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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

  October 2019 onwards

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

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

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

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

All's Well That Ends Well

Updated

A co-production between the Guildford Shakespeare Company and Jermyn Street Theatre. Directed by Tom Littler. St Nicolas' Church, Guildford, 12 October – 2 November (01483 304384); Jermyn Street Theatre, London, 6 – 30 November (020 7287 2875) https://www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk/alls-well-that-ends-well/ [P]

 

Antony and Cleopatra

As You Like It

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Kimberley Sykes. The Lowry, Salford, 25 September – 5 October (0161 876 2000); Barbican Centre, West End 26 October - 18 January 2020 (0845 120 7550); The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 29 January – 8 February (01227 787 787); Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 12 – 22 February (01752 267 222); Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 26 February – 7 March (0115 989 5555); Theatre Royal, Newcastle, 12 – 19 March (08448 11 21 21); Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 28 March – 1 April (01253 290 190). Touring in rep with Measure for Measure and The Taming of the Shrew www.rsc.org.uk/as-you-like-it/on-tour [P]

Comedy of Errors

Coriolanus

Cymbeline

Hamlet

Theatre Clwyd. Emlyn Williams Theatre, 20 – 23 November (01352 344101 / 701521). www.theatrclwyd.com/en/whats-on/hamlet-2/ [P]

Adaptations

Directed by Greg Hersov. Cush Jumbo (Hamlet). The Young Vic, London, 6 July 2020 – 22 August 2020 (020 7922 2922). A female Hamlet in Shakespeare’s great tragedy about power, politics and desire, reimagined for today. www.youngvic.org/whats-on/hamlet-cush-jumbo [P]

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

The Lion King – The Tour. Book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi. Music by Elton John, Tim Rice, Lebo M, Julie Taymor, Mark Mancina, and Hans Zimmer. Walt Disney Company. Directed by Julie Taymor. Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol, 7 September – 23 November (0844 871 3012); Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh, 5 December – 11 January 2020 (0870 606 3424). A young lion grows up and learns that taking over the pride requires wisdom and maturity. Simba is the young lion, his wicked uncle is Scar and his father, killed by his uncle, is King Mustafa. https://thelionking.co.uk/ [P]

Henry IV, pt.1

Adaptation

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

Henry IV, pt.2

Adaptation

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

Henry V

Adaptation

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

Henry VI, pt 1

Adaptation

 

Henry VI. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London, 5 November – 26 January 2020 (020 7401 9919). Conflation of all the Henry VI plays. www.shakespearesglobe.com/ [P]

Henry VI, pt 2

Adaptation

 

Henry VI. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London, 5 November – 26 January 2020 (020 7401 9919). Conflation of all the Henry VI plays. www.shakespearesglobe.com/ [P]

Henry VI, pt 3

Adaptation

 

Henry VI. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London, 5 November – 26 January 2020 (020 7401 9919). Conflation of all the Henry VI plays. www.shakespearesglobe.com/ [P]

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

Adaptations

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

New
Cotswold Players. Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud, 10 – 12 and 16 – 19 October (0333 666 3366). A country troubled by civil unrest and political uncertainty. The emergence of a charismatic new leader, on a wave of popular acclaim. Some say she should be given absolute powers. But that would contravene proud democratic traditions. And it would side-line the current political elite. What is the opposition to do? And what will be the consequences of their actions? This contemporary production underlines the terrible timelessness of Shakespeare’s great classic. Set in an unspecified European country, it whisks us from the backstreets of the capital to the homes of the rich and famous, to the seat of sovereign power, and finally to the town whose war-ravaged streets provide the setting for the final showdown. 
https://www.cotswoldplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on [P]

King John

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Eleanor Rhode. The Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 19 September – 21 March 2020 (0870 6091110) www.rsc.org.uk/king-john/ [P]

