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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

  July 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.

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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

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

Antony and Cleopatra

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Iqbal Khan. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 11 March – 7 September (01789 403493); Barbican Centre, London, 30 November – 20 January 2018 (0845 120 7550) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

As You Like It

Putney Theatre Company. Putney Arts Theatre, London, 20 – 24 June; Putney Old Burial Ground (near Putney Arts Centre), London (outdoor performance), 1 -2 and 8 – 9 July (020 8788 6943) www.putneytheatrecompany.org.uk/productions/2017/02/22/as-you-like-it/ [A]

Theatre By The Lake and Shared Experience. The Theatre By The Lake, Keswick, 7 July – 4 November (017687 74411) www.theatrebythelake.com/production/15837/As-You-Like-It?startdate=2017-7-7 [P]

MadCap Theatre Productions. Mary Arden’s Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon, 14 – 15 July (01789 338535); Cockpit Theatre, London, 16 July (020 7258 2925); St Andrew’s Church, Droitwich Spa, 20 July (01905 794952); OFS Studio (previously known as Old Fire Station Theatre), Oxford, 21 – 22 July (01865 297 170); Artrix, Bromsgrove, 28 July (01527 577330); The Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud, 29 July (0333 666 3366); Arley Arboretum & Gardens, Upper Arley (near Bewdley), 30 July (01299 861368); St Nicolas Church Rector Garden (in association with Cranleigh Arts Centre), Cranleigh, 4 August (01483 278000); Victoria Gardens (in association with The Roses Theatre), Tewkesbury, 5 August (01684 295074); Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum, Nr. Leominster, 6 August (01432 530088); Greyfriars House and Gardens, Worcester, 13 August (01905 23571) www.madcaptheatreproductions.co.uk/as-you-like-it.html [P]

Adaptation

The HandleBards. Painswick Rococo Garden, Painswick, 30 June – 1 July (01452 813204); The Fleece Inn, Bretforton, 2 July (01386 831173); Cogges Manor Farm, Witney, 5 July (01993 703056); Arts at Stowe, Stowe, 6 July (01280 825710 ); Cottesbrook Hall, Cottesbrook, 7 July (07986 784 207); Abbey Pumping Station, Leicester, 8 July (0116 299 5111); Newark Castle, Newark-upon-Trent, 14 July (01636 655 755); Monkey Park, Chesterfield, 15 July (07986 784 207); South Street Park Amphitheatre, Sheffield, 16 July (07986 784 207); Recycle Bikes, Sheffield, 18 July (07986 784 207); Ordsall Hall, Salford, 20 July (0161 872 0215); Haigh Woodland Park, Wigan, 21 July (07986 784 207); Rufford Old Hall, Ormskirk, 22 July (01704 821 254); Hoghton Tower, Preston, 23 July (0844 888 9991); Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, York, 25 July  (01904 654818); Workhouse Museum, Ripon, 26 July (07986 784 207); Bolton Castle, Leyburn, 27 July (01969 623981); Raby Castle, Staindrop, 28 July (01833 660202); Crook Hall, Durham, 30 July – 1 August (0191 384 8028); Cycle Hub, Newcastle, 2 August (07986 784 207); Northumberlandia, Cramlington, 3 August (0191 284 6884); Felton Park, Felton, 4 August (01665 606515); Pallinsburn House, Cornhill-on-Tweed, 5 August (01665 606515); Kailzie Gardens, Peebles, 8 August (01721 720007); Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, 9 – 13 August (0131 226 0000); Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury, 16 August (07986 784 207); Tapeley Park & Gardens, Bideford, 17 August (07986 784 207); Vicarage Garden, Great Torrington, 18 August (07986 784 207); Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 22 August (07986 784 207); Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport, 23 August (07986 784 207); Maumbury Rings, Dorchester, 24 August (01305 266 926); Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth, 25 August (07986 784 207); Bucklers Hard, Beaulieu, 26 August (07986 784 207); The Stage Door, Southampton, 29 August (07986 784 207); Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham, 30 August (07986 784 207); Capron House, Midhurst, 31 August (07986 784 207); Brunel Museum, Rotherhithe, 5 September (07986 784 207); The Rookery, Streatham, 6 September (07986 784 207); Norden Farm, Maidenhead, 12 September (07986 784 207); Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton, 13 September (07986 784 207); Chelsea Physic Garden, London, 14 – 15 September (07986 784 207); Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury (07986 784 207). Four-strong all female troupe. http://www.handlebards.com/girls-tour-dates/ [P] 

 

New
Shared Experience. Directed by Kate Saxon. Richmond Theatre, London, 7 – 11 November (0870 060 6651). Set in the modern world of alternative facts and fiercely jealous leaders, the young Rosalind and her friend Celia find themselves pawns in a power struggle. www.atgtickets.com/shows/as-you-like-it/richmond-theatre/#overview_tab [P]

