 2020 – 23 May (01635 46044). A female-led production. The King is dead. A ghostly figure who speaks of treachery and insists upon revenge. Gertrude has hastily remarried, Ophelia is rebelling, and the new king Claudius is controlling proceedings from the shadows. As tensions mount, the lines between order and chaos in Elsinore begin to blur. www.watermill.org.uk/hamlet [P]

Directed by Greg Hersov. Cush Jumbo (Hamlet). The Young Vic, London, 6 July 2020 – 22 August (020 7922 2922). A female Hamlet in Shakespeare’s great tragedy about power, politics and desire, reimagined for today. www.youngvic.org/whats-on/hamlet-cush-jumbo [P]

New

Hamlet: Rotten States. 6Footstories Theatre Company. The Hope Theatre, London, 14 January 2020 – 1 February (0333 666 3366). Three gypsy players arrive in town, answering the call of a prince. It could be the beginning of a fairy tale, but alas, Hamlet’s in a rotten state. A dead father, a murderous uncle, and an adulterous mother. All eyes are on him as he falls apart and threatens a fragile and corrupt government. Hamlet has hired this band of mischievous storytellers to perform a story of corruption, lust and murder most foul. He should be careful what he wishes for; once these rotten players get their hands on a story there’s no telling where it’ll go! Cue a blistering reworking of Hamlet, performed by only three actors, reduced to a furious 75 minutes, full of ingenious theatricality and black comedy. 6FootStories irreverently play with form and style as the gypsy players take charge, and as Hamlet makes his descent into madness, they make wicked farce of the rotten state of Denmark. The play’s the thing, and the player is king. www.thehopetheatre.com/productions/hamlet-rotten-states/ [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. https://thelionking.co.uk/ [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. Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol, 7 September – 23 November (0844 871 3012); Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh, 5 December – 11 January 2020 (0870 606 3424). 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]

Henry IV, pt.1

Henry IV, pt.2

Henry V

Adaptation

 

New

Primary Shakespeare: Henry V. Orange Tree Theatre, London, 20 June 2020 (020 8940 3633). Shakespeare’s playful exploration of leadership and responsibility imaginatively brought to life for a younger audience. A relaxed performance. www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/henry-v [P]

Henry VI, pt 1

Adaptation

 

Henry VI. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London, 5 November – 26 January 2020 (020 7401 9919). Conflation of all the Henry VI plays. www.shakespearesglobe.com/ [P]

Henry VI, pt 2

Adaptation

 

Henry VI. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London, 5 November – 26 January 2020 (020 7401 9919). Conflation of all the Henry VI plays. www.shakespearesglobe.com/ [P]

Henry VI, pt 3

Adaptation

 

Henry VI. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London, 5 November – 26 January 2020 (020 7401 9919). Conflation of all the Henry VI plays. www.shakespearesglobe.com/ [P]

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

Adaptation

I, Cinna (the Poet) - Write a Revolution. Written and performed by Tim Crouch. The Unicorn Theatre, London, 5 – 29 February 2020 (020 7645 0560). The poet Cinna hardly says a word in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar before he’s mistaken for someone else and torn to pieces by an angry mob. He’s Shakespeare’s unluckiest character. Now Cinna searches for the subject of his next poem and invites us, the audience, to write with him, live. This brilliantly clear introduction to Julius Caesar is a unique and warmly engaging solo show about words and actions, art, protest and power. www.unicorntheatre.com/ICinna [P]

King John

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Eleanor Rhode. The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 19 September – 21 March 2020 (0870 6091110) www.rsc.org.uk/king-john/ [P]

King Lear

Adaptations

New

A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. The Lamproom Theatre Company. Lamproom Theatre, Barnsley, 3 – 7 March 2020 (01226 200 075) https://barnsleylamproom.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173598777 [A]

 

A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Presented by Trademark Touring, Anthology Theatre and the Everyman Theatre Company. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 23 April 2020 – 2 May (01242 572 573); Richmond Theatre, London, 18 – 23 May (0870 060 6651); Theatre Royal, York, 2 – 6 June (01904 623 568)

www.everymantheatre.org.uk/m-shows/a-bunch-of-amateurs-1/ [P]

