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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

  December 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.

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) [P]

Antony and Cleopatra

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

As You Like It

Shared Experience. Directed by Kate Saxon. Broadway Theatre, Letchworth, 29 November – 2 December (01462 681088).  [P]

Directed by Max Webster. Regents Park Open Air Theatre, London, 6 – 28 July (0844 826 4242) [P]

Comedy of Errors




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


Hamlet (opera) by Brett Dean. Glyndebourne Theatre Company. Libretto by Matthew Jocelyn, directed by Neil Armfield. Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 3 November; Theatre Royal, Norwich, 17 November; Milton Keynes Theatre, 24 November; Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 1 December. [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]

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. Barbican Centre, London, 24 November – 20 January 2018 (0845 120 7550) [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) [P]

King John

King Lear

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

Love's Labour's Lost


National Theatre. Directed by Rufus Norris. Rory Kinnear (Macbeth), Anne-Marie Duff (Lady Macbeth). Olivier Theatre, From 28 February (020 7452 3000). [P]

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) [P]

The National Production Company. The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham, 10 – 14 April 2018 (0121 245 4455) [P]


Macbeth (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Royal Opera House, London, 25 March – 10 April 2018 (020 7304 4000) [P]

Macbeeth. Red Squash Theatre Company. Hen and Chickens Theatre, London, 12 – 16 December (020 7704 2001). Macbeeth is considering killing the King. Lady Macbeeth is over-excited. The King is blissfully unaware, and there are too many Thanes to count. Watch the drama unfold in an hour-long, altogether lighter take on one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies. Red Squash Theatre presents a comedic reinvention of the Scottish play. [P]

The Paper Cinema’s Macbeth. Paper Cinema. BAC (Battersea Arts Centre), London, 20 March – 4 April 2018 (020 7223 2223). Immerse yourself on a journey through rugged Scottish landscapes and encounter storms, betrayal and murderous plot. Shakespeare's tragedy is vividly told with illustration, masterful puppetry and a live score. Watch a captivating silent film created before your eyes. Hand-drawn puppets collide with music, Foley and cinematic projection to create epic battle scenes and intricate characters. [P]

That Scottish Play. Commedia of Errors Theatre Company. Adapted and directed by Benjamin Gould. Lyric Theatre, Belfast, 23 – 26 January 2018 (028 9038 1081). Macbeth and the witches meet again, in thunder, lightning, but probably no rain (we get enough of that as it is). The hurlyburly’s all but done and now it’s time to have some fun. Witchcraft? Yes. Murder? Yes. Tragedy? Not this time! Scotland’s greatest hero returns to plumb the depths of his darkest ambitions. Watch as he descends from legend to villain whilst always remaining a bit of an idiot. As he dives off the cliff of virtue into the pool of evil, perhaps he’ll even do a couple of somersaults as he falls! In a world of buffoons can an idiot be king? How many murders is too many? Can you be truly tragic if everything’s really funny?

Measure for Measure

Directed by David Mercatali. LAMDA, London, 28 November – 7 December (020 8834 0500) [P]

The Merchant of Venice


Shit-Faced Shakespeare – The Merchant of Venice. Leicester Square Theatre, London, 18 April – 2 June 2018 (08448 733433). Shit-faced Shakespeare is the hilarious combination of an entirely serious adaptation of a Shakespearean classic, with an 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 possibly go wrong? [P]

Merry Wives of Windsor

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


Falstaff (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Directed by Bruno Ravella. Garsington Opera Chorus. Wormsley Estate (previously operated from Garsington Manor), High Wycombe, 16 June – 22 July 2018 (01865 361 636) [P]

Falstaff (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Directed by Robert Carson. Royal Opera House, London, 7 – 21 July 2018 (020 7304 4000) [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Daniel Taylor Productions. Epstein Theatre (formerly Neptune Theatre), Liverpool, 12 – 21 April 2018 (08448 884 411). In a double bill with Romeo and Juliet. [P]

