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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

 March 2015 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

The Norwich Players. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 23 April – 2 May  (01603 620917).  www.maddermarket.co.uk [A]

As You Like It

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Blanche McIntyre. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 15 May – 5 September (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

New
National Theatre. Directed by Polly Findlay. Olivier Theatre, from 24 November (020 7452 3000). www.nationaltheatre.org.uk [P]

Comedy of Errors

Coriolanus

Cymbeline

Waterloo East Theatre, London, 24 – 29 March (020 7928 0060). www.waterlooeast.co.uk [P]

Hamlet

Clwyd Theatr Cymru. Directed by Terry Hands. Anthony Hopkins Theatre, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, 5 February - 7 March (0845 330 3565) www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk ; New Theatre, Cardiff, 10 - 14 March (029 2087 8889). www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk/ [P]

English Repertory Theatre. Cockpit Theatre, London, 17 February – 15 March (020 7258 2925) http://thecockpit.org.uk/ [P]

Ninagawa Company. Directed by Yukio Ninagawa. Barbican Theatre, London. 21 – 24 May. (0845 120 7550) www.barbican.org.uk In Japanese with English surtitles. [P]

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

Adaptations

New
The Pocket Oxford Theatre Company. The Warren, Main House, Brighton, 9 – 17 May (
01273 917272). [Part of the Brighton Fringe]. http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org [P]

New
The Diagnosis: Hamlet. Companyia Pelmānec. St Peter’s School, York, 11 – 12 May (01904 623568). “A troubled young man, a blowsy mother, a naive young girl, and Max – dressed in the uniform of the asylum. One actor, playing not only himself, but all four characters. A mesmerising combination of visual imagery, film, astounding puppetry and emotionally charged acting. Max wants to be Hamlet. He wants Shakespeare to make decisions for him, speak for him, liberate him from his pain and his fear through the words of his most complex and analyzed characters. Day after day, he becomes the director, encouraging and controling his nightmares as a puppeteer.
Virtuosic Catalan actor and puppeteer Miquel Gallardo adds a thought-provoking and moving layer to Shakespeare’s exploration of a character full of confusion.” [In Spanish with English subtitles]. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk [P].

H(2)O. Teatr Strefa Otwarta of Wroclaw. Performed and devised by Anna Rakowska and Piotr Misztela. De Grey Rooms, York, 9 – 11 May (01904 623568). “Hamlet and Ophelia are engaged in a constant and dangerous game, forced by the depth of their feelings to fight and to play. Interacting constantly with the audience and with the environment in which they are playing, Anna and Piotr create a performance based on improvisation in which the actors examine the boundaries of theatre, giving viewers the opportunity to explore their own expression of feelings and most importantly to decide.” [Part of the York International Shakespeare Festival]. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk [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]

The Lion King Tour. Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 6 November - 11 January 2015 (08700 402000) www.wmc.org.uk; Palace Theatre, Manchester, 17 January – 22 February (0870 401 3000) www.palaceandoperahouse.org.uk [P]

Prince H. Universe. Parrabbola in association with Hamletscenen from Helsingoer Denmark. Written and directed by Lars Romann Engel. Friargate Theatre, York, 9 - 10 May (01904 623568) “In the Hamlet Family Talkshow studio – Prince H.is in the presenter’s chair. As Prince H. tells stories from his own turbulent life, and interviews his audiences about their experiences, universal issues are discussed warmly and unpretentiously in ways that connect both with Prince H.’s world, and with that of the audience. This production is the English language version of an interlinked series of European productions of Prince H. Universe in various languages which has so far involved, Danish, Swedish, Polish and Catalan – under the framework of the European Shakespeare Festivals Network.” www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk [P].

