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Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

  October 2017 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

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Caroline Byrne. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 11 January 2018 – 3 March (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com/ [P]

Antony and Cleopatra

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Iqbal Khan. Barbican Centre, London, 30 November – 20 January 2018 (0845 120 7550) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

As You Like It

Shared Experience. Directed by Kate Saxon. The Theatre By The Lake, Keswick, 7 July – 4 November (017687 74411); Richmond Theatre, 7 – 11 November (0844 8717651); Oxford Playhouse, 14 – 18 November (01865 305305); Connaught Theatre, Worthing, 21 – 22 November (01903 206 206); New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, 23 – 25 November (023 9264 9000); Broadway Theatre, Letchworth, 29 November – 2 December (01462 681088). www.sharedexperience.org.uk  [P]

Comedy of Errors

Coriolanus

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Angus Jackson, Sope Dirisu (Coriolanus). Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 15 September – 14 October (01789 403493) Barbican Centre, London, 6 – 18 November (0845 120 7550) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Cymbeline

Hamlet

University of Bolton. Directed by David Thacker. Octagon Theatre, Bolton, 15 February – 10 March 2018 (01204 520 661) www.octagonbolton.co.uk/ [P]

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Simon Godwin. Paapa Essiedu (Hamlet). The Lowry, Salford, 26 January – 3 February 2018 (0161 876 2000); Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 6 – 10 February (01752 267 222); Hull New Theatre, Hull, 13 – 17 February (01482 226 655); Northern Stage (previously known as Newcastle Haymarket Playhouse), Newcastle upon Tyne, 20 – 24 February (0191 230 5151); Royal and Derngate, Northampton, 27 February – 3 March (01604 624 811); Hackney Empire, London, 6 – 31 March (020 8985 2424) www.rsc.org.uk/hamlet-tour-2018 [P]

Adaptations

Hamlet (opera) by Brett Dean. Glyndebourne Theatre Company. Libretto by Matthew Jocelyn, directed by Neil Armfield. Glyndebourne, Lewes, 11 June – 6 July and 21 – 27 October (01273 815000); Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 3 November; Theatre Royal, Norwich, 17 November; Milton Keynes Theatre, 24 November; Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 1 December. www.glyndebourne.com [P]

New
Progress Theatre, Reading, 12 – 21 October (0118 960 6060). William Shakespeare’s most famous play is given a new twist on the Progress stage. In a world which parallels our own, Hamlet mourns the loss of her royal father whilst her uncle seizes the throne and takes her newly-widowed mother as his Queen. An encounter with her father’s ghost drives Hamlet to agonies of despair and the edge of madness. Should she suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune? Or take arms against a sea of troubles? http://progresstheatre.co.uk/hamlet-2017 [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]

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard. Maidenhead Drama Guild. Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead, 8 – 11 November (01628 788 997) https://norden.farm/events/rosencrantz-and-guildenstern-are-dead [A]

Henry IV, pt.1

Henry IV, pt.2

Henry V

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

Henry VI, pt 3

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Angus Jackson. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 3 March – 9 September (01789 403493); Barbican Centre, London, 24 November – 20 January 2018 (0845 120 7550) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

London Theatre Company. Directed by Nicholas Hytner. David Calder (Caesar), Michelle Fairley (Cassius), David Morrissey (Mark Antony), Ben Whishaw (Brutus). Bridge Theatre, London, 20 January – 15 April 2018 (0843 208 1846) https://bridgetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/julius-caesar/ [P]

King John

King Lear

Directed by Nancy Meckler. Kevin McNally (Lear) Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 10 August – 14 October (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com/ [P]

Directed by Jonathan Munby. Ian McKellen (Lear). Minerva Theatre, Chichester, 22 September – 28 October (01243 781 312) www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/king-lear [P]

New
Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Antony Sher (Lear). Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 23 May – 9 June 2018 (0870 6091110) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Adaptation

New
King Lear Retold. Debs Newbold (performer). The Civic Theatre, Barnsley, 19 October (01226 327000). Dark and challenging, epic and shocking, human and uplifting.  In this explosive retelling of the legend of Lear, King of the Britons, Debs Newbold channels her love of Shakespeare's language to whip up a great storm that will snatch you from your seat and send you hurtling into its bloody centre. http://www.barnsleycivic.co.uk/events/king-lear-retold [P]

