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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

  March 2020 onwards

All the productions that we know about from the current month onwards are included in this list.

New indicates that a production has been added to the list this month.

Updated
indicates that the information has been changed or expanded this month.

[A] indicates an amateur production.
[P] indicates a professional production.

All's Well That Ends Well

Antony and Cleopatra

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 18 July – 29 August (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/antony-and-cleopatra-2020/ [P]

As You Like It

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Kimberley Sykes.  Barbican Centre, West End 26 October - 18 January 2020 (0845 120 7550); The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 29 January – 8 February (01227 787 787); Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 12 – 22 February (01752 267 222); Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 26 February – 7 March (0115 989 5555); Theatre Royal, Newcastle, 12 – 19 March (08448 11 21 21); Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 28 March – 1 April (01253 290 190). Touring in rep with Measure for Measure and The Taming of the Shrew www.rsc.org.uk/as-you-like-it/on-tour [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe’s Touring Ensemble. Globe Theatre, London, 4 – 5 May (020 7401 9919); The Brewhouse, Taunton, 20 May (01823 283 244); Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, 24 and 27 May (01497 822 629); Globe Theatre, London, 9 June (020 7401 9919);  St James’, Guernsey, 16 July (01481 711 361); Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT), Brighton, 20 – 21 August (07802 299267); The Festival Theatre at Hever Castle, Kent, 29 August (01732 866 114); Globe Theatre, London, 20 September and 7 October (020 7401 9919);  More dates and venues TBC. www.shakespearesglobe.com/seasons/globe-on-tour-2020/ [P]

Sun and Moon Company. Penlee Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 25 July (01726 879 500) www.penleeparktheatre.com/ [A]

Comedy of Errors

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Philip Breen. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 25 April 2020 – 3 October (01789 331111) www.rsc.org.uk/the-comedy-of-errors [P]

 

Adaptation

New
The HandleBards. Riverhill Himalayan Gardens at Riverhill House, Sevenoaks, Kent, 17 May (01732 459777); Osterley Park and House, Middlesex, 20 May (07986 784 207); St Paul’s Walden Bury, Hitchin, 28 May (07986 784 207); The Swiss Garden, Shuttleworth, 29 May (01767 627970); The Millenium Pavilion, Somersham, 30 May (01487 841359); Diss Park, Norfolk, 5 June (01379 652241); Ickworth House, Bury St Edmunds, 7 June (01284 735270); Tymperleys, Colchester, 10 June (01206 765034); Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, 11 June (01277 353010); Rhodes Arts Complex, Bishop’s Stortford, 12 June (01279 710 200); Waterperry Gardens, Near Wheatley Oxfordshire, 21 June (01844 339254); The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, 23 June (01295 279002); Batsford Arboretum, Moreton-in-Marsh, 24 June (01386 701441); Painswick Rococo Garden, Painswick, 25 June (01452 813204); Steeple Langford Cricket Club, Salisbury, 28 June (07986 784 207); Port Eliot, Cornwall, 3 July (07986 784 207); Kilver Court Gardens, Shepton Mallet, 16 July (01749 340410); The Courts Garden, Holt, 17 July (01225 782875); Tetbury Goods Shed, Tetbury, 19 July (01666 505496); Cogges Manor Farm, Witney, 22 July (01993 703056); Cromford Mills, Cromford, 31 July (01629 823256); Venue 3, Assembly George Square Gardens, Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 8 – 9 and 11 - 13 August (0131 226 0026); Barry Mill, Barry Village, 15 August (01241 856761); The Sill: National Landscape Discovery Centre, Hexham, 26 August (01434 341200); Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, 28 August (01484 430528); Merchant Adventures’ Hall, York, 1 September (01904 654818); Fallowfield Loop, Manchester, 2 September (07986 784 207); Deene Park, Corby, 3 September (01780 450278); Swan Theatre, Worcester, 5 September (07986 784 207); Allt-y-bela, Monmouthshire, 6 September (020 7689 8100); Charterhouse Square, London, 8 September (0207 253 9503); Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, 10 September (020 8693 5254). An all-male production. www.handlebards.com/tickets/ [P]

Updated

Oddsocks Theatre Company. Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 16 – 18 June (024 7655 3055); Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, 18 July (0115 846 7777); Mary Arden’s Farm, Wilmcote, 24 – 25 July (01332 258328). More tour dates tbc

www.oddsocks.co.uk/ [P]

 

Coriolanus

Directed by Robert Hastie. Tom Bateman (Coriolanus). Sheffield Theatres (Crucible), Sheffield, 6 – 28 March 2020 (0114 249 6000) www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/events/coriolanus [P]

Cymbeline

Hamlet

Medway Little Theatre, Rochester, 18 – 27 June 2020 (01634 400 322) www.mlt.org.uk/season.html [P]

Adaptations

The Watermill Ensemble. Directed by Paul Hart. The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 17 April 2020 – 23 May (01635 46044). A female-led production. The King is dead. A ghostly figure who speaks of treachery and insists upon revenge. Gertrude has hastily remarried, Ophelia is rebelling, and the new king Claudius is controlling proceedings from the shadows. As tensions mount, the lines between order and chaos in Elsinore begin to blur. www.watermill.org.uk/hamlet [P]

Directed by Greg Hersov. Cush Jumbo (Hamlet). The Young Vic, London, 6 July 2020 – 20 August (020 7922 2922). A female Hamlet in Shakespeare’s great tragedy about power, politics and desire, reimagined for today. www.youngvic.org/whats-on/hamlet-cush-jumbo [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. https://thelionking.co.uk/ [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. The Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh, 5 December 2019 – 18 April (0870 606 3424). 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. www.atgtickets.com/shows/disneys-the-lion-king/edinburgh-playhouse/ [P]