Henry IV, pt.1

Henry IV, pt.2

Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company. Guildhall Theatre, Derby. 3 – 7 March. (01332 255800). http://derbyshakespeare.org.uk [A]

Henry V

New
Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Alex Hassell (Henry V). Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon, 12 September – 25 October (0870 6091110) www.rsc.org.uk/ [P]

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

Henry VI, pt 3

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

Adaptation

New
Witness Theatre. The Warren, Otherplace at the Basement, Main Space, Brighton, 7 – 8, 21 May (01273 917272). [Part of the Brighton Fringe]. http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org [P]

King John

Royal and Derngate, Northampton. Directed by James Dacre. Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Northampton, 24 April – 16 May (01604 624 811); Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 1 – 28 June (020 7401 9919). www.royalandderngate.co.uk www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

Adaptation

Hammerpuzzle. The Egg, Bath, 4-5 March (01225 448 844); Merlin Theatre, Frome, 7 March (01373 465949); Everyman Studio Theatre, Cheltenham, 10 March (01242 572573); The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Taunton, 12 March (01823 283244); The Theatre, Chipping Norton, 14 March (01608 642350). www.hammerpuzzle.co.uk.  [P]

King Lear

Northern Broadsides. Directed by Jonathan Miller. Barrie Rutter (Lear). Viaduct, Halifax, 4 – 7 March 2015 (01422 255 266); Hull Truck, Hull, 10 – 14 March (01482 323 638); Theatre Royal, Bath, 17 – 21 March (01225 448 844); Everyman, Cheltenham, 24 – 28 March (01242 572 573); West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, 8 – 18 April (0113 213 7700); Stephen Joseph, Scarborough, 21 – 25 April (01723 370 541); Playhouse, Liverpool, 28 April – 2 May (0151 709 4776); Lowry, Salford, 5 – 9 May (0843 208 6000); TFTV Mainstage, University of York, Campus East, 12 – 16 May (01904 623568); Rose, Kingston, 19 -23 May (020 8174 0090); New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme, 27 May – 13 June (01782 717 962). www.northern-broadsides.co.uk [P]

Adaptations

New
Lear’s Daughters by
Women's Theatre Group and Elaine Feinstein. Bolton Little Theatre, Bolton, 15 – 18 April (01204 334 400). The relationship of the King's three daughters during their formative years with their parents, the Fool and a Nanny - who is not quite what she appears to be. This is an imaginative explanation for why Shakespeare's characters went on to behave as they did. http://boltonlittletheatre.co.uk/ [A]

A Response to King Lear: They Kill us for their Sport. Performed and devised by York St John University second year students. Quad South Hall, York St John University, York, 13 – 14 May (01904 623568). “Through fragmented images, snatched conversations and half remembered events, York St John's second year students have created their production as a reconsidering of William Shakespeare's King Lear. It has been composed in responce to the student's recent secular pilgramage to Auschwitz; to try and answer the question "how will we remember when all the witnesses are gone?"” [Part of the York International Shakespeare Festival]. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk [A]

Love's Labour's Lost

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]

The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Downing College Gardens, Cambridge, 13 July – 1 August (07955 218824) www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [P]

Macbeth

Filter Theatre and Tobacco Factory Theatres. Composed by Tom Haines. Vaults, Waterloo, London, 4 – 15 February (0207 620 3364); Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, 17 - 21 February; The Playhouse, Oxford, 24 - 28 February; Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 2 - 7 March; Northern Stage (previously known as Newcastle Haymarket Playhouse), Newcastle upon Tyne, 17 - 18 March. . www.filtertheatre.com [P]

Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, 16 – 23 March (020 8940 3633). www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk. [P]

New Wimbledon Studio Theatre, London, 22 - 25 July (0870 060 6646) www.uktw.co.uk/London/New-Wimbledon-Theatre/V341/ [P]

The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. King’s College Gardens, Cambridge, 3 August – 29 August (07955 218824) www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [P]

Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 17 – 23 August (020 7401 9919). [Performed in Cantonese with scene synopses in English]. www.shakespearesglobe.com. [Booking opens on 9 February 2015] [P]

