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Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

 September 2014 onwards

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

New indicates that a production has been added to the list this month.
indicates that the information has been changed or expanded this month.
[A] indicates an amateur production.
[P] indicates a professional production.

All's Well That Ends Well

Antony and Cleopatra

As You Like It

Peter Huntley Productions and W14 Productions.  Directed by Derek Bond.  Southwark Playhouse, London, 18 September – 18 October (020 7407 0234). [P]

Comedy of Errors

 Theatre by the Lake. Directed by Ian Forrest. Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, 26 July – 8 November (01768 774 411). [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.  Directed by Blanche McIntyre.  Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 30 August – 12 October (020 7401 9919). [P]

St. James Theatre.  St. James Theatre, London, 15 - 19 September (0844 264 2140). [P]


Lazarus Theatre Company. Tristan Bates Theatre, London, 18 August – 6 September (020 7240 6283). [P]



Manchester Royal Exchange Company.  Directed by Sarah Frankcom.  Maxine Peake (Hamlet). Royal Exchange, Manchester, 11 September – 18 October (0161 833 9833). [P]

Icarus Productions.  Directed and starring Richard Wood.  Drill Hall, Lincoln, 16 - 17 September (01522 873 894). [P/A]

Citizen’s Theatre Company.  Directed by Dominic Hill.  Citizen’s Theatre, Glasgow, 19 September – 11 October (0141 429 0022). [P]

Archway Theatre Company, Horley Hamlet, 23 September – 4 October (01293 784 398).  [A]

ACS Random.  Park Theatre, London, 2 – 14 December (020 7870 6876). [P]

Sonia Friedman Productions.  Directed by Lyndsey Turner.  Benedict Cumberbatch (Hamlet). Barbican, London, 5 August – 31 October 2015 (0845 120 7550).  [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

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Antony Sher (Falstaff), Jasper Britton (Henry IV), Alex Hassell (Prince Hal), Paola Dionisotti (Mistress Quickly).  Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon, 18 March - 6 September (0844 800 1110); Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne, 25 September - 4 October (08448 11 21 21); Theatre Royal, Norwich, 14 October - 18 October (01603 630 000); The Lowry, Salford, 21 October - 25 October (0161 876 2000); Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, 28 October - 1 November (01274 432 000); Theatre Royal, Bath, 4 November -  8 November (01225 448 844); Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 11 November - 15 November (01227 787 787); Barbican Centre, London, 29 November - 24 January 2015 (0845 120 7550). [P]

Donmar Warehouse.  Directed by Phyllida Lloyd.  Harriet Walter (Henry IV).  Donmar Warehouse, London, 3 October – 29 November (0844 871 7624). [P]


Thrice Ninth Productions. St James Theatre, London, 29 September – 3 October (0844 264 2140). Short version. [P]

Henry IV, pt.2

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Antony Sher (Falstaff), Jasper Britton (Henry IV), Alex Hassell (Prince Hal), Paola Dionisotti (Mistress Quickly). Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon, 18 March - 6 September (0844 800 1110); Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne, 25 September - 4 October (08448 11 21 21); Theatre Royal, Norwich, 14 October - 18 October (01603 630 000); The Lowry, Salford, 21 October - 25 October (0161 876 2000); Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, 28 October - 1 November (01274 432 000); Theatre Royal, Bath, 4 November -  8 November (01225 448 844); Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 11 November - 15 November (01227 787 787); Barbican Centre, London, 29 November - 24 January 2015 (0845 120 7550). [P]

Henry V

South London Theatre. Directed by Mark Bullock. Bell Theatre, The Old Fire Station, Norwood, London, 4 – 8 November (020 8670 3474). [A]

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

Henry VI, pt 3

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.  Directed by Dominic Dromgoole.  Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 20 June – 11 October (020 7401 9919). [P]

Worcester Repertory Company. Hereford Cathedral, 14 – 16 October; Malvern Priory, 17 – 28 October; Worcester Cathedral, 22 – 25 October. (01905 611 427). [A]

Fluellen Theatre Company. Grand Theatre Arts Wing, Swansea, 15 – 17 October (01792 475715). [A]