Filter Theatre Company. Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, London, 13 – 14 April 2018 (020 8741 6850); Hull Truck Theatre, Hull, 17 – 21 April (01482 323 638); Theatre Clwyd, Mold, 24 – 28 April (01352 701521); NST Campus, Southampton, 1 – 5 May (023 8067 1771); Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 8 – 12 May (01392 726363); The Playhouse, Oxford, 15 – 19 May (01865 305 305); Cast Theatre, Doncaster, 22 – 26 May (01302 303 959); Cambridge Arts Centre, Cambridge, 5 – 9 June (01223 503333) [P]

Directed by Paul Hart. The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 10 May – 16 June 2018 (01635 46044) [P]


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) [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ballet) by Felix Mendelssohn. Ballet Cymru. Choreography by Darius James. Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury, 8 December (01722 321 744). [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ballet) by Felix Mendelssohn. Ballet Theatre UK. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 1 – 2 March 2018 (01284 769 505); Epsom Playhouse, Epsom, 9 March (01372 742 555) [P]

Much Ado About Nothing


Directed by Simon Dormandy. The Rose Theatre, Kingston, 13 April – 6 May 2018 (08444 821 556). Don Pedro is victorious. Having won a turf war down in the city, the Mafia overlord and his entourage take over the luxury spa hotel Messina in order to hide-out, party and recover deep in the Sicilian hills. As hotel owner Leonato fawns over his clan boss, his beautiful daughter Hero wins the heart of Claudio, the Don's young protégé. Meanwhile the no-nonsense, customer experience manager Beatrice has unfinished business to attend to with Benedick, Pedro's commitment-phobic consigliere. But when Hero is disgraced, the party is over, love turns to hatred and new battle lines are drawn. [P]

Nuffield Southampton Youth Theatre. NST City Theatre, Southampton, 19 – 21 July 2018 (023 8067 1771). Shakespeare’s quick-witted comedy of love and misunderstanding, scheming and intrigue, plans and secrets, and men and women matching wits. A play about love, and not taking yourself too seriously. The Nuffield Southampton Youth Theatre take on Shakespeare’s funniest comedy, giving it a twist of their own: girls play boys, boys play girls, in an irreverent and hilarious reimagining of this classic battle of the sexes. [A]


Bowler Crab Productions. St John's Centre, Bexhill-on-Sea, 2 December (01424 216792). [P]


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) [P]

Everyman & Playhouse, Liverpool, 28 April – 10 July 2018 (
0151 709 4776). Female Othello. [P]


Cheek by Jowl Theatre Company. Directed by Declan Donnellan. Barbican Centre, London, 6 – 21 April 2018 (
0845 120 7550); The Playhouse, Oxford, 24 – 28 April 2018 (01865 305 305). Part of an International Tour. [P]

Richard II

Richard III


Brite Theatre Company. Directed by Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdittir. Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, 10 – 14 April 2018 (0141 429 0022). Breaking new ground in Shakespearean performance, Brite Theater re-imagine Richard III as a one- woman show. The fourth wall is utterly obliterated as the audience takes on the roles of all the other characters at Richard's party in this intimate, unpredictable and moving production. [P]

Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare Up Close. Directed by Gemma Fairlie. Orange Tree Theatre, 2 – 13 February, 2018 (020 8940 3633). [P]

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. [P]

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


Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Russian State Ballet and Opera House. Royal Hall, Harrogate, 7 December (01423 564 433); Theatre Royal, Norwich, 4 April 2018 (01603 630 000) [P]

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia. Blackpool Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 12 January 2018 (01253 290 190); Darlington Hippodrome, 15 February (01325 405405); Theatre Royal, Brighton, 19 February (08700 606 650); New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 23 February (0870 060 6646); De Montfort Hall, Leicester, 1 March (01162 333 111); Pavillion Theatre, Bournemouth, 12 March (0870 111 3000); Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh, 20 March (0870 606 3424) [P]

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Moscow City Ballet. Composed by Prokofiev. Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 7 – 8 February 2018 (0115 989 5555) [P]