Updated

The Lion King – The Tour. 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. Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, 30 April – 20 June (01274 432 000); Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 9 July – 29 August (08700 40 2000); Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, 3 September – 10 October (023 8071 1811); Palace Theatre, Manchester, 22 October – 31 January 2021 (0870 401 3000). 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. https://thelionking.co.uk/ [P]

 

Ophelia Thinks Harder. By Jean Betts. Sedos. Bridewell Theatre, London, 31 March – 4 April (020 7353 3331). A modern, feminist response to Shakespeare's classic tragedy Hamlet. www.sbf.org.uk/ [A]

Outrageous Fortune: The Story of Gertrude. Produced by Square Chapel Arts Centre, Harrogate Theatre, Greenwich Theatre and York Theatre Royal. Debs Newbold (performer). Cast, Doncaster, 2 April (01302 303 959); Playhouse, Salisbury, 30 April – 2 May (01722 320 333). Gertrude: Wife. Mother. Queen of Denmark. Mature, experienced woman whose sexuality is ridiculed and agency denied by the men around her. In the 400 years since Hamlet was written, what – if anything – has changed? Welcome to purgatory. Where everything we know about Gertrude is torn apart, reimagined and reclaimed for the 21st century in a funny and fierce act of revolution. There’ll be tea. There’ll be visits from unexpected guests. There’ll be a live drum score.

https://castindoncaster.com/whats-on/outrageous-fortune-the-story-of-gertrude/

https://www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk/whats-on/the-salberg/outrageous/ [P]

 

Henry IV, pt.1

Henry IV, pt.2

Henry V

Adaptation

 

Primary Shakespeare: Henry V. Orange Tree Theatre, London, 20 June 2020 (020 8940 3633). Shakespeare’s playful exploration of leadership and responsibility imaginatively brought to life for a younger audience. A relaxed performance. www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/henry-v [P]

New

The Festival Players. Tiverton Community Arts Theatre, Tiverton, 28 June (07443 502523). More tour dates to be announced. An all-male production. http://tivertontheatre.com/events/henry-v/  [P]

 

Henry VI, pt 1

Adaptation

New
The Wars of the Roses – Part 1. Royal Shakespeare Company. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 10 October – 2 January 2021 (
01789 331111). The glorious Henry V is dead. The new King is weak, manipulated by those on his own side and threatened with civil war by those in opposition. The court is divided as each nobleman takes a red or white rose to show whose side they are on: white for Richard of York, red for the Duke and house of Lancaster, and England is thrust into a battle for the crown between the two factions. www.rsc.org.uk/the-wars-of-the-roses-part-1/ [P]

Henry VI, pt 2

Adaptations

New
The Wars of the Roses – Part 1. Royal Shakespeare Company. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 10 October – 2 January 2021 (
01789 331111). The glorious Henry V is dead. The new King is weak, manipulated by those on his own side and threatened with civil war by those in opposition. The court is divided as each nobleman takes a red or white rose to show whose side they are on: white for Richard of York, red for the Duke and house of Lancaster, and England is thrust into a battle for the crown between the two factions. www.rsc.org.uk/the-wars-of-the-roses-part-1/ [P]

New
The Wars of the Roses – Part 2. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 17 October – 2 January 2021 (01789 331111). The Wars of the Roses: Part 2 opens as the armies of Lancaster and York face each on the battlefield – the red rose against the white rose. Opposing factions fight for power and England descends from decency into barbarism as all around the crown seek to seize it for their personal gain. www.rsc.org.uk/the-wars-of-the-roses-part-2/ [P]

Henry VI, pt 3

Adaptation

New
The Wars of the Roses – Part 2. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 17 October – 2 January 2021 (01789 331111). The Wars of the Roses: Part 2 opens as the armies of Lancaster and York face each on the battlefield – the red rose against the white rose. Opposing factions fight for power and England descends from decency into barbarism as all around the crown seek to seize it for their personal gain. www.rsc.org.uk/the-wars-of-the-roses-part-2/ [P]

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

The UnDisposables Theatre Company. The Space Arts Centre, London, 10 – 21 March (020 7515 7799) https://space.org.uk/event/julius-caesar/ [P]

King John

Adaptations

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Eleanor Rhode. The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 19 September – 21 March 2020 (0870 6091110) www.rsc.org.uk/king-john/ [P]

New

Cream-Faced Loons Theatre Company. Venue9: theSpace @ Niddry St - Upper Theatre (Thrust), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 17 – 22 and 24 – 29 August (0131 226 0026). King Richard the Lionheart is dead. His younger brother John takes the throne for himself, but he's not the only one with a claim… How far will John go to cling onto power? Wars and weddings, kings and karaoke – Shakespeare’s most over-looked play is taking the spotlight in true Loons style. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=*%3A*&start=110 [P]

King Lear

Adaptations

A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. The Lamproom Theatre Company. Lamproom Theatre, Barnsley, 3 – 7 March 2020 (01226 200 075) https://barnsleylamproom.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173598777 [A]

 

A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Norbury Theatre, Droitwich, 19 – 28 March (01905 770 154) www.norburytheatre.co.uk/ [A]


A Bunch of
Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Presented by Trademark Touring, Anthology Theatre and the Everyman Theatre Company. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 23 April – 2 May (01242 572 573); Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 4 May - 9 May (01392 493 493); Royal and Derngate, Northampton, 11 May - 16 May (01604 624 811); Richmond Theatre, London, 18 – 23 May (0870 060 6651); Birmingham Repertory Theatre, 26 - 30 May (0121 236 4455); Theatre Royal, York, 2 – 6 June (01904 623 568); New Theatre, Cardiff,  8 - 13 June (029 2087 8889); The Playhouse, Oxford, 16 - 20 June (01865 305 305); Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 23 - 27 June (0115 989 5555); Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, 29 June - 4 July (01483 440 000)

www.everymantheatre.org.uk/m-shows/a-bunch-of-amateurs-1/

 [P]

