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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

  November 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.

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

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Iqbal Khan. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 11 March – 7 September 2017 (01789 403493) [P]

As You Like It

Comedy of Errors


Directed by Gareth Nicholls. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD)), Glasgow, 27 January – 1 February 2017 (0141 332 5057) [A]


Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Melly Still. Barbican Theatre, London, 31 October – 23 December (0845 120 7550) [P]


VML Drama Company. Brindley Arts Centre, Runcorn, 25 – 28 January 2017 (0151 907 8360) [P]

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


Fox and Chips. Directed by Vince Gade. Pack and Carriage Pub, Camden, 17 October – 13 December (Mondays and Tuesdays only). Experience Shakespeare’s original text poured into a 1970s drinking hole where the poetry blends right in with the rhythms of the jukebox. The scent wafting through the air is a heady cocktail, a ghost of good times and illegal highs - but what other ghostly, illegal, bloody revelations are afoot? Everyone else may be too high to notice… Be there. With Hamlet. Rebel. [P]

Black Theatre Live. Directed by Jeffery Kissoon. Adapted by Mark Norfolk. Stratford Circus, London, 2 – 5 November (0844 357 2625). 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. [P]

Flute Theatre Company (in co-production with English Touring Theatre). Directed by Kelly Hunter.  Trafalgar Studios, London, 6 – 31 December (0870 060 6632). Flute Theatre's Hamlet delves deep into the divided self of the protagonist. The unique company of just 6 actors keep the essence of Shakespeare’s tragedy, condensing the action into the single, bloody night of Hamlet’s mother’s wedding. By dawn only a gravedigger will be alive… This is Hamlet as you’ve never seen before. [P]

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. [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. Directed by David Leveaux. The Old Vic Theatre, London, 25 February - 29 April 2017 (0844 871 7628). More details to be announced. [P]

Henry IV, pt.1


Donmar Warehouse. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Harriet Walter (King Henry). King’s Cross Theatre, London, 17 November – 17 December (0844 815 7151). Revival of the 2014 production conflating the two parts. [P]

Henry IV, pt.2


Donmar Warehouse. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Harriet Walter (King Henry). King’s Cross Theatre, London, 17 November – 17 December (0844 815 7151). Revival of the 2014 production conflating the two parts. [P]

Henry V

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

Henry VI, pt 3

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

Donmar Warehouse. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Harriet Walter (Brutus). King’s Cross Theatre, London, 27 October – 17 December (0844 815 7151). Revival of the 2012 production. [P]

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Angus Jackson. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 3 March – 9 September 2017 (01789 403493) [P]

King John

King Lear

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Antony Sher (Lear). Barbican Theatre, London, 10 November – 23 December (0845 120 7550). [P]   

Bowler Crab. Directed by Stephen John. St Mildred’s Church, Tenterden, 12 November; Stables Theatre, Hastings, 18-19 November; St Mary’s Church, Rye, 26 November; Saint John’s Centre, Bexhill, 3 December; Battle Memorial Hall, Battle, 10 December (07801 893115). [P]


Directed by Deborah Warner. Glenda Jackson (Lear). The Old Vic Theatre, London, 25 October – 3 December (0844 871 7628) [P]

Lear/Cordelia. 1623 Theatre Company. Directed by Ben Spiller and Louie Ingham. Derby Theatre Studio, Derby, 18-19 November (01332 285 434). Double-bill of reworking of King Lear and new play, Cordelia, by Farrah Chaudhry.