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Birmingham Royal Ballet. Sadler’s Wells, London, 12 – 13 June 2018 (020 7863 8000); Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, 26 – 30 June (0870 730 1234) [P]

Juliet and Romeo: A Guide to Long Life and Happy Marriage. Lost Dog Dance Theatre Company. Directed by Ben Duke. Performed by Ben Duke and Solène Weinachter. BAC (Battersea Arts Centre), London, 14 – 24 February 2018 (020 7223 2223); The Place Theatre, London, 27 February – 3 March (020 7121 1100). Lost Dog’s new show reveals the real story of Romeo and Juliet. It turns out they didn’t die in a tragic misunderstanding, they grew up and lived happily ever after. Well they lived at least. Now they’re 40ish, at least one of them is in the grips of a mid-life crisis, they feel constantly mocked by their teenage selves and haunted by the pressures of being the poster couple for romantic love. They have decided to confront their current struggles by putting on a performance – about themselves. Their therapist told them it was a terrible idea. With Lost Dog’s blend of dance, theatre and comedy this duet takes on our cultural obsession with youth and our inevitable issues with longevity. [P]

Shit-Faced Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet. Leicester Square Theatre, London, 20 June – 1 September 2018 (08448 733433). Shit-faced Shakespeare is the hilarious combination of an entirely serious adaptation of a Shakespearean classic, with an 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 possibly go wrong? [P]

The Taming of the Shrew


Directed by Rebecca Frecknell. LAMDA, London, 29 November – 7 December (020 8834 0500). Reverse gender production. [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); Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, 4 – 7 July (0131 529 6000). [P]

The Tempest


Return to the Forbidden Planet by Bob Carlton. SOSage Factory Theatre Company. The Core (formerly the Library Theatre Arts Complex), Solihull, 1 – 3 March 2018 (0121 704 6962). Bob Carlton’s smash hit West End musical is based on Shakespeare's The Tempest and the 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet. [A]

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Blanche McIntyre. Barbican Centre, London, 7 December – 19 January 2018 (0845 120 7550) [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) Public booking opens in late February. [P]

Bristol Old Vic and Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. Directed by Wils Wilson, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, 17 October – 10 November 2018 (0117 987 7877) [P]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale


The Winter’s Tale (ballet) by Christopher Wheeldon. The Royal Ballet Company. Royal Opera House, London, 13 February – 21 March 2018 (020 7304 4000) [P]

National Theatre. Adapted by Justin Audibert for audiences of 8-12 years. Dorfman Theatre, 14 – 28 February (020 7452 3000) [P]

Poems and Apocrypha

(in alphabetical order)

othellomacbeth. Home Theatre (formerly Cornerhouse), Manchester, 14 – 29 September 2018 (0161 200 1500); Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, London, 5 October – 3 November (020 8741 6850). One company. Two directors. One set. Two plays. An audacious condensed staging of two of Shakespeare’s most brutal and poetic plays, exploring fear, jealousy, power and revenge. Two stories in which powerful men are manipulated into destroying their societies, their households, their loved ones and themselves. In this dynamic and visceral production these two iconic plays will be performed together by one exciting company of actors, examining escalating cycles of violence; abuses of power and the role and nature of the “tragic hero”. [P]

Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre: Macbeth / A Midsummer Night’s Dream / Richard III / Romeo & Juliet. Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York, 25 June – 2 September 2018 (01904 623 568). Europe’s first ever pop-up Shakespearean theatre is coming to York next summer, promising a thrilling and unique theatrical experience! Artistic Director Damian Cruden and Associate Director Juliet Forster will be putting their stamp on Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream respectivelyOlivier Award-winner Lindsay Posner from the West End will direct Romeo and Juliet and Richard III. Outside the theatre, Shakespeare’s Village will be a vibrant spectacle, allowing everybody free access to Elizabethan entertainment, including wagon performances, juggling jesters and musicians; the best Yorkshire food and drinks and an ornate Elizabethan garden. [P]



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