New

A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Oast Theatre, Tonbridge, 16 – 23 May 2020 (01732 363849) www.oasttheatre.com/plays/new-season-2019-2020/639-a-bunch-of-amateurs [P]

Love's Labour's Lost

Macbeth

New

A Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and Derby Theatre production. Directed by Douglas Rintoul. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 7 – 29 February 2020 (01708 443 333); Derby Theatre, Derby, 3 – 14 March (01332 255 800); New Wolsey Theatre, London, 17 – 21 March (01473 295 900); Perth Theatre, Perth, 31 March – 4 April (01738 621 031)

www.queens-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/show/macbeth-2/

www.derbytheatre.co.uk/macbeth

www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/shows/macbeth/

www.horsecross.co.uk/whats-on/macbeth-96204 [P]

Adaptations

New
Macbeth (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Opera in a Box Theatre Company. The Loco Klub, Bristol, 23, 25, 27, 29 February and 1 March 2020 (0117 941 3857). A promenade production of Verdi's opera in Bristol's atmospheric tunnels underneath Bristol Temple Meads station. www.locobristol.com/shows [P]

The Watermill Ensemble. Directed by Paul Hart. Wilton's Music Hall, London, 22 January – 8 February 2020 (020 7702 2789). Blazing with tension, energy and passion, experience a powerful new interpretation of Macbeth, the Watermill Ensemble’s boldest production to date. Fuelled by greed, ambition and desire, Macbeths’ desperation to survive is reflected in the fierce reverberations of Johnny Cash, The XX and The Rolling Stones. Playing in rep with A Midsummer Night’s Dream

www.watermill.org.uk/on_tour_dream_and_macbeth [P]

 

 

The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham, 5 – 7 February 2020 (0121 359 9444). A Midlands playhouse, 1850. Unforeseen circumstances leave a Dickensian theatre company stripped down to just three actors. Undeterred, the troupe valiantly take on the multitude of roles in Shakespeare’s most bloody tragedy. https://www.oldreptheatre.co.uk/ [P]

 

New
Macbeth (Macbettu). Sardegna Teatro and Compagnia Teatropersona. Directed by Alessandro Serra. The Barbican Theatre, London, 20 23 May 2020 (0845 120 7550). Ritual, rites and rhythms rooted in Sardinian culture lend primal, elemental energy to this all-male version of Shakespeare’s play – about a man whose efforts to be king make no sense. Gibbering, spitting and spinning, the weird sisters emerge, whipping up a cloud of ash in their wake. Their appearance heralds more shadowy scenes speaking of dark ambition and disintegration including a banquet where grain is crumbled and scattered. Later the sight of men in local cork masks moving to the sound of ringing cowbells foretells of defeat in a symbolic enactment of Birnam Wood arriving in Dunsinane. www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2020/event/sardegna-teatro-and-compagnia-teatropersona-macbeth [P]

 

New

Box Clever Theatre Company. Theatre Royal, Bath, 1 – 2 April 2020 (01225 448 844). Vibrant language and physical theatre chart the devastating effect that one act of evil can have on an otherwise honourable and loyal man – we see how the ripples of that act spread to destroy both Macbeth himself and all those for whom he cared. As their actions are challenged by a third character who also brings the wider world of the play to life, Macbeth and his wife are seen to become ever more prey to the devastating horrors they have unleashed as they move inevitably towards their doom. www.theatreroyal.org.uk/event/macbeth-2/ [P]

New
Macbeth: Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 26 February – 21 March 2020 (020 7401 9919). A psychological thriller examining the dangers of political ambition, in a gripping, full-scale 90-minute performance. The perfect way to introduce young people to Shakespeare, these popular yearly productions are designed to break down walls to cultural access and empower teenagers to develop their creative curiosity. www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/macbeth-playing-shakespeare-with-deutsche-bank-2020-2/ [P]

 

