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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

  May 2017 onwards

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

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

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

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

All's Well That Ends Well

Antony and Cleopatra

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

As You Like It

New
Putney Theatre Company. Putney Arts Theatre, London, 20 – 24 June (020 8788 6943) www.putneytheatrecompany.org.uk/productions/2017/02/22/as-you-like-it/ [A]

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

New
MadCap Theatre Productions. OFS Studio (previously known as Old Fire Station Theatre), Oxford, 21 – 22 July (01865 297 170) https://oldfirestation.org.uk/whats-on/ [A]

Adaptations

Rosalind (dance). James Cousins Company. Devised and choreographed by James Cousins. The Junction, Cambridge, 3 May; Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich, 5 May.

7/7 The Dance of Life in Seven Steps (dance). Hungarian State Theatre. Choreographed by Baczó Tünde. Studio, York Theatre Royal, 15 – 16 May (01904 623568). 7/7 rewrites Jacques’ famous monologue in the play ”As you like it” from the viewpoint of a woman,  forced upon the stage of the contemporary world. From that starting point, the fine filter of dancing, and physical theatre denudes the story of words, recomposing the seven stages of life in a non-verbal manner, from childhood to old age metamorphosed within a contemporary female character. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk [P]

Updated
The HandleBards. Diss Park, Norfolk, 10 June (
01379 652241); Painswick Rococo Garden, Painswick, 30 June – 1 July (01452 813204); Palace Theatre, Newark, 14 July (01636 655 755); Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorchester, 24 August (01305 266 926). Four-strong all female troupe. www.handlebards.com/ [P]

Comedy of Errors

New
Illyria Theatre Company. The Hawth Amphitheatre, Crawley, 17 June; Coolings Garden Centre, Knockholt, 18 June; The Courtyard, Manor Farm, Ruislip, 24 June; Nantclwyd Y Dre, Ruthin, 25 June; RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, 29 June; Chepstow Castle, Chepstow, 30 June; Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden, Warrington, 1 July; The Arts Centre at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, 2 July; Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith, 4 July; Clydebank Town Hall, Clydebank, 5 July; Hartland Abbey, Bideford, 8 July; Cardigan Castle, Cardigan, 9 July; Penlee Park Theatre, Penzance, 13 July; The Temple Enclosure, Wanstead Park, Epping Forest, 14 July; Fairkytes Arts Centre, Hornchurch, 15 July; Logie Steading, Forres, 20 July; Drum Castle, Gardens and Estates (NTS), Banchory, 21 July; Elgin Cathedral (HES), Elgin, 22 July; Callendar Park, Falkirk, 23 July; Brantwood, Coniston, 25 July; Oystermouth Castle, Mumbles, Swansea, 26 July; Petersfield Shakespeare Festival at Bedales, Petersfield, 27 July; Sandford Parks Lido, Cheltenham, 28 July; Burrswood, Groombridge, 29 July; The Amphitheatre, Lower Leas Coastal Park, Folkstone, 30 July; Lincoln Castle, Lincoln, 2 August; Harlech Castle, Harlech, 3 August; Abergavenny Castle Grounds, Abergavenny, 5 August; Canary Wharf, London, 7 August; Tonbridge Castle, Tonbridge, 8 August; Dolphin Square Gardens, London, 9 August; Herstmonceux Castle, nr Halisham, 10 August; Linford Manor Park, Milton Keynes, 11 August; Castle Gardens, Sherborne, 12 August; Williamson Park, Lancaster, 13 August; Plas Glyn Y Weddw Arts Centre, Pwllheli, 16 August; Montgomery Castle, Powys, 17 August; Preston Park Museum and Grounds, Stockton, 18 August; Arlington Court (NT), Barnstaple, 19 August; Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner, Middx, 27 August; Middleton Lodge, Richmond, 7 September; Norfolk Square Gardens, London, 8 September; Hinton Ampner, Alresford, 9 September; Manor Farm, Corsley, 10 September. www.illyria.co.uk/IllyriaCOEtourschedule2017.htm [P]

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

Adaptation

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

Coriolanus

The University of Sunderland Faculty of Arts Design and Media (Part of SunFest 2017). The Arts Centre, Washington, 25 May (0191 219 3455) www.artscentrewashington.co.uk/production-details.aspx?id=942 [A]

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

Cymbeline

Hamlet

New
The Discarded Nut Theatre Company. Directed by Noel Jones. The Lights, Andover, 10 May (01264 368368); Northbrook Hall, Hampshire, 20 May (online booking only); The Pound Arts Centre, Wiltshire, 27 May (01249 701628 / 712618); Theatre Royal, Winchester, 4 June (01962 840440) www.discardednut.co.uk/tickets/hamlet [P]

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

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

Adaptations

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

New
Approximately Right Productions (in association with Park Theatre). Directed by Simon Evans. Park Theatre, London, 22 August – 16 September (020 7870 6876). This is Hamlet stripped to its core and played by three members of one family: Gyles Brandreth, Benet Brandreth, Kosha Engler – father, son and wife. A family gathering, haunted, claustrophobic, intense. With a running time of 90 minutes, this Hamlet blasts through our expectations of a familiar text offering a unique take on Shakespeare’s most famous play, performed by a unique cast. www.parktheatre.co.uk/whats-on/hamlet [P]

The Lion King. Book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi. Music by Elton John, Tim Rice, Lebo M, Julie Taymor, Mark Mancina, and Hans Zimmer. Walt Disney Company. Directed by Julie Taymor. Lyceum Theatre, London, 24 September 1999 – (0870 243 9000); “A young lion grows up and learns that taking over the pride requires wisdom and maturity. Simba is the young lion, his wicked uncle is Scar and his father, killed by his uncle, is King Mustafa.” [P]

Henry IV, pt.1

Adaptation

Henry IV – a Pub Wake. Bronzehead Theatre. Eagle & Child, York, 14 – 18 May (part of the York International Shakespeare Festival) (01904 623568); Ilkley Moor Vaults, 19 – 20 May; Kirkstall Bridge Inn, Leeds, 23 May; Crowd of Favours, Leeds, 24 – 25 May; Helmsley Walled Garden, York, 26 May; So! Bar, Ripon, 30 May; Wig & Mitre, Lincoln, 1 June. The King is dead. Long live the King. Join Falstaff, Hal and the regulars at the Boar's Head Tavern to raise a glass to the dear departed. Through music, tears and laughter, Bronzehead follow their critically acclaimed Richard II with Shakespeare's elegy to the young and the old in the face of death. Here's to bad role models and wasted lives, absent fathers and prodigal sons. [Adaptation of both parts] www.bronzeheadtheatre.co.uk [P]

Henry IV, pt.2

See above.