Love's Labour's Lost

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


LAMDA. Pleasance Theatre, London, 26 November – 3 December (020 7609 1800) [P]


Lady Macbeth : Unsex me here (dance). Presented by Company Chordelia and Solar Bear. Choreographed by Kally Lloyd-Jones. The Tron, Glasgow, 1 – 2 November (0141 552 4267). An exciting and unique piece of dance theatre by award-winning Company Chordelia Artistic Director Kally Lloyd-Jones. Marking the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Lady Macbeth: unsex me here explores one of Shakespeare’s most complex women. Ambition, power, guilt, remorse, loss, death. Paralleling Shakespeare’s time, a cast of three male dancers all play Lady Macbeth, exploring the relationship between masculinity and femininity. Using Shakespeare’s language as the source, British Sign Language is used to create choreography, producing a piece of visceral dance and movement theatre which will reach D/deaf and hearing audiences alike, in different ways. [P]

Macbeth (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Welsh National Opera. 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);  [P]

Splendid Productions. 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. [P]

Directed by Ian Wooldridge. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD)), Glasgow, 18 – 21 January 2017 (0141 332 5057). A bloody, all female, tale of the original killer couple, the Macbeths, who murder their way to the Scottish throne. Rapid political advancement and naked ambition at its most ruthless and destructive, while ghosts, witches and walking woodland provide a backdrop to the rise and fall of two of Shakespeare’s most flawed characters. [A]

Macbeth – Director’s Cut. Volcano Theatre Company. Directed by Paul Davies and Fern Smith. Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 1 – 4 November (024 7655 3055); Lakeside Theatre, Colchester, 10 November (01206 873 261); Theatre Royal, York, 22 November (01904 623 568). 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. [P]

Macbeth: Scratch. The Paper Cinema Theatre Company. BAC (Battersea Arts Centre), London, 15 – 17 December (020 7223 2223). The Paper Cinema will be scratching an early version of their new production of Macbeth. Expect live musical accompaniment, foley and beautifully drawn hand-made puppets. Scratch allows artists to test ideas and get audience feedback. The performance you will see is a work in development. Come, explore and be the first to discover the future of theatre. [P]

Macbeth – Shakespeare for younger audiences. Dorfman Theatre (National Theatre, London, 6 – 20 February 2017 (020 7452 3000). 7 actors. [P]

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett. Adapted by Stephen Briggs. Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking, 8 – 10 December (01483 545 900) [A]

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett. Adapted by Stephen Briggs. The Apollo Theatre, Newport, 9 – 17 December (01983 527 267) [A]

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett. Adapted by Stephen Briggs. Bolton Little Theatre, 6 – 11 March 2017 (01204 334 400). [A]

Measure for Measure


The Questors Theatre Company. Questor’s Theatre, London, 4 – 12 November (020 8567 5184). Modern day setting. [P]

Swan Theatre Company. The Place, Bedford, 8 – 12 November (01234 354321). 1960. London. The coffee bars and jazz clubs of Soho provide the background as the young and the restless are revolutionising youth culture and forging a new lifestyle of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Injustice, hypocrisy and the challenge of inflexible virtue combine in Shakespeares most searching exploration of sexual politics and social justice. [P]

The Merchant of Venice

Richmond Shakespeare Society. Directed by John Gilbert. Mary Wallace Theatre, Twickenham, 5 – 12 November (020 8744 0547 10am – 7pm only). [A]


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)  [P]

Merry Wives of Windsor

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Warwick School and King’s High School. Directed by Mike Perry and Cat Price. Bridge House Theatre, Warwick, 16 – 19 November (01926 776 438) [A]

Uppingham School. Directed by Emma Lucia. Uppingham Theatre, Uppingham, 24 – 26 November (01572 820 820) [A]

NK Theatre Arts. The Forum Theatre (also Romiley Forum), Stockport, 24 – 27 May 2017 (0161 430 6570) [A]


The Dream (ballet). Choreographed by Frederick Ashton. Music by Felix Mendelssohn. Royal Opera House, London, 2 – 10 June 2017 (020 7304 4000). Part of a triple bill in tribute to Frederick Ashton. [P]

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). Opera House, Manchester, 25 November – 3 December (0870 401 6000); Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, 9 December – 18 March 2017 (0845 481 1870).  [P]

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

Lancaster University Theatre Group (LUTG). Nuffield Theatre (Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts), Lancaster, 24 November (01524 594 151) [A]