New
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett. Adapted by Stephen Briggs. Progress Theatre, Reading, 16 – 25 January 2020 (0118 960 6060) http://progresstheatre.co.uk/2020-wyrd-sisters [A]

Measure for Measure

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Barbican Theatre, West End 12 November – 16 January 2020 (0845 120 7550); The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 29 January – 8 February (01227 787 787); Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 12 – 22 February (01752 267 222); Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 26 February – 7 March (0115 989 5555); Theatre Royal, Newcastle, 11 – 21 March (08448 11 21 21); Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 25 March – 26 March (01253 290 190). Touring in rep with As You Like It and The Taming of the Shrew www.rsc.org.uk/measure-for-measure/on-tour [P]

 

Directed by Irene Macdougall. Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee, 21 April 2020 – 9 May (01382 223 530) www.dundeerep.co.uk/ [P]

The Merchant of Venice

Adaptation

Updated
Presented by Nottingham Playhouse and Lakeside Arts. Directed by Martin Berry. Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, 15 March 2020 (0115 846 7777); Playhouse Theatre, Nottingham, 7 – 9 April (0115 941 9419). Greed, poverty and personal vendettas collide in a production full of music, energy and no-nonsense Nottingham spirit, relocated to the modern-day Goose Fair. www.lakesidearts.org.uk/theatre/event/4195/the-merchant-of-venice.html; www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/drama/merchant-of-venice/ [P]

 

Merry Wives of Windsor

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

New

Thame Players Theatre Company. The Players Theatre, Thame, 12 – 16 May 2020 (0871 222 7232) www.thameplayers.co.uk/Events/A-Midsummer-Night's-Dream [A]

 

New

Town Hall, Chipping Sodbury, 14 – 16 May 2020 (01454 852222) www.chippingsodburytownhall.co.uk/ [A]

 

New

Shakespeare’s Globe’s Touring Ensemble. Globe Theatre, London, DATES TBC (020 7401 9919); The Brewhouse, Taunton, 18 May 2020 (01823 283 244); Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, 23, 26 and 29 May (01497 822 629); St James’, Guernsey, 15 July (01481 711 361); Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT), Brighton, 19 and 22 August (07802 299267); The Festival Theatre at Hever Castle, Kent, 28 August (01732 866 114). More dates and venues TBC. www.shakespearesglobe.com/seasons/globe-on-tour-2020/ [P]

Directed by Sarah Hawkins. Chesil Theatre, Winchester, 14 – 18 July 2020 (01962 867 086) https://www.chesiltheatre.org.uk/# [P]

Adaptations

A Midsummer Night's Dream (opera) by Benjamin Britten. Scottish Opera. Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 21 – 25 April 2020 (0141 240 1133) www.atgtickets.com/shows/scottish-opera-a-midsummer-nights-dream/theatre-royal-glasgow/ [P]

The Watermill Ensemble. Directed by Paul Hart. Wilton's Music Hall, London, 28 January 2020 – 15 February (020 7702 2789); The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 19 February – 7 March (01635 46044). Fizzing with magic and a large dose of chaos in the enchanted Athenian woods, secrets, love and mistaken identities collide in A Midsummers Night's Dream. Fusing actor musicianship with one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies, the Watermill Ensemble cast their spell performing the intoxicating soulful sounds of Nina Simone and Billie Holiday live on stage. Touring in rep with Macbeth. www.watermill.org.uk/on_tour_dream_and_macbeth [P]

National Youth Theatre Company. Directed by Matt Harrison. Abridged by Kate Kennedy. Criterion Theatre, London, 6 December – 17 January 2020 (0844 8471778) www.criterion-theatre.co.uk/amidsummernightsdream?eventid=4401 [A]

Much Ado About Nothing

Othello

Adaptations

Otello (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Royal Opera House, London, 9 – 22 December (020 7304 4000) www.roh.org.uk/productions/otello-by-keith-warner [P]

Pericles

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Blanche McIntyre. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 15 August 2020 – 1 October (01789 331111) www.rsc.org.uk/pericles [P]

