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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

  October 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. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 29 April – 15 October (0870 6091110); Barbican Theatre, London, 31 October – 23 December (0845 120 7550) [P]


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. [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]


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. [P]

Black Theatre Live. Directed by Jeffery Kissoon. Adapted by Mark Norfolk. Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, 4 – 5 October (01434 652 477); Theatre Royal, Margate, 7 – 8 October (0845 130 1786); Theatre Royal, Windsor, 10 – 15 October (01753 853 888); Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole, 20 – 22 October (0844 406 8666); Tara Theatre (formerly Tara Studios), London, 29 October (020 8333 4457); 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]

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]

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]

Method in Madness. Greenwich Theatre, London, 17 – 18 October (020 8858 7755). When a young Hollywood starlet struggles to connect with Shakespeare's Ophelia she desperately turns to method acting for salvation. Soon the boundaries between theatre and her own reality become blurred and amongst the bombs and sirens of Blitz-struck WWII London her stunning portrayal quickly becomes the performance of her life. Method in Madness fuses both Shakespearean text and new writing with stunning physical theatre and extraordinary dance, sound tracked by the haunting music of Laura Marling. The production explores the pressure upon all actresses who tackle one of Shakespeare’s most enigmatic female characters whilst presenting the associated dangers of taking method acting too far. The play also highlights the rarely-hailed defiance of British theatre against the efforts by Nazi bombers to demoralise and divide a nation.  [A]

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. [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

Worcester Repertory Company. Directed by Chris Jaeger. Worcester Cathedral, 18 – 22 October (01905 611427) [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). [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]

Enter Queen Lear by Timeri N. Murani. Directed by Simone Vause. Drayton Arms Theatre, London, 20 September – 2 October (020 7835 2301). An aging glamorous film star falls in love with a younger man. Now, past her cast-by date, she accepts the role of King Lear to act again. Throughout rehearsals she is confronted by the men in her life - two ex-husbands, two sons, and the toy-boy:  but her only real comfort is the banter with her long time dresser. [P]

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.

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. [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). [P]


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

Fluellen Theatre Company. Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen, 5 – 6 October (0845 226 3510); Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl, 7 October (01656 786 996)!shakespeare400/c1ljl [P]

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


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);  [P]

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. [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 – 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. [P]

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); 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]

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

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.  [P]

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]

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. [A]

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]

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).  [P]

Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 30 September – 15 October (01206 573 948) [P]

Sheffield University Drama Society (Staff and Alumni). Sheffield University Drama Studio, 9 – 12 November (0757 211 8499). [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 2017 – 15 July (020 7304 4000). [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. [P]


Richard II

Richard III

Romeo and Juliet


Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Northern Ballet. Choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot. 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) [P]

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Ballet Theatre UK. The Harlequin, Redhill, 29 October (01737 765 547); Grand Theatre Lancaster, 30 October (01524 64695); 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) [P]

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Ballet Cymru. The Riverfront, Newport, 4 – 5 November (01633 656 757) [P]

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Moscow City Ballet. Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, 3 – 4 January (01243 781 312); Richmond Theatre, London, 18 – 22 January 2017 (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. The Regal Theatre, Minehead, 5 October (01643 706 430); Parkend Memorial Hall, Forest of Dean, 7 October (01594 562 594); The Place, Bedford, 10 – 11 October (01234 354 321); The Lights, Andover, 13 October (01264 368 368); Dereham Memorial Hall, Dereham, 14 October (01362 696 943); Under Ground Theatre, Eastbourne, 15 October (01323 430 077); The Blake Theatre, Monmouth, 20 October (01600 719 401); Artrix, Bromsgrove, 21 October (01527 577 330); Blackfriars Arts Centre, Boston (Lincolnshire), 28 October (01205 363 108); 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]

The Taming of the Shrew


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)  [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]


The Tempest (ballet). Birmingham Royal Ballet. Choreographed by David Bintley. Empire Theatre, Sunderland, 20 – 22 October (0870 602 1130) [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]

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. [P]

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. [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]

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


To The Elephant. The Rose Playhouse, London, 5 – 15 October (020 7261 9565). Shakespeare’s blistering Trojan War story gets a dystopian treatment in To The Elephant’s stripped back production, giving a 75 minute account of this rarely performed play. The rhetorical set pieces are distilled so that the story forges ahead to its destined conclusion. Gossip and vanity drive the action and the reputations of its great stars - Helen, Paris, Hector, Achilles, Agamemnon – don’t fare so well under the microscope. This production brings them up close and very personal, offering a searing insight into the vanity and depravity of war. [P]

Twelfth Night

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


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

Shakespeare’s Globe and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse. Directed by Nick Bagnall. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 20 September – 1 October; Liverpool Everyman Theatre, 5 – 29 October. More venues to be announced. (020 7401 9919)  [P]

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]


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. Contact Theatre, Manchester, 4 – 5 October (0161 274 0600); Warwick Arts Centr, Coventry, 6 – 7 October (024 7652 4524); Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, 11 – 15 October (023 8067 1771); Royal and Durngate, Northampton, 17 – 19 October (01604 624 811); Minerva Theatre, Chichester 14 – 18 February 2017 (01243 781312). Four actors perform all 74 of Shakespeare’s onstage death scenes. [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. [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 Dream Bill (Ballet). Birmingham Royal Ballet. 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. [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]

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. [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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