Love's Labour's Lost

Macbeth

Directed by Yukio Ninagawa. Barbican Theatre, 5 – 8 October (020 7638 8891). www.barbican.org.uk In Japanese with English surtitles. [P]

Garrick Theatre, Stockport, 14 – 21 October (0161 480 5866). An RSC Open Stages Production. www.stockportgarrick.co.uk/whats-on [A]

New
The Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Polly Findley. Christopher Eccleston (Macbeth), Niamh Cusack (Lady Macbeth). Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 13 March – 18 September 2018 (0870 6091110) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

The National Production Company. The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham, 10 – 14 April 2018 (0121 245 4455) www.oldreptheatre.co.uk/macbeth.html [P]

Adaptations

Macbeth (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Royal Opera House, London, 25 March – 10 April 2018 (020 7304 4000) www.roh.org.uk/productions/macbeth-by-phyllida-lloyd [P]

New
Devil You Know Theatre Company. The Bussey Building AKA The CLF Art Cafe, Peckham, London, 31 October – 18 November (020 7732 5275). Set in a dystopian world where civilisation and technology has been all but obliterated, this brutal landscape is filled with the skeletal reminiscence  of the civilisation that has been long lost.  Life has restarted but society and humanity have reverted.  The People of this world have forged themselves weapons and forts from what is left and must fight this brutal existence for their very survival. www.clfartcafe.org/theatre [P]

New
The James Company and Presentabsence. The Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol, 15 – 18 November (0117 973 5171) www.almatavernandtheatre.co.uk/theatre/what-s-on [A]

The Macbeths by Alexander Raptotasios. and Manolis Tsiipos. Directed by Dominic Hill. Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, 27 September – 14 October (0141 429 0022). At the heart of Shakespeare’s darkest play is a disintegrating marriage. This new adaptation using a radically cut-down version of the text focuses on the relationship between one of the most famous killers in literature and his ambitious wife. www.citz.co.uk/whatson/info/the_macbeths/  [P]

Measure for Measure

New
Directed by David Mercatali. LAMDA, London, 28 November – 7 December (020 8834 0500) www.lamda.org.uk/whats-on/autumn-season-2017/measure-for-measure [P]

The Merchant of Venice

New
Shake-Scene Shakespeare Theatre Company. The Cockpit Theatre, London, 3 – 7 October (020 7258 2925) http://thecockpit.org.uk/show/the_merchant_of_venice_1 [P]

Merry Wives of Windsor

New
The Lantern Theatre, Sheffield, 15 – 25 November (0114 255 1776) http://lanterntheatre.org.uk/?page_id=254 [P]

New
Royal Shakespeare Company. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 4 August – 22 September 2018 (01789 403493) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Adaptation

Falstaff (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Directed by Robert Carson. Royal Opera House, London, 7 – 21 July 2018 (020 7304 4000) www.roh.org.uk/productions/falstaff-by-robert-carsen [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

New
Daniel Taylor Productions. Epstein Theatre (formerly Neptune Theatre), Liverpool, 12 – 21 April 2018 (08448 884 411). In a double bill with Romeo and Juliet. www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk/events/romeo-juliet-midsummer-nights-dream/ [P]

Adaptations

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (opera) by Benjamin Britten. English National Opera. Directed by Robert Carson. London Coliseum, London, 1 – 15 March 2018 (020 7632 8300) www.eno.org/whats-on/a-midsummer-nights-dream/ [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ballet) by Felix Mendelssohn. Ballet Cymru. Choreography by Darius James. Queen’s Hall, Hexham, 6 October (01434 652477); Dance City, Newcastle, 7 October (0191 261 0505); Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford, 18 October (01780 763203); Princess Theatre, Burnham-on-Sea, 27 October (01278 784464); Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury, 8 December (01722 321 744). http://welshballet.co.uk/productions/a-midsummer-nights-dream/ [P]

New
Flute Theatre, Orange Tree Theatre and English Touring Theatre. Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, 16 – 28 October (020 8940 0141). Participatory performance for children aged 10+ on the autism spectrum. www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk [P]

Much Ado About Nothing

Directed by Matthew Dunster. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 14 July – 15 October (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com/ [P]

New
The Playhouse (AKA Player’s Theatre), Cheadle Hulme, 30 September – 7 October (0161 4851441) www.playersdramatic.co.uk/whats-on/ [A]

