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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

   July 2019 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

A co-production between the Guildford Shakespeare Company and Jermyn Street Theatre. Directed by Tom Littler. Jermyn Street Theatre, London, 6 – 30 November (020 7287 2875) www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk/show/alls-well-that-ends-well/ [P]

Antony and Cleopatra

As You Like It

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Kimberley Sykes. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 14 February – 31 August; The Lowry, Salford, 25 September – 5 October (0161 876 2000); The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 29 January 2020 – 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 – 4 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]

Rain or Shine Theatre Company. Goodrich Castle, Ross-on-Wye, 5 July (03306 600541); Brockley Village Green, Moreton-in-Marsh, 6 July (03306 600541); Kinlet Hall at Moffats School, Bewdley, 7 July (01299 841230); Dore Abbey, Abbey Dore, 10 July (01981 570264); Hempsted Village Hall Green, Gloucester, 11 July (01452 302714); Hailes Abbey, Cheltenham, 12 July (03306 600541); Houndscroft House, Stroud, 13 July (03306 600541); Owslebury Primary School, Winchester, 14 July (03306 600541); Kimberley Institute Cricket Club, Nottingham, 18 July (01158 544734); Olivers, Painswick, 19 July (01452 521575); Lamport Hall Gardens, Lamport, 20 July (01604 686272); The Garlic Farm, Newchurch, Isle of Wight, 21 July (01983 865378); Upper Leigh Farm, Shaftesbury, 26 July (01747 830278); Barnwood Park, Barnwood, Gloucester, 27 July (01452 521575); Swinhay House, Wotton-under-Edge, 28 July (03306 600541); Rockbourne Roman Villa, Fordingbridge, 1 August (03306 600541); Cuckfield Recreation Ground, Cuckfield, W. Sussex, 2 August (01444 454276); Witley Court, Worcester, 3 August (03306 600541); Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, 4 August (01202 841400); Severn Valley Country Park, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, 9 August (01746 781192); Glenfall House, Cheltenham, 10 August (01242 323889); Church Meadow, Upton Grey, Hampshire, 11 August (0750 234 1112); Prince Albert Gardens, Swanage, 12 August (01929 422885); Mannington Hall and Gardens, Norfolk, 16 August (01263 584175); Ormesby Village Centre, Ormesby St Margaret, Norfolk, 17 August (01493 730178); Lambourne End Centre for Outdoor Learning, Lambourne End, 18 August (0208 5003047 ext. 0223); Over Farm Barn, Gloucester, 20 August (01452 521575); The Corn Barn, Sutton Barton, 21 August (01884 32107); The Irving Studio Theatre, Cheltenham, 22 – 24 August (01242 572573); Wenlock Priory, Much Wenlock, 25 August (03306 600541); The Cricketers, Blandford Forum, Dorset, 26 August (01258 860421); Stokesay Castle, Shropshire, 29 August (03306 600541); Shrivenham Memorial Hall, Shrivenham, Wiltshire, 30 August (01793 782925); Portchester Castle, Portchester, 31 August (03306 600541); Temple Guiting, Cheltenham, 1 September (03306 600541); Brighton Open Air Theatre, Brighton, 4 September (03306 600541). www.rainorshine.co.uk/tourdates.html [P]

King's College Gardens, Cambridge, 29 July – 24 August (07955 218824). Part of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. www.cambridgeshakespeare.com/programme/as-you-like-it/ [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 7 August – 21 September (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/as-you-like-it-2019 [P]

Adaptation

National Theatre in association with the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch. Adapted by Laurie Woolery and Shaina Taub. Directed by Douglas Rintoul. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 24 – 27 August (020 7452 3000). www.queens-theatre.co.uk [A/P]

Comedy of Errors

Shakespeare’s Globe’s Touring Ensemble. Directed by Brenden O-Hea. The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Taunton, 1 July (01823 283 244); Pontio Arts Centre, Bangor, 6 July (01248 38282801248 38282801248 382 828); Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 14, 18, 20 and 23 August (020 7401 9919). Part of the Globe on Tour Project. www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/globe-on-tour [P]

Petersfield Shakespeare Festival. Directed by Becky Hope-Palmer. Bedales School, Petersfield, 17 – 22 July (online booking) http://www.petersfieldshakespearefestival.co.uk/whatson_psf_new.html [P]

Archway Theatre Company. Archway Theatre, Horley, 20 – 31 August (01293 784 398) www.archwaytheatre.com/archwaytheatre/box-office/ [P]

Adaptation

Folksy Theatre. Threave Garden, Castle Douglas, 11 July (01698 854409); Bothwell Castle, Glasgow, 12 July (0131 668 8095); Duff House, Near Banff, 13 July (0131 668 8095); The Amphitheatre Ardanaiseig Hotel, Argyll, 14 July (01866 833 333); Castle Fraser, Inverurie, 16 July (01330 833463); Queens Park Arena, Glasgow, 17 July (0141 816 9989); Glen House Gardens, Innerleithen, 18 July (01698 854409); Boiling Wells Amphitheatre, St Werburghs Farm, Bristol, 19 – 20 July (01179 428241); Tuckwell Amphitheatre, Cheltenham, 21 July (01242 258002); The Hyde Residential Garden, Bridport, 23 July (01698 854409); Marwood Hill Gardens, Barnstaple, 24 July (01271 342528); Pennsylvania Castle Estate, Dorset, 25 July (01698 854409); Holme for Gardens, Wareham, 26 July (01929 554716); Hestercombe House and Gardens, Taunton, 28 July (01698 854409); Forde Abbey, Chard, 30 July (01460 220231); Ecos Amphitheatre, Frome, 31 July (01698 854409); Burrow Farm Gardens, Axminster, 1 August (01404 831285); The Walled Gardens of Cannington, Nr Bridgwater, 2 August (01278 655042); Russell Park, Pavilion at the Park, Bedford, 3 August (01698 854409); Torre Abbey Museum, Torquay, 4 August (01803 293593); The Burrows Gardens, Ashbourne, 7 August (01335 360745); Adlington Hall Garden, Macclesfield, 8 August (01698 854409); Millets Farm, Frilford, 9 August (01698 854409); Walkden Gardens, Sale, 10 August (01698 854409); Biddulph Grange Gardens, Staffordshire, 11 August (01698 854409); Stonyford Cottage Gardens, Northwich, 13 – 14 August (01606 888970); The Dorothy Clive Garden, Market Drayton, 16 August (01698 854409); Brighton Open-Air Theatre, Brighton, 17 August (07802 299267); Penlee Park Open-Air Theatre, Penzance, 18 August (01726 879500); Bishops Wood Centre, Stourport-on-Severn, 21 August (01698 854409); Wightwick Manor Gardens, Wolverhampton, 22 – 23 August (01698 854409); Martineau Gardens, Birmingham, 24 August (01698 854409); Lancaster Castle, Lancaster, 28 August (01698 854409); Port Sunlight Village in The Dell, Wirral, 29 August (01698 854409); Hare Hill Garden, Macclesfield, 30 August (01698 854409); Blakehay Theatre, Weston-super-Mare, 31 August (01934 645 493). Filled with Folksy’s wonderful live music, audience interaction and downright silliness! http://www.folksytheatre.co.uk/comedy-of-errors-dates-venue/4594528565 [P]

New
Shakespeare in the Garden: The Comedy of Errors. C Theatre Group. C venues – C south - gardens (Venue 58), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 1 – 12, 14 – 26 August (0131 226 0026). Enjoy alfresco Shakespeare in the C south gardens. Slick slapstick, rampant ridiculousness and puns aplenty in this family-friendly production full of sparkling wit, chaos and confusion. Double the twins and double the fun! https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/shakespeare-in-the-garden-the-comedy-of-errors [P]

New
Shakespeare on a Shoestring: The Comedy of Errors! Hopkins School. Paradise in Augustines - The Sanctuary (Venue 152), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 5 – 6, 8 – 10 August (0131 226 0026). Sixteen teenage actors retell Shakespeare's first play using living tableaux to create everything scenically necessary in this beloved, fast-paced comedy. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/shakespeare-on-a-shoestring-the-comedy-of-errors [A]

Coriolanus

Cymbeline

Hamlet

Lunchbox Theatrical Productions. Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York, 25 June – 31 August (01904 623 568). info@shakespearesrosetheatre.com [P]

King's College Gardens, Cambridge, 8 – 27 July (07955 218824). Part of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. https://www.cambridgeshakespeare.com/programme/hamlet/ [P]

Canterbury Shakespeare Festival. Directed by Elliot Huxtable. Greyfriar Gardens, Canterbury, 25 - 27 July. https://thelittleboxoffice.com/canterburyshakespeare. [A]

Adaptations

Iris Theatre Company. St Paul's Church (The Actors Church), London 19 June – 27 July (020 8692 5322). This modern promenade production will place Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy within a contemporary context that will illuminate both the play and our own relationship with its timeless themes. https://actorschurch.org/event/?show=6&id=873598667 [P]

Petersfield Shakespeare Festival. Directed by Jake Smith. Bedales School, Petersfield, 24 – 28 July (online booking); BOAT (Brighton Open Air Theatre), Brighton, 29 – 30 July (07802 299267). In this radical production, a cast of ten repeatedly switch roles, accelerating Hamlet’s disorientation and slipping grip on reality. www.petersfieldshakespearefestival.co.uk/whatson_psf_new.html [P]

New
Durham University Classical Theatre (DUCT). TheSpace on North Bridge - Fife Theatre (Venue 36), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 2 – 3, 5 – 10 August (0131 226 0026). DUCT presents a modern-day twist on the classic, inviting its audience into a haphazard and disorderly world, mirroring the turbulence of Hamlet’s madness. The production draws parallels to contemporary mental health issues, illustrating the destructive properties it can have on both relationships and ourselves from the perspective of a female Hamlet. DUCT's production combines Shakespeare's script and narrative with the experience of living with a mental health disorder in 2019. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/hamlet [P]

New
Directed by Greg Hersov. Cush Jumbo (Hamlet). The Young Vic, London, 6 July 2020 – 22 August 2020 (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]

New
Hamluke. American High School Theatre Festival. Central Hall - Auditorium (Venue 295), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 2, 5 – 7 August (0131 226 0026). 'A long time ago in a castle far, far away...' The vision of Ghosty Wan Kenobi ignites young Hamluke and the audience onto an epic journey of betrayal, revenge and tragedy in this hilarious, high-energy mash-up! Hamluke is the celebrated comedy that pulls the poetic language from Shakespeare's Hamlet and mixes it with the beloved characters and exciting visuals from Star Wars to create a surprising realm filled with droids, alien creatures, lightsabre duels and theatre magic! https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/hamluke [A]

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 – 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. Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol, 7 September – 23 November (0844 871 3012); Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh, 5 December – 11 January 2020 (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. https://thelionking.co.uk/ [P]