Comedy of Errors

Illyria Theatre Company. Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden, Warrington, 1 July; The Arts Centre at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, 2 July; Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith, 4 July; Clydebank Town Hall, Clydebank, 5 July; Hartland Abbey, Bideford, 8 July; Cardigan Castle, Cardigan, 9 July; Penlee Park Theatre, Penzance, 13 July; The Temple Enclosure, Wanstead Park, Epping Forest, 14 July; Fairkytes Arts Centre, Hornchurch, 15 July; Logie Steading, Forres, 20 July; Drum Castle, Gardens and Estates (NTS), Banchory, 21 July; Elgin Cathedral (HES), Elgin, 22 July; Callendar Park, Falkirk, 23 July; Brantwood, Coniston, 25 July; Oystermouth Castle, Mumbles, Swansea, 26 July; Petersfield Shakespeare Festival at Bedales, Petersfield, 27 July; Sandford Parks Lido, Cheltenham, 28 July; Burrswood, Groombridge, 29 July; The Amphitheatre, Lower Leas Coastal Park, Folkstone, 30 July; Lincoln Castle, Lincoln, 2 August; Harlech Castle, Harlech, 3 August; Abergavenny Castle Grounds, Abergavenny, 5 August; Canary Wharf, London, 7 August; Tonbridge Castle, Tonbridge, 8 August; Dolphin Square Gardens, London, 9 August; Herstmonceux Castle, nr Halisham, 10 August; Linford Manor Park, Milton Keynes, 11 August; Castle Gardens, Sherborne, 12 August; Williamson Park, Lancaster, 13 August; Plas Glyn Y Weddw Arts Centre, Pwllheli, 16 August; Montgomery Castle, Powys, 17 August; Preston Park Museum and Grounds, Stockton, 18 August; Arlington Court (NT), Barnstaple, 19 August; Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner, Middx, 27 August; Middleton Lodge, Richmond, 7 September; Norfolk Square Gardens, London, 8 September; Hinton Ampner, Alresford, 9 September; Manor Farm, Corsley, 10 September. www.illyria.co.uk/IllyriaCOEtourschedule2017.htm [P]

Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company. Minack Theatre, Penzance, 14 – 18 August (01736 810 181) www.minack.com/event/comedy/?instance_id=6845 [P]

Adaptation

Raiser Theatre. theSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53), Edinburgh, 22 – 26 August (0131 226 0000, after 7 June) https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/comedy-of-errors [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival] [P]

Coriolanus

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

Cymbeline

Hamlet

Directed by Robert Icke. Andrew Scott (Hamlet), Juliet Stevenson (Gertrude). The Harold Pinter Theatre, London, 9 June – 2 September (0844 871 7622) www.atgtickets.com/shows/hamlet/harold-pinter-theatre/ [P]

Ghost Light Players. The Space on the Mile (Venue 39), Edinburgh, 7 - 11 August (0131 226 0000, after 7 June) https://tickets.edfringe.com/ [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival] [P]

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

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

Adaptations

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

Approximately Right Productions (in association with Park Theatre). Directed by Simon Evans. Park Theatre, London, 22 August – 16 September (020 7870 6876). This is Hamlet stripped to its core and played by three members of one family: Gyles Brandreth, Benet Brandreth, Kosha Engler – father, son and wife. A family gathering, haunted, claustrophobic, intense. With a running time of 90 minutes, this Hamlet blasts through our expectations of a familiar text offering a unique take on Shakespeare’s most famous play, performed by a unique cast. www.parktheatre.co.uk/whats-on/hamlet [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. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 3 March – 9 September (01789 403493); Barbican Centre, London, 24 November – 20 January 2018 (0845 120 7550) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Directed by Loveday Ingram. Storyhouse Theatre, Chester, 23 June – 30 July (0845 241 7868); Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester, 3 – 27 August (0845 241 7868) www.storyhouse.com/event/julius-caesar [P]

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

Adaptation

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Julian Glover, Lynn Farleigh (performers). Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, 9 June – 1 July (0117 987 7877). Building on the brilliant success of King Lear in 2016, Julius Caesar will bring together theatre legends Julian Glover and Lynn Farleigh with the stars of tomorrow from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School for a contemporary production of Shakespeare's most famous political drama. www.bristololdvic.org.uk/julius-caesar.html [A/P]

King John

King Lear

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

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

Love's Labour's Lost

Adaptation

New
Royal Academy of Music's Musical Theatre Company. Directed by Bruce Guthrie. Hackney Empire, London, 29 June – 2 July (020 8985 2424). A contemporary musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic comedy, this is a madcap celebration of true love and coming of age. The King and his best buds decide at their five-year college reunion to swear off the joys of women. But when four cute, clever girls from their past show up, they’re forced to reconsider! https://hackneyempire.co.uk/whats-on/royal-academy-musics-musical-theatre-company-present-loves-labours-lost/ [P]

Macbeth

Iris Theatre Company. Directed by Daniel Winder. David Hywel Baynes (Macbeth). St Paul's Church (The Actors Church), London, 21 June – 29 July (020 8692 5322) www.actorschurch.org/calendar.html [P]

Adaptations

Macbeth (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Teatro Regio Torino. Directed by Emma Dante. Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, 18 – 20 August (0131 473 2000). www.eif.co.uk [Part of the Edinburgh International Festival] [P]

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

Fathom Theatre Company. Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 8 July (01726 879 500). Following their successful tour of Twelfth Night, the three witches of Fathom Theatre return with an atmospheric all-female adaptation of Macbeth. Fathom bring their signature blend of fast-paced multi-character storytelling to the Scottish play, with live music, puppetry and a bewitching sense of foreboding. More dates to follow. www.penleeparktheatre.com/events/fathom-theatre-macbeth/ [P]

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

Oddsocks Macbeth. Oddsocks Theatre Company. Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York, 3 July (01904 501935); Cooling Garden Centre, Kent, 6 July (01959 532269); Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove, 9 July (01332 258328); Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar, 13 July (01642 479500); MAC Birmingham, Birmingham, 16 July (0121 446 3232); Newark Palace, Newark, 20 July (01636 655 755); Palace Theatre Newark, Nottinghamshire, 20 July (01636 655755); Nottigham Castle, Nottingham, 21 July (0115 807 7900); Markeaton Park Craft Village, Derby, 26 – 27 July (01332 255800); Mary Arden’s Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon, 28 July (01332 258328); Castle Cornet, Guernsey, 17 – 19 August (01481 747280); Brighton Open Air Theatre, Brighton, 24 August (outdoor); Witheridge Parish Hall, Devon, 25 August (01884 860135); Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 27 August (01726 879 500); Workington Hall, Cumbria, 1 September (01900 702987). Shakespeare's darkest of dark tragedies is given the Oddsocks treatment and as this popular company can make a comedy out of anything, be prepared for spine tingling, eye popping, rib tickling hilarity - lots of witches! Lots of laughs!. Expect this battle against good and evil to be a physically exciting spectacle, complete with power hungry rulers, mad wives, sword fights, wandering stilted witches, walking trees, blood, wigs, music, dancing and lots of audience participation. www.oddsocks.co.uk/box-office [P]