Henry V

Adaptations

Henry V (Man and Monarch). Directed by Philip Parr. Brett Brown (Henry V). Theatre Royal, York, 19 – 20 May (01904 623 568). In a bold one-man adaptation of the classic play, award winning Australian actor Brett Brown, plays Shakespeare’s hero king, from his reckless youth, to his coronation, to his victory on the battle field of Agincourt, as he balances the creation of a power base through military authority at Agincourt, with the loss of camaraderie with the common man. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/event/henry_v_man_and_monarch.php#.WFVdw5hviUk [P]

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

Henry VI, pt 3

Henry VIII

York Theatre Royal. Directed by Ben Prusiner. King’s Manor, York, 30 March – 1 April (01904 623568). Promenade performance. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk [P]

Julius Caesar

Updated
Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Angus Jackson. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 3 March – 9 September (01789 403493); Barbican Centre, London, 24 November – 20 January 2018 (0845 120 7550) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Directed by Robert Hastie. Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 17 May – 10 June (0114 249 6000) www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/julius-caesar [P]

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

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

Adaptation

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

King John

King Lear

The Actor’s Wheel Theatre Company. Desmond Tutu Theatre, University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth, 10-12 May  (www.marjon.ac.uk); New Theatre (also Cygnet Theatre), Exeter, 24 May (01392 277 189); Sterts Theatre (near Liskeard), 25 May (01579 362382); Barbican Theatre, Plymouth, 27 May (01752 267131) www.theactorswheel.com [P]

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

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

Adaptation

Primary Shakespeare – King Lear. Orange Tree Theatre, London, 13 May – 10 June (020 8940 3633). 4 actors performing an abridged version for children. www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/king-lear [P]

Love's Labour's Lost

Macbeth

Sutton Coldfield Town Hall Theatre Company. Directed by Benjamin Field. Town Hall, Sutton Coldfield, 23 – 27 May (0121 2969 543) www.townhallsuttoncoldfield.co.uk/show-and-events-tickets/ [P]

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

Adaptations

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

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

Macbeth – Folie a Deux. Minimum Wage Theatre Company. Brindley Arts Centre, Runcorn, 23 June (0151 907 8360). The Macbeths are a killer couple incarcerated for murder. Yet who really is to blame? Macbeth, Lady Macbeth or is it a case of shared madness? Maybe the answer lies in the psychological condition of folie a deux - which describes individuals who would perhaps not commit a crime but when put together commit the ultimate crime. Minimum Wage Theatre Company stage an innovative and startling multi-media interpretation of Shakespeare's timeless and universal classic tragedy. https://tickets.thebrindley.org.uk/en-GB/shows/macbeth%20-%20folie%20a%20deux/info [A]

MacBlair by Charlie Dupre. Falling Sparrow Productions. Performed by Charlie Dupre and Matt Morrison. Part of the Brighton Fringe. The Warren (Studio 3), Brighton, 5 – 7 May and 3 – 4 June (01273 91 72 72). It is 1994. Returning from a successful parliamentary meeting, Macblair and Macbrown meet three weird hacks on a stairwell in the House of Commons. They prophesy that Macblair will become leader of the Labour party, then Prime Minister, and eventually... King of the World. This is the story of Tony Blair as a Shakespearean tragicomedy. Performed by 3 actors, it uses verse, rap, comedy and physical theatre to examine the inner workings of one of the most detested men in modern political discourse. www.brightonfringe.org/box-office/shows/search?query=macblair [P]

New
Oddsocks Macbeth. Oddsocks Theatre Company. Pavilion at the Park, Bedford, 10 June (outdoor); Chepstow Castle, Chepstow, 24 June (01291 625981); Stowe School, Buckingham, 27 June (01280 825710); Gawsworth Hall, Chesire, 30 June (01260 223456); Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York, 3 July (01904 501935); Cooling Garden Centre, Kent, 6 July (01959 532269); Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove, 9 July (01332 258328); Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar, 13 July (01642 479500); MAC Birmingham, Birmingham, 16 July (0121 446 3232); Newark Palace, Newark, 20 July (01636 655 755); Palace Theatre Newark, Nottinghamshire, 20 July (01636 655755); Nottigham Castle, Nottingham, 21 July (0115 807 7900); Markeaton Park Craft Village, Derby, 26 – 27 July (01332 255800); Mary Arden’s Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon, 28 July (01332 258328); Castle Cornet, Guernsey, 17 – 19 August (01481 747280); Brighton Open Air Theatre, Brighton, 24 August (outdoor); Witheridge Parish Hall, Devon, 25 August (01884 860135); Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 27 August (01726 879 500); Workington Hall, Cumbria, 1 September (01900 702987). Shakespeare's darkest of dark tragedies is given the Oddsocks treatment and as this popular company can make a comedy out of anything, be prepared for spine tingling, eye popping, rib tickling hilarity - lots of witches! Lots of laughs!. Expect this battle against good and evil to be a physically exciting spectacle, complete with power hungry rulers, mad wives, sword fights, wandering stilted witches, walking trees, blood, wigs, music, dancing and lots of audience participation. www.oddsocks.co.uk/box-office [P]

New
The Scottish Play by Graham Holiday. Rose Theatre Chesterfield, Chesterfield, 25 – 27 May (01246 271 540). For many years Martin has dreamed of doing the Scottish play. When the Shellsfoot Thespians have to cancel their production of Boeing Boeing his dream comes true until the company discover who has been cast as which character. From then on it descends rapidly into a comic nightmare. www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/EKJDJK [A]

New
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett. Adapted by Stephen Briggs. New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 9 – 13 May (0870 060 6646) www.atgtickets.com/shows/wyrd-sisters/new-wimbledon-studio/ [P]

Measure for Measure

The Merchant of Venice

New
Fourways. Piper’s Corner School, Great Kingshill, High Wycombe, 18 – 27 May (01494 522722). www.fourways.org.uk [A]

