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Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

 July 2014 onwards

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

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

All's Well That Ends Well

Antony and Cleopatra

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.  Directed by Jonathan Munby.  Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 17 May – 24 August (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

Adaptation

New
Eric and Cleopatra. Produced by David Graham. New Vic Theatre, 18 – 23 August (01782 717962). http://www.newvictheatre.org.uk/eric-cleopatra [P]

As You Like It

Stamford Shakespeare Festival.  Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall, Little Casterton, 10 – 14 June; 23 – 28 June; 28 July – 2 August; 11 – 16 August (01780 756133).  www.stamfordshakespeare.co.uk [P]

Taking Flight Theatre Company. Lodge Park Woods, Stackpole, 2 – 6 July (01646 695 267); Denbigh Castle, Denbigh, 9 – 12 July; Loggerheads Country Park, Mold, 13 July; Tretower Castle and Court, Powys, 16 – 17 July; Valle Crucis Abbey, Llangllen, 18 July (0800 145 7779); Parc Cwm Darran, Caerphilly, 19 July (01495 227 206); Blaise Castle Estate Dairy Farm, Bristol. http://takingflighttheatre.co.uk/test/wordpress/ [P]

Stafford Festival Shakespeare.  Stafford Castle, Stafford, 29 June – 12 July (01785 254 653).  www.staffordhfestivalshakespeare.co.uk  [P]

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. St John’s College Gardens, Cambridge, 7 – 26 July (01223 357 851). www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [A]

Comedy of Errors

The Handlebards. Bolton Castle, Leyburn, 1 July (01969 623 981); Skipton Castle, Skipton, 2 July (01756 792 442); Wentworth Castle, Barnsley, 4 July; Harewood House, Leeds, 5-6 July; Merchant Adventurer’s Hall, York, 8 July (01904 654 818); The Bivouac, Masham, 10 July (01765 535 020); Raby Castle, Darlington, 11 July (01833 660 202); The Cycle Hub, Newcastle, 12 July (0191 276 7250); Crook Hall, Durham, 14 July (0191 384 8028); Whalton Manor, Morpeth, 16 July (01665 606 515); New Lanark WHS, Lanark, 21 July (01555 661345); Hatton Castle, Newtyle, 26 July; HM Frigate Unicorn, Dundee, 31 July (01382 200 900); Fingask Castle, Rait, 3 August; Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, 6 – 10 August.

Festival Players. Royal York Crescent and York Gardens, Clifton, Bristol, 4 July (0117 973 1190); Speeds Farm, Lamyatt, Shepton Mallett, 5 July (01749 812 031); Tiverton Community Arts Theatre Grounds, Tiverton, 8 July (01884 233 741); The Rookery, Streatham Common, London, 13 July (020 8764 8656); Bristol Folk House, Bristol, 15 July; Shaftesbury Abbey, Dorset, 16 July (01747 852 910); Broxbourne Civic Hall, Hoddlestone, 23 July; Parrox Hall, Poulton-le-Fylde, 24 July (01253 812 209); Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cumbria, 26 July (01768 762 276); RSPB Loch Leven, Vane Farm, Kinross, 29 July (01577 862355); Pitmedden Garden, Ellon, Aberdeenshire, 30 July (01651 842 352); Kellie Castle, Pittenweem, Fife, 31 July (0844 493 2184); House of Dun, Montrose, Angus, 1 August (0844 493 2144); Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, Stroud, 6 August (01726 879 500); Lampeter House, Lampeter Valley, Near Narbeth, Pembrokeshire, 7 August (01834 869 323); Swinhay House, Swinhay Lane, Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire, 8 August; Winterbourne Court Farm Barn, Winterbourne, 9 August (01454 772 285); Swan Theatre, The Moors, Worcester, 13 August (01905 611 427); Raglan Castle, Raglan, 14 August (01873 853 254); Penlee Park Theatre, Morrab Road, Penzance, 15 August (01726 879 500); Chaplaincy Gardens, St Mary’s, Isle of Scilly, 16 August (01720 422 641); Tresco Abbey Gardens, Tresco, Isle of Scilly, 16 August; Sterts Amphitheatre, Upton Cross, Nr Liskeard, Cornwall, 19 August (01579 362 382); Powderham Castle, Exeter, 21 August (01626 890 243); The Old Vicarage, Ickleton, Saffron Walden, 25 August (01799 531 916); Cogges Manor Farm, Church Lane, Witney, 28 August (01993 772 602); Woodchester Mansion, Nympsfield, 29 August (01453 861541); Jewry Wall Museum, Leicester, 30 August (0116 253 2569); Manor House Museum, West Bromwich, 31 August (0121 588 2985). http://www.thefestivalplayers.co.uk [P]

New
Red Rose Chain. Directed by Joanna Carrick. Jimmy’s Farm, 8 July – 23 August. (01473 603388). http://www.redrosechain.com/page/theatre-in-the-forest. [A]

