Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK
November 2015 onwards
productions that we know about from the current month
onwards are included in this list.
indicates that a production has been added to the list this
indicates that the information has been changed or expanded this
[A] indicates an amateur production.
[P] indicates a professional production.
All's Well That
Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Directed by Andrew Hilton.
Factory Theatre, Bristol, 31 March – 30 April
New Wimbledon Studio Theatre, London, 15 June – 9 July
As You Like It
National Theatre. Directed by Polly Findlay.
Olivier Theatre, 24 November
- 5 March 2016
(020 7452 3000).
National Theatre, London, 21 October – 6
November (020 7452 3000).
In a city celebrating carnival, two sets of identical
twins seek each other amidst a riot of music and
colour. Separated for many years, the
brothers face comedic confusion, arrests, and multiple mistaken
identities before a final joyful reunion. A fast-paced and
energetic re-telling of Shakespeare’s hilarious and moving
farce. Suitable for 8 – 12yrs.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
2 December – 21 April 2016
(020 7401 9919).
Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Melly Still. Royal
Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 29 April – 12 August
2016 (0870 6091110)
The Injur'd Princess, or The Fatal Wager by Thomas
D'Urfey. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
(020 7401 9919).
Part of the Read not Dead season of script-in-hand performances.
Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Directed by Andrew Hilton.
Factory Theatre, Bristol, 11 February – 30 April
2016 (0117 902 0344)
Company. Directed by
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 12 March – 13
August 2016 (0870 6091110)
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]
Ophelias Zimmer by Alice
Birch. Directed by Katie Mitchell. Royal Court – Jerwood
Theatre, London, 17 – 21 May 2016 (020 7565 5000).
Katie Mitchell explores
Ophelia, freed from Hamlet. In German with English subtitles.
Henry IV, pt.1
Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Barbican
Theatre, London, 12 December – 23 January
(0845 120 7550)
Henry IV, pt.2
Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Barbican
Theatre, London, 14 December – 23 January (0845 120 7550)
Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Alex
Hassell (Henry V).
Barbican, London, 7 Nov – 24 Jan 2016 (0845
Into the Breach by Mark Carey. The Rosemary Branch,
London, 13 – 14 November (020 7704 6665).
This nostalgic, funny and moving story is a vivid portrait of
village life during the Second World War with all seventeen
colourful characters played by highly experienced actor and
writer, Mark Carey. George Crocker is keen to liven up his dull
life so he decides to join the Village Drama Club where his
world is turned upside down as he gets thrown into the deep end
in a production of Henry V.
VI, pt 1
VI, pt 2
VI, pt 3
Richmond Shakespeare Society. Directed by Simon
Bartlett. Mary Wallace Theatre, Richmond, 7 – 14 November (020 8744 0547 between 10 am and 7 pm only
Charlotte Conquest. The Norrington Room,
Oxford, 12 February – 19 March 2016 (01865 766266)
Talawa Theatre Company.
Don Warrington (King Lear). Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester,
1 April – 7 May (0161 833 9833); Birmingham Repertory Theatre,
Birmingham, 19 – 28 May (0121 236 4455)
Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 22 – 30 April (01603 620917). Directed by Chris Bealey.
The Shadow King by Michael Kantor. Malthouse Theatre Company,
directed by Michael Kantor. Barbican, London, 22 June – 2 July,
Transporting King Lear
to the story-rich and resource-laden terrain of northern
Australia, The Shadow King reimagines Shakespeare's
tragedy as a blood-soaked tale of two indigenous families
divided by land, identity and legitimacy. Lear is the head of a
remote community wrangling over mining rights, inheritance and
wealth. Their story descends into madness and brutality against
the distinctive red earth of the Australian outback, dominated
by the imposing presence and blinding lights of a mining truck.
Told through modern English, Kriol languages and a score,
including Aboriginal ‘dreamtime' songs, performed live by an
onstage band, The Shadow King fuses music, new text and
video to create provocative and epic theatre.
The Hurlyburly Theatre Company. Directed by
Hannah Perrin. Number 1 Shakespeare Street, Stratford-upon-Avon,
15 – 17 November.
Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
Lucy Guerin. The Young Vic, London, 26 November –
January 2016 (020 7922 2922)
Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, 26 – 30 January
(0121 236 4455)
Theatre (formerly Cornerhouse), Manchester, 2 – 6
LAMDA. Directed by Tim Luscombe. Pleasance Theatre, London, 26 November – 3 December (020 7609 1800)
Interval (The Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre).
Yvonne Arnaud Theatre (the Mill Studio), Guildford, 10 – 12
December (01483 440 000)
The Pantaloons Theatre Company.
The Watermark, Ivybridge, 1 November (01752 892 220); Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham, 4 November (01476 406 158); Cranleigh Arts Centre, Cranleigh, 5
278 000); Brookside Theatre, Romford, 6 – 7
755 775); Gulbenkien Theatre, Canterbury,
12 November (01227 769 075); The Place, Bedford, 14 November (01234 354 321); Artrix, Bromsgrove, 17 November (01527
577 330); Pomegranate Theatre,
Chesterfield, 19 November (01246
345 222); Braintree
Arts Theatre, Braintree, 20 November (01376 556 354); Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 24 – 25 November (0845 196 2320); Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, 26 November (01892 678 678). This is not a story for the faint-hearted. It's the
story of how old King Duncan died. It's a story of murder and
betrayal. It's a story of supernatural sorcery. And it's a story
that's going to be retold as you've never seen it before...
Taking their cues from
film noir, gangland Britain and the clowning tradition (yes,
really) the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company put
their own contemporary spin on Shakespeare's most dangerous
play. Tragic and hilarious in equal measures this innovative
take on 'The Scottish Play' (Macbeth) features femmes fatale,
high-speed chases, killer lines, killer crimes and some
seriously weird sisters.
Adapted by Beth Flintoff. Directed by Cressida Brown.
The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 2 – 7 November (01635 46044). In a mythical
world of dictatorship, uprisings, famine and war, Shakespeare
examines what it truly means to be a tyrant. An ideal
introduction to Shakespeare, this production is performed by
only three actors and features the original text cut to a
fast-paced, blood-spattered 75 minutes.
Royal Welsh College’s Richard Burton Company. Chapter Arts
Centre, Cardiff, 4 – 12 December (029 2030 4400). Returning from a gruelling war, Macbeth is yet to face
his biggest battle. Confronted with fame and adulation, strange
premonitions and the deep longing of his wife, he continues his
merciless pursuits. This reimagining of Shakespeare’s Macbeth,
asks what does war do to men and women and how it is made
manifest inside the head and the home.
The Young Vic, London. Directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins. 1 October –
(020 7922 2922)
The Merchant of Venice
National Youth Theatre. Directed by Anna Nilaand.
The Ambassador’s Theatre, London, 29 September – 2 December
(08448 112 334).
Set in the very
near future amidst political and financial chaos, society, as we
know it, is on the brink of collapse. The stock markets are flat
lining; the Euro has collapsed, creating an increasingly
cutthroat trading environment for the business community.
Venice, with its gondolas, opera and beautiful skies is no
longer safe... Meanwhile, beautiful, wealthy Portia finds
herself the star of her very own reality TV show, with men
playing a ‘Game of Chance' in a battle to win her love. [Part of
the National Youth 2015 Season.]
Merry Wives of
University Drama Society. Sheffield University Drama Studio, 11
– 14 November (0114
Royal Shakespeare Company. Dream 16: A Play for the Nation.