Measure for Measure

The Merchant of Venice

Adaptations

The Merchant of Venice (opera) by André Tchaikowsky. Welsh National Opera. Royal Opera House, London, 19 – 20 July (020 7304 4000) www.wno.org.uk  [P]

Gratiano: Grist to the Mill. Written and performed by Ross Ericson. Studio, York Theatre Royal, 18 May (01904 623568); Assembly Hall, Edinburgh, 3 – 28 August (0131 226 0000, after 7 June) https://tickets.edfringe.com  [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival]. Bassanio has been murdered and, under suspicion, Gratiano is forced to revisit his Fascist past. He was never the hero – just a minor character, the plucky comic relief – but he never thought he played the villain.  In a challenging sequel to William Shakespeare's 'The Merchant of Venice' we explore the politics of prejudice in the 20th Century.  Amongst the turmoil of post war Italy we read between the lines of Shakespeare's classic tale, examine the true nature of the characters, and ask just how Mussolini managed to use democracy to turn a people against themselves. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/event/gratiano_grist_to_the_mill.php#.WIZAA5hvi70 [P]

Merry Wives of Windsor

New
Woodbridge School. Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge, 4 – 5 July (01394 615 015) www.seckfordtheatre.org  [A]

Adaptations

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

Festival Players. Directed by Michael Dyer. Bartons Mill, Basingstoke, 2 July (01256 331153); Caerleon Roman Amphitheatre, Broadway, 7 July (0345 6112970); Speeds Farm, Shepton Mallet, 8 July (01749 812031); The Rookery, London, 9 July (020 8764 8656 ); The Oval Tavern, Croydon, 10 July (0208 686 6023); Hever Castle, Edenbridge, 18 July (01732 866114); Jewry Wall Museum, Leicester, 20 July (0116 253 2569); Leighton Hall, Carnforth, 21 July (01524 734474); Crosby Hall, Liverpool, 22 July (0151 924 9099); Bawdeswell Church, Norfolk, 23 July (01362 688499); Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, 24 July (01277 353010); 3 Choirs Festival, West End Garden, Worcester, 25 – 26 July (01452 768928); Ford Park, Cumbria, 28 July (01229 580666); Higham Hall, Cockermouth, 29 July (01768 776276); Newhailes (NTS), Musselburgh, 30 July (0844 493 2125); Kellie Castle and Garden, Fife, 1 August (0844 493 2184); Pitmedden Garden (NTS), Aberdeenshire, 2 August (01651 842 352); RSPB Loch Leven, Kinross, 3 August (01577 862355); House of Dun (NTS), Angus, 4 August (0844 493 2144); Falkland Palace, Falkland, 5 August (0844 493 2186); Langar Hall, Nottingham, 6 August (01949 860559); Castle Hill, Filleigh nr South Molton, 9 August (01805 624624); Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 10 August (01726 879500); Chaplaincy Gardens, Isles of Scilly, 11 – 12 August (online booking); Tresco Abbey Gardens, Tresco, Isles of Scilly, 13 August (online booking); Sterts Theatre Upton Cross, Cornwall, 15 August (01579 362382); Powderham Castle, Exeter, 16 August (01626 890243); Lampeter House, Nr Narberth, 17 August (01834 869323); Raglan Castle, Raglan, 18 August (01600 775257); Ickleton Village Hall, Ickleton, 19 August (01799 531916); Hall’s Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon, 20 August (01726 879500); Swan Theatre, Worcester, 22 August (01905 611427); Cogges Manor Farm, Witney, 23 August (01993 772602); Woodchester Mansion, Nympsfield, 24 August (01453 861541); Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury 25 August (01458 831631); Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Abbotsbury, 26 August (01305 871130); Hartland Abbey, Bideford, 28 August (01805 624624); Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Winterbourne, 29 August (01454 771817). All-male production http://thefestivalplayers.co.uk/tour [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester, 9 June – 27 August (0845 241 7868) https://www.storyhouse.com/event/a-midsummer-nights-dream [P]

Guildford Shakespeare Company. Directed by Lotte Wakeham. Racks Close, Quarry Street, Guildford, 15 June – 1 July (01483 304384) www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk/2017.html [P]

Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Nottingham Castle, 7 July; Dunham Massey, Cheshire, 8 July (0844 2491895); Oxburgh Hall, King’s Lynn, 14 July; Gunby Hall and Gardens, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, 15 July (01754 890102); Framlingham Castle, 16 July; Newstead Abbey, Ravenshead, Notts, 21 July; Flatford, East Bergholt, Essex, 28 July (0844 2491895); Carew Castle, Pembrokeshire, 6 August (01646 651782/ 651657); Lanercost Priory, Nr Brampton, Cumbria, 13 August (0370 3331183); Tynemouth Castle and Priory, Pier Road, Tyneworth, Tyne & Wear, 17 August (0370 333 1183); Elsham Hall Gardens, Brigg, North Lincs, 20 August (01652 688698); West Wycombe Park, High Wycombe, 26 August; Gilbert White and The Oates Collections, Selbourne, Hampshire, 27 August (01420 511275). www.chapterhouse.org Some dates to be confirmed, check website for details. [P]