Adaptations

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

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

Merry Wives of Windsor

Adaptation

Updated
Festival Players. Directed by Michael Dyer. Kington and Dormston Village Hall, Dormston, 13 May (01386 792 400 or 01905 381 702); The Village Hall, East Dean, 21 May (01323 841414); Whittington Castle, Whittington, 28 May (01691 662500); Manor House Museum, West Bromwich, 29 May (0121 588 2985); Cothay Manor, Wellington, 3 June (01823 672283); Tetbury Goods Shed Arts Centre, Tetbury, 4 June (online booking); The Manor, Frampton on Severn, 6 June (01452 740698); Highcliffe Castle, Highcliffe, 7 June (01425 278807); The New Inn, Gloucester, 8 June (01452 522177); Claverham Village Hall, Bristol, 9 June (01934 876581); Cornwalls Crescent Gardens (west), Bristol, 10 June (07779 713002); Buckden Towers, Buckden, 11 June (01480 810344); The Museum in the Park, Stroud, 14 June (01453 760900 ); Holme Pierrepont Hall, Nottinghamshire, 15 June (08444 77 5678); Brighton Open Air Theatre, Brighton, 16 June (online booking); Oaks Hollow, Gerrards Cross, 17 June (01753 880541); Gate Farmhouse, Bristol, 18 June (01454 413318 ); Horsfall House, Stroud, 21 June (01453 73122); Glenfall House, Cheltenham, 22 June (01242 323889 ); Shaftsbury Abbey, Shaftsbury, 23 June (01747 852910); Ventnor Botanic Garden, Isle of Wight, 24 June (online booking); The Mill House, Dorset, 25 June (01308 862943); Himbleton Parish Hall, Droitwich, 30 June (01905 391143 or 01905 391662); Bartons Mill, Basingstoke, 2 July (01256 331153); Caerleon Roman Amphitheatre, Broadway, 7 July (0345 6112970); Speeds Farm, Shepton Mallet, 8 July (01749 812031); The Rookery, London, 9 July (020 8764 8656 ); The Oval Tavern, Croydon, 10 July (0208 686 6023); Hever Castle, Edenbridge, 18 July (01732 866114); Jewry Wall Museum, Leicester, 20 July (0116 253 2569); Leighton Hall, Carnforth, 21 July (01524 734474); Crosby Hall, Liverpool, 22 July (0151 924 9099); Bawdeswell Church, Norfolk, 23 July (01362 688499); Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, 24 July (01277 353010); 3 Choirs Festival, West End Garden, Worcester, 25 – 26 July (01452 768928); Ford Park, Cumbria, 28 July (01229 580666); Higham Hall, Cockermouth, 29 July (01768 776276); Newhailes (NTS), Musselburgh, 30 July (0844 493 2125); Kellie Castle and Garden, Fife, 1 August (0844 493 2184); Pitmedden Garden (NTS), Aberdeenshire, 2 August (01651 842 352); RSPB Loch Leven, Kinross, 3 August (01577 862355); House of Dun (NTS), Angus, 4 August (0844 493 2144); Falkland Palace, Falkland, 5 August (0844 493 2186); Langar Hall, Nottingham, 6 August (01949 860559); Castle Hill, Filleigh nr South Molton, 9 August (01805 624624); Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 10 August (01726 879500); Chaplaincy Gardens, Isles of Scilly, 11 – 12 August (online booking); Tresco Abbey Gardens, Tresco, Isles of Scilly, 13 August (online booking); Sterts Theatre Upton Cross, Cornwall, 15 August (01579 362382); Powderham Castle, Exeter, 16 August (01626 890243); Lampeter House, Nr Narberth, 17 August (01834 869323); Raglan Castle, Raglan, 18 August (01600 775257); Ickleton Village Hall, Ickleton, 19 August (01799 531916); Hall’s Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon, 20 August (01726 879500); Swan Theatre, Worcester, 22 August (01905 611427); Cogges Manor Farm, Witney, 23 August (01993 772602); Woodchester Mansion, Nympsfield, 24 August (01453 861541); Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury 25 August (01458 831631); Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Abbotsbury, 26 August (01305 871130); Hartland Abbey, Bideford, 28 August (01805 624624); Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Winterbourne, 29 August (01454 771817). All-male production http://thefestivalplayers.co.uk/tour [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

NK Theatre Arts. The Forum Theatre (also Romiley Forum), Stockport, 24 – 27 May (0161 430 6570) www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/131856 [A]

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

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

Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Hampton Court Castle Gardens, 15 June (01568 797777); Dunster Castle and Gardens, 17 June; Nottingham Castle, 7 July; Dunham Massey, Cheshire, 8 July (0844 2491895); Oxburgh Hall, King’s Lynn, 14 July; Gunby Hall and Gardens, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, 15 July (01754 890102); Framlingham Castle, 16 July; Newstead Abbey, Ravenshead, Notts, 21 July; Flatford, East Bergholt, Essex, 28 July (0844 2491895); Carew Castle, Pembrokeshire, 6 August (01646 651782/ 651657); Lanercost Priory, Nr Brampton, Cumbria, 13 August (0370 3331183); Tynemouth Castle and Priory, Pier Road, Tyneworth, Tyne & Wear, 17 August (0370 333 1183); Elsham Hall Gardens, Brigg, North Lincs, 20 August (01652 688698); West Wycombe Park, High Wycombe, 26 August; Gilbert White and The Oates Collections, Selbourne, Hampshire, 27 August (01420 511275). www.chapterhouse.org Some dates to be confirmed, check website for details. [P]