New
Noir Hamlet. Yasplz LLC Theatre Company. TheSpace @ Venue45 (Venue 45), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 12 – 17 August (0131 226 0026); TheSpace @ Niddry St - Upper Theatre (Thrust) (Venue 9), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 19 – 24 August (0131 226 0026). Passion, jealousy, and murder never got so many laughs! John Minigan's new and wild reimagining of the Shakespeare classic has more twists than a gallows necktie. Hamlet is a wisecracking private eye, his pal Horatio is now a complicated gal Friday named Rae Chio and the rotten state of Denmark is transformed into the City of Angels circa 1949. Mix equal parts of the Bard, Bogart and Who Framed Roger Rabbit and shake vigorously. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/noir-hamlet [P]

New
Ophelia Is Also Dead. Sightline Productions. TheSpaceTriplex - Studio (Venue 38), 12 – 17 August (0131 226 0026); TheSpace @ Niddry St - Upper Theatre (Round) (Venue 9), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 19 – 24 August (0131 226 0026). Ophelia is Also Dead follows Ophelia telling us the story of her whole life. The show offers kaleidoscopic scenes of her alone, the raucous party life at Elsinore and a boy’s boarding school production of Hamlet done in drag, hauling the cast of Hamlet with it. Ophelia is Also Dead is about girlhood, yes, and Hamlet, but it’s also about growing up, qualia and Natalie Portman. All singing, all dancing, watch as Ophelia goes from Stoppard to Bowie, kindness to madness, to muddy death. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/ophelia-is-also-dead [P]

New
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Plebs. Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol, 3 – 4 July (0117 973 5171). Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Plebs follows two men caught off guard by an audience. With nothing prepared the two plebs fool around until deciding to perform a loose version of Stoppard's ‘Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead’. The only problem is they don’t really know the plot and there are only two of them! The show follows the pair of fools as they sing songs, swap hats and flip guilders while they stumble their way through both Stoppard and Shakespeare’s work with the help of the audience. A 50-minute chaotic, hilarious and entertaining show that brings a fresh take on an old classic. https://www.tickettailor.com/events/almatheatrecompany/259576/ [P]

New
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Plebs. The Raymondos Theatre Group. Paradise in Augustines - The Snug (Venue 152), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 3 – 10, 12 – 17 August (0131 226 0026). The story of two plebs trying to navigate the infamous story of Hamlet with nothing but their wits, songs and wacky behaviour. But who are these two, where are they and why are there so many hats? These two plebs are about to discover how absurd this story gets! https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/rosencrantz-and-guildenstern-are-plebs [P]

Shit-Faced Shakespeare – Hamlet. Leicester Square Theatre, London, 19 June – 14 September (08448 733433). Shit-faced Shakespeare is the hilarious combination of an entirely serious adaptation of a Shakespearean classic, with an entirely shit-faced cast member. With one cast member selected at random and given four hours to drink before every show we present to you classical theatre as it was always meant to be seen. With a gin in one hand, a cup of wine in the other and a flagon of ale in the other... What could possibly go wrong? https://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873595932 [P]

New
To Be or Not to Be? Purgatory Is the Question. Falling Stars Theatre Company. Paradise in the Vault - The Annexe (Venue 29), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 12 – 17 August (0131 226 0026). The scene is set, the story is well known, the outcome for most is death. It started with a son following his father’s instructions; it ended with 10 people dead in Elsinore and families torn apart. This is now the opportunity for recriminations and truth-telling. The scene is purgatory, the story Hamlet’s. Can he forgive his father for taking advantage of him for his own personal gain? In death the conversation begins: a father, a son and a chance to reflect. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/to-be-or-not-to-be-purgatory-is-the-question [P]

Henry IV, pt.1

Robinson College Gardens, Cambridge, 8 – 27 July (07955 218824). Part of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. www.cambridgeshakespeare.com/programme/henry-iv-part-1/ [P]

Adaptation

Henry IV Part 1 or Hotspur. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 23 April – 11 October (020 7401 9919). Female Hal, Hotspur and Falstaff. www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/henry-iv-part-1 [P]

Henry IV, pt.2

Robinson College Gardens, Cambridge, 8 – 27 July (07955 218824). Part of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. www.cambridgeshakespeare.com/programme/henry-iv-part-1/ [P]

Adaptation

Henry IV Part 2 or Falstaff. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 25 April – 11 October (020 7401 9919). Female Hal and Falstaff. www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/henry-iv-part-2 [P]

Henry V

Lunchbox Theatrical Productions. Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York, 28 June – 31 August (01904 623 568). info@shakespearesrosetheatre.com [P]

Directed by Julie Thomas. Joseph Millson (Henry V). Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester, 26 July – 25 August (0845 241 7868) www.grosvenorparkopenairtheatre.co.uk/henryv/ [P]

Adaptation

Henry V or Harry England. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 30 April – 11 October (020 7401 9919). Female Henry V. www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/henry-v [P]

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

Henry VI, pt 3

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

Stamford Shakespeare Festival. Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall, Stamford, Lincolnshire, 18 June – 24 August. (01780 756133 / 01780 763203). Open-air performance. Booking opens 1 November. http://stamfordshakespeare.co.uk [A]

Adaptations

New
SquareEye Theatre Company. Greenside @ Royal Terrace - Jade Studio (Venue 231), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 19 – 24 August (0131 226 0026). Intense and irreverent, this production strips Julius Caesar to its bare bones to explore the selfish workings of professional politics. Live drumming, choral singing and movement are woven into the narrative to represent the people who are ignored in political battles and who suffer the consequences of failed revolutions. Fast-paced and tense, this production is emotive and troubling as it explores the failings of self-centred politicians with no plan to deal with the fallout of their actions. Sound familiar? https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/julius-caesar [A]

New
I, Cinna (the Poet) - Write a Revolution. Written and performed by Tim Crouch. The Unicorn Theatre, London, 5 – 29 February 2020 (020 7645 0560). The poet Cinna hardly says a word in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar before he’s mistaken for someone else and torn to pieces by an angry mob. He’s Shakespeare’s unluckiest character. Now Cinna searches for the subject of his next poem and invites us, the audience, to write with him, live. This brilliantly clear introduction to Julius Caesar is a unique and warmly engaging solo show about words and actions, art, protest and power. www.unicorntheatre.com/ICinna [P]

New
Julius 'Call Me Caesar' Caesar. Gilded Balloon Patter House - Big Yin (Venue 24), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 3 – 11, 13 – 18, 20 – 24, 26 August (0131 226 0026). Directed by Russell Bolam. Double Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Andrew Maxwell makes his theatre debut playing... everyone, in a world premiere by Fringe First Award winner Owen McCafferty. Join the crowd as Shakespeare's classic is re-imagined as a chaotic, comic tale of democracy, backstabbing and front stabbing. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/julius-call-me-caesar-caesar [P]

King John

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]

King Lear

Canterbury Shakespeare Festival. Directed by Mabel Chambers. St Stephen’s Church Hall, Hales Drive, Canterbury, 23 - 31 July; Beaney House of Art & Knowledge, 6 – 7 August. https://thelittleboxoffice.com/canterburyshakespeare. [A]

Adaptations

New
A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Matthew Townshend Productions. Theatre on the Coast. Southwold Arts Centre (formerly Southwold Theatre), Southwold, 23 July – 3 August (01502 722 572) www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/southwold/southwold-arts-centre/theatre-on-the-coast-a-bunch-of-amateurs-by-ian-hislop-and-nick-newman/e-kabxvg [P]

New
A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Priory Centre, St Neots, 19 – 21 September (01480 388 922). www.list.co.uk/event/1304326-a-bunch-of-amateurs/ [A]

New
Songs of Lear. Song of the Goat Theatre Company. Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 6 July (020 7401 9919). This award-winning show paints the tragic stories from King Lear in music, movement and song. The performers use folk instruments, haunting a-cappella singing and flawless choreography to bring Shakespeare’s tale to life in an extraordinarily intimate and affecting way. www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/songs-of-lear-2/ [P]

New
Trump Lear. Project Y Theatre, Richard Jordan Productions. Pleasance Courtyard – Bunker 1 (Venue 33), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 1 – 13, 15 – 26 August (0131 226 0026). Actor and impersonator Carl David – aka David Carl – is locked up for performing his hilarious Trump-inspired version of Shakespeare's King Lear. Forced to play for an audience of one – the US President himself – Carl's life depends on making the bard great again and giving the performance of a lifetime without offending the audience. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/trump-lear [P]

Love's Labour's Lost

Polesden Lacey Shakespeare Theatre Company. Polesden Lacey Open Air Theatre, Dorking, 6 – 7 July (01306 881717). www.dorkinghalls.co.uk/event-detail/?id=99002ACRHCPDCSJRQGKHLHNLQCDQCSPKH [A]

New
University of Durham's Castle Theatre Company. Beaulieu Palace, Brockenhurst, 11 – 12 July (01590 612345) www.beaulieu.co.uk/events/shakespeare-at-beaulieu/ [P]

Macbeth

Shakespeare's Rose Theatre. Produced by Raymond Gubbay. Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, 8 July – 7 September (01625 560 000). www.blenheimpalace.com/whats-on/events/shakespearesrt/ [P]

Antic Disposition Theatre Company. Temple Church, London, 20 August – 7 September (0333 666 3366) www.anticdisposition.co.uk/macbeth-2019.html [P]

Directed by Paul Miller. John Simm (Macbeth), Dervia Kirwan (Lady Macbeth). Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, 21 September – 26 October (01243 781 312) www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/macbeth [P]

Adaptations

Macbeth (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Duchy Opera Company. Minack Theatre, Penzance, 8 – 12 July (01736 810 181) www.minack.com/verdis-macbeth/ [P]

Three Inch Fools. Crook Hall, Durham, 2 July (0191 384 8028); Alnwick Castle, Alnwick 9 July (07714 028770); Dalkeith Country Park, Edinburgh, 11 July (07714 028770); Glamis Castle, Angus, 16 July (07714 028770); Craigievar Castle, Aberdeenshire, 17 July (07714 028770); Cawdor Castle, Cawdor, 19 July (01667 404401); Innerpeffray Library, Crieff, 23 July (01764 652819); Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh, 25 July (0131 529 3993); Dundonald Castle, Dundonald, 26 July (07714 028770); Coventry Cathedral, Coventry, 9 August (07714 028770); Charlecote Park, Warwick, 11 August (01789470277); The Courts Garden, Bradford-on-Avon, 15 August (0344 249 1895); Highcliffe Castle, Dorset, 18 August (01425 278807); Castle Hill, near South Molton, Devon, 21 August (01805 624624); Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 22 August (01726 879500); The Vicarage Garden, Great Torrington, 23 August (01805 624624); Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire, 31 August (07714 028770); Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT), Brighton, 20 September (07802 299267); St Mary in the Castle, Hastings, 21 September (01424 715880). An inventive take on Shakespeare’s infamous Scottish play, accompanied by an original folk inspired soundtrack. Touring in rep with Much Ado about Nothing. www.threeinchfools.com/upcomingperformances/ [P]

New
Raiser Theatre Company. TheSpace on the Mile - Space 1 (Venue 39), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 20 – 24 August (0131 226 0026). Three presenters take you to a world of distrust and alternative facts, where brave Macbeth and his wife plot to kill King Duncan and take the Scottish throne. This fast-paced, stripped-down and intense production of Shakespeare’s famous tale of medieval Scotland speaks directly to our own divided times, where 'things bad begun make strong themselves by ill'. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/macbeth [A]

New
Tread the Boards Theatre Company. TheSpace on North Bridge - Perth Theatre (Venue 36), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 2 – 10 August (0131 226 0026). Something wicked this way comes... To what depths will Macbeth stoop to gain the crown of Scotland? Will the weird sisters' prophecies spell glory or destruction? From Shakespeare's own Stratford-upon-Avon, Tread the Boards Theatre Company presents his compelling classic tragedy of ambition, bloody chaos, witchcraft and ghosts. In this dark, psychological thriller, the breakdown of natural order is heightened by our all-female cast. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/macbeth-1 [P]

New
Choin Theatre Company (Korea). C venues (C south) - main theatre (Venue 58), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 1 – 26 August (0131 226 0026). In this uniquely Korean retelling of Shakespeare's story, an ambitious actor dreaming of greatness is captivated by the role of Macbeth. Using puppets, music and dance, he embodies Macbeth's story in a chameleonic, humorous, high-octane physical performance. But in thrusting himself so deeply into the role, he starts to lose himself in the shadows of Macbeth’s desires. In the end, he decides to take control of Macbeth's story, refusing to succumb to the fate laid out for him. He achieves greatness, but at what cost? https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/macbeth-2 [P]

New
Directed by Christopher Haydon. Lucy Ellinson (Macbeth) Royal Exchange, Manchester, 13 September – 19 October (0161 833 9833). The war is over, the victory complete. But for Macbeth, the triumphant forces’ most fearsome warrior, the battle for the throne is only just beginning – and she’ll stop at nothing to take the crown. Lucy Ellinson takes the title role in director Christopher Haydon’s highly-charged production, which explores what happens, when in a split-second you decide to act upon your deepest, darkest ambition. www.royalexchange.co.uk/whats-on-and-tickets/macbeth [P]

The Watermill Ensemble. Directed by Paul Hart. 17 – 21 September, Oxford Playhouse (01865 305305); Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole, 25 – 28 September (0844 406 8666); Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 1 – 5 October (01242 572 573); New Theatre, Cardiff, 9 – 12 October (029 2087 8889) Theatre Royal, Norwich, 15 – 19 October (01603 630 000). Blazing with tension, energy and passion, experience a powerful new interpretation of Macbeth, the Watermill Ensemble’s boldest production to date. Fuelled by greed, ambition and desire, Macbeths’ desperation to survive is reflected in the fierce reverberations of Johnny Cash, The XX and The Rolling Stones. Playing in rep with A Midsummer Night’s Dream www.watermill.org.uk/on_tour_dream_and_macbeth [P]

Measure for Measure

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 28 June – 29 August (0870 609 1110); The Lowry, Salford, 25 September – 5 October (0161 876 2000); The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 29 January 2020 – 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 – 4 April (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]

The Merchant of Venice

Adaptation

Gratiano by Ross Ericson. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 8 – 10 October (01242 572 573). Bassanio has been murdered and, under suspicion, Gratiano is forced to revisit his Fascist past. He was never the hero – just a minor character, the plucky comic relief – but he never thought he played the villain. In a thought-provoking sequel to William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice we explore the politics of prejudice in the 20th Century. Amongst the turmoil of post war Italy we read between the lines of Shakespeare's classic tale, examine the true nature of the characters, and ask just how politicians managed to use democracy to turn a people against themselves. www.everymantheatre.org.uk/m-shows/gratiano/ [P]

Merry Wives of Windsor

Shakespeare’s Globe. Directed by Nicole Charles and Elle While. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 17 May – 12 October (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/the-merry-wives-of-windsor [P]

New
Cygnet Theatre Company. Palace Theatre, Paignton, 8 July (01803 665800); Whyte House, Farringdon, 10 July (01395 239181); Hillersdon House, Cullompton, 11 July (01392 277189); Garden Theatre Knackershole Barn West Knowle, Dulverton, 12 July (01398 323837); Undercliffe, Lympstone, 13 July (01392 277189) https://cygnettheatre.co.uk/the-merry-wives-of-windsor/ [P]

The Guildford Shakespeare Company. Stoke Park Railway, Guildford, 13 – 27 July (01483 304384) www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk/merrywives/ [P]

The Company of Teens. Abbey Theatre, St Alban’s, 17 – 20 July (01727 857 861) www.abbeytheatre.org.uk/whats-on/the-merry-wives-of-windsor/ [A]

Canterbury Shakespeare Festival. Directed by Eleanor Sutcliffe. Tyler Hill House, Canterbury, 23 - 31 July. https://thelittleboxoffice.com/canterburyshakespeare. [A]

Adaptations

New
The Merry Wives of Seoul. EDP Theatre Company Soon Chun Hyang University (Korea). C venues (C south) - main theatre (Venue 58), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 11 – 17 August (0131 226 0026). Korean-ised adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic. Falstaff, a fat and debauched knight, tries to tempt two married women in Seoul and steal their wealth. But these two clever women see through his plan and set out to deceive him. A story that proves that women are more than the traditional helpers of men, but agents in their own right who outwit the plans society makes for them, and are ready to reform current traditions. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/merry-wives-of-seoul [A]

New
EGTG Theatre Company. The Royal Scots Club - The Hepburn Suite (Venue 241), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 5 – 10 August (0131 226 0026). An uproarious tale of marriage, mischief, jealousy, lies and laundry. Set around Page’s Steamie on the Windsor Estate in 1950s Edinburgh, Falstaff woos two women in an attempt to swindle their husbands and regain his squandered wealth. The wily wives see through him, however, and plot their hilarious revenge. Meanwhile, Anne is pursued by two unlikely suitors, each one approved by her respective parents. But she prefers another. Will true love prevail? Will Falstaff get his comeuppance and mend his ways? And will Ford ever accept that wives may be merry yet honest too? https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/merry-wives-of-windsor [A]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Directed by Nicholas Hytner. Bridge Theatre, London, 3 June – 31 August 2019 (0843 208 1846) https://bridgetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/a-midsummer-nights-dream/ [P]

Shakespeare in the Squares. All London venues. Cornwall Gardens, SW7, 2 July; Connaught Square, W2, 3 July; Elgin & Arundel Gardens, W11, 4 July; Bedford Square, WC1, 5 July; St Peter’s Square, W6, 6 July; garden at Le Gothique, Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, Wandsworth, SW18, matinee, 7 July, evening 9 July; Cleveland Square, W2, 11 July. www.shakespeareinthesquares.co.uk [P]

Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Enniskillen Castle, Enniskillen, 28 June (028 6632 5000); Claydon House and Gardens, Middle Claydon, 6 July (TBC); Stanstead Park, Rowland’s Castle, 10 July (TBC); Haughton Hall Hotel & Leisure Club, Shropshire, 12 July (01952 468 300); Corfe Castle, Wareham, 19 July (03342 491 895); Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Birmingham, 24 July (01214 541 860); Haslemere Museum, Haslemere, 25 July (01428 642 112); New Place Hotel, Shirrell Heath, Hampshire, 28 July (01329 833 543); Walmer Castle and Gardens, Kent, 30 July (0871 220 0260); Newstead Abbey Park, Nottingham, 1 August (01158 077 900); Canary Wharf, London, 5 August (TBC); Branston Hall Hotel, Branston, Lincoln, 7 August (01522 793 305); Quarry Bank National Trust, Cheshire, 8 August (03442 491 895); Wollaton Hall, Wollaton, Nottingham, 11 August (01158 077 900); The Hill House, Upper Colquhoun, 14 August (online only); Pollok House, Glasgow, 15 August (online only); Rochester Cathedral, Rochester, 21 August (01416 166 410); The Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park, 23 August (01784 435 544); Harcourt Arboretum, Nuneham Courtenay, Oxfordshire, 24 August (01865 610 305); The Regal Theatre, Minehead, Somerset, 29 August (01643 706 430); Royal Botanic Gardens Kew at Wakehurst, Haywards Heath, 31 August – 1 September (01444 871 8819. www.chapterhouse.org/show1.html [P]

Bowler Crab Productions. 21-23 June; 19-21 July, Half House Farm, Three Oaks; 5 July, Manor Barn, Bexhill; 7 July, Westgate Mall, Canterbury; 11-12 July, Mermaid Inn, Rye; 26 July, Sinden Theatre, Tenterden; 27 July, All Saints Centre, Lewes; 1-2 August, The Stables Theatre and Arts Centre, Hastings. www.bowler-crab.com. [P]

Directed by Dominic Hill. Regents Park Open Air Theatre, London, 28 June – 27 July (0844 826 4242) http://openairtheatre.com/production/a-midsummer-nights-dream [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe. Directed by Sean Holmes. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 28 June – 13 October (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/a-midsummer-nights-dream [P]

Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre. Produced by Raymond Gubbay. Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, 8 July – 7 September (01625 560 000) www.blenheimpalace.com/whats-on/events/shakespearesrt/ [P]

St. John's College Gardens, Cambridge, 8 – 27 July (07955 218824). Part of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. www.cambridgeshakespeare.com/programme/a-midsummer-nights-dream/ [P]

Cast Theatre, Doncaster, 21 July (01302 303 959). Outdoor Performance www.castindoncaster.com/whats-on/a-midsummer-nights-dream [A]

Mayhem Theatre Company. Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon, 31 July – 3 August (07944 630213) www.mayhemtheatre.co.uk/a-midsummer-nights-dream.html [A]

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

Lord Chamberlain’s Men. Hatfield Forest, Bishop’s Stortford, 3 July (0344 249 1895); Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens, Northampton, 4 July (01604 686543); Buscot Weir Field, Buscot Village, Oxfordshire, 5 July (0344 2491895); Cardiff Castle (Castell Caerdydd), Cardiff, 6 July (029 2087 8100); Ham House and Garden, Richmond, 7 July (0344 2491895); Chiswick House and Gardens, London, 10 July (020 3141 3351); Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, 11 - 12 July (01603 630000); Belton House, Belton, Grantham, 13 July (0344 2491895); Stanley Hall, Pebmarsh, Halstead, 14 July (01787 475153); Woburn Abbey and Gardens, Bedfordshire, 17 July (01525 290333); Oxburgh Hall, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, 18 July (0344 2491895); Coughton Court, Alcester, 19 July (0344 2491895); Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, 20 July (01296 820414); Claremont Landscape Garden, Esher, 21 July (0344 2491895); Bradley Manor, Newton Abbott, 23 July (01803 842382); Pentillie Castle, Cornwall, 24 July (01579 350044); Sudeley Castle & Gardens, Winchcombe, 25 July (01242 602308); Brandon Hill, Bristol, 26 July (0117 9020344); Tyntesfield, North Somerset, 27 July (0344 249 1895); The Bishop's Palace, Wells, Somerset, 28 July (01749 988111 Ext 200); Killerton, Exeter, 30 July (0344 2491895); Dunster Castle, Minehead, 31 July (0344 2491895); Kingston Lacy, Dorset, 1 August (0344 2491895); Dyrham Park, Bath, 2 – 3 August (0344 2491895); Hatchlands Park, Guildford, 4 August (01483 444334); Shrewsbury Castle, Shrewsbury, 6 August (07813 026367); Chatsworth, Bakewell, 7 August (01246 565300); Knowsley Hall, Merseyside, 8 August (online booking only); Kenilworth Castle, Kenilworth, 9 August (0370 333 1181); The Vyne, Basingstoke, 10 August (0344 2491895); Hatfield House, Hatfield, 11 August (01707 287010); West Wycombe Park, Buckinghamshire, 14 August (0344 2491895); Emmetts Garden, Sevenoaks, 15 August (0344 2491895); Morden Hall Park, London, 16th August (0344 2491895); St John's Lodge Garden at Regent's Park, London, 17 August (online booking only); Kenwood House, London, 18th August (0370 333 1181); East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire, 21 August (0344 2491895); Arley Hall and Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, 22 August (01565 777353); Newby Hall and Gardens, Ripon, 23 August (01423 322583 option 3); Kedleston Hall, Derby, 24 August (0344 2491895); Ickworth, Bury St Edmunds, 25 August (0344 249 1895); Holkham Hall, Holkham Park, Norfolk, 28 August (01328 713111); Tattershall Castle, Tattershall, 29 August (0344 2491895); Alderford Lake, Whitchurch, 30 August (01948 665914); Breamore House, Breamore, Fordingbridge, 31 August (0333 666 3366); Hylands Estate, Hylands House, Chelmsford, 1 September (01245 605500). All male cast. www.tlcm.co.uk/current-production/ [P]

Quantum Theatre Company. Trebah Garden Amphitheatre, Cornwall, 3 July (01326 252200); Bristol Shakespeare Festival, Brandon Hill Park, Bristol, 6 July (online booking); Benn Hall, Rugby, 7 July (01788 533719); Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst, Kent, 20 July (01892 893820); Bruce Castle Park, Haringey, 21 July (020 8808 8772); Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 25 July (01726 879 500); STERTS Liskeard, Cornwall, 26 July (01579 362382); Orchard and Abbeyfields Park, Chertsey, 27 July (01932 838383); Ventnor Botanic Garden, Isle of Wight, 28 July (01983 855397); Sandford Park Lido, Cheltenham, 3 August (01242 524430); Stanwick Lakes, Nr Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, 7 August (01933 625522); Bradgate Park, Newton Linford, 8 August (0116 236 2713); Pembroke Castle, Pembroke, 28 August (01646 681510). Set on that most dangerous of nights when fairies are abroad and nothing is as it seems, four young, unsuspecting lovers become entangled in their magical affray and soon no mortals are safe in those bewitched and bewitching woods outside Athens. Presented in the inimitable Quantum style, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is fast paced, highly energetic, interlaced with live music and of course, rip-roaringly funny! www.quantumtheatre.co.uk/tour-dates-a-midsummer-night-s-drea [P]

Oddsocks – A Midsummer Night's Dream. Middleton Park, Leeds, 2 July (Online Bookings Only); Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes, 3 July (01908 324 466); Midland Arts Centre (MAC), Birmingham, 5 – 6 July (0121 466 3232); Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove, 7 July (01332 258328); RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate, 9 – 10 July (01423 562 303); Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar, 11 – 12 July (01642 479500); St. Luke's Bombed Out Church, Liverpool, 13 – 14 July (01332 258328); Bedford Park Pavilion, Bedford, 16 July (Online Bookings Only); Oakengates Theatre, Telford, 17 July (01952 382382); Palace Theatre Newark, Nottinghamshire, 18 July (01636 655755); Mary Arden's Farm, Wilmcote, 19 – 20 July (01332 258328); Cast, Doncaster, 21 July (01302 303 959); Matravers School, Wiltshire, 24 July (01373 824 283); Longlands Farm, Whitbourne, 25 July (01332 258328); Coronation Park, Jersey, 29 July - 7 August (01534 700444); Castle Cornet, Guernsey, 9 - 17 August (01481 726518). Four young lovers run away to a summer festival in the woods to escape the stress of parental expectations at home. Before long they unwittingly find themselves the subjects of tricks, played on them with hilarious results. Add to that a troupe of amateur actors hired to play at the festival and you have the perfect recipe for an evening of hilarious family entertainment. www.oddsocks.co.uk/amsnd [P]

New
Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol, 20 – 21 July (0117 973 5171). This Fringe version of Shakespeare's classic comedy is a fast and funny introduction to the Bard – it’s Shakespeare, but not as you know it! With neon lights and tutus, it’s fun all the way. A 50 minute production. www.tickettailor.com/events/almatheatrecompany/267324/ [A]

Immersion Theatre Company. Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl, 31 July (01656 786 996). Set in Great Britain just before the start of the Great War, this hilarious and highly accessible adaptation sees Shakespeare’s fantastical characters transported to a time of unparalleled peace and prosperity. Four young lovers, a band of hapless actors, and a magical realm populated by enchanting spirits set on causing mischief and mayhem at every turn culminate in an unparalleled open-air experience of beauty and hilarity. Suitable for children. www.grandpavilion.co.uk/events/4083/a-midsummer-nights-dream/ [P]

New
Quirky Bird Theatre Company. Greenside @ Infirmary Street - Mint Studio (Venue 236), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 12 – 17 August (0131 226 0026). Six actors, neon tutus and the unmistakable lyrics of Agadoo... It's Shakespeare, folks, but not as you know it... Come on down for our bonkers bard-tastic take on this classic story of magical fun. Great for kids and adults alike and a fantastic introduction to Shakespeare for future theatre lovers of all ages. You'll laugh, you'll cry (well maybe just because you are laughing too much), and spend an hour grinning from ear-to-ear as this award-winning company tear around the stage giving this well-loved tale a very fresh coat of paint. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/midsummer-night-s-dream [P]

New
Young Actor's Camp Theatre Company. TheSpace @ Niddry St - Upper Theatre (Thrust) (Venue 9), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 2 – 3, 5 – 10 August (0131 226 0026). Actors from around the world rehearsed via Skype for four months and then met here in Scotland to put on Shakespeare's romantic comedy: A Midsummer Night's Dream! Come join us for crazy love, fairies and a donkey! https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/midsummer-night-s-dream-1 [P]

The Watermill Ensemble. Directed by Paul Hart. Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne, 11 – 14 September (0191 230 5151); Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole, 24 – 28 September (0844 406 8666); Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 2 – 5 October (01242 572 573); New Theatre, Cardiff, 8 – 12 October (029 2087 8889) Theatre Royal, Norwich, 15 – 19 October (01603 630 000). 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]

National Youth Theatre Company. Directed by Matt Harrison. Abridged by Kate Kennedy. Criterion Theatre, London, 6 December – 17 January 2020 (0844 8471778) www.criterion-theatre.co.uk/amidsummernightsdream?eventid=4401 [A]

New
A Midsummer Night’s DROLL. The Owle Schreame Theatre Company. Gilded Balloon Teviot - Billiard Room (Venue 14), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 3 – 12, 14 – 26 August (0131 226 0026). A wild, rough, raucous and ridiculous reimagining of A Midsummer Night's Dream from the 1640s, originally adapted for illegal performance whilst theatre was outlawed, over 350 years ago. The Merry Conceited Humours of Bottom the Weaver has remained unperformed since. Until now. Join The Owle Schreame and make history once more, as Shakespeare spins in the ground beneath you. Folk costume made from straw, puppets made of gourds, silly songs and strange fairy lore. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/midsummer-night-s-droll [P]

A Mini Summer Night's Dream - Shakespeare Unlocked. Watermill Ensemble Company. Adapted by Danielle Pearson. Directed by Robert Kirby. The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 4 – 8 November (01635 46044). Three actors unlock Shakespeare’s enchanting play in a fast-paced 75-minute production with live music. Midsummer’s night. The costume store backstage at a theatre. Things begin to come alive… Sprites, fairies and young lovers collide in Shakespeare’s beguiling comedy of magic and mischief. Over the course of a single night, hearts are broken, vows are made and dreams are chased. With change in the air and emotions more fickle than ever before, who will the lovers’ hearts be promised to when the dawn sun rises? www.watermill.org.uk/a_mini_summer_nights_dream [P]

Shit-faced Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Epsom Playhouse, Epsom, 1 October (01372 742 555); The Maltings, Farnham, 3 October (01252 726 234); Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham, 5 October (0115 941 9419); Alban Arena, St Albans, 10 October (01727 844 488); Bath Komedia, Bath, 11 October (0845 293 8480); Redgrave Theatre, Bristol, 12 October (0117 3157 602); Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln, 18 October (0844 888 8766); Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, 24 October (01202 848 014); Dorking Halls, Dorking, 1 November (01306 881 717); New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, 2 November (023 9264 9000); Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 9 November (0844 2491 000); Arts Centre, Colchester, 29 November (01206 500 900). www.shit-facedshakespeare.com/ [P]

Much Ado About Nothing

The Groundlings Theatre Company. Stonham Barns, Stowmarket, 5 July (01449 711 111); Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury, 7 July (01458 832267); Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth, 16 – 25 July (023 9273 7370); Stanstead House, Rowland’s Castle, 28 July (023 9241 2265); The Wardrobe (The Rifles Museum), Salisbury, 31 July (01722 419 419); Whitchurch Silk Mill, Whitchurch, 2 August (01256 892065). Touring in rep with Romeo and Juliet https://groundlings.ticketsolve.com/shows?page=2 [P]

St. John's College Gardens, Cambridge, 29 July – 17 August (07955 218824). Part of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. www.cambridgeshakespeare.com/programme/much-ado-about-nothing/ [P]

The Norwich Players. The Maddermarket, Norwich, 20 – 28 September (01603 620 917) www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/norwich/maddermarket-theatre/much-ado-about-nothing [P]

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. The Tobacco Factory, Bristol, 16 October – 9 November (0117 902 0344) www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com/shows/much-ado-about-nothing-by-william-shakespeare/ [P]

Adaptations

The Festival Players. Ryde School, Ryde, Isle of Wight, 1 July (01983 562229); Coldharbour Cricket Ground, Dorking, 2 July (01306 71179); Speeds Farm, Shepton Mallet, 6 July (01749 812031); The Rookery, London, 7 July (020 8764 8656); The Spotlight, Broxbourne, 17 July (01992 441946); Mawr Park, Abergele, 18 July (07825 733220); Leighton Hall, Carnforth, 19 July (01524 734474); ford Park, Ulverston, 20 July (01229 580666); Falkland Palace, Falkland Fife, 21 July (01337 857397); Pitmedden Garden, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, 23 July (01651 842352); House of Dun, Angus, 24 July (01674 810264);RSPB Loch Leven, Kinross, 25 July (01577 862355); Arniston House, Midlothian, 26 July (01875 830515); Higham Hall, Cockermouth, 27 July (01768 776276); Crook Hall & Gardens, Durham, 28 July (0191 384 8028); 3 Choirs Festival, Old Bishop’s Palace Garden, Gloucester, 30 – 31 July (01452 768928); Garway Community Hall, Hereford, 1 August (0333 666 3366); Buckden Towers, Cambridge, 2 August (01480 810344); Bawdeswell Church, Bawdeswell, 4 August (01362 688499); Ingatestone Hall, Essex, 5 August (01277 353010); Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Dorset, 7 August (01305 871130); Sterts Amphitheatre, Liskeard, Cornwall, 8 August (01579 362382); Chaplaincy Gardens, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly, 9 – 10 August (01720 422641); Tresco Abbey Gardens, Tresco,  Isles of Scilly, 11 August (online booking); Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 13 August (01726 879500); Powderham Castle, Exeter, 14 August (01626 890243); Hartland Abbey, Hartland, Devon, 15 August (01805 624624); The Vicarage Garden, Torrington, 16 August (01805 624624); Hall’s Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon, 18 August (01726 879500); Swan Theatre, Worcester, 20 August (01905 611427); Cogges Manor Farm, Witney, 21 August (01993 772602); Woodchester Mansion, Stroud, 22 August (01453 861541); Lampeter House, Narbeth, 23 August (01834 869323); The Victoria Arms, Oxford, 24 August (01865 241382); The Chantry, Bristol, 25 August (online booking); The Millennium Green, Charlton Horethorne, Somerset, 26 August (01963 220378). All male cast. http://thefestivalplayers.co.uk/ [P]