The Pantaloons Theatre Company. Hookshouse Pottery Gardens, Tetbury, 1 July (01666 880 297); Brynne Vineyard, Brixworth, 2 July (book online); Christchurch Park Mansion Lawn, Ipswich, 5 July (01473 433 100); Eye Castle, Eye, 6 July (book online); Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham, 7 July (01603 270 449); Sheringham Park, Upper Sheringham, 8 July (0844 249 1895); St Marks College, Audley End, Saffron Walden, 9 July (01799 524 002); Romney Marsh Visitor Centre, New Romney, 12 July (01622 662 012); Field adjacent to The Grange, Knowl Hill Common, Berkshire, 13 July (01628 824 662); Montacute House, Montacute, 14 July (01935 823 289); Shenley Park Walled Garden, Radlett, 15 July (01923 852 629); Avington Park, Winchester, 16 July (01962 840 440); Highcliffe Castle, Highcliffe, 18 July (01425 278 807); The Walled Gardens of Cannington, Bridgewater, 19 July (01278 655 042); Chepstow Castle, Chepstow, 20 July (01291 625 981); Lyveden New Bield, Oundle, Northamptonshire, 21 July (01832 205 358); Wimpole Estate, Royston, 22 July (0844 249 1895); Bough Beech Visitor Centre, Sevenoaks, 23 July (01622 662 012); Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 26 July (01726 879 500); Hartland Abbey, Bideford, 27 July (01805 624 624); Alford House, Castle Cary, Somerset, 28 July (01963 240 256); Godinton House and Gardens, Ashford, 29 July (01233 643 854); Hedingham Castle, Halstead, 30 July (01787 460 261); The Tuckwell Ampitheatre, Cheltenham, 2 August (01242 258 002); Hall Place and Gardens, Bexley, 3 August (01322 621 238); Newark Park, Wotton-under-Edge, 4 August (01793 817 666); Canons Ashby, Daventry, 5 August (01327 861 900); Dilham Village Hall, North Walsham, 6 August (01692 536 666); Washington Old Hall, Washington, Tyne and Wear, 8 August (0191 416 6879); Greenbank Garden, Clarkston, 9 August (0141 616 5126); Talkin Tarn Country Park, Brampton, 10 August (01228 598 596); Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, 11 August (0115 989 5555); RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, 12 August (0845 612 1253); How Hill House, Ludham, 13 August (01692 678 560); Alford Manor House, Alford, 16 August (01507 463 073); Tattershall Castle, Tattershall, 17 August (01526 342 543); Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, Sevenoaks, 18 August (01622 662 012); The Vyne, Basingstoke, 19 August (0344 249 1895); Ickworth, Bury St Edmunds, 20 August (0844 249 1895); Speke Hall, Liverpool, 22 August (0151 427 7231); RHS Garden Harlow, Carr, Harrogate, 23 August (01423 502 116); Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Sheffield, 24 – 25 August (0114 249 6000); RSPB The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire, 26 – 27 August (01767 693 333); The Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset, 30 August (01749 988111 ext. 200); Hatfield House, Hatfield, 31 August (01707 287 010); Black Park Country Park, Wexham, Buckinghamshire, 1 September (01753 511 060); Cudmore Grove Country Park, East Mersea, 2 September (0333 013 2738); Diss Corn Hall Open-Air, 3 September (01379 652 241) http://thepantaloons.co.uk/a-midsummer-nights-dream/ [P]

Castle Theatre Company (University of Durham). Glastonbury Abbey, 12 July www.glastonburyabbeyshop.com [A]

Civil Brawl Theatre Company. Number One Shakespeare Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, 16 – 19 and 23 -26 July (0783 7586597). www.ticketsource.co.uk/civil-brawl [P]

Unfolds Theatre Company. Directed by Alex Pearson. The Rose Playhouse, London, 1 – 26 August (020 7261 9565) www.rosetheatre.org.uk/ [P]

Adaptations

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ballet). Ballet Cymru and Riverfront Theatre. Music by Felix Mendelssohn. Choreography by Darius James. Gaiety Theatre, Ayr, 5 July (01292 288235); Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl, 7 July (01656 815995); Corn Exchange, Newbury, 8 July (0845 5218 218); Garrick Theatre, Lichfield Festival, 9 July (01543 300191) http://welshballet.co.uk/productions/a-midsummer-nights-dream/ [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) www.eno.org/whats-on/a-midsummer-nights-dream/ [P]

Creation Theatre Company. Clapham Omnibus, Clapham, 16 – 30 June (0207 498 4699); 5 July – 5 August (01865 766266). Starting in a secret location, team up to navigate your way through the misunderstandings and mishaps of Shakespeare’s finest comedy. Follow the trails and deliver the wedding invitations, picking up clues and characters along the way. But most importantly, watch out for the scheming fairies… It’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream like you’ve never seen it before. www.creationtheatre.co.uk/show-one [P]

Merely Theatre (in association with the Production Exchange). N16 Globe, Bedford Hill, 15 September (07807856058); Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, 28 September (01892 678 678); Young lovers and would-be thespians escape the city and lose themselves in the woodland realm of feuding forest gods. They become entangled in the magic thanks to an impish trickster, who gives them all eyes for someone (or something) else. Merely Theatre is committed to performing classical works and selected pieces of new writing. Known for a stripped-back style that puts the focus on crystal clear storytelling, Merely aim to make theatre accessible, entertaining and energized. http://merelytheatre.co.uk/current-productions/  [P]

