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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

 June 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

New Wimbledon Studio Theatre, London, 18 – 22 August (0870 060 6646) www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-wimbledon-theatre/ [P]

Antony and Cleopatra

New
Shakespeare Institute Players. Directed by Alex Whiteley. Venue and dates tbc. http://www.shakespeareinstituteplayers.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]

Festival Players Theatre Company. St John’s Church, Bromsgrove. 12 June (01527 577 330) www.artrix.co.uk/ Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) Theatre, Birmingham, 27 June (0121 446 3232); [All male company] http://macbirmingham.co.uk/ [A]

Gloucester Youth Players. The Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, 19 July (0117 902 0344) www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com/ [A]

New
Creation Theatre. Lady Margaret Hall, Norham Gardens, Oxford, 28 July – 12 September (01865 766266) www.creationtheatre.co.uk [A]

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

Adaptation

Updated
SISATA. Adapted by Charmaine K. Parker. Mowlem Theatre, Swanage, 3 - 5 June (01929 422 239); Kingston Country Courtyard, Corfe Castle, Dorset, 14 – 23 July; Swanage Amphitheatre, August (dates tbc); Edmondsham House and Gardens, Swanage, August (dates tbc); Bread and Roses Theatre, London, 1 – 5 September. www.sisata.co.uk  Reverse gender production. [A]

Comedy of Errors

Coriolanus

Cymbeline

Hamlet

The HandleBards. Capron House (Cowdray Estate), Midhurst, 26 June (07986 784 207); Salisbury Arts Centre, 30 June (01722 321 744); The Courts Garden, Holt, 2 July (0844 249 1895); Painswick Rococo Garden, 6 July (01452 813 204); Leicester Guildhall, 12 July (0116 253 2569); Nottingham Castle, 14 July (0115 989 5555); Recycle Bikes, Sheffield, 17 July (0144 250 7717); Hoghton Tower, Preston, 23 July (0844 888 9991); Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge, 25 July (0844 249 1895); Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, York, 29 July (01904 654 818); Crook Hall, Durham, 3 August (0191 384 8028); Ford Castle, Ford and Etal, 12 August (01665 606 515); Bowhill, Selkirk, 13 August (01750 222 04); Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, 21 - 30 August (01312 260 000); HM Frigate, Unicorn, Dundee, 3 September (01382 200 900); Hatton Castle, Newtyle, 5 September (hattoncastle@gmail.com); The Rookery, Streatham Common, London, 9 September (07986 784 207). www.peculius.com/handlebards.html [A]

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

Adaptation

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

Henry IV, pt.1

Adaptation

Hampshire Youth Theatre. Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, 3 – 5 September (023 8067 1771). ; Parts 1 and 2 adapted into a single play. www.nuffieldtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/henry-iv [A]

Henry IV, pt.2

Adaptation

Hampshire Youth Theatre. Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, 3 – 5 September (023 8067 1771). Parts 1 and 2 adapted into a single play. www.nuffieldtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/henry-iv [A]

Henry V

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, 26 July (020 7401 9919). [Staged reading in Original Pronunciation]. www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

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/ ; Barbican, London, 7 Nov – 24 Jan 2016 (0845 120 7550) www.barbican.org.uk [P]

Adaptation

Henry V - Lion of England by Nick Hennegan. Maverick Theatre. The Wheatsheaf Pub, Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, London. 24 April – 14 June. A mix of Shakespeare, lights, sounds and modern English. In introduction to the bard for younger members of the family. Age 10+ Celebrating Maverick's 21st Birthday with the play that started it all. Shakespeare unplugged in a pub for the first time in 450 years! www.maverick-theatre.co.uk  [A]

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

Henry VI, pt 3

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

King John

Royal and Derngate, Northampton. Directed by James Dacre. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 1 – 27 June (020 7401 9919). www.royalandderngate.co.uk www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

King Lear

Northern Broadsides. Directed by Jonathan Miller. Barrie Rutter (Lear). New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme, 27 May – 13 June (01782 717 962). www.northern-broadsides.co.uk [P]

New
Winchester College Players. Minack Theatre, Penzance, 17 -21 August (01736 810 181) http://www.minack.com/ [A]

Adaptation

The Shadow King by Michael Kantor. Malthouse Theatre Company, directed by Michael Kantor. Barbican, London, 22 June – 2 July, 2016. 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. (0845 120 7550) www.barbican.org.uk [P]

Love's Labour's Lost

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

Macbeth

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]

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]

Adaptation

Macbeth – Blood will have Blood. Contender Charlie, China Plate and Warwick Arts Centre. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 29 September – 2 October (01473 295 900). A macabre porter invites us into Macbeth's castle, taking us right into the dark heart of Shakespeare's play. Razor sharp storytelling, eerie projections and a heart-stopping soundtrack take us on an immersive, break-neck journey through the blood-soaked world of Macbeth Reinvented for young audiences, Macbeth - Blood Will Have Blood is an accessible and unforgettable introduction to Shakespeare's shocking story of ambition, greed and the abuse of power. For 9-13 year olds.  www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/ [P]

Measure for Measure

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

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

The Merchant of Venice

 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]

Merry Wives of Windsor

New
University Of Northampton BA Acting Students. Directed by Emily Jenkins. Royal and Derngate Underground, Northampton, 4 – 6 June (01604 624811) www.royalandderngate.co.uk/whatson/2015-2016/Underground/MerryWives15/?view=Standard [A]

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

Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Fort Dunlop, Birmingham, 13 June (0121 749 7007); Herstmonceux Castle, Herstmonceux, 17 June (01323 834 479); Alice Holt Forest, Farnham, Surrey, 19 June (01252 745 444); National Trust Heddon Valley, Parracombe, Devon. 20 June (01598 763 402); Bradgate Park, Newton Linford, Leicester, 21 June (0116 234 1850); Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton, Bristol, 25 June (0117 974 7300); Elmhurst Park - Woodbridge, Suffolk, 27 June (01394 382 174); Spindle Bridge - Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, 3 July (phone tbc); Claydon House, Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire, 4 July (0844 249 1895); Layer Marney Tower - Nr Colchester, Essex, 5 July (01206 330 784);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); Culzean Castle & Country Park -  Maybole, Ayrshire, 5 August (0844 493 2149); Kelham Hall & Country Park Kelham, Newark, 7 August (01636 980 000); Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Nr Ponteland, Northumberland 19 August (0370 333 1181); Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa Chathill, Alnwick, Northumberland, 21 August (01665 589 700); Athelhampton House and Gardens, Dorchester, Dorset, 28 August (01305 848 363). www.chapterhouse.org. [P]

The HandleBards. River Hill Gardens, Sevenoaks, 24 June (07986 784 207); Warninglid Grange, Haywards Heath, 25 June (07986 784 207); The Sustainability Centre, Petersfield, 27 June (01730 823 166); Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury, 1 July (01725 516971); The Courts Garden, Holt, 3 July (0844 249 1895); Farms for City Children, Arlingham, 5 July (01452 741 023); Old Swan and Minster Mill, Whitney, 7 July (01993 774 441); Stowe School, Buckingham 8 July (0845 680 1926); Ascott Estate Cricket Pavillion, Leighton Buzzard, 9 July (07986 784 207); Elstow Abbey, Elstow 10 July (01234 261 477); Cottesbrooke Hall, Northampton  11 July, (01604 505 717); Newark Castle and Gardens, 15 July (01636 650 000); Newstead Abbey, 16 July (0115 989 5555); Sheffield Amphitheatre, 18 July (0114 221 1900);  Ordsall Hall, Salford, 21 July | (0161 872 0251); Rufford Old Hall, Ormskirk, 22 July (0844 249 1895); Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge, 24 July (0844 249 1895); Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, York, 28 July (01904 654 818); Bolton Castle, Leyburn, 31 July (01969 623 981); Crook Hall, Durham, 2 - 4 August (0191 384 8028); Guisborough Forest and Walkway, Guisborough, 5 (01287 631 132); Raby Castle, Staindrop, 6 August (01833 660 202); The Cycle Hub, Newcastle Upon Tyne, 8 August (0191 276 7250); Whalton Manor, Morpeth, 9 August (01665 606 515); Kailzie Gardens, Peebles, 14 August (01721 720 007) New Lanark Mills, Lanark, 15 August (01555 661 345); Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, 20 - 29 August (01312 260 000); Coupar Angus Town Centre, 4 September (01828 628388); Hatton Castle, Newtyle, 6 September (hattoncastle@gmail.com); The Rookery, Streatham Common, London, 8 September (07986 784 207). www.peculius.com/handlebards.html [A]

Theatre Royal and Opera House, Wakefield. 10 – 11 July (01924 211 311) www.theatreroyalwakefield.co.uk/  Performed by In on the Act young people’s drama class. [A]

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

Adaptation

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

New
Dalmatian Theatre Company. White Bear Theatre, London, 2 – 6 June (020 7793 9193) http://whitebeartheatre.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]

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]

Updated
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Max Webster. Fulham Palace, Bishops Avenue, Fulham, 17 – 19 July; The Old Schools Quadrangle, Bodleian Library, Oxford, 21 July – 2 August; Theatre Royal, Windsor, 6 – 8 August; Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 10 – 15 August; Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 16 August; Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, 25 – 30 August; Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, 2 – 5 September; Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 7 – 13 September; Minack Theatre, Cornwall, 16 – 20 September; Curve, Leicester, 24 – 26 September. (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

Adaptation

Blue Apple Theatre. Theatre Royal, Winchester, 9 -11 July (01962 840 440)  www.blueappletheatre.hampshire.org.uk [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

Bronzehead Theatre. Directed by Tom Straszewski. The Stained Glass Centre, St Martin cum Gregory, York, 8 – 12 July; Poppleton Tithe Barn, York, 17 July (01904 623568). www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk. [P]

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. [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]

Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Directed by Polina Kalinina. Theatre Royal, Winchester, 2 – 6 June (01962 840 440) www.theatre-royal-winchester.co.uk/;  Derby Theatre, Derby, 16 – 20 June (01332 255 800) www.derbytheatre.co.uk/ [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Tim Hoare. Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, 24 – 26 June; Cambridge Arts Theatre, 30 June – 4 July; Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee, 14 – 17 July; Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Cumbria, 20-22 July; Calderstone’s Mansion House, Liverpool, 24 – 25 July; Richmond Theatre, 28 July – 1 August; Glasgow Theatre Royal, 4 – 8 August. www.shakespearesglobe.com. [P]

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

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Garrick Theatre, London, 12 May – 13 August 2016 ( https://pixel-geo.prfct.co/seg/?add=2630585&source=js_tag&a_id=41363 https://secure.adnxs.com/seg?t=2&add=26305850845 505 8500). www.londontheatredirect.com/play/1752/Romeo-and-Juliet-tickets.aspx [P]

Adaptations

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]

West Side Story. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Arthur Laurents. The Childrens Theatre Company. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 22-25 July (01473 295900) www.wolseytheatre.co.uk [A]

West Side Story. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Sondheim. Book by Arthur Laurents. Stage Experience Company. Grand Opera House, York. 30 July – 1 August (0844 8472322) www.grandoperahouseyork.org.uk/ [A]

The Taming of the Shrew

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

Guildford Shakespeare Company. University of Law Grounds, Guildford, 11 – 25 July. www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk. [Booking opens 28 April] [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]

New
Shrew. Written and performed by Ami Jay. Camden People’s Theatre, London, 23 – 28 June (
0444 77 1000) A wry, clever and provocative twist on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, this new piece of solo theatre explores one of literature's most vivid, intriguing, and disturbing women - the infamous Katharina at the heart of the play. As she questions why she has been written into a play where she seems doomed to misery and torment, she asks along the way what it means to be someone, what it means to be a woman, and what it means to be trapped in our own underwhelming destinies. http://www.cptheatre.co.uk/ [A]

The Tempest

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

Adaptation

New
The Tempestuous Tale of Prospera and her Island. Chickenshed. Chelsea Theatre, London, 3 – 4 July (020 7352 1967) www.chickenshed.org.uk/tempestuous-tale-prospera-and-her-island [A]

Timon of Athens

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

Titus Andronicus

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

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

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]

Iris Theatre. St Paul's Church (The Actors Church), London. 24 June – 24 July (020 8692 5322) http://www.actorschurch.org/ [P]

Pocket Theatre. Hangar Farm Arts Centre, Totton, 21 – 24 July (023 8066 7683) https://www.totton.ac.uk/hanger-farm.aspx. [P]

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

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

New
Woodbridge School. Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 30 June – 1 July (01394 615 015) http://www.seckfordtheatre.org/ [A]

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

New
Instant Classics. Directed by David Cottis. White Bear Theatre, London, 9 – 27 June (020 7793 9193) http://whitebeartheatre.co.uk/ [P]

St Mildred’s Church, Canterbury. Directed by Kate De Rycker. 27 June. [Script in hand performance]. Email Steve Orman : thebeaumontandfletcherproject@gmail.com. [A]

The Winter’s Tale

New
University Of Northampton BA Acting Students. Directed by Emily Jenkins. Royal and Derngate Underground, Northampton, 4 – 6 June (01604 624811) http://www.royalandderngate.co.uk/whatson/2015-2016/Underground/TheWintersTale/?view=Standard [A]

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

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company. Directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh. Kenneth Branagh (Leontes), Judi Dench (Paulina) Garrick Theatre, London, 17 October – 16 January 2016 (0844 482 9673) www.nimaxtheatres.com/garrick-theatre/ [P]

Poems and Apocrypha

The Rape of Lucretia. Music by Benjamin Britten. Directed by Fiona Shaw. Produced by Glyndebourne Opera. Glyndebourne, Lewes. 5 July – 19 August (01273 813 813) http://www.glyndebourne.com/ [Revival of 2013 production] [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 Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). Reduced Shakespeare Company. Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, 16 June (0115 8467777) http://www.lakesidearts.org.uk/ ; Corn Exchange, Newbury. 17 June (0845 5218 218) http://www.cornexchangenew.com/ ; White Rock Theatre, Hastings, 18 June (01424 462 288) https://whiterocktheatre.org.uk/Online/ [P]

The Famous Victories of Henry V. Adaptation of extracts from Henry IV parts I and II and Henry V. [Part of First Encounters, Shakespeare for Younger Audiences]. Royal Shakespeare Company. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 5 June (0844 800 1110) www.rsc.org.uk ; Hull Truck Theatre, 18 – 20 June (01482 323 638) www.hulltruck.co.uk/ ; Theatre Royal, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 30 June (08448 11 21 21; www.theatreroyal.co.uk/ [P]

New
The Herbal Bed by Peter Whelan. Royal and Derngate, Northampton. 5 – 27 February 2016 (01604 624 811). The true (?) story of Shakespeare's daughter Susanna, being accused of having an affair with a married man. She sues for slander. But will her husband, John Hall discover what really happened one summer night in the herbal garden? www.royalandderngate.co.uk/ [P]

Kings of War adapted by Bart van den Eynde and Peter van Kraaij. Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Directed by Ivo van Hove. Barbican, London, 22 April – 1 May 2016 (0845 120 7550) In 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. www.barbican.org.uk/ [P]

New
The Rise and Fall of Magbeth by Mike Sagar-Fenton. Minack Theatre, Penzance, 23 – 25 September (01736 810 181). Shakespeare couldn't have resisted writing a play about Margaret Thatcher if he'd been alive - but he wasn't so instead "The Rise and Fall of Magbeth" gleefully pillages not only the Scottish Play but most of the Bard's canon to create this fast and hilarious black comedy. www.minack.com/ [A]

Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender by Lisa Wolpe. Rose Playhouse, 14-26 July (020 7261 9565). Finding celebration and solace in the words and enchanting power of Shakespeare, Ms. Wolpe explores the courageous, often tragic, always fascinating history of her troubled family–weaving in personal photos, video and glorious passages from ‘Hamlet’, ‘The Merchant of Venice’, ‘The Winter’s Tale’ ‘Twelfth Night’, ‘Richard III’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Similar to a fresh telling of R&J, Ms. Wolpe’s story wreaks havoc on the heart as the catastrophic circumstances of her family history would be too much to bear if not for the liberation and catharsis that this valiant performer discovers (and the audience shares) in the telling of it. www.rosetheatre.org.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]

Shakespeare in Suffolk. Black and White Productions. St Peters by the Waterfront, Ipswich, 10 – 12 June (01473 295900); Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, 14 – 21 June. It’s 1596 and Shakespeare’s Company, The Chamberlains Men, are on tour. For Will it’s been a rough year. They’ve been evicted from their theatre in London, his actors are squabbling, his wife’s on his case, his son is ill, and plague threatens all their livelihoods. Not to mention they are suspected of harbouring spies, Catholics, and worst of all... Playwrights! Suffolk beckons - a place for new material, new beginnings and settling old scores. [Part of the RSC Open Stages] [A]

New
Shakespeare Untold by Harper Ray and Adam Sibbald. Broadway Theatre, London, 24 July (
020 8507 5607) The stories you know from characters you don't. The party planner, the pie maker, the banker and the convict... Behind all great stories are the people you probably didn't notice. Shakespeare may not have mentioned them, but they are the ones who really know what happened. Discover the magic of Shakespeare's timeless tales in these exciting new family adaptations. http://www.thebroadwaybarking.com/ [A]

 

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