Richard II

Richard III

Shakespeare’s Globe. Directed by Sean Holmes. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 13 November – 26 January 2020 (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com/ [P]

Romeo and Juliet

New

Progress Youth Theatre. Progress Theatre, Reading, 11 – 14 December (0118 960 6060) http://progresstheatre.co.uk/2019-pyt-romeo-and-juliet [A]

Directed by Kimberley Sykes. Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London, 27 June 2020 – 25 July (0844 826 4242) http://openairtheatre.com/production/romeo-juliet [P]

Adaptations

Updated

Juliet and Romeo (dance). Lost Dog Theatre Company. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 20 March 2020 (01603 598598); Arts Depot, London, 21 March (020 8369 5454); Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 24 March (01992 531500); Luton Library Theatre, Luton, 25 March (01582 878100); Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford, 27 March (01865 263980); The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, 28 March (01295 279002); Farnham Maltings, Farnham, 31 March (01252 745444). Lost Dog 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 are 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. https://lostdogdance.co.uk/productions/juliet-romeo/ [P]

Updated

Romeo a Juliet (ballet). Ballet Cymru. Pavilions Theatre, Teignmouth, 5 October (01626 249049); Park and Dare Theatre, Treorchy, 8 October (01443 773 112); Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli, 11 October (0345 2263510); Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham, 16 October (01476 406158); Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford, 17 October (01780 763 203); Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 19 October (01392 726363); Theatr Clwyd, Mold, 21 – 22 October (01352 344101); Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, 24 October (01434 652477); Dance City, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 25 – 26 October (0191 261 0505); Brewhouse, Taunton, 29 – 30 October (01823 283 244); Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, 12 November (01438 363200); The Hafren, Newtown, 15 November (01686 614555); Dukes Theatre, Lancaster, 16 November (01524 598500); Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud, 21 November (0333 666 3366); Malvern Theatre, Malvern, 22 November (01684 892277); Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, 4 December (01970 62 32 32); Town Hall, Stourbridge, 7 December (01384 812812) http://welshballet.co.uk/productions/romeo-a-juliet/ [P]

New

Radio & Juliet / Faun / McGregor+Mugler (ballet). Presented by MuzArts and PMB Presentations London Coliseum, London, 7 – 8 December (020 7632 8300). The UK premiere of Edward Clug's Radio & Juliet set to the music of Radiohead with the main parts performed by English National Ballet First Soloist Katja Khaniukova and Principal of the Mariinsky Ballet Denis Matvienko. Part of a triple bill of premiere pieces. https://londoncoliseum.org/whats-on/radio-juliet-faun-mcgregor-mugler/ [P]

New

Box Clever Theatre Company. Theatre Royal, Bath, 27 – 31 March 2020 (01225 448 844). Michael Wicherek’s adaptation fully realises the characters of the lovers and brings to life their world: the sound, heat and colour of Verona, the dark threat of the feud between their families and the ever-increasing speed at which events hurry the lovers to their inevitable doom. It also, through the inclusion of the Narrator ensures that Romeo and Juliet themselves do not remain literary creations distant from the 21st century. www.theatreroyal.org.uk/event/romeo-juliet-2/ [P]

The Young REP, Lightpost Theatre Company and REP Adult Drama Group. Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, 16 – 25 April 2020 (0121 236 4455). You know the story. A long standing dispute. A fleeting encounter that sparks a love affair. A love so powerful it's enough to risk losing respect and even life for. This is the greatest love story ever told. Shakespeare's greatest story of romantic woe is transported from Verona to Birmingham in a contemporary heart-stopping version for today. www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/whats-on/romeo-and-juliet-1.html [P/A]

& Juliet by David West Read. Shaftesbury Theatre, London, from 2 November (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.londontheatredirect.com/musical/3998/and-juliet-tickets.aspx [P]