Big Spirit Youth Theatre. The Bury, Barton-le-Clay (in inclement weather performances will be in the Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin), 10 – 12 July (01462 455 166). www.queenmothertheatre.org.uk [A]

Groundlings Theatre Company.  Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth, 10 – 12 July and 30 July – 3 August (023 9273 7370); Rose Playhouse, London, 16 – 27 July (020 7261 9565).  www.groundlings.co.uk [P]

Theatre by the Lake. Directed by Ian Forrest. Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, 26 July – 8 November (01768 774 411). http://www.theatrebythelake.com [P]

Pendley Shakespeare Festival.  Pendley Manor, near Tring, 6 - 10 August (box office from July 2014: 01442 820 060; online booking available now).  http://www.pendleyshakespearefestival.co.uk/ [A]

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

Coriolanus

Lazarus Theatre Company. Tristan Bates Theatre, London, 18 August – 6 September (020 7240 6283). http://lazarustheatrecompany.webs.com/ [P]

Cymbeline

Hamlet


Gin & Tonic Productions Ltd.  Directed by Henry Conklin and Elske Waite.  The Space on North Bridge, Edinburgh, 1 – 23 August (
0131 226 0000).  http://www.ginandtonicproductions.org/ [A]

Pendley Shakespeare Festival.  Pendley Manor, near Tring, 13 - 17 August (box office from July 2014: 01442 820 060; online booking available now).  http://www.pendleyshakespearefestival.co.uk/ [A]

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

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

Archway Theatre Company, Horley Hamlet, 23 September – 4 October (01293 784 398).  http://www.archwaytheatre.co.uk/index.shtml  [A]

ACS Random.  Park Theatre, London, 2 – 14 December (020 7870 6876).  http://www.acsrandom.co.uk/ACS_Random/Home.html [P]

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

Adaptations

New
Blind Hamlet.  Actors Touring Company. Directed by Ramin Gray. Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh, 31 July – 25 August. (020 7930 6014) “Blind Hamlet transforms Shakespeare's tragedy into an interactive theatrical battle and reimagines the bloody struggle for Hamlet's Elsinore. Volunteers take to the stage to outwit each other as a different power-struggle unfolds at each performance, with Hamlet turned on its head and every spectator a player.” www.atctheatre.com. [P]

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

Henry IV, pt.1

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

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

Henry IV, pt.2

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

Henry V

 Groundlings Theatre Company.  Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth, 13, 29, 31 July; 2 August (023 9273 7370); Rose Theatre, London, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 July (020 7261 9565). www.groundlings.co.uk [P]

Guildford Shakespeare Company.  Guildford Cathedral Grounds, Guildford, 14 – 26 July (01483 304 384).  www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk [P]

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

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

Henry VI, pt 3

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

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

New
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Directed by Phil Sheppard. The RADA Youth Company, Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre, 9 August (020 7908 4800). www.rada.ac.uk [A]

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

Fluellen Theatre Company. Grand Theatre Arts Wing, Swansea, 15 – 17 October. www.fluellentheatre.co.uk [A]

King John

King Lear

National Theatre. Directed by Sam Mendes. Simon Russell Beale (Lear). Olivier Theatre, 14 January – 2 July (020 7452 3000). www.nationaltheatre.org.uk [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe.  Directed by Bill Buckhurst.  Joseph Marcell (Lear).  New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, 3 July - 5 July (023 9264 9000); Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 8 - 12 July (01284 769 505); The Playhouse, Oxford, 22 July - 3 August (01865 305 305); Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London, 6 - 23 August (020 7401 9919); Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, 20 – 23 August (01748 823 021).  www.shakespearesglobe.com  [P]

New
East 15 Acting School. Directed by Andrea Brooks. Cockpit Theatre, 3 – 5 July. (020 8508 5983) http://www.east15.ac.uk/productions.asp. [A]

Crescent Theatre Company. Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, 8 – 15 November (0121 643 5858). www.crescent-theatre.co.uk [A]

Adaptation

New
Lear’s Daughters. The Fletcher Players’ Society. Directed by Isabelle Kettle. C Nova, Edinburgh. 30 July – 16 August. http://www.camdram.net. [A]

Love's Labour's Lost

Richmond Shakespeare Society. Directed by Stella Gheury de Bray. The Fountain Gardens, Champions Wharf, The Embankment, Twickenham, 20 – 26 July (020 8744 0547). www.richmondshakespeare.org.uk [A]

Hertfordshire Players.  Minack Theatre, Penzance, 25 – 29 August (01736 810 181). [A]

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

Adaptation

Love’s Labour’s Lost … and Won.  Progress Theatre Company.  Caversham Court Gardens, Caversham, 16 – 26 July (Tickets through Progress Theatre’s B.O.: 0118 960 6060).  http://www.progresstheatre.co.uk/ [P]

Macbeth

The Handlebards. Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge, 3 July (0844 249 1895); Harewood House, Leeds, 5-6 July; Merchant Adventurer’s Hall, York, 9 July (01904 654 818); Crook Hall, Durham, 13 July (0191 384 8028); Ford Castle, Berwick-upon-Tweed, 18 July (01665 606 515); Bowhill House, Selkirk, 19 July (01750 22204); Kailzie Gardens, Peebles, 20 July (01721 720 007); The Helix, Falkirk, 25 July (01324 590 900); Dunsinane Hill, Dunsinnan, 27 July; Cambo Estate, St Andrews, 1 August (01333 450 054).

