Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK
February 2016 onwards
productions that we know about from the current month
onwards are included in this list.
indicates that a production has been added to the list this
indicates that the information has been changed or expanded this
[A] indicates an amateur production.
[P] indicates a professional production.
All's Well That
Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Directed by Andrew Hilton.
Factory Theatre, Bristol, 31 March – 30 April
Exeter, 15 – 18 June (01392 493 493)
New Wimbledon Studio Theatre, London, 15 June – 9 July
As You Like It
National Theatre. Directed by Polly Findlay.
Olivier Theatre, 24 November
- 5 March 2016
(020 7452 3000).
OVO. Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, 6 – 10 June (01736 810181).
1967. Pressured by the generation gap, lovers Rosalind and
Orlando escape the city and journey to the Forest of Arden where
they become entangled in a beguiling game of love, lust and
mistaken identity. This vibrant and uplifting interpretation of
Shakespeare’s glorious comedy is a magical trip to the summer of
love, complete with live 1960s soundtrack.
Guildford Shakespeare Company. Guildford Castle Gardens, 14 June
– 2 July (01483 304384).
The Comedy of Errors – Primary Shakespeare. Directed by Imogen
Bond. Orange Tree Theatre, London, 11 June (020 8940 3633).
Antipholus is looking for
his long lost twin brother, with his trusty servant Dromio at
his side. Two sets of identical twins... what could possibly go
wrong? See just four actors bring Shakespeare’s rollicking
slapstick comedy to life – a feast of crossed wits, cross words
and cross dressing! A one-off public performance for families,
alongside playing to primary school children in the theatre
throughout the spring.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Sam
Yates. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
2 December – 21 April 2016
(020 7401 9919).
Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Melly Still. Royal
Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 29 April – 12 August (0870 6091110)
Imogen, directed by Matthew Dunster. Shakespeare’s Globe
Theatre, 17 September – 16 October (020 7401 9919).
Imogen, daughter of Cymbeline, enrages her father by marrying against his
will. Lies are then told about Imogen to her husband,
Posthumous, and he decides she should die. In an urban world
that is as strange, erotic and violent as Shakespeare's ancient
Britain, Imogen is forced to re-imagine herself as she fights
for the life she deserves and not the one that is being
determined for her. Imogen
is an achingly beautiful story of lovers and families being
re-united after violent and harrowing separation, and a tale for
our times vividly told in his brutally modern production.
Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Directed by Andrew Hilton.
Factory Theatre, Bristol, 11 February – 30 April
(0117 902 0344);
Exeter, 14 – 18 June (01392 493 493)
Company. Directed by
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 12 March – 13
August (0870 6091110)
Theatre. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst. Globe
Theatre, London, 23 – 24 April (0207 401 9919). The final
performances of the world tour.
Hamlet is Dead. No
Neil Blackadder. Directed by
The Garage Theatre, Norwich, 5 – 9 April (01603 630000).
Mani and Dani, brother and sister come home for their
grandmother’s birthday. But something is rotten in the state of
affairs. The ghost of their recently murdered friend haunts the
family. At Hannes’ funeral Mani and Dani bump into Bine and Oli,
a married couple who were once close to the siblings. Time is
out of joint in this brutal family farce in which the ultimate
question is how to act.
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]
Ophelias Zimmer by Alice
Birch. Directed by Katie Mitchell. Royal Court – Jerwood
Theatre, London, 17 – 21 May (020 7565 5000).
Katie Mitchell explores
Ophelia, freed from Hamlet. In German with English subtitles.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard. Directed
by Jo Noble. The P
layhouse, Oxford, 18 – 19 March (01865 305 305).
Something Rotten – Hamlet’s Uncle Gets his Say at
Last! Written and performed by Robert Cohen. Directed by Jenny
Rowe. Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, 20 April (01748 823 021).
Claudius of Denmark: incestuous, fratricidal
traitor or hard-working patriot unafraid of tough decisions?
Writer-performer Robert Cohen takes you behind the
scenes at Elsinore, replaying the events of Hamlet through the
eyes of the prince's uncle-turned-stepfather, and attempting
answer some of the questions left hanging by Shakespeare: Why
did Claudius murder his brother?
How long had he and Gertrude been consorting?
How did he get on with Hamlet prior to the recent
And how did Yorick end up in that grave?
Henry IV, pt.1
Henry IV, pt.2
Merely Theatre. The
Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham, 2 February;
Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham, 3 February; Farnham Maltings,
Farnham, 5 February; The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 9
February; Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, 17 – 18 March;
Maltings Arts Centre, St Albans, 19 March; Theatre N16, London,
27, 29 and 31 March; Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon, 14 April;
Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 20 April; Theatre At The Mill,
Newtonabbey, 27 April; Kings Theatre, Edinburgh, 5 and 7 May.
Henry V tells
the story of young King Henry’s famous victory at Agincourt
while outnumbered, but underestimated, by the French. The show
uses football shirts to separate the French and English armies
in Shakespeare’s most patriotic History play.
Open Air Theatre.
Robert Hastie. Regent’s Park, London, 17 June – 9 July (0844 826 4242)
VI, pt 1
of Anjou by Elizabeth Schafer and Philippa Kelly. Caryl
Churchill Theatre, Royal Holloway, Egham, 8 March. Adapted from
the Henry VI tetralogy and Richard III. Rehearsed reading. Free
event but please register at:
VI, pt 2
VI, pt 3
Charlotte Conquest. The Norrington Room,
Oxford, 12 February – 19 March (01865 766266)
Talawa Theatre Company.
Don Warrington (King Lear). Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester,
1 April – 7 May (0161 833 9833); Birmingham Repertory Theatre,
Birmingham, 19 – 28 May (0121 236 4455)
Royal & Derngate Theatre. Directed by
Max Webster. Michael
Pennington (Lear). Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton, 1 – 23
April (01604 624811)
www.royalandderngate.co.uk; Theatre Royal, Brighton, 3
– 7 May (08700 606 650); Richmond Theatre, London, 9 – 14 May (0870 060 6651); Grand Opera House, York,
23 – 28 May (0844 8472322); Opera House, Manchester, 31 May – 4 June (0870 401 6000); Theatre Royal, Bath, 6 –
11 June (01225 448 844); Hall for Cornwall, Truro, 13 – 18 June (01872 262 466); Arts Theatre, Cambridge,
20 – 25 June (01223 503 333); Malvern Theatres, Malvern, 27 June – 2 July
(01684 892 277). [P]
Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 22 – 30 April (01603 620917). Directed by Chris Bealey.
Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Antony
Sher (Lear). Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 20
August – 15 October (01789 403493)
The Shadow King by Michael Kantor. Malthouse Theatre Company,
directed by Michael Kantor. Barbican, London, 22 June – 2 July.
Transporting King Lear
to the story-rich and resource-laden terrain of northern
Australia, The Shadow King reimagines Shakespeare's
tragedy as a blood-soaked tale of two indigenous families
divided by land, identity and legitimacy. Lear is the head of a
remote community wrangling over mining rights, inheritance and
wealth. Their story descends into madness and brutality against
the distinctive red earth of the Australian outback, dominated
by the imposing presence and blinding lights of a mining truck.
Told through modern English, Kriol languages and a score,
including Aboriginal ‘dreamtime' songs, performed live by an
onstage band, The Shadow King fuses music, new text and
video to create provocative and epic theatre.
Directed by Asia Osborne. The Broadway
Theatre, London, 27 January – 21 February (020 8690 0002)
Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
Home Theatre (formerly Cornerhouse), Manchester, 2 – 6 February (0161 200 1500)
Repertory Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, 12 – 16 April (01782
Arrows and Traps
Theatre Company. New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 15 April – 9
July (0870 060 6646)
Theatre, London, 18 June – 1 October (020 7401 9919)
The Devil Speaks True. Goat and Monkey.
Joel Scott. The Vaults, London, 17 – 27
February (0207 620 3364); The Garage, Norwich, 29 February
(01603 630000); Brunel
Arts Centre, Brunel University London, 3 March (01895
266074); New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, 9 March (023
9264 9000); Firestation
Centre for the Arts, Windsor, 10 March (www.fiestationartscentre.com); The Attenborough Centre, Leicester, 11 March (0116 252 2455);
Old Fire Station, Oxford, 17 March (01865 263980); Dome Studio,
Brighton, 18 – 19 March (01273 709 709).
A chilling visceral experience where you are
cast as Banquo from Macbeth in a first person auditory
adventure, tracing Banquo's journey from bloody battlefield to
spectral banquet table. Sitting in a pitch-black space and
wearing wireless headphones, you will be surrounded by a world
created through binaural sound, video projection and a solo
performer. The Devil Speaks True is a totally immersive
experience offering an intimate perspective of a man struggling
to come to terms with his place in a violent and tyrannical
world. Focusing on the psychological effects on men returning
home from war and the bond between soldiers, the production
intersperses Shakespeare's text with interviews with
Macbeth: A Tale of
Sound and Fury. 6Footstories Theatre Company. The Hope Theatre,
London, 2 – 20 February (0333 666 3366).