New
Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Directed by Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin. The Young Vic, London, 26 November – 16 January 2016 (020 7922 2922) www.youngvic.org/ [P]

Adaptations

Lost Theatre. Directed by David Shopland. Lost Theatre, 208 Wandsworth Road, London, 10 February – 1 March. (0207 720 6897). David Shopland’s Macbeth is a sparse and gripping view of the play through the eyes of a grieving couple. This is not a story about war and witches, but the heartbreaking destruction of a marriage. It is a 400 year old domestic drama that highlights the same base emotions we all feel throughout our lives. This play’s horror lies in its humanity. http://losttheatre.co.uk [A]

Tara Arts (in association with Queen's Hall Arts and Black Theatre Live). Directed by  Jatinder Verma. Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, 25 - 27 February (01434 652477); Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, 3 March (01484 430528); Theatre Royal, Margate, 6 - 7 March (01843 292795); The Opera House, Buxton, 10 March (0845 127 2190); Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea, 12 - 14 March (01792 60 20 60); Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole, 17 - 18 March (0844 406 8666); Arts Depot, London, 20 - 21 March (020 8369 5454); Stratford Circus, London, 26 - 28 March (0844 357 2625); Theatre Royal, Windsor 7 - 11 April (01753 853 888); Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 14 - 18 April (01284 769505); Derby Theatre, Derby, 21  - 25 April (01332 593939); Key Theatre, Peterborough, 28 - 29 April (01733 207239); Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate, 5 - 9 May (01423 502 116). http://tara-arts.com [P]

New
Actors from the London Stage. Cockpit Theatre, London, 1 – 2 April (020 7258 2925). Focusing on the danger, passion and honesty of the words. The 5 actors bring to life 29 characters inviting the audience to participate with their imagination in the mayhem and horror of the nightmare that is Macbeth;. http://thecockpit.org.uk/ [A]

New
C&D Productions Theatre Company. The Rialto Theatre, Brighton, 13 - 16 May (01273 917272). [Part of the Brighton Fringe]. http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org [P]

 Wyrd Sisters. Written by Stephen Briggs. Chelmsford Theatre Workshop. Old Fort Theatre, Chelmsford, 15 – 18; 22 – 25 April (01245 606505). http://chelmsfordtheatreworkshop.wordpress.com/contact-us/ [A]

Measure for Measure

Cheek by Jowl (Russian Ensemble). Directed by Declan Donnellan. Barbican Theatre, London. 15 – 25 April. (0845 120 7550); Playhouse, Oxford 28 April – 2 May. (01865 305305) www.barbican.org.uk www.oxfordplayhouse.com  [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole. 20 June – 17 October (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com. [Booking opens on 9 February] [P]

New
The Young Vic, London. Directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins. 2 October – 7 November (020 7922 2922) www.youngvic.org/ [P]

The Merchant of Venice

New
LAMDA Pleasance, London, 1 – 9 April (020 7609 1800) www.pleasance.co.uk/ [A]

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Jonathan Munby, 23 April – 7 June (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com. [P]

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon. Directed by Polly Findlay. 14 May - 2 September. (0870 60901110) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Bournemouth Shakespeare Players in association with St Peter's Players. Priory House Gardens, Bournemouth, 14 – 25 July. www.bshakespearep.org [A]

Adaptation

New
The Folger Consort with Derek Jacobi. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 7 – 8 March (020 7401 9919). Whether or not Shakespeare visited Venice, it is well known that musicians of the time travelled often between Italy and London. Chief among these were the extraordinary wind players of the Bassano family, whose remarkable music is heard here. Acclaimed actors Derek Jacobi and Samantha Bond join the Consort on stage with passages from Shakespeare’s great play. www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

Merry Wives of Windsor

Shakespeare at the George. Directed by Steph Hamer. 23 June – 4 July. [Part of the RSC Open Stages.] www.satg.org.uk [A]