Illyria Theatre Company. Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith, 1 July (017684 84449); Corfe Castle, nr Wareham, 3 July (0844 249 1895); Newstead Abbey, Ravenshead, Notts, 4 July (0115 989 5555); Royal Spa, Queen's Park, Brighton, 6 July (01273 709709); Fairkytes Arts Centre, Hornchurch, 10 July (01708 456308); Preston Park Museum & Grounds, Stockton, 11 July (01642 528130); Lytham Hall, Lytham St Annes, 15 July (01253 736652); Elgin Cathedral, Elgin, 17 July (1343 547171); Kellie Castle, Cupar, Fife, 20 July (01333 720 271); Brantwood, Coniston, 22 July (015394 41396); Tonbridge Castle, Tonbridge, 23 July (01732 770929); The Temple Enclosure, Wanstead Park, Epping Forest, 24 July (illyria.uk.com); Fulham Palace, Fulham, 26 July (020 7736 3233); Ecos Amphitheatre, Merlin Theatre, Frome, 27 July (01373 465949); Millennium Green, Bridport, (01308 424204); Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, 1 August (01962 857275); Canolfan Y Celfyddydau Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, 6 August (01970 62 32 32); Montgomery Castle, Powys, 7 August (01686 668442); Abergavenny Castle Grounds, Abergavenny, 8 August (01873 850805); Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Pwllheli, 12 August (01758 740763); Harlech Castle, Harlech, 17 August (01766 780667); Canolfan Natur Cymru/ Welsh Wildlife Centre, nr Cardigan, 19 August (01239 621200); Castle Hill, Filleigh, N Devon, 21 August (01805 624624); Williamson Park, Lancaster, 24 August (01524 33318).  www.illyria.uk.com [P]

Festival Players. Cogges Manor Farm, Witney, 3 July (01993 772 602); Peckham Rye Common, Café on the Rye, London, 6 July (020 8693 9431); Highcliffe Castle, Highcliffe, 9 July (01425 278 807); Sand, Sidbury, Sidmouth, 10 July (01395 597 230); Caerleon Roman Amphitheatre, Caerleon, Newport, 11 July (01633 422 656); Leighton Hall, Carnforth, 25 July (01524 734 474); Newhailes, Musselburgh, 27 July (0844 493 2125); Falkland Palace, Falkland, Cupar, Fife, 2 August (0844 493 2186); Threave Garden (NTS), Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway, 3 August (01556 502 575); Langar Hall, Langar, 10 August (01949 860 559); Sterts Amphitheatre, Upton Cross, Nr Liskeard, 20 August (01579 362 382); Glastonbury Abbey, Glastonbury, 22 August; Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Abbotsbury, 23 August (01305 871 130); Hall’s Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon, 24 August (01726 879 500). http://www.thefestivalplayers.co.uk/  [P]

RIFT.  Directed by Felix Mortimer.  Secret Zone 2 Location, East London, 20 June – 16 August (no phone).  ‘Performed overnight from 8pm until 8am, RIFT create a fevered festival-like dream of characters sleepwalking through walls, confiding plots and conspiring murder in this lively and ambitious retelling of Shakespeare's Scottish play. A visceral experience, the performance will envelop its environs to create a world floating between dystopia and utopia; waking and sleeping, with an extraordinary view over the city at sunrise the following morning. Running time: 12hrs. Suitable for age 14+.’ http://macbeth.in/collections/macbeth [P]

Reading Open Air Shakespeare. Caversham Court Gardens, Reading. (0118 960 6060). (http://www.readingarts.com/) 18 - 27 July 2014 (including Sunday). Tickets: £15, £13 concessions. http://www.readingopenair.com/ [A]

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Company. Directed by Ben Crystal and David Crystal. London, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, 20 July. An original pronunciation staged reading using cue scripts. (020 7401 9919). https://tickets.shakespearesglobe.com. [P]

Youth Music Theatre UK.  Directed by Stuart Harvey.  Danske Bank Stage, Lyric Theatre, Belfast, 23 – 26 July (028 9038 1081). http://www.youthmusictheatreuk.org/shows/macbeth  [A]

Creation Theatre.  The Gardens at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, 1 August – 13 September (01865 766266).  http://www.creationtheatre.co.uk/  [P]