Three gnarly fortune tellers live amongst
the rats in an old junk yard, apart from decent society. Eager
to teach the selfish world of man a lesson, they prepare a
fortune reading that will destroy a throne and everything around
it. In this demented retelling of Shakespeare’s violent and
thrilling classic, 6FootStories invite you to witness their
wayward witches go about plotting the fall of Macbeth,
rehearsing what they hope will be the bloody and catastrophic
aftermath of their prophecy. Performed by three actors in an
immersive set made entirely of recycled objects, this is Macbeth
as you’ve never seen it before. The deranged cast will all play
Macbeth, and his wife, and all the other major characters,
swapping roles like a gory game of pass the parcel.
Macbeth – A Two Man Macbeth. Out of Chaos.
Mike Tweddle. Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) Theatre, Birmingham, 11 – 13 February (0121 446
The multi-award winning creators of Unmythable and
Norsesome take on their greatest challenge yet: all the
drama, intrigue and madness of Macbeth in 80 high-octane
minutes; more than 30 characters brilliantly and boldly brought
to life by just two actors.
Kill Bill Shakespeare. Adapted and directed by
Malachi Bogdanov. Birmingham School of
Acting. Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, 24 – 27 February (0121 643
5858). Macbeth - Kill Bill Shakespeare is an irreverent
and imaginative take on Shakespeare's timeless, blood-soaked
tale of murder, lust and power. This ground-breaking production
stays true to the original text but pays homage to some of
Tarantino's best-loved movies.
Age Advisory: 14+.
Contains partial nudity and smoking of herbal cigarettes.
Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett.
Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society. Directed
Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, 28 July – 6 August (01748 823 021).
The Merchant of Venice
Directed by Jonathan Munby. Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 4 – 15
October (020 7401 9919). Revival of the
Merry Wives of
Northern Broadsides. Directed by Barrie Rutter. New Vic Theatre,
Newcastle-under-Lyme, 5 – 27 February; The Viaduct, Halifax, 1 –
5 March; Hull Truck, 8 – 2 March; The Lowry, Salford, 15 – 19
March; The Rose,
Kingston, 22 – 26 March; West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, 6 – 16
April; Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 19 – 23 April, Stephen
Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, 26 – 30 April, Lawrence Batley
Theatre, Huddersfield, 4 – 7 May, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre,
Guildford, 10 – 14 May; York Theatre Royal, 17 – 21 May;
Liverpool Playhouse, 24 –
Company. Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, 22 – 26 August (01736
Royal Shakespeare Company. Dream 16: A Play for the Nation.
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 17 February – 5
March (0844 800 1110); Northern Stage
(formally Newcastle Playhouse), Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 16 – 26
March (0191 230 5151);
Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, 29 March – 2 April (0141 429 0022);
Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 5 – 9 April (01253 290 190); Alhambra Theatre,
Bradford, 12 – 16 April
Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 19 – 23 April (01227 787 787);
Theatre Royal, Norwich, 26 – 30 April (01603 63 00 00);
Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 3 – 7 May (0115 989 5555);
Hall for Cornwall, Truro, 10 – 14 May [On sale late
Barbican, London, 17 – 21 May (0845 120 7550); New Theatre, Cardiff,
24 – 28 May [On sale late October/early November];Grand Opera
House, Belfast, 31 May – 4 June (028 9024 1919); Royal
Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 15 June – 17 July (0844
Directed by Emma Rice.
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 30 April – 11
September (020 7401 9919)
Medway Little Theatre. Directed by Linda Russell. Medway Little
Theatre, Rochester, 16 – 25 June (01634 400 322)
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Cotswold
Playhouse, Stroud, 28 June (01453
Laurence Boswell. Theatre Royal, Bath, 3 – 20 August (01225 448 844)
The Dream by Frederick
Ashton. Birmingham Royal Ballet. Birmingham Hippodrome,
Birmingham, 17 – 20 February (0870 730 1234).
In The Dream, love gets out of hand for mortals and fairies alike in an
elegant and witty distillation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer
Night’s Dream. Created in 1964 to mark Shakespeare’s birthday.
A Midsummer Night’s
Dream (Opera). Surrey Opera. Composed by Benjamin Britten.
Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, 18 - 22 July (01736 810181).
A Midsummer Night’s
Dream (Opera). Glyndebourne Opera Company. Adapted and music by
Benjamin Britten. Directed by Peter Hall. Glyndebourne Theatre,
Lewes, 11 – 28 August (01273 813 813)
Merely Theatre. Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham, 1 February; Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham, 3
Lakeside Theatre, Colchester, 4 February; The
Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead 10 February;
Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock, 16 February;
Theatre, Eastbourne, 17 – 18 March; Tacchi Morris Arts Centre,
Taunton, 22 March; Theatre N16, London, 28 and 30 March;
Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon, 14 April; Mumford Theatre, Cambridge,
20 April; Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick, 28 – 19(am) April;
Island Arts, Lisburn, 29(pm) April; King’s Theatre,
Edinburgh, 5 – 7 May (0131 529 6000).
A Midsummer Night’s Dream playfully depicts the comically intertwining tales of feuding forest
gods, midnight elopements and staging a theatre show. This
energetic, 90 minute production of Shakespeare’s most popular
comedy stays true to Shakespeare’s text while presenting it in
an exuberant and stripped back style.
Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, London, 20 February – 19 March
(020 8741 6850).
The Lyric and Filter’s riotous
reinterpretation of one of Shakespeare’s best loved plays
returns to the Lyric, after its critically acclaimed 2012 run.
Featuring music from members of The London Snorkelling Team,
this classic tale of young lovers and warring fairies is given a
unique and irreverent twist.
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Backwell Playhouse,
Backwell, 26 – 28 May (0117
David Hall, South Petherton, 31 May – 1 June (01460
240340); Newbury Corn Exchange, 2 June (0845 521 8218); Wedmore
Village Hall, 3 June (01934 713009); Dulverton Town Hall, 4 June
(01398 323818); Wells Little Theatre, 7 June (01749 672280);
Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, 8 June (01202 885566); Chipping Norton
Theatre, Chipping Norton, 9 June (01608 642350); Pound Arts
Centre, Corsham, 10 June (01249 701628); Shaftesbury Arts
Centre, 11 June (01747 854321); Bridport Arts Centre, 14 June
(01308 424204); Wharf Theatre, Devizes, 15 – 16 June (01380
725944); Beehive Arts Centre, Honiton, 17 June (01404 384050);
Armstrong Hall, Thornbury, 18 June (01454 412272); Tacchi-Morris
Taunton, 21 June (01823 414141); Regal Theatre, Minehead, 22
June (01643 706430); Theatre Brecheiniog, Brecon, 23 June (01874
611622); Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot, 24 June (01235
515144); The Courtyard, Hereford, 27 June (01432 340555);
Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud, 28 June (0333 666 3366); Parabola
Arts Centre, Cheltenham, 29 – 30 June (01242 707484). Suitable
A Dream by Chris
Bush. Sheffield People’s Theatre. Directed by Emily Hutchinson.
Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 13 – 16 July (0114 249 6000).
A modern day mash up of Shakespearean romance.
‘Midsummer’s Eve. Music thuds from the city below. Drink flows,
songs are sung, vows are made. In the hospital on the hill the
staff stand by to stitch up, heal wounds and pick up the pieces.
As the bard said, the course of true love always did get messy
around closing time.’ Performed by a hundred members of the
Sheffield People’s Theatre.
Pocket Dream. Propeller Theatre Company. Directed by Edward Hall. Christ
Church University, Canterbury, 1 – 2 February 2016; Belgrade
Theatre, Coventry, 4 – 6 February; Town Hall, Loughborough, 9
February; Seacombe Theatre, Sutton, 11 – 12 February; Garrick
Theatre, Lichfield, 17-18 February; Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis,
2 March; Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans, 12 March. [More dates
http://propeller.org.uk. [Sixty-minute version with all-male cast] [P]
Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Magnificent Bastards
Productions. Leicester Square Theatre, London, 26 April – 11
June (020 7734 2222).
An entirely serious production of A Midsummer
Night's Dream with the addition of an entirely shit-faced cast
member. Hilarious, raucous and completely interactive, the show
has entertained thousands of music festival goers since 2010,
completed a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in
2012. With a genuinely drunken professional actor selected at
random every night, no two productions are ever the same. The
energy and danger of the show are further compounded by allowing
the audience control of when, what and how much the actor drinks
during the show. Previous productions have featured highlights
such as partial male nudity, Ill-fated crowd surfing,
transvestitism, simulated sex acts, unconsciousness, partial
female nudity, Justin Timberlake impressions, actual acts of a
sexual nature and ‘battle yodelling'. All presented within the
confines of one of the finest works in the literary canon.
performed and created by Anna-Helena McLean. Greenwich
Theatre, London, 22 – 24 March (020 8858 7755).