The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. King’s College Gardens, Cambridge; 13 July – 1 August (07955 218824) www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [P]

Adaptation

Falstaff.  Opera.  Music by Giuseppe Verdi.  Lyrics by Arrigo Boito.  Royal Opera House, La Scala Milan, and Canadian Opera Company.  Royal Opera House, London, 6 – 18 July (020 7304 4000).  www.roh.org.uk [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

New
Prince Henry's High School Drama Department. Evesham Arts Centre, Evesham, 19 – 21 March (01386 765588). www.eveshamartscentre.co.uk/ [A]

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse. Directed by Nick Bagnall. Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, 21 March – 18 April (0151 709 4776). www.everymanplayhouse.com [P]

New
Festival Theatre Company. Directed by Rebecca Lowndon. St Ann’s Well Gardens, The Scented Garden, Brighton, 13 - 31 May (01273 917272). [Part of the Brighton Fringe]. http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org [P]

Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Alice Holt Forest, Farnham, Surrey, 19 June; Bradgate Park - Newton Linford, Leicester, 21 June (0116 234 1850); Claydon House, Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire, 4 July (0844 249 1895); Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, 8 July (0121 454 1860); Skerries Mills, Skerries, County Dublin, 25 July (01 8495208); Erddig (National Trust property), Wrexham 1 August (0844 249 1895); Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Nr Ponteland, Northumberland 19 August (01661 881 636); Athelhampton House and Gardens, Dorchester, Dorset, 28 August (01305 848 363). www.chapterhouse.org. [P]

The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. St John’s College Gardens, Cambridge, 3 August – 22 August (07955 218824) www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [P]

Adaptation

New
Box Tale Soup. The Warren, Main House, Brighton, 2 - 4, 25 May (01273 917272). [Part of the Brighton Fringe]. Adaptation for children.  http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org [P]

Royal Shakespeare Company and Garsington Opera. Incidental music by Felix Mendelssohn. Directed by Douglas Boyd and Gregory Doran. Wormsley Estate, High Wycombe, 16 – 18 July; Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon, 26 July (0844 800 1110). www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on [P]

Much Ado About Nothing

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 (0870 6091110).  www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Bath University Student Theatre. The Mission Theatre, Bath, 5 – 7 March (01225 386777). www.missiontheatre.co.uk. [A]

Hillbark Players. Directed by Martin Riley. Royden Park, Frankby, nr West Kirby, The Wirral.  22 – 27 June www.hillbarkplayers.co.uk [A]

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre. Stafford Castle, 25 June – 11 July, (01785 619 080). http://www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk/ [P]

Updated
Oddsocks. Thoresby Riding Hall, Newark, 20 June; Forum Theatre, Billingham, 24 June (01642 552663); Chepstow Castle, Monmouth, 28 June (Booking Opens Soon); Venue TBC, Hexham, Northumberland, 2 – 3 July (Booking Opens Soon); Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden, Stockton Heath Festival, 4 July (Booking Opens Soon);  The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, 10 July (Booking Opens Soon); Fillongley Lodge, Coventry, 11 July (Booking Opens Soon); RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate International Festival, 14 -15 July (01423 562303); Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar, 16 July (01642 479500/633801); MAC Arena, Cannon Hill, Birmingham, 19 July (0121 4463232); Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, 24 - 25 July (Booking Opens Soon); Mary Arden’s Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1 August (01332 258328); Venue TBC, Jersey, 3-12 August, (Booking opens soon); Castle Cornet, Guernsey, 14 – 19 August (Booking Opens Soon); Newhaven Fort, East Sussex, 25 August (Booking Opens Soon). www.oddsocks.co.uk. [P]

The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Trinity College Gardens, Cambridge, 3 August – 22 August (07955 218824) www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Max Webster, 10 August – 12 September, (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com. [Booking opens on 9 February] [P]

Adaptation

 