New

Romeo and Julie by Gary Owen. A National Theatre and Sherman Theatre co-production. The Lowry, Salford, 5 – 13 June 2020 (0343 208 6000); Cast Theatre, Doncaster, 16 – 20 June (01302 303 959); Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 23 – 27 June (01708 443 333); Theatre Royal, Wakefield, 30 June – 4 July (01924 211 311); Dorfman Theatre (National Theatre), London, 14 July – 29 August (020 7452 3000); Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, 16 September – 3 October (02920 646 900). Romeo is a teenage single dad hanging on tight. Julie is fighting to follow her dream of studying at Cambridge. Two working-class eighteen year-olds raised a few streets apart, but from entirely different worlds, crash into first love and are knocked off their feet.  But at this crossroads to the rest of their lives, both families fear the worst in a world of unequal opportunity. www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/romeo-and-julie-uk-tour [P]

West Side Story. Score by Leonard Bernstein. Curve Theatre, Leicester, 23 November – 11 January 2020 (0116 242 3560).  www.curveonline.co.uk/news/curve-announces-christmas-2019-production-of-west-side-story/ [P]

West Side Story. Score by Leonard Bernstein. Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 18 April 2020 – 23 May (0161 833 9833) www.royalexchange.co.uk/whats-on-and-tickets/spring-2020-west-side-story [P]

New

West Side Story. Score by Leonard Bernstein. The Pantheon Club. Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 26 – 30 May 2020 (0141 240 1133) www.atgtickets.com/shows/west-side-story-presented-by-the-pantheon-club/theatre-royal-glasgow/ [P]

The Taming of the Shrew

Directed by Maria Gaitanidi. Shakespeare’s Globe. 1 February 2020 – 18 April (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com/ [P]

Adaptations

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Justin Audibert. The Barbican Theatre, 5 November – 18 January 2020 (0845 120 7550); The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 29 January– 8 February (01227 787 787); Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 12 – 22 February (01752 267 222); Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 26 February – 7 March (0115 989 5555); Theatre Royal, Newcastle, 17 – 21 March (08448 11 21 21); Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 3 – 4 April (01253 290 190). Reverse gender production. Touring in rep with As You Like It and Measure for Measure www.rsc.org.uk/the-taming-of-the-shrew/on-tour [P]

New

The Taming of the Shrew – Associate Schools Festival. Theatre Royal, York, 31 March 2020 – 1 April (01904 623 568). This tale of gender, social roles and love is explored by local schools through ensemble and choral work. The Taming of the Shrew questions what equality means and looks like, and holds up a mirror for us to see how far we have come (or not) since Shakespeare’s day. Each school takes a collaborative approach to storytelling, using the opportunity to give a voice to the wider company while creating a clarity and energy in the telling of the narrative. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/show/the-taming-of-the-shrew/ [A]

 

The Tempest

Updated

Directed by Tom Littler. Michael Pennington (Prospero). Jermyn Street Theatre, London, 11 March 2020 – 4 April (020 7287 2875); Theatre Royal, Bath, 7 – 11 April (01225 448 844).

www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk/show/the-tempest/

www.theatreroyal.org.uk/event/the-tempest/ [P]

New

Shinfield Players Theatre and Arts Centre, Reading, 10 – 13 June 2020 (01189 267 135) www.shinfieldplayers.org.uk/current-season [A]

 

New

Shakespeare’s Globe’s Touring Ensemble. Globe Theatre, London, DATES TBC (020 7401 9919); The Brewhouse, Taunton, 19 May 2020 (01823 283 244); Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, 25 and 30 May (01497 822 629); St James’, Guernsey, 17 July (01481 711 361); Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT), Brighton, 20 and 22 August (07802 299267); The Festival Theatre at Hever Castle, Kent, 27 August (01732 866 114). More dates and venues TBC. www.shakespearesglobe.com/seasons/globe-on-tour-2020/ [P]

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

Tread the Boards Theatre Company. The Attic Theatre (Cox’s Yard), Stratford-upon-Avon, 21 November – 1 December (07952 819557) www.theattictheatre.co.uk/twelfth-night [P]