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

National Youth Theatre.  Directed by Ed Hughes. Ambassador Theatre, London, 19 September – 26 November (08448 112 334).  http://www.nyt.org.uk/ [A]

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

Adaptation

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

Measure for Measure

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Part of Shakespeare for Young Audiences. Directed by Rosamunde Hutt. Contact RADA for venue information, 2 – 12 July (020 7908 4800). www.rada.ac.uk [A]

Bench Theatre. Directed by Jacquie Penrose. All-female production. The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, Havant, 17 – 26 July (023 9247 2700). www.benchtheatre.org.uk [A]

Shakespeare Institute Players.  Directed by David J Graybill.  Lecture Hall, Mason Croft, Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, (Dates TBC).  www.shakespeareinstituteplayers.co.uk [A]

The Merchant of Venice

Rain or Shine Theatre Company. Lamport Hall Gardens, Lamport, 5 July (01604 686 272); Sandhurst Village Green, Sandhurst, 6 July (01452 730 354); The Everyman Studio Theatre, Cheltenham, 7 - 9 July (01242 572 573); Bullards, Widford, Nr Ware, 13 July (01279 842 681); Dore Abbey, Abbey Dore, Hereford, 16 July (01981 570 264); Poulton House, Poulton, Cirencester, 19 July (01285 851 237); Bishops Waltham Junior School, Bishops Waltham, 20 July (01489 896 990); Tuckwell Amphitheatre, Bacon Theatre, Dean Close School, Cheltenham, 23 July (01242 258 002); Goodrich Castle, Ross on Wye, 27 July (01452 521 575); Cuckfield Recreation Ground, Queens Hall, Cuckfield, 1 August (01444 451 610); Barnwood Park, Barnwood, 2 August (01452 616 305); Ormesby Village Centre, Ormesby St. Margaret, 10 August (01493 730 178); Belsay Hall Walled Garden, Ponteland, 16 August (01661 881 636); Mount Grace Priory, Northallerton, 17 August (01609 883 494); Bedwellty House and Park, Tredegar, Blaenau, Gwent, 19 August (01495 353 370); The Corn Barn, Sutton Barton, Cullompton, 21 August (01884 321 07); Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, 22 August (01202 841 400); Stokesay Castle, Craven Arms, 29 August (01452 521 575); Naunton Dovecote, Naunton, 31 August (01451 850 586). www.rainorshine.co.uk [P]

Shakespeare at the George. The George Hotel, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, 24 June – 5 July (07716 993 693). www.satg.org.uk [A]

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Robinson College Gardens, Cambridge, 28 July – 16 August (01223 357 851). www.cambridgeshakespeare.com  [A]

New
Pembroke Players. Venues across Cambridgeshire and Japan. 1 September – 31 October. http://www.camdram.net. [A]

Merry Wives of Windsor

Principal Theatre Company. Southgate Old Ashmolean Rugby Club, 9 – 12 July, Coram’s Fields, Bloomsbury, London, 17 July – 2 August (020 8807 6680 or online at www.millfieldartscentre.co.uk). www.principaltheatrecompany.com [P]

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Part of Shakespeare for Young Audiences. Directed by Lawrence Evans. Contact RADA for venue information, 4 – 12 July (020 7908 4800). www.rada.ac.uk [A]

Adaptation

Falstaff. Cotswold Arcadians, Hatherop Castle, Gloucestershire, 21 – 26 July (01285 898 019). “A compilation of scenes from Henry IV and The Merry Wives of Windsor.” www.arcadians.org [A]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

New
Sprites Productions Company. Ripley Castle, 25 June – 13 July. (01423 772 994). www.spriteproductions.co.uk. [A]

Oddsocks. The Lights Andover, 4 July (01264 368368); Gawsworth Hall Cheshire, 6 July (01260 223456); Middleton Park Leeds, 8 July (Free performance no need to book just turn up); Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar, 10 July (01642 479500/01287); Avoncroft Museum Bromsgrove, 13 July (01332 258328); Derby Theatre, Derby, 17 – 18 July (01332 593939); ubilee Park, Canary Wharf, London, 21 July (020 7001 3016 FREE performance); Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, 23 – 24 July (0115 9895555); Thoresby Lawns, Ollerton, 25 July (01623 822009); Whitbourne Hall, Worcestershire, 31 July (0774 7031701); Mary Arden's Farm, Wilmcote Nr Stratford-upon-Avon, 1 August (01332 258328); Durrell Wildlife Park, Jersey, Channel Islands, 4 – 9 August (As part of the Jersey Arts Centre programme 01534 70044); Castle Cornet, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, 15 – 18 August (01481 747280 for information Online booking opening soon).  Touring with Twelfth Night. http://www.oddsocks.co.uk [P]

Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Burnby Hall Gardens, Pocklington, 4 July (01759 307125); The Old Palace, Minster Yard, Lincoln 6 July (01522 580000); Mapledurham House, Nr Reading, 10 July (01189 723350); Goodnestone Park Gardens. Canterbury, 11 July (01227 787787); Ghyll Manor Hotel, Rusper, 20 July (01293 871 571); Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, 23 July (0121 454 1860); Ardgillan Castle, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin, 1 August (01 8492212); Bellinter House, Navan, Co. Meath, 3 August (046 9030900); Glebe Gardens Amphitheatre, Baltimore, Co. Cork, 5 August (028 20232); Carriganass Castle, Carriganass, Kealkill, Co. Cork, 7 August (027 66715); Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre, Kilmanagh, Co. Kilkenny, 8 August (056 7762975); Ashby de la Zouch Castle, Ashby de la Zouch, 16 August (01530 413343); Writtle College, Chelmsford, 22 August (01245 424204); Kirby Hall, Corby, 23 August (01536 203230); Wimbleball Lake, Brompton Regis, 25 August (01398 371460); National Trust Cliveden, Nr Maidenhead, 30 August (0844 249 1895).  www.chapterhouse.org [P]

Worcester Repertory Company. Chapter House Gardens, Hereford Cathedral, 3 – 5 July; The Commandery Gardens, Worcester, 8 - 20 July (01905 611 427). http://worcesterlive.co.uk [A]

Brentwood Shakespeare Company. Brentwood Arts Festival. Ingatestone Hall. 6 July. http://www.brentwood-theatre.co.uk [A]

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. King’s College Gardens, Cambridge, 7 – 26 July (01223 357 851). www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [A]

Beaufort Players. Church of the Ascension Hall, Beaufort Road, Ealing, 17 -19 July. (07957 180288).  http://www.beaufortplayers.org.uk/boxoffice [A]

Updated
Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company.  Broomfield Hall, Derby, 1 - 3 August (01332 255800); Minack Theatre, Penzance, 11 – 15 August  (01736 810 181).  www.derbyshakespeare.org.uk [A]

Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole, 10 – 14 September (0844 871 7614). www.atgtickets.com/venues/aylesbury-waterside-theatre/

New
Barbican (in association with the RSC). Directed by Dmitri Krymov. Barbican Centre, 12 November – http://www.barbican.org.uk/theatre. [P]

Adaptations

New
The Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet The Genius of Balanchine: Apollo/A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Valentin Baranovsky directed by Victor Hochhauser. Royal Opera House, 8 – 9 August http://www.roh.org.uk. [P]

New
Pocket Dream. Propeller. Directed by Edward Hall. Gulbenkian Theatre, 23 September. www.propeller.org.uk/productions/pocket-dream-2014. [P]

Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare’s Globe touring. Hertsmonceux Castle, Hailsham, 15 July; Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, 17 – 18 July; Hedingham Castle, Halstead, 19 – 20 July; Newby Hall, Ripon, 23 – 24 July; Three Choirs Festival, Worcester, 26 – 27 July; Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 22 – 31 August. Ticket information at: www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Ashby De La Zouch Castle, 5 July (01530 413343); Sparsholt College, Sparsholt, 12 July (01962 797396); Bradgate Park, Newton Linford, 13 July  (0116 234 1850); Tapeley Park Gardens, Instow, Nr Bideford, 16 July (01271 860 897); Shobrooke Park Amphitheatre, Crediton, 18 July(01363 775153); Lydiard Park, Swindon, 25 July  (01793 466619); Enniskillen Castle, Co Fermanagh, 30 July (028 66 325000); Shaftesbury Park, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, 2 August (028 9335 8049); Battle Of The Boyne, Oldbridge Estate, Co. Meath, 9 August (041 9833946); Kilmokea Gardens, Great Island, Campile, New Ross, Co. Wrexford, 10 August (051 388109); Warkworth Castle, Warkworth, 14 August (01665 711423); Helmsley Castle, Helmsley, 19 August (01439 770442); Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, 20 August (0115 9895555); Walsingham Abbey, Little Walsingham, Norfolk, 21 August (01328 820510); Gilbert White's House and Gardens, Selborne, 24 August (01420 511 275); Sterts Arts Centre, Upton Cross, Liskeard, 27 August (01579 362382); Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa, 31 August (01526 352 411).  http://www.chapterhouse.org/ [P]

South London Theatre. Directed by Lily Ann Coleman. Bell Theatre, The Old Fire Station, Norwood, London, 1 – 5 July (020 8670 3474). www.southlondontheatre.co.uk [A]

Burnt Out Theatre. Clandon Wood National Burial Reserve, Epsom Road, Guildford, 5 – 6 July; Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London, 12 July; Roehampton Sports Club, Roehampton, 13 July; The Wintershall Estate, Bramley, Surrey, 16 – 20 July. www.burntouttheatre.co.uk [P]

The Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London, 29 July – 23 August (08444 771 000).  http://giantolive.com/ [P]

New
Cambridge American Stage Tour. Directed by Emily Burns. 1 – 29 September touring and 7 – 11 October ADC Theatre. http://www.adctheatre.com. [A]