Bath University Student Theatre. The Mission Theatre, Bath, 5 - 7 March (01225 386777). Set in Canary Wharf during the recession.

www.bath.ac.uk/icia [A]

Othello

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Directed by Iqbal Khan. 4 June – 28 August. (0870 609 1110) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Pericles

Richard II

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Simon Godwin, 11 July – 18 October (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com. [P]

Richard III

 The Cotswold Arcadians. Directed by David Sherratt. Hatherop Castle School, Gloucestershire, 20 - 25 July. Open-air production. www.arcadians.org [A]

National Theatre of China. Directed by Wang Ziaoying. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 20-25 July (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com. [Booking opens on 9 February 2015] [Performed in Mandarin with scene synopses in English.] [P]

Curve Studio Theatre, Leicester. Directed by Nikolai Foster, 25 July – 9 August (0116 242 3560). A community cast together with Curve’s professional production team. www.curveonline.co.uk  [A/P]

Adaptations

Richard III. Guildhall Council Chambers, York, 16 May (01904 623568). Reimagined as a modern-day thriller, a young, ambitious Richard seeks to seize the reins of our nation’s divided Parliament by any means necessary. In an ambitious retelling of Shakespeare’s classic, the University of York’s Drama Society will examine the nature of leadership in today’s fractured political climate and the insatiable rise of the increasingly outlandish, motivated and charismatic “people’s politicians”” [Part of the York International Shakespeare Festival]. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk [A]

New Venture Theatre. Directed by Scott Roberts. New Venture Theatre, Studio, Brighton, 3 – 4 April (no telephone booking). Rehearsed reading of abridged version.  www.newventure.org.uk. [A]

Romeo and Juliet

Updated
Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Directed by Polina Kalinina. The Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, 19 February – 4 April. (0117 902 0344) www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com ; The Dukes, Lancaster 19 – 23 May (01524 598 500) http://www.dukes-lancaster.org/ [P]

Rose Theatre, Kingston, 28 February – 21 March. (08444 821 556) www.resetheatrekingston.org [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. 27 April – 8 May (followed by tour) (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com. [Booking opens on 9 February] [P]

New
Jackinabox. Directed by John Askew. Bridewell Theatre, London, 17 – 27 March. www.sbf.org.uk/ [A]

New
Bridge Theatre Training Company. Cockpit Theatre, London, 20 – 28 March (020 7258 2925) http://thecockpit.org.uk/ [A]

Updated
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, 25 – 28 March; Playhouse, Alnwick, 31 March – 2 April; Theatre Royal, Margate, 8 - 9 April; Theatre Royal, Worthing, 11 – 12 April; Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 16 – 18 April; Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London, 27 April – 8 May; Brighton Festival, 13 – 16 May; Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee, 14 – 17 July; The Arts and Crafts House, Blackwell, Cumbria, 20 – 22 July; Calderstone’s Mansion House, Liverpool, 24 – 25 July. www.shakespearesglobe.com. [P]

The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. St John’s College Gardens, Cambridge, 13 July – 1 August (07955 218824) www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [P]

Adaptations

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Bad Boys of Dance. Choreographed by Adrienne Canterna, directed by Rasta Thomas. Sadlers' Wells, Peacock Theatre, London, 3 - 29 March (0844 412 4322). www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2015/rasta-thomas-romeo-juliet [P]

New
Romeo and Juliet (ballet). English National Ballet. Choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev. Bristol Hippodrome, 14 - 17 October (0844 871 3012); Milton Keynes Theatre, 22 - 24 October (0844 871 7652); The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, 28 - 31 October (02380 711 811); Palace Theatre, Manchester, 26 - 28 November (0844 871 3019). www.ballet.org.uk [P]

The Flanagan Collective in association with York Theatre Royal. St Olave’s Church, York, 7 – 23 May (01904 623568) “a candle-lit, foot-stomping and heart-wrenching telling of Shakespeare’s homage to young love and tragic romance. Infused with live music, soaring harmonies and good, honest storytelling.” www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk [P].