King John

King Lear

Crescent Theatre Company. Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, 8 – 15 November (0121 643 5858). [A]

Love's Labour's Lost

Royal Shakespeare Company.  Directed by Christopher Luscombe.  Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 23 September – 14 March 2015 (0870 6091110). [P]


Creation Theatre.  The Gardens at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, 1 August – 13 September (01865 766266).  [P]

Filter & Tobacco Factory Theatre Companies. Tobacco Factory, Bristol, 3 – 20 September (0117 902 0344). [P]

National Youth Theatre.  Directed by Ed Hughes. Ambassador Theatre, London, 19 September – 26 November (08448 112 334). [A]

Mercury Theatre Company.  Directed by Daniel Buckroyd.  Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 2 – 18 October (01206 573 948). [P]


Opera.  Music by Guiseppe Verdi.  Third World Bun Fight.  Directed by Brett Bailey.  Barbican, London, 16 – 20 September (0845 120 7550).  In this radical take on the seminal opera, combining bold visuals with a reconstructed score sung by a South African ensemble, Brett Bailey sets his Macbeth in a troubled, post-colonial Africa. Refugee performers, fleeing from conflict within Congo, encounter a trunk containing sheet music and gramophone recordings of Verdi's Macbeth. Inspired by the composer's musical adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy, they retell the story from their own perspective - a conflict-ravaged, exploited homeland where a warlord and his wife seize power of a province and militia fight to the death over mineral resources.” [P] 

Opera.  Music & Lyrics by Giuseppe Verdi.  Scottish Opera.  Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock, 25 September; Gardyne Theatre, Dundee, 27 September (
01382 434 940); The Garrison Theatre, Lerwick, 1 October; Haddo House, Ellon, 4 October; Thurso High School, Thurso, 7 October; One Touch Eden Court, Inverness, 9 October; The Corran Halls, Oban, 11 October; The Gaiety, Ayr, 16 October; Macphail Theatre, Ullapool, Ullapool, 18 October; An Lanntair, Stornoway, Stornoway 21 October; Aros Centre, Portree, Portree, 23 October; Buccleuch Centre, Langholm, Langholm, 25 October; The Cinema, Newton Stewart, 28 October; Macrobert, Stirling, 30 October; Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, 1 November (tickets via website) [P]

Heartbreak Productions. The Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa, 4 - 6 September (tickets via website). In a First World War rehabilitation centre, a group of soldiers commemorate the lives of those they have lost with a haunting performance of Macbeth which will ensure that the horrors of war are not forgotten. Witchcraft, manipulation and murder ensue as the soldiers attempt to recover from the physical and mental scars of war. [P]

Macbeth the Remix.  Findhorn Bay Arts and Arts in Motion.  Brodie Castle, Brodie, 26 – 28 September (tickets via website).  Shakespeare’s classic tale of ambition and treachery reworked & remixed, with stunning video projections and fire sculptures, dramatic live action and music, and a strong community involvement from pipers to martial artists. Plus an especially formed remix choir and live band, all staged in the grounds of Brodie Castle in the shadow of the ‘Macbeth’s Hillock’. A one hour production of Macbeth like you have never seen before. [P]

Walking Theatre Company.  Departs from Tollbooth, High Street, Forres, 24 – 28 September (tickets via website).  Join The Walking Theatre Company in a stroll around the streets of Forres and enjoy their wicked adaptation of the ultimate ‘Scottish’ play, Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”, served up with a luscious and ludicrous twist! In this ‘adaptation’ the First Lady, Gruoch Macbeth, Granddaughter of the mighty King Kenneth III, takes control and leads her own Lord on a merry dance. It’s a step back in time to a world of magic, murder, intrigue and dubious monarchy, with bits of real history thrown in for good luck. [P]

Measure for Measure

The Merchant of Venice

Pembroke Players. Venues across Cambridgeshire and Japan. 1 September – 31 October. [A]

Ashrow Theatre Company. Guildhall Theatre, Derby, 7 – 11 October. (01332 255800) Tickets at [P]

Sell A Door Theatre Company.  The Opera House, Buxton, 4 November (0845 12 72190). [P]