Street Theatre Company. Directed by Karen Trevis. Strode Theatre, Street, 10 – 12 November (01458 442 846). Modern day setting. [A]

Shit-Faced Shakespeare – Much Ado about Nothing. Leicester Square Theatre, London, 11 April – 16 September 2017 (08448 733433). The smash-hit, internationally acclaimed, award-winning, multi sell-out fringe phenomenon is back in London with a new show for 2017: Much Ado About Nothing. Shit-faced Shakespeare is the hilarious combination of an entirely serious adaptation of a Shakespearian classic with a single, entirely shit-faced cast member. With one cast member selected at random and given four hours to drink before every show we present to you classical theatre as it was always meant to be seen. With a gin in one hand, a cup of wine in the other and a flagon of ale in the other... What could go wrong? https://leicestersquaretheatre   [P]


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


Otello (opera). Directed by Keith Warner. Royal Opera House, London, 21 June  – 15 July 2017 (020 7304 4000). [P]


Richard II

Richard III

LAMDA. The Pleasance Theatre, London, 22 November – 1 December (020 7609 1800). Student production. [A]

Romeo and Juliet


Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Ballet Theatre UK. Brindley Arts Centre, Runcorn, 2 November (0151 907 8360); Grand Pavillion, Porthcawl, 3 November (01656 786 996); Roses Theatre, Tewksbury, 9 November (01684 295 074); Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, 3 December (01823 414141); Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorchester, 14 – 15 December (01305 266 926); Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, 12 January (01246 345 222) [P]

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Ballet Cymru. The Riverfront, Newport, 4 – 5 November (01633 656 757) McMillan Theatre, Bridgewater, 11 November (01278 556677) [P]

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Moscow City Ballet. Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, 3 – 4 January 2017 (01243 781 312); Richmond Theatre, London, 18 – 22 January (0870 060 6651) [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.  [A]

The Pantaloons Theatre Company. Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, 3 November (01246 345 222); Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, 4 November (01892 678 678); Kettering Arts Centre, Kettering, 5 November (01536 513 858). Romance. Swordfights. Potions. Tragically slow messengers… The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons give Shakespeare’s tale of ill-fated love a fresh twist! A delightfully inventive take featuring live music, audience interaction and that famous bit with the balcony. You’ll laugh until you cry… [P]

Wolf Sister Productions and Pepe Pryke. The Rose Playhouse, London, 15 November – 10 December (020 7261 9565). Two warring families, the Montagues and the Capulets, find themselves far from home. Caught up in a greater conflict, they have been uprooted to a refugee camp. Before Romeo encounters Juliet, the family feud leads to a street brawl. But when they do meet, they fall passionately in love. What happens when romance runs counter to family ties? How can Romeo and Juliet protect their love when their world is violent and unstable?? [P]

Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare for younger audiences. Dorfman Theatre (National Theatre, London, 11 – 24 February 2017 (020 7452 3000). Set against a vibrant urban backdrop bursting full of excitement, colour, dancing and live song, a company of eight recreate the most famous love story of all time. [P]

West Side Story. Music: Leonard Bernstein. Northern Stage (previously known as Newcastle Haymarket Playhouse), Newcastle upon Tyne, 19 – 21 January 2017 (0191 230 5151) [A]

The Taming of the Shrew


Kiss Me Kate. Welsh National Opera Company. 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)  [P]

Kiss Me Kate. TAOS Musical Theatre. Arc Theatre, Trowbridge, 22 – 26 November (01225 756 376) [P]

The Tempest

Donmar Warehouse. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Harriet Walter (Brutus). King’s Cross Theatre, London, 23 September – 17 December (0844 815 7151). [P]

Scrawny Cat Theatre Company. The Rose Playhouse, London, 18 October – 12 November (020 7261 9565) [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) [P]

Fluellen Theatre Company. Swansea Grand Theatre, Swansea, 9 - 11 November (01792 636000)!shakespeare400/c1ljl [P]

