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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

  September 2016 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

Comedy of Errors

Antic Disposition Theatre Company. Gray’s Inn Hall, London, 20 August – 1 September (0333 666 3366) www.anticdisposition.co.uk  [P] 

Coriolanus

Cymbeline

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Melly Still. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 29 April – 15 October (0870 6091110); Barbican Theatre, London, 31 October – 23 December (0845 120 7550) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Adaptation

Imogen, directed by Matthew Dunster. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 17 September – 16 October (020 7401 9919). Imogen, daughter of Cymbeline, enrages her father by marrying against his will. Lies are then told about Imogen to her husband, Posthumous, and he decides she should die. In an urban world that is as strange, erotic and violent as Shakespeare's ancient Britain, Imogen is forced to re-imagine herself as she fights for the life she deserves and not the one that is being determined for her. Imogen is an achingly beautiful story of lovers and families being re-united after violent and harrowing separation, and a tale for our times vividly told in his brutally modern production. www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

Hamlet

Updated
Almeida Theatre. Directed by Robert Icke. Andrew Scott (Hamlet), Juliet Stevenson (Gertrude). 17 February – 8 April 2017 (020 7359 4404)
www.almeida.co.uk Booking opens 8 September. [P]

Adaptations

Festival Players Theatre Company. Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 10 August (01726 879 500); Bread and Roses Theatre, London, 27 September – 15 October (020 7498 1779). All-male 2-hour production. www.penleeparktheatre.com/events/hamlet-festival-players/ [P]

Black Theatre Live. Directed by Jeffery Kissoon. Adapted by Mark Norfolk. Theatre Royal, Windsor, 10 – 15 October (01753 853 888). Denmark, a Black Empire of modern England, where an intelligent young student discovers the world he once knew has crumbled. Implored to defend what is left of his father’s decaying legacy, Hamlet now faces the greatest moral challenge – to kill or not to kill. This fast-moving version gets straight to the heart of a young man’s dilemma. This first all-black production of Hamlet in Britain makes a striking contribution to the Shakespeare 400 anniversary celebration. www.theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk/details.php?id=468 [P]

New
Icarus Theatre Collective. Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, 17 January (01484 430528); Buxton Opera House, Buxton, dates tbc (0845 1272190); Millennium Forum, Derry, 26 – 27 January (028 7126 4455); Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin, 31 January – 4 February (+353 1 677 7770); Riverside Theatre, Coleraine, 8 February (028 7032 3232); Glór, Ennis, 16 – 17 February (+353 65 684 3103); Milldield Theatre, London, 22 – 23 February (0208 8076680); Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy, 20 – 21 March (01592 583302); Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling, 22 March (01786 466666); Hawth Theatre, Crawley, 29 – 30 March (01293 553636); Kings Theatre, Southsea, 3 – 4 April (02392 828282). Blending traditional and physical theatre with a musical score, Icarus Theatre Collective return to bring to life some of literature’s most vibrant language and characters in Shakespeare’s boldest, most exciting and action-packed tragedy. www.icarustheatre.co.uk/shows/hamlet2017.html [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. The Old Vic Theatre, London, from 11 April 2017 (0844 871 7628). More details to be announced. www.oldvictheatre.com [P]

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

King John

Worcester Repertory Company. Directed by Chris Jaeger. Worcester Cathedral, 18 – 22 October (01905 611427) www.worcesterlive.co.uk/shakespeare.asp [P].

King Lear

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Antony Sher (Lear). Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 20 August – 15 October (01789 403493); Barbican Theatre, London, 10 November – 23 December (0845 120 7550). www.rsc.org.uk [P]   

Adaptations

Directed by Deborah Warner. Glenda Jackson (Lear). The Old Vic Theatre, London, 25 October – 3 December (0844 871 7628) www.oldvictheatre.com/whats-on/2016/king-lear/ [P]

New
Lear/Cordelia. 1623 Theatre Company. Directed by Ben Spiller and Louie Ingham. Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester 14-15 October; Derby Theatre Studio, Derby, 18-19 November (01332 285 434). Double-bill of reworking of King Lear and new play, Cordelia, by Farrah Chaudhry. http://1623theatre.co.uk/performance/learcordelia

Queen Lear. Adapted and directed by Phil Willmott. The Phil Willmott Company. Ursula Mohan (Queen Lear). Union Theatre, London, 20 September – 8 October (020 7261 9876). The old woman finds it impossible to retire gracefully and as her mental faculties begin to fail she's cast out by her eldest children, as their sister prepares to lead a French invasion in retaliation. Meanwhile the Duke of Gloucester's equally ruthless son plots to steal his brother's inheritance and the younger generations align in a savage plot to mercilessly destroy their parents. But will they succeed? An epic double family drama about mothers and daughters, fathers and sons. www.philwillmott.org/lear-by-william-shakespeare.html [P]

Love's Labour's Lost

 Royal Shakespeare Company in collaboration with Chichester Festival Theatre. Directed by Christopher Luscombe. Edward Bennett (Berowne). Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, 29 September – 29 October (01243 781 312); Opera House, Manchester, 23 November – 3 December (0870 401 6000); Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, 9 December – 18 March 2017 (0845 481 1870). www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Macbeth

Shakespeare's Globe. Directed by Iqbal Khan. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 18 June – 1 October (020 7401 9919). (Part of the Wonder Season). www.shakespearesglobe.com  [P]

New
LAMDA. The LAMDA Linbury Studio, London, 2 – 3 September (020 8834 0500); Pleasance Theatre, London, 26 November – 3 December (020 7609 1800) www.lamda.org.uk/whats-on/productions-and-showcases/pleasance-islington/macbeth [P]

New
Fluellen Theatre Company. Swansea Grand Theatre, Swansea, 28 – 30 September (01792 636000); Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen, 5 – 6 October (0845 226 3510) www.fluellentheatre.co.uk/#!shakespeare400/c1ljl [P]

Adaptations

Macbeth (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Welsh National Opera. Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 10 – 24 September (08700 40 2000); Hippodrome, Bristol, 12 October (0844 871 3012); New Theatre, Oxford, 26 October (0870 606 3500); Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, 2 November (023 8071 1811); Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, 9 November (0870 730 1234); Venue Cymru (formerly - North Wales Theatre), Llandudno, 23 November (01492 872 000); www.wno.org.uk  [P]

New
Splendid Productions. Pleasance Theatre, London, 28 September (020 7609 1800); Community Arts Centre, Tiverton, 11 October (07443 502523); The Lowry Theatre, Salford, 17 November (0843 208 6000); RADA Studios, London, 13 December (0207 908 4800); Blake Theatre, Monmouth, 8 February 2017 (01600 719 401); Quarry Theatre, Bedford, 7 March (01234 362335). An hour long creative adaptation of Macbeth. A dagger-sharp cast of three take down Shakespeare’s classic tale of ambition, betrayal, murder and manipulation in a boiling hell-broth of tragedy, comedy, physical theatre and song. www.splendidproductions.co.uk/productions/ [P]

New
TWIST Theatre Company. Hackney Empire, London, 8 – 10 September (020 8985 2424). A 21st Century take on Macbeth – Shakespeare meets Channel 4’s Empire with music, dance and a lot of attitude. www.hackneyempire.co.uk/6098/shows/twist-theatre-company-presents-macbeth.html [A]