King Lear

Adaptations

Updated

Oddbodies Theatre Company. Adapted & performed by Paul Morel. Directed by John Mowat. The Sundial Theatre, Cirencester, 2 October (01285 654228); The Acorn Arts Centre, Penzance, 10 October (01736 365 520); The Poly Falmouth, Falmouth, 11 October (01326 319461); Melbury Osmond Village Hall, Dorset, 17 October (01305 269512); West Stafford Village Hall, Dorset, 18 October (01305 269512); Child Okeford Village Hall, Dorset, 19 October(01305 269512); The Talbot Theatre, Whitchurch, 24 October (01948 660660); Harley Village Hall, Shrewsbury, 25 October (07855 120874); The Electric Theatre, Guildford, 6 November (01483 501200); Calstock Hall, Calstock (Cornwall), 8 November (01822 832376); Sundial Theatre, Cirencester, 27 November (01285 654 228); The Theatre Shop, Clevedon, 28 November (0333 666 3366). One man performance. Armed with only a drum, a guitar, a knife and a chair, the tragic trajectory of Lear's demise is presented to you from the point of view of his long-suffering and ever-loyal fool. The bastard Edmund, haughty Goneril, poor deluded Gloucester, oily Oswald, sweet Cordelia, mad Tom - all the characters from this sad and sorry tale brought to glorious life before your very eyes. Blindness, betrayal, delusion, deceit, love, loyalty, lust and greed - it's all here in this fast paced, funny, poignant and ultimately heartbreaking production. www.facebook.com/pg/OddbodiesFilm/events/ [P]

 

New

A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Presented by Trademark Touring, Anthology Theatre and the Everyman Theatre Company. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 23 April 2020 – 2 May (01242 572 573) https://www.everymantheatre.org.uk/m-shows/a-bunch-of-amateurs-1/ [P]

Love's Labour's Lost

Macbeth

South Devon Players. Brixham Theatre, Brixham, 12 and 14 October (01803 415987). www.southdevonplayers.com/box-office.html [P]

The New Actors Company. New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 17 September – 5 October (0870 060 6646) www.newactorscompany.com/productions.php?title=Macbeth [P]

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

New
Downpour Theatre Company. The Mission Theatre, Bath, 18 – 19 October (01225 428600); DeCrypt, Gloucester, 25 – 26 October (01452 305235); Castle School, Bristol, 30 – 31 October (online booking only); Sundial Theatre, Cirencester, 1 – 2 November (01285 654 228) www.downpourtheatrecompany.co.uk/current-production [P]

New
The Shakespeare Project. Salomons Estate, Royal Tunbridge Wells, 5 – 24 November (online booking only) www.theshakespeareproject.co.uk/ [P]

Adaptations

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

Updated

The Watermill Ensemble. Directed by Paul Hart. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 1 – 5 October (01242 572 573); New Theatre, Cardiff, 9 – 12 October (029 2087 8889) Theatre Royal, Norwich, 16 – 19 October (01603 630 000); Wilton's Music Hall, Inner London, 22 January – 8 February (020 7702 2789). Blazing with tension, energy and passion, experience a powerful new interpretation of Macbeth, the Watermill Ensemble’s boldest production to date. Fuelled by greed, ambition and desire, Macbeths’ desperation to survive is reflected in the fierce reverberations of Johnny Cash, The XX and The Rolling Stones. Playing in rep with A Midsummer Night’s Dream

www.watermill.org.uk/on_tour_dream_and_macbeth [P]

 

New
Proteus Theatre Company. Directed by Mary Swan. Connaught Theatre, Worthing, 8 – 9 November (01903 206 206). On the trading floor, success is all and ruthless ambition is rewarded. The only problem is, how do you control it before it consumes you? Proteus Theatre Company present a highly physical re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Macbeth as a corporate thriller set against the backdrop of the ‘greed is good’ culture of 1980s Britain. https://worthingtheatres.co.uk/show/macbeth/ [P]

 

New

The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham, 5 – 7 February 2020 (0121 359 9444). A Midlands playhouse, 1850. Unforeseen circumstances leave a Dickensian theatre company stripped down to just three actors. Undeterred, the troupe valiantly take on the multitude of roles in Shakespeare’s most bloody tragedy. https://www.oldreptheatre.co.uk/ [P]

 

Measure for Measure

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. The Lowry, Salford, 25 September – 5 October (0161 876 2000); Barbican Theatre, West End 12 November – 16 January 2020 (0845 120 7550); The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 29 January – 8 February (01227 787 787); Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 12 – 22 February (01752 267 222); Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 26 February – 7 March (0115 989 5555); Theatre Royal, Newcastle, 11 – 21 March (08448 11 21 21); Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 25 March – 26 March (01253 290 190). Touring in rep with As You Like It and The Taming of the Shrew www.rsc.org.uk/measure-for-measure/on-tour [P]

 

Directed by Irene Macdougall. Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee, 21 April 2020 – 9 May (01382 223 530) www.dundeerep.co.uk/ [P]

Adaptation

Forge Theatre. Abridged and adapted by Peter Scofield. Bolton Little Theatre, Bolton, 9 – 16 November (01204 334 400). The state of Vienna — though it could be anywhere — has fallen into decay. Lenient government has resulted in corruption, vice and near anarchy. The Duke, seeking to restore morality, law and order, leaves, appointing his deputy. Angelo imposes strict law enforcement, including an ancient statute forbidding sex before marriage. When lsabella’s brother is condemned to death, she is forces to plead for his life. Angelo demands a high price, her virginity, pursuing the very thing he condemns in others. Disguised as a monk, the Duke not only observes the extent of corruption and depravity in Vienna, but also intervenes in the troubled lives of his subjects. www.boltonlittletheatre.co.uk/ [P]

The Merchant of Venice

Adaptation

Updated
Gratiano by Ross Ericson. Grist to the Mill Theatre Company.
Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 8 – 10 October (01242 572 573); Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, 28 November (01483 440 000). Bassanio has been murdered and, under suspicion, Gratiano is forced to revisit his Fascist past. He was never the hero – just a minor character, the plucky comic relief – but he never thought he played the villain. In a thought-provoking sequel to William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice we explore the politics of prejudice in the 20th Century. Amongst the turmoil of post war Italy we read between the lines of Shakespeare's classic tale, examine the true nature of the characters, and ask just how politicians managed to use democracy to turn a people against themselves. www.everymantheatre.org.uk/m-shows/gratiano/ https://www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk/production/gratiano [P]

Merry Wives of Windsor

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

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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

Darwen Library Theatre. Darwen, Lancaster, 17 October (01254 706 006) https://darwenlibrarytheatre.com/ [P]

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

Adaptations

A Midsummer Night's Dream (opera) by Benjamin Britten. Scottish Opera. Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 21 – 25 April 2020 (0141 240 1133) www.atgtickets.com/shows/scottish-opera-a-midsummer-nights-dream/theatre-royal-glasgow/ [P]

Updated
The Watermill Ensemble. Directed by Paul Hart. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 2 – 5 October (01242 572 573); New Theatre, Cardiff, 8 – 12 October (029 2087 8889) Theatre Royal, Norwich, 15 – 19 October (01603 630 000); Wilton's Music Hall, London, 28 January 2020 – 15 February (020 7702 2789). Fizzing with magic and a large dose of chaos in the enchanted Athenian woods, secrets, love and mistaken identities collide in A Midsummers Night's Dream. Fusing actor musicianship with one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies, the Watermill Ensemble cast their spell performing the intoxicating soulful sounds of Nina Simone and Billie Holiday live on stage. Touring in rep with Macbeth. www.watermill.org.uk/on_tour_dream_and_macbeth [P]

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

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

Shit-faced Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Epsom Playhouse, Epsom, 1 October (01372 742 555); The Maltings, Farnham, 3 October (01252 726 234); Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham, 5 October (0115 941 9419); Lyceum Theatre, Crewe, 6 October (01270 537 333); The Hawth, Crawley, 9 October (01293 553 636); Alban Arena, St Albans, 10 October (01727 844 488); Bath Komedia, Bath, 11 October (0845 293 8480); Redgrave Theatre, Bristol, 12 October (0117 3157 602); NST Campus, Southampton, 13 October (023 8067 1771); Beck Theatre, Outer London, 16 October (020 8561 8371); Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Lincoln, 18 October (0844 888 8766); Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, 24 October (01202 848 014); Palace Theatre, Westcliff-on-Sea, 27 October (01702 351 135); Grand Theatre, Lancaster, 31 October (01524 64695); Dorking Halls, Dorking, 1 November (01306 881 717); New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, 2 November (023 9264 9000); Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 9 November (0844 2491 000); Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 12 November (01793 524 481); The Exchange, Inner London, 15 November (0208 240 2399); Churchill Theatre, Bromley, 22 November (020 3285 6000); Arts Centre, Colchester, 29 November (01206 500 900). www.shit-facedshakespeare.com/ [P]

Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. The Tobacco Factory, Bristol, 16 October – 9 November (0117 902 0344); Wilton’s Music Hall, 12 – 23 November (020 7702 2789). http://stf-theatre.org.uk/much-ado-about-nothing2019/ [P]

Othello

Adaptations

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

Pantaloons Theatre Company. Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham, 2 October (01242 258002); Newark Palace, Newark, 3 October (01636 655755); Blackfriars Arts Centre, Bolton, 4 October (01205 363108); Westacre Theatre, King’s Lynn, 5 October (01760 755800); Queens Hall Theatre, Cranbrook, 8 October (01580 711856); Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham, 9 October (01329 223100); Urmston Library, Manchester, 10 October (0161 912 3189); The Gate Arts Centre, Cardiff, 11 October (029 2048 3344); The Function Room, Powys, 12 October (online booking only); Churchinford Village Hall, near Taunton, 13 October (01823 601224); Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa, 16 October (01926 334418); The Lights, Andover, 17 October (01264 368368); Dilham Village Hall, North Walsham, 19 October (01692 536666); Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, 20 October (01246 345222); The Regal Theatre, Minehead, 23 October (01643 706430); The Watermark, Ivybridge, 24 October (01752 892220); Forest Arts Centre, New Milton, 25 October (01425 612393); Malthouse Theatre, Canterbury, 26 October (01227 595778); Commemoration Hall, Huntingdon, 27 October (online booking only); Sir John Mill Theatre, Ipswich, 30 October (01473 211498); Leighton Buzzard Theatre, Leighton Buzzard, 31 October(0300 300 8125); Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 1 – 2 November (01603 598598); Oving Village Hall, near Aylesbury, 3 November (01296 641738); Arts Centre Washington, Tyne and Wear, 6 November (0191 561 3455); St John the Evangelist, Staincross, Barnsley, 7 November (07896 169576); Swan Theatre, Worcester, 8 November (01905 611427); The Place, Bedford, 9 November (01234 354321); Denton Village Hall, Denton, 10 November (07979 695555); Hedingham Castle, Halstead, 13 November (01787 460261); The Corn Hall, Norfolk, 14 November (01379 652241); Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham, 15 November (01476 406158); The Market Theatre, Ledbury, 16 November (07967 517125); The Walker Theatre, Shrewsbury, 17 November (01743 281281); Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, 21 November (01892 678678); Central Hall, Southampton, 22 November (023 8023 7700); Parkend Memorial Hall, Forest of Dean, 23 November (01594 562594); Swavesey Memorial Hall, Cambridge, 24 November (online booking only). It’s stormy outside. In here, tensions are simmering. As a touring swing band gather for their next performance, malevolent trickster Iago begins to sow the seeds of mistrust. Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of jealousy and deception is relocated to a jazz-age setting, with live music, intense drama, and theatrical mischief. https://thepantaloons.co.uk/othello/ [P]

Pericles

Richard II

Richard III

Shakespeare’s Globe. Directed by Sean Holmes. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 13 November – 26 January 2020 (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com/ [P]

Adaptation

 

The Travesty of Richard III - Performed at The Green Room. Dorking Halls, Dorking, 11 October (01306 881 717). The Wars of the Roses are nearing an end! Peace shall soon reign in England! Unfortunately, this is most disagreeable to the scheming Richard of Gloucester who plans to stir up trouble and seize the Crown. Meanwhile old Former-Queen Maggie is generally cross about everything, curses with relish, and is only consoled by the promise of free booze. The Culture Conspiracy presents a fast-paced hour-long comic romp through Shakespeare’s Richard III featuring all your favourite goodies and baddies from this thrilling tale. With a cast of two… https://www.dorkinghalls.co.uk/event-detail/?id=140202APVLMCKCKRPKTGRSJQPVCGJSMTR [P]

Romeo and Juliet

New
Bedouin Shakespeare Company. Harold Pinter Theatre, London, 21 October (0844 871 7622) www.atgtickets.com/times/romeo-and-juliet/harold-pinter-theatre/2019-10-21 [P]

New
Directed by Kimberley Sykes. Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London, 27 June 2020 – 25 July (0844 826 4242) http://openairtheatre.com/production/romeo-juliet [P]

Adaptations

Matthew Bourne's Romeo + Juliet (ballet). New Adventures Company. Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 1 – 5 October (0115 989 5555); Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne, 9 – 12 October (08448 11 21 21) https://new-adventures.net/romeo-juliet#overview [P]

Updated

Romeo a Juliet (ballet). Ballet Cymru. Pavilions Theatre, Teignmouth, 5 October (01626 249049); Park and Dare Theatre, Treorchy, 8 October (01443 773 112); Ffwrnes Theatre, Llanelli, 11 October (0345 2263510); Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham, 16 October (01476 406158); Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford, 17 October (01780 763 203); Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 19 October (01392 726363); Theatr Clwyd, Mold, 21 – 22 October (01352 344101); Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, 24 October (01434 652477); Dance City, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 25 – 26 October (0191 261 0505); Brewhouse, Taunton, 29 – 30 October (01823 283 244); Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, 12 November (01438 363200); The Hafren, Newtown, 15 November (01686 614555); Dukes Theatre, Lancaster, 16 November (01524 598500); Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud, 21 November (0333 666 3366); Malvern Theatre, Malvern, 22 November (01684 892277); Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, 4 December (01970 62 32 32); Town Hall, Stourbridge, 7 December (01384 812812) http://welshballet.co.uk/productions/romeo-a-juliet/ [P]

New
The Young REP, Lightpost Theatre Company and REP Adult Drama Group. Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, 16 – 25 April 2020 (
0121 236 4455). You know the story. A long standing dispute. A fleeting encounter that sparks a love affair. A love so powerful it's enough to risk losing respect and even life for. This is the greatest love story ever told. Shakespeare's greatest story of romantic woe is transported from Verona to Birmingham in a contemporary heart-stopping version for today. www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/whats-on/romeo-and-juliet-1.html [P/A]

& Juliet by David West Read. Opera House, Manchester, 10 September – 12 October (0844 871 7627); Shaftesbury Theatre, London, from 2 November (020 7379 5399). We all know the story of Romeo and Juliet, star crossed lovers from warring families who are undeniably drawn to each other. Theirs is a love story for the ages and a tragedy unlike any other but what if we could rewrite the final scene? What if Juliet put the dagger down and decided to take a girls trip instead? In this irreverent rewrite that's exactly what happens. When Juliet wakes up instead of a dagger to the heart she gathers Nurse and her best girlfriends and heads to the city of lights. Juliet sets off to prove that she is the author of her own story and that there is life, and love, after Romeo. This wild new musical features the back catalogue of Swedish songwriter Max Martin with pop anthems that you'll love hearing in a completely different way. Songs like Baby One More TimeLove Me Like You DoCan't Feel My Face and Everybody. www.londontheatredirect.com/musical/3998/and-juliet-tickets.aspx [P]

Juliet and Romeo. Lost Dog Directed by Ben Duke. Wilton’s Music Hall, London, 5 - 9 November (020 7702 2789) www.wiltons.org.uk/ [P]

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

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

The Taming of the Shrew

Directed by Maria Gaitanidi. Shakespeare’s Globe. 1 February 2020 – 18 April (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com/ [P]

Adaptations

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Justin Audibert. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 8 March – 31 August; The Lowry, Salford, 25 September – 5 October (0161 876 2000); The Barbican Centre, West End 5 November – 18 January 2020 (0845 120 7550); The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 29 January– 8 February (01227 787 787); Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 12 – 22 February (01752 267 222); Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 26 February – 7 March (0115 989 5555); Theatre Royal, Newcastle, 17 – 21 March (08448 11 21 21); Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 3 – 4 April (01253 290 190). Reverse gender production. Touring in rep with As You Like It and Measure for Measure www.rsc.org.uk/the-taming-of-the-shrew/on-tour [P]

 

New
Kiss Me, Kate by Cole Porter. Our Lady's Musical Society. Motherwell Theatre, Motherwell, 5 – 9 November (01698 267 515) http://www.whatsonlanarkshire.co.uk/event/080153-kiss-me-kate/ [A]

The Tempest

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

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

Adaptations

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

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

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Yard Players Theatre Company. Jack Studio Theatre (previously Brockley Studio Theatre), London, 14 January 2020 – 1 February (020 8291 6354) Twelfth Night: a time of mischief, trickery and debauchery. When Viola washes up on the shores of Illyria, she witnesses the festivities first hand and is drawn into the schemes of the love-struck Duke Orsino, and subjected to the antics of the anarchic Toby Belch. At first it’s all fun and games, but then things take a more serious turn. A vibrant and modern take on one of Shakespeare’s most renowned comedies, Twelfth Night exposes a world of love triangles, plotting drunkards and false identities. In the northern town of Illyria anything goes, especially on Twelfth Night. https://brockleyjack.co.uk/jackstudio-entry/twelfth-night/ [P]

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

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

Poems and Apocrypha

Miscellaneous
(in alphabetical order)

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Deep Nights, Dark Nights: Tales from Beyond the Grave. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 30 October – 2 November (020 7401 9919). Two sets of eerie evenings will combine the greatest ghost stories from the past, chilling tales from the present and unnerving real-life accounts of our haunted London. Amid political and personal chaos, when all seems upside-down, horror and terror have always inspired writers to look into the darkness and disturbance of a parallel world to help make sense of our own. And no writer more so than Shakespeare. So as Halloween descends and with him as our guide, we yet again turn to our storytellers to help us make sense of it all. On ’Deep Nights’, we will be performing the first set of tales, and on ‘Dark Nights’ we stage the second set, so make sure you join us for both. www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/deep-night-dark-night/ [P]

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House Party on Henley Street. Produced by Compass Presents for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Will's Kitchen and Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1 – 2 November (01789 201806). We’re celebrating Museums at Night with a house party on Henley Street, and you’re invited! The universe is in disorder and outrageous characters from yesteryear have broken free to throw a party with a twist at Shakespeare’s pad. Start your evening at our new cafe, Will's Kitchen for a drink and some small bites from our delicious new menu. Here you will meet your mischievous hosts, Puck and Ariel, who will introduce you to a motley crew for a social with the neighbours. You will then move across Henley Street to Shakespeare's Birthplace where you’ll play your part in the quest to shape Shakespeare’s destiny. An entertaining evening of performance and merriment, food and drink included, fancy dress optional. Three performances per night starting at 5.30pm, 7pm and 8.30pm. www.shakespeare.org.uk/visit/whats-on/museums-night/ [P]

The True Historie of Mr. William Shakespeare. Blowfish Theatre Company. Theatre Deli, Sheffield, 21 – 23 November (0114 278 6500). Witness the epic tale of England’s eternal genius. Experience the artist’s struggle to bring his loves and sorrows to the stage. Attend and understand the true purpose of art. www.theatredeli.co.uk/Event/enddatethe-true-historie-of-william [A]

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Upstart Crow by Ben Elton. Directed Sean Foley. David Mitchell (Will Shakespeare). Gielgud Theatre, London, 7 February 2020 – 25 April (0844 482 5130). 'Tis 1605 and England's greatest playwright is in trouble. Will Shakespeare has produced just two plays; Measure for Measure, which according to King James was incomprehensible bollingbrokes by any measure, and All's Well That Ends Well which didn't even end well. Will desperately needs to maketh a brilliant new play to bolster his reputation and avoid being cast aside by King and country. But Will's personal life is encountering more dramatic twists and turns than any theatrical story he can conjure. How the futtock can a Bard be expected to find a plot for a play whilst his daughters run amok and his house is used as refuge for any old waif and stray. As time runs out, can Will hold on to his dream of being recognised now and for all time, as indisputably the greatest writer that ever lived, or will family woes thwart Will's chances of producing his masterwork? www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk/tickets/upstart-crow/ [P]

 

 

 

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