Shortlisted for the Musical Theatre Network Edinburgh Award 2015,
Titania is A
Midsummer Night's Dream as you’ve never seen it before...
In this engaging, amusing and participatory production, our much-loved
Queen of the Night plays out events from her past, hosting
nightly revels in an attempt to woo audiences off the path and
back into the woods. A heady fusion of original music and vocal
acrobatics, Titania is
the Queen of the Faeries’ tale with an amplified twist.
Much Ado About Nothing
Douglas Rintoul. Queen’s Theatre,
Hornchurch, 4 – 26 March (01708 443 333)
Guildford Shakespeare Company. University of Law Grounds,
Guildford, 15 – 30 July (01483 304384).
Béatrice et Bénédict
by Hector Berlioz.
London Philharmonic Orchestra. Glyndebourne
Theatre, Lewes, 23 July – 27 August (01273 813 813)
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse,
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 19 November – 21 April 2016
The Faction. Directed by Mark Leipacher. The New
Diorama Theatre, London, 5 January – 6 February (0844 2090 344).
Romeo and Juliet
Directed by Paul Hart. The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 25
February – 2 April (01635 46044)
Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company. Directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Garrick Theatre, London, 12 May – 13 August (
Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Birmingham
Royal Ballet. Choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan. Birmingham
Hippodrome, Birmingham, 24 – 27 February (0844 338 5000); Empire Theatre, Sunderland, 17 – 19 March (0870 602 1130);
Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 13 – 16 April (01752 267 222).
I Capuleti e I Montecchi by Vincenzo Bellini. Pop-Up
Opera. Directed by James Hurley. The Vaults, London, 21 March (0207 620 3364); Marine Theatre, Lyme
Regis, 28 March (01297 442 138); Minack Theatre, Penzance, 16 April
(01736 810 181); Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, 5 May (01539 725 133).
The tragic tale of the
star-crossed lover Romeo and Juliet unfolds in Bellini's
operatic version which draws on both Shakespeare and his
original source material. Sung in Italian with English captions.
New Mutiny Theatre Company. Theatre Royal, Bath, 26 – 28
February (01225 448 844).
Let’s All Dance’s edgy, explosive
production engages audiences of all ages and, especially young
people, with this high energy Hip Hop step. The lovers and their
contemporaries communicate via text, their words magnified and
projected onto backdrops, clothing, the floor, props and skin.
Monochrome, contemporary costumes and set provide a
sombre and uncluttered canvas for the vibrant energy and high emotions. And with
the issue of cyberbullying woven into the plot, this is a highly
relevant production for today’s internet generation. Fantastic
dancing, crystal-clear storytelling and engaging characters
create a gripping show.
Blue Orange Theatre,
Birmingham, 4 – 13 February (0121 212 2643). Cast of
Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare
Up Close. Directed by Gemma Fairlie. Orange Tree Theatre,
London, 27 January – 20 February (020 8940 3633).
Summer 2016. London. A
city of extremes. Where the whole
neighbourhood has been divided by the lines of
wealth. A world of street fights, catcalling and banter. A boy
gatecrashes a fancy party and falls in love, for at least the
second time that week. But this girl is different. She doesn’t
want to hear his lines and she’s not interested in his moves.
realises that she is the best and
the worst thing that could ever have happened to him. They fall
in love, and the world comes crashing down. Physical, fast paced
and furious – this Romeo and Juliet combines dance, physical
theatre and gymnastics into this brutal, beautiful tale of love
and hate. Told in 90 minutes with an ensemble cast of 6, this is
Shakespeare with speed.
West Side Story. Music: Leonard Bernstein. King’s Theatre,
Glasgow, 23 – 27 February (0844 871 7648)
West Side Story. Music: Leonard Bernstein. Repertory Theatre,
Stoke on Trent, 19 – 23 April (01782 209784).
West Side Story. Music: Leonard Bernstein. Newcastle
Musical Theatre Company. Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne, 19 – 23 July (08448 112121)
The Taming of the Shrew
Directed by Caroline Byrne. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London,
13 May – 6 August (020 7401 9919)
The Taming of the Shrew (Ballet).