New
Macbeth – Blood will have Blood. Contender Charlie, China Plate and Warwick Arts Centre.  The Core at Corby Cube, Corby, 3 – 5 October (01536 470 470); The North Wall, Oxford, 7 October (01865 319 450); Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, 9 – 11 October (0115 846 7777); Hounslow Arts Centre & Paul Robeson Theatre, London, 14 October (02037 432 329); Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax, 19 October (01422 349 422). An accessible and unforgettable introduction to Shakespeare’s shocking story of ambition and greed re-invented for 9 – 13 year olds. Using razor sharp storytelling, a dramatic on-screen world and a heart-stopping soundtrack this new, one-man adaptation takes audiences on a break-neck journey through the blood-soaked world of Macbeth, in the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. www.thecorecorby.com/whats-on/macbeth-blood-will-blood/ [P]

Updated
Macbeth – Director’s Cut. Volcano Theatre Company. Directed by Paul Davies and Fern Smith. The Riverfront Theatre, Newport, 18 – 20 October (01633 656 757); Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 1 – 4 November (024 7655 3055). Originally directed by Nigel Charnock for Volcano in 1999, this furious two-hander takes the bloodiest and most intense of Shakespeare’s plays and strips it bare of its regal cushioning, evoking the tawdry domestic world of contemporary serial killers in an erotic and violent theatrical assault on the senses. It is lyrical, apocalyptic, extreme and dangerous. www.belgrade.co.uk/event/macbeth-the-directors-cut [P]

Measure for Measure

The Merchant of Venice

Shakespeare’s Globe. Directed by Jonathan Munby. Jonathan Pryce (Shylock). Everyman & Playhouse, Liverpool, 30 June – 9 July (0151 709 4776); Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 4 – 15 October (020 7401 9919). Revival of the 2015 production. www.shakespearesglobe.com  [P]

Adaptations

The Merchant of Venice (opera) by André Tchaikowsky. Welsh National Opera. Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 16 – 30 September (08700 40 2000); Hippodrome, Bristol, 11 October (0844 871 3012); Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, 1 November (023 8071 1811); Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, 8 November (0870 730 1234); Venue Cymru (formerly - North Wales Theatre), Llandudno, 22 November (01492 872 000); Royal Opera House, London, 19 – 20 July 2017 (020 7304 4000) www.wno.org.uk  [P]

New
JKL Productions. Cast Theatre, Doncaster, 6 – 8 October (01302 303 959). 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. Desperate to help best friend Bassanio win Portia's hand, fledgling businessman Antonio enters a perilous arrangement with Jewish moneylender Shylock, as he promises a pound of his own flesh. Antonio learns a hard lesson when the revenge-seeking Shylock comes to collect his bond. https://castindoncaster.com/whats-on/local-talent/merchant-venice [A]

Merry Wives of Windsor

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Directed by Emma Rice. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 30 April – 11 September (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Pavillion Arts Centre, Buxton, 31 August (01298 72190); Manor Green, Devon, 1 September (01598 753 322); East Sussex National Resort, East Sussex, 2 September (01825 880 088); Basing House, Basingstoke, 3 September (01256 463 965). www.chapterhouse.org/ [P]

BYTES. Royal Court Theatre, Bacup, Lancashire, 16 – 17 September (01706 874080) https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/FIKEML [A]

New
Uppingham School. Directed by Emma Lucia. Uppingham Theatre, Uppingham, 24 – 26 November (01572 820 820) www.uppthearts.co.uk/A-Midsummer-Nights-Dream [A]

Much Ado About Nothing

Love’s Labour’s Won or Much Ado About Nothing. Royal Shakespeare Company in collaboration with Chichester Festival Theatre. Directed by Christopher Luscombe. Edward Bennett (Benedick). Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, 24 September – 29 October (01243 781 312); Opera House, Manchester, 25 November – 3 December (0870 401 6000); Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, 9 December – 18 March 2017 (0845 481 1870). www.rsc.org.uk  [P]

New
Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 30 September – 15 October (01206 573 948) www.mercurytheatre.co.uk/event/much-ado-about-nothing-2016/ [P]

Sheffield University Drama Society (Staff and Alumni). Sheffield University Drama Studio, 9 – 12 November (0757 211 8499). www.suds.shef.ac.uk [A]