Merry Wives of Windsor


Falstaff.  Opera.  Music by Verdi.  Lyrics by Boito.  Royal Opera House, La Scala Milan, and Canadian Opera Company.  Royal Opera House, London, 6 – 18 July 2015 (020 7304 4000). [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Permanently Bard. Boater, Bath, 2 – 3 August; Pilot, Greenwich London, 8 – 9 August; Mill, Elstead, Godalming, 14 – 15 August; King and Queen, Caterham, 16 – 17 August; Duke of Kent, Ealing London, 21 – 23 August; Links Tavern, Liphook, 30 - 31 August; Rose and Crown, Ealing London, 4 – 6 September;  Red Lion, London, 12 – 13 September. [P]

Rosebridge Theatre Company. Directed by Adam Morris. The Courtyard, Hoxton. 20 August – 7 September (020 7729 2202) [P]

Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole, 10 – 14 September (0844 871 7614).

Barbican (in association with the RSC). Directed by Dmitri Krymov. Barbican Centre, 12 November – [P]


Pocket Dream. Propeller. Directed by Edward Hall. Gulbenkian Theatre, 23 September. [P]

Shaking Up Shakespeare—Anthony Glenn’s One Man Show—A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch, London, 20 September (
01708 443333).

Much Ado About Nothing

Cambridge American Stage Tour. Directed by Emily Burns. 1 – 29 September touring and 7 – 11 October ADC Theatre. [A]

Royal Shakespeare Company. (Billed as “Love’s Labour’s Won” to pair with Love’s Labour’s Lost). Directed by Christopher Luscombe. Edward Bennett (Benedick), Michelle Terry (Beatrice).  Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 3 October – 14 March 2015 (0870 6091110). [P]


Duchess Theatre, Long Eaton, 20 – 22 November.

What’s All the Fuss About? Regent Theatre. Anne Nolan, Denise Nolan, Kim Woodburn. 15 October. “Love is in the air as a small Irish community prepares for the wedding of Hope and Connor, but mischief is afoot as they all conspire to match reluctant lovers Ben and Bernie, with hilarious consequences. But when the bride is tricked into writing a love letter to another man, all of their futures are threatened. Based on Shakespeare's best-loved comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, come with us on a journey of mayhem, mischief and misunderstanding - and find out if love really does conquer all. Featuring iconic hit songs from the 50s,60,70s and 80s.” [P]


Clatterhouse Theatre. Drayton Arms, Old Brompton Road, London, SW5 0LJ, 2 – 27 September (020 7835 2301).

Frantic Assembly.  Directed by Scott Graham.  Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 4 - 11 October (01752 267222);  Playhouse, Oxford, 21 - 25 October (01865 305305); The Curve, Leicester, 28 October - 1 November (0116 242 3595); CAST, Doncaster, 4 - 8 November (01302 303 959); REP, Birmingham, 12 - 15 November (0121 236 4455); The Lowry (Quays), Salford, 18 - 29 November (0843 208 6000); Lyric Hammersmith, London, 13 January - 7 February 2015 (020 8741 6850).  [P]


Opera.  Otello by Giuseppe Verdi.  English National Opera. Directed by David Alden. Conducted by Edward Gardner. Coliseum, London, 13 September – 17 October (020 7632 8300).  [P]


Richard II

Richard III

Jamie Lloyd Productions.  Directed by Jamie Lloyd.  Martin Freeman (Richard III).  Trafalgar Studios, London, 1 July – 27 September (0870 060 6632).  [Part of Trafalgar Transformed 2 Season] [P]


Romeo and Juliet

Antic Disposition. Directed by John Risebero and Ben Horslen. Temple Church, 30 August – 7 September (0333 666 3366). [A]

Home. Directed by Walter Meierjohann. Victoria Baths, Manchester, 17 September – 4 October (0161 200 1500). [P]

Sherman Theatre. Directed by Rachel O’Riordan. Sherman Theatre, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff, 2 – 18 October (029 2064 6900). [P]


Ballet.  Prokofiev.  Ballet Cymru.  Corn Exchange, Newbury, 17 – 20 September (01635 522 733). [P]

