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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

  November 2017 onwards

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

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

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

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Caroline Byrne. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 11 January 2018 – 3 March (020 7401 9919) [P]

Antony and Cleopatra

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Iqbal Khan. Barbican Centre, London, 30 November – 20 January 2018 (0845 120 7550) [P]

As You Like It

Shared Experience. Directed by Kate Saxon. The Theatre By The Lake, Keswick, 7 July – 4 November (017687 74411); Richmond Theatre, 7 – 11 November (0844 8717651); Oxford Playhouse, 14 – 18 November (01865 305305); Connaught Theatre, Worthing, 21 – 22 November (01903 206 206); New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, 23 – 25 November (023 9264 9000); Broadway Theatre, Letchworth, 29 November – 2 December (01462 681088).  [P]

Comedy of Errors


Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Angus Jackson, Sope Dirisu (Coriolanus). Barbican Centre, London, 6 – 18 November (0845 120 7550) [P]



University of Bolton. Directed by David Thacker. Octagon Theatre, Bolton, 15 February – 10 March 2018 (01204 520 661) [P]

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Simon Godwin. Paapa Essiedu (Hamlet). The Lowry, Salford, 26 January – 3 February 2018 (0161 876 2000); Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 6 – 10 February (01752 267 222); Hull New Theatre, Hull, 13 – 17 February (01482 226 655); Northern Stage (previously known as Newcastle Haymarket Playhouse), Newcastle upon Tyne, 20 – 24 February (0191 230 5151); Royal and Derngate, Northampton, 27 February – 3 March (01604 624 811); Hackney Empire, London, 6 – 31 March (020 8985 2424) [P]


Hamlet (opera) by Brett Dean. Glyndebourne Theatre Company. Libretto by Matthew Jocelyn, directed by Neil Armfield. Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 3 November; Theatre Royal, Norwich, 17 November; Milton Keynes Theatre, 24 November; Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 1 December. [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]

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard. Maidenhead Drama Guild. Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead, 8 – 11 November (01628 788 997) [A]

Henry IV, pt.1

Henry IV, pt.2

Henry V

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

Henry VI, pt 3

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Angus Jackson. Barbican Centre, London, 24 November – 20 January 2018 (0845 120 7550) [P]

London Theatre Company. Directed by Nicholas Hytner. David Calder (Caesar), Michelle Fairley (Cassius), David Morrissey (Mark Antony), Ben Whishaw (Brutus). Bridge Theatre, London, 20 January – 15 April 2018 (0843 208 1846) [P]

King John

King Lear

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Antony Sher (Lear). Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 23 May – 9 June 2018 (0870 6091110) [P]

Love's Labour's Lost


National Theatre. Directed by Rufus Norris. Rory Kinnear (Macbeth), Anne-Marie Duff (Lady Macbeth). Olivier Theatre, From 28 February (
020 7452 3000). [P]

The Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Polly Findley. Christopher Eccleston (Macbeth), Niamh Cusack (Lady Macbeth). Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 13 March – 18 September 2018 (0870 6091110) [P]

The National Production Company. The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham, 10 – 14 April 2018 (0121 245 4455) [P]


Macbeth (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Royal Opera House, London, 25 March – 10 April 2018 (020 7304 4000) [P]

Devil You Know Theatre Company. The Bussey Building AKA The CLF Art Cafe, Peckham, London, 31 October – 18 November (020 7732 5275). Set in a dystopian world where civilisation and technology has been all but obliterated, this brutal landscape is filled with the skeletal reminiscence  of the civilisation that has been long lost.  Life has restarted but society and humanity have reverted.  The People of this world have forged themselves weapons and forts from what is left and must fight this brutal existence for their very survival. [P]

The James Company and Presentabsence. The Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol, 15 – 18 November (0117 973 5171) [A]

Lady M. 1623 Theatre Company. Derby Theatre, St Peter’s Quarter, Derby, 5 November (01332 593939). Shane is working on a new act as he waits for his boyfriend to come round for dinner. Combining his passions for circus and Shakespeare, he creates an anxious tightrope-walking drag queen called Lady M. As he does so, he attempts to work out where his obsession with Lady Macbeth comes from, how her story relates to him, the women in his life and his own identity. With anxiety and euphoria, serpents and flowers, blood and water, can Lady M’s body and spirit conjoin to complete her act without falling off? [P]

Measure for Measure

Directed by David Mercatali. LAMDA, London, 28 November – 7 December (020 8834 0500) [P]

The Merchant of Venice

Merry Wives of Windsor

The Lantern Theatre, Sheffield, 15 – 25 November (0114 255 1776) [P]

Royal Shakespeare Company. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 4 August – 22 September 2018 (01789 403493) [P]


Falstaff (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Directed by Bruno Ravella. Garsington Opera Chorus. Wormsley Estate (previously operated from Garsington Manor), High Wycombe, 16 June – 22 July 2018 (01865 361 636) [P]

Falstaff (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Directed by Robert Carson. Royal Opera House, London, 7 – 21 July 2018 (020 7304 4000) [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Daniel Taylor Productions. Epstein Theatre (formerly Neptune Theatre), Liverpool, 12 – 21 April 2018 (08448 884 411). In a double bill with Romeo and Juliet. [P]


A Midsummer Night’s Dream (opera) by Benjamin Britten. English National Opera. Directed by Robert Carson. London Coliseum, London, 1 – 15 March 2018 (020 7632 8300) [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ballet) by Felix Mendelssohn. Ballet Cymru. Choreography by Darius James. Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury, 8 December (01722 321 744). [P]

Drugged Love: A Night in Midsummer written and directed by Kathryn Harper. Civil Brawl Theatre Company. The Number One Shakespeare Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, 13 – 15 and 19 – 22 November (0783 7586597). An LGTB play based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream. [P]

Much Ado About Nothing


Controlled Chaos Theatre Company. Waterloo East Theatre, London, 14 – 26 November (020 7928 0060). It is December 1938, the Spanish Civil War is still raging. Benedick and Claudio, members of the Italian Volunteer Force aiding General Franco, return home to Messina to spend their Christmas leave with Signora Leonata and her family. Waiting for them are Beatrice and Hero. A marriage is swiftly arranged. A merry war of wit commences between Benedick and Beatrice, but darkness soon enshrouds all concerned when a deadly plot is contrived by a sinister force. [A]

Rondo Theatre Company. The Rondo Theatre, Bath, 22 – 25 November (
01225 448 844). May 1945. Victory has been declared in Europe and service personnel are starting to head home. Home to a different world to the one they left. Leonato’s farm has been running at full tilt thanks to the Land Girls and the women are ready to celebrate, but have they changed as much as those who’ve been away fighting? Is love the cure for the wounds of war as Don Pedro and his RAF colleagues return? Or, are love and war always intertwined? Either way, laughter is always the greatest medicine and Shakespeare’s wonderful comedy has enough to sooth our ills. [P]

Directed by Simon Dormandy. The Rose Theatre, Kingston, 13 April – 6 May 2018 (
08444 821 556). Don Pedro is victorious. Having won a turf war down in the city, the Mafia overlord and his entourage take over the luxury spa hotel Messina in order to hide-out, party and recover deep in the Sicilian hills. As hotel owner Leonato fawns over his clan boss, his beautiful daughter Hero wins the heart of Claudio, the Don's young protégé. Meanwhile the no-nonsense, customer experience manager Beatrice has unfinished business to attend to with Benedick, Pedro's commitment-phobic consigliere. But when Hero is disgraced, the party is over, love turns to hatred and new battle lines are drawn. [P]


Bowler Crab Productions. Stables Theatre, Hastings, 3 – 4 November (01424 423221); The Space, Westferry Road, London, 19 November (020 7515 7799); St Mary’s Church, Brighton, 25 November (01273 698601); St John's Centre, Bexhill-on-Sea, 2 December (01424 216792). [P]


National Youth Theatre. Adapted by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly. Directed by Simon Pittman. The Ambassadors Theatre, London, 26 September – 8 December (08448 112 334) [P]


Richard II

Richard III

Front Foot Theatre Company. The Cockpit Theatre, London, 12 October – 4 November (020 7258 2925) [P]


Barons Court Theatre, London, 30 October – 19 November (020 8932 4747). Vallance Road, the East End, London, 1960s: The crime is rife, the gangs cruel. The stakes are high, with sleepless nights for all. Behind the rackets - behind the protection - one man's goal is sovereign election. We know the name, we know the face. That thoughtful, sweet smile will offer nothing but grace. But times are changing. The weather vane will swing. At the end of this harsh brutality, only one can be crowned king.  [P]

Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare Up Close. Directed by Gemma Fairlie. Orange Tree Theatre, 2 – 13 February, 2018 (020 8940 3633). [P]

Daniel Taylor Productions. Epstein Theatre (formerly Neptune Theatre), Liverpool, 11 – 21 April 2018 (08448 884 411). In a double bill with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. [P]

Royal Shakespeare Company. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 21 April – 21 September 2018 (01789 403493) [P]


Romeo and Juliet (ballet). English National Ballet. Choreography by Rudolf Nureyev. Hippodrome, Bristol, 21 – 25 November (0844 871 3012) [P]

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Russian State Ballet and Opera House. Grand Theatre, Swansea, 1 November (01792 475 715); Malvern Theatres, Malvern, 5 November (01684 892 277); Forum Theatre, Billingham, 12 November (01642 552 663); The Playhouse, Harlow, 16 November (01279 431 945); Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 22 November (01793 524 481); Buxton Opera House, Buxton, 26 November (0845 12 72190); Venue Cymru (formerly North Wales Theatre), Llandudno, 28 November (01492 872 000); Royal Hall, Harrogate, 7 December (01423 564 433); Theatre Royal, Norwich, 4 April 2018 (01603 630 000) [P]

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia. Darlington Hippodrome, 15 February, 2018 (01325 405405); Theatre Royal, Brighton, 19 February (08700 606 650); New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 23 February (0870 060 6646); Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh, 20 March (0870 606 3424) [P]

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Moscow City Ballet. Composed by Prokofiev. Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 7 – 8 February 2018 (0115 989 5555) [P]

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Birmingham Royal Ballet. Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, 26 – 30 June 2018 (0870 730 1234) [P]

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

The Taming of the Shrew


Directed by Rebecca Frecknell. LAMDA, London, 29 November – 7 December (020 8834 0500). Reverse gender production. [P]

Kiss Me Kate. Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, 8 – 11 November (0845 330 3565) [P]

Kiss Me Kate. Welsh National Opera and Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North. Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds, 23 – 26 May 2018 (0870 125 1898); London Coliseum, London, 20 – 30 June 2018 (020 7632 8300); Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, 4 – 7 July (0131 529 6000). [P]

The Tempest


Caliban’s Island: Shakespeare Meets Minecraft. 1623 Theatre Company and QUAD. QUAD, Market Place, Derby, 29 November (01332 290606). Public workshop inspired by The Tempest When Caliban's mother died, he inherited her island. Then Prospero, a magician from the mainland, took over the island and made Caliban his slave. Now Prospero has returned to his old home and Caliban - set free - needs your help to restore his island to its former glory. Join other participants to work with Caliban to make a cave his home, build a resting-place for his mother, plant trees and flowers, grow midnight mushrooms, turn barren places into fertile land, transform brine pits into fresh springs and populate the island with wolves, sheep and spirits. This exciting new workshop brings together the language of Shakespeare and the creativity of Minecraft for a unique team-based experience. You don't have to be a Minecraft or Shakespeare expert to take part. [P]

Return to the Forbidden Planet by Bob Carlton. SOSage Factory Theatre Company. The Core (formerly the Library Theatre Arts Complex), Solihull, 1 – 3 March 2018 (0121 704 6962). Bob Carlton’s smash hit West End musical is based on Shakespeare's The Tempest and the 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet. [A]

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Blanche McIntyre. Barbican Centre, London, 7 December – 19 January 2018 (0845 120 7550) [P]

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

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


Sun and Moon Theatre Company. The Mission Theatre, Bath, 3 – 4 November (01225 428600); Cygnet Theatre, Exeter, 15 – 16 November (01392 277 189); Tiverton Community Arts Centre, Tiverton, 17 November (07443 502523). Christmas 1917. As war wages on, those at home in Illyria try to forget and seek distraction, resulting in mistaken identity, folly and love. But when refugee twins, Viola and Sebastian, are shipwrecked and separated, they shake up this grief-stricken community… [P]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale


The Winter’s Tale (ballet) by Christopher Wheeldon. The Royal Ballet Company. Royal Opera House, London, 13 February – 21 March 2018 (020 7304 4000) [P]

National Theatre. Adapted by Justin Audibert for audiences of 8-12 years. Dorfman Theatre, 14 – 28 February (020 7452 3000) [P]

Poems and Apocrypha

(in alphabetical order)

Murder Most Foul: Shakespeare, Dinner and Death. 1623 Theatre Company and QUAD. QUAD, Market Place, Derby, 11 November (01332 290606). Dame Agatha Montague requests your presence at her splendid soiree of Shakespeare, dinner and death. Murder Most Foul includes a 2-course meal, glass of wine, murder game, entertainment and film ticket for Murder on the Orient Express (2017) with subtitles. Dress code: 1920s and 1930s. [P]

Shakespeare and his Black Mates by Lynda Burrell and Fran Hajat. Presented by Museumand, The National Caribbean Heritage Museum. Playhouse, Nottingham, 2 November (0115 941 9419). An Englishman, an African man and a Moor walk into an inn and sit down and talk. No, this isn’t a bad joke. We think this is how William Shakespeare, England’s great playwright, learned about exotic cultures and customs from black people he knew. How else could he have written such powerful characters like Othello, Titus Andronicus, and Caliban? [P]


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