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Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

   November 2018 onwards

All the productions that we know about from the current month onwards are included in this list.

New indicates that a production has been added to the list this month.

indicates that the information has been changed or expanded this month.

[A] indicates an amateur production.
[P] indicates a professional production.

All's Well That Ends Well

Antony and Cleopatra

National Theatre. Directed by Simon Godwin. Ralph Fiennes (Antony) and Sophie Okonedo (Cleopatra). Olivier (National Theatre), London, 18 September – 19 January 2019 (020 7452 3000). [P]

As You Like It

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Kimberley Sykes. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 14 February – 31 August 2019. Booking opens 22 October. [P]


National Theatre in association with the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch. Adapted by Laurie Woolery and Shaina Taub. Directed by Douglas Rintoul. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 24 – 27 August 2019 (020 7452 3000). Tickets available from next month. [A/P]

Comedy of Errors


First Encounters: The Comedy of Errors. Edited and directed by Alex Thorpe. Royal Shakespeare Company. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 19 – 27 October (0870 6091110); Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 8 – 10 November (01253 290190); York Theatre Royal, 29 – 30 November (01904 623568). 90 minutes. For 7 – 13 year olds. [A/P]





Directed by Amy Leach. Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse), Leeds, 1 – 30 March 2019 (0113 213 7800). Female Hamlet. [P]

Hamnet. Dead Centre Theatre Company. Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, 20 – 22 November (024 7652 4524). Hamnet is too young to understand Shakespeare. And he is one letter away from being a great man. We are too old to understand Hamnet. How close are we to greatness? We meet in the middle, in a theatre, in purgatory; youth reaching forward to a life it will never know, an audience reaching back to a life it has forgotten. [P]

The Lion King. Book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi. Music by Elton John, Tim Rice, Lebo M, Julie Taymor, Mark Mancina, and Hans Zimmer. Walt Disney Company. Directed by Julie Taymor. Lyceum Theatre, London, 24 September 1999 – (0870 243 9000); “A young lion grows up and learns that taking over the pride requires wisdom and maturity. Simba is the young lion, his wicked uncle is Scar and his father, killed by his uncle, is King Mustafa.” [P]

Henry IV, pt.1

Henry IV, pt.2

Henry V

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Directed by Elizabeth Freestone. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 30 October – 3 November (01284 769505); Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 6 – 10 November (01392 726363). [P]  


Shropshire Drama Company. Walker Theatre, Theatre Severn, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, 7 – 10 November (01743 281281). [A]

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

Henry VI, pt 3

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

Stamford Shakespeare Festival. Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall, Stamford, Lincolnshire, 18 June 2019 – 24 August. (01780 756133 / 01780 763203). Open-air performance. Booking opens 1 November. [A]


Bits and Bobs Theatre Company. The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, 24 – 27 January 2019. Condensed cast with some gender-swapped roles. Tickets on sale 26 November. [P]

King John

King Lear

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


A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Directed by Peter Liddiard. Chesil Theatre, Winchester, 26 January 2019 – 2 February (01962 867 086). [P]

Jack Lear by Ben Benison. Directed by Barrie Rutter. Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne, 12 – 16 February 2019 (0191 230 5151). Wealthy trawlerman, Jack Lear, is preparing to retire and hand over his hard-earned fleet to his feisty trio of daughters. Morgana, Freda and Victoria, who gut fish and work on deck wearing oilskin frocks and thigh high boots, have never seen eye to eye with each other or their tight-fisted father. As the sisters scheme and scrap over their inheritance, enter Edmund, the womanising lawyer. Family ties are tested as each woman strives for freedom, fortune and love in this rivalry stormier than the dark North Sea! [P]

Love's Labour's Lost


National Theatre. Directed by Rufus Norris. Michael Nardone (Macbeth), Kirsty Besterman (Lady Macbeth). Theatre Royal, Norwich, 30 October – 3 November (01603 630 000); His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, 7 – 10 November (01224 641 122); Theatre Royal, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 13 – 17 November (08448 11 21 21); Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield, 20 – 24 November (0114 249 6000); Theatre Royal, Bath, 27 November – 8 December (01225 448 844); New Theatre, Oxford, 8 – 12 January 2019 (0870 606 3500); Bord Gais Energy Theatre (formerly Grand Canal Theatre), Dublin, 15 – 19 January (0818 719 377); Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 22 – 26 January (0115 989 5555); Hull New Theatre, Hull, 5 – 9 February (01482 226 655); Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 12 – 16 February (01227 787 787); Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 19 – 23 February (0141 240 1133); Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, 26 February – 2 March (023 8071 1811); Grand Opera House, Belfast, 5 – 9 March (028 9024 1919); Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, 12 – 16 March (01902 429 212); Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 19 – 23 March (08700 40 2000). [P]

The Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Polly Findley. Christopher Eccleston (Macbeth), Niamh Cusack (Lady Macbeth). The Barbican, London, 15 October – 18 January 2019 (0845 120 7550) [P]

Putney Theatre Company. Directed by Ian Higham. Putney Arts Theatre, London, 6 – 11 November (020 8788 6943). [A]

Directed by Robert Hastie. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 7 November – 2 February 2019 (020 7401 9919) [P]


National Youth Theatre. Adapted (abridged) by Moria Buffini. Directed by Natasha Nixon. Garrick Theatre, London, 20 November – 7 December (0844 482 9673). A brand new gender fluid adaptation of Shakespeare’s sinister tale of greed, betrayal and revenge. This electric production explores the gender politics and human struggle which spark triumphant Macbeth’s infamous and catastrophic downfall. [P]

I, Banquo by Tim Crouch. SE Theatre Company. The Attic Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon 21 – 25 November (07952 819557). A blood-shot, story-telling journey into the heart of Shakespeare's Macbeth, told through the eyes of his murdered best friend. [A]

Macbeth – Director’s Cut. Volcano Theatre Company. Directed by Paul Davies. Omnibus Theatre, Clapham, 1 – 2 November (0207 498 4699); Jacksons Lane, Highgate, 6 – 7 November (020 8341 4421); Enable Us Project (university of Sheffield), Sheffield, 8 November (online booking); Small World Theatre, Ceredigion, 9 November (01239 615952); The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University, 12 November (01695 584480); Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton, 13 – 14 November (01902 321 321). Macbeth is disturbing. Murder always is. This is an interpretation of the play informed by the terrors that impinge on our daily lives in which evil goes on to take new and different forms. Not suitable for children. [P]

Queer Lady M - work in progress. 1623 Theatre Company. Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester, 8 December (0116 252 2455). Shane idolises Lady Macbeth. He always has done, ever since she slipped into his world through Grandma's telly when he was small. Tonight, Shane's been stood up. Lonely and lost, he turns to Shakespeare's fierce queen for strength. But how far can becoming your idol help you find yourself when you're anxious and alone? Queer Lady M brings together devised performance, Shakespeare and drag while exploring the real-life experiences of working- class, gender-fluid artist Shane Gabriel. After a successful R&D phase with Derbyshire LGBT + and Derby Theatre last year, 1623 is making, scratching and previewing Queer Lady M this year, before touring the show in 2019 [P]

Measure for Measure

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 28 June – 29 August 2019. Booking opens 22 October. [P]


Directed by Josie Rourke. Hayley Atwell (Isabella), Jack Lowden (Angelo). Donmar Warehouse, London, 28 September – 1 December (0844 871 7624). Vienna is corrupt. The Duke, who has let the city fall to vice, hands control to his Deputy, a hardline, puritan reformer. The Deputy uses ancient laws to sentence citizens to death for sexual misconduct. But when a religious Novice pleads for clemency, their heady encounter leaves the Deputy guilty of the very crime that the law condemns. Artistic Director Josie Rourke’s production of Measure for Measure imagines the play in its original year of performance, 1604, and also in 2018. Within every performance, Hayley Atwell and Jack Lowden will alternate the roles of powerful Deputy and powerless Novice. [P]

The Merchant of Venice

Merry Wives of Windsor

Royal Shakespeare Company. The Barbican, London, 7 December – 5 January 2019 (0845 120 7550) [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Presented by Sedbergh School. Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, 27 – 30 November (01539 725 133) [A]

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Directed by Mike Tweddle. The Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol, 20 February – 6 April 2019 (0117 902 0344) [P]

Directed by Nicholas Hytner. Bridge Theatre, London, 3 June – 31 August 2019 (0843 208 1846) [P]


Ballet Black. A Dream within A Midsummer Night's Dream by Arthur Pita (choreographer). Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London, 10 – 13 October (020 8534 0310); The Lowry Theatre, Salford, 19 November (0161 876 2183). Described as a ‘sexy, cheeky frolic’ by, the production mixes the classical and contemporary to distil the essence of Shakespeare’s comedy, unfolding to an eclectic soundtrack that includes Eartha Kitt, Barbra Streisand and Yma Sumac. [P]

Flute Theatre Company. Adapted by Kelly Hunter. Orange Tree Theatre, London, 5 – 24 November (020 8940 3633); Minerva Theatre, Chichester, 15 – 26 January 2019 (01243 781 312). Flute Theatre, who create productions especially for people with ASC and other special educational needs, return to the Orange Tree, with their unique and spellbinding performances, enabling everyone to enjoy Shakespeare. Up to 15 young people on the spectrum become the participants for each performance, sitting with seven actors in a circle on our stage, where they are encouraged by the actors to play sensory games which unravel the story of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Performing in rep with Twelfth Night in Chichester only. [P]

Much Ado About Nothing

The Harlequin Players. Directed by Kelly White. Harlequin Theatre, Northwich, 17 – 20 April 2019 (01606 353 534) [A]


English Touring Theatre (in association with Oxford Playhouse and the Tobacco Factory). Directed by Richard Twyman. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 30 October – 3 November (01473 295 900); Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, 6 – 10 November (024 7652 4524); Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole, 20 – 24 November (0844 406 8666) [P]


Richard II

The Tragedy of King Richard the Second. Directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins. Simon Russell Beale (King Richard II). The Almeida Theatre, London, 10 December – 2 February 2019 (020 7359 4404). [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 22 February 2019 – 21 April  (020 7401 9919) All female cast. [P]

Richard III

Headlong Theatre. Directed by John Haidar. Bristol Old Vic Theatre, 1 – 9 March 2019 (0117 987 7877); Alexandra Palace, 13 – 31 March (020 8365 2121); Home, Manchester, 30 April – 4 May (0161 200 1500); Oxford Playhouse, 7 – 11 May (01865 305305); Royal and Derngate, Northampton, 14 – 25 May (01604 624811). [P]

Romeo and Juliet

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Erica Whyman. The Barbican, London, 2 November – 19 January 2019 (0845 120 7550); Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne, 5 – 9 February (08448 11 21 21); Blackpool Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 26 February – 2 March (01253 290 190); New Theatre, Cardiff, 5 – 9 March (029 2087 8889); Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 19 – 23 March (0141 240 1133) [P]

Crescent Theatre Company. The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, 3 – 10 November (0121 643 5858) [A]


Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Moscow City Ballet. Palace Theatre, Manchester, 17 January 2019 (0870 401 3000); Kings Theatre, Portsmouth and Southsea, 8 – 9 February (023 9282 8282). Part of a tour with other ballets. [P]

Juliet and Romeo (dance). Lost Dog Theatre Company. The Northwall Arts Centre, Oxford, 1 – 2 November (01865 319450); Williams Hall, Taunton, 3 November (01460 249450); Collingbourne Ducis Village Hall, Marlborough, 4 November (01264 850436); Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, 7 – 8 November (024 7652 4524); Riley Theatre (Northern School of Contemporary Dance), Leeds, 14 November (0113 219 3018); Terry O’Toole Theatre, Lincolnshire, 16 November (01522 883311); Crich Glebe Field Centre, Matlock, 17 November (01773 853260); Playhouse, Nottingham, 25 January 2019 (0115 941 9419); Royal Opera House (Linbury Theatre), London, 13 – 14 April (020 7304 4000). A squirmingly funny and devastatingly dark 21st century alternative reality for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers. Lost Dog's new show reveals the real story of Romeo and Juliet. It turns out they didn't die in a tragic misunderstanding, they grew up and lived happily ever after. Well, they lived at least. Now they 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. [P]    

Re-defining Juliet. The Pit, Barbican Centre, London, 29 – 30 November (0845 120 7550). Weaving text from Romeo and Juliet with hard-hitting stories from women whose femininity and authenticity have been questioned by society, Redefining Juliet celebrates difference to prove that anyone can play the iconic part. Appearing regularly on British television, Storme Toolis has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. Inspired by a desire to portray Juliet herself, she collaborates with other performers who have felt like outsiders to bring multiple dimensions to the famed romantic lead. Featuring key scenes from the play, interspersed with resonant details of the actors’ personal lives, this is an empowering production, both joyous and sad, shot through with wit. [P/A]

Romea and Julian. Purple Ostrich Productions Company. Directed by Kerry Fitzgerald and Joe Miller. Bread and Roses, London, 6 – 10 November (020 7498 1779). Set on an estate in South-East London, where the young people are left to their own devices and where carrying a knife is second nature we follow the tragic journey of these two lovers over the course of 90 blood pumping minutes. Meet Romea, a love-obsessed poet who will do anything to have sex and Julian, a young man who prizes his virginity above everything else. A gender-swapped Romeo and Juliet. [P]

West Side Story. Score by Leonard Bernstein. Leeds Amateur Operatic Society. Grand Theatre, Leeds, 23 – 27 April 2019 (0844 848 2700). [A]

The Taming of the Shrew

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Justin Audibert. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 8 March – 31 August 2019. Booking opens 22 October. [P]