Ballet. Royal Swedish Ballet. Directed by Mats Ek. Sadler’s Wells Theatre, 24 – 27 September ( 0844 412 4300) [P]

National Theatre.  Directed by Bijan Sheibani.  National Theatre, West End, London, 29 October – 14 November (020 7452 3000).  The story of frustrated young (illegally young in modern terms) love and death and the vendetta between two families in a tight-knit Italian community. One of Shakespeare's most popular and enduring dramas it has also been re-done as film, ballet, musical (most notably "West Side Story") and ice spectacular! 
Running time: 1hr. Suitable for ages 8-12 years. This event takes place in a Temporary Space, National Theatre.  Read more: [P]

West Side Story. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Arthur Laurents. The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (0122 7787 787), 29 July – 9 August; Theatre Royal Plymouth (0175 2267 222), 12 – 23 August; Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff (029 2063 6464), 26 – 30 August; Liverpool Empire Theatre (0844 871 3017), 2 – 13 September; Theatre Royal Norwich (01603 63 00 00). [P]

West Side Story. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited. Long Eaton Operatic Society. Long Eaton,
Nottingham. 28 October - 1 November (01332 874352) [A]

West Side Story. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. New Lyric Operatic Company. Grand Opera House, Belfast, 18 – 22 November (028 9024 1919) [A]

The Taming of the Shrew

Immersion Theatre.  Directed by James Tobias & Amy Gunn.  Jack Studio Theatre, London, 30 September – 18 October (020 8291 6354); Empire Theatre, 21 October; Capstone Theatre, Liverpool, 22 October (0151 709 3789); Stanwix Arts Centre, 25 October; Town Hall, Loughborough, 27 October; Grove Theatre, 29 October; Camberley Theatre, 4 November; Underground Theatre, 8 November; Kenton Theatre, 11 November; Arts Centre, Harrow, 12 November. [P]

XWire Entertainment.  The London Theatre, London, 14 – 19 October (020 8694 1888). [P]

The Tempest

Breakfast Cat Theatre in association with The Steampunk Shakespeare Company. Charles Cryer Studio Theatre, Secombe Theatre, Carshalton, 1 – 4 October (020 8770 6987).

The Apollo Theatre, Newport, IOW, 15 – 23 May 2015 (01983 527 267).


This Last Tempest.  Uninvited Guests & Fuel.  Brewery Arts, Kendal, 9 October (01539 725 133); Festival Theatre, Malvern, 4 – 5 November (01684 892 277); Quarterhouse, Folkestone, 7 – 8 November (01303 858 500); Cambridge Junction, Cambridge, 26 November (01223 511 511); Lakeside Theatre, Colchester, 27 November (01206 873 261); Theatre Royal, Margate, 28 – 29 November (0845 130 1786).  This Last Tempest is a sequel to The Tempest and begins where Shakespeare left off. Caliban and Ariel are left alone on the enchanted island, watching Prospero's ship sail over the horizon and out of view. Using the magic of the words Prospero taught them, his former servants, the "savage" and the "airy spirit" are free to begin again. They sing and perform wild tempests. As the storms rage endlessly around them they conjure-up their own brave new world, with new rules for a new society - where spirits and monsters are people and inanimate things are alive. Part theatre, part gig, This Last Tempest draws on Uninvited Guests' collaborative approach to devised theatre. Working with composer and musician Neil Johnson, they fill this strange yet familiar island with guitar noise, evocative sounds and sweet airs.’ [P]

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Troilus and Cressida

Lazarus Theatre Company. Directed by Ricky Dukes. Tristan Bates Theatre, London, 21 August – 6 September (020 7240 6283). [P]

Twelfth Night

PurpleCoat Productions, Arts Depot, London, 7 September (020 8369 5454). [P]

English Touring Theatre (ETT). Directed by Jonathan Munby. 18 September – 18 October; Sheffield Theatres, 21 – 25 October; Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 28 August – 1 November; Watford Palace Theatre, 4 – 8 November; Cambridge Arts Theatre, 11 – 15 November; Hall for Cornwall, 18 – 22 November; Richmond Theatre, London, 18 – 22 November (0870 060 6651); Theatre Royal, Brighton, 25 – 29 November (08700 606 650).

Watermill Young Company.  Directed by Seamus Allen.  Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 12 – 15 November (01635 46044).  [A]

Brighton Little Theatre, Brighton, 23 - 27 June 2015 (0844 888 0432); Lewes Castle, Lewes, 2 – 5 July 2015 (01273 486 290).  [A]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Simon Godwin. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 12 July – 4 September (0844 800 1110); Theatre Royal, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 7 – 11 October (08448 112 121). [P]

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London, 9 December 2014 – 3 January 2015 (08444 771 000). [P]

Poems and Apocrypha


The Sonneteer. Sebastian Michael and Tom Medcalf with Optimist Creations. Greenside @ Nicolson Square (Venue 209), Edinburgh. 1 – 9, 11 – 16, 18 – 23 August (01316186967). A play on passion, power and possession, featuring the Sonnets of William Shakespeare. What drove the celebrated poet, playwright and actor to write a suite of sonnets about beauty, life and the passage of time and address them to a young man? Obsession? Folly? Infatuation? Or was there more than meets the eye today? In a dynamic new take on an old question, two contemporary characters delve into some glorious poetry, as they weave in and out of the past in search of a plausible truth about love. Everything is conjecture. Except the words. ’ [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014]. [P]

(in alphabetical order)

The Actor’s Nightmare.  American High School Theatre Festival.  Pilrig Studio (Venue 103), Edinburgh, 4, 6 – 8 August (no phone).  Brecht, Coward and Shakespeare are all rolled into one amazing performance, as we follow a very confused man stumbling through every possible problem an actor has ever encountered. His only ally is an overworked, no nonsense stage manager, but even she can't guarantee he will survive his debut performance.’ [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014]. [A]

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) – Revised by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, Jess Winfield, Reed Martin (additional material). Company Reduced Shakespeare Company.  Newbury Productions (UK) Ltd. and York Theatre Royal. Directed by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor.  Pleasance, Edinburgh, 17 – 25 August (0131 556 6500).  [P]

Dogs of War.  Institute for the Exploration of Theatre, Dance and Performance.  Assembly George Square Studios (Venue 17), Edinburgh, 31 July – 16 August (0131 623 3030). ‘Using the original text of Shakespeare’s Wars of the Roses plays alongside new text by The Master of Verona author David Blixt, the play features oft-cut scenes of soldiers, citizens, women, children and ghosts to re-examine representations of war via the bodies of common people. A chorus acts as guide and provocateur as he navigates the audience through the underbellies of some of the Bard’s most famous plays, including Henry V and Richard III. With an ensemble of sixteen portraying more than three dozen different characters, Dogs is a strikingly contemporary, multimedia incarnation of the history canon.  [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014]. [A]

Master Shakeshaft. Written by Peter Parkinson, directed by John Crook. The Mary Wallace Theatre, 25 – 28 September  (020 8744 0547)For many years Shakespearian sleuths have wondered, researched and written about Shakespeare's 'Lost Years', It is generally accepted that he got at least one wench with child; that there were persistent rumours of poaching deer; that he was not regarded as being polite to his elders; and, as for fighting, you only have to read Act 1 Scene 1 of Romeo and Juliet to discover that Shakespeare knew how to start a punch-up. [A]

The Players advice to Shakespeare. New Theatre of Ottawa. C Nova, India Buildings, Victoria Street, (Venue 145) Jul 30 – 25 August (0845 260 1234). In 1607, an actor from Shakespeare's company turns his back on the stage and joins the Midlands Revolt. Mishaps, adventures and a bloody defeat later, he returns to London to urge Shakespeare to tell the story. Will he listen? Will Shakespeare's new play speak to this turmoil? Find out! More than just a rollicking tale, this is an impassioned plea for theatre with a sharp point. [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014]. [P]

Scots: Double Bill. Theatre Alba. Duddington Kirk Manse garden, (Venue 121). 5 – 16 August. Something in it for Cordelia is comic, yet poignant. Joan Ure felt the position of women with acute sensibility. Cordelia wheels her demanding father to Waverley station. In Something in it for Ophelia, Ophelia feels there should be more substance for her than Shakespeare provided. It should be emphasised that both these plays, touching - as they do, with conviction, passion, and sharp insight - the sort of issues we call serious, do so with a continuous play of wit and fun, and often, a truly joyful gaiety. [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014]. [A]