A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman.
Oast Theatre, Tonbridge, 16 – 23 May 2020 (01732 363849) www.oasttheatre.com/plays/new-season-2019-2020/639-a-bunch-of-amateurs [P]


Kunene and the King by John Kani. Directed by Janice Honeyman. Royal Shakespeare Company. Ambassador’s Theatre, London, 24 January – 28 March 2020 (0843 904 0061). The play is set in South Africa. Jack Morris (played by Antony Sher) is a white South African classical actor who is well known for performing in Shakespeare roles. He’s been offered the tile role in King Lear. He accepts it, and then discovers that he has liver cancer. He refuses to stay in the hospital and so discharges himself, and Lunga Kunene, a black South African (played by John Kani) becomes his at-home carer. www.rsc.org.uk/kunene-and-the-king/ [P]

Love's Labour's Lost

Macbeth

New

Lazarus Theatre Company. Greenwich Theatre, London, 26 February – 7 March (020 8858 7755) www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk/events/macbeth [P]


A Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and Derby Theatre production. Directed by Douglas Rintoul. Derby Theatre, Derby, 3 – 14 March (01332 255 800); New Wolsey Theatre, London, 17 – 21 March (01473 295 900); Perth Theatre, Perth, 31 March – 4 April (01738 621 031)

www.queens-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/show/macbeth-2/

www.derbytheatre.co.uk/macbeth

www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/shows/macbeth/

www.horsecross.co.uk/whats-on/macbeth-96204 [P]


Studio at New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 6 – 7 March (0870 060 6646) www.atgtickets.com/shows/macbeth/studio-at-new-wimbledon-theatre/ [P]

Theatre Creative. Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2 – 4 April (0844 2491 000)https://tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk/events/theatre-creative-presents-macbeth/ [P]

New

Nottingham University New Theatre and Lakeside Arts. Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, 5 – 9 May (0115 846 7777). www.lakesidearts.org.uk/theatre/event/4263/macbeth.html [A/P]

Little Theatre, Gateshead, 12 – 17 October (0191 478 1499)www.littletheatregateshead.co.uk/ [P]

Adaptations

 

Macbeth (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Opera in a Box Theatre Company. The Loco Klub, Bristol, 23, 25, 27, 29 February and 1 March 2020 (0117 941 3857). A promenade production of Verdi's opera in Bristol's atmospheric tunnels underneath Bristol Temple Meads station. www.locobristol.com/shows [P]


New

The Pleasant Players. Barons Court Theatre, London, 25 – 28 March (07956 698617) https://offwestend.com/listing/macbeth-5/ [A]


Box Clever Theatre Company. Theatre Royal, Bath, 1 – 2 April 2020 (01225 448 844). Vibrant language and physical theatre chart the devastating effect that one act of evil can have on an otherwise honourable and loyal man – we see how the ripples of that act spread to destroy both Macbeth himself and all those for whom he cared. As their actions are challenged by a third character who also brings the wider world of the play to life, Macbeth and his wife are seen to become ever more prey to the devastating horrors they have unleashed as they move inevitably towards their doom. www.theatreroyal.org.uk/event/macbeth-2/ [P]

New

The HandleBards. Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, 6 June (020 8693 5254); Rainham Hall, Broadway (near London), 7 June (07986 784 207); Biggin Hill Memorial Museum, Westerham, 9 June (07986 784 207); Warninglid Grange, Haywards Heath, 11 June (07599 424 795); The Sustainability Centre, East Meon, Hampshire, 17 June (01730 823166); Westbury Manor Museum, Fareham, 18 June (01329 822063); Walhampton School, Lymington, 19 June (01590 613300); Kilver Court Gardens, Shepton Mallet, 26 June (01749 340410); Painswick Rococo Garden, Painswick, 3 July (01452 813204); Cogges Manor Farm, Witney, 5 July (01993 703056); The Guildhall Museum, Leicester, 23 July (0116 253 2569); Southwell Minster and the Archbishop’s Palace, Southwell, 26 July (01636 812649); Monkey Park, Chesterfield, 28 July (01246 235815); Fallowfield Loop, Manchester, 30 July (07986 784 207); Epworth Old Rectory, Epworth, 2 August (01427 872268); Merchant Adventures’ Hall, York, 6 August (01904 654818); Darlington Hippodrome, Darlington, 8 August (01325 405405); Hexham Abbey, Hexham, 13 August (01434 602031); Kailzie Gardens, Peebles, 19 August (01721 720007); Venue 3, Assembly George Square Gardens, Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 22 – 26 August (0131 226 0026); Muckhart Nature Park, Kirkhill, 28 August (07986 784 207); Glamis Castle, Glamis, 2 September (07986 784 207); Haddo House, Aberdeenshire, 6 September (07986 784 207); Innes House, Moray, 9 September (01343 842410); Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham, 13 September (020 8744 1241). An all-female production. www.handlebards.com/tickets/ [P]


HMP Macbeth by Daren Raymond. Represent Theatre Company. Waterloo East Theatre, London, 28 April – 16 May (020 7928 0060). HMP Macbeth reimagines William Shakespeare's classic play, dispensing with king and castle, in a prison where institutional syndrome descends on the inmates in this atmospheric, horrifying and immersive production. www.waterlooeast.co.uk/hmp-macbeth [P]    

 