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 17 February – 5
March 2016 (0844 800 1110); Northern Stage
(formally Newcastle Playhouse), Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 16 – 26
March (0191 230 5151);
Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, 29 March – 2 April (0141 429 0022);
Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 5 – 9 April (01253 290 190); Alhambra Theatre,
Bradford, 12 – 16 April
Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 19 – 23 April (01227 787 787);
Theatre Royal, Norwich, 26 – 30 April (01603 63 00 00);
Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 3 – 7 May (0115 989 5555);
Hall for Cornwall, Truro, 10 – 14 May [On sale late
Barbican, London, 17 – 21 May (0845 120 7550); New Theatre, Cardiff,
24 – 28 May [On sale late October/early November];Grand Opera
House, Belfast, 31 May – 4 June (028 9024 1919); Royal
Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 15 June – 17 July (0844
Medway Little Theatre. Directed by Linda Russell. Medway Little
Theatre, Rochester, 16 – 25 June 2016, (01634 400 322)
The Dream by Frederick
Ashton. Birmingham Royal Ballet. Birmingham Hippodrome,
Birmingham, 17 – 20 Feb
2016 (0870 730 1234)
In The Dream, love gets out of hand for mortals and fairies alike in an
elegant and witty distillation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer
Night’s Dream. Created in 1964 to mark Shakespeare’s birthday,
The Dream kicks off Birmingham Royal Ballet’s year-long
commemoration of 400 years since his death.
Arcola Queer Collective.
Nick Connaughton. Arcola Theatre, London, 14 – 19 December (020 7503 1646).
Blending cabaret, drag, spoken word, music and movement with
Shakespeare's original words, and a new text devised by Patrick
Cash and the company, this Dream offers a provocative, darkly
comedic meditation on love and relationships in the 21st
Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, London, 20 February – 19 March
(020 8741 6850).
The Lyric and Filter’s riotous
reinterpretation of one of Shakespeare’s best loved plays
returns to the Lyric, after its critically acclaimed 2012 run.
Featuring music from members of The London Snorkelling Team,
this classic tale of young lovers and warring fairies is given a
unique and irreverent twist.
A Dream by Chris
Bush. Sheffield People’s Theatre. Directed by Emily Hutchinson.
Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 13 – 16 July 2016 (0114 249 6000).
A modern day mash up of Shakespearean romance.
‘Midsummer’s Eve. Music thuds from the city below. Drink flows,
songs are sung, vows are made. In the hospital on the hill the
staff stand by to stitch up, heal wounds and pick up the pieces.
As the bard said, the course of true love always did get messy
around closing time.’ Performed by a hundred members of the
Sheffield People’s Theatre.
Pocket Dream. Propeller Theatre Company. Directed by Edward Hall. Christ
Church University, Canterbury, 1 – 2 February 2016; Belgrade
Theatre, Coventry, 4 – 6 February; Town Hall, Loughborough, 9
February; Seacombe Theatre, Sutton, 11 – 12 February; Garrick
Theatre, Lichfield, 17-18 February; Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis,
2 March; Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans, 12 March. [More dates
http://propeller.org.uk. [Sixty-minute version with all-male cast] [P]
Much Ado About Nothing
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse,
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 19 November – 21 April 2016
Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory
David Tennant (Richard II).
Barbican, London, 7 – 10 January 2016 (0845 120 7550)
www.barbican.org.uk/ (Part of the King and Country Cycle) [P]
Studio Theatre Company. The Garage, Norwich, 11
– 13 December (01603 630000)
The Faction. Directed by Mark Leipacher. The New
Diorama Theatre, London, 5 January – 6 February 2016 (0844 2090 344).
RichardRocks. The People’s Palace, Queen Mary University, London.
Directed by Staffan Aspegren, 3 October – 6 November. Rock opera
Romeo and Juliet
Theatre, Redhill, 3 November (01737 276 500); Broadway Theatre,
Barking, 4 November (020 8507 5607); Stur-Exchange, Dorset, 6
November (01258 475 137); Camberley Theatre, Surrey, 12 November
(01276 707 600); Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury (Walker Theatre), 13
November (01743 281 281); Sundial Theatre, Cirencester, 17
November (01285 654 228).
Fred Theatre Company. Directed by Robert F. Ball. AE Harris, Jewellery
Quarter, Birmingham, 3 – 14 November.
Directed by Paul Hart. The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 25
February – 2 April (01635 46044)
Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company. Directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Garrick Theatre, London, 12 May – 13 August 2016 (
Romeo and Juliet (ballet). The Royal Ballet.
Choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan. Royal Opera House, London,
19 September – 2 December (020 7304 4000).
Romeo and Juliet (ballet). English National
Ballet. Choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev. Palace Theatre, Manchester, 26 -
28 November (0844 871 3019).
Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Birmingham Royal
Ballet. Choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan. Birmingham
Hippodrome, Birmingham, 24 – 27 February
2016 (0844 338 5000);
Empire Theatre, Sunderland, 17 – 19 March
2016 (0870 602 1130)
Butterfly Theatre Company. St James Theatre, London, 23 – 27 November (0844 264 2140)
www.stjamestheatre.co.uk/studio/romeo-and-juliet/ 45 minute version. [A]
Duncan Moore. The Rosemary Branch, London, 17 – 21 November (020 7704 6665). Set in London in 2020, before the
next general election,
KDC’s production tells the tale through
the eyes of the young people who have lived through today’s
West Side Story. Music: Leonard Bernstein. Repertory Theatre,
Stoke on Trent, 19 – 23 April 2016 (01782 209784).
The Taming of the Shrew
The Taming of the Shrew (Ballet).
Birmingham Royal Ballet. Choreographed by John Cranko.
Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, 16 – 18 June
2016 (0844 338 5000)
Directed by Iqbal Khan.
Royal Welsh College of
Music and Drama (WCMD)/Raymond Edwards Building/Anthony Hopkins
Centre, Cardiff, 2 – 12 December (029 20 391 391).
Director Iqbal Khan
transports our headstrong heroine to a Sergeant Pepper, Warhol
60s and to the rise of radical feminism. Will the fight against
male supremacy prove too much as Petruchio attempts to control
his notoriously shrewish new bride?
Kiss Me Kate.
Sam Spewack and
Theatre and Opera House,
Leeds, 24 September – 31 October (0870 125 1898);
Theatre Royal, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 6 – 7 November (08448 11 21 21); The Lowry, Salford, 13 – 14 November (0161 876 2000); Theatre Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, 20
– 21 November (0115 989 5555)
Shakespeare’s Globe. Sam
Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 17 February – 22 April
2016 (020 7401 9919)
Prospero, Duke of Milan. Firebird Theatre. Studio, Bristol Old Vic, 14
November 2015. (0117
www.firebird-theatre.com/ Prequel to play. [A]
Return to the Forbidden Planet by Bob Carlton. Directed by
John Winson. Medway Little Theatre, Rochester, 24 November – 5
December (01634 400322).
This Last Tempest. Uninvited Guests and Fuel.
Contact Theatre, Manchester 26 – 27 November
(0161 274 0600).
Sequel to The Tempest.
Arrows and Traps. Directed by Ross McGregor. New Wimbledon
Studio, London, 20 October – 14 November (0870 060 6646)
Stevenage Lytton Players. Directed by Andreas Georgiou.
Lytton Theatre, Stevenage, 18 – 21 November (01438 357407)
New Wimbledon Studio Theatre, London 14 June – 9 July.
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Two Noble Kinsmen
New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, 3 – 7 November (01782 717 962);
The Dukes, Lancaster, 10 – 14 November (01524 598 500); Liverpool
Playhouse, Liverpool, 17 – 21 November (0151 709 4776);
Halifax, 24 – 28 November (01422 255 266)
Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company. Directed by Rob Ashford and
Kenneth Branagh. Kenneth Branagh (Leontes), Judi Dench (Paulina)
Garrick Theatre, London, 17 October – 16 January (0844
London, 25 November – 5 December (020 7609 1800)
Shakespeare’s Globe. Sam
Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 28 January – 22 April
(020 7401 9919)
The Winter’s Tale
(Ballet). The Royal Ballet. Choreographed by Christopher
Wheeldon. The Royal Opera House, London, 12 April – 7 June
2016 (020 7304 4000)
Poems and Apocrypha
Strolling with Shakespeare.
Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 17 April (01603 620917). A walk
round Norwich, starting at the theatre, with sonnets performed
by members of the company.
The Complete Works of William
Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] by The Reduced Shakespeare
Company. Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury, 15 January (01722 320 333).
All 37 plays in 120 minutes. The sixteen comedies are reduced to
a single section and the histories are played as a ball game.
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare by
Forced Entertainment Company.
The Pit, Barbican Centre, London, 1 – 6 March
(0845 120 7550).