Adaptations

New
The Faction. The reFASHIONed Theatre, Selfridges & Co., London, 23 August – 24 September. After civil war Messina seems to have returned to peace with few casualties and a courtship holds the promise of reconciling the battle of the sexes in a well matched wedding. But the reconciliation's have been too hurried and soldiers can't return to the civilian world overnight. The production also sees a fantastic line-up of 'digital cameos' including Simon Callow, Rufus Hound, and Meera Syal. These pre-recorded cameos will be projected into the space as news reports and CCTV footage as part of the 21st century refashioning of the production. This contemporary production of Much Ado about Nothing occupies a distinctly 21st century landscape of high style, tabloid journalism, CCTV and iconic events. www.selfridges.com/GB/en/content/article/refashioned-theatre [P]

Lord Chamberlain’s Men. Directed by Peter Stickney. Holkham Hall, Norfolk, 31 August (01328 713111); Hylands Estate, Chelmsford, 1 September (01245 605500); Cliveden, Taplow, 3 September (0844 249 1895); Parham House and Gardens, Pulborough, 4 September (01903 742021). All-male production. www.tlcm.co.uk/whats-on.html [P]

Othello

Shakespeare’s Globe. Directed by Ellen McDougall. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 23 February – 16 April 2017 (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com  [P]

Adaptation

Otello (opera). Directed by Keith Warner. Royal Opera House, London, 21 June 2017 – 15 July (020 7304 4000). www.roh.org.uk/search?q=otello [P]

Othello’s Guilt, A Monologue from William Shakespeare. Adapted by Roberto Cavosi. Marco Gambino (performer). The Rose Theatre, London, 20 September – 1 October (020 7261 9565). Othello and Iago fuse to become a single force bent on self-annihilation. The two characters constantly mirror each other, as if Othello’s jealousy needs to be fed by Iago’s inner voice. Jealousy is a monstrous interior force, which can devour anyone. Iago represents this cannibalistic energy and will that ends up devouring his own double: Othello. A highly-wrought, interior and poetic study of personal anguish and self-destruction. One man show. www.rosetheatre.org.uk/ [P]

Pericles

Richard II

Richard III

Romeo and Juliet

Adaptations

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Northern Ballet. Choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, 14 – 17 September (01114 249 6000); Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 20 – 24 September (01227 787787); Grand Opera House, Belfast, 28 September – 1 October (028 9024 1919); New Victoria Theatre, Woking, 4 – 8 October (0844 871 7645); Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, 11 – 15 October (01274 432000) http://northernballet.com [P]

New
Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Ballet Cymru. The Riverfront, Newport, 4 – 5 November (01633 656 757) https://tickets.newportlive.co.uk/en-GB/shows/ballet%20cymru-%20romeo%20-%20juliet/info [P]

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Moscow City Ballet. Richmond Theatre, London, 18 – 22 January 2017 (0870 060 6651) www.atgtickets.com/shows/moscow-city-ballet-presents-romeo-and-juliet-and-swan-lake-2017/richmond-theatre/ [P]

National Youth Theatre of Wales and Frantic Assembly. Teatr Anthony Hopkins, Teatr Clwyd, Mold, 6 September (0845 330 3565); New Theatre, Cardiff, 9 – 10 September (029 2087 8889). To celebrate its 40th anniversary year, National Youth Theatre of Wales 2016 presents Shakespeare's most famous love story about star-crossed lovers destined to end in tragedy. This is a dynamic, modern version of Shakespeare's classic with movement from renowned physical theatre company, Frantic Assembly, plus live music and vibrant storytelling. www.theatrclwyd.com/en/whats-on/romeo-and-juliet-3/ www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk/what's-on/romeo-juliet/ [P]

National Youth Theatre Company. Directed by Kate Hewitt. The Ambassadors Theatre, London, 23 September – 25 November (08448 112 334). It’s 1950s post war London. Teddy girls mix with teddy boys and as immigration booms, so does brutality, prejudice and a ruthless gang culture. The National Youth Theatre’s latest adaption brings you vendettas, violence and star crossed lovers like you’ve never seen them before. www.nyt.org.uk  [A]