Macbeth (Macbettu). Sardegna Teatro and Compagnia Teatropersona. Directed by Alessandro Serra. The Barbican Theatre, London, 20 23 May 2020 (0845 120 7550). Ritual, rites and rhythms rooted in Sardinian culture lend primal, elemental energy to this all-male version of Shakespeare’s play – about a man whose efforts to be king make no sense. Gibbering, spitting and spinning, the weird sisters emerge, whipping up a cloud of ash in their wake. Their appearance heralds more shadowy scenes speaking of dark ambition and disintegration including a banquet where grain is crumbled and scattered. Later the sight of men in local cork masks moving to the sound of ringing cowbells foretells of defeat in a symbolic enactment of Birnam Wood arriving in Dunsinane. www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2020/event/sardegna-teatro-and-compagnia-teatropersona-macbeth [P]

 

Macbeth: Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 26 February – 21 March 2020 (020 7401 9919). A psychological thriller examining the dangers of political ambition, in a gripping, full-scale 90-minute performance. The perfect way to introduce young people to Shakespeare, these popular yearly productions are designed to break down walls to cultural access and empower teenagers to develop their creative curiosity. www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/macbeth-playing-shakespeare-with-deutsche-bank-2020-2/ [P]

 

New

Queer Lady M. 1623 Theatre Company. Century Theatre, Coalville, Leicestershire, 13 March (01530 278 444); Slung Low at The Holbeck, Leeds, 15 March (0843 208 0500); Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton, 20 March (01902 321 321); The Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 17 – 18 April (01242 572 573); King's Head Theatre, London, 19 – 20 April (020 7226 8561); The Theatre Shop, Unit 5, Clevedon, 22 May (online booking); Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester, 5 June (0116 252 2455). Performed by Shane Gabriel, Lady Macbeth comes to life like you've never experience before. There's outrageous lip-syncing, cheeky dancing and sassy conversation as Queer Lady M invites you to enter her world of passion and shade. But what happens when the show is over, when Shane removes the makeup and puts Lady M to bed? What stories will come to light as we're invited into Shane's twilight world? Find out in 1623's funny and moving exploration of a unique relationship between a fierce drag queen and her anxious alter-ego who join forces to fight tragedy and celebrate queerness. Queer Lady M brings together drag, devised performance and Shakespeare while exploring the real-life experiences of working-class, gender-fluid artist Shane Gabriel. www.1623theatre.co.uk/ [P]


Shit-faced Shakespeare: Macbeth. Leicester Square Theatre, London, 24 June – 12 September (08448 733433). Shit-faced Shakespeare is back for the 5th year at Leicester Square Theatre and it’s going to be a bloodbath, with their all-new production of Macbeth. Upon hearing the weird sisters’ prediction, Macbeth and his wily wife take matters into their own hands and burn down everything in their wake. Well, almost. Fair is foul and foul is fair in this tale of prophecy gone slightly off the rails. Perhaps an inebriated actor will help the process along? Featuring Shakespeare’s most lovable witches, ghostly best friends, hell-hounds, unhinged wives, enough dead kings to give Game of Thrones a run for its money, and lots of plaid, Scotland storms London in 2020. Settle in for a pint (or two!) and raise a glass with us. Shit-faced Shakespeare is the classic combination of a Tetris-ed together Shakespeare script, a six-pack of professional actors and a luge of booze! What could possibly go right? https://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873610422 [P]

Measure for Measure

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Barbican Theatre, West End 12 November – 16 January 2020 (0845 120 7550); The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 29 January – 8 February (01227 787 787); Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 12 – 22 February (01752 267 222); Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 26 February – 7 March (0115 989 5555); Theatre Royal, Newcastle, 11 – 21 March (08448 11 21 21); Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 25 March – 26 March (01253 290 190). Touring in rep with As You Like It and The Taming of the Shrew www.rsc.org.uk/measure-for-measure/on-tour [P]

 

Directed by Irene Macdougall. Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee, 21 April 2020 – 9 May (01382 223 530) www.dundeerep.co.uk/ [P]

The Merchant of Venice

Adaptation

Presented by Nottingham Playhouse and Lakeside Arts. Directed by Martin Berry. Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, 15 March 2020 (0115 846 7777); Playhouse Theatre, Nottingham, 7 – 9 April (0115 941 9419). Greed, poverty and personal vendettas collide in a production full of music, energy and no-nonsense Nottingham spirit, relocated to the modern-day Goose Fair. www.lakesidearts.org.uk/theatre/event/4195/the-merchant-of-venice.html; www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/drama/merchant-of-venice/ [P]

 

Merry Wives of Windsor

Adaptation

New
Three Inch Fools Theatre Company. Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 21 August (01726 879 500). Further tour dates tbc. https://penleepark.ticketsolve.com/shows/873611630 [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Thame Players Theatre Company. The Players Theatre, Thame, 12 – 16 May 2020 (0871 222 7232) www.thameplayers.co.uk/Events/A-Midsummer-Night's-Dream [A]

 

Town Hall, Chipping Sodbury, 14 – 16 May 2020 (01454 852222) www.chippingsodburytownhall.co.uk/ [A]

 

Shakespeare’s Globe’s Touring Ensemble. Globe Theatre, London, 27 – 29 April, 7 May 17 September (020 7401 9919); The Brewhouse, Taunton, 18 May (01823 283 244); Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, 23, 26 and 29 May (01497 822 629); Globe Theatre, London,  13 June (020 7401 9919); St James’, Guernsey, 15 July (01481 711 361); Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT), Brighton, 19 and 22 August (07802 299267); The Festival Theatre at Hever Castle, Kent, 28 August (01732 866 114); Globe Theatre, London, 17 – 18 September, 5 and 7 October (020 7401 9919); More dates and venues TBC.

 www.shakespearesglobe.com/seasons/globe-on-tour-2020/ [P]

Directed by Sarah Hawkins. Chesil Theatre, Winchester, 14 – 18 July 2020 (01962 867 086) https://www.chesiltheatre.org.uk/# [P]

Heartbreak Theatre. Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 25 August (01726 879 500) www.penleeparktheatre.com/ [A]