The Taming of the Shrew

Two Gents Productions. Friargate Theatre, York, 15 – 16 May (01904 623568). www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk [P]

New
New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 26 May – 20 June (0870 060 6646). www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-wimbledon-theatre/ [P]

Adaptations

Arrows and Traps. Adapted and directed by Ross McGregor. New Wimbledon Theatre Studio, Wimbledon, 26 May - 20 June (0870 060 6646). “Staged as a play within a play, where roles are swapped and lines are traded, Arrows and Traps re-imagine the classic tale of the Taming of the Shrew with a full cast gender inversion that flips the whole story on its head.” [P]

Kiss Me Kate. Music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Bourneville Musical Theatre Company. Crescent Theatre, Birmingham. 12-16 May www.bmtcweb.co.uk [A]

The Tempest

The Apollo Theatre, Newport, Isle of Wight, 15 – 23 May (01983 527 267). www.apollo-theatre.org.uk/the-tempest  [P]

New
New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 20 – 23 May (0870 060 6646). www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-wimbledon-theatre/ [P]

Brownsea Open Air Theatre, Poole, Dorset. Directed by Neil Mathieson. 22 July – 7 August (01202 251987). www.brownsea-theatre.co.uk [A]

Adaptations

New
Mirando the Gay Tempest. Theatre North. Theatre North, Brighton, 1 - 10 May (01273 917272). One man version imagining the play peopled by gay characters, with Prospero’s daughter transformed into his son Mirando, performed in a house in Kemptown. [Part of the Brighton Fringe]. http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org [P]

Updated
Return to the Forbidden Planet by Bob Carlton. Cut to the Chase Theatre Company. Directed by Bob Carlton. Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, 10 – 14 March (0131 529 600);
Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, 16 - 21 March (0844 871 7649); New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon, 23 – 28 March (0844 871 7646); New Theatre, Oxford, 30 March - 4 April (0844 871 3020); Curve, Leicester, 7 – 11 April (0116 242 3595); Kings Theatre, Portsmouth, 13 – 18 April (023 9282 8282); New Theatre, Cardiff, 20-25 April (029 2087 8889); Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 27 April – 2 May (01253 743346); Civic Theatre, Darlington, 2-7 May (01325 486555); Palace Theatre, Manchester, 4 - 9 May (0844 871 3019). www.queens-theatre.co.uk [P]

New
St John’s Adaptation of The Tempest. Cooee! Theatre Company. St John’s College, Wolfson Theatre, Brighton, 21 May (01273 917272). [Part of the Brighton Fringe]. http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org [A]

Timon of Athens

York Shakespeare Project. De Grey Ballroom, York, 14 – 17 May (01904 623568) [Part of York International Shakespeare Festival]. [P]

The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Robinson College Gardens, Cambridge, 3 August – 29 August (07955 218824) www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [P]

Titus Andronicus

Dundee Rep Ensemble. Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee, 8 – 24 April (01382 223 530) www.dundeerep.co.uk  [A]

Smooth Faced Gentlemen. Directed by Yaz Al-Shaater. Greenwich Theatre, London, 28 April – 2 May (020 8858 7755). All-female production. www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk [P]

The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Robinson College Gardens, Cambridge, 13 July – 1 August (07955 218824) www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [P]

New
New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 20 October – 14 November (0870 060 6646) http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-wimbledon-theatre/ [P]