The Taming of the Shrew

New
Ketterer’s Men. Directed by Laura Young. The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, 22 – 24 September [A]

Adaptations

Kiss Me Kate. Welsh National Opera Company. Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 29 September – 2 October (08700 40 2000); Liverpool Empire Theatre, Liverpool, 5 – 7 October (0844 847 2525); Hippodrome, Bristol, 13 – 15 October (0844 871 3012); New Theatre, Oxford, 27 – 29 October (0870 606 3500); Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, 3 – 5 November (023 8071 1811); Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, 10 – 12 November (0870 730 1234); Venue Cymru (formerly - North Wales Theatre), Llandudno,24 – 26 November (01492 872 000); Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 6 – 10 December (08700 40 2000) www.wno.org.uk  [P]

The Tempest

Quantum Theatre. Sterts Theatre, Cornwall, 1 September (01579 362 382). www.quantumtheatre.co.uk   [P]

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Simon Russell Beale (Prospero). Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 8 November – 21 January 2017 (01789 403493) www.rsc.org.uk/the-tempest/ [P]

New
Fluellen Theatre Company. Swansea Grand Theatre, Swansea, 9 - 11 November (01792 636000) www.fluellentheatre.co.uk/#!shakespeare400/c1ljl [P]

New
Directed by Simon Usher. The Print Room at the Coronet, London, 21 November – 17 December (020 7221 6036) www.the-print-room.org/theatre/autumn-2016/the-tempest/ [P]

Adaptations

The Tempest (ballet). Birmingham Royal Ballet. Choreographed by David Bintley. Empire Theatre, Sunderland, 20 – 22 October (0870 602 1130) www.brb.org.uk/shakespeare [P]

Sound Affairs. Holywell Music Room, Oxford, 9 November; Royal College of Music & Drama, Cardiff, 10 November; Hope University, Capstone Theatre, Liverpool, 11 November; Taliesin, Swansea, 12 November; Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, 2 December. Musical adaptation featuring voices, period instruments and magic lantern. Ariel’s songs included. www.soundaffairs.co.uk [P]

Untold Theatre and Yellowbelly Theatre. Civic Hall, Oswaldtwistle, 21 September (01254 398319). This production is a collaboration between Untold Theatre and Yellowbelly Theatre - in recognition of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Set against a backdrop of mass migration and political corruption, fragments of Verbatim Journalism and striking digital projections punctuate Shakespeare’s original scenes. http://www.civicartscentre.co.uk/#!watch-shows/c101h [A]

Updated
Thick as Thieves Theatre Company. Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, 27 September (01823 414141); Uppingham Theatre, Uppingham, 7 October (01572 820 820). A storm is about to descend on Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre… brave the elements and witness a company of four actors romping through this magical comedy. This fresh adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic stays entirely faithful to the original text, whilst offering a riotous departure from the norm. http://tacchi-morris.com/whats-on/thick-as-thieves-theatre--the-tempest [P]

New
The Young Shakespeare Company. Millfield Arts Centre, London, 7 – 11 November (020 8807 6680). The Young Shakespeare Company’s 90 minute production is specifically adapted for primary school audiences, combining comedy, drama and live music in a fast moving and accessible production. Shakespeare’s words are brought to life with great clarity and energy by the company’s experienced professional actors, making this an unforgettable theatre-going experience for young children. www.enfield.gov.uk/millfield/homepage/18/whats_on_millfield_theatre [A]

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

New
Giffnock Theatre Players. Eastwood Park Theatre, Glasgow, 26 – 29 October (0141 577 4956) www.eastwoodparktheatre.co.uk [A]

New
Civil Brawl Theatre Company. The View, Stratford-upon-Avon, 4 – 14 January 2017 (0783 7586597) www.civilbrawltheatrecompany.co.uk/ [P]

Adaptations

National Theatre. Directed by Simon Godwin. Tamsin Greig (Malvolia). Olivier (National Theatre), London, from 14 February 2017 (020 7452 3000). www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/whats-on [P]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Shakespeare’s Globe and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse. Directed by Nick Bagnall. Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 8 – 11 September; Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee, 14 – 16 September (01382 223 530); Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 20 September – 1 October; Liverpool Everyman Theatre, 5 – 29 October. More venues to be announced. (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com  [P]

The Two Noble Kinsmen

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Blanche McIntyre. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 17 August – 7 February 2017 (01789 403493) www.rsc.org.uk  [P]

The Winter’s Tale

New
Octagon Theatre Bolton and University of Bolton. Directed by David Thacker. Octagon Theatre, Bolton, 21 October – 5 November (01204 520 661) www.octagonbolton.co.uk/145/+/821 [P]

New
Cheek by Jowl Theatre Company. Directed by Declan Donnellan. Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, 24 – 28 January 2017 (0141 429 0022); Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 31 January – 4 February (01223 503 333); The Playhouse, Oxford, 28 February – 4 March (01865 305 305) www.cheekbyjowl.com/the_winter's_tale.php#calendar [P]

Adaptation

The Winter’s Tale (opera). English National Opera. Directed by Rory Kinnear. London Coliseum, London, 27 February – 14 March 2017 (020 7632 8300) www.eno.org/whats-on/the-winters-tale/ [P]

Poems and Apocrypha

Miscellaneous
(in alphabetical order)

The Complete Deaths. Spymonkey. Directed by Tim Crouch. Hull Truck Theatre, Hull, 6 – 10 September (01482 323 638); Shoreditch Town Hall, London, 20 September – 1 October (020 7739 6176); Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, 11 – 15 October (023 8067 1771). Four actors perform all 74 of Shakespeare’s onstage death scenes. www.spymonkey.co.uk [P]

New
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). Bruiser Theatre Company. The Mac (Metropolitan Arts Centre), Belfast, 13 – 22 September (028 9023 5053). Three actors, clad in tights, merge script and improvisation as they present Shakespeare’s entire back catalogue in record time. From Macbeth to As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet to The Comedy of Errors, this is one energetic and enjoyable show that will leave you breathless. Includes the world record for the shortest-ever performance of Hamlet, clocking in at just 43 seconds! https://themaclive.com/shows/the-complete-works-of-william-shakespeare-abridged [P]

Dedication – Shakespeare and Southampton by Nick Dear. Directed by Sam Hodges.
Nuffield Theatre Southampton, 9 September – 8 October (023 8067 1771). Patron? Collaborator? Employer? Voyeur? Lover? William Shakespeare is on trial. Questioned about his relationship with the 3rd Earl of Southampton. What exactly did happen between them? The evidence: Tender poems. Financial dependency. Attempted revolution. A charge of treason. A compelling new drama set in the powder keg of sex, politics and power in Elizabethan England. www.nuffieldtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/dedication-shakespeare-and-southampton [P]

Roman Tragedies. Toneelgroep Theatre Company. Directed by Ivo van Hove. Barbican Theatre, London, 17 – 19 March 2017 (0845 120 7550). Ivo van Hove’s epic is ‘one of the most audacious Shakespeare productions of the modern era’ (Time Out), and immerses you in the midst of the multimedia action. Set in a conference centre with multiple screens relaying non-stop media coverage, tautly edited versions of Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra unfold to form one flowing performance. Power, passion, ambition and national interests – this is the political game revealed in all its facets – with video close-ups amplifying the onstage drama. Roman Tragedies turns audience members into citizens, inviting them to move freely around the auditorium, have refreshments, view the protagonists from different perspectives and live tweet about the experience. First seen at the Barbican in 2009, the six-hour show combines brilliant ensemble acting, running from the cerebral to the raw, with astonishing stagecraft and an electric sense of immediacy. Performed in Dutch with English surtitles. www.barbican.org.uk/theatre/event-detail.asp?ID=19668 [P]