Adaptations

Yard Players Theatre Company. Jack Studio Theatre (previously Brockley Studio Theatre), London, 14 January 2020 – 1 February (020 8291 6354) Twelfth Night: a time of mischief, trickery and debauchery. When Viola washes up on the shores of Illyria, she witnesses the festivities first hand and is drawn into the schemes of the love-struck Duke Orsino, and subjected to the antics of the anarchic Toby Belch. At first it’s all fun and games, but then things take a more serious turn. A vibrant and modern take on one of Shakespeare’s most renowned comedies, Twelfth Night exposes a world of love triangles, plotting drunkards and false identities. In the northern town of Illyria anything goes, especially on Twelfth Night. https://brockleyjack.co.uk/jackstudio-entry/twelfth-night/ [P]

Nuffield Southampton Youth Theatre Production. Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Southampton, 23 – 25 January 2020 (023 8067 1771). Shakespeare’s classic comedy is brought to musical life by NST’s Youth Theatre. www.nstheatres.co.uk/whats-on/twelfth-night [A]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Erica Wyman. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 28 March 2020 – 2 October (01789 331111) www.rsc.org.uk/pericles [P]

Poems and Apocrypha

Miscellaneous
(in alphabetical order)

New

Globe on Tour - Audience Choice Performances: As You Like It / A Midsummer Night’s Dream / The Tempest. Presented by Shakespeare’s Globe’s Touring Ensemble. Globe Theatre, London, DATES TBC (020 7401 9919); Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, 25 and 30 May (01497 822 629); St James’, Guernsey, 18 July (01481 711 361). What is it like to go to the theatre and not know what you are going to see? Take part in Shakespeare’s Globe’s democratic theatrical experiment to find out! The troupe of versatile actors will offer up a choice of three plays, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream or The Tempest. It will be up to you to vote for which of these three plays you want to see. The rules are simple: the loudest cheer wins, and the action starts straight away. Actors call it ‘terrifying’, audiences say it’s ‘exhilarating.’ So scream and shout as loud as you can for the play you want to see. More dates and venues TBC. www.shakespearesglobe.com/seasons/globe-on-tour-2020/ [P]

 

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The Second Best Bed by Avril Rowland. Victoria Hall, Settle, 5 March 2020 (01729 825 718). When Shakespeare died, he famously left his wife Anne only one thing – the second best bed. Liz Grand stars as Anne Hathaway on the night of Shakespeare’s funeral. The wake has finished, the mourners have all gone home, leaving Anne to remember her life with the most talented playwright the world has ever seen. Or was he? Did he write the plays? His widow would know if anybody did. Wouldn’t she? www.settlevictoriahall.org.uk/eventsandshows/the-second-best-bed-050320 [P]

 

ShakeItUp: The Improvised Shakespeare Show. The Hen and Chickens Theatre Bar, London, 11 November and 5 December (020 7704 2001). Shakespeare hasn’t written anything new for an age, so we thought we would give him a hand. Using his language, your audience suggestions and our overactive imaginations, we create a brand new Shakespeare play live on stage, complete with music, songs and plenty of laughs. Join ShakeItUp for an evening of Bard-Based Bedlam! www.unrestrictedview.co.uk/shakeitup-the-improvised-shakespeare-show-2/ [P]

Upstart Crow by Ben Elton. Directed Sean Foley. David Mitchell (Will Shakespeare). Gielgud Theatre, London, 7 February 2020 – 25 April (0844 482 5130). 'Tis 1605 and England's greatest playwright is in trouble. Will Shakespeare has produced just two plays; Measure for Measure, which according to King James was incomprehensible bollingbrokes by any measure, and All's Well That Ends Well which didn't even end well. Will desperately needs to maketh a brilliant new play to bolster his reputation and avoid being cast aside by King and country. But Will's personal life is encountering more dramatic twists and turns than any theatrical story he can conjure. How the futtock can a Bard be expected to find a plot for a play whilst his daughters run amok and his house is used as refuge for any old waif and stray. As time runs out, can Will hold on to his dream of being recognised now and for all time, as indisputably the greatest writer that ever lived, or will family woes thwart Will's chances of producing his masterwork? www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk/tickets/upstart-crow/ [P]

 

 

 

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