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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

  August 2016 onwards

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

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

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

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

All's Well That Ends Well

Changeling Theatre. Directed by Robert Forknall. Egerton House, Kent, 3 August (01634 338338); The Tithe Barn, Kent, 5 August (01634 338338); Biddenden Vineyards, Kent, 7 August (01634 338338); Dartford Central Park, Dartford, 10 August (01322 343434); Rochester Castle, Kent, 11 August (01634 338338); St Pauls Clapham, London, 12 August; Eridge Park, Tunbridge Wells, 14 August (01634 338338); The Old Boathouse, Fordwich, 18 August (01634 338338); Boughton Monchelsea Place, Maidstone, 20 – 21 August (01634 338338). [P]

Antony and Cleopatra

As You Like It

GB Theatre Company. The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, 4 August; Wyndcliffe Court Sculpture Gardens, Chepstow, 13 – 14 August; Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 20 August; Arundel Castle, West Sussex, 26 – 27 August.  [P] 

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. King’s College Gardens, Cambridge, 1 - 27 August (07955 218824) [P]


Shanghai Theatre Academy. Spotlites (Venue 278), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 13 August (0131 226 0026). A 1920s Chinese inspired version of Shakespeare’s much loved comedy, with traditional Chinese elements, including stunning colourful Chinese costumes and classical music played on the vertical bamboo flute. [A]

Comedy of Errors

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Trinity College Gardens, Cambridge, 1 - 20 August (07955 218824) [P]

Antic Disposition Theatre Company. Gray’s Inn Hall, London, 20 August – 1 September (0333 666 3366)  [P] 



Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Melly Still. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 29 April – 12 August (0870 6091110); Barbican Theatre, London, 31 October – 23 December (0845 120 7550) [P]


Imogen, directed by Matthew Dunster. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 17 September – 16 October (020 7401 9919). Imogen, daughter of Cymbeline, enrages her father by marrying against his will. Lies are then told about Imogen to her husband, Posthumous, and he decides she should die. In an urban world that is as strange, erotic and violent as Shakespeare's ancient Britain, Imogen is forced to re-imagine herself as she fights for the life she deserves and not the one that is being determined for her. Imogen is an achingly beautiful story of lovers and families being re-united after violent and harrowing separation, and a tale for our times vividly told in his brutally modern production. [P]


Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Simon Godwin. Paapa Essiedu [Hamlet]. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 12 March – 13 August (0870 6091110)  [P]

Creation Theatre Company. Directed by Gari Jones. University Parks, Oxford, 13 July – 13 August [P]

Almeida Theatre. Directed by Robert Icke. Andrew Scott (Hamlet), Juliet Stevenson (Gertrude). February 2017 (020 7359 4404) Booking opens in September. [P]


Festival Players Theatre Company. Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 10 August (01726 879 500); Bread and Roses Theatre, London, 27 September – 15 October (020 7498 1779). All-male 2-hour production. [P]

Cambridge University Shakespeare Players. The Space on Niddry Street, Edinburgh, 22 – 27 August (0845 557 0844). 80 minute version. [A]

Black Theatre Live. Directed by Jeffery Kissoon. Adapted by Mark Norfolk. Theatre Royal, Windsor, 10 – 15 October (01753 853 888). Denmark, a Black Empire of modern England, where an intelligent young student discovers the world he once knew has crumbled. Implored to defend what is left of his father’s decaying legacy, Hamlet now faces the greatest moral challenge – to kill or not to kill. This fast-moving version gets straight to the heart of a young man’s dilemma. This first all-black production of Hamlet in Britain makes a striking contribution to the Shakespeare 400 anniversary celebration. [P]

Hamlet in Bed by Michael Laurence. Directed by Lisa Peterson. Pleasance, Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 3 – 29 August (020 7609 1800). A neurotic actor obsessed with finding his real mother and playing the famous gloomy Dane. His twin fixations collide when he tracks down Anna – a reclusive former actress turned barfly who may or may not be his actual birth mother – and lures her into a macabre production of Hamlet playing his mother, the queen. [P]

Hamlet, Ophelia. Shakespearian Lovers. Spotlites (Venue 278), Edinburgh, (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 13 – 28 August (0131 240 5047). Hamlet is a woman, she is living the play from the lovers’ point of view, going into the depths of humanity. Hamlet, Ophelia is an original take on the entire story to honour the first modern drama. Our first time performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, to clarify some points of Hamlet's history to the audience. Come and explore with us. [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]

Remember Me: Horatio’s Hamlet. Somesuch Theatre. Greenside @ Nicolson Square (Venue 209), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 15 – 20, 22 – 27 August (0131 618 6967). A cast of two. A stage full of characters. A suitcase full of mysteries. All attempting to answer one of theatre's greatest questions: Who exactly was Hamlet? A grieving Horatio tries to unlock the mystery of his friend's death by hiring an actor to tell his story. Haunting and hilarious by turns, a man and woman perform the pivotal scenes from Hamlet, attempting to unlock his complexities, his secrets and his heart. But, as always with Hamlet, every answer brings more questions. [P]

Ros & Guil R Dead. Blunt Pyramid. theSpace on the Mile (Venue 39), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 5 – 6, 8 – 13, 15 – 20 August (0131 510 2382). A modern interpretation of Stoppard's witty and poignant tale of Shakespeare's ill-fated attendant lords. First performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 50 years ago, Blunt Pyramid translate the contemporary classic into present day as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern find themselves just as bewildered in modern society as in 15th century Denmark. [A]

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard. The Old Vic Theatre, London, from 11 April 2017 (0844 871 7628). More details to be announced. [P]

The Song of Beast (after Hamlet). Theatre BradHit and Samuel Baguette (Korea). C venues – C South (Venue 58), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 4 – 29 August (0845 260 1234). Hamlet transported to a slaughterhouse in modern-day South Korea. While it appears to be an ordinary slaughterhouse from the outside, it is in fact a perfectly controlled place, where powerful men butcher and execute their opponents. Painting a picture of extreme violence and wicked plans carried out by beast-like men, and one boy seeking an escape. [P]

Henry IV, pt.1

Henry IV, pt.2

Henry V

Masque Theatre. Northampton, 28 July – 6 August (07586 288793, for reservations) [A]

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. St John’s College Gardens, Cambridge, 1 - 20 August (07955 218824)  [P]

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

Henry VI, pt 3

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

King John

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


MCS Drama. theSpace on the Mile (Venue 39), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 22 – 27 August (0131 510 2382). MCS Drama presents a new adaptation of King John, one of the least performed but most political and gravely comic of Shakespeare’s history plays. In a radical reinterpretation of what academics consider to be Shakespeare’s most unhistorical of all his history plays, our production will explore how the play’s concerns with legitimate rule, rebellion and what is right resonate in a modern day setting. Marking the 800th anniversary of King John’s death, this production will ‘look into the blots and stains of right’ in a fast-paced, riotous edit of the original text. [A]

King Lear

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Antony Sher (Lear). Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 20 August – 15 October (01789 403493); Barbican Theatre, London, 10 November – 23 December (0845 120 7550). [P]   


Adapted and directed by Phil Willmott. The Phil Willmott Company. Ursula Mohan (Queen Lear). Union Theatre, London, 20 September – 8 October (020 7261 9876). The old woman finds it impossible to retire gracefully and as her mental faculties begin to fail she's cast out by her eldest children, as their sister prepares to lead a French invasion in retaliation. Meanwhile the Duke of Gloucester's equally ruthless son plots to steal his brother's inheritance and the younger generations align in a savage plot to mercilessly destroy their parents. But will they succeed? An epic double family drama about mothers and daughters, fathers and sons. [P]

Directed by Deborah Warner. Glenda Jackson (Lear). The Old Vic Theatre, London, 25 October – 3 December (0844 871 7628) [P]

King Lear (Alone) by Frank Bramwell. Inamoment. St Paul’s Church, Birmingham, 16 July; Bandit Mugger and Thief, Manchester, 28 – 29 July (; Guide Bridge Theatre, Manchester, 30 July (; Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London, 8 – 9 August ( One-man version. [P]

Queen Lear by Ronnie Dorsey. Ronnie Dorsey Productions. Assembly Roxy (Venue 139), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 4 – 15, 17 – 29 August (0131 623 3030). 'No one will remember me; only killing makes history.' Enclosed in her chamber with her Confessor and her trusted Nurse, the Queen faces the ordeal of giving birth to the King's longed-for son and heir. Moving between reality and delirium, she fears for the survival of her child as she reveals the hidden story behind Lear and his ambitions. An intensely lyrical imagining of the untold story behind Lear's forgotten Queen. [P]

Love's Labour's Lost

Oxford Shakespeare Company. Directed by Nicholas Green. Wadham College, Oxford, 28 June – 18 August. [P]

Royal Shakespeare Company in collaboration with Chichester Festival Theatre. Directed by Christopher Luscombe. Edward Bennett (Berowne). Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, 29 September – 29 October (01243 781 312); Opera House, Manchester, 23 November – 3 December (0870 401 6000); Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, 9 December – 18 March 2017 (0845 481 1870). [P]


Directed by Iqbal Khan. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 18 June – 1 October (020 7401 9919). Midnight performance 22 July (Part of the Wonder Season).  [P]

Bard in the Botanics. University of Dundee Botanic Garden, Dundee, 2 – 3 August (01382 223 530) [P]

Canterbury Shakespeare Festival. Canterbury, 2 – 4 and 9 – 11 August [P]


Macbeth (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Welsh National Opera. Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 10 – 24 September (08700 40 2000); Hippodrome, Bristol, 12 October (0844 871 3012); New Theatre, Oxford, 26 October (0870 606 3500); Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, 2 November (023 8071 1811); Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, 9 November (0870 730 1234); Venue Cymru (formerly - North Wales Theatre), Llandudno, 23 November (01492 872 000);  [P]

A Terrified Soul – Macbeth (opera). China Anhui Opera Institute. theSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 25 – 27 August (0131 510 2384). With an eclectic fusion of contemporary and classical Chinese opera elements, A Terrified Soul explores the universal themes of ambition, morality, fate and free will. Faithfulness to the original plot of Macbeth is at the heart of this multidimensional production of drama, dance, art and music. [P]

Oddsocks Theatre. Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) Theatre, Birmingham, 17 July (0121 446 3232); Penlee Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 27 August (01726 879 500). Musical version. [P]

Act Three Theatre. Paradise in the Vault (Venue 29), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 5 – 13 August (0131 510 0022). Using the original language but set in a young offenders’ prison, it is bold, fast-paced, and performed entirely with a cast of three. [P]

Blood will have Blood. ImmerCity. C venues – C nova (Venue 145), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 9 – 29 August (0131 226 0026). Intense, interactive, audio-immersive show for 12 people only! After Banquo’s murder, his son Fleance is adrift in Macbeth’s brutal new Scotland. As the audience listen to his tale, he/they are taken under the wing of the strange woman who lives on the heath. Under her guidance, they bury their father, clean the houses of dead traitors, discover a prophecy and learn to fight. Shakespeare’s world of power and trauma developed into a disorienting interactive performance. [P]

Fire Burn: The Tragedy of Macbeth. ImmerCity. theSpace on the Mile (Venue 39), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27 August (0131 510 2382). Three sisters meet to enact Macbeth’s fate. Their twisted prophecies transform him from a war hero into a paranoid tyrant in this brutal Shakespearean tragedy. Fire Burn is Macbeth stripped down and retold by the three sisters. The scale and spectacle of Shakespeare’s original is reduced to a series of iconic visuals and intimate encounters: the man with bloody hands, the woman who sleepwalks, the ghost of a betrayed friend. The witches' performance evokes a living nightmare as characters materialise in the darkness to the beat of Hecate's drums. [P]

MacBain. Dood Paard, Big in Belgium, Richard Jordan, Theatre Royal Plymouth. Summerhall (Venue 26), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 3, 5 – 7, 9 – 14 August (0131 560 1581). MacBeth and Kurt Cobain and Lady Macbeth and Courtney Love inspire a pitch-black comedy about unbridled ambition, hunger for power and an addiction to intoxication and ecstasy. A triptych of hilarious interviews with the pop stars, a freaky fast-forward puppet version of Macbeth which results in a merciless symbiosis of the grunge couple Cobain-Love and the Thanes of Cawdor. A crazy journey into the world of two seriously troubled people who are trying to escape from their mental prison, as their loneliness howls through the room and the attempts to reverse the inevitable end are heart-breaking. [P]

Macbeth – Director’s Cut. Volcano Theatre Company. Directed by Paul Davies and Fern Smith. Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 1 – 4 November (024 7655 3055). Originally directed by Nigel Charnock for Volcano in 1999, this furious two-hander takes the bloodiest and most intense of Shakespeare’s plays and strips it bare of its regal cushioning, evoking the tawdry domestic world of contemporary serial killers in an erotic and violent theatrical assault on the senses. It is lyrical, apocalyptic, extreme and dangerous. [P]

Macbeths by David Fairs. The Hope Theatre, London, 26 July – 3 August (0333 666 3366). This is a story of love. And wanting the best for your family. In the safety of the bedroom, a couple is at their most exposed and vulnerable. You are invited to sit, invisible, in the midst of this intimate space, to voyeuristically observe a relationship you may think you already know… but what happens behind the bedroom door? Using only Shakespeare’s original text, David Fairs re-orchestrates Macbeth into Macbeths – a retelling solely from the point of view of Thane and Lady Macbeth, which audiences are finding innovative, surprising and deeply engaging. Holding each other together can be the same as tearing each other apart. [P]

The Magic of Shakespeare. BMH. Oxford Castle Courtyard, Oxford, 1 – 13 August. [Abridged in a double bill with A Midsummer Night’s Dream.] [A]

Screw Your Courage! (or The Bloody Crown!). Klahr Thorsen / Frozen Light Theatre. Greenside @ Infirmary Street (Venue 236), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 5 – 13, 15 – 20, 22 – 27 August (0131 618 0758). In this one-woman show, a Brooklyn actress confronts her most stubborn demons. Cursed with an unshakeable obsession to triumph in the role of Lady Macbeth, will she finally come to terms with Shakespeare’s most misunderstood heroine? Or will she succumb to madness, Serbians and enchanted bagpipers? Warning: Contains drama and insanity. [P]

Solo Shakespeare, Macbeth: Hecate’s Poison. Players Tokyo. Quaker Meeting House (Venue 40), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 16 – 20 August (0131 220 6109). An adaptation of Macbeth told by Hecate, the goddess of crossroads, from her point of view. The original folio text is mostly preserved, although Hecate's scenes, which were probably not written by Shakespeare, are not considered in this interpretation. An unusual yet classical version of Shakespeare performed by a single player. [P]

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett. Adapted by Stephen Briggs. Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society. Directed by Beki Stevenson. Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, 28 July – 6 August (01748 823 021). [A]

Measure for Measure

Cheek by Jowl Theatre Company. Directed by Declan Donnellan. Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, 16 – 20 August (0131 248 4848)  In Russian. [P]

The Merchant of Venice

Shakespeare’s Globe. Directed by Jonathan Munby. Jonathan Pryce (Shylock). Everyman & Playhouse, Liverpool, 30 June – 9 July (0151 709 4776); Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 4 – 15 October (020 7401 9919). Revival of the 2015 production.  [P]

Canterbury Shakespeare Festival. Canterbury, 5 – 7 August [P]


The Merchant of Venice (opera) by André Tchaikowsky. Welsh National Opera. Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 16 – 30 September (08700 40 2000); Hippodrome, Bristol, 11 October (0844 871 3012); Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, 1 November (023 8071 1811); Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, 8 November (0870 730 1234); Venue Cymru (formerly - North Wales Theatre), Llandudno, 22 November (01492 872 000); Royal Opera House, London, 19 – 20 July 2017 (020 7304 4000)  [P]

Gratiano. Grist to the Mill Productions. Spotlites (Venue 278), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 4-21, 23-28 August (0131 240 5047). One man show. The 20th century has reached middle age and so has Gratiano and, looking back at his life, he questions why he was not written a better part. Is it too late to change the script, to make up for the mistakes he knows he's made? Can he get one last rewrite? Through Gratiano's eyes, we take a new look at The Merchant of Venice, explore through it the politics and prejudices that still haunt the modern world and consider how rarely we are the authors of our own lives – just actors upon a stage. [P]

Shylock by Gareth Armstrong. Theatre Tours International. Assembly Roxy (Venue 139), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 4 – 14, 16 – 28 August (0131 623 3030). Shylock explores the tragic, tempestuous, often unbelievable life of fiction’s most famous Jew. Villain? Victim? Or is Shylock someone even more intriguing? Guy Masterson’s award-nominated, gloriously comedic yet moving performance, gets to the core of Shylock’s issues, rekindling his extraordinarily divisive role in The Merchant of Venice. Shylock confronts and confounds the stereotypes. For students, Shakespeare aficionados or lovers of theatre in general, Shylock brings Shakespeare to life, history to the forefront and magic to the stage. [P]

Merry Wives of Windsor

Guildburys Theatre Company. Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, 22 – 26 August (01736 810181). [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Directed by Emma Rice. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 30 April – 11 September (020 7401 9919) [P]

Rain or Shine Theatre Company. Cuckfield Recreation Ground behind The Queen’s Hall, Cuckfield, 5 August (01444 451610); Mannington Hall and Gardens, Norwich, 6 August (01263 584175); Ormesby Village Centre, Ormesby St. Margaret, 7 August (01493 730178 / 01493 730528 / 07764 945753); Nibley House, North Nibley, 10 August (01453 549700); Upper Leigh Farm, Shaftsbury, 11 August (01747 830278 / 03306 600541); Severn Valley Country Park, Bridgnorth, 12 August (01746 781192); Sandford Parks Lido, Cheltenham, 13 August (01242 572573); Church Meadow, Upton Grey, 14 August (01256 862440); Prince Albert Gardens Amphitheatre, Swanage, 15 August (01929 422885); The Corn Barn, Cullompton, 18 August (01884 32107); Belsay Hall Castle & Gardens, Northumberland, 19 August (01661 881636 / 03306 600541); Mount Grace Priory, Northallerton, 20 August (01609 883494 / 03306 600541); Stokesay Castle, Shropshire, 25 August (03306 600541); Wenlock Priory, Much Wenlock, 26 August (03306 600541); Witley Court, Worcester, 27 August (03306 600541); Hartpury Village Hall, Hartpury, 28 August (01452 700707); Blockley Village Green, Moreton-in-Marsh, 29 August (03306 600541) [P]

Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Warkworth Castle, Northumberland, 4 August (0370 333 1181); Packwood, Lapworth, Warwickshire, 6 August (0844 249 1895); Osborne, Isle of Wight, 10 August (0370 333 1183); Walmer Castle and Gardens, Kent, 12 August (01304 364 288); Highbridge Farm, Eastleigh, 13 August (07402 924 437); Ashby de la Zouch Castle, Leicestershire, 16 August (01530 413 343); Guisborough Priory, Guisborough, 19 August (01287 637 967); Tapeley Park, North Devon, 23 August (01271 860 897); Lynford Hall Country House Hotel, Mundford (near Thetford), 25 August (01842 878 351); Kedleston Hall, Derby, 26 August (0844 249 1895); Auckland Castle, Durham, 27 August (01388 743 797); Kirby Hall, Deene, Northamptonshire, 29 August (0370 333 1183); Pavillion Arts Centre, Buxton, 31 August (01298 72190); Manor Green, Devon, 1 September (01598 753 322); East Sussex National Resort, East Sussex, 2 September (01825 880 088); Basing House, Basingstoke, 3 September (01256 463 965). [P]

Illyria Theatre Company. Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 2 August (01726 879 500); Oystermouth Castle, Swansea, 4 August (01792 637300); Rose Bank Gardens, Malvern, 5 August (01684 566667); Badock Gardens, Holsworthy, 6 August (01805 624624); Barry Island Eastern Shelter, Barry Island, 7 August; Abergavenny Castle Grounds, Abergavenny, 9 August (01873 850805); Logie Steading, Forres, 10 August (01309 611378); HES Urquhart Castle, Drumnodrochit, 11 August (01456 450551); HES Elgin Cathedral, Elgin, 12 August (01343 547171); NTS Drum Castle, Aberdeen, 13 August; Paxton house, Berwick upon Tweed, 14 August (01289 386291); Harlech Castle, Harlech, 16 August (01766 780667); Montgomery Castle, Montgomery, 17 August (01686 668442); Cardigan Castle (Castle Aberteifi), Cardigan, 18 August (01239 621200); Newstead Abbey, Ravenshead, 19 August (0115 989 5555); Tonbridge Castle, Tonbridge, 23 August (01732 770929); Hartland Abbey, Bideford, 24 August (01805 624624); Fulham Palace, Fulham, 25 August (020 7736 3233); NT Cliveden, Maidenhead, 27 August (0844 249 1895); Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner, 28 August; Cockington Court, Torquay, 29 August (01803 607230).  [P]Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud, 28 June (01453 833 184) [A]

Directed by Laurence Boswell. Theatre Royal, Bath, 3 – 20 August (01225 448 844)   [P]

BYTES. Royal Court Theatre, Bacup, Lancashire, 16 – 17 September (01706 874080) [A]


A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Opera). Glyndebourne Opera Company. Adapted and music by Benjamin Britten. Directed by Peter Hall. Glyndebourne Theatre, Lewes, 11 – 28 August (01273 813 813) [P]

Edinburgh Graduate Theatre Group. The Royal Scots Club (Venue 241), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 8 – 13 August (0131 226 0000). Love is complicated. Hermia loves Lysander. Her dad doesn’t. She is told to marry Demetrius or become a nun. Helena loves Demetrius. But Demetrius loves Hermia. So they all run away into the forest. Mix in a royal wedding, a pesky love potion, the mischievous Puck, some feisty fairies, a suspect weaver donkey and a live band and you have one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. A mischievous magical romp from one of Edinburgh’s most popular local theatre groups. [P]

Oxford University Drama Society in association with Thelma Holt. Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, 24 – 27 August (01483 440 000). Industrial Bradford, 1920s, where the industrial elite tries to shrug off its gypsy roots. Erstwhile small-time criminal Theseus is to marry Hippolyta to end a local feud. Ambitious Demetrius loves Helena, but has his eyes on a more financial prize, Hermia, who loves the more straightforwardly attractive Lysander. All want to distance themselves from the travelling community, but it is only through their experiences in the forest that they can undo the love tangles that threaten to ruin their own. [A]

The Donkey Show – A Midsummer Night’s Disco. Proud Camden, London, 9 June – 21 August. Set under a glitterball moon, this is A Midsummer Night's Dream - a fantasy of decadence, divas and disco - told through your favourite 80's hits such as I Love the Nightlife, You Sexy Thing, Enough Is Enough and Carwash. The audience is transported to a boogie wonderland of theatre and nightlife where nightclub impresario Oberon and disco diva Tytania are in the midst of a timeless lover's quarrel. Boogie on down to the funkiest sounds in town with A Midsummer Night's Dream guaranteed to set Shakespeare spinning! [P]

The Magic of Shakespeare. BMH. Oxford Castle Courtyard, Oxford, 1 – 13 August. [Abridged in a double bill with Macbeth.] [A]

Much Ado About Nothing

Chalice Media Ltd. St George’s Hall, Liverpool, 3 – 5 August (0844 800 0410) [A]

Sudden Impulse Theatre Company. Greenside @ Royal Terrace (Venue 231), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 15 – 20 August (0131 557 2124). An outdoor performance. [P]

Love’s Labour’s Won or Much Ado About Nothing. Royal Shakespeare Company in collaboration with Chichester Festival Theatre. Directed by Christopher Luscombe. Edward Bennett (Benedick). Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, 24 September – 29 October (01243 781 312); Opera House, Manchester, 25 November – 3 December (0870 401 6000); Theatre Royal Haymarket, London, 9 December – 18 March 2017 (0845 481 1870).  [P]

Sheffield University Drama Society (Staff and Alumni). Sheffield University Drama Studio, 9 – 12 November (0757 211 8499). [A]


Béatrice et Bénédict by Hector Berlioz. London Philharmonic Orchestra. Glyndebourne Theatre, Lewes, 23 July – 27 August (01273 813 813) [P]

Lord Chamberlain’s Men. Directed by Peter Stickney. Killerton, Exeter, 2 August (0844 2491895); Pentillie Castle, Cornwall, 3 August (01579 350044); Kingston Lacy, Dorset, 4 August (0844 2491895); Dyrham Park, Bath, 5 – 6 August (0844 2491895); Hatchlands Park, Guildford, 7 August (01483 444334); Langley Park, Buckinghamshire, 8 August (01753 511060); Shrewsbury Castle, Shropshire, 9 August (07813 026367); Chatsworth, Derbyshire, 10 August (Book online); Knowsley Hall, Merseyside, 11 August (Book online); Morden Hall Park, London, 12 August (0844 2491895); The Vyne, Basingstoke, 13 August (0844 2491895); Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, 14 August (01707 287010); The Waterloo Chamber at Windsor Castle, Windsor and Maidenhead, 16 – 17 August (030 3123 7301); Emmetts Garden, Kent, 18 August (0844 2491895); Chichester Cathedral, Chichester, 19 August (01243 813595); West Wycombe Park, Buckinghamshire, 20 August (0844 2491895); Nymans, Kent, 21 August (0844 2491895); Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire, 23 August (0844 2491895); East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire, 24 August (0844 2491895); RHS Garden Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, 25 August (01423 502116); Arley Hall and Gardens, Cheshire, 26 August (01565 777353); Glamis Castle, Angus, 27 August (01307 840393); Cawdor Castle, Scotland, 28 August (01667 404401); Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh, 29 August (01668 214208); Durham Castle, County Durham, 30 August (03000 266600); Holkham Hall, Norfolk, 31 August (01328 713111); Hylands Estate, Chelmsford, 1 September (01245 605500); Cliveden, Taplow, 3 September (0844 249 1895); Parham House and Gardens, Pulborough, 4 September (01903 742021). All-male production. [P]

MadCap Theatre Productions. St Nicholas’ Church’s Vicarage Lawn, Cranleigh, 5 August (01483 278000); The Artrix Theatre, Bromsgrove, 6 August (01527 577330); Stoke Place Hotel, Stoke Poges, 7 August (01753 534790); Greyfriar’s House and Garden, Worcester, 13 – 14 August (01905 23571) [P]

The Handlebards: Much Ado about Nothing. Assembly @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: West Gate (Venue 370), Edinburgh, (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20 August (0131 226 0026); Assembly George Square Theatre (Venue 8), Edinburgh 23, 25, 27 August (0131 623 3030). After cycling 1,500 miles from London to Edinburgh, the four-strong all-male HandleBards present Shakespeare's play as you've never seen it before – fast-paced, irreverent and bicycle powered. Since 2013, the HandleBards have pedalled over 5,000 miles across the world, carrying all their set, props and costumes on just four bicycles. Outdoor performance. [P]


Shakespeare’s Globe. Directed by Ellen McDougall. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 23 February – 16 April 2017 (020 7401 9919)  [P]


Otello (opera). Directed by Keith Warner. Royal Opera House, London, 21 June 2017 – 15 July (020 7304 4000). [P]

Othello’s Guilt, A Monologue from William Shakespeare. Adapted by Roberto Cavosi. Marco Gambino (performer). The Rose Theatre, London, 20 September – 1 October (020 7261 9565). Othello and Iago fuse to become a single force bent on self-annihilation. The two characters constantly mirror each other, as if Othello’s jealousy needs to be fed by Iago’s inner voice. Jealousy is a monstrous interior force, which can devour anyone. Iago represents this cannibalistic energy and will that ends up devouring his own double: Othello. A highly-wrought, interior and poetic study of personal anguish and self-destruction. One man show. [P]


Richard II

Richard III

Almeida Theatre. Directed by Rupert Goold. Ralph Fiennes (Richard), Vanessa Redgrave (Queen Margaret). 7 June – 6 August (020 7359 4404) [P]

Schaubuhne Theatre Company (Berlin). Directed by Thomas Ostermeier. Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, 24 – 28 August (0131 248 4848) [P]


The Handlebards: Richard III. Assembly @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh: West Gate (Venue 370), Edinburgh, (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19 August (0131 226 0026); Assembly George Square Theatre (Venue 8), Edinburgh 22, 24, 26, 28 August (0131 623 3030). After cycling 1,500 miles from London to Edinburgh, the four-strong all-male HandleBards present Shakespeare's play as you've never seen it before – fast-paced, irreverent and bicycle powered. Since 2013, the HandleBards have pedalled over 5,000 miles across the world, carrying all their set, props and costumes on just four bicycles. Outdoor performance. [P]

Romeo and Juliet

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Garrick Theatre, London, 12 May – 13 August ( 505 8500).  [P]

GB Theatre Company. The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, 4 August; Wyndcliffe Court Sculpture Gardens, Chepstow, 13 – 14 August; Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 20 August; Arundel Castle, West Sussex, 26 – 27 August.  [P] 


Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Northern Ballet. Choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, 14 – 17 September (01114 249 6000); Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 20 – 24 September (01227 787787); Grand Opera House, Belfast, 28 September – 1 October (028 9024 1919); New Victoria Theatre, Woking, 4 – 8 October (0844 871 7645); Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, 11 – 15 October (01274 432000) [P]

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Moscow City Ballet. Richmond Theatre, London, 18 – 22 January 2017 (0870 060 6651) [P]

The Handlebards: Romeo and Juliet. Assembly @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh:  West Gate (Venue 370), Edinburgh, (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 21, 24, 26, 28 August (0131 226 0026). The HandleBards are proud to present their first ever all-female troupe! After cycling 1,000 miles from London to Edinburgh, the four-strong all-female HandleBards present Shakespeare's play as you've never seen it before – fast-paced, irreverent and bicycle powered. Since 2013, the HandleBards have pedalled over 5,000 miles across the world, carrying all their set, props and costumes on just four bicycles. Outdoor performance. [P]

National Youth Theatre of Wales and Frantic Assembly. Teatr Anthony Hopkins, Teatr Clwyd, Mold, 6 September (0845 330 3565); New Theatre, Cardiff, 9 – 10 September (029 2087 8889). To celebrate its 40th anniversary year, National Youth Theatre of Wales 2016 presents Shakespeare's most famous love story about star-crossed lovers destined to end in tragedy. This is a dynamic, modern version of Shakespeare's classic with movement from renowned physical theatre company, Frantic Assembly, plus live music and vibrant storytelling.'s-on/romeo-juliet/ [P]

National Youth Theatre Company. Directed by Kate Hewitt. The Ambassadors Theatre, London, 23 September – 25 November (08448 112 334). It’s 1950s post war London. Teddy girls mix with teddy boys and as immigration booms, so does brutality, prejudice and a ruthless gang culture. The National Youth Theatre’s latest adaption brings you vendettas, violence and star crossed lovers like you’ve never seen them before.  [A]

Romeo and Juliet Post Scriptum by Annika Nyman. Joyful Company. theSpace on the Mile (Venue 39), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 5 – 6, 8 – 13, 15 – 20 August (0131 510 2382). The young author who comes from a cold country makes them survive Shakespeare's intended ending, never betraying his writing. We've all asked ourselves at one time or other what would happen if Romeo and Juliet didn't die. But if they did, would they be alive or would they be survivors? [A]

West Side Story. Music: Leonard Bernstein. Theatre Royal, Windsor, 2 – 7 August (01753 853 888)  Professional creative team working with cast of young people. [A]

West Side Story. Music: Leonard Bernstein. Liverpool Empire Theatre, Liverpool, 18 – 20 August (0844 847 2525) [P]

The Taming of the Shrew

Directed by Caroline Byrne. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 13 May – 6 August (020 7401 9919). Midnight performance 1 July (Part of the Wonder Season).  [P]


The Taming of the Shrew (ballet). Bolshoi Ballet. Choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot. Royal Opera House, London, 3 – 4 August (020 7304 4000) [P]

EDP (Korea). C venues – C South (Venue 58), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 14 – 20 August (0845 260 1234). Stunningly original Korean update of the classic play returns to Edinburgh. Confucius meets Shakespeare with a dash of hip hop thrown in for good measure. Petruchio, a patriarch of the Confucian dynasty, tries to tame hip hop Kate into a traditional obedient woman, but who will win in the end? This critically acclaimed worldwide tour returns to Edinburgh. Traditional meets modern as beautiful Korean costumes and instruments fuse with hip hop dance and Western music. But can there ever be harmony between Confucian patriarchalism and feminism? Between West and East? [P]

The Handlebards: The Taming of the Shrew. Assembly @ Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh:  West Gate (Venue 370), Edinburgh, (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 23, 25, 27 August (0131 226 0026). The HandleBards are proud to present their first ever all-female troupe! After cycling 1,000 miles from London to Edinburgh, the four-strong all-female HandleBards present Shakespeare's play as you've never seen it before – fast-paced, irreverent and bicycle powered. Since 2013, the HandleBards have pedalled over 5,000 miles across the world, carrying all their set, props and costumes on just four bicycles. Outdoor performance. [P]

Kiss Me Kate. Welsh National Opera Company. Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 29 September – 2 October (08700 40 2000); Liverpool Empire Theatre, Liverpool, 5 – 7 October (0844 847 2525); Hippodrome, Bristol, 13 – 15 October (0844 871 3012); New Theatre, Oxford, 27 – 29 October (0870 606 3500); Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, 3 – 5 November (023 8071 1811); Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, 10 – 12 November (0870 730 1234); Venue Cymru (formerly - North Wales Theatre), Llandudno,24 – 26 November (01492 872 000); Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 6 – 10 December (08700 40 2000)  [P]

The Tempest

Quantum Theatre. Upnor Castle, Chatham, 17 August (01634 718742); Killruddery House & Gardens, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, 20 August (01 2863405); Inveresk Lodge Garden (Venue 377), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe) , 27 August (0131 6652240); Sterts Theatre, Cornwall, 1 September (01579 362 382).   [P]

BOOM! Productions. Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen, 10 – 13 August (0845 226 3510) [P]

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Simon Russell Beale (Prospero). Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 8 November – 21 January 2017 (01789 403493) [P]


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

Sound Affairs. Holywell Music Room, Oxford, 9 November; Royal College of Music & Drama, Cardiff, 10 November; Hope University, Capstone Theatre, Liverpool, 11 November; Taliesin, Swansea, 12 November; Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, 2 December. Musical adaptation featuring voices, period instruments and magic lantern. Ariel’s songs included. [P]

Untold Theatre and Yellowbelly Theatre. Civic Hall, Oswaldtwistle, 21 September (01254 398319). This production is a collaboration between Untold Theatre and Yellowbelly Theatre - in recognition of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Set against a backdrop of mass migration and political corruption, fragments of Verbatim Journalism and striking digital projections punctuate Shakespeare’s original scenes.!watch-shows/c101h [A]

Thick as Thieves Theatre Company. Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, 27 September (01823 414141). A storm is about to descend on Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre… brave the elements and witness a company of four actors romping through this magical comedy. This fresh adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic stays entirely faithful to the original text, whilst offering a riotous departure from the norm. [P]

Timon of Athens


Rendered Retina. Theatre Arts Exchange (Venue 116), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 8 – 13 August (0 131 226 0026). Timon of Athens – an adaptation of Shakespeare's Timon of Athens where the whole show comes out of a box: props, costume and musical instruments. Is one of Shakespeare's least talked about plays a comedy? Or is it a tragedy? Well that is what we are here to find out, and we will do just that by performing both genres! See the play go from comedy, to tragedy and back to comedy, with original songs to boot! [P]

Titus Andronicus

Troilus and Cressida

Shakespeare on the Level. Upottery, Devon, 10 – 11 August (; The Space on Niddry Street, Edinburgh, 15 – 27 August (0845 557 0844) [A]

Twelfth Night

Canterbury Shakespeare Festival. Canterbury, 12 – 14 August [P]


National Theatre. Directed by Simon Godwin. Tamsin Greig (Malvolia). Olivier (National Theatre), London, from 14 February 2017 (020 7452 3000). [P]

Shake. Eat a Crocodile Theatre Company. Adapted and directed by Dan Jemmett. Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, 11 – 13 August (0131 248 4848). Reimagining Shakespeare’s Illyria as a seaside holiday resort from the 1970s, complete with ramshackle beach huts, Shake is a delirious pop-theatre rethink of Twelfth Night from British-born director Dan Jemmett. This playful, poetic production takes audiences back to the seaside of the 1970s, as Feste the clown breaks out his vinyls of Herb Alpert and Geoff Love on his vintage turntable, and five actors frantically slip between the play’s 18 roles in a farcical mix of music hall, pantomime and vaudeville, where boys play girls playing boys playing girls. This is Shakespeare’s most complete comedy, mixing charm and wonderment, with a touch of cruelty for good measure. [P]

Shakespeare in the Garden: Twelfth Night, or What You Will. C Theatre. C Venues – C South (Venue 58), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 4 – 14, 16 – 29 August (0845 260 1234). Will poor Viola ever find her twin brother Sebastian? Expect adventure, suspense and lots of laughs. A perfect introduction to Shakespeare in the picturesque surroundings of St Peter's. [P]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Shakespeare’s Globe and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse. Directed by Nick Bagnall. Art Carnuntum, Austria, 4 – 6 August; Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 8 – 11 September; Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee, 14 – 16 September (01382 223 530); Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 20 September – 1 October; Liverpool Everyman Theatre, 5 – 29 October. More venues to be announced. (020 7401 9919)  [P]

The Two Noble Kinsmen

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Blanche McIntyre. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 17 August – 7 February 2017 (01789 403493)  [P]

The Winter’s Tale

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Robinson College Gardens, Cambridge, 1 - 27 August (07955 218824) [P]


The Winter’s Tale (opera). English National Opera. Directed by Rory Kinnear. London Coliseum, London, 27 February – 14 March 2017 (020 7632 8300) [P]

Poems and Apocrypha

(in alphabetical order)

The Complete Deaths. Spymonkey. Directed by Tim Crouch. Hull Truck Theatre, Hull, 6 – 10 September (01482 323 638); Shoreditch Town Hall, London, 20 September – 1 October (020 7739 6176); Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, 11 – 15 October (023 8067 1771). Four actors perform all 74 of Shakespeare’s onstage death scenes. [P]

Dedication – Shakespeare and Southampton by Nick Dear. Directed by Sam Hodges.
Nuffield Theatre Southampton, 9 September – 8 October (023 8067 1771). Patron? Collaborator? Employer? Voyeur? Lover? William Shakespeare is on trial. Questioned about his relationship with the 3rd Earl of Southampton. What exactly did happen between them? The evidence: Tender poems. Financial dependency. Attempted revolution. A charge of treason. A compelling new drama set in the powder keg of sex, politics and power in Elizabethan England. [P]

The Female Question. Z Theatre Company. theSpace @ Surgeons Hall (Venue 53), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 8 – 13, 15 – 18 August (0131 510 2384). Over the 400 years in which he has been a beloved playwright William Shakespeare has only been able to see the problems that his work has caused. Living in a world where his characters are free to talk and express their views, he is faced with the issue of whether he failed them or not. With the help of his over enthusiastic and slightly arrogant younger self Shakespeare decides to finally talk on the biggest problem that he sees in his work... the women. And they aren't exactly happy. [P]

A Fool’s Paradise: 30 Shakespeare scenes in 60 minutes. Valiant Flea Productions. Venue 13, Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 6 – 12 August (07074 201 313). Six Actors. 60 minutes. 30 Shakespeare scenes. Can they do it? If not, someone gets a pie in the face. Seriously. We got the pies. You choose what to see next, play bingo for prizes and explore some of Shakespeare’s favourites, and lesser known pieces, too. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll get chocolate tossed into the audience. Just the way Shakespeare intended. [P]

Impromptu Shakespeare. KPS Productions and Get Lost & Found. Just the Tonic at the Caves (Venue 88), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 4 – 14, 16 – 28 August (0330 220 1212). A completely improvised Shakespeare play inspired by audience suggestions. Bursting with comedy, love, tragedy, mistaken identity and everything between, this show will delight Shakespeare nerds and newbies alike. Back for a third year, the cast buckle on the Bard's britches to bring you the plays he never wrote. [P]

Lady Shakespeare. WhoareyouWilliam Company. Paradise in the Vault (Venue 29), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 15 – 20, 22 – 28 August (0131 510 0022). The splendour of the Elizabethan theatre also has its shadows and mysteries. Queen Elizabeth knows them very well. She knows its ins and outs better than we think. The famous bard, known throughout history and around the world, William Shakespeare, created many relevant female characters who usually remain hidden behind the curtains. This show brings them to the fore, to the front-line of war, as characters who are prepared to discover one of the greatest secrets of our culture: the true identity of William Shakespeare. [P]

Roman Tragedies. Toneelgroep Theatre Company. Directed by Ivo van Hove. Barbican Theatre, London, 17 – 19 March 2017 (0845 120 7550). Ivo van Hove’s epic is ‘one of the most audacious Shakespeare productions of the modern era’ (Time Out), and immerses you in the midst of the multimedia action. Set in a conference centre with multiple screens relaying non-stop media coverage, tautly edited versions of Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra unfold to form one flowing performance. Power, passion, ambition and national interests – this is the political game revealed in all its facets – with video close-ups amplifying the onstage drama. Roman Tragedies turns audience members into citizens, inviting them to move freely around the auditorium, have refreshments, view the protagonists from different perspectives and live tweet about the experience. First seen at the Barbican in 2009, the six-hour show combines brilliant ensemble acting, running from the cerebral to the raw, with astonishing stagecraft and an electric sense of immediacy. Performed in Dutch with English surtitles. [P]

Shakespeare Dream Bill (Ballet). Birmingham Royal Ballet. The Lowry, Salford, 15 – 17 September (0843 208 6000); Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 25 – 26 October (01752 267222). Three Shakespeare-inspired ballets that continue the Company's celebration of the Bard's legacy. Jessica Lang captures the poetry of the sonnets in Wink, a brand-new work for the Company. José Limón's The Moor's Pavane distils the passion and drama of Shakespeare's Othello into a thrilling one-act tragedy, tightly focussed on four characters and their jealousy.  In The Dream, love gets out of hand for mortals and fairies alike in an elegant and witty distillation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. [P]

Shakespeare for Breakfast. C Theatre. C Venues – C (Venue 34),Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 3 – 14, 16 – 29 August (0845 260 1234). The bardic breakfasters are back! C's sensational Shakespearience returns, for its 25th sell-out year, with free coffee and croissants! A pleasing plethora of pentameter, puns and pastry. Perfect for hardened Bard fans, blank verse virgins or those just after some quality fun over freshly-brewed coffee and freshly-baked coissants. [P]

Shakespeare, His Wife and The Dog by Philip Whitchurch. Bated Breath Theatre Company. Directed by Julia St John. Sally Edwards, Philip Whitchurch (performers). Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, 21 – 23 November (0121 236 4455). April 1616 – Shakespeare has returned to Stratford a rich and famous man but all’s not well. Why is he so unhappy? Why can’t he sleep? Why is his wife furious with him? Who is Will waiting for and why can’t Anne find the dog? A sleepless night in Stratford. The secrets, lies, resentments and passions of a marriage laid bare. [P]

The Shakespeare Revue by Christopher Luscombe and Malcolm McKee. Theatre Royal, Bath, 19 – 24 September (01225 448 844); Richmond Theatre, 7 – 12 November; Theatre Royal, Brighton 21 - 26 November. Celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary with this enchanting collection of witty music and skits, including songs and sketches by Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett, Maureen Lipman, Monty Python, Noël Coward, Cole Porter, Fry & Laurie, Stiles & Drew, Stephen Sondheim and many more. Shakespeare meets showbiz in this glittering cabaret style musical which was originally produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and had a hugely successful West End run. Since then the show has played off Broadway, completed five US tours and travelled the world from Sydney to San Francisco, delighting audiences and receiving rave reviews. you definitely don’t need to be a Shakespearean scholar to enjoy this comic concoction of hilarious sketches and show-stopping numbers. [P]

Shakespeare Syndrome. Mermaids: The University of St Andrews Performing Arts Fund. Greenside @ Infirmary Street (Venue 236), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 5 – 13, 15 – 20 August (0131 618 0758). How will the Macbeths respond to the inkblot test? Is Richard III allowed to use the disabled parking space? Does Bottom actually have a donkey’s head, or is he just an ass? The answers to these questions and more can be found in Shakespeare Syndrome, a comedy exploring what happens when several of William Shakespeare’s most beloved characters end up at the same psychiatrist’s office. Unfortunately for them, Dr Bard is not the most competent of doctors and it’s not long before events spiral far out of his control. Though this be madness, there is no method in’t. [A]

Shakespeare Tonight. Cheeky Productions. Paradise in Augustines (Venue 152), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 22 – 27 August (0131 510 0022). Breaking... Shakespeare's alive! First ever interview. If Shakespeare were living and writing today, who would he be? A genius, an outsider, or just plain Bill? The Bard is very much alive and kicking, Hamlet's just opened (to mixed reviews!) and Will’s in the hot seat. Finally, we ask the questions that have kept us all guessing: Are these plays really his? Why the tragedies? What happened with Anne? Second guest: Sir Francis Bacon, Shakespeare's arch-rival. To be or not to be…? The answer’s not on Google. [P]

Shakespeare Trilogy (Henry IV, Julius Caesar and The Tempest). Directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Kings Cross Theatre, London, 23 September – 17 December (0844 815 7151). In 2012, Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female production of Julius Caesar placed the play in a women’s prison. In 2014, Phyllida reunited with actor Harriet Walter for Henry IV, the second instalment in what was then announced as a trilogy of works from these major artists. This autumn the project will conclude with The Tempest forming the final part of The Shakespeare Trilogy. The three plays will play a 13 week repertory season. On special Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy days, all three plays will be performed back to back (dates to be announced). [P]

Shakin’ Shakespeare. Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Gilded Balloon at the Museum, Edinburgh, 3 – 29 August (0131 622 6552). Brave Macbeth, Cheer Up Hamlet, Romantic Romeo: three hugely entertaining, fast and smart adaptations of Shakespeare’s stories that brilliantly weave the Bard’s words with wickedly witty songs, slapstick and fast-paced storytelling. [A]

William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged). Reduced Shakespeare Company. Pleasance, Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe), 3 – 29 August (0131 556 6500). Acclaimed Fringe regulars, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, mark Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary with this new play by the man himself, as discovered in a Leicester car park. [P]




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