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

Updated
Oddsocks. Oakengates Theatre, Telford, 18 June (01952 382382); Thoresby Riding Hall, Newark, 19 June (Booking Opens Soon); Valentines Mansions Gardens, Ilford, 21 – 22 June (Booking Opens Soon); Forum Theatre, Billingham, 23 June (01642 552663); Chepstow Castle, Monmouth, 27 June (Booking Opens Soon); Gawsworth Hall, Cheshire, 5 July (Booking Opens Soon); Middleton Park, Leeds, 7 July, Free event thanks to Friends of Middleton Park - No need to book! Just turn up!; Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, Bromsgrove, 12 July (Booking Opens Soon); Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar, 17 July (01642 479500/633801); MAC Arena, Cannon Hill, Birmingham, 18 July (0121 4463232); Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, 22 – 23 July (Booking Opens Soon); Markeaton Park Craft Village, Derby, 28 – 30 July (01332 255800); Mary Arden’s Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon, 31 July (01332 258328); Castle Cornet, Guernsey, 20 – 22 August (Booking Opens Soon). www.oddsocks.co.uk
  [P]

Brighton Little Theatre. Directed by Tess Gill. Brighton Little Theatre, 23 - 27 June (0844 888 0432); Lewes Castle, Lewes, 2 – 5 July (01273 486 290).  www.brightonlittletheatre.com [A]

Swan Theatre, Yeovil. Directed by Ian White. 14 – 19 September (07500 376031). http://swan-theatre.co.uk [P]

Adaptation

New
I, Malvolio by Tim Crouch; Directed by Karl James and Andy Smith; Tim Crouch (Malvolio); Brighton Dome, Brighton; 13 – 14 March; 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. Supported by BAC. (01273 709 709) http://brightondome.org/ [A]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

New
Arts Educational Schools, final year BA Acting students. Directed by Trevor Nunn. The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre, Chiswick, London 30 April - 12 May. (0845 504 6456). https://artsed.co.uk/ [A]

New
Changeling Theatre. Boughton Monchelsea Place, 3 and 5 July; Walmer Castle (for Deal Festival), 7 July; Egerton House (Nr. Ashford), 9 July; Belmont House, Faversham, 10 July; Swarling Manor, Canterbury, 15 July; Great Comp Garden, Platt, 16 July; Margate Main Sands, 18 July; Dandelion Time, East Farleigh, 19 July; Dog & Duck Leisure Park, Plucks Gutter, 23 July; The Friars, Aylesford, 24 July; Walled Nursery, Hawkhurst, 25 July; Upnor Castle, Medway, 28 July; Nurstead Court, Meopham, 30 July; Tithe Barn, Lenham, 31 July; Eastwell Manor, Ashford (no picnics), 2 August; Rochester Castle, Medway, 5 August; Central Park, Dartford, 6 August; Enbrook Park (for Saga Group), 11 August; Severndroog Castle, Shooters Hil, 13 August; Boughton Monchelsea Place, 15 August. http://changeling-theatre.com/summer-tour-2015/ [A]

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

Orange Tree Theatre Young Company. Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond London. 6 June (020 8940 3633) www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk [A]

Poems and Apocrypha

The Rape of Lucrece. Directed by Gareth Armstrong, performed by Gerard Logan. The Tea House Theatre, London, 12 April (020 72074585). www.teahousetheatre.co.uk. [P]

Venus and Adonis. Holdfast Theatre. The Tea House Theatre, London, 5 April (020 72074585). www.teahousetheatre.co.uk. A dramatic reading. [P]

Miscellaneous
(in alphabetical order)

Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi.  The Royal Opera House, London. 6 – 18 July. (0207 304 4000) www.roh.org.uk [P]

The Famous Victories of Henry V. Royal Shakespeare Company. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 5 June (followed by UK tour, June – July) (0844 800 1110). Adaptation of extracts from Henry IV parts I and II and Henry V. [Part of First Encounters, Shakespeare for Younger Audiences]. www.rsc.org.uk. [P]

The Herbal Bed. Clwyd Theatr Cymru. Written by Peter Whelan. Directed by Emma Lucia. Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, 5 – 28 March (0845 330 3565). www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk. [P].