Adaptations

New
Much Ado about Hero by Lexi Clare. Theatre N16, London, 17 – 21 October (07807856058). “One doth not know how much an ill word may empoison liking.” Hero is a young woman navigating her way through sixteenth-century life and having a rather difficult time of it. This new musical work re-examines Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado About Nothing, questioning marriage, choice, duty and female friendship. www.theatren16.co.uk/ms9 [P]

New
Controlled Chaos Theatre Company. Waterloo East Theatre, London, 14 – 26 November (020 7928 0060). It is December 1938, the Spanish Civil War is still raging. Benedick and Claudio, members of the Italian Volunteer Force aiding General Franco, return home to Messina to spend their Christmas leave with Signora Leonata and her family. Waiting for them are Beatrice and Hero. A marriage is swiftly arranged. A merry war of wit commences between Benedick and Beatrice, but darkness soon enshrouds all concerned when a deadly plot is contrived by a sinister force.  www.waterlooeast.co.uk/much%20ado%20about%20nothing.html [A]

Othello

New
Bowler Crab Productions. St Mildred’s Church, Tenterden, 28 October; Stables Theatre, Hastings, 3-4 November; The Space, Westferry Road, London, 19 November; St Mary’s Church, Brighton, 25 November; St John's Centre, Bexhill, 2 December. www.bowler-crab.com [P]

Adaptation

National Youth Theatre. Adapted by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly. Directed by Simon Pittman. The Ambassadors Theatre, London, 26 September – 8 December (08448 112 334) www.theambassadorstheatre.co.uk/Online/default.asp [P]

Pericles

Richard II

Richard III

Front Foot Theatre Company. The Cockpit Theatre, London, 12 October – 4 November (020 7258 2925) http://thecockpit.org.uk/show/richard_iii_1 [P]

Adaptation

Richard III – One Woman Show. Brite Theater. Directed by Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdottir. Cygnet Theatre, Exeter, 4 – 5 October www.glastonburyabbeyshop.com http://onewomanrichard.weebly.com [P]

Romeo and Juliet

New
Shakespeare Up Close. Directed by Gemma Fairlie. Orange Tree Theatre, 2 – 13 February, 2018 (020 8940 3633). www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/romeo-juliet [P]

New
Daniel Taylor Productions. Epstein Theatre (formerly Neptune Theatre), Liverpool, 11 – 21 April 2018 (08448 884 411). In a double bill with A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk/events/romeo-juliet-midsummer-nights-dream/ [P]

New
Royal Shakespeare Company. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 21 April – 21 September 2018 (01789 403493) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Adaptations

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). English National Ballet. Choreography by Rudolf Nureyev. Hippodrome, Bristol, 21 – 25 November (0844 871 3012) www.ballet.org.uk/whats-on/romeo-juliet/ [P]

Updated
Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Russian State Ballet and Opera House. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 15 October (01743 281 281); Octagon Theatre, Yeovil, 17 October (01935 422 884); Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, 22 October (01323 412 000); Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 25 October (024 7655 3055); Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 27 October (01242 572 573); Grand Theatre, Swansea, 1 November (01792 475 715); Malvern Theatres, Malvern, 5 November (01684 892 277); Forum Theatre, Billingham, 12 November (01642 552 663); The Playhouse, Harlow, 16 November (01279 431 945); Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 22 November (01793 524 481); Buxton Opera House, Buxton, 26 November (0845 12 72190); Venue Cymru (formerly North Wales Theatre), Llandudno, 28 November (01492 872 000); Royal Hall, Harrogate, 7 December (01423 564 433); Theatre Royal, Norwich, 4 April 2018 (01603 630 000) http://amande-concerts.co.uk/russian-state-ballet/#map_canvas [P]

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia. Darlington Hippodrome, 15 February, 2018 (01325 405405); Theatre Royal, Brighton, 19 February (08700 606 650); New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 23 February (0870 060 6646); Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh, 20 March (0870 606 3424) https://www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/russian-state-ballet-and-orchestra-of-siberia [P]

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Birmingham Royal Ballet. Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, 26 – 30 June 2018 (0870 730 1234) www.birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/birmingham-royal-ballet-romeo-juliet/ [P]

Flute Theatre. Orange Tree Theatre, London, 16 – 28 October (020 8940 0141). Performance for young people with autism and their families. Children and actors play sensory games to unravel Shakespeare’s story. www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk [P]

West Side Story. Orbit Theatre Company. New Theatre, Cardiff, 7 – 11 November (029 2087 8889) www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk/what's-on/orbit-theatre-west-side-story/ [P]

The Taming of the Shrew

Adaptations

New
Directed by Rebecca Frecknell. LAMDA, London, 29 November – 7 December (020 8834 0500). Reverse gender production. www.lamda.org.uk/whats-on/autumn-season-2017/the-taming-of-the-shrew [P]

Kiss Me Kate. Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, 8 – 11 November (0845 330 3565) www.theatrclwyd.com/en/whats-on/kiss-me-kate/ [P]

Kiss Me Kate. Welsh National Opera and Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North. Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds, 23 – 26 May 2018 (0870 125 1898); London Coliseum, London, 20 – 30 June (020 7632 8300) www.kissmekatethemusical.co.uk/ [P]

The Tempest

Adaptation

Updated
Bilimankhwe Arts. Directed by Kate Stafford. EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge, 2 October (01732 361 908); Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead, 3 October (01628 788 997); Conservatoire East, Bury St Edmunds Suffolk, 4 October (01284 769505); Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, Havant, 5 October (023 9247 2700); The Quarry Theatre at St Luke's, Bedford, 7 October (01234 718 112); Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole, 10 – 11 October (0844 406 8666); Theatre Royal, Winchester, 12 October (01962 840 440); MAC, Birmingham, 14 October (0121 446 3232); The Maltings, Farnham, 16 October (01252 726 234); The Library Theatre, Luton, 18 October (01582 547 474); Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 19 October (01992 531 500);Styx Space (Tottenham), London, 22 – 23 October (020 3290 7438); Cast Theatre, Doncaster, 25 – 26 October (01302 303 959); Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, 27 October (0115 846 7777). This pared-down, intense, urban production of Shakespeare's last play features the stunning contemporary African dance choreography of Shyne Phiri. It is powerful, passionate, and of course magical. By bringing together artists from Africa and Europe, the company uses the best from both continents to both entertain and move the audience. www.bilimankhwe-arts.org  [P]

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Blanche McIntyre. Barbican Centre, London, 7 December – 19 January 2018 (0845 120 7550) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Christopher Luscombe. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 2 November – 24 February 2018 (01789 403493) www.rsc.org.uk Public booking opens in late February. [P]

Adaptation

Sun and Moon Theatre Company. Cygnet Theatre, Exeter, 15 – 16 November (01392 277 189). Christmas 1917. As war wages on, those at home in Illyria try to forget and seek distraction, resulting in mistaken identity, folly and love. But when refugee twins, Viola and Sebastian, are shipwrecked and separated, they shake up this grief-stricken community. Christmas 1917. As war wages on, those at home in Illyria try to forget and seek distraction, resulting in mistaken identity, folly and love. But when refugee twins, Viola and Sebastian, are shipwrecked and separated, they shake up this grief-stricken community… https://cygnettheatre.co.uk/events/theatre/ [P]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

Adaptation

The Winter’s Tale (ballet) by Christopher Wheeldon. The Royal Ballet Company. Royal Opera House, London, 13 February – 21 March 2018 (020 7304 4000) www.roh.org.uk/productions/the-winters-tale-by-christopher-wheeldon [P]

Poems and Apocrypha

Miscellaneous
(in alphabetical order)

Bard Heads. Finding the Will in association with the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham. Written and performed by Jules Heads and Richard Curnow. Cygnet Theatre, Exeter, 21 October (01392 277 189). Inspired by Shakespeare’s most famous plays and with a nod to Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, Bard Heads imagines what might have happened
next in Macbeth and Hamlet. www.findingthewill.com/bard-heads/
https://cygnettheatre.co.uk/events/theatre/

Shakespeare and his Black Mates by Lynda Burrell and Fran Hajat. Presented by Museumand, The National Caribbean Heritage Museum. Playhouse, Nottingham, 2 November (0115 941 9419). An Englishman, an African man and a Moor walk into an inn and sit down and talk. No, this isn’t a bad joke. We think this is how William Shakespeare, England’s great playwright, learned about exotic cultures and customs from black people he knew. How else could he have written such powerful characters like Othello, Titus Andronicus, and Caliban? www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/drama/shakespeare-and-his-black-mates/ [P]

 

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