The HandleBards. Millennium Sports Facility, Somersham, 5 July (01487 841359); Kiosk at the Park, Bedford, 6 July (07986 784 207); Tuppenny Barn, Southbourne, 7 July (01243 377780); Halnaker Park, Chichester, 8 July (SOLD OUT); Pinewood Studios, Iver, 9 July (07986 784 207); Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton, 18 July (01582 878100); Earth Trust, Abingdon, 19 July (07986 784 207); The Courts Garden, Holt, 20 July (01225 782875); Painswick Rococo Garden, Painswick, 21 July (01452 813204); Allt-y-bela, Usk, Monmouthshire, 22 July (07986 784 207); Windmill Hill City Farm, Bristol, 23 July (matinee and evening) (07986 784 207); Robert Glanville Trust, Westbury-sub-Mendip, 25 July (jack.crickett@crickett.co.uk); Rockley Manor, Marlborough, 26 July (07986 784 207); The Crystal, London, 28 July (07986 784 207); Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, Sevenoaks, 30 July (01732 459777); Deene Park, Corby, 3 August (07986 784 207); Appleby Castle, Appleby, 4 August (07986 784 207); Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick, 5 August (01729 893180); South Street Park Amphitheatre, Sheffield, 6 August (07986 784 207); Epworth Old Rectory, Epworth, 9 August (07986 784 207); Ordsall Hall, Salford, 10 August (0161 872 0251); Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield, 11 August (07986 784 207); Hexham Abbey, Hexham, 12 August (07986 784 207); Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh, 13 August (01668 214208); HM Frigate Unicorn, Dundee, 15 August (01382 200 900); Victoria Hall, Cromarty, 17 August (01381 600245); Brodie Castle, Forres, 18 August (01309 641371); Inverewe Garden, Poolewe, 19 August (07986 784 207); Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, 22 – 26 August (0131 226 0000); Bowhill House, Selkirk, 29 August (01750 22204); Rock Hall, Alnwick, 30 August (01665 606515); Kirkley Hall, Ponteland, 31 August (07986 784 207); The Story Museum, Oxford, 1 September (07986 784 207); Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham, 3 September (07986 784 207); The Rookery, Streatham, 5 September (07986 784 207); Theatre Royal Margate, Margate, 6 September (01843 292795); The Woodville, Gravesend, 14 September (07986 784 207); Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre, Bordom, 16 September (07986 784 207). Four-strong all male troupe. http://www.handlebards.com/boys-tour-dates/ [P] 

Much Ado About Nothing

Bowler Crab Productions. Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, The Broyle, Ringmer, Lewes, 1 July; St John’s Centre, 31 London Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, 8 July (07801893115). www.bowler-crab.com [P]

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

Adaptations

I Know You of Old by David Fairs. Golem Theatre Company The Hope Theatre, London, 13 June – 1 July (0333 666 3366). Hero is dead. The night before the funeral, the strange circumstances of her death hang in the air – are the rumours about Hero to be trusted? At her coffin, the eye of the storm, her fiancé Claudio is wracked with grief and guilt. When Hero’s sharp-tongued cousin Beatrice arrives, closely followed by notorious playboy Benedick, Claudio sees a way to atone for former wrongs and do one last thing for Hero – he will bring this prickly pair together. But extreme emotional circumstances can make you act in peculiar ways. What might you do to ease the pain? Would you abandon yourself to recklessness? Could you laugh through the tears? Using only Shakespeare’s original text, David Fairs re-orchestrates Much Ado About Nothing into a new, parallel dark comedy: I Know You Of Old. Join the legendary Benedick and Beatrice as they stalk the midnight shadows of this secluded chapel – their battles of wit are as sparkling as ever, but is there a darkness at the heart of the Merry War…? www.thehopetheatre.com/productions/i-know-you-of-old/ [P]

New
Much Ado about Nothing – in One Hour. Live Literature Company. Hall’s Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1 – 2 July; Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall, Stratford-upon-Avon, 3 July. Performed by students from Niagara University, USA. www.theliveliteraturecompany.co.uk/index.php/ct-menu-item-9/ct-menu-item-10 [A]

Shit-Faced Shakespeare – Much Ado about Nothing. Leicester Square Theatre, London, 11 April – 16 September (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]

 

Othello

SISATA. Wimborne, Dorset, 1 July; Rum’s Eg, Romsey. Hampshire, 2 July; Educational Museum, Haslemere, 3 July (01428 642112); Lewes Castle, East Sussex, 7 – 9 July; Brighton Open Air Theatre, Brighton, 12 – 15 July; Rottingdean Terraces, Rottingdean, 16 July; Pentridge, Dorset, 20 July; Max Gate, Dorchester, 21 – 22 July (01305 267992); Edmondsham House and Gardens, Edmondsham, 23 July www.sisata.co.uk  [P]

Adaptations

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

Pericles

Richard II

Richard III

Adaptation

Richard III – One Woman Show. Brite Theater. Directed by Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdottir. Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh, 15 – 19 August; Cygnet Theatre, Exeter, 4 – 5 October www.glastonburyabbeyshop.com http://onewomanrichard.weebly.com [P]

Romeo and Juliet

Directed Daniel Kramer. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 22 April – 9 July (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com  [P]

Directed by Paul Hart. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 5 – 8 July (01242 572 573); Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, 5 – 8 July (01902 429 212); Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 18 – 22 July (01635 46044) www.watermill.org.uk/romeo_and_juliet_2017 [P]

Butterfly Theatre Company. Glastonbury Abbey, 14 - 16 July www.glastonburyabbeyshop.com. Promenade performance. [P]

New
Mayhem Theatre Company. Cannizaro Park, London, 26 – 29 July (020 8540 0362) www.mayhemtheatre.co.uk/romeo-and-juliet.html [P]

Adaptations

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). English National Ballet. Choreography by Rudolf Nureyev. Southbank Centre, London, 1 – 5 August (0844 847 9910); Hippodrome, Bristol, 21 – 25 November (0844 871 3012) www.ballet.org.uk/whats-on/romeo-juliet/ [P]