New
Mrs Shakespeare. Wild Productions. The Warren, Main House, Brighton, 8 - 10 May (01273 917272). “William Shakespeare, reincarnated as a woman, finds herself in a mental asylum and comes to the conclusion that she has made a complete mess of writing 'Hamlet' 400 years earlier.Armed with a quill and beset by a rebellious cast who are anxious not to be rewritten, she embarks on an epic reformulation of theatre’s most famous text under the new title ‘Ophelia’. Unfortunately, William’s therapist is unsympathetic. Is that because he’s a reincarnated Christopher Marlowe?” [Part of the Brighton Fringe]. http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org [P]

The Second Best Bed by Avril Rowland. Worcester Repertory Company. Directed by Chris Jaegar. Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, 21 May (01483 440 000). At last, the secret of who really wrote Shakespeare's plays can be revealed! Why was the second best bed Shakespeare's sole bequest to his wife? Who was the Dark Lady of the sonnets? Who was really the greatest playwright of all time? The truth will be told by Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare's wife - a woman of genius! www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk  [P]

Shakespeare in his Cups. Performed by Martin Barrass, Jonathan Race and Robin Simpson. Gillygate Pub, York, 11 - 12 May (01904 623568) “It is a naughty end of the tour night as three actors tell tales of Shakespeare in drink. As they play out scenes of folly and malevolence, their lives slowly merge into that of the characters and Shakespeare’s exploration of the human condition through drinks becomes that of their own.” [Part of the York International Shakespeare Festival]. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk [P]

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 Donnellan. Tom Bateman (Shakespeare, Lucy Briggs-Owen (Viola). Noel Coward Theatre, London, 2 July – ongoing. ‘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.’ http://shakespeareinlove.com/  [P]

New
Shakespeare in the Garden. The BRIT School. Pavilion Gardens Cafe, Brighton, 12 - 15 May (01273 917272). Free outdoor event. Plays performed: The Comedy of Errors, Coriolanus, Henry V. [Part of the Brighton Fringe]. http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org [P]

New
Shit-faced Shakespeare. Magnificent Bastard Productions. The Warren, Main House, Brighton, 22 – 30 May (01273 917272). [Part of the Brighton Fringe]. http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org [P]

New
This Last Tempest. Performed by Uninvited Guests and Fuel. Brighton Dome, Brighton, 20 – 21 March. This Last Tempest is a sequel to The Tempest and begins where Shakespeare left off. Caliban and Ariel are left alone on the enchanted island, watching Prospero's ship sail over the horizon and out of view. Using the magic of the words Prospero taught them, his former servants, the "savage" and the "airy spirit" are free to begin again. They sing and perform wild tempests. As the storms rage endlessly around them they conjure-up their own brave new world, with new rules for a new society - where spirits and monsters are people and inanimate things are alive. Part theatre, part gig, This Last Tempest draws on Uninvited Guests' collaborative approach to devised theatre. Working with composer and musician Neil Johnson, they fill this strange yet familiar island with guitar noise, evocative sounds and sweet airs; (01273 709 709) http://brightondome.org/ [A]

Two Shakespeare Heroines. Devised and performed by Aki Isoda. De Grey Rooms, York, 8 – 10 May (01904 623568) [Part of the York International Shakespeare Festival]. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk [P]

New
What She Will by Jane Jones. Bridewell Theatre, London, 25 – 27 March. Who were the real women in the life of the world's greatest playwright? The women who may have inspired the wonderful range of female characters we meet in his plays? Through the eyes of his wife, Ann Hathaway, 'What She Will' tells the story of the women who influenced William Shakespeare, with scenes from a wide range of his plays brought to life by an ensemble cast of seventeen actors. Featuring exciting new musical arrangements of Shakespeare's songs by modern folk musician and TintS member Jonah Maddox, singing, dancing, and even sword fighting, there's something for everyone in this Springtime exploration and celebration of the feminine heartbeat in the Bard's works. www.sbf.org.uk/ [A]

 

 

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