Birmingham Royal Ballet. Choreographed by John Cranko.
Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, 16 – 18 June
(0844 338 5000)
Kiss Me Kate by Cole Porter. Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 18 – 27 February (01708 443333)
Directed by Dominic Dromgoole. Sam
Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 17 February – 22 April (020 7401 9919)
Bristol Old Vic Theatre
School. Directed by Donnacadh O’Briain. Redgrave Theatre,
Clifton College, Bristol, 18 – 27 February (0117 973 3955).
Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Simon Russell Beale
(Prospero). Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 8
November – 21 January 2017 (01789
Mid Wales Trust
Hafren (formerly Theatre
Hafren), Newtown, 16 March (01686 625 007).
Join us for this musical retelling of Shakespeare’s tale of
magic and shipwrecks, designed to support the national
curriculum at Key Stage 2. All schools attending will receive a
Resource Pack with an introduction to the story and the music, a
song for everyone to learn, and classroom activities to enrich
the children’s learning experience.
Cluster. Theatre Royal, York, 10 May (01904 623 568).
Following on from last year’s Henry trilogy, eight schools take on
Shakespeare’s tale of revenge and redemption. Each school
performs part of the story in an ensemble and choral approach to
storytelling. Told across eight scenes, one story is told
through eight unique voices and insights.
Royal & Derngate Theatre
and The National Youth Theatre. Written by
Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton, 23 June – 2 July (01604 624811).
Amaluna by Cirque du
Soleil. Royal Albert Hall, London, 16 January – 6 March (0845
Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses
and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera,
directs her daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that
honours femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance which marks the
passing of these insights and values from one generation to the
next. In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of
young men lands on the island, triggering an epic, emotional
story of love between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young
suitor. But theirs is a love that will be put to the test. The
couple must face numerous demanding trials and overcome daunting
setbacks before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and
Mirando the Gay Tempest by Martin Lewton. Theatre North Company.
Jermyn Street Theatre, London, 14 February (020 7287 2875); Lion and the Unicorn Theatre, London, 23 February – 5 March (020 7267 2304). In this 70 minute version of The
Tempest, Prospero has a son - Mirando - not a daughter; and
the great love scene is between two men. Created in the year of
Equal Marriage, this one man show reflects not only on these new
freedoms but also, as Prospero renounces his magic, on the gay
subcultures that might be lost in this "brave new world".
The Tempest in a Teacup.
Umbrella Arts Theatre Company. Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, 17
February (then several dates) (01736 810181). A storytelling
event. www.minack.com [P]
Grassroots Shakespeare London. Leicester Square
Theatre, London, 5 – 30 April (08448 733433)
Questor’s Theatre, London, 20 – 30 April (020 8567 5184)
New Wimbledon Studio Theatre, London 14 June – 9 July.
Filter Theatre Company.
Directed by Sean Holmes.
Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, 29 March – 2 April (01352 701521); Birmingham
Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, 12 – 16 April (0121 236 4455);
Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, 19 – 23 April (023 8067 1771);
Theatre Royal, Windsor, 25 – 30 April (01753 853 888); HOME,
Manchester, 11 – 14 May (0161 200 1500); Theatre Royal,
Plymouth, 16 – 21 May (01752 267 222). Originally commissioned
by the RSC, Filter's Twelfth Night is a fresh take on
Shakespeare, featuring live music to create a truly accessible
approach to the Bard for both newbie and veteran theatregoers.
I, Malvolio by Tim Crouch.
Karl James &
Andy Smith. Orange Tree Theatre, London, 25 February (020 8940 3633).
Look at you. Sitting there with your bellies full of pop
and pickled herring. Laughing at me. Go on. Laugh at the funny
man. Laugh. Make the funny man cry.
The story of Twelfth Night told through the eyes of Shakespeare
s most pent-up steward. Replete with yellow stockings, it is a
charged, hilarious and often unsettling rant from a man who was
'notoriously wronged'. A story of lost dignity, prudery,
practical jokes and bullying, Malvolio draws his audience into
the madness of Shakespeare's play and makes it his own. Suitable
for ages 12+. Running time: 1hr. Co-commissioned by Brighton
Festival and Singapore Arts Festival.
Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank.
The Globe Theatre, London, 12 – 19
March (020 7401 9919).
Our Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank productions
are created for young people. This is an opportunity to attend a
full-scale, fast-paced 90 minute performance within the glory of
the Globe Theatre, the architecture for which Shakespeare wrote.