 

Sedos. Bridewell Theatre, London, 16 - 26 September (020 7353 3331) www.sbf.org.uk/ [P]

Adaptations

A Midsummer Night's Dream (opera) by Benjamin Britten. Scottish Opera. Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 21 – 25 April 2020 (0141 240 1133) www.atgtickets.com/shows/scottish-opera-a-midsummer-nights-dream/theatre-royal-glasgow/ [P]

The Watermill Ensemble. Directed by Paul Hart. Wilton's Music Hall, London, 28 January 2020 – 15 February (020 7702 2789); The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 19 February – 7 March (01635 46044). Fizzing with magic and a large dose of chaos in the enchanted Athenian woods, secrets, love and mistaken identities collide in A Midsummers Night's Dream. Fusing actor musicianship with one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies, the Watermill Ensemble cast their spell performing the intoxicating soulful sounds of Nina Simone and Billie Holiday live on stage. Touring in rep with Macbeth. www.watermill.org.uk/on_tour_dream_and_macbeth [P]

Much Ado About Nothing

Rogers Theatre, Malvern College, 7 – 8 May (01684 581517) www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/worcestershire/rogers-theatre-malvern-college/much-ado-about-nothing/e-drkppm [A]

 

 

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 19 June – 4 October (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/much-ado-about-nothing-2020/ [P]

 

Updated

Illyria Theatre Company. Norwood Park, Southwell, 19 June (online booking); Chepstow Castle, Chepstow, 20 June (online booking); Moseley Park, Birmingham, 21 June (online booking); Millenium Green, York, 25 June (online booking); Bramall Hall, Stockport, 26 June (online booking); Nantclwyd-y-Dre, Ruthin, 27 June (online booking); Offcote Grange (Ashbourne Festival), Derbyshire, 28 June (01335 343666); Beechwood School, Tunbridge Wells, 30 June (online booking); Baysgarth Park, Barton-upon-Humber, 1 July (online booking); The Hawth Amphitheatre, Crawley, 3 July (01293 553636); Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden, Warrington, 4 July (online booking); Poppyfields Park, Brackley, 5 July (online booking); Elgin Cathedral, Elgin, 9 July (online booking); Drum Castle, Banchory, 10 July, (01330 700334); Logie Steading, Forres, 11 July (01309 611378); Wildwoodz, near Munlochy,12 July (01381 622220); Shaftesbury Park, Carrickfergus, 17 July (online booking); Archerfield Walled Garden, near Edinburgh, 18 July (online booking); Eyes Meadow, Duffield, 22 July (online booking); Kingston Lacy, Wimborne, 23 July (0344 2491895); Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, 24 July (0115 8763100); Brantwood, Coniston, 25 July (01539 441396); Palm House Sefton Park, Liverpool, 26 July (0344 8000410); Sandford Parks Lido, Cheltenham, 1 August (online booking); Cockington Court, Torquay (online booking); Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 4 August (01726 879500); Sterts Theatre, Liskeard, Cornwall, 5 August (01579 362382); Tawstock Court, Barnstable, 6 August (online booking); Cliveden, Maidenhead, 8 August (0344 2491895); The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, 9 August (01695 584480); Cardigan Castle, Cardigan, 12 August (01239 621200); Montgomery Castle, Powys, 13 August (01686 668442); Blackberry Farm, Holsworthy, 14 August (online booking); Castle Gardens, Sherborne, 15 August (01935 814633); Lytham Hall, Lytham St Annes, 16 August (01253 736652); Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Pwllheli, 18 August (online booking); Arundel Castle, Arundel, near Chichester, 21 – 22 August (01903 882173); Fulham Palace, London, 23 August (online booking); Dean’s Yard at Westminster Abbey, London, 25 – 26 August (online booking); Tonbridge Castle, Tonbridge, 28 August (online booking); Elizabethan Playhouse, Manor Farm, Corsley, 29 August (online booking); Pinner Memorial Park, Pinner, 30 August (online booking).

http://illyriatourdates.co.uk/muchado2020.htm [P]

 

Adaptation

 

New

Venue302: Underbelly, Bristo Square - McEwan Hall, Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 5 – 31 August (0131 226 0026). They have toured the world, won multiple awards, broken onto London's West End, survived nine consecutive Edinburgh Fringes and once received a zero-star review in The Times! They are Shit-Faced Shakespeare and they are back in Edinburgh with an all new show for 2020. Featuring a cast of classically trained actors and a single drunken performer thrown into the mix every night. What could possibly go right? Is this a lager I see before me? Yes, yes it is. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=shit [P]

Othello

Pericles

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Blanche McIntyre. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 15 August 2020 – 1 October (01789 331111) www.rsc.org.uk/pericles [P]

Richard II

New

We Are Animate Theatre Company. Jack Studio Theatre (previously Brockley Studio Theatre), London, 21 April – 9 May (0333 666 3366) https://brockleyjack.co.uk/jackstudio-entry/richard-ii/ [P]

Richard III

Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 14 April – 12 July (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/romeo-and-juliet-2020/ [P]

Directed by Kimberley Sykes. Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London, 27 June 2020 – 25 July (0844 826 4242) http://openairtheatre.com/production/romeo-juliet [P]

New

Brownsea Open Air Theatre. 29 July – 14 August (07845 782924). www.brownsea-theatre.co.uk. [A]

Directed by Simon Godwin. National Theatre, London, 11 August – (020 7452 3000) www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/ [P]

Adaptations

Juliet and Romeo (dance). Lost Dog Theatre Company. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 20 March (01603 598598); Arts Depot, London, 21 March (020 8369 5454); Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 24 March (01992 531500); Luton Library Theatre, Luton, 25 March (01582 878100); Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford, 27 March (01865 263980); The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, 28 March (01295 279002); Farnham Maltings, Farnham, 31 March (01252 745444); Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 28 April (01253 290 190). Lost Dog 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 are 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. https://lostdogdance.co.uk/productions/juliet-romeo/ [P]