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

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

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

The Three Inch Fools. Farnley Hall, Otley, Yorkshire, 2 July; Chipchase Castle, Wark, Northumberland, 9 July; Crook Hall, Durham, 11 July; Abbotsford, Melrose, Scottish Borders, 15 July; Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh, 17 July; Archerfield Walled Garden, East Lothian, 19 July; Glamis Castle, Angus, 22 July; St Margaret’s Church, Braemar, 25 July; Fyvie Castle, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, 26 July; Innerpeffray Chapel, Crieff, Perthshire, 27 July; Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, 29 July; Whorlton Village Green, Northumberland, 2 August; Brougham Hall, Penrith, Cumbria, 3 August; Rydal Mount, The Lake District, 4 August; Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, Cumbria, 6 August; Speke Hall (National Trust), Liverpool, 9 August; Rufford Old Hall (National Trust), Lancashire, 10 August; Ripon Cathedral, North Yorkshire, 11 August; The Globe at Hay, Hay-on-Wye, 16 August. The Three Inch Fools are a five-strong troupe of actors with all manner of musical instruments, travelling with their set, props, costumes and camping gear, performing their highly imaginative and vibrantly musical take on Shakespeare's plays. www.threeinchfools.com/upcomingperformances/ [P]

Oddsocks Romeo and Juliet - Mods v Rockers. Oddsocks Theatre Company. Gawsworth Hall, Chesire, 1 July (01260 223456); Middleton Park, Leeds, 4 July (free performance); Fillongley Lodge, Warwickshire, 01455 213335); RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate, 11 – 12 July (01423 562303); Kirkleatham Museumm, Redcar, 14 July (01642 479500); MAC Birmingham, Birmingham, 15 July (0121 446 3232); Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, 22 July (0155 807 7900); Whitbourne Hall, Worcester, 23 July (07747 031701); Canary Wharf, London, 24 July (free performance); Mary Arden’s Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon, 29 July (01332 258328); Coronation Park, Jersey, 31 July – 9 August (01543 700444); Castle Cornet, Guernsey, 11 – 16 August (01481 747280); Brighton Open Air Theatre, Brighton, 23 August (outdoor); Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 26 August (01726 879 500); Victoria Gardens, Tewkesbury, 29 August (01684 295074); St James Garden, Liverpool, 31 August (01332 258328). Oddsocks are delighted to be breathing new life into Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet by giving it a musical Mods & Rockers theme. There's Nowhere to Run for the Capulets and Montagues as violent confrontation stalks every meeting, even Down at the Tube Station at Midnight. Meanwhile, Juliet's Nurse is looking forward to a good old Twist and Shout at the Capulet party, which Romeo's mates are planning to gatecrash. Romeo has doubts about going to the Capulet Nite Klub but that is where he meets his Juliet, and It Must Be Love. Maybe, just maybe, The Power of Love will end the families' violent feud. www.oddsocks.co.uk/box-office [P]

Romeo and Juliet - Merely: Romeo and Juliet. Merely Theatre Company (in association with The Production Exchange). Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, 6 – 8 June (01323 412 000); Petersfield Shakespeare Festival, Petersfield, 30 July (http://www.petersfieldshakespearefestival.co.uk/); Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, 29 August (01970 62 32 32); N16 Globe, Bedford Hill, 1 September (07807856058); Kings Theatre, Edinburgh, 20 – 22 September (0131 529 6000); Merely present young love in all its raw and savage beauty, driving through action-packed thrills and tender intimacy to crushing loss. Five actors blast the company’s signature style of urgency, humour and clarity to conjure a stirring, visceral theatrical experience. http://merelytheatre.co.uk/current-productions/  [P]

New
West Side Story. Oxted Junior Operatic Society. Barn Theatre, Oxted, 19 – 22 July (01959 561811 / 01883 331400) www.barntheatreoxted.co.uk/calendar.html [A] 

West Side Story. Music: Leonard Bernstein. New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, 23 – 26 August (0844 847 2302) www.newalexandratheatre.co.uk/ [A]

West Side Story. Tyne Theatre Productions. Tyne Theatre and Opera House (formerly Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre), Newcastle upon Tyne, 20 – 23 September (0844 2491 000) http://tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk/events/tyne-theatre-productions-present-west-side-story/ [A]

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

The Taming of the Shrew

Boom Productions. Stiwdio Stepni, Ffwrnes Theatre, Carmarthen, 16 – 19 August (0845 226 3510) https://ffwrnes.ticketsolve.com/shows/873572626?locale=en-GB [A]

Adaptations

Kilworth House Theatre, Leicestershire, 31 May – 16 July (01858 881939, Mon – Fri, 10am – 4pm) Directed by Matthew White. www.kilworthhousetheatre.co.uk [P]

Kiss Me Kate. Directed by David Kirk. Minack Theatre, Penzance, 24 – 28 July (01736 810181) www.minack.com/event/kate [P]

New
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 2018 (020 7632 8300) www.kissmekatethemusical.co.uk/ [P]

The Tempest

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Simon Russell Beale (Prospero). Barbican Centre, London, 30 June – 18 August (0845 120 7550) www.rsc.org.uk/the-tempest/ [P]

Progress Youth Theatre. Progress Theatre, Reading, 11 – 15 July (0118 960 6060) http://progresstheatre.co.uk/the-tempest-pyt [A]

Adaptation

Sea-change Theatre. Adapted by Sue Frumin. Directed by Ray Malone. The Rose Playhouse, London, 22 June – 2 July (020 7261 9565) www.rosetheatre.org.uk/ [P]

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Blanche McIntyre. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 23 June – 2 September (01789 403493); Barbican Centre, London, 7 December – 19 January 2018 (0845 120 7550) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

Directed by Paul Hart. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 4 – 8 July (01242 572 573); Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 18 – 22 July (01635 46044). Reimagined in the 1920s where prohibition is rife and Europe is still reeling in the wake of war, this brand new production bursts to life. Fuelled by a scintillating selection of energetic jazz music, an outstanding ensemble of actors creates a dizzying and beautiful version of Shakespeare’s perfect play. The radical spirit of Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong is fused with an innovative approach to staging and actor-musicianship to tell this timeless story of mistaken identities, seduction and transformation, balancing comedy, romance and tragedy in equal measure. www.watermill.org.uk/twelfth_night#home-ttab [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London. Directed by Emma Rice, 18 May – 5 August (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com  [P]

Sun & Moon Theatre. The Dell, Stratford-upon-Avon, 18 June; Castle Green, Barnstaple, 29 June – 2 July; St George’s Park, Bristol, 29 July. More dates tbc. https://en-gb.facebook.com/sunandmoontheatre/ [P]

Rain or Shine Theatre Company. Witley Court, Worcester, 1 July (03306 600541); Kinlet Hall Moffats School, Bewdley, 2 July (01299 841230); Chepstow Castle, Chepstow, 6 July (01292 625981); Poulton House, Cirencester, 7 July (01285 851237); Swinhay House, Wotton under Edge, 8 July (03306 600541); Goodrich Castle, Ross-on-Wye, 9 July (03306 600541); Dore Abbey, Hereford, 12 July (01981 570264); Hempsted Village Hall Garden, Gloucester, 13 July (01452 302714); Lamport Hall Gardens, Lamport, 15 July (01604 686272); Ormesby Village Centre, Norfolk, 16 July (01493 730178); Colliers Wood, Moorgreen, 21 July (03306 600541); Blockley Village Green, Moreton-in-Marsh, 22 July (03306 600541); Beeston Castle, Cheshire, 23 July (03306 600541); Cuckfield Recreation Ground, Cuckfield, 27 July (01444 454276); Upper Leigh Farm, Shaftsbury, 28 July (01747 830278); by the River Wye Shepherd’s Meadow, Eaton Bishop Hereford, 29 July (07876 683419); Manor Gardens, Exmouth, 30 July (03306 600541); The Victoria Arms, Oxford, 2 August (01865 241382); Shrivenham Memorial Hall, Shrivenham, 4 August (01793 782925); Barnwood Park, Barnwood, Gloucester, 5 August (01452 521575); Wenlock Priory, Shropshire, 6 August (03306 600541); Dorney Court Kitchen Garden, Buckinghamshire, 10 August (03306 600541); Severn Valley Country Park, Shropshire, 11 August (01746 781192); Sandford Parks Lido, Cheltenham, 12 August (01242 572573); Church Meadow, Upton Grey, Hampshire, 13 August (01256 862440); Prince Albert Gardens Amphitheatre, Swanage, 14 August (01929 422885); Bryngarw House Lawn, Bryngarw, 16 August (01656 815995); The Corn Barn, Sutton Barton, Devon, 17 August (01884 32107); Mannington Gardens at Mannington Hall, Norwich, 18 August (01263 584175); Mount Grace Priory, Northallerton, 19 August (01661 881636); Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens, Northumberland, 20 August (01661 881636); Stokesay Castle, Shropshire, 24 August (03306 600541); Walford Mill Crafts, Dorset, 25 August (01202 841400); Houndscroft House, Stroud, 26 August (03306 600541); Cotswold Airport, Cirencester, 27 August (01242 572573); Butleigh Cricket Club, Butleigh, 28 August (03306 600541). http://www.rainorshine.co.uk/tourdates.html [P]

Folksy Theatre Company. Cottiers Theatre, Glasgow, 11 July (0141 357 4000); Queens Park Amphitheatre, Glasgow, 12 July (online booking); Glen House Gardens, Innerleithen, 13 July (online booking); Duff House, Near Banff, 14 July (0131 668 8885); Bothwell Castle, South Lanarkshire, 15 July (0131 668 8885); Threave Garden, Castle Douglas, 16 July (online booking); Clydebank Town Hall Gardens, Clydebank, 18 July (online booking); Tuckwell Amphitheatre, Cheltenham, 19 July (01242 258002); Boiling Wells Amphitheatre, Bristol, 21 – 22 July (online booking); Shockerwick House Gardens, Bath, 23 July (online booking); Burrow Farm Gardens, Axminster, 25 July (online booking); Marwood Hill Gardens, Barnstaple, 26 July (online booking); The Hyde Residential Gardens, Bridport, 27 July (online booking); The Walled Gardens of Cannington, Cannington, 28 July (online booking); Ammerdown Gardens, Bath, 29 July (online booking); Hestercombe Gardens, Taunton, 30 July (online booking); Forde Abbey, Chard, 1 August (online booking); Ecos Amphitheatre, Frome, 2 August (01373 465949); Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 4 August (01726 879 500); Connaught Gardens, Sidmouth, 5 August (online booking); Little Morton Hall, Congleton, 8 August (online booking); Port Sunlight Village in the Dell, Wirral, 9 August (online booking); Bodelwyddan Castle, Rhyl, 10 August (online booking); Norton Priory Walled Gardens, Runcorn, 11 August (online booking); Walkden Gardens, Sale, 12 August (online booking); Biddulph Grange Gardens, Staffordshire, 13 August (online booking); Stonyford Cottage Gardens, Northwich, 15 – 16 August (online booking); The Burrows Gardens, Ashbourne, 17 August (online booking); The Dorothy Clive Garden, Market Drayton, 18 August (online booking); Brighton Open Air Theatre, Brighton, 19 August (online booking); Martineau Gardens, Birmingham, 22 August (online booking); Bishops Wood Centre, Stourport-on-Severn, 23 August (online booking); Wightwick Manor Gardens, Wolverhampton, 24 – 25 August (online booking); Hare Hill Garden, Macclesfield, 26 August (online booking). www.folksytheatre.co.uk/whats-on/4593039942 [P]