Shakespeare Dream Bill (Ballet). Birmingham Royal Ballet. The Lowry, Salford, 15 – 17 September (0843 208 6000); Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 25 – 26 October (01752 267222). Three Shakespeare-inspired ballets that continue the Company's celebration of the Bard's legacy. Jessica Lang captures the poetry of the sonnets in Wink, a brand-new work for the Company. 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.  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. www.brb.org.uk/whats-on/event/shakespeare-triple-bill-the-dream#overview [P]

Updated
Shakespeare, His Wife and The Dog by Philip Whitchurch. Bated Breath Theatre Company. Directed by Julia St John. Sally Edwards, Philip Whitchurch (performers). Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 16 – 18 November (01206 573 948); Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, 21 – 23 November (0121 236 4455). April 1616 – Shakespeare has returned to Stratford a rich and famous 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? A sleepless night in Stratford. The secrets, lies, resentments and passions of a marriage laid bare. www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/event/shakespeare-his-wife-and-his-dog/ [P]

The Shakespeare Revue by Christopher Luscombe and Malcolm McKee. Theatre Royal, Bath, 19 – 24 September (01225 448 844) www.theatreroyal.org.uk/page/3028/The-Shakespeare-Revue/1298; Richmond Theatre, 7 – 12 November; Theatre Royal, Brighton 21 - 26 November. Celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary with this enchanting collection of witty music and skits, including songs and sketches by Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett, Maureen Lipman, Monty Python, Noël Coward, Cole Porter, Fry & Laurie, Stiles & Drew, Stephen Sondheim and many more. Shakespeare meets showbiz in this glittering cabaret style musical which was originally produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and had a hugely successful West End run. Since then the show has played off Broadway, completed five US tours and travelled the world from Sydney to San Francisco, delighting audiences and receiving rave reviews. you definitely don’t need to be a Shakespearean scholar to enjoy this comic concoction of hilarious sketches and show-stopping numbers. [P]

Shakespeare Trilogy (Henry IV, Julius Caesar and The Tempest). Directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Kings Cross Theatre, London, 23 September – 17 December (0844 815 7151). In 2012, Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female production of Julius Caesar placed the play in a women’s prison. In 2014, Phyllida reunited with actor Harriet Walter for Henry IV, the second instalment in what was then announced as a trilogy of works from these major artists. This autumn the project will conclude with The Tempest forming the final part of The Shakespeare Trilogy. The three plays will play a 13 week repertory season. On special Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy days, all three plays will be performed back to back (dates to be announced). www.donmarwarehouse.com/whats-on/donmar-warehouse/donmar-kings-cross/2016/shakespeare-trilogy [P]

Shakespeare Triple Bill (Ballet). Birmingham Royal Ballet. Sadler’s Wells, London, 10 – 11 October (020 7863 8000). 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. https://www.brb.org.uk/whats-on [P]

New
Sweet Mr Shakespeare. The London Shakespeare Group. Uppingham Theatre, Uppingham, 23 September (01572 820 820). Sweet Mr Shakespeare is a celebration of the enduring delight of Shakespeare’s plays, 400 years after his death. This evening you will experience stories, anecdotes and facts, as we know them, plus scenes from his most popular plays. There will be examinations of opinions of Shakespeare’s work over the years and methods of performance. All the greats are represented; The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, Hamlet, Henry V and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. www.uppthearts.co.uk/Sweet-Mr-Shakespeare [P]

New
William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged). Reduced Shakespeare Company. Pleasance, Playhouse Theatre, Norwich, 4 February 2017 (
01603 598 598). Acclaimed Fringe regulars, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, mark Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary with this new play by the man himself, as discovered in a Leicester car park. www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk [P]



 

 

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