 

Box Clever Theatre Company. Theatre Royal, Bath, 27 – 31 March 2020 (01225 448 844). Michael Wicherek’s adaptation fully realises the characters of the lovers and brings to life their world: the sound, heat and colour of Verona, the dark threat of the feud between their families and the ever-increasing speed at which events hurry the lovers to their inevitable doom. It also, through the inclusion of the Narrator ensures that Romeo and Juliet themselves do not remain literary creations distant from the 21st century. www.theatreroyal.org.uk/event/romeo-juliet-2/ [P]

The Young REP, Lightpost Theatre Company and REP Adult Drama Group. Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, 16 – 25 April 2020 (0121 236 4455). You know the story. A long standing dispute. A fleeting encounter that sparks a love affair. A love so powerful it's enough to risk losing respect and even life for. This is the greatest love story ever told. Shakespeare's greatest story of romantic woe is transported from Verona to Birmingham in a contemporary heart-stopping version for today. www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/whats-on/romeo-and-juliet-1.html [P/A]

Directed by Pip Nixon. The Little Theatre, Leicester, 8 – 13 June (0116 255 1302). Juliet meets a beautiful boy at a party. A hot summer evening. Dancing. Wine. It was only a kiss. How did it end up like this? To be together they must risk everything. And the clock is ticking. www.thelittletheatre.net/whats-on/romeo-and-juliet/ [P]


 

& Juliet by David West Read. Shaftesbury Theatre, London, 2 November 2019 - 3 October 2020  (020 7379 5399). We all know the story of Romeo and Juliet, star crossed lovers from warring families who are undeniably drawn to each other. Theirs is a love story for the ages and a tragedy unlike any other but what if we could rewrite the final scene? What if Juliet put the dagger down and decided to take a girls trip instead? In this irreverent rewrite that's exactly what happens. When Juliet wakes up instead of a dagger to the heart she gathers Nurse and her best girlfriends and heads to the city of lights. Juliet sets off to prove that she is the author of her own story and that there is life, and love, after Romeo. This wild new musical features the back catalogue of Swedish songwriter Max Martin with pop anthems that you'll love hearing in a completely different way. Songs like Baby One More TimeLove Me Like You DoCan't Feel My Face and Everybody. www.londontheatredirect.com/musical/3998/and-juliet-tickets.aspx [P]

 

Romeo and Julie by Gary Owen. A National Theatre and Sherman Theatre co-production. The Lowry, Salford, 5 – 13 June 2020 (0343 208 6000); Cast Theatre, Doncaster, 16 – 20 June (01302 303 959); Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 23 – 27 June (01708 443 333); Theatre Royal, Wakefield, 30 June – 4 July (01924 211 311); Dorfman Theatre (National Theatre), London, 14 July – 29 August (020 7452 3000); Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, 16 September – 3 October (02920 646 900). Romeo is a teenage single dad hanging on tight. Julie is fighting to follow her dream of studying at Cambridge. Two working-class eighteen year-olds raised a few streets apart, but from entirely different worlds, crash into first love and are knocked off their feet.  But at this crossroads to the rest of their lives, both families fear the worst in a world of unequal opportunity. www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/romeo-and-julie-uk-tour [P]


Shit-faced Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet. Anvil Arts, Basingstoke, 3 October (01256 844 244); New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, 9 October (023 9264 9000); Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, 10 October (0116 296 1236); Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 13 October (01793 524 481); Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 15 October (01473 433100); Beck Theatre, London, 16 October (020 8561 8371); Dorking Halls, Dorking, 17 October (01306 881 717); Alban Arena, St Alban’s, 19 October (01727 844 488); The Maltings, Farnham, 22 October (01252 726 234); The Playhouse, Nottingham, 23 October (0115 941 9419); Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle upon Tyne, 24 October (0844 2491 000); The Castle, Wellingborough, 28 October (01933 270 007); Epstein Theatre (formerly Neptune Theatre), Liverpool, 4 November (08448 884 411); Grand Theatre, Lancaster, 5 November (01524 64695); Grand Theatre, Swansea, 7 November (01792 475 715); Octagon Theatre, Yeovil, 8 November (01935 422 884); Exeter Corn Exchange, Exeter, 9 November (01392 665 866); Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, 10 November (01803 328 385); Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, 11 November (01202 848 014); Bath Komedia, Bath, 12 November (0845 293 8480); Epsom Playhouse, Epsom, 14 November (01372 742 555); Lyceum Theatre, Crewe, 15 November (01270 537 333); The Exchange, London, 18 – 19 November (0208 240 2399); Shanklin Theatre, Shanklin (Isle of Wight), 20 November (01983 862 739); Arts Centre, Colchester, 21 – 22 November (01206 500 900); The Cresset, Peterborough, 26 November (01733 265 705); The Dome, Doncaster, 27 November (01302 370 999) www.viagogo.co.uk/Theatre-Tickets/Theatre/Shit-Faced-Shakespeare-Tickets [P]


West Side Story. Score by Leonard Bernstein. The Riverfront, Newport, 16 – 18 April (01633 656 757) https://tickets.newportlive.co.uk/en-GB/shows/west%20side%20story/info [A]

 

 

West Side Story. Score by Leonard Bernstein. Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 18 April – 23 May (0161 833 9833) www.royalexchange.co.uk/whats-on-and-tickets/spring-2020-west-side-story [P]


West Side Story. Score by Leonard Bernstein. The Pantheon Club. Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 26 – 30 May (0141 240 1133) www.atgtickets.com/shows/west-side-story-presented-by-the-pantheon-club/theatre-royal-glasgow/ [P]