Forced Entertainment brings you the Complete Works like you've
never seen it before, each of Shakespeare's 36 plays condensed
and presented on a tabletop using a cast of everyday objects. A
salt and pepper pot for the king and queen. A spoon stands in
for a servant and a candle for the Friar. Macbeth becomes a
cheese grater, Pericles a light bulb and Hamlet's now a bottle
of ink. Theatre pioneers Forced Entertainment explore the
dynamic force of narrative and language in their simple yet
distinctive summary of the playwright's comedies, tragedies,
histories and late works. With an artist from the company
retelling each play over the course of a week, audiences can
enjoy one or as many performances as they fancy. Intimate and
scaled down, the worlds they create are vivid, accessible and
by Diego Sosa. Cockpit Theatre, London. 17 November – 6 December
A play inspired by the Faustian myth, set in the modern world and seen
through feminine eyes. The title of the play, however, comes
from a mixture between Marlowe's and Goethe's
Dr. Faustus and
Shakespeare's Falstaff, the mischievous character from
Henry IV saga and
The Merry wives of Windsor.
The Herbal Bed by
Worcester Repertory Company. Royal and Derngate, Northampton. 5
– 27 February
Highbury Little Theatre, Sutton Coldfield, 14 – 25 June 2016
(0121 373 2761)
King and Country: Shakespeare’s
Great Cycle of Kings. Royal Shakespeare Company. Barbican Theatre, London, Cycle A: 12 – 14 January
2016; Cycle B: 15 –17 January; Cycle C: 19 – 21 January ;
Cycle D: 22 – 24 January
(0845 120 7550).
RSC’s residency at the Barbican will
culminate in January 2016 with a major theatrical event to mark
the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death:
King and Country:
Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings – a complete
4-play season cycle of Richard II, Henry IV parts 1 &
2 and Henry V in
II], Antony Sher [Falstaff],
Jasper Britton [Henry IV] and
[Prince Hal/Henry V].
Kings of War
Bart van den Eynde
Peter van Kraaij.
Ivo van Hove.
Barbican, London, 22 April – 1 May (0845
Kings of War, Shakespeare's Henry V, Henry VI and Richard III
become modern-day political leaders, their fates unfolding in
this single, explosive play. Three different rulers in times of
crisis. Each faced with the life-or-death choice of whether to
go to war. Their decision-making and the machinations of their
advisors are laid bare, exposing the conflict between national
concerns and self-interest in an era of globalisation.”
Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti. Directed by Rob Ashford.
Adrian Lester (Ira Aldridge). Garrick Theatre, London, 23
January – 27 February (0330 333 4811).
Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 1833. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his
generation, has collapsed on stage whilst playing Othello. A
young black American actor has been asked to take over the role.
But as the public riot in the streets over the abolition of
slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the
revolution taking place in the theatre?
Shakespeare Schools Festival. Northern Stage (formally Newcastle
Playhouse), Newscastle-upon-Tyne, 9 – 14 November (0191 230 5151).
The Shakespeare Schools Festival works with
over a thousand schools all over the UK, staging productions in
their local professional theatre. Each night, four schools
perform a different abridged Shakespeare play. Come along and
celebrate their achievements.
Bill (Ballet). Birmingham Royal Ballet. Birmingham Hippodrome,
Birmingham, 22 – 25 June
(0844 338 5000).
Our celebration of Shakespeare continues with a
combination of tragedy, comedy and poetry, all translated into
José Limón's The Moor's Pavane distils the passion and
drama of Shakespeare's Othello into a thrilling one-act
tragedy, tightly focussed on four characters and their jealousy.
David Bintley's The Shakespeare Suite sets a collection
of the Bard's best-loved characters to a swinging Duke Ellington
score and offers a quicksilver visit to Shakespearean couples of
every sort, star-crossed, bewitched, squabbling, and romantic,
plus a powerhouse solo. Finally Jessica Lang captures the poetry
of the sonnets in Wink the world premiere of this work.
Shakespeare’s Greatest Bits. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 24
April (01603 620917). Performance of the best sonnets and