Winchester Players. Minack Theatre, Penzance, 21 – 25 August (0136 810 181) www.minack.com/event/twelfth/?instance_id=6857 [P]

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

Adaptation

The Three Inch Fools. Scampston Hall, North Yorkshire, 1 July; Stokesley Parish Church, North Yorkshire, 5 July; Helmsley Castle (English Heritage), North Yorkshire, 7 July; Skirsgill Park House, Penrith, Cumbria, 8 July; Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, 12 July; Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh, 16 July; Kilbrdye Castle, Dunblane, Perthshire, 20 July; Glamis Castle, Angus, 23 July; Abbotsford, Melrose, Scottish Borders, 30 July; Lancaster Castle, Lancaster, 8 August; Upton Cressett, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, 12 August; Charlecote Park (National Trust), Warwickshire, 13 August; Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, 15 August; The Globe at Hay, Hay-on-Wye, 17 August; Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury, 18 August; Mapperton Gardens, Beaminster, Dorset, 20 August. The Three Inch Fools are a five-strong troupe of actors with all manner of musical instruments, travelling with their set, props, costumes and camping gear, performing their highly imaginative and vibrantly musical take on Shakespeare's plays. www.threeinchfools.com/upcomingperformances/ [P]

New
The Castle Players. Directed by Jill Cole. The Witham, Barnard Castle, 4 – 8 July (01833 631 107). The production will be given the usual Castle Players’ inimitable twist, with the theme this year being ‘Victorian Steampunk’ – goggles, time-pieces, cogs and eccentric machinery abound, with some sumptuous multi-layered Victorian costume and one or two unexpected surprises along the way. www.thewitham.org.uk/index.php/whats-on/theatre/item/1075-the_castle_players_present_the_twelfth_night [P]

Merely Theatre (in association with the Production Exchange).  Petersfield Shakespeare Festival, Petersfield, 30 July (www.petersfieldshakespearefestival.co.uk/); N16 Globe, Bedford Hill, 11 August (07807856058); Open House Festival, Bangor, 26 August (02891471780); Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, 29 August (01970 62 32 32); Kings Theatre, Edinburgh, 20 – 21 September (0131 529 6000);  Unlikely lovers come crashing together in this riotous and deeply tender comedy. Using just 5 actors, we use imagination and innovation to present identical twins, multiple disguises and mistaken identity in this tale of mischief and love. http://merelytheatre.co.uk/current-productions/  [P]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Guildford Shakespeare Company. University of Law, Guildford, 14 – 29 July (01483 304384) www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk/2017.html [P]

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

New
Second Thoughts Drama Group. Directed by Georgie Wood. The Bear Pit, Stratford-upon-Avon, 28 June – 1 July (01789 403416). http://secondthoughts.org.uk [A]

Adaptation

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

Poems and Apocrypha

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

Miscellaneous
(in alphabetical order)

Bard Heads. Finding the Will Theatre Company in association with The Everyman Theatre. Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 23 July (01726 879 500). Inspired by Shakespeare’s most famous plays and with a nod to Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, Bard Heads imagines what might have happened next in Macbeth and Hamlet. THE THIRD WITCH FROM THE LEFT – What’s done cannot be undone – or can it?  Meg the witch is haunted by a night she can never forget. Now a successful cookery writer and astrologer, she undertakes a time-travelling journey to find answers for what happened on that blasted Scottish heath. CALL ME OZ - Sweet Prince?  Confirmed bachelor Osric lampoons Hamlet. In his youth, Osric, a stylish and sensitive courtier at Elsinore Castle, witnessed Prince Hamlet and several other members of the Danish Royal family meet their untimely end. He’s not spoken about it for over 45 years, but after a devastating session with his therapist, he is compelled to reveal all. Not suitable for children under 12. www.penleeparktheatre.com/events/bard-heads-finding-the-will/ [P]

My Second Best Bed. The Urban Spaceman Company. theSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53), Edinburgh, 7 – 12 August (0131 226 0000, after 7 June) https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/ Shakespeare's life, in Shakespeare's words... Conceived for the RSC’s 2016 Dream Playmaking Festival and using language from the 38 extant plays penned by the Bard, as well as incorporating several of his sonnets and fragments of his extended poetry, the lives of William and Anne Shakespeare are re-imagined and reborn. This short, innovative new production plays around with notions of conflict between the duality of artist and lover. My Second Best Bed is an original take on some of the most famous and profound words and stories ever created. [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival] [P]

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

Shakespeare Avengers Assembleth - Age of Oberon. Drake’s Drummers Theatre Company. Pavilions (formerly Carlton Theatre), Teignmouth, 30 September (01626 249 049). Oberon's gone mad. We're talking full-on Hamlet. The fairy king of Midsummer has kidnapped William Shakespeare, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Shakespearean Heroes International Evil Lessening Division) and his mischievous sidekick Puck has brought him the Infinity Quill. A quill unlike any other, for the Infinity Quill has the power to rewrite history itself and forge a new future at the will of its master. Slightly anxious of the scenario that is unfolding, Shakespeare's greatest heroes (and Brutus), decide they should do something to stop the oncoming apocalypse. Under instructions from Puck they head to Midsummers Forest. Shakespeare's Avengers have assemblethed. www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk/events/shakespeare-avengers-assembleth-%E2%80%93-age-oberon [A]

New
William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged). Reduced Shakespeare Company. Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh, 3 – 28 August (0131 622 6552). Celebrated stars of the West End stage, the Reduced Shakespeare Company present this barnstormingly irreverent and breathtakingly hilarious celebration of our cultural heritage. In a better-late-than-never nod to Will's 400th anniversary, the bad boys of abridgement pack all of the Bard's greatest characters and plots into one bawdy, pun-filled hour. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe. http://gildedballoon.co.uk/tickets/performances.php?eventId=14:1600 [P]

 

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