New
The Pantaloons Theatre Company. Denmead Junior School, Waterlooville, 21 June (02392 252 735); Knighton House School, Dorset, 22 June (book online); Attingham Park, Shrewsbury, 23 June (01743 708 170); Taunton (venue tbc), 24 June (01823 433 315); St Andrew’s Park, Bristol, 25 June (0117 9245 200); The John Clare Cottage, Peterborough, 28 June (01733 253 330); Arley Hall and Gardens, Northwich 29 June (01565 777 353); Hookshouse Pottery Gardens, Tetbury, 1 July (01666 880 297); Brynne Vineyard, Brixworth, 2 July (book online); Christchurch Park Mansion Lawn, Ipswich, 5 July (01473 433 100); Eye Castle, Eye, 6 July (book online); Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham, 7 July (01603 270 449); Sheringham Park, Upper Sheringham, 8 July (0844 249 1895); St Marks College, Audley End, Saffron Walden, 9 July (01799 524 002); Romney Marsh Visitor Centre, New Romney, 12 July (01622 662 012); Field adjacent to The Grange, Knowl Hill Common, Berkshire, 13 July (01628 824 662); Montacute House, Montacute, 14 July (01935 823 289); Shenley Park Walled Garden, Radlett, 15 July (01923 852 629); Avington Park, Winchester, 16 July (01962 840 440); Highcliffe Castle, Highcliffe, 18 July (01425 278 807); The Walled Gardens of Cannington, Bridgewater, 19 July (01278 655 042); Chepstow Castle, Chepstow, 20 July (01291 625 981); Lyveden New Bield, Oundle, Northamptonshire, 21 July (01832 205 358); Wimpole Estate, Royston, 22 July (0844 249 1895); Bough Beech Visitor Centre, Sevenoaks, 23 July (01622 662 012); Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 26 July (01726 879 500); Hartland Abbey, Bideford, 27 July (01805 624 624); Alford House, Castle Cary, Somerset, 28 July (01963 240 256); Godinton House and Gardens, Ashford, 29 July (01233 643 854); Hedingham Castle, Halstead, 30 July (01787 460 261); The Tuckwell Ampitheatre, Cheltenham, 2 August (01242 258 002); Hall Place and Gardens, Bexley, 3 August (01322 621 238); Newark Park, Wotton-under-Edge, 4 August (01793 817 666); Canons Ashby, Daventry, 5 August (01327 861 900); Dilham Village Hall, North Walsham, 6 August (01692 536 666); Washington Old Hall, Washington, Tyne and Wear, 8 August (0191 416 6879); Greenbank Garden, Clarkston, 9 August (0141 616 5126); Talkin Tarn Country Park, Brampton, 10 August (01228 598 596); Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, 11 August (0115 989 5555); RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, 12 August (0845 612 1253); How Hill House, Ludham, 13 August (01692 678 560); Alford Manor House, Alford, 16 August (01507 463 073); Tattershall Castle, Tattershall, 17 August (01526 342 543); Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, Sevenoaks, 18 August (01622 662 012); The Vyne, Basingstoke, 19 August (0344 249 1895); Ickworth, Bury St Edmunds, 20 August (0844 249 1895); Speke Hall, Liverpool, 22 August (0151 427 7231); RHS Garden Harlow, Carr, Harrogate, 23 August (01423 502 116); Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Sheffield, 24 – 25 August (0114 249 6000); RSPB The Lodge, Sandy, Bedfordshire, 26 – 27 August (01767 693 333); The Bishops Palace, Wells, Somerset, 30 August (01749 988111 ext. 200); Hatfield House, Hatfield, 31 August (01707 287 010); Black Park Country Park, Wexham, Buckinghamshire, 1 September (01753 511 060); Cudmore Grove Country Park, East Mersea, 2 September (0333 013 2738); Diss Corn Hall Open-Air, 3 September (01379 652 241) http://thepantaloons.co.uk/a-midsummer-nights-dream/ [P]

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

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

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

Adaptations

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ballet). Ballet Cymru and Riverfront Theatre. Music by Felix Mendelssohn. Choreography by Darius James.  Blackwood Miner’s Institute, Blackwood, 24 May (01495 227206); Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn, 31 May (01553 764864); Borough Theatre, Abergavenny, 2 June (01873 850805); Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln, 4 June (01522 837600); Charter Theatre, Preston, 7 June (01772 80 44 44); Waterside Arts Centre, Sale, 10 June (0161 912 5616); Pontio, Bangor, 15 June (01248 382828); The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, 16 June (01684 295074); Lighthouse, Poole, 22 June (01202 280000); Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton, 23 – 24 June (01823 283 244); Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, 27 June (01438 363 200); Courtyard Theatre, Hereford, 29 June (01432 340555); The Haymarket, Basingstoke, 30 June (01256 844244); Gaiety Theatre, Ayr, 5 July (01292 288235); Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl, 7 July (01656 815995); Corn Exchange, Newbury, 8 July (0845 5218 218); Garrick Theatre, Lichfield Festival, 9 July (01543 300191) http://welshballet.co.uk/productions/a-midsummer-nights-dream/ [P]

The Dream (ballet). Choreographed by Frederick Ashton. Music by Felix Mendelssohn. Royal Opera House, London, 2 – 10 June (020 7304 4000). Part of a triple bill in tribute to Frederick Ashton. http://www.roh.org.uk/events/3hnt6 [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (opera) by Benjamin Britten. Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra. Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Aldeburgh, 9 – 14 June (01728 687 110) https://snapemaltings.co.uk/whats-on/a-midsummer-nights-dream/ [P]

New
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (opera) by Benjamin Britten. English National Opera. Directed by Robert Carson. London Coliseum, London, 1 – 15 March 2018 (020 7632 8300) www.eno.org/whats-on/a-midsummer-nights-dream/ [P]

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

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The HandleBards. Norden Farm, Maidenhead, 13 June; Brunel Museum, Rotherhithe, 14 June;  Thomley, Worminghall, 15 June; Eroica Britannia, Buxton, 17 June; Guildhall Museum, Leicester, 20 June; The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, 21 June; Southwell Minster & The Archbishop’s Palace, 22 June; Old Swan & Minster Mill, Witney, 23 June; Llanvihangel Court, Abergavenny, 24 June; Ragley Hall, Alcester, 25 June; Howsham Mill, Near York, 28 June; Lancaster Castle, Lancaster, 29 June; Bramall Hall, Stockport, 30 June; Millennium Sports Facility, Somersham, 5 July; Kiosk at the Park, Bedford, 6 July; Tuppenny Barn, Southbourne, 7 July; Halnaker Park, Chichester, 8 July; Pinewood Studios, Iver, 9 July; Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton, 18 July; Earth Trust, Abingdon, 19 July; The Courts Garden, Holt, 20 July; Painswick Rococo Garden, Painswick, 21 July (01452 813204); Allt-y-bela, Usk, Monmouthshire, 22 July; Windmill Hill City Farm, Bristol, 23 July (matinee and evening); Robert Glanville Trust, Westbury-sub-Mendip, 25 July; Rockley Manor, Marlborough, 26 July; The Crystal, London, 28 July; Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, Sevenoaks, 30 July; Deene Park, Corby, 3 August; Appleby Castle, Appleby, 4 August; Richard Whiteley Theatre, Giggleswick, 5 August; South Street Park Amphitheatre, Sheffield, 6 August; Epworth Old Rectory, Epworth, 9 August; Ordsall Hall, Salford, 10 August; Capesthorne Hall, Macclesfield, 11 August; Hexham Abbey, Hexham, 12 August; Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh, 13 August; HM Frigate Unicorn, Dundee, 15 August; Victoria Hall, Cromarty, 17 August; Brodie Castle, Forres, 18 August; Inverewe Garden, Poolewe, 19 August; Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, 23 – 26 August; Bowhill House, Selkirk, 29 August; Rock Hall, Alnwick, 30 August; Kirkley Hall, Ponteland, 31 August; The Story Museum, Oxford, 1 September; Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham, 3 September; The Rookery, Streatham, 5 September; Theatre Royal Margate, Margate, 6 September; The Woodville, Gravesend, 14 September; Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre, Bordom, 16 September. Four-strong all male troupe. www.handlebards.com/ [P] 