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

Adaptation

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

Othello

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Trinity College Gardens, Cambridge, 28 July – 16 August (01223 357 851). www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [A]

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

Adaptation

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

Pericles

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Part of Shakespeare for Young Audiences. Directed by Charlie Walker-Wise. Contact RADA for venue information, 3 – 12 July (020 7908 4800). www.rada.ac.uk [A]

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Robinson College Gardens, Cambridge, 7 – 26 July (01223 357 851). www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [A]

Richard II

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Downing College Gardens, Cambridge, 7 – 26 July (01223 357 851). www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [A]

Richard III

Iris Theatre. St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, London, 25 June – 25 July (020 8144 1989). Tickets online: www.iristheatre.com [P]

Bournemouth Shakespeare Players. Priory House Garden, Christchurch, 15 – 19, and 22 - 26 July (01202 534779) http://www.bshakespearep.org/ [A]

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

 

Adaptation

New
Drag King Richard III. STANCE Theatre Company. Directed by Roz Hopkinson. Riverside Studios, 28 July – 3 August. http://stancetheatre.co.uk. [A]

Romeo and Juliet

Changeling Theatre.  The Hawth, Crawley, 22 July (01293 553 636). www.changeling-theatre.com

New
Shooting Stars Theatre Company. Directed by Hellen Crosse. Lauderdale House, 29 July. [A]

New
Antic Disposition. Directed by John Risebero and Ben Horslen. Temple Church, 30 August – 7 September (0333 666 3366). http://www.anticdisposition.co.uk. [A]

Adaptations

New
Ballet. Mariinsky Ballet Company. Music by Prokofiev. Royal Opera House, 28 – 31 July ((0)20 7304 4000) www.roh.org.uk/productions/romeo-and-juliet-by-leonid-lavrovsky. [P]

New
Ballet. Royal Swedish Ballet. Directed by Mats Ek. Sadler’s Wells Theatre, 24 – 27 September ( 0844 412 4300) www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2014/Royal-Swedish-Ballet/. [P]

Updated
West Side Story. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Arthur Laurents.  1 – 12 July; Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield (0114 249 6000), 15 – 19 July; The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury (0122 7787 787), 29 July – 9 August; Theatre Royal Plymouth (0175 2267 222), 12 – 23 August; Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff (029 2063 6464), 26 – 30 August; Liverpool Empire Theatre (0844 871 3017), 2 – 13 September; Theatre Royal Norwich (01603 63 00 00).  http://westsidestorytheshow.co.uk/tour-tickets. [P]

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

New
West Side Story. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. New Lyric Operatic Company. Grand Opera House, Belfast, 18 – 22 November (028 9024 1919) www.goh.co.uk/west-side-story. [A]

The Taming of the Shrew

Stamford Shakespeare Festival.  Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall, Little Casterton, 1 - 5 July; 14 – 19 July; 4 – 9 August; 18 – 23 August (01780 756133).  www.stamfordshakespeare.co.uk [P]

Everyman Open Air Festival. Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, 26 July – 2 August (online booking from 1 April). www.everymanfestival.co.uk [A]

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Homerton College Gardens, Cambridge, 28 July – 16 August (01223 357 851). www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [A]

XWire Entertainment.  The London Theatre, London, 14 – 19 October (020 8694 1888).  http://www.thelondontheatre.com/ [P]

Adaptation

New
Kiss Me, Kate. Part of the BBC Prom 21. John Wilson Orchestra. The Royal Albert Hall, 2 August (0845 401 5040) www.royalalberthall.com/tickets/bbc-proms/prom21/default.aspx. [P]

The Tempest

Miracle Theatre. Cabilla Manor, Bodmin, 2 July; The Square and Compass, Swanage, 3 July; Maizey Lodge, Ogbourne Maizey, 4 July; Maumbury Rings, Dorchester, 5 July; Merlin Theatre, Frome, 6 July; Jubilee Park, Canary Wharf, London, 7 July; Gyllngdune Gardens, Falmouth, 10 July; Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, 11 July; The Castle, Bude, 12 July; Calstock Playing Field, Calstock, 13 July; Hearn Field, Combeinteignhead, 16 July; The Flavel, Dartmouth, 17 July; Nethercott House, Winkleigh, 18 July; Headland Hotel, Newquay, 19 July; B F Adventure, Nr Penryn, 20 July; Tresco Abbey Gardens, Isles of Scilly, 24 July; St Mary’s Chaplaincy Gardens, Isles of Scilly, 25 – 27 July; Cathedral Green, Truro, 30 July; Springhead Gardens, Nr Shaftesbury, 31 July; Melbury Osmond Field, Nr Yeovil, 1 August; Sandford Orcas, Nr Sherborne, 2 August; Kimmeridge Bay, Nr Wareham, 3 August; St Mawes Castle, St Mawes, 6 August; Tregrehan Gardens, St Austell, 7 – 8 August; Carn Marth Amphitheatre, Redruth, 9 August; Roskilly’s Farm, Helston, 12 August; Penlee Park, Penzance, 13 – 14 August; Heartlands Pool, Nr Redruth, 15 August; Mylor Playing Field, Nr Falmouth, 16 August; Pengenna Manor, Nr Wadebridge, 19 August; The Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell, 20 August; Plen-an-Gwary, St Just, Nr Penzance, 21 August; Trelissick Garden, Nr Truro, 22 – 23 August; Perran Round, Nr Perranporth, 24 August; Restormel Castle, Lostwithiel, 27 – 28 August; Trebah Gardens, Nr Falmouth, 29 – 30 August. Venue information and online booking at: www.miracletheatre.co.uk [P]

Royal Shakespeare Company and Ohio State University. Directed by Kelly Hunter. Greg Hicks. The Other Place, at the Courtyard Theatre, 24 June – 4 July. (0844 800 1110) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Moving Stories Theatre Company.  Directed by Emma Gersch.  Minack Theatre, Penzance, 30 June – 4 July (01736 810 181).  http://www.movingstories.org.uk/ [P]

The Pantaloons. Stansted Park, Rowlands Castle, Hampshire, 11 July (02392 412 265); Woburn Abbey, Woburn, 12 July (01525 290 333); Green and Away, Bransford, 13 July (03000 110 165); Highcliffe Castle, Highcliffe, 16 July (01425 278 807); Leeds Castle, Maidstone, 17 – 18 July (01622 765 400); RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, 19 July (0845 612 1253); Bridge End Garden, Saffron Walden, 20 July (01799 524 002); Hall Place and Garden, Bexley, 23 July (01322 621 238); Mottisfont, Romsey, 25 July (0844 249 1895); Shenley Park, Radlett, 26 July (01923 852 629); Dilham Village Hall, North Walsham, 27 July (01692 536 666); The Tuckwell Amphitheatre, Cheltenham, 30 July (01242 258 002); Henrietta Park, Bath, 31 July; White Hart, Alton, 1 August (01420 87654); RSPB The Lodge, Sandy, 2 – 3 August (01767 680 541); Landguard Fort, Felixstowe, 6 August (01394 675 900); Eye Castle, Eye, 7 August (01449 676 900); Alford Manor House, Alford, 8 August (01507 463 073); Finringhoe Wick Nature Reserve, Colchester, 10 August (01206 463 073); Botanical Gardens, Sheffield, 12 August (0114 249 6000); Washington Old Hall, Washington, 13 August (0191 416 6879); Greenbank Garden, Clarkston, Glasgow, 14 – 15 August (0844 493 1527); Crook Hall and Gardens, Durham City, County Durham, 17 August (0191 384 8028); Speke Hall, Liverpool, 20 August (01581 427 7231); Kedleston Hall, Derby, 21 August (0844 249 1895); Coughton Court, Alcester, 22 August (0844 249 1895); Montacute House, Montacute, 23 August (01935 823 289); Smallhythe Place, Tenterden, 24 August (0844 249 1895); Mount Ephraim Gardens, Faverhsam, 25 August (01227 751 496); The John Clare Cottage, Peterborough, 27 August (01733 253 330); Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, 28 August (0115 989 5555); The Walled Gardens of Cannington, Bridgwater, 29 August (01278 655 042); Northam Rectory Gardens, Bideford, Devon, 30 August (01805 624 624). www.thepantaloons.co.uk [P]

Tree Folk Theatre Company.  Cockpit Theatre, London, 15 July – 3 August (020 7258 2925) http://www.thecockpit.org.uk/shakespeare  [P]

Adaptations

Niagara University USA Drama Study Abroad UK. Directed by Valerie Doulton. Hall’s Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon,  30 June – 3 July. An abridged production of The Tempest for young children and adults alike. Admission included in entrance ticket for Hall’s Croft.

Return to the Forbidden Planet by Bob Carlton.  Gorseinon Players, Pontlliw Village Hall, Pntlliw, Swansea, 2 – 4 July (01792 550 508).  [A]

New
Storm. Moon Fool Company. Directed by Anna-Helena McLean. Undisclosed location in London, 17 July (782 8752 946). http://www.moonfool.com. [P]

Timon of Athens

New
Lock and Key Theatre Company. Directed by Alice Langley. Space Arts Centre, London, 29 July – 2 August space.org.uk/event-booking/?event=timonofathens. [A]

Titus Andronicus

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Lucy Bailey. William Houston (Titus) 24 April – 13 July (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

New
East 15 Acting School. Directed by Rusell Lucas. Cockpit Theatre, 1 and 5 July (020 8508 5983) http://www.east15.ac.uk/. [A]

Troilus and Cressida

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

Twelfth Night

Oddsocks. The Castle, Wellingborough, 1 July (01933 270007); Dilston Hall Corbridge, 2 – 3 July (01434 652477); Park Royal Hotel Warrington (Stockton Heath Fest), 5 July (book through website); B of Hereford Blue Coat School, Tupsley, Hereford, 9 July (01432 347506); Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar, 11 July (01642 479500/01287); Mac (Arena), Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, 12 July (0121 4463232); RHS Harlow Carr (Harrogate Int Fest), 15 – 16 July (01423 562303); Derby Theatre, Derby, 19 July (01332 593939); Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, 26 July (0115 9895555); Mary Arden's Farm, Wilmcote, Nr Stratford-upon-Avon, 2 August (01332 258328); Durrell Wildlife Park Jersey, Channel Islands, 11 – 13 August (As part of the Jersey Arts Centre programme 01534 700444); Castle Cornet, St. Peter Port, Guernsey, 19 – 22 August (01481 747280 for information Online booking opening soon); Newhaven Fort, Newhaven, E. Sussex, 26 August (01273 517622).  www.oddsocks.co.uk [P]

Madcap Theatre Productions. Mary Arden’s Farm, Wilmcote, Stratford-upon-Avon, 4 – 5 July; Old Fire Station, Oxford, 11 – 12 July (01865 305 305); Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud, 18 July (0333 666 3366); Lantern Theatre, Sheffield, 19 July (0114 255 1776); MAC Theatre, Birmingham, 25 July; Arley Arboretum, Upper Arley, Near Bewdley, 26 July; The Roses, Tewkesbury, 1 August (01684 295 074); Croft Castle, Yarpole, Herefordshire, 8 August; The Artrix, Bromsgrove, 9 August (01527 577 330). http://www.madcaptheatreproductions.co.uk [P]

Mayhem Musical Theatre Company. Nonsuch Park, Cheam, 22 & 23 July; Cannizaro Park, Wimbledon 24 - 26 July. [A]

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. St John’s College Gardens, Cambridge, 28 July – 16 August (01223 357 851). www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [A]

New
Whistetop Theatre Company. CLF Theatre, Bussey Building, 29 July - (020 7732 5275). www.whistlestoptheatre.co.uk [A]

Merely Players.  Directed by Scott Ellis. Cockpit Theatre, London, 10 August (020 7258 2925). http://www.themerelyplayers.com  [P]

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

Adaptation

Twelfth Night Re-Imagined.  Young Shakespeare Company.  Directed by Max Webster.  Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, London, 21 June – 12 July (0844 826 4242).  ‘Produced specifically for audiences aged six and over and will be supported by in-school workshops devised by the Young Shakespeare Company for years 3-6.’ www.openairtheatre.org [P]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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

New
East 15 Acting School. Directed by Ian Brown. Cockpit Theatre, 11 – 12 July (020 8508 5983)http://www.east15.ac.uk/. [A]

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

New
East 15 Acting School. Directed by Ben Crystal. Cockpit Theatre, 2 July, 4 July (020 8508 5983) http://www.east15.ac.uk/. [A]

Poems and Apocrypha

The Rape of Lucrece. Directed by Elizabeth Freestone. Performed by Camille O’Sullivan. Royal Shakespeare Company. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 23 June – 4 July (0844 800 1110); Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, London, 9 – 12 July (0844 875 0073). www.rsc.org.uk [P]

The Rape of Lucrece (Double bill with Venus and Adonis). Directed by Maria-Lisa Geyer. Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Gielgud Theatre (RADA), 11 July (020 7908 4800). www.rada.ac.uk [A]

Venus and Adonis (Double bill with The Rape of Lucrece). Directed by Maria-Lisa Geyer. Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Gielgud Theatre (RADA), 11 July (020 7908 4800). www.rada.ac.uk [A]

Miscellaneous
(in alphabetical order)

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

Falstaff. The Cotswold Arcadians. In the grounds of Hatherop Castle School. Directed by Jonathan Vickers.  21 - 26 July. (01285 898019) Scenes from Henry IV  and The Merry Wives of Windsor http://www.arcadians.org/ [A]

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

Shakespeare Rocks!  Bramley Primary School.  Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke, 2 July (01256 844244).  “Aubrey, The Rough Shakespeare Company's pretentious director, obtains what appears to be William Shakespeare's lost diary. Along with Al, his down to earth assistant, the pair decide to embark on an exclusive adaption of the flamboyant Bard's personal journal. Shakespeare Rocks! is a fresh, funny and up to date look at the life and times of William Shakespeare, with a cast of hilarious historical characters, amusing glimpses into some of his works and how he came 'To Be'. The seven superb songs are exciting, modern and full of energy. They include everything you would want children to know about Shakespeare and the Elizabethan era but, are so 'cool' that they are not only informative, they are guaranteed to enthuse pupils, parents and teachers alike! Spread the word... Shakespeare didn't just write... he rocked!”  [A]

Data compiled by Sara Marie Westh.

 


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