The Taming of the Shrew

Directed by Maria Gaitanidi. Shakespeare’s Globe. 1 February 2020 – 18 April (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com/ [P]

Adaptations

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Justin Audibert. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 29 January– 8 February (01227 787 787); Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 12 – 22 February (01752 267 222); Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 26 February – 7 March (0115 989 5555); Theatre Royal, Newcastle, 17 – 21 March (08448 11 21 21); Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 3 – 4 April (01253 290 190). Reverse gender production. Touring in rep with As You Like It and Measure for Measure www.rsc.org.uk/the-taming-of-the-shrew/on-tour [P]


The Taming of the Shrew – Associate Schools Festival. Theatre Royal, York, 31 March 2020 – 1 April (01904 623 568). This tale of gender, social roles and love is explored by local schools through ensemble and choral work. The Taming of the Shrew questions what equality means and looks like, and holds up a mirror for us to see how far we have come (or not) since Shakespeare’s day. Each school takes a collaborative approach to storytelling, using the opportunity to give a voice to the wider company while creating a clarity and energy in the telling of the narrative. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/show/the-taming-of-the-shrew/ [A]

The Tempest

Directed by Tom Littler. Michael Pennington (Prospero). Jermyn Street Theatre, London, 11 March 2020 – 4 April (020 7287 2875); Theatre Royal, Bath, 7 – 11 April (01225 448 844).

www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk/show/the-tempest/

www.theatreroyal.org.uk/event/the-tempest/ [P]


Shinfield Players Theatre and Arts Centre, Reading, 10 – 13 June 2020 (01189 267 135) www.shinfieldplayers.org.uk/current-season [A]

 

Shakespeare’s Globe’s Touring Ensemble. Globe Theatre, London, 1 – 2, 9 May (020 7401 9919); The Brewhouse, Taunton, 19 May (01823 283 244); Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, 25 and 30 May (01497 822 629); Globe Theatre, London, 8, 11 and 13 June (020 7401 9919);  St James’, Guernsey, 17 July (01481 711 361); Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT), Brighton, 20 and 22 August (07802 299267); The Festival Theatre at Hever Castle, Kent, 27 August (01732 866 114); Globe Theatre, London, 16 September, 6 and 8 October (020 7401 9919);  More dates and venues TBC. www.shakespearesglobe.com/seasons/globe-on-tour-2020/ [P]

 

Adaptation

 

The Tempest (opera). Music by Thomas Ades. Lyrics by Meredity Oakes. Presented by Barricade Arts. OSO Arts Centre (formerly the Old Sorting Office), London, 7 – 9 April (020 8876 9885) www.osoarts.org.uk/whats-on [P]

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 15 May – 3 October (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/twelfth-night-2020/ [P]

Adaptations

Updated

Pantaloons Theatre Company. Dalegate Market, Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk, 17 July (01485 210036); Wollaston Motte, Wellingborough, 19 July (online booking only); RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, 22 July (0845 612 1253); Christchurch Park Mansion Lawn, Ipswich, 23 July (01473 433100); Tattershall Castle, Tattershall, 24 July (01526 342543); Shenley Park Walled Garden, Radlett, 25 July (01923 852629); Rectory Garden, Billericay, 26 July (01277 658055); Stephens House and Gardens, Finchley, 29 July (020 8346 7812); Rufford Old Hall, Ormskirk, 30 July (0344 249 1895); Rotunda College, Liverpool, 31 July (0151 207 2176); Dilham Village Hall, North Walsham, 2 August (01692 536666); Venue TBC, Barnstaple, 5 August (01805 624624); Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 6 August (01726 879500); Redruth Buttermarket, Cornwall, 7 August (online booking only); Montacute House, Somerset, 8 August (01935 823289); The Tuckwell Amphitheatre, Cheltenham, 9 August (01242 258002); Speke Hall, Liverpool, 12 August (0151 427 7231); Scarr Bandstand, near Coleford, 13 August (01594 810966); Lyveden New Bield, Oundle, 14 August (01832 205358); Clare Castle Country Park, Suffolk, 15 August (01787 277902); Avington Park, Winchester, 16 August (01962 840440); The John Clare Cottage, Peterborough, 19 August (01733 253330); Talkin Tarn Country Park, Brampton, 20 August (01228 598 596); Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Sheffield, 21 August (0114 249 6000); Wimpole Estate, Royston, 22 August (0344 249 1895); Denton Village Hall, Denton, 23 August (07979 695 555); Venue TBC, Barnstaple, 26 August (01805 624624); Highcliffe Castle, Dorset, 27 August (01425 278807); Saffron Walden Castle, Saffron Walden, 28 August (online booking only); Fairhaven Gardens, South Walsham, 29 August (01603 270449); Baysgarth Park, Barton-upon-Humber, 30 August (01652 660 380); Brighton Open Air Theatre, Brighton, 11 September (online booking only); RSPB The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire, 12 September (01767 693333). Get in a fight. Cross-dress. Throw on some yellow stockings. Love can make you do the funniest things! The critically acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company present their own brand of open-air Shakespeare mayhem. Family-friendly fun with live music and audience participation! https://thepantaloons.co.uk/twelfth-night/ [P]

 

New

First Encounters: Twelfth Night. Royal Shakespeare Company. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 24 – 26 September (01789 331111). Our First Encounters productions are created to give 7-13 year olds a fantastic first experience of Shakespeare whilst also being brilliant introductions for anyone new to his work. Using edited versions of the original language, they bring his texts to life on stage in just 90 minutes. www.rsc.org.uk/first-encounters-twelfth-night [P]

 