Shakespeare for Breakfast. C Theatre. C (Venue 36), Chambers Street EH1 1HR, 30 July – 25 August (0845 260 1234) The Bardic Breakfasters are back! C's Shakespearean sensation returns for a 23rd sell-out year with free coffee and croissants! As ever, a completely brand new storyline for Shakespeare's characters. This comic romp is a witty and unique take on the traditional. [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014]. [P]

Shakespeare, His Wife and the Dog. Bated Breath. Summerhall, (Venue 26), 5 – 24 August, (0131 560 1581). April 1616 Shakespeare has returned to Stratford a rich famous and successful man but all's not well. Why is he so unhappy? Why can't he sleep? Why is his wife furious with him? Who is Will waiting for and why can't Anne find the dog? The secrets, lies, resentments and passions of a marriage laid bare. A sleepless night in Stratford, the one hour traffic of our play. Bated Breath presents a new play by Philip Whitchurch with a bit of help from Shakespeare. [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014]. [A]

Shakespeare in Love. Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall from the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard. Disney Theatrical Productions. Directed by Declan Donellan. Noel Coward Theatre, London, 2 July – 25 October (0844 482 5141). ‘Plagued by debt, tormented by writer’s block and in desperate need of a new hit, promising new playwright Will Shakespeare finds his muse in the form of passionate young noblewoman, Viola De Lesseps. Their forbidden love soon draws everyone, including Queen Elizabeth herself, into the drama and inspires Will to write the greatest love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet.’ [P]

Shakespeare’s Avengers Assembleth. Drake’s Drummers Theatre Company. Greenside @ Royal Terrace (Venue 231), Edinburgh. 1 – 9 August, (0131 5572124). Ever wondered what would happen if the characters of Shakespeare had to team up to stop a Papal Inquisitor? We thought not, but how cool would that be? The Pope is due to deliver an address to stop Queen Elizabeth I from converting England from Catholicism to Protestantism. Desperate to stop this, she hires Shakespeare to write a play to disrupt the address. He must gather together his greatest characters, and Brutus, to write and perform a play in six days. Meanwhile, the High Inquisitor learns of this plan, and sets about a scheme of his own. [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014]. [A]

Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits. Lance Pierson (actor), Belinda Yates (soprano), Heather Chamberlain (pianist). St Cuthbert’s Church (Venue 122), Edinburgh. 11 – 15 August, (0131 226 0000) 2014 is William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. It’s the right moment to celebrate his enormous contribution to our culture. But if you don’t have time to see all 37 plays or read all 154 sonnets then just check out these Greatest Hits. Actor Lance Pierson brings to life the best sonnets and speeches from Henry to Hamlet and Richard to Romeo. He is supported by soprano Belinda Yates and pianist Heather Chamberlain who present scene setting music. [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014]. [P]

Shakespeare’s Villains. The California Shakespeare Ensemble. The Space on the Mile (Venue 39), 80 High Street, Edinburgh, 1 – 16 August, (0131 510 2382). Imagine if Shakespeare's best villains were taken out of their respective plays, reassembled Frankenstein style and finally got to be the focus of their own stories. The California Shakespeare Ensemble will do just that in Shakespeare's Villains as they weave three of the Bard's finest antagonists into one engaging 70 minute show using only Shakespeare's original words. [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014]. [P]

Where is She Now? Sofia Rosinsky and Alexis Rosinsky. theSpace @ Venue45 (Venue 45), 63 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh. 5 – 9 August, (0131 510 2381).
A one person celebration of Shakespeare's best loved and rare monologues with lively and enlightening discussion about the characters portrayed, Including Lady Macbeth and Joan La Pucelle from Henry VI as well as Constance from King John, Caliban from The Tempest, Ophelia from Hamlet, Portia from The Merchant of Venice, Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing and many others. [Part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2014]. [A]


Data compiled by Kelley Costigan, Jami Rogers and Margaret Roper.



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