Kiss Me Kate. Sheffield Theatre Productions. Directed by Paul Foster. The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 7 December – 12 January 2019 (0114 249 6000) [P]

The Tempest

Southsea Shakespeare Actors. Directed by Aaron Holdaway and David Pearson. Hayling Island Station Theatre, Havant, 7 – 10 November (023 9246 6363) [A]

Lazarus Theatre Company. Greenwich Theatre, London, 5 – 16 February 2019 (020 8858 7755) [P]

Timon of Athens


Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Simon Godwin. Kathryn Hunter (Timon). Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 7 December – 22 February 2019 (01789 403493) [P]

Titus Andronicus

Troilus and Cressida

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran in collaboration with Evelyn Glennie. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 12 October – 17 November (01789 403493); Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 12 October – 17 November (020 7401 9919) [P]

Twelfth Night

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

Stamford Shakespeare Festival. Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall, Stamford, Lincolnshire, 11 June 2019 – 3 August. (01780 756133 / 01780 763203). Open-air performance. Booking opens 1 November.


Adapted by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub. Directed Kwame Kwei-Armah and Oskar Eustis. The Young Vic, London, 2 October – 17 November (020 7922 2922). Shakespeare meets his match as brass bands and Beyoncé weave through this enchanting musical adaptation of Twelfth Night, with music and lyrics by the critically acclaimed songwriter Shaina Taub. [P]

Flute Theatre Company. Adapted by Kelly Hunter with music by Tom Chapman. Minerva Theatre, Chichester, 15 – 26 January 2019 (01243 781 312). Flute Theatre’s unique production of one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies has been performed across Europe and makes its UK premiere at the Minerva Theatre. Viola is saved from drowning with a bucket of freezing water and welcomed into Illyria by a mysterious clown who leads us all on a melodious and dreamlike odyssey. With nothing but instruments, costumes and props that may have been washed up on a beach, the cast of seven actors are swung between characters, between actor and musician, and between love and madness by this whirligig of a play. The result is a painfully funny and hopelessly romantic version of this classic, exploring the ecstasy and grief of falling in love for the first time. For anyone who has ever been in love, or is fed by a love of music. [P]

Southwark Playhouse, London, 17 January – 9 February 2019 (020 7407 0234). Whilst searching for her lost brother at a music festival in Illyria, Viola stumbles upon love instead. In the melting pot of the festival, anyone can be who they want to be – but in reality, no one is really sure who is who, or what secrets they might be hiding. When it all comes out, there’s going to be one hell of a hangover. [P]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

LAMDA. Directed by Joanna Read. Sainsbury Theatre, LAMDA, London, 5 – 12 December (020 8834 0500) [A]

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 13 – 17 November (0870 060 6646) [P]


National Theatre. Adapted for young audiences by Justin Audibert and the company. Directed by Ruth Johnson. Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre, London, 6 – 21 February (020 7452 3000). Booking opens 9 November. [P]

Poems and Apocrypha

(in alphabetical order)

othellomacbeth. Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, London, 5 October – 3 November (020 8741 6850). One company. Two directors. One set. Two plays. An audacious condensed staging of two of Shakespeare’s most brutal and poetic plays, exploring fear, jealousy, power and revenge. Two stories in which powerful men are manipulated into destroying their societies, their households, their loved ones and themselves. In this dynamic and visceral production these two iconic plays will be performed together by one exciting company of actors, examining escalating cycles of violence; abuses of power and the role and nature of the “tragic hero”. [P]

Shakespeare in Love by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman. Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall. Produced by Theatre Royal Bath and Eleanor Lloyd Productions. Directed by Phillip Breen. The Playhouse, Oxford, 30 October – 3 November (01865 305 305); Arts Theatre, Cambridge 5 – 9 November (01223 503 333); King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, 12 – 17 November (0131 529 6000); Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, 20 – 24 November (01243 781 312); Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne, 25 February – 2 March 2019 (08448 11 21 21). . Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block…the deadline for his new play – a comedy called Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter – is fast approaching, he’s struggling to finish the first line of a sonnet and he’s in dire need of inspiration. Then he meets the beguiling Viola de Lesseps, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant. Viola is prepared to do anything – including risking the frosty disapproval of Queen Elizabeth I – to fulfil her illicit dream of performing on the London stage and pursuing a passionate affair with the greatest playwright of the age. [P]

Shakespeare Schools Festival. Alive Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn, 12 November (01553 764 864). Shakespeare Schools Foundation is proud to present the world’s largest youth drama festival in King’s Lynn. Join us for an exhilarating evening, featuring a series of unique abridged Shakespeare productions by local schools. [A]




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