Directed by Simon Usher. The Print Room at the Coronet, London, 21 November – 17 December (020 7221 6036) [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. [P]

The Young Shakespeare Company. Millfield Arts Centre, London, 7 – 11 November (
020 8807 6680); Blackpool Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 2 – 4 March 2017 (01253 290 190). 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. [A]

University of Derby. Derby Theatre, Derby, 2 – 3 December (01332 255 800). University of Derby final year Theatre Arts students present a contemporary re-imagining of Shakespeare's last solo play, conjuring a dark tale of magic, intrigue and  romance. [A]

The Tempest: A Storytelling. Lichfield Garrick, Lichfield, 2 November (01543 412 121). A telling of Shakespeare’s powerful tale by Storyteller Maria Whatton with music performed live by Maya Sinead. [P]

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Blanche McIntyre. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 23 June – 2 September 2017 (01789 403493) [P]

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

Chipstead Players. Directed by Sarah Branston. The Courtyard Theatre, London, 5 – 14 January 2017 (01737 555680) [P]


Civil Brawl Theatre Company. The View, Stratford-upon-Avon, 12 – 15 and 17 - 21 January 2017 (0783 7586597). Modern day setting. [P]

National Theatre. Directed by Simon Godwin. Tamsin Greig (Malvolia). Olivier (National Theatre), London, from 14 February 2017 (020 7452 3000). [P]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Noble Kinsmen

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

The Winter’s Tale

Octagon Theatre Bolton and University of Bolton. Directed by David Thacker. Octagon Theatre, Bolton, 21 October – 5 November (01204 520 661) [P]

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); Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, 25 – 29 April (0117 987 7877)'s_tale.php#calendar [P]

Directed by Max Webster. Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, 10 February – 4 March 2017 (0131 248 4848) [P]


The Winter’s Tale (opera). English National Opera. Directed by Rory Kinnear. London Coliseum, London, 27 February – 14 March 2017 (020 7632 8300) [P]

The Hermes Experiment. Cockpit Theatre, London, 13 December (020 7258 2925). In light of Shakespeare's 400th anniversary, award-winning quartet The Hermes Experiment (harp, clarinet, soprano and double bass) have developed a new interpretation of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale during an Aldeburgh Music Residency. Reducing the play to an hour’s duration in collaboration with director Nina Brazier and composer Kim Ashton, the quartet of musicians become part of the drama alongside a group of actors. [P]

Poems and Apocrypha

Venus and Adonis. Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 26 July – 4 August 2017 (01789 403493) [P]

(in alphabetical order)

The Complete Deaths. Spymonkey. Directed by Tim Crouch. Minerva Theatre, Chichester 14 – 18 February 2017 (01243 781312). Four actors perform all 74 of Shakespeare’s onstage death scenes. [P]

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) by Adam Long., Daniel Singer, Jess Winfield and Reed Martin. Chorley Little Theatre, Chorley, 24 – 29 April 2017 (01257 275 123). All 37 Plays in 97 Minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays. Join three madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter. [P]

The History of Cardenio by William Shakespeare, John Fletcher and Gary Taylor. Richmond Shakespeare Society and Cutpurse. Directed by Gerald Baker. Mary Wallace Theatre, Twickenham, 18 – 25 March 2017 (020 8744 0547 10am – 7pm only). [A]

Love’s Labour’s Wonne. Riverside Drama Company. Duchess Theatre, Long Eaton, 3 – 5 November (0115 972 9195). Jack’s career and love-life are both going nowhere. He needs a job – and a girlfriend. But although Annie at first seems impressed by his taking on a week-long Shakespeare workshop at historic Hoghton Tower, his prospects of love and promotion take a nose dive when his lack of expertise becomes obvious – and the sudden appearance of William Shakespeare himself causes more problems than it solves! A modern love triangle with echoes of the sixteenth century is  finally resolved – but not everyone can get what they want. [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. [P]

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. [P]

The Shakespeare Revue by Christopher Luscombe and Malcolm McKee.  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). [P]

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. [P]


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