Much Ado About Nothing

New
UnTamed Theatre Company. Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 3 June (01726 879 500); Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park, Cornwall, 8 June (01752 822236); Trebah Garden, Falmouth, 10 June (01326 252200) www.facebook.com/unTamedtheatre/ [A]

New
Bowler Crab Productions. Half House Farm, Three Oaks, Sussex (open-air), 16 – 25 June; Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare, The Broyle, Ringmer, Lewes, 1 July; St John’s Centre, 31 London Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, 8 July (07801893115). www.bowler-crab.com [P]

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

Adaptations

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

Shit-Faced Shakespeare – Much Ado about Nothing. Leicester Square Theatre, London, 11 April – 16 September (08448 733433). The smash-hit, internationally acclaimed, award-winning, multi sell-out fringe phenomenon is back in London with a new show for 2017: Much Ado About Nothing. Shit-faced Shakespeare is the hilarious combination of an entirely serious adaptation of a Shakespearian classic with a single, entirely shit-faced cast member. With one cast member selected at random and given four hours to drink before every show we present to you classical theatre as it was always meant to be seen. With a gin in one hand, a cup of wine in the other and a flagon of ale in the other... What could go wrong? https://leicestersquaretheatre  [P]

 

Othello

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Directed by Richard Twyman. The Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol, 16 February – 1 April (0117 902 0344); Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 9 – 13 May (01392 493 493); Wilton’s Music Hall, London, 16 – 20 May (020 7702 2789) www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com/shows/othello/ [P]


SISATA. Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole, 12 -1 13 May (0844 406 8666); The Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 15 May (01297 442138); Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth, 20 May (01202 413 600); Mowlem Theatre, Swanage, 27 May (01929 422239); Royal William Yard, Plymouth Fringe Festival, 29 – 31 May; Old Sarum, Salisbury, 3 June; Trowbridge Arts, Trowbridge, 8 June (01225 774306); Verwood Hub, Dorset, 10 June (01202 828740); D’Urberville Centre, Wool, 11 June; Caversham Court Gardens, Reading, 12 June (0118 960 6060); Highdown Gardens, Worthing, 13 – 14 June; Bread and Roses Theatre, London, 22 – 24 June (020 7498 1779); Wimborne, Dorset, 1 July; Rum’s Eg, Romsey. Hampshire, 2 July; Educational Museum, Haslemere, 3 July (01428 642112); Lewes Castle, East Sussex, 7 – 9 July; Brighton Open Air Theatre, Brighton, 12 – 15 July; Rottingdean Terraces, Rottingdean, 16 July; Pentridge, Dorset, 20 July; Max Gate, Dorchester, 21 – 22 July (01305 267992); Edmondsham House and Gardens, Edmondsham, 23 July www.sisata.co.uk  [P]

Adaptation

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

New
Othello and Otello (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Kent Opera. The Old Market, Brighton (part of the Brighton Fringe), 23 May (01273 201 801). A play. An opera. Two visions. Two voices. One story. Of jealousy and deception, trust and trickery, and love destroyed. A world of tall tales and daring do. Of soldiers and heroes - and super-men with feet of clay. And, at the story’s heart, two women, lovers striving for some haven from a brutal world. http://theoldmarket.com/shows/othello/ [P]

Birmingham Royal Ballet Triple Bill: Arcadia/Wink/The Moor’s Pavane. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 5 – 6 May (01242 572 573). José Limón’s The Moor’s Pavane distils the passion and tension of Shakespeare’s Othello into a thrilling one-act tragedy, tightly focused on four characters and their jealousy. In the beautiful Wink, danced to music and the spoken word, Jessica Lang captures the poetry of five Shakespearean Sonnets. Finally, in Arcadia the ancient god Pan is unleashed, as Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Ruth Brill makes her first commissioned piece to a new score composed by renowned saxophonist John Harle. www.everymantheatre.org.uk/m-shows/birmingham-royal-ballet-arcadiawinkmoors-pavane/ [P]

New
National Youth Theatre. Adapted by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly. Directed by Simon Pittman. The Ambassadors Theatre, London, 26 September – 8 December (08448 112 334) www.theambassadorstheatre.co.uk/Online/default.asp [P]

Waiting for Othello. Directed by Jan Naturski. Studio, York Theatre Royal, 17 – 18 May (01904 623568). Two half-African, half-European actors meet, at auditions for the role of Othello.. Both are children of immigrants, and both are looking for their identity - split between two continents and cultures. When is the colour of our skin a problem? And when it is an advantage? The answer is hard to define - as hard as the role of Othello, which for our characters is a dream, but also a curse. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk [P]

Pericles

New
BA Theatre students at Vision West Nottinghamshire College. Create Theatre, Mansfield, 3 – 4 May (01623 413363) www.createtheatre.co.uk/Whats-On.aspx [A]

Richard II

Richard III

Northern Broadsides Theatre Company. Directed by Barrie Rutter. Hull Truck Theatre, Hull, 4 – 27 May (01482 323 638); The Viaduct, Halifax, 30 May – 3 June (01422 255 266) www.northern-broadsides.co.uk  [P]

Directed by Mehmet Ergen. Greg Hicks (Richard III). Arcola Theatre, London, 11 May – 10 June (020 7503 1646) www.arcolatheatre.com/event/richard-iii/ [P]

New
Beyond the Blue Horizon. Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud, 12 May (0333 666 3366). www.cotswoldplayhouse.co.uk [A]

Adaptation

Richard III – One Woman Show. Brite Theater. Directed by Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdottir. The Place, Bedfordshire, 14 April; Acorn, Penzance, 12 May; Abbots Kitchen, Glastonbury Abbey, 13 May; Brighton Fringe, Brighton, 17 – 21 May; Dumfries and Galloway Festival, 3 – 4 June; Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh, 15 – 19 August; Cygnet Theatre, Exeter, 4 – 5 October www.glastonburyabbeyshop.com http://onewomanrichard.weebly.com [P]

Romeo and Juliet

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

Updated
Directed by Paul Hart. Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 10 May – 13 May (01635 46044); Theatre Royal, York, 16 – 20 May (01904 623 568); Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, 24 – 27 May (01483 440 000); Theatre Royal, Norwich, 7 – 10 June (01603 630 000); Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 5 – 8 July (01242 572 573); Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, 5 – 8 July (01902 429 212); Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 18 – 22 July (01635 46044) www.watermill.org.uk/romeo_and_juliet_2017 [P]

The University of Sunderland Faculty of Arts Design and Media (Part of SunFest 2017). The Arts Centre, Washington, 27 May (0191 219 3455) http://www.artscentrewashington.co.uk/search.aspx?search=romeo%20and%20juliet [A]

Everyman Company. Directed by Nick Bagnall. Everyman & Playhouse, Liverpool, 27 May – 7 June (0151 709 4776) https://www.everymanplayhouse.com/whats-on/romeo-juliet [P]

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

Adaptations

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

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

New
Victor Harvey Productions (in association with The Union Theatre). Directed by Andy Bewley. Union Theatre, London, 29 April – 20 May (020 7261 9876). Victor Harvey Productions in association with The Union Theatre present an extraordinary new interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragic tale. Romeo and Juliet are two young men forging careers in the beautiful game. But in a world where football is religion, their love threatens to undermine the very foundation of family beliefs and expose the tragic hypocrisy of the world they know.  This leaner adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy uses live music and physical theatre to capture the cacophony, violence and passion of a football stadium. www.uniontheatre.biz/romeo-and-juliet.html [P]

The Three Inch Fools. Eastbury Manor House (National Trust), Barking, 9 June; Elstow Abbey, Bedford, 16 June; Foxtail Lilly, Oundle, Northamptonshire, 17 June; Lyddington Village Green, Rutland, 18 June; Newark Castle, Nottinghamshire, 20 June; All Saints Church, Bakewell, Derbyshire, 21 June; Ordsall Hall, Salford, 23 June; Constable Burton, North Yorkshire, 24 June; Farnley Hall, Otley, Yorkshire, 2 July; Chipchase Castle, Wark, Northumberland, 9 July; Crook Hall, Durham, 11 July; Abbotsford, Melrose, Scottish Borders, 15 July; Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh, 17 July; Archerfield Walled Garden, East Lothian, 19 July; Glamis Castle, Angus, 22 July; St Margaret’s Church, Braemar, 25 July; Fyvie Castle, Turriff, Aberdeenshire, 26 July; Innerpeffray Chapel, Crieff, Perthshire, 27 July; Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, 29 July; Whorlton Village Green, Northumberland, 2 August; Brougham Hall, Penrith, Cumbria, 3 August; Rydal Mount, The Lake District, 4 August; Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, Cumbria, 6 August; Speke Hall (National Trust), Liverpool, 9 August; Rufford Old Hall (National Trust), Lancashire, 10 August; Ripon Cathedral, North Yorkshire, 11 August; The Globe at Hay, Hay-on-Wye, 16 August. The Three Inch Fools are a five-strong troupe of actors with all manner of musical instruments, travelling with their set, props, costumes and camping gear, performing their highly imaginative and vibrantly musical take on Shakespeare's plays. www.threeinchfools.com/upcomingperformances/ [P]

Updated
Oddsocks Romeo and Juliet - Mods v Rockers. Oddsocks Theatre Company. Lichfield Garrick, Lichfield, 17 – 18 May (01543 412121); The Y Theatre, Leicester, 19 May (0116 255 7066); Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, 6 – 7 June (01434 652477); Pavillion at the Park, Bedford, 9 June (outdoor); Forum Theatre, Billingham, 13 June (01642 552 663); Markeaton Park Craft Village, Derby, 14 - 16 June (01332 255 800); Thoresby Lawns, Newark, 18 June (01623 822009); Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 20 – 22 June (024 7655 3055); Chepstow Castle, Chepstow, 23 June (01291 625981); Valentines Mansions Gardens, Ilford, 25 June (outdoor); Oakengates Theatre, Telford, 29 June (01952 382382); Gawsworth Hall, Chesire, 1 July (01260 223456); Middleton Park, Leeds, 4 July (free performance); Fillongley Lodge, Warwickshire, 01455 213335); RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate, 11 – 12 July (01423 562303); Kirkleatham Museumm, Redcar, 14 July (01642 479500); MAC Birmingham, Birmingham, 15 July (0121 446 3232); Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, 22 July (0155 807 7900); Whitbourne Hall, Worcester, 23 July (07747 031701); Canary Wharf, London, 24 July (free performance); Mary Arden’s Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon, 29 July (01332 258328); Coronation Park, Jersey, 31 July – 9 August (01543 700444); Castle Cornet, Guernsey, 11 – 16 August (01481 747280); Brighton Open Air Theatre, Brighton, 23 August (outdoor); Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 26 August (01726 879 500); Victoria Gardens, Tewkesbury, 29 August (01684 295074); St James Garden, Liverpool, 31 August (01332 258328). Oddsocks are delighted to be breathing new life into Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet by giving it a musical Mods & Rockers theme. There's Nowhere to Run for the Capulets and Montagues as violent confrontation stalks every meeting, even Down at the Tube Station at Midnight. Meanwhile, Juliet's Nurse is looking forward to a good old Twist and Shout at the Capulet party, which Romeo's mates are planning to gatecrash. Romeo has doubts about going to the Capulet Nite Klub but that is where he meets his Juliet, and It Must Be Love. Maybe, just maybe, The Power of Love will end the families' violent feud. www.oddsocks.co.uk/box-office [P]

Romeo and Juliet - Merely: Romeo and Juliet. Merely Theatre Company (in association with The Production Exchange). Theatre Royal, Lincoln, 2 March – 3 March (01522 519999); Playhouse Theatre, Norwich, 8 – 9 March (01603 598598); Corn Exchange, Newbury, 14 – 15 March (0845 5218 218); Stantonbury Theatre, Stantonbury, 16 March (01908 324466); The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, 21 – 22 March (01539 488 444); Wokingham Theatre, Wokingham, 23 – 24 March (0118 978 5363); Market Place Theatre, Armagh, 28 – 29 March (028 3752 1821); Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, 30 March (028 92 509 254); Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick, 31 March (028 4461 0747); The Space Theatre, Bangor, 1 April (02891471780); Greenwich Theatre, London, 19 – 22 April (020 8858 7755); Uppingham Theatre, Uppingham, 5 May (01572 820 820); The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 10 May (01442 228 091); Lowther Pavilion, Lytham St Annes, 22 – 23 May (01253 794 221); Theatre, Royal, Wakefield, 24 May (01924 211 311). Merely present young love in all its raw and savage beauty, driving through action-packed thrills and tender intimacy to crushing loss. Five actors blast the company’s signature style of urgency, humour and clarity to conjure a stirring, visceral theatrical experience. http://merelytheatre.co.uk/current-productions/  [P]

West Side Story. Music: Leonard Bernstein. Dolman Theatre, Newport, 23 – 25 June (01633 263 670) www.dolmantheatre.co.uk/show.aspx?id=321 [P]

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

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

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

The Taming of the Shrew

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

Adaptations

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

Kiss Me Kate. Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking, 2 – 6 May (01483 545 900) www.atgtickets.com/shows/kiss-me-kate-2/rhoda-mcgaw-theatre/#overview_tab [A]

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

The Tempest

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

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

Adaptation

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

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

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

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

Directed by Paul Hart. Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 6 April – 6 May (01635 46044); Theatre Royal, York, 18 – 20 May (01904 623 568); Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, 23 – 27 May (01483 440 000); Playhouse, Salisbury, 20 – 24 June (01722 320 333); Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 18 – 22 July (01635 46044). Reimagined in the 1920s where prohibition is rife and Europe is still reeling in the wake of war, this brand new production bursts to life. Fuelled by a scintillating selection of energetic jazz music, an outstanding ensemble of actors creates a dizzying and beautiful version of Shakespeare’s perfect play. The radical spirit of Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong is fused with an innovative approach to staging and actor-musicianship to tell this timeless story of mistaken identities, seduction and transformation, balancing comedy, romance and tragedy in equal measure. www.watermill.org.uk/twelfth_night#home-ttab [P]

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 13 April – 20 May (0161 833 9833). Directed by Jo Davies.  www.royalexchange.co.uk/whats-on-and-tickets/twelfth-night [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 18 May – 5 August 2017 (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com  [P]

Updated
Rain or Shine Theatre Company. Sandhurst Village Green, Sandhurst, 2 June (01452 739031); Wolvesey Gardens, Winchester, 3 June (03306 600541); Bath Road Recreation Ground, Lymington, 4 June (03306 600541); Over Farm Barn, Over, Gloucester, 7 June (03004 226706); Nibley House, North Nibley, 8 June (01453 549700); The Old Barn, Purley-on-Thames, 9 June (01189 424167); Bishop Wordsworth’s School, Salisbury, 10 June (01722 329565); Saint Hill Manor, East Grinstead, 11 June (07535 169303); Enford Village Hall Grounds, Enford, 13 June (01980 670 501); Glastonbury Abbey, 14 June (01458 831631); Old Church House Garden, Wantage, 15 June (01235 762785); Ditchingham Hall, Ditchingham, 16 June (01603 629558); Caradoc Estate, Ross-on-Wye, 17 June (01989 563473); Hartpury Village Hall, Hartpury, 23 June (01452 700707); Bishop’s Waltham Palace, Bishop’s Waltham, 24 June (03306 600541); Maumbury Rings, Dorchester, 25 June (01305 266926); Holly House Garden Sibford School, Banbury, 29 June (01295 781216); Hailes Abbey, Cheltenham, 30 June (03306 600541); Witley Court, Worcester, 1 July (03306 600541); Kinlet Hall Moffats School, Bewdley, 2 July (01299 841230); Chepstow Castle, Chepstow, 6 July (01292 625981); Poulton House, Cirencester, 7 July (01285 851237); Swinhay House, Wotton under Edge, 8 July (03306 600541); Goodrich Castle, Ross-on-Wye, 9 July (03306 600541); Dore Abbey, Hereford, 12 July (01981 570264); Hempsted Village Hall Garden, Gloucester, 13 July (01452 302714); Lamport Hall Gardens, Lamport, 15 July (01604 686272); Ormesby Village Centre, Norfolk, 16 July (01493 730178); Colliers Wood, Moorgreen, 21 July (03306 600541); Blockley Village Green, Moreton-in-Marsh, 22 July (03306 600541); Beeston Castle, Cheshire, 23 July (03306 600541); Cuckfield Recreation Ground, Cuckfield, 27 July (01444 454276); Upper Leigh Farm, Shaftsbury, 28 July (01747 830278); by the River Wye Shepherd’s Meadow, Eaton Bishop Hereford, 29 July (07876 683419); Manor Gardens, Exmouth, 30 July (03306 600541); The Victoria Arms, Oxford, 2 August (01865 241382); Shrivenham Memorial Hall, Shrivenham, 4 August (01793 782925); Barnwood Park, Barnwood, Gloucester, 5 August (01452 521575); Wenlock Priory, Shropshire, 6 August (03306 600541); Dorney Court Kitchen Garden, Buckinghamshire, 10 August (03306 600541); Severn Valley Country Park, Shropshire, 11 August (01746 781192); Sandford Parks Lido, Cheltenham, 12 August (01242 572573); Church Meadow, Upton Grey, Hampshire, 13 August (01256 862440); Prince Albert Gardens Amphitheatre, Swanage, 14 August (01929 422885); Bryngarw House Lawn, Bryngarw, 16 August (01656 815995); The Corn Barn, Sutton Barton, Devon, 17 August (01884 32107); Mannington Gardens at Mannington Hall, Norwich, 18 August (01263 584175); Mount Grace Priory, Northallerton, 19 August (01661 881636); Belsay Hall Castle and Gardens, Northumberland, 20 August (01661 881636); Stokesay Castle, Shropshire, 24 August (03306 600541); Walford Mill Crafts, Dorset, 25 August (01202 841400); Houndscroft House, Stroud, 26 August (03306 600541); Cotswold Airport, Cirencester, 27 August (01242 572573); Butleigh Cricket Club, Butleigh, 28 August (03306 600541). http://www.rainorshine.co.uk/tourdates.html [P]

New
The Company. University of Sheffield Drama Studio, 14 – 17 June. www.thecompanysheffield.co.uk/boxoffice/ [A]

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

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

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

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

Adaptations

National Theatre. Directed by Simon Godwin. Tamsin Greig (Malvolia). Olivier (National Theatre), London, 14 February - 13 May (020 7452 3000). www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/whats-on [P]

Merely Theatre (in association with the Production Exchange). Greenwich Theatre, London, 19 - 22 April (020 8858 7755); Lowether Pavilion, Lytham St Annes, 22 - 23 May (01253 794 221); Theatre Royal, Wakefield 25 May (-1924 211 311). Using 5 actors. http://merelytheatre.co.uk/current-productions/ [P]

The Three Inch Fools. Ightham Mote (National Trust) Kent, 3 June; Charlton Park, Bishopsbourne, Kent, 4 June; Wayborough Manor, Minster, Kent, 6 June; Coggeshall Grange Barn (National Trust), Essex, 10 June; St Peter’s Church, Lowick, Northamptonshire, 15 June; Burton Constable, East Yorkshire, 25 June; Scampston Hall, North Yorkshire, 1 July; Stokesley Parish Church, North Yorkshire, 5 July; Helmsley Castle (English Heritage), North Yorkshire, 7 July; Skirsgill Park House, Penrith, Cumbria, 8 July; Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, 12 July; Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh, 16 July; Kilbrdye Castle, Dunblane, Perthshire, 20 July; Glamis Castle, Angus, 23 July; Abbotsford, Melrose, Scottish Borders, 30 July; Lancaster Castle, Lancaster, 8 August; Upton Cressett, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, 12 August; Charlecote Park (National Trust), Warwickshire, 13 August; Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, 15 August; The Globe at Hay, Hay-on-Wye, 17 August; Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury, 18 August; Mapperton Gardens, Beaminster, Dorset, 20 August. The Three Inch Fools are a five-strong troupe of actors with all manner of musical instruments, travelling with their set, props, costumes and camping gear, performing their highly imaginative and vibrantly musical take on Shakespeare's plays. www.threeinchfools.com/upcomingperformances/ [P]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

Poems and Apocrypha

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

Miscellaneous
(in alphabetical order)

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

New
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). Attic Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon, 18 May – 11 June (07952 819557). This fast-paced roller coaster of a show is anything but dull as you groove to the Othello Rap, indulge in Titus Andronicus – The Cooking Show, and try to keep up with Hamlet backwards. Join three madcap men in tights weaving their wicked way through all of the Bard’s Tragedies, Histories and Comedies, leaving you breathless and helpless with laughter. www.theattictheatre.co.uk/complete-works-shakespeare [P]

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

New
Shakespeare’s Will
by Vern Thiessen. Through the Square Theatre Company. Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol, 16 – 17 June (0117 973 5171). Will has died. Anne, his widow has been handed the will by her least favourite person, sister in law Joan. Joan has asked that Anne reads the will and says that she will be around later to discuss its contents, but instead of reading the will, Anne spends the next hour reminiscing about their life together, which was in fact largely apart. It is the story of the well know "second best bed" with an added twist at the end. The play is a one woman show with Anne Hathaway being the central character played by Sally Hyde Lomax, but you will also meet with many different characters: Joan the sister in law, Will, the children, Brundage and Nellie, the servants, the townsfolk and Anne's grumpy Father. There is romance, love, laughter and sadness and never a dull moment. www.almatavernandtheatre.co.uk/theatre/what-s-on.html [P]

What Country, Friend, Is This? York Theatre, Royal, 9 May (01904 623568). York Associate Schools Festival explores the themes of migration, separation and identity in extracts from Shakespeare’s shipwreck trilogy: The Tempest, Twelfth Night and A Comedy of Errors. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk [P]

William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged). Reduced Shakespeare Company. Wilton’s Music Hall, London, 28 March – 1 April (020 7702 2789); Richmond Theatre, London, 18 April (0870 060 6651); Princess Theatre, Torquay, 2 May (0844 871 3023); Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, 16 May (0844 871 7649); Grand Opera House, York, 20 May (0844 8472322); New Victoria Theatre, Woking, 23 May (0870 060 6645); Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone, 25 May (01303 253 193). Acclaimed stars of the West End stage, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, bring their barnstormingly irreverent and breathtakingly hilarious celebration of our cultural heritage - as seen through the eyes of three Americans wearing trainers. In a better-late-than-never nod to the Bard's 400th anniversary, the bad boys of abridgement present this 'new' play by the man himself, as discovered in a Leicester car park! http://www.reducedshakespeare.com/productions/william-shakespeares-long-lost-first-play-abridged/ [P]

Your Bard written and performed by Nicholas Collett. Directed by Gavin Robertson. Wymondham Central Hall, 7 April; St James, Guernsey, 25 April; New Deer Public Hall, Aberdeenshire, 13 May; Kemnay Village Hall, Aberdeenshire, 14 May; Professor Nother is giving a talk about Shakespeare authorship in the function room at the Shakespeare pub – but he doesn’t believe the man from Stratford wrote those plays. That’s Will’s cue to kick the door off the hinges and defend his reputation. Come and meet the man himself and take the lid off a legend in your local. He’ll tell you all about his family, what it’s like on tour and the glory days at the Globe.  Queen Elizabeth I, Christopher Marlowe and Ned Alleyn – you’ll meet them too.  Intermingled with a few of his greatest hits - and maybe a sonnet or a song. www.nicholascollett.com [P]

 

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