Packed with laughs, love and music the play explores themes that
recognise from their own lives and will leave children and adults
alike buzzing with the thrill of live theatre.
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Shakespeare’s Globe and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse. Directed
by Nick Bagnall.
Chilham Castle, Canterbury, 20 – 22 May;
Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire,
3 –5 June;
Old Wardour Castle, Nr Tisbury, Salisbury, 8 – 11
Akershus Fortress, Oslo, 16 –19 June;
Ystad Teater, Sweden,
22 - 23 June;
New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, 13 –16 July;
Oxford Playhouse Plays Out, Bodleian Library, Oxford,
19 July - 31 July;
Art Carnuntum, Austria,
4 – 6 August;
Northcott Theatre, Exeter,
8 – 11 September;
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 20 September – 1 October;
Everyman Theatre, 5 – 29 October.
More venues to be announced.
(020 7401 9919)
Two Noble Kinsmen
Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Blanche
McIntyre. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 17 August – 7
February 2017 (01789 403493) www.rsc.org.uk
Shakespeare’s Globe. Sam
Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 28 January – 22 April
(020 7401 9919)
Company. Holy Trinity Church, Guildford, 8 – 27 February.
The Winter’s Tale
(Ballet). The Royal Ballet. Choreographed by Christopher
Wheeldon. The Royal Opera House, London, 12 April – 7 June
(020 7304 4000)
A Winter’s Tale. Moving
Stories. Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, 11 – 15 July (01736
810181). Moving Stories have lovingly re-imagined this enchanted and
timeless tragicomedy especially for the magical Minack stage.
Woven with their trademark features of original live music,
vivid design and inventive staging, get set for an illuminating
and memorable theatrical event.
Poems and Apocrypha
Strolling with Shakespeare.
Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 17 April (01603 620917). A walk
round Norwich, starting at the theatre, with sonnets performed
by members of the company.
The Complete Deaths.
Spymonkey. Directed by Tim Crouch. Royal & Derngate Theatre,
Northampton, 5 – 7 May (01604 624811) then at the
Brighton Festival. All of Shakespeare’s death scenes.
Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare by
Forced Entertainment Company.
The Pit, Barbican Centre, London, 1 – 6 March
(0845 120 7550).
Forced Entertainment brings you the Complete Works like you've
never seen it before, each of Shakespeare's 36 plays condensed
and presented on a tabletop using a cast of everyday objects. A
salt and pepper pot for the king and queen. A spoon stands in
for a servant and a candle for the Friar. Macbeth becomes a
cheese grater, Pericles a light bulb and Hamlet's now a bottle
of ink. Theatre pioneers Forced Entertainment explore the
dynamic force of narrative and language in their simple yet
distinctive summary of the playwright's comedies, tragedies,
histories and late works. With an artist from the company
retelling each play over the course of a week, audiences can
enjoy one or as many performances as they fancy. Intimate and
scaled down, the worlds they create are vivid, accessible and
The Herbal Bed by Peter Whelan.
A co-production with
English Touring Theatre
Rose Theatre Kingston. Directed by James Dacre. Worcester Repertory
Company. Royal and Derngate, Northampton. 5 – 27 February (01604 624 811); Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 1 – 5 March (01223 503 333); Everyman and Playhouse, Liverpool, 8 – 12 March (0151 709 4776);
Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 15 – 19 March (01392 493 493); Theatre Royal, Brighton, 22 – 26 March (08700 606 650); The Lowry, Salford, 30 March – 2 April (0161 876 2000); Theatre Royal, Bath, 12 – 16 April (01225 448 844); The Playhouse, Oxford, 19 – 23 April (01865 305 305); Rose Theatre, Kingston, 26 April – 7 May (08444 821 556).
When William Shakespeare’s daughter is publicly
accused of adultery with her
neighbour, her husband chooses to
stand by her, suing her accuser for slander. In doing so, their
lives fall under the glare of intense public scrutiny in this
emotional thriller, based upon real events from
Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer of 1613.
Kings of War
Bart van den Eynde
Peter van Kraaij.
Ivo van Hove.
Barbican, London, 22 April – 1 May (0845
Kings of War, Shakespeare's Henry V, Henry VI and Richard III
become modern-day political leaders, their fates unfolding in
this single, explosive play. Three different rulers in times of
crisis. Each faced with the life-or-death choice of whether to
go to war. Their decision-making and the machinations of their
advisors are laid bare, exposing the conflict between national
concerns and self-interest in an era of globalisation.”