The HandleBards. Quarry Theatre, Bedford, 1 July (
01234 362269); Standalone Farm, Letchworth Garden City, 2 July (01462 686775); Hedingham Castle, Halstead, 4 July (01787 460261); Ickworth House, Bury St Edmunds, 5 July (0344 249 1895); Millennium Sports Facility, Somersham, 7 July (01487 841359); Lyveden, Oundle, 9 July (01832 205158); Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dulwich, 17 – 18 July (020 8693 5254); Jeskyns Community Woodland, Cobham, 19 July (01474 825118); Milton Creek Country Park, Sittingbourne, 20 July (07986 784 207); The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 22 July (01227 787787); Cobtree Manor Park, Maidstone, 26 – 27 July (01622 715702); Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, Sevenoaks, 28 July (01732 459777); Westferry Circus, Canary Wharf, 29 July (020 7418 2000); Petworth Festival, Petworth, 1 August (01798 344576); Venue TBC, Aldershot, 2 August (TBC); Osterley Park and House, Isleworth, 3 August (020 8232 5050); EM Forster Theatre, Tonbridge, 6 August (01732 304241); Southwell Minster, Southwell, 7 August (07986 784 207); The Citadel, Weston under Redcastle, Shrewsbury, 8 August (07734 544617); Calderstones Mansion House, Liverpool, 10 August (07986 784 207); Ordsall Hall, Salford, 11 August (0161 872 0251); Fallowfield Loop, Levenshulme, 13 August (07986 784 207); Heeley People’s Park, Sheffield, 15 August (07986 784 207); Epworth Old Rectory, Epworth, 17 August (01427 872268); Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, York, 18 August (01904 654818); Raby Castle, Staindrop, 20 August (01833 660202); The Treehouse, Assembly George Square Gardens, Edinburgh, (part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe), 21 – 25 August (0131 226 0000); Muckhart Nature Park, Dollar, 27 August (07986 784 207); Strathtyrum Walled Garden, St Andrews, 28 August (01334 473600); Scone Palace, Perth, 29 August (01738 552300); HMS Unicorn, Dundee, 30 August (07986 784 207); Hatton Castle, Newtyle, 31 August (07986 784 207); Bowhill House, Selkirk, 1 September (01750 22204); Alnmouth Friary, Alnmouth, 3 September (01665 830213); Whitton Tower, Rothbury, 4 September (07986 784 207); Newark Castle, Newark-on-Trent, 5 September (01636 650000); Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport, 6 September (01308 424204); Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth, 7 September (01202 413600); Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham, 8 September (020 8744 1241); Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney, 11 September (01206 330784). A group of soldiers return from the war to a household in Messina, causing the kindling of new love interests and the re-kindling of old rivalries. The parallel love stories of Beatrice, Benedick, Claudio and Hero become entangled with plotting, frivolity and melodrama in Shakespeare’s famous comedy. Join our four-strong, all-male troupe for a riotous bicycle-powered production, filled with drunkenness, mayhem and cross-dressing a plenty. www.handlebards.com/much-ado-tour-dates/ [P]

Three Inch Fools. Stokesley Parish Church, Stokesley, 3 July (01642 710405); Whorlton Village Green, Whorlton, 4 July (07714 028770); Middleton Lodge, Richmond, 5 July (07714 028770); Chipchase Castle, Northumberland, 6 July (07714 028770); Hulne Abbey, Northumberland, 7 July (07714 028770); Duns Castle, Duns, 10 July (07714 028770); Abbotsford, Melrose, 12 July (01896 752043); Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh, 13 July (0131 529 3993); Hill of Tarvit, near Cupar, 14 July (01334 653127); Glamis Castle, Angus, 16 July (07714 028770); Fyvie Castle, Fyvie, 18 July (07714 028770); Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire, 20 July (01339 742534); Birnam Arts Centre, Birnam, 21 July (01350 727674); Kilbryde Castle, Dunblane, 24 July (07714 028770); The Lakes Distillery, Cumbria, 28 July (07714 028770); Speke Hall, Liverpool, 1 August (07714 028770); Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, 2 August (07714 028770); Cromford Mills, Matlock, Derbyshire, 3 August (07714 028770); The Dye House, Flaxmill Maltings, Shrewsbury, 4 August (07714 028770); Powis Castle and Garden, Powys, 6 August (0344 249 1895); Willow Globe, Llandrindod Wells, 7 August (07714 028770); Butford Organics at Butford Farm, Bodenham, 8 August (07714 028770); Charlecote Park, Warwick, 10 August (01789470277); The Garden at Miserden, near Stroud, 13 August (07714 028770); Parade Gardens, Bath, 14 August (07714 028770); Barrington Court, Somerset, 16 August (0344 249 1895); Powderham Castle, Exeter, 20 August (01626 890243); Dunster Castle, Dunster, 24 August (01643 821314); The Barn Theatre, Smallhythe Place, Kent, 22 September (07714 028770). A rip-roaring comedy of quarrels, deceptions, live music and a frustratingly stupid man called Dogberry. Touring in rep with Macbeth http://www.threeinchfools.com/upcomingperformances/ [P]

Drama Impact. Keats House, Hampstead, 6 July; St Paul’s Walden Bury, Hitchin, 7 July; The Orchard Tea Garden, Cambridge, 11 – 13 July; Charlton House, Greenwich, 14 July; Inn-on-the-Park, St Alban’s, 1 – 2 August; Tring Memorial Gardens, Tring, 4 August. A 90-minute no-nonsense performance with nine experienced performers. The show is preceded with a Director’s talk on the play and an exciting fun interactive session inviting members of the audience to participate in trying on a costume and speaking some of Shakespeare’s famous words. http://dramaimpact.com/much-ado-about-nothing-the-tour/ [P]

Othello

Adaptations

Otello (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Royal Opera House, London, 9 – 22 December (020 7304 4000) www.roh.org.uk/productions/otello-by-keith-warner [P]

New
R'Otello - The Rugby Opera.
Bridewell Theatre, London, 4, 6 – 7 September (020 7353 3331). Otello leads Samoa to the Rugby World Cup Final. The passions of rugby and opera face off in this imaginative retelling of the tragedy of domestic violence. Arranged for orchestra and jazz band, R’Otello the rugby opera features the operas Otello (Verdi), Carmen (Bizet) and Tosca (Puccini) with scenes written and directed by Sani Muliaumaseali'i. Part of the Opera in the City Festival 2019. https://www.sbf.org.uk/whats-on/view/rotello-the-rugby-opera/ [P]

Ainu Othello. Adapted by Kazumi Shimodate. The Shakespeare Company Japan. Tara Theatre, London, 7 – 10 August (020 8333 4457). It is 1860, in the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Othello is an Ainu, one of the indigenous people of northern Japan. He falls in love with a Japanese woman and is betrayed by a friend (Iago) of mixed Ainu and Japanese heritage. Lies, manipulation and discrimination are the steadfast roots of jealousy in this epic performance of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy. Performed in Japanese. www.tara-arts.com/whats-on/ainu-othello [P]

Othello: Remixed. Intermission Theatre Company. Directed by Darren Raymond. Omnibus Theatre, London, 25 June – 14 July (020 7498 4699). London 2019. Championship boxer Othello has chosen Michael Cassio to be his corner man. Rejected, Iago is riven with jealousy and deceit. Desdemona is in the centre of their conflict which may (or may not) lead to a calamitous end. In an explosive mashup of language, Othello’s story is staged in a modern day London boxing ring, urgently reinventing Shakespeare’s warnings of manipulation, division and revenge. www.omnibus-clapham.org/othello-remixed/ [P]

Pericles

Shakespeare’s Globe’s Touring Ensemble. Directed by Brenden O-Hea.  The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Taunton, 2 July (01823 283 244); Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 15 and 21 August (020 7401 9919). Part of the Globe on Tour Project. www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/globe-on-tour [P]

Richard II

Adaptation

New
Puppet King Richard II. Pocket Epics Theatre Company. PQA Venues @Riddle's Court - Q3 (Venue 277), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 2 – 14 August (0131 226 0026). Two used actors, recycled utensils, hand-carved Czech puppets, live music and you, the court, bring Shakespeare’s poetic drama of power and abdication to life. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/puppet-king-richard-ii [P]

Richard III

Shakespeare's Rose Theatre. Produced by Raymond Gubbay. Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, 8 July – 7 September (01625 560 000). www.blenheimpalace.com/whats-on/events/shakespearesrt/ [P]

Brownsea Open Air Theatre. Directed by Neil Mathieson. Brownsea Island, Poole, Dorset, 24 July – 9 August (07845 782924). www.brownsea-theatre.co.uk [A]

Romeo and Juliet

The Groundlings Theatre Company. Stonham Barns, Stowmarket, 4 July (01449 711 111); Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury, 6 July (01458 832267); Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth, 17 – 24 July (023 9273 7370); Stanstead House, Rowland’s Castle, 27 July (023 9241 2265); The Wardrobe (The Rifles Museum), Salisbury, 30 July (01722 419 419); Whitchurch Silk Mill, Whitchurch, 1 August (01256 892065). Touring in rep with Much Ado about Nothing https://groundlings.ticketsolve.com/shows?page=2 [P]

Archway Theatre Company. Archway Theatre, Horley, 4 – 6 July (01293 784 398) www.archwaytheatre.com/archwaytheatre/romeo-and-juliet/ [P]

Shakespeare's Rose Theatre. Produced by Raymond Gubbay. Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, 8 July – 7 September (01625 560 000). www.blenheimpalace.com/whats-on/events/shakespearesrt/ [P]

Moving Stories Theatre Company. Minack Theatre, Penzance, 22 – 26 July (01736 810 181) www.minack.com/romeo-and-juliet/ [P]

Adaptations

New
I Capuleti e I Montecchi (The Capulets and the Montagues) (Opera) by
Vincenzo Bellini. Over the Pond Productions. Arcola Theatre, London, 2 – 4 September (020 7503 1646) www.arcolatheatre.com/whats-on/i-capuleti-e-i-montecchi-the-capulets-and-the-montagues/ [P]

Matthew Bourne's Romeo + Juliet (ballet). New Adventures Company. Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 7 – 31 August (020 7863 8000); Theatre Royal, Norwich, 3 – 7 September (01603 630 000); Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, 10 – 14 September (0870 730 1234); The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 17 – 21 September (01227 787787); Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, 24 – 28 September (023 8071 1811); Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 1 – 5 October (0115 989 5555); Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne, 9 – 12 October (08448 11 21 21) https://new-adventures.net/romeo-juliet#overview [P]

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Romeo a Juliet (ballet). Ballet Cymru. The Courtyard Theatre, Hereford, 4 July (01432 340555); Lichfield Festival, Lichfield, 5 – 6 July (01543 306 150); Park and Dare Theatre, Treorchy, 8 October (01443 773 112) http://welshballet.co.uk/productions/romeo-a-juliet/

https://rct-theatres.co.uk/event/romeo-a-juliet [P]

Romeo a Juliet (ballet). Ballet Cymru. The Courtyard Theatre, Hereford, 4 July (01432 340555); Lichfield Festival, Lichfield, 5 – 6 July (01543 306 150) http://welshballet.co.uk/productions/romeo-a-juliet/ [P]

Curious Pheasant Theatre Company. King’s Head Theatre Pub, London, 30 June – 1 July (020 7226 4443); The Official Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth, 11 July (01202 413 600); Venue 20 Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 1-11, 13-18, 20-24 August (0131 226 0026). An LGBTQ+ male led production. This bold re-imagining of William Shakespeare's classic love story uses physical theatre to portray two opposing rugby teams, grounding the piece in the 21st century. When the two men meet, the integrity of both teams is compromised and the unyielding pride of man threatens to destroy all that they know. www.curiouspheasanttheatre.co.uk/romeo-and-juliet https://en-gb.facebook.com/pg/curiouspheasanttheatre/events/?ref=page_internal [P]

Heartbreak Productions. Brancepeth Castle, Durham, 3 July (01926 430307); Talkin Tarn Country Park, Cumbria, 4 July (01697 741050); Rufford Old Hall (NT), Ormskirk, 5 July (0344 249 1895); Newhailes, Musselburgh, 7 July (0131 653 5599); Callendar Park, Falkirk, 11 July (01324 506850); Barry Mill (NTS), Angus, 13 July (01926 430307); Brueton Park, Solihull, 17 July (0121 704 6962); Botanical Gardens, Sheffield, 20 – 21 July (01926 430307); Brandon Hill Bowling Green, Bristol 24 – 25 July (01926 430307); Walsall Arboretum, Walsall, 26 July (01926 430307); 1620's House and Garden, Leicestershire, 28 July (01455 290429); Carew Castle, Pembrokeshire, 30 July (01646 651782); Holkham Hall, Norfolk, 31 July (01328 713111); Wollaton Hall and Park, Nottingham, 3 August (0115 807 7900); Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 5 August (01726 879500); Sterts Theatre, Cornwall, 9 August (01579 362382); Astley Hall & Park, Lancashire 13 August (01926 430307); Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens, Manchester, 17 – 18 August (01926 430307); Temple Newsam, Leeds, 24 – 25 August (01926 430307); Weald & Downland Living Museum, Chichester, 27 – 28 August (01243 811363); The Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa, 4 September (01926 334418). You are invited to an exclusive glittering red-carpet event that will be attended by notorious celebrity families, The Montagues and the Capulets. With the media reporting their every move and social media abuzz with their escapades, tensions are running high. There’s only one question on everybody’s lips – will these two families behave, or will it be another fiery battle at dawn as the fabulous feud continues? Join Heartbreak for this super glam outdoor adaptation of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Set in the here and now, and mixing in some modern language, music, and technology, this production explores how one of the most celebrated tales of passionate love would play out in the 21st century. https://tickets.heartbreakproductions.co.uk/theatre/Show/61/Detail [P]

New
Amplified Theatre Company. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 4 – 6 July (01245 606 505). Modern setting. www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres/whats-on/drama/romeo-juliet/ [P]

New
Guy Masterson, TTI in association with Maverick Theatre Company. Assembly George Square - The Blue Room (Venue 8), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25 August (0131 226 0026). It's a man's world... but not with this Juliet around! She knows what's what! Writer-Director, Nick Hennegan's fresh, feminist take on Shakespeare's classic tragedy of passion, hate and vendettas where true love is no protection. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/romeo-juliet [P]

Action to the World Theatre Company. Stockwell Playhouse, London, 3 – 14 September (020 7622 9208). Part play, part gig, this hard-hitting tale of lost weirdoes and their painful family feud is told through a new lens with powerful live music. An innovative and accessible gateway to the true story of the world’s most famous lovers, this is far from what they taught you at school, simultaneously ripping and delighting the heart. www.stockwellph.com/upcoming-shows/2019/9/3/romeo-and-juliet [P]

& Juliet by David West Read. Opera House, Manchester, 10 September – 12 October (0844 871 7627); Shaftesbury Theatre, London, from 2 November (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]

New
R'n'J: The Untold Story of Shakespeare's Roz and Jules. Stolen Cactus Theatre Company.
Gilded Balloon Patter House - Drama (Venue 24), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 1 – 12, 14 – 26 August (0131 226 0026). Juliet is pregnant, Rosaline decides she does indeed want Romeo, but Romeo is definitely dead. Join Roz and Jules on an epic Thelma and Louise-style multimedia tragicomedy adventure in clearing their good names, healing age-old family strife and safely delivering those babies! https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/r-n-j-the-untold-story-of-shakespeare-s-roz-and-jules [P]

New
Romeo and Juliet: A Capulet Soirée.
Topcliffe House Theatre Company. Argyle Cellar Bar - Argyle Cellar Bar (Venue 293), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 3 – 10 August (0131 226 0026). Welcome to the opening of Capulet’s Argyle Cellar Bar! Our lovely guests, we would be humbled to have you (unless you are a Montague of course!). Drinks, company and laughter; what could go wrong? https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/romeo-and-juliet-a-capulet-soiree [P]

New
Shakespeare for Breakfast.
C Theatre Group. C venues – C viva - main house (Venue 16), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 1 – 12, 14 – 26 August (0131 226 0026). The Bardic Breakfasters are back! C's sensational Shakespearience returns, for its 28th sell-out year, with free coffee and croissants! A pleasing plethora of pentameter, puns and pastry. Perfect for hardened fans of the Bard and blank verse virgins alike. This year they take on classic Romeo and Juliethttps://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/shakespeare-for-breakfast [P]

West Side Story. Score by Leonard Bernstein. Curve Theatre, Leicester, 23 November – 11 January 2020 (0116 242 3560).  www.curveonline.co.uk/news/curve-announces-christmas-2019-production-of-west-side-story/ [P]

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

The Taming of the Shrew

Adaptations

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Justin Audibert. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 8 March – 31 August; The Lowry, Salford, 25 September – 5 October (0161 876 2000); The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 29 January 2020 – 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 – 4 April (01253 290 190). Touring in rep with As You Like It and Measure for Measure. Reverse gender production. www.rsc.org.uk/the-taming-of-the-shrew/on-tour [P]

New
Arkle Theatre Company. The Royal Scots Club - The Hepburn Suite (Venue 241), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 12 – 17 August (0131 226 0026). The 1950s: a golden era, idyllic, patriarchal. Pretty Bianca yearns for what every girl wants, a husband. But her father is refusing unless her sister Kate marries first. And sharp-tongued Kate? Kate wants more! https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/taming-of-the-shrew [P]

Kiss me, Kate. Directed by Paul Hart, Music by Cole Porter. Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 25 July – 21 September. 01635 46044, www.watermill.org.uk/kiss_me_kate [P]

New
Shit-Faced Shakespeare – The Taming of the Shrew. Leicester Square Theatre, London, 17 April – 1 June (08448 733433). Shit-faced Shakespeare is the hilarious combination of an entirely serious adaptation of a Shakespearean classic, with an entirely shit-faced cast member. With one cast member selected at random and given four hours to drink before every show we present to you classical theatre as it was always meant to be seen. With a gin in one hand, a cup of wine in the other and a flagon of ale in the other... What could possibly go wrong? https://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873595928 [P]

New
Shrew. Mrs Pankhurst's Players. TheSpaceTriplex - Big (Venue 38), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 12 – 17, 19 – 24 August (0131 226 0026). This radical adaptation, set in a nightclub populated with drag kings and gangsters, releases Shakespeare’s famous yet controversial play from its comedic origins to foreground Kate’s journey from strength and independence to being trafficked into a forced marriage. Mrs Pankhurst's Players is a new feminist theatre collective committed to making high quality, politically engaged, text-based theatre. With strong links to the Pankhurst Centre, the collective emerged from Edge Hill University's Drama programme to create theatre focused on foregrounding female experience. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/shrew [A]

The Tempest

Lunchbox Theatrical Productions. Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York, 26 June – 1 September (01904 623 568). info@shakespearesrosetheatre.com [P]

Trinity College Gardens, Cambridge, 29 July – 17 August (07955 218824). Part of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. www.cambridgeshakespeare.com/programme/the-tempest/ [P]

Adaptations

The HandleBards. Painswick Rococo Garden, Painswick, 2 July (01452 813204); Corsham Almshouses, Corsham, 3 July (01249 701628); Crofton Beam Engines, Marlborough, 4 July (07986 784 207); Earth Trust, Little Wittenham, 5 July (01865 407792); Waterperry Gardens, Wheatley, 6 July (01844 339254); Cogges, Witney, 7 July (01993 772602); Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead, 10 July (07986 784 207); Arts @ Stowe, Buckingham, 18 July (01280 818012); Quarry Theatre, Bedford, 19 July (07986 784 207); Cottesbrooke Hall, Northampton, 20 July (01604 505808); Deene Park, Corby, 21 July (07986 784 207); Leicester Guildhall, Leicester, 24 July (0116 253 2569); Cromford Mills, Matlock, 26 July (01629 823256); Southwell Minster, Southwell, 27 July (01636 812649); Monkey Park, Chesterfield, 30 July (01246 235815); Heeley People’s Park, Sheffield, 31 July (0114 250 7717); Fallowfield Loop, Levenshulme, 2 August (07986 784 207); Ordsall Hall, Salford, 3 August (07986 784 207); Hoghton Tower, Preston, 4 August (07986 784 207); Lancaster Castle, Lancaster 5 August (07986 784 207); Giggleswick School, Settle, 6 August (01729 893180); Workhouse Museum, Ripon, 9 August (01765 647137); The Forum, Northallerton, 10 August (01609 776230); Raby Castle, Staindrop, 11 August (07986 784 207); Crook Hall and Gardens, Durham, 13 August (0191 384 8028); The Treehouse, Assembly George Square Gardens, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 14 –18 August (0131 623 3030); The Sill, Haltwhistle, 20 August (07986 784 207); Hexham Abbey, Hexham, 21 August (01434 603057); Northumberlandia, Cramlington, 22 August (01925 852005); Felton Park, Felton, 23 August (07986 784 207); Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh, 24 August (01668 214515); Pallinsburn House, Cornhill-on-Tweed, 25 August (07986 784 207); Kailzie Gardens, Peebles, 27 August (01721 720007); Scone Palace, Perth, 28 August (07986 784 207); Haddo House, Ellon, 29 August (07986 784 207); Brodie Castle, Forres, 30 August (07986 784 207); Bolton Castle, Leyburn, 3 September (07986 784 207); Abbey Pumping Station, Leicester, 6 September (07986 784 207); Rhodes Arts Complex, Bishops Stortford, 10 September (01279 710 200); Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dulwich, 11 September (07986 784 207). A shipwreck washes the court of Milan up onto a mysterious desert island, inhabited by magicians, sprites and monsters, where nothing is as it seems… Join our all-female troupe for a riotous bicycle powered production, filled with magic, musicality and Shakespearean mayhem. www.handlebards.com/the-tempest/ [P]

Illyria Theatre Company. The Hawth Amphitheatre, Crawley, 4 July (01293 553636); Chepstow Castle, Chepstow, 5 July (01291 624065); Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden, Warrington, 6 July (01925 213638); Lytham Hall, Lytham St Anne’s, 7 July (01253 736652); RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, 10 July (01805 624067); Castle Gardens, Sherborne, 12 July (01935 814633); Corfe Castle, nr Wareham, 13 July (01929481294); Edge Hill University Arts Centre, Ormskirk, 14 July (01695 584480); Brantwood, Coniston, 16 July (01539 441396); Shaftesbury Park, Carrickfergus, 19 July (02893 358222); Thirlestane Castle, Berwickshire, 21 July, (01578 722 430); Crail Festival, Fife, 22 July (0333 666 3366); Elgin Cathedral, Elgin, 23 July (0131 668 8885); Drum Castle, Gardens and Estate, Banchory, 24 July, (01330 700334); Logie Steading, Forres, 25 July (01309 611378); Plas Glyn-y-Weddw Arts Centre, Pwllheli, 27 July (01758 740763); Abergavenny Castle, Abergavenny, 28 July (01873 854282); Fulham Palace, London, 4 August (020 7736 3233); Dean’s Yard at Westminster Abbey, London, 7 – 8  August (020 7222 5152); The Temple Enclosure, Wanstead Park, Wanstead, 9 August (020 7332 1911); Cliveden,  Maidenhead, 10 August (01628 668561); The Palm House, Sefton Park, Liverpool, 11 August (0151 726 2415); Cardigan Castle, Cardigan, 14 August (01239 621200); Montgomery Castle, Powys, 15 August (01443 336000); Arundel Castle, Arundel, nr Chichester, 16 –17 August (01903 882173); Folkstone Coastal Park and Amphitheatre, Folkstone, 18 August (01303 247376); Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 20 August (01726 879500); Sterts Theatre, Liskeard, Cornwall, 21 August (01579 362382); Cockington Court, Torquay, 22 August (01803 607230); Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner, Middlesex, 25 August (020 8866 8420); Tonbridge Castle, Tonbridge, 27 August (01732 770929); Wintershill Hall, Durley, Hampshire, 7 September (online booking only); Elizabethan Playhouse, Manor Farm, Corsley, 8 September (01373 832 113). 5 actors with an uncut script. http://illyriatourdates.co.uk/Illyria_Tempest_2019_Tour.htm [P]

Creation Theatre Company. Osney Mead, Oxford, 19 July – 15 August (01865 766266). In small groups the audience will convene in a secret location and discover the scenes and characters of The Tempest in the last places you'd expect to find them. A promenade performance. www.creationtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/the-tempest/ [P]

The Young Actor’s Group. Brighton Open Air Theatre, Brighton, 1 September (07802 299267). A modern adaptation, this will include new writing alongside Shakespeare’s best bits. Come and support 30 young actors aged 8 – 19 as they wow us with their energy, enthusiasm and family appropriate silliness. 1 hour running time. www.brightonopenairtheatre.co.uk/event/the-tempest-theatre-brightomn/ [A]

New
Caliban’s Codex. Sweet Novotel - Novotel 1 (Venue 188), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 12 – 13, 15 – 20, 22 – 25 August (0131 226 0026). In the 12 years since Prospero's departure, Caliban has painstakingly sifted through the ashes of the books of magic, slowly piecing together a way to save his island from mankind's abuse. By turns both magical and disturbing, Caliban’s Codex gives you an insight into one of Shakespeare’s most mysterious characters and shows him to be much more than the much-maligned monster he is often taken for.

https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/caliban-s-codex [P]

 

Timon of Athens

Canterbury Shakespeare Festival. Directed by Caitlin Fox. Canterbury Christ Church University, 19 July – 11 August. https://thelittleboxoffice.com/canterburyshakespeare. Tickets are free but please book. [A]

Titus Andronicus

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

Shakespeare’s Globe’s Touring Ensemble. Directed by Brenden O-Hea. The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Taunton, 2 July (01823 283 244); Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 13, 16, 18 and 21 August (020 7401 9919). Part of the Globe on Tour Project. www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/globe-on-tour [P]

Stamford Shakespeare Festival. Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall, Stamford, Lincolnshire, 11 June 2019 – 3 August. (01780 756133 / 01780 763203). Open-air performance. Booking opens 1 November. http://stamfordshakespeare.co.uk

Lunchbox Theatrical Productions. Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York, 27 June – 1 September (01904 623 568). info@shakespearesrosetheatre.com [P]

The Guildford Shakespeare Company. Guildford Castle, Guildford, 13 – 29 July (01483 304384) www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk/twelfth-night19/ [P]

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester, 5 July – 25 August (0845 241 7868) www.grosvenorparkopenairtheatre.co.uk/twelfthnight/ [P]

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Maskers Theatre Company. Directed by Fran Morley. Townhill Park House, The Gregg School, Southampton, 16 - 21 July (0333 666 3366). Open air performance. www.maskers.org.uk [A]

Tread the Boards Theatre Company. The Attic Theatre (Cox’s Yard), Stratford-upon-Avon, 21 November – 1 December (07952 819557) www.theattictheatre.co.uk/twelfth-night [P]

Adaptations

Gods and Monsters (in association with Iris Theatre). Directed by Rae McKen. The Scoop at More London, London, 7 August – 1 September (020 7240 0344). A 90-minute adaptation, played in rep with The Sea Queen. www.freeopenairtheatre.org/ [P]

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CYD Theatre Company. TheSpace @ Niddry St - Upper Theatre (Round) (Venue 9), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 19 – 24 August (0131 226 0026). A shortened version of this well-loved play with a very talented critically acclaimed cast of young adults. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/twelfth-night [A]

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Bridge House Productions. Bridge House Theatre, London, 17 June – 14 July (020 8133 0311) www.bhtheatre.com/whatson/view/index.php?permalink=monday-17th-june---sunday-16th-july-2019---presented-by-bridge-house-productions [P]

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Nuffield Southampton Youth Theatre Production. Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Southampton, 23 – 25 January 2020 (023 8067 1771). Shakespeare’s classic comedy is brought to musical life by NST’s Youth Theatre. www.nstheatres.co.uk/whats-on/twelfth-night [A]

New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 12 – 16 November (0870 060 6646). Played by an ensemble cast whose characters are built from what can be found in the trunks, suitcases and hat-stands that inhabit the space. www.atgtickets.com/shows/twelfth-night/studio-at-new-wimbledon-theatre/ [P]

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2Elfth Night. Keane & Doyle Theatre Company. Paradise in Augustines - The Snug (Venue 152), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 12 – 17, 19 – 25 August (0131 226 0026). Keane & Doyle have been spies, wizards, witches and cosmological assassins. Now they embark on their most ambitious adventure yet: Twelfth Night! Unfortunately, upon arriving at the festive fringes of Edinburgh-land, they find that the rest of their company has been detained by security or lost to the pond. And so, they face the grandest questions of our time: Who will play which parts? Will they ever find home again? How many layers of cross-dressing is too many? They may need your help. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/2elfth-night [P]

All Shook Up by Joe DiPietro. Glasgow Light Opera Company. King’s Theatre, Glasgow, 23 – 26 October (0844 871 7648). Inspired by Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, All Shook Up follows a small Midwestern town that is thrown into a frenzy with the arrival of Chad, a good-looking, motorcycle-riding roustabout, who rides from town to town with a guitar on his back, blue suede shoes on his feet, and a song in his heart. Repressed by their conservative mayor, the town begins to come alive once more under Chad’s influence. Lovers meet, woo, pursue, and more, all in one zany night that will change the town forever. All Shook Up is a rocking, heart-warming tale about following dreams, opening up to love, and the power of music. www.atgtickets.com/shows/all-shook-up/kings-theatre-glasgow/ [A]

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Toby Belch (Is Unwell). Sidney Kean Theatre Company. Sweet Grassmarket – Grassmarket 4 (Venue 18), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 12 – 13, 15 – 20, 22 – 25 August (0131 226 0026). Toby Belch is unwell: the years of drinking, late nights and debauchery have taken their toll and now he faces his end with the knowledge that he's seen as a buffoon, a drunken sot and a bully. Toby Belch is ‘a blistering howl of outrage from the also-rans and under achievers of life presented with utter stripped back simplicity, humour and verve. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/toby-belch-is-unwell [P]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Adaptation

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The Jailer’s Daughter. The UnDisposables Theatre Company. The Space, London, 20 – 24 August (020 7515 7799). In a world obsessed with looks, money and ‘good’ TV, Julia battles for her voice to be heard. But it’s the audience that has ultimate control in this enjoyably twisted mash up of Love Island, Shakespeare and Black Mirror. Centred around the formerly unnamed Jailer’s daughter form Shakespeare and Fletcher’s Two Noble Kinsmen and set in a live-televised celebrity jail, The Jailer’s Daughter tells the story of Julia’s battle with a society that revels in sacrificing basic human rights for the sake of reality TV. https://space.org.uk/event/the-jailers-daughter/ [P]

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

Downing College Gardens, Cambridge, 8 – 27 July (07955 218824). Part of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. www.cambridgeshakespeare.com/programme/the-winters-tale/ [P]

Adaptations

Changeling Theatre Company. St George's Garrison Church, Woolwich, 2 July (tickets available soon); Belmont House and Gardens, near Faversham, 5 July (01634 338338); Margate Beach, Margate, 6 July (01843 292795); Bough Beech Nature Reserve, Sevenoaks, 7 July (online booking only); Walmer Castle (for Deal Festival), Deal, 9 July (tickets available soon); Tonbridge Castle, Tonbridge, 11 July (01634 338338); St Paul’s Church, Clapham, 12 July (01634 338338); Smallhythe Place, Tenterden, 13 July (01580 762334); The Tithe Barn, Lenham, 14 July (01634 338338); CLF Art Cafe, Peckham, 16 July (020 7732 5275); Upnor Castle, Rochester, 23 July (01634 338338); The Friars, Aylesford Priory, near Maidstone, 25 July (01634 338338); Allington Castle, Maidstone (in aid of Heart of Kent Hospice), 27 July (online booking only); Great Comp Garden, St Mary’s Platt, Sevenoaks, 31 July (01634 338338); Cranleigh Arts Centre, Cranleigh, 2 August (01483 278000); Rochester Castle, Rochester, 6 August (01634 338338); Dartford Central Park, Dartford, 7 August (tickets available soon); West Street Barn, Finglesham, Deal, 8 August (tickets available soon); Brighton Open Air Theatre, Brighton, 10 August (online booking only); Folkstone Coastal Park and Amphitheatre, Folkstone, 11 August (online booking only); Nurstead Court, near Meopham, 13 August (08442 439 480); Boughton Monchelsea Place, near Maidstone, 17 – 18 August (01634 338338). With all the crazy antics of the Changeling magic, plus beautiful costumes and just a hint of ...ABBA. Touring in rep with Nell Gwynn. https://changeling-theatre.com/tickets/ [P]

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The Belt Valley Shakespeare Players (American High School Theatre Festival). Central Hall – Hall (Venue 295), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 2, 5 – 7 August (0131 226 0026). In Shakespeare’s romance, led by women’s sagacity and the vitality of youth, we are guided out of the breach of things dying to a rebirth into the miracle of art and nature, love and redemption. Join the Belt Valley Shakespeare Players in performance as we tap into that innate wisdom and vigour, moving outward not only to try on the world but to recognise and demonstrate, as both actors and human beings, our vital role in the world. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/winter-s-tale [A]

Poems and Apocrypha

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Lucrece. The Shakespeare Edit Theatre Company. TheSpace @ Niddry St - Upper Theatre (Round) (Venue 9), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 12 – 17, 19 – 24 August (0131 226 0026). Lucrece is raped by Tarquin, the King's son. She chooses to tell her story and demand justice and revenge rather than remain silent. Her courage leads to the overthrow of the monarchy and the founding of the Roman republic. Following a critically acclaimed co-production with the National Centre for the Performing Arts Mumbai, The Shakespeare Edit brings its thrilling adaptation of Shakespeare's epic poem to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/lucrece [P]

Miscellaneous
(in alphabetical order)

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(The Absurdity & Failure of) Life After Shakespeare. The Carlton Theatre Group. Directed by Jake Mills. The Colour House Theatre, Merton Abbey Mills, London, 6 – 10 August (02085 425511). (The Absurdity and Failure of) Life After Shakespeare brings a unique vision to 2013’s modern classic Bull, Mike Bartlett’s ferocious portrayal of workplace politics, harassment and bullying, and to Michael Green’s Henry the Tenth (Part Seven), a hilarious riff on contemporary Shakespeare performance where seemingly everything that can go wrong will go wrong. Life After Shakespeare satirically questions the ability of productions of the bard’s cannon to successfully reflect the trends of the current cultural and social landscape, and the economic and mental consequences failures can have on those who work for the stage. http://colourhousetheatre.co.uk/rebrand/booking/life-after-shakespeare/ [P]

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A Comedy of Eric’s! Written and produced by David Graham. New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, 19 – 31 August (01782 717 962). Blackadder meets Carry On as David Graham Productions travels 400 years back in time to meet Uncle Eric’s ancestor, Edric the Smith. Surprisingly he’s a lazy, good for nothing who relies on money from his wife, Mistress Merrily, landlady of the Talke Inn. Could this man really be Eric’s ancestor? When William Shakespeare arrives at the inn their world is turned upside down and a host of questions have to be answered. What is Edric’s codpiece really hiding? What does She Loves You sound like when played on a lute? And did Edric really write The Bard’s best lines? Yes, it’s Eric and the gang meet Shakespearean comedy! It might be set in Tudor times but, once again, it’s a fabulous night of comedy and the greatest hits of the 1960s! http://www.newvictheatre.org.uk/productions/a-comedy-of-erics/ [P]

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Come Dine with Mr. Shakespeare. Roo Theatre Company. TheSpace on North Bridge - Perth Theatre (Venue 36), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 20 – 24 August (0131 226 0026). Reality TV lurches onto the stage, with four familiar Shakespearean characters competing to win a thousand gold crowns. Lovesick Duke Orsino (Twelfth Night), Cordelia (King Lear’s former favourite daughter), Petruchio (tamer of small animals, such as shrews) and the nefarious Lady Macbeth each take their turn hosting a dinner party for the others. The kitchen capers of this volatile collection of unhinged individuals result in the inevitable mix of triumphs and disasters, for which they score each other out of 10. Who will ultimately be declared the winner and how will they celebrate their victory? https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/come-dine-with-mr-shakespeare [P]

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Clowns, Lovers, Women in Pants and Shakespeare. Theatre OCU. Greenside @ Nicolson Square - Lime Studio (Venue 209), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 5 – 10 August (0131 226 0026). What makes Shakespeare funny after 400 years? Theatre OCU explores, answers and celebrates the giddy mysteries of love and romance in scenes and soliloquies featuring Shakespeare's great clowns, fools and lovers. Join us as we find the romance in comedy, the comedy in romance and find the timeless laughter at what fools these mortals be. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/clowns-lovers-women-in-pants-and-shakespeare [P]

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Death by Shakespeare. The HurlyBurly Players. TheSpace @ Niddry St - Upper Theatre (Round) (Venue 9), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 5 – 9 August (0131 226 0026). A chorus of bawdy spirits lead you through this physically dynamic amalgamation of Shakespeare's finest death scenes. Witness the madness of Ophelia, the conniving Lady Macbeth, the hilarious Pyramus and the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, amongst others. A fresh look at the Bard's beautiful words through physical theatre, choral work and music. Playing in rep with Fifty Shades of Shakespeare. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/death-by-shakespeare [P]

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Fifty Shades of Shakespeare. The HurlyBurly Players. TheSpace @ Niddry St - Upper Theatre (Round) (Venue 9), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 5 – 9 August (0131 226 0026). Shakespeare at his most sexy and salacious! A physically dynamic ensemble perform a musical, lyrical mash-up that explores love, sex and relationships in some of the Bard's most famous scenes. With plenty of Grey moments, the cast take you on a journey through all things naughty, nice, nauseating and, at points, downright nasty! Playing in rep with Death by Shakespeare. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/fifty-shades-of-shakespeare [P]

Globe on Tour - Audience Choice Performances: The Comedy of Errors / Twelfth Night / Pericles. Directed by Brendon O’Hea. Presented by Shakespeare’s Globe’s Touring Ensemble. Pontio Arts Centre, Bangor, 5 – 7 July (01248 38282801248 38282801248 382 828); Brighton Open Air Theatre, Brighton, 10 – 13 July (07802 299267); Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 17 and 24 August (020 7401 9919). 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, The Comedy of Errors, Pericles or Twelfth Night. 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. www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/globe-on-tour [P]

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Kemp’s Jig. Blue Fire Theatre Company. TheSpace on the Mile - Space 2 (Venue 39), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17 August (0131 226 0026) Steve Taylor is Will Kemp – celebrity comedian and superstar of the Elizabethan stage. Kemp has created many of Shakespeare's comic roles. But there is something rotten in the state of the relationship between writer and performer. Kemp craves opportunities for his comedy dog and clowning routines; Shakespeare craves respect for his writing and objects to Kemp's improvisation. So, they part – and Kemp's publicity stunt of Morris dancing from London to Norwich begins. Fans of Upstart Crow or Shakespeare in Love will enjoy cheering the maverick Kemp on his way. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/kemp-s-jig [P]

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Last Life: A Shakespeare Play. The Box Collective and Piece of Yourself Theatre Company. Greenside @ Infirmary Street - Mint Studio (Venue 236), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 2 – 10, 12 – 17 August (0131 226 0026).

Last Life: A Shakespeare Play is a striking assemblage of Shakespeare's words, revealing the evolution of a relationship: innocent inception, the pains of rejection and betrayal, the anguish of despondency and, finally, the ecstasy of surrender. As Kismet holds Man and Woman captive, primal and kinetic energy is created – simultaneously attracting, repelling, colliding and surrendering in an exploration of masculine vulnerability and the embracing of feminine strength, revealing the elemental and essential human truth that only our bodies are truly our own and in the end, they too must be left behind. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/last-life-a-shakespeare-play [P]

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Shakespeare Up Late! C Theatre Group. C venues – C aquila - temple (Venue 21), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 1 – 12, 14 – 26 August (0131 226 0026). From the team behind Fringe favourite Shakespeare for Breakfast, C theatre presents an all-new surrealist comedy. Shakespeare Up Late! will have you giggling and thinking. With linguistic trickery and special effects wizardry, our raucous cast are sure to deliver the prose like pros. From sex dolls to soliloquies, this absurd mix of highbrow punnery and lowbrow nunnery is a theatrical tour de force for everyone – from the Shakespearean novice to the thespian toff. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/shakespeare-up-late [P]

Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre: Hamlet / The Tempest / Henry V / Twelfth Night. Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York, 25 June – 1 September (01904 623 568). Following its highly acclaimed inaugural season in 2018, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre will pop up again at the foot of Clifford’s Tower in the historic heart of York. Four new productions of William Shakespeare’s plays will once again transport audiences to the thrilling, intimate atmosphere of an Elizabethan playhouse, with plenty of breath-taking, spine-tingling, heart-stopping moments. Outside the theatre, visitors can experience a vibrant, free-to-enter Shakespearean village, offering the finest Yorkshire food and drinks from oak-framed, reed-thatched buildings, an array of ‘wagon’ entertainment, minstrels and a stunning Elizabethan garden with ornate box-edged beds of cottage flowers, roses and herbs. The 13-sided scaffolding theatre offers three tiers of covered seating and an open courtyard for standing ‘groundlings’. Step back in time and experience Shakespeare as it was in his day, with bloody battles, comic mayhem, gruesome murders and grand oratory! www.shakespearesrosetheatre.com/york [P]

Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre: Macbeth / A Midsummer Night’s Dream / Richard III / Romeo & Juliet. Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, 8 July – 7 September (01625 560 000). Europe’s first-ever pop up Shakespearean theatre arrives at Blenheim Palace for summer 2019. Four of William Shakespeare’s plays will transport audiences to the thrilling, intimate atmosphere of an Elizabethan playhouse, with plenty of breath-taking, spine-tingling and heart-stopping moments. The 13-sided scaffolding theatre offers three tiers of covered seating and an open courtyard for standing ‘groundlings’. Outside the theatre, visitors can experience a vibrant Shakespearean village, offering the finest Oxfordshire fare – from local ales to scrumptious ice creams – served from oak-framed, reed-thatched buildings; an array of ‘wagon’ entertainment; minstrels and a stunning Elizabethan garden with ornate box-edged beds of cottage flowers, roses and herbs. Step back in time and experience Shakespeare as it was in his day, with bloody battles, comic mayhem, gruesome murders and grand oratory. www.blenheimpalace.com/whats-on/events/shakespearesrt/ [P]

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Will, or Eight Lost Years of William Shakespeare's Life. Will & Co Theatre Company. Greenside @ Royal Terrace – Jade Studio (Venue 231), Edinburgh (part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival), 12 – 17, 19 – 24 August (0131 226 0026). England, 1585. A young Will Shakespeare is living in the peaceful town of Stratford-upon-Avon in the heart of England with his newly wed wife, Anne. However, something’s missing. He’s dreaming of prophecies, rough magic and words that none, other than he, is able to find. As he starts to follow these dreams, life takes him on a journey from gentle nights in high castles to bawdy brawls in country taverns. Using poetry, music and improvised dance, our play tells the story of how Will became William Shakespeare in a physical, fresh and poignant way. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/will-or-eight-lost-years-of-william-shakespeare-s-life [P]

 

 

 

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