New

All Shook Up. Hyde Musical Society. Hyde Festival Theatre, Hyde, 18 – 21 March (07463 941 417) It’s 1955, somewhere in middle America, where one girl’s dream and a surprise visit from a mysterious leather-jacketed, guitar-playing stranger help a small town to discover the magic of romance and the power of Rock ‘n’ Roll. https://hydemusicalsociety.org.uk/whats-on/ [A]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

Updated

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Erica Wyman. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 28 March – 2 October (01789 331111); The Lowry, Salford, 27 – 30 January 2021 (0161 876 2000); Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, 2 – 6 February (01274 432000); Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 10 – 13 February (01227 787787); Theatre Royal, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 23 – 27 February (08448 112121) www.rsc.org.uk/the-winters-tale [P]

 

Poems and Apocrypha

New

Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Act V Theatre Company. Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol, 31 March – 4 April (0117 973 5171). A complete reading of every one of Shakespeare's 154 sonnets. www.tickettailor.com/events/almatheatrecompany/335044/ [P]


New

Fireside Readings - Shakespeare’s Sonnets. Hold Fast Theatre Company. Tea House Theatre, 139 Vauxhall Walk, London, 26 April (0207 207 4585). www.teahousetheatre.co.uk [P]

Miscellaneous
(in alphabetical order)

New

Amorous Tales of Shakespeare. Lemon Squeeze Productions. Venue39: theSpace on the Mile - Space 1, Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 7 – 8, 10 – 15 and 17 – 22 August (0131 226 0026). Who was Shakespeare's true love? Anne Hathaway who seduced the young Will. Anne Whateley, who was engaged to him and, despite her shock at finding him marrying Anne Hathaway, spent her life helping him with his writing. Jane Davenant, the lusty tavern owner's wife – where he stayed on his way to and from Stratford – bore his bastard son. Join us for comic capers with the Bawdy Bard. And then you decide. Starring Stu Jackson as the Bawdy Bard, Julia Munrow as Anne Whateley, Sarah Archer as Anne Hathaway and Emma Hopkins as Jane. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=%22Amorous%20Tales%20of%20Shakespeare%22 [P]


Globe on Tour - Audience Choice Performances: As You Like It / A Midsummer Night’s Dream / The Tempest. Presented by Shakespeare’s Globe’s Touring Ensemble. Globe Theatre, London, 9 May (020 7401 9919); Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, 25 and 30 May (01497 822 629); Calderstones Mansion House in Calderstones Park, Liverpool, 4 – 6 June (0151 729 2200); St James’, Guernsey, 18 July (01481 711 361). What is it like to go to the theatre and not know what you are going to see? Take part in Shakespeare’s Globe’s democratic theatrical experiment to find out! The troupe of versatile actors will offer up a choice of three plays, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream or The Tempest. It will be up to you to vote for which of these three plays you want to see. The rules are simple: the loudest cheer wins, and the action starts straight away. Actors call it ‘terrifying’, audiences say it’s ‘exhilarating.’ So scream and shout as loud as you can for the play you want to see. More dates and venues TBC.

 www.shakespearesglobe.com/seasons/globe-on-tour-2020/ [P]

 

New

Impromptu Shakespeare. Venue14: Gilded Balloon Teviot - Nightclub, Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 5 – 17 and 19 – 31 August (0131 226 0026). Bursting with love, poetry, comedy, tragedy, mistaken identity and everything in between, Impromptu Shakespeare brings you an entirely new and unique "Shakespeare" play inspired by audience suggestions to delight Shakespeare nerds and newbies alike.  https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=*%3A*&start=110 [P]

 

New

Kemp’s Jig by Chris Harris. Blue Fire Theatre. Tea House Theatre, 139 Vauxhall Walk, London, 2 May (0207 207 4585). One-man show based on The Nine Daies Wonder. www.teahousetheatre.co.uk [P]

 

The Second Best Bed by Avril Rowland. Victoria Hall, Settle, 5 March 2020 (01729 825 718). When Shakespeare died, he famously left his wife Anne only one thing – the second best bed. Liz Grand stars as Anne Hathaway on the night of Shakespeare’s funeral. The wake has finished, the mourners have all gone home, leaving Anne to remember her life with the most talented playwright the world has ever seen. Or was he? Did he write the plays? His widow would know if anybody did. Wouldn’t she? www.settlevictoriahall.org.uk/eventsandshows/the-second-best-bed-050320 [P]

 

Shake It Up Shakespeare. Hen and Chickens Theatre Bar, London, 10 February and 9 March (020 7704 2001); Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 6 August (01726 879 500). Shakespeare hasn’t written anything new for an age, so we thought we would give him a hand. Using his language, your audience suggestions and our overactive imaginations, we create a brand new Shakespeare play live on stage, complete with music, songs and plenty of laughs.

www.unrestrictedview.co.uk/shakeitup-the-improvised-shakespeare-show-3/

https://penleepark.ticketsolve.com/shows/873611429 [P]

Upstart Crow by Ben Elton. Directed Sean Foley. David Mitchell (Will Shakespeare). Gielgud Theatre, London, 7 February 2020 – 25 April (0844 482 5130). 'Tis 1605 and England's greatest playwright is in trouble. Will Shakespeare has produced just two plays; Measure for Measure, which according to King James was incomprehensible bollingbrokes by any measure, and All's Well That Ends Well which didn't even end well. Will desperately needs to maketh a brilliant new play to bolster his reputation and avoid being cast aside by King and country. But Will's personal life is encountering more dramatic twists and turns than any theatrical story he can conjure. How the futtock can a Bard be expected to find a plot for a play whilst his daughters run amok and his house is used as refuge for any old waif and stray. As time runs out, can Will hold on to his dream of being recognised now and for all time, as indisputably the greatest writer that ever lived, or will family woes thwart Will's chances of producing his masterwork? www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk/tickets/upstart-crow/ [P]

 

 

 

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