Much Ado in Hippolyta Heights
by Andy Dobb. Mansfield Palace Senior Youth
Theatre. Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 10 – 11 February (01623 633 133).
Two camera crews move into Hippolyta Heights Estate to make a Reality Show
to capture the highest murder, teen pregnancy and unemployment
rate, plus any juicy gossip from the locals. What they find is
very different! Will Stratford Avon persuade his true love to
fall in love with him? And will three girls with a grudge be
made into witches by the Producer and cast spells live on telly?
2016 is the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare, and
characters, storylines and themes from his plays inspire this
amusing, lighthearted but poignant play with the contemporary
characters caught up in the modern world.
Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti. Directed by Rob Ashford.
Adrian Lester (Ira Aldridge). Garrick Theatre, London, 23
January – 27 February (0330 333 4811).
Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 1833. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his
generation, has collapsed on stage whilst playing Othello. A
young black American actor has been asked to take over the role.
But as the public riot in the streets over the abolition of
slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the
revolution taking place in the theatre?
The Ruff Guide to Shakespeare by Toby Hulse. Bristol Old Vic
Theatre School. Redgrave Theatre, Clifton College, Bristol, 30
January and 6 February (0117 973 3955). The life, the times and
every single play - all in one hour!
Bill (Ballet). Birmingham Royal Ballet. Birmingham Hippodrome,
Birmingham, 22 – 25 June
(0844 338 5000).
Our celebration of Shakespeare continues with a
combination of tragedy, comedy and poetry, all translated into
José Limón's The Moor's Pavane distils the passion and
drama of Shakespeare's Othello into a thrilling one-act
tragedy, tightly focussed on four characters and their jealousy.
David Bintley's The Shakespeare Suite sets a collection
of the Bard's best-loved characters to a swinging Duke Ellington
score and offers a quicksilver visit to Shakespearean couples of
every sort, star-crossed, bewitched, squabbling, and romantic,
plus a powerhouse solo. Finally Jessica Lang captures the poetry
of the sonnets in Wink the world premiere of this work.
A Shakespeare Cabaret. Theatre Royal Bath Theatre School.
Theatre Royal, Bath, 10 – 12 March (01225 448 844).
Wilt thou join us, if you’re able,
to sit with friends at Shakespeare’s table?
Laugh, be merry, join our youth,
in vaudevillian merriment, forsooth.
Compare us, if you will, to a
for ‘All the World’s a... Cabaret’ The completely incomplete works of
William Shakespeare performed as a cabaret by 21st Century
vaudevillian young people.
Shakespeare Untold by Harper Ray and Adam
Sibbald. Shakespeare’s Globe and Seabright Productions.
Camberley Theatre, Camberley, 4 March (01276 707 600). The stories you know from the characters you
don’t. This family-friendly double bill comes from London's
world-renowned venue, Shakespeare’s Globe. In Romeo Untold,
the story of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet
is retold through the eyes of the Capulet Ball's party planner.
Titus Untold retells Shakespeare's goriest tragedy, Titus
Andronicus, as seen from the kitchen of Titus’s piemaker.
Shakespeare’s Greatest Bits. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 24
April (01603 620917). Performance of the best sonnets and
This is Shakespeare 16. Richmond School Community Arts. Georgian
Theatre Royal, Richmond, 23 April (01748 823 021).
Richmond School Community Arts and The
Georgian Theatre Royal have teamed up to mark the 400th
anniversary of William Shakespeare's death with two exciting
live performances. Bringing together Richmond School Drama Club,
Richmond School Sixth Form Theatre Company, The Georgian Theatre
Royal Youth Theatre and Richmond Church of England Primary
School, students ranging in age from 7 to 18 will explore
Shakespeare's relevance to themselves and their surroundings
Where There’s a Will by Stewart Melton.
Bath Spa University’s OnSet
Directed by Ian Nicholson. Theatre Royal, Bath, 3 – 5 March (01225 448 844).
Where there’s a Will, there’s a play... Who really wrote
the Complete Works? Bill, Will or William? Saxpere, Shaxberd or
Shakespeare? Or someone else entirely? A crack company of
players gets to the bottom of the Bard Problem. Cue
cross-dressing, mistaken identities, theatrical ghosts, kings,
queens, rude mechanicals and exits pursued by a bear. A
tragical-comical-historical-pastoral tale in celebration of
Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary.