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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

  April 2016 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

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Directed by Andrew Hilton. Factory Theatre, Bristol, 31 March – 30 April (0117 902 0344); Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 15 – 18 June (01392 493 493) www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com [P]

New Wimbledon Studio Theatre, London, 15 June – 9 July www.atgtickets.com/shows/alls-well-that-ends-well/new-wimbledon-studio/ [P]

Antony and Cleopatra

As You Like It

New
GB Theatre Company. Appleby Castle, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, 24 – 26 June; St Leonard’s Hill, Windsor, 30 June – 1 July; Brandon Hill, Bristol, 2 – 3 July; Coldharbour Cricket Club, Coldharbour, Surrey, 8 July; Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton, 9 – 10 July; Frimley Lodge Park, Frimley Green, 16 July; The Old Chapel, Alfriston, 22 July; Robertsbridge Village Hall, Robertsbridge, 23 July; Herstmonceux Castle, Hailsham, 24 July; Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, 29 – 31 July; The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, 4 August; Wyndcliffe Court Sculpture Gardens, Chepstow, 13 – 14 August; Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 20 August; Arundel Castle, West Sussex, 26 – 27 August. www.gbtheatrecompany.com  [P] 

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. King’s College Gardens, Cambridge, 1 - 27 August (07955 218824) www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [P]

Adaptations

he Fools Players. The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, 12 – 15 April (01539 488 444). The company combines amateurs, semi-professionals, professionals and drama students, bringing together the wider community in a joint, artistic venture. www.oldlaundrytheatre.co.uk/  [P/A]

OVO. Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, 6 – 10 June (01736 810181). 1967. Pressured by the generation gap, lovers Rosalind and Orlando escape the city and journey to the Forest of Arden where they become entangled in a beguiling game of love, lust and mistaken identity. This vibrant and uplifting interpretation of Shakespeare’s glorious comedy is a magical trip to the summer of love, complete with live 1960s soundtrack. www.minack.com [P]

Comedy of Errors

Guildford Shakespeare Company. Guildford Castle Gardens, 14 June – 2 July (01483 304384). www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk [P]

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Trinity College Gardens, Cambridge, 1 - 20 August (07955 218824) www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [P]

Adaptation

The Comedy of Errors – Primary Shakespeare. Directed by Imogen Bond. Orange Tree Theatre, London, 11 June (020 8940 3633). Antipholus is looking for his long lost twin brother, with his trusty servant Dromio at his side. Two sets of identical twins... what could possibly go wrong? See just four actors bring Shakespeare’s rollicking slapstick comedy to life – a feast of crossed wits, cross words and cross dressing! A one-off public performance for families, alongside playing to primary school children in the theatre throughout the spring. www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk [P]

Coriolanus

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Robinson College Gardens, Cambridge, 11 - 30 July (07955 218824) www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [P]

Cymbeline

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Sam Yates. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. 2 December – 21 April 2016 (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Melly Still. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 29 April – 12 August (0870 6091110) www.rsc.org.uk   [P]

Venture Wolf Productions. The London Theatre, London, 24 – 29 May (020 8694 1888) www.thelondontheatre.com/7.html [P/A]

Adaptation

Imogen, directed by Matthew Dunster. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 17 September – 16 October (020 7401 9919). Imogen, daughter of Cymbeline, enrages her father by marrying against his will. Lies are then told about Imogen to her husband, Posthumous, and he decides she should die. In an urban world that is as strange, erotic and violent as Shakespeare's ancient Britain, Imogen is forced to re-imagine herself as she fights for the life she deserves and not the one that is being determined for her. Imogen is an achingly beautiful story of lovers and families being re-united after violent and harrowing separation, and a tale for our times vividly told in his brutally modern production. www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

Hamlet

Updated
Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Directed by Andrew Hilton. Factory Theatre, Bristol, 11 February – 30 April (0117 902 0344); Derby Theatre, Derby, 24 – 28 May (01332 255 800); Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 14 – 18 June (01392 493 493) www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com  [P]

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Simon Godwin. Paapa Essiedu [Hamlet]. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 12 March – 13 August (0870 6091110) www.rsc.org.uk  [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst. Globe Theatre, London, 23 – 24 April (0207 401 9919). The final performances of the world tour. www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

New
Creation Theatre Company. Directed by Gari Jones. University Parks, Oxford, 13 July – 13 August www.creationtheatre.co.uk/show-one/hamlet [P]

New
Almeida Theatre. Directed by Robert Icke. Andrew Scott (Hamlet), Juliet Stevenson (Gertrude). February 2017 (020 7359 4404) www.almeida.co.uk Booking opens in September. [P]

Adaptations

New
Festival Players Theatre Company. Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 10 August (01726 879 500). Presented in full costume, an all-male company will bring you the excitement of this great thriller; intrigue, ghostly visitations, passion, a play-within-a play, a gripping duel, and humour, in a crystal-clear and fast-paced 2-hour production. www.penleeparktheatre.com/events/hamlet-festival-players/ [P]

New
Gertrude – The Cry by Howard Barker. Directed by Chris Hislop. Theatre N16, London, 12 – 30 June (0 7969138899). Reinterpreting Shakespeare’s classic from the perspective of Hamlet’s mother, this is a striking exploration of female sexuality and emancipation – but also a punky, filthy analysis of lust. www.theatren16.co.uk/#!whats-on/cpax [P]

Hamlet is Dead. No Gravity by Ewald Palmetshofer. Translated by Neil Blackadder. Directed by Andrea Ferran. The Garage Theatre, Norwich, 5 – 9 April (01603 630000). Mani and Dani, brother and sister come home for their grandmother’s birthday. But something is rotten in the state of affairs. The ghost of their recently murdered friend haunts the family. At Hannes’ funeral Mani and Dani bump into Bine and Oli, a married couple who were once close to the siblings. Time is out of joint in this brutal family farce in which the ultimate question is how to act. http://www.thegarage.org.uk/hamlet-is-dead-no-gravity--eid728.html [P]

Hamlet our Brother by Julia Stubbs Hughes. Directed by Timothy Stubbs Hughes. Jeffrey Mundell (performer). Jack Studio Theatre (previously Brockley Studio Theatre), London, 5 – 9 April (020 8291 6354). Hamlet the King is dead. Hamlet the Prince is dead. All are dead but one. Horatio alone survives, standing amongst the fallen. Hamlet our brother brings Horatio, the observer to a tragedy, centre stage in this one man exploration into the aftermath of Shakespeare’s most famous play. Julia Stubbs Hughes has taken William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and using only the play’s text, recreated it into an invigorating, one man re-imagining of the play, told from a new perspective. www.brockleyjack.co.uk/portfolio/hamlet-our-brother/ [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]

Ophelias Zimmer by Alice Birch. Directed by Katie Mitchell. Royal Court – Jerwood Theatre, London, 17 – 21 May (020 7565 5000). Katie Mitchell explores Ophelia, freed from Hamlet. In German with English subtitles. www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/opheliaszimmer [P]

Something Rotten – Hamlet’s Uncle Gets his Say at Last! Written and performed by Robert Cohen. Directed by Jenny Rowe. Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, 20 April (01748 823 021). Claudius of Denmark: incestuous, fratricidal traitor or hard-working patriot unafraid of tough decisions? Writer-performer Robert Cohen takes you behind the scenes at Elsinore, replaying the events of Hamlet through the eyes of the prince's uncle-turned-stepfather, and attempting to answer some of the questions left hanging by Shakespeare: Why did Claudius murder his brother? How long had he and Gertrude been consorting? How did he get on with Hamlet prior to the recent unpleasantness? And how did Yorick end up in that grave? http://tickets.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk/show.asp [P]

Henry IV, pt.1

Henry IV, pt.2

Henry V

Merely Theatre. Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon, 14 April; Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 20 April; Theatre At The Mill, Newtonabbey, 27 April; Kings Theatre, Edinburgh, 5 and 7 May.  http://merelytheatre.co.uk/current-productions/ [P]

Antic Disposition Theatre Company. Directed by Ben Horslen and John Risebero. Middle Temple Hall, London, 26 March – 6 April (0845 120 7543); Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, 18 – 19 April (0333 666 3366); Christchurch Priory, Christchurch, 20 April (0333 666 3366); Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, 21 – 22 April (0333 666 3366); Sherborne Abbey, Sherborne, 23 April (0333 666 3366); Bristol Cathedral, Bristol, 25 – 26 April (0333 666 3366); Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester, 27 April (0333 666 3366); Worcester Cathedral, Worcester, 28 April (0333 666 3366); Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon, 29 April (0333 666 3366) www.anticdisposition.co.uk/henry-v-2016.html [P]

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Directed by Robert Hastie. Regent’s Park, London, 17 June – 9 July (0844 826 4242) http://openairtheatre.com/production/henry-v [P]

Masque Theatre. Northampton, 28 July – 6 August (07586 288793, for reservations) www.masquetheatre.co.uk [A]

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. St John’s College Gardens, Cambridge, 1 - 20 August (07955 218824) www.cambridgeshakespeare.com  [P]

Adaptation

Drama Factory. Winter Gardens, Morecambe, 24 April. Adapted by Ginny Scott for a cast of 70-80 young people. [Part of Bard by the Beach, Morecambe Shakespeare Festival.] www.bardbythebeach.co.uk [A]

Henry VI, pt 1

Adaptation

New
Games and Thrones: Henry VI. Playbox Theatre. Directed by Stewart McGill, Mary King and Emily Quash. The Dream Factory, Warwick, 23; 29 - 30 April; St Mary’s Church, Warwick, 19 – 21 May (01926 419555 ext 2). Three parts adapted into a single three-part production. www.playboxtheatre.com [A]

Henry VI, pt 2

Adaptation

New
Games and Thrones: Henry VI. Playbox Theatre. Directed by Stewart McGill, Mary King and Emily Quash. The Dream Factory, Warwick, 23; 29 - 30 April; St Mary’s Church, Warwick, 19 – 21 May (01926 419555 ext 2). Three parts adapted into a single three-part production. www.playboxtheatre.com [A]

Henry VI, pt 3

Adaptation

New
Games and Thrones: Henry VI. Playbox Theatre. Directed by Stewart McGill, Mary King and Emily Quash. The Dream Factory, Warwick, 23; 29 - 30 April; St Mary’s Church, Warwick, 19 – 21 May (01926 419555 ext 2). Three parts adapted into a single three-part production. www.playboxtheatre.com [A]

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

King John

Directed by Trevor Nunn. Rose Theatre, Kingston, 13 May – 5 June (08444 821 556) www.rosetheatrekingston.org/whats-on/king-john [P]

New
Magdalen College School. Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford, 28 – 30 June. http://shakespeareoxford2016.co.uk [A]

King Lear

Talawa Theatre Company. Directed by Michael Buffong. Don Warrington (King Lear). Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 1 April – 7 May (0161 833 9833); Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, 19 – 28 May (0121 236 4455) www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/event/king-lear/ [P]

Royal & Derngate Theatre. Directed by Max Webster. Michael Pennington (Lear). Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton, 1 – 23 April (01604 624811) www.royalandderngate.co.uk; Theatre Royal, Brighton, 3 – 7 May (08700 606 650); Richmond Theatre, London, 9 – 14 May (0870 060 6651); Grand Opera House, York, 23 – 28 May (0844 8472322); Opera House, Manchester, 31 May – 4 June (0870 401 6000); Theatre Royal, Bath, 6 – 11 June (01225 448 844); Hall for Cornwall, Truro, 13 – 18 June (01872 262 466); Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 20 – 25 June (01223 503 333); Malvern Theatres, Malvern, 27 June – 2 July (01684 892 277). [P]

Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 22 – 30 April (01603 620917). Directed by Chris Bealey. http://maddermarket.co.uk [A]

New
University of Sunderland Drama Department. The Arts Centre, Washington, 26 May (0191 219 3455) [Part of Sunfest 2016] www.artscentrewashington.co.uk   [A]

Bristol Old Vic. Directed by Tom Morris. Timothy West (Lear). Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, 18 June – 10 July (0117 987 7877) www.bristololdvic.org.uk/kinglear.html [P]

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Antony Sher (Lear). Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 20 August – 15 October (01789 403493) www.rsc.org.uk [P]   

Adaptations

Adapted and directed by Phil Willmott. The Phil Willmott Company. Ursula Mohan (Queen Lear). Union Theatre, London, 20 September – 8 October (020 7261 9876). The old woman finds it impossible to retire gracefully and as her mental faculties begin to fail she's cast out by her eldest children, as their sister prepares to lead a French invasion in retaliation. Meanwhile the Duke of Gloucester's equally ruthless son plots to steal his brother's inheritance and the younger generations align in a savage plot to mercilessly destroy their parents. But will they succeed? An epic double family drama about mothers and daughters, fathers and sons. www.philwillmott.org/lear-by-william-shakespeare.html [P]

The Shadow King by Michael Kantor. Malthouse Theatre Company, directed by Michael Kantor. Barbican, London, 22 June – 2 July. Transporting King Lear to the story-rich and resource-laden terrain of northern Australia, The Shadow King reimagines Shakespeare's tragedy as a blood-soaked tale of two indigenous families divided by land, identity and legitimacy. Lear is the head of a remote community wrangling over mining rights, inheritance and wealth. Their story descends into madness and brutality against the distinctive red earth of the Australian outback, dominated by the imposing presence and blinding lights of a mining truck. Told through modern English, Kriol languages and a score, including Aboriginal ‘dreamtime' songs, performed live by an onstage band, The Shadow King fuses music, new text and video to create provocative and epic theatre. (0845 120 7550) www.barbican.org.uk [P]

Love's Labour's Lost

New
Magdalen College School. School Field, Oxford, 28-30 June. www.artsfestivaloxford.org [A]

New
Oxford Shakespeare Company. Directed by Nicholas Green. Wadham College, Oxford, 28 June – 18 August. http://shakespeareoxford2016.co.uk [P]

Royal Shakespeare Company in collaboration with Chichester Festival Theatre. Directed by Christopher Luscombe. Edward Bennett (Berowne). Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, 29 September – 29 October (01243 781 312) www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/loves-labours-lost#overview [P]

Macbeth

Repertory Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, 12 – 16 April (01782 209784) www.stokerep.org.uk [A]

Arrows and Traps Theatre Company. New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 15 April – 9 July (0870 060 6646) www.atgtickets.com/shows/macbeth/new-wimbledon-studio/ [P]

Chalice Media Ltd. St George’s Hall, Liverpool, 24 – 28 April (0844 800 0410) http://liverpoolcityhalls.co.uk [A]

Directed by Iqbal Khan. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 18 June – 1 October (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com  [P]

Adaptations

New
Oddsocks Theatre. Touring from May including: 15 – 18 June Guildhall Theatre, Derby; 27 August Penlee Open Air Theatre, Penzance. Musical version. www.oddsocks.co.uk [P]

The Macbeth Curse by Terry Deary. Directed by Mark Powell. Octagon Theatre Bolton and Prime Theatre. Octagon Theatre, Bolton, 19 – 23 April (01204 520661). It’s 1902 and when Sir Alphonse King and his Sixty Minute Shakespeare Ensemble start rehearsing Macbeth for a Royal Command Performance they find themselves struggling against spookily unexpected circumstances. While Lady Macbeth is busy complaining about Sir Alphonse’s ego and Macduff is playing the fool to keep everyone’s spirits up, mild-mannered stage manager Miss Jessica Peacock has to battle her stage-fright to save the show. But with an actor missing, props breaking in their hands and ghostly goings on growing by the minute, the entire troupe begin to fear the worst. Have they fallen foul of the infamous Macbeth Curse? In a chaotically condensed version of Shakespeare’s own words and integrated with Musical Hall songs and cutting-edge Edwardian theatricality, Terry Deary’s brand new play is a perfect introduction to the magic and madness of Macbeth. Recommended for age 7 years and over.  https://octagonbolton.co.uk [P]

Macbeth The Scottish Panto. Studio Footlights. Library, Morecambe, 22 April. [Part of Bard by the Beach, Morecambe Shakespeare Festival.] www.bardbythebeach.co.uk [P]

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett. Adapted by Stephen Briggs. Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society. Directed by Beki Stevenson. Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, 28 July – 6 August (01748 823 021).  http://tickets.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk/show.asp [A]

Measure for Measure

New
Heady Conduct Theatre. The Rose Playhouse, London. 10 – 20 May (020 7261 9565) www.rosetheatre.org.uk/ [P]

New
Oxford School of Drama. North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford, 8 – 11 June. http://shakespeareoxford2016.co.uk [A]

The Merchant of Venice

Shakespeare’s Globe. Directed by Jonathan Munby. Jonathan Pryce (Shylock). Everyman & Playhouse, Liverpool, 30 June – 9 July (0151 709 4776); Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 4 – 15 October (020 7401 9919). Revival of the 2015 production. www.shakespearesglobe.com  [P]

Merry Wives of Windsor

Northern Broadsides. Directed by Barrie Rutter. West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, 6 – 16 April; Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 19 – 23 April, Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, 26 – 30 April, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, 4 – 7 May, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, 10 – 14 May; York Theatre Royal, 17 – 21 May;  Liverpool Playhouse, 24 – 28 May. www.northern-broadsides.co.uk   The Merry Wives[P]

Guildburys Theatre Company. Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, 22 – 26 August (01736 810181).  www.minack.com [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Royal Shakespeare Company. Dream 16: A Play for the Nation. Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, 29 March – 2 April (0141 429 0022); Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 5 – 9 April (01253 290 190); Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, 12 – 16 April (01274 432000); Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 19 – 23 April (01227 787 787); Theatre Royal, Norwich, 26 – 30 April (01603 63 00 00); Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 3 – 7 May (0115 989 5555); Hall for Cornwall, Truro, 10 – 14 May [On sale late September/early October]; Barbican, London, 17 – 21 May (0845 120 7550); New Theatre, Cardiff, 24 – 28 May [On sale late October/early November];Grand Opera House, Belfast, 31 May – 4 June (028 9024 1919); Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 15 June – 17 July (0844 800 1110) www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/dream2016/ [P/A]

LAMDA. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmund’s, 13 – 16 April (01284 769 505) http://www.theatreroyal.org/shows/a-midsummer-nights-dream-2/ [A]

Directed by Emma Rice. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 30 April – 11 September (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

Amici Touring Theatre. Broadbent Theatre, Lincolnshire, 27 May (01673 884400) www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/ELKMMM [A]

Medway Little Theatre. Directed by Linda Russell. Medway Little Theatre, Rochester, 16 – 25 June (01634 400 322) www.ticketsource.co.uk/mlt [A]

New
Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Hanbury House and Gardens, Droitwich Spa, 17 June (0844 249 1895); Oakwell Hall Country Park, Birstall, (01924 324 761); Knebworth House, Stevenage, 23 June (01438 812661); Lydiard Park, Swindon, 24 June (01793 466 664); The Swiss Garden, Old Warden, Biggleswade, 25 June (01767 627 924); The Spotlight Gardens, Hoddesdon, 29 June (01992 441 946); University of Bristol Botanic Garden, Bristol, 30 June (0117 331 4906); Ferry Meadows Country Park, Peterborough, 1 July (01733 234 193); Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire, 2 – 3 July (0844 346 3000); Creswell Crags, Nottinghamshire, 8 July (01909 720378); Wells House and Gardens, Ballyedmond, Gorey, 16 July (053 918 6737); Castletown House, Co Kildare, Ireland, 17 July (01 6288 252); Bellingham Castle, Co Louth, 18 July (042 937 2176); Castle Kennedy Gardens, Stranraer, 26 July (01581 400 225); Stirling Castle, Stirling, 27 – 28 July (01786 450 000); Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries & Galloway, 29 July (01387 770 244); Warkworth Castle, Northumberland, 4 August (0370 333 1181); Packwood, Lapworth, Warwickshire, 6 August (0844 249 1895); Osborne, Isle of Wight, 10 August (0370 333 1183); Walmer Castle and Gardens, Kent, 12 August (01304 364 288); Highbridge Farm, Eastleigh, 13 August (07402 924 437); Ashby de la Zouch Castle, Leicestershire, 16 August (01530 413 343); Guisborough Priory, Guisborough, 19 August (01287 637 967); Tapeley Park, North Devon, 23 August (01271 860 897); Lynford Hall Country House Hotel, Mundford (near Thetford), 25 August (01842 878 351); Kedleston Hall, Derby, 26 August (0844 249 1895); Auckland Castle, Durham, 27 August (01388 743 797); Kirby Hall, Deene, Northamptonshire, 29 August (0370 333 1183); Pavillion Arts Centre, Buxton, 31 August (01298 72190); Manor Green, Devon, 1 September (01598 753 322); East Sussex National Resort, East Sussex, 2 September (01825 880 088); Basing House, Basingstoke, 3 September (01256 463 965). www.chapterhouse.org/ [P]

New
Illyria Theatre Company. Dartford Outdoor Theatre, Dartford, 21 June (
01322 343244); RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, 23 June (01805 624624); Swanbourne House School, near Milton Keynes, 24 June; Burrswood, Groombridge, Kent, 25 June (01892 865985); The Manor House, Boxworth, Cambridge, 26 June (01954 267209); Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith, 28 June (017684 84449); The Coach House, Middleton Lodge, Richmond, 30 June (01325 377977); Lytham Hall, Lytham St Annes, 1 July (01252 794221); Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden, Warrington, 2 July; The Arts Centre at Edge Hill University (Rose Theatre), Ormskirk, 3 July (01695 584 480); Sterts Theatre, Liskeard, 6 July (01579 362382); The Hawth Amphitheatre, Crawley, 8 July (01293 553636); Chepstow Castle, Chepstow, 9 July (01291 625981); Epworth War Memorial Field, Epworth, 10 July (01652 660380); Castle Gardens, Sherborne, 12 July (01935 814633); NT Kingston Lacy, Wimborne, 13 July (0844 249 1895); The Temple Enclose, Wanstead Park,14 July (020 7332 1911); Coolings Garden Centre, Knockholt, 15 July (01959 53 22 69); Fairkytes Arts Centre, Hornchurch, 16 July (01708 456308); The Amphitheatre, Lower Leas Coastal Path, Folkestone, 17 July; Marlborough College Summer School, Marlborough, 19 July (01672 892388); Ecos Amphitheatre, Merlin Theatre, Frome, 20 July (01373 465949); Petersfield Shakespeare Festival, Petersfield, 21 July; NTS The Hill House Garden, Helensburgh, 22 July (01436 673900); Crail Castle Grounds, Crail, 24 July (01334 475000); Brantwood, Coniston, 26 July (015394 41396); Plas Glyn-y-Weddw Arts Centre, Pwllheli, 27 July (01758 740763); Lincoln Castle, Lincoln, 28 July; Preston Park Museum & Grounds, Stockton, 29 July (01642 527 375); Linford Manor Park, Milton Keynes, 30 July (01908 255379); NT Arlington Court, Barnstaple, 31 July (01805 624624); Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 2 August (01726 879 500); Oystermouth Castle, Swansea, 4 August (01792 637300); Rose Bank Gardens, Malvern, 5 August (01684 566667); Badock Gardens, Holsworthy, 6 August (01805 624624); Barry Island Eastern Shelter, Barry Island, 7 August; Abergavenny Castle Grounds, Abergavenny, 9 August (01873 850805); Logie Steading, Forres, 10 August (01309 611378); HES Urquhart Castle, Drumnodrochit, 11 August (01456 450551); HES Elgin Cathedral, Elgin, 12 August (01343 547171); NTS Drum Castle, Aberdeen, 13 August; Paxton house, Berwick upon Tweed, 14 August (01289 386291); Harlech Castle, Harlech, 16 August (01766 780667); Montgomery Castle, Montgomery, 17 August (01686 668442); Cardigan Castle (Castle Aberteifi), Cardigan, 18 August (01239 621200); Newstead Abbey, Ravenshead, 19 August (0115 989 5555); Tonbridge Castle, Tonbridge, 23 August (01732 770929); Hartland Abbey, Bideford, 24 August (01805 624624); Fulham Palace, Fulham, 25 August (020 7736 3233); NT Cliveden, Maidenhead, 27 August (0844 249 1895); Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner, 28 August; Cockington Court, Torquay, 29 August (01803 607230). www.illyria.uk.com  [P]Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud, 28 June (01453 833 184) www.cotswoldplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on [A]

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. King’s College Gardens, Cambridge, 11 - 30 July (07955 218824) www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [P]

Directed by Laurence Boswell. Theatre Royal, Bath, 3 – 20 August (01225 448 844) www.theatreroyal.org.uk   [P]

Adaptations

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Opera). Surrey Opera. Composed by Benjamin Britten. Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, 18 - 22 July (01736 810181).  www.minack.com [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Opera). Glyndebourne Opera Company. Adapted and music by Benjamin Britten. Directed by Peter Hall. Glyndebourne Theatre, Lewes, 11 – 28 August (01273 813 813) http://www.glyndebourne.com/tickets-and-whats-on/events/2016/f16dream/ [P]

Merely Theatre. Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon, 14 April; Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 20 April; Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick, 28 – 19(am) April; Island Arts, Lisburn, 29(pm) April; King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, 5 – 7 May (0131 529 6000). A Midsummer Night’s Dream playfully depicts the comically intertwining tales of feuding forest gods, midnight elopements and staging a theatre show. This energetic, 90 minute production of Shakespeare’s most popular comedy stays true to Shakespeare’s text while presenting it in an exuberant and stripped back style. http://merelytheatre.co.uk/current-productions/ [P]

New
Dilys Guite Players Community Theatre Group. The Lantern Theatre, Sheffield, 20 – 30 April (0114 255 1776). Using song, dance and acrobatics, this is a physical theatre experience inside a living forest. Join us in the woods to discover the torment in the trees, the mischief in the magic, and the chaos in the clearing. http://lanterntheatre.org.uk/?page_id=254 [P]

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Backwell Playhouse, Backwell, 26 – 28 May (0117 973 3955); David Hall, South Petherton, 31 May – 1 June (01460 240340); Newbury Corn Exchange, 2 June (0845 521 8218); Wedmore Village Hall, 3 June (01934 713009); Dulverton Town Hall, 4 June (01398 323818); Wells Little Theatre, 7 June (01749 672280); Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, 8 June (01202 885566); Chipping Norton Theatre, Chipping Norton, 9 June (01608 642350); Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, 10 June (01249 701628); Shaftesbury Arts Centre, 11 June (01747 854321); Bridport Arts Centre, 14 June (01308 424204); Wharf Theatre, Devizes, 15 – 16 June (01380 725944); Beehive Arts Centre, Honiton, 17 June (01404 384050); Armstrong Hall, Thornbury, 18 June (01454 412272); Tacchi-Morris Taunton, 21 June (01823 414141); Regal Theatre, Minehead, 22 June (01643 706430); Theatre Brecheiniog, Brecon, 23 June (01874 611622); Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot, 24 June (01235 515144); The Courtyard, Hereford, 27 June (01432 340555); Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud, 28 June (0333 666 3366); Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham, 29 – 30 June (01242 707484). Suitable for 11yrs+. http://www.oldvic.ac.uk/whats-on/West-Country-Tour-2016.html [A]

New
Oxford University Drama Society in association with Thelma Holt. Tristan Bates Theatre, London, 25 – 30 July (020 3841 6611). Industrial Bradford, 1920s, where the industrial elite tries to shrug off its gypsy roots. Erstwhile small-time criminal Theseus is to marry Hippolyta to end a local feud. Ambitious Demetrius loves Helena, but has his eyes on a more financial prize, Hermia, who loves the more straightforwardly attractive Lysander. All want to distance themselves from the travelling community, but it is only through their experiences in the forest that they can undo the love tangles that threaten to ruin their own. http://tristanbatestheatre.co.uk/whats-on/a-midsummer-nights-dream [A]

A Dream by Chris Bush. Sheffield People’s Theatre. Directed by Emily Hutchinson. Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 13 – 16 July (0114 249 6000). A modern day mash up of Shakespearean romance. ‘Midsummer’s Eve. Music thuds from the city below. Drink flows, songs are sung, vows are made. In the hospital on the hill the staff stand by to stitch up, heal wounds and pick up the pieces. As the bard said, the course of true love always did get messy around closing time.’ Performed by a hundred members of the Sheffield People’s Theatre. www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/event/a-dream-16/ [A]

New
The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell. Theatron Novum. Oxford Playhouse, 4-7 May (01865 305305) www.oxfordplayhouse.com [A]

The Play’s The Thing. Attic Door Productions. The Midlands Hotel, Morecambe, 23 April. All the world’s a stage as Attic Door Production present their tribute to the great Bard in this comedy dinner show based on the Mechanicals hilarious antics from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Chat to the characters, inspire their Shakespearean sonnets, and then sit back and enjoy a dish fit for the gods as your dinner is served and the performance of The Comic Tragedy of Pyramus & Thisbe occurs before your very eyes. [Part of Bard by the Beach, Morecambe Shakespeare Festival.] www.bardbythebeach.co.uk [P]

Shit-faced Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Magnificent Bastards Productions. Leicester Square Theatre, London, 26 April – 11 June (020 7734 2222). An entirely serious production of A Midsummer Night's Dream with the addition of an entirely shit-faced cast member. Hilarious, raucous and completely interactive, the show has entertained thousands of music festival goers since 2010, completed a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012. With a genuinely drunken professional actor selected at random every night, no two productions are ever the same. The energy and danger of the show are further compounded by allowing the audience control of when, what and how much the actor drinks during the show. Previous productions have featured highlights such as partial male nudity, Ill-fated crowd surfing, transvestitism, simulated sex acts, unconsciousness, partial female nudity, Justin Timberlake impressions, actual acts of a sexual nature and ‘battle yodelling'. All presented within the confines of one of the finest works in the literary canon. http://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/ [P]

Much Ado About Nothing

New
Wolf-Sister Productions. The Rose Playhouse, London, 5 – 29 April (020 7261 9565) www.rosetheatre.org.uk/ [P]

Dundee Rep Ensemble. Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee, 9 – 25 June (01382 223 530) www.dundeerep.co.uk/event/muchadoaboutnothing [P]

New
Tomahawk Theatre Oxford Castle Courtyard, Oxford, 4 - 16 July. http://shakespeareoxford2016.co.uk [A]

Guildford Shakespeare Company. University of Law Grounds, Guildford, 15 – 30 July (01483 304384). www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk [P]

Chalice Media Ltd. St George’s Hall, Liverpool, 3 – 5 August (0844 800 0410) http://liverpoolcityhalls.co.uk [A]

Love’s Labour’s Won or Much Ado About Nothing. Royal Shakespeare Company in collaboration with Chichester Festival Theatre. Directed by Christopher Luscombe. Edward Bennett (Benedick). Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, 29 September – 29 October (01243 781 312) www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/much-ado-about-nothing [P]

Adaptation

Béatrice et Bénédict by Hector Berlioz. London Philharmonic Orchestra. Glyndebourne Theatre, Lewes, 23 July – 27 August (01273 813 813) www.glyndebourne.com/tickets-and-whats-on/events/2016/f16beatrice/ [P]

New
Oddsocks. Touring from May including: Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. 21 – 23 June. On tour 26 July Guildhall Theatre, Derby; 28 July Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance. Musical version. www.oddsocks.co.uk [P]

Othello

Pericles

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 19 November – 21 April 2016 (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com. [P]

Richard II

Adaptation

Venture Wolf Productions. The Network Theatre, London, 29 March – 3 April. Fame. Glory. Power. Most people spend their lives failing to hit these heights but when you achieve everything before turning 21 what is there left to do? Having faced down plots, rebellions and power struggles whilst only a teenager, King Richard’s command is absolute, but when the untouchable monarch is challenged by a childhood friend, who can he really count on? Reimagining one of England’s most controversial kings as a rock star dictator, Venture Wolf’s blistering new production of Shakespeare’s Richard II production comes to the Network Theatre, Waterloo, March 2016. www.networktheatre.org/visiting/RichardII.shtml [P/A]

New
Hip Hop Shakespeare Company. O2 Academy, Oxford, 29 April. http://shakespeareoxford2016.co.uk [P]

Richard III

New
Almeida Theatre. Directed by Rupert Goold. Ralph Fiennes (Richard), Vanessa Redgrave (Queen Margaret). 7 June – 6 August (020 7359 4404) www.almeida.co.uk Booking opens 12 May. [P]

Romeo and Juliet

Watermill Theatre. Directed by Paul Hart. The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 25 February – 2 April (01635 46044) www.watermill.org.uk/ [P]

Brentwood Shakespeare Company. Brentwood Theatre, Brentwood, 20 – 23 April (01277 200 305) www.brentwood-theatre.co.uk   [P]

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Garrick Theatre, London, 12 May – 13 August ( 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]

New
GB Theatre Company. Appleby Castle, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, 24 – 26 June; St Leonard’s Hill, Windsor, 30 June – 1 July; Brandon Hill, Bristol, 2 – 3 July; Coldharbour Cricket Club, Coldharbour, Surrey, 8 July; Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton, 9 – 10 July; Frimley Lodge Park, Frimley Green, 16 July; The Old Chapel, Alfriston, 22 July; Robertsbridge Village Hall, Robertsbridge, 23 July; Herstmonceux Castle, Hailsham, 24 July; Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, 29 – 31 July; The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, 4 August; Wyndcliffe Court Sculpture Gardens, Chepstow, 13 – 14 August; Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 20 August; Arundel Castle, West Sussex, 26 – 27 August. www.gbtheatrecompany.com  [P] 

https://d.adroll.com/cm/f/out Chalice Media Ltd. St George’s Hall, Liverpool, 2 – 3 July (0844 800 0410) http://liverpoolcityhalls.co.uk [A]

Adaptations

Updated
Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Birmingham Royal Ballet. Choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan.
Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 13 – 16 April (01752 267 222). www.brb.org.uk [P]

New
Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Northern Ballet. Choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, 14 – 17 September (01114 249 6000); Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 20 – 24 September (01227 787787); Grand Opera House, Belfast, 28 September – 1 October (028 9024 1919); New Victoria Theatre, Woking, 4 – 8 October (0844 871 7645); Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, 11 – 15 October (01274 432000) http://northernballet.com [P]

I Capuleti e I Montecchi by Vincenzo Bellini. Pop-Up Opera. Directed by James Hurley. Minack Theatre, Penzance, 16 April (01736 810 181); Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, 5 May (01539 725 133). The tragic tale of the star-crossed lover Romeo and Juliet unfolds in Bellini's operatic version which draws on both Shakespeare and his original source material. Sung in Italian with English captions. http://popupopera.co.uk/whats-on/current/bellinis-capulet-montecchi/ [P]

Rubbish Shakespeare Company. Library, Morecambe, 23 April. Using a mix of Shakespearean text and modern (often improvised!) language the company joyfully entertains with silly wigs and high energy. The company have a ‘Shakespeare For All’ ethos, which drives them to create and deliver exciting and fun performances and workshops around the country. Put your passions and rivalries aside and join us for a hour of comedy, tragedy and sausage rolls. [Part of Bard by the Beach, Morecambe Shakespeare Festival.] www.bardbythebeach.co.uk [P]

Civil Brawl Theatre Company. Directed by Richard Nunn. The Old Slaughterhouse, Stratford-upon-Avon, 18 July; Methodist Church Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon, 21 – 23 July. Cast of 6. [P]

West Side Story. Music: Leonard Bernstein. Repertory Theatre, Stoke on Trent, 19 – 23 April (01782 209784). www.stokerep.info/  [A]

West Side Story. Music: Leonard Bernstein. Kilworth House Theatre, North Kilworth, 1 June – 17 July (01858 881 939) www.kilworthhousetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/west-side-story-2/ [P]

West Side Story. Music: Leonard Bernstein. Newcastle Musical Theatre Company. Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne, 19 – 23 July (08448 112121) www.theatreroyal.co.uk/whats-on [P]

West Side Story. Music: Leonard Bernstein. Liverpool Empire Theatre, Liverpool, 18 – 20 August (0844 847 2525) www.liverpooltheatres.com/empire.htm [P]

The Taming of the Shrew

Directed by Caroline Byrne. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 13 May – 6 August (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com  [P]

Adaptations

The Taming of the Shrew (Ballet). Birmingham Royal Ballet. Choreographed by John Cranko. Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, 16 – 18 June (0844 338 5000) www.brb.org.uk/whats-on/event/the-taming-of-the-shrew [P]

Arts Theatre, London, 5 April – 1 May (020 7836 8463). As part of a month long festival at the Arts investigating evolving relations between minority groups and the theatre - with a focus on gender, race and disability – this unique production sees the main characters switch sex, in a world where the women hold the power and the men are ‘advantageously wed’. https://artstheatrewestend.co.uk/whats-on/the-taming-of-the-shrew/ [P]

Kiss Me Kate by Cole Porter. Redgrave Theatre, Bristol, 29 March – 2 April (0117 973 3955) http://redgravetheatre.com/ [A]

New
Kiss Me Kate by Cole Porter. All Souls Amateur Operatic Society. The Playhouse, Halifax, 19 – 23 April (
01422 365 998) http://halifaxplayhouse.org.uk/productions/Kiss.html [A]

The Tempest

Shakespeare’s Globe. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 17 February – 22 April (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com  [P]

New
PerformInternational. Directed by Geoffrey Norris. Rudolf Steiner House, London. 22 April. (020 7723 4400) www.rsh.anth.org.uk/ [P]

Attic Door Productions. Winter Gardens, Morecambe, 22 – 23 April. [Part of Bard by the Beach, Morecambe Shakespeare Festival.] www.bardbythebeach.co.uk [P]

New
University of Sunderland Drama Department. The Arts Centre, Washington, Tyne and Wear. 28 May [Part of Sunfest 2016] www.artscentrewashington.co.uk [A]

Chalice Media Ltd. St George’s Hall, Liverpool, 3 – 4 June (0844 800 0410) http://liverpoolcityhalls.co.uk [A]

New
Quantum Theatre. Touring from 13 June including: Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 8 July (01726 879 500)
www.quantumtheatre.co.uk [P]

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. St John’s College Gardens, Cambridge, 11 - 30 July (07955 218824) www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [P]

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Simon Russell Beale (Prospero). Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 8 November – 21 January 2017 (01789 403493) http://www.rsc.org.uk/the-tempest/ [P]

Adaptations

The Tempest (ballet). Birmingham Royal Ballet. Choreographed by David Bintley. Empire Theatre, Sunderland, 20 – 22 October (0870 602 1130) www.brb.org.uk/shakespeare [P]

New
Sound Affairs. Malvern Theatres, Malvern. 4 May; Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead, 7 May; Early Music Festival, York, 8 July; Holywell Music Room, Oxford, 9 November; Royal College of Music & Drama, Cardiff, 10 November; Hope University, Capstone Theatre, Liverpool, 11 November; Taliesin, Swansea, 12 November; Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, 2 December. Musical adaptation featuring voices, period instruments and magic lantern. Ariel’s songs included. www.soundaffairs.co.uk [P]

York Shakespeare Cluster. Theatre Royal, York, 10 May (01904 623 568). Following on from last year’s Henry trilogy, eight schools take on Shakespeare’s tale of revenge and redemption. Each school performs part of the story in an ensemble and choral approach to storytelling. Told across eight scenes, one story is told through eight unique voices and insights. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk  [A]

Royal & Derngate Theatre and The National Youth Theatre. Written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton, 23 June – 2 July (01604 624811). www.royalandderngate.co.uk [A]

Return to the Forbidden Planet by Bob Carlton. Directed by Peter Beck. The Maddermarket Theatre, Norfolk, 22 – 30 July (01603 620 917). On a stormy night, mad scientist Doctor Prospero worked late in his laboratory, aided only by his wife, Gloria, as he developed the elusive formula with which he would change the world. The apparently faithful Gloria, however, duped him and sent him off into hyper-space in an old spacecraft. Unknown to Gloria, her infant daughter, Miranda, slumbering peacefully in the craft is also catapulted light years into the future with her father. Fifteen years later, a routine survey flight under the command of the chisel-jawed Captain Tempest leaves Earth’s orbit with a new science officer aboard - a hard and bitter woman. As a shower of meteorites hits the ship, the science officer flees and the craft is pulled inexorably towards the plant D’Illyria - the Forbidden Planet. The adventure begins... www.maddermarket.co.uk/production/view/264 [A]

New
The Tempest in a Teacup by John Brolly. Umbrella Arts, Penlee Open Air Theatre, Penzance. 31 July. www.penleeparktheatre.com [A]

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

New
Time Zone Theatre. The Rose Theatre, London. 5 – 29 July.
http://www.rosetheatre.org.uk [P]

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

New
Scena Mundi. The French Protestant Church, Soho Square, London. 22 March – 9 April www.scenamundi.co.uk/ [P]

Grassroots Shakespeare London. Leicester Square Theatre, London, 5 – 30 April (08448 733433) www.grassrootsshakespearelondon.com  [P]

Thick as Thieves Theatre Company. The Hope Theatre, London, 12 – 30 April (0333 666 3366) www.thehopetheatre.com/productions/twelfth-night/ [P]

Questor’s Theatre, London, 20 – 30 April (020 8567 5184) www.questors.org.uk/whatson.aspx [P]

New Wimbledon Studio Theatre, London 14 June – 9 July. www.theatresonline.com/theatres/wimbledon-theatres/new-wimbledon-theatre/whats-on.html [A]

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Downing College Gardens, Cambridge, 11 - 30 July (07955 218824) www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [P]

New
Fathom Theatre. Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance. 16 July. Crowdfunder page: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/fathomtheatre [A]

New
Oxford Theatre Guild. Merton College Gardens, Oxford, 19 – 29 July. http://shakespeareoxford2016.co.uk [A]

Adaptations

Filter Theatre Company. Directed by Sean Holmes. Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, 29 March – 2 April (01352 701521); Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, 12 – 16 April (0121 236 4455); Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, 19 – 23 April (023 8067 1771); Theatre Royal, Windsor, 25 – 30 April (01753 853 888); HOME, Manchester, 11 – 14 May (0161 200 1500); Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 16 – 21 May (01752 267 222). Originally commissioned by the RSC, Filter's Twelfth Night is a fresh take on Shakespeare, featuring live music to create a truly accessible approach to the Bard for both newbie and veteran theatregoers. www.filtertheatre.com [P]

New
Fathom Theatre. Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance. 16 July. Crowdfunder page: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/fathomtheatre [A]

National Theatre. Directed by Simon Godwin. Tamsin Greig (Malvolia). Olivier (National Theatre), London, from 14 February 2017 (020 7452 3000). www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/whats-on [P]

Twelve Nights. Written and directed by John Topliff and Gina T. Frost. Manchester Shakespeare Company. Winter Gardens, Morecambe, 22 April. [Part of Bard by the Beach, Morecambe Shakespeare Festival.] www.bardbythebeach.co.uk [P]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Shakespeare’s Globe and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse. Directed by Nick Bagnall. Chilham Castle, Canterbury, 20 – 22 May; Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire, 3 –5 June; Old Wardour Castle, Nr Tisbury, Salisbury, 8 – 11 June; Akershus Fortress, Oslo, 16 –19 June; Ystad Teater, Sweden, 22 - 23 June; New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, 13 –16 July; Oxford Playhouse Plays Out, Bodleian Library, Oxford, 19 July - 31 July; Art Carnuntum, Austria, 4 – 6 August; Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 8 – 11 September; Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 20 September – 1 October; Liverpool Everyman Theatre, 5 – 29 October. More venues to be announced. (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com  [P]

The Two Noble Kinsmen

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Blanche McIntyre. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 17 August – 7 February 2017 (01789 403493) www.rsc.org.uk  [P]

The Winter’s Tale

Shakespeare’s Globe. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 28 January – 22 April (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Robinson College Gardens, Cambridge, 1 - 27 August (07955 218824) www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [P]

Adaptations

The Winter’s Tale (Ballet). The Royal Ballet. Choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. The Royal Opera House, London, 12 April – 7 June (020 7304 4000) www.roh.org.uk/news/ballet-and-dance-201516 [P]

A Winter’s Tale. Moving Stories. Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, 11 – 15 July (01736 810181). Moving Stories have lovingly re-imagined this enchanted and timeless tragicomedy especially for the magical Minack stage. Woven with their trademark features of original live music, vivid design and inventive staging, get set for an illuminating and memorable theatrical event.  www.minack.com [P]

Poems and Apocrypha

Strolling with Shakespeare. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 17 April (01603 620917). A walk round Norwich, starting at the theatre, with sonnets performed by members of the company. http://maddermarket.co.uk [A]

Adaptation

New
The Mystery of the Sonnets – A Performance Feat. Jane D. Haigh, The Kings Arts Players and The Children of the Midnight Chimes. Fusion Arts, East Oxford Community Centre, 30 April. http://shakespeareoxford2016.co.uk [P]

Miscellaneous
(in alphabetical order)

Bardolph’s Box. Lancaster Library, 2 April; Citadel Arts Centre, St Helens, 3 April. And other dates in Wigan, St Helens and across the South East. (0151 709 4988) Shakespeare’s stories adapted for ages 8-12. www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk [P]

The Complete Deaths. Spymonkey. Directed by Tim Crouch. Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton, 5 – 7 May (01604 624811); Theatre Royal, Brighton, 11 – 15 May (08700 606 650); Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, 17 – 18 May (0117 987 7877). All of Shakespeare’s death scenes. www.spymonkey.co.uk [P]

The Herbal Bed by Peter Whelan. A co-production with English Touring Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston. Directed by James Dacre. Worcester Repertory Company. The Lowry, Salford, 30 March – 2 April (0161 876 2000); Theatre Royal, Bath, 12 – 16 April (01225 448 844); The Playhouse, Oxford, 19 – 23 April (01865 305 305); Rose Theatre, Kingston, 26 April – 7 May (08444 821 556). When William Shakespeare’s daughter is publicly accused of adultery with her neighbour, her husband chooses to stand by her, suing her accuser for slander. In doing so, their lives fall under the glare of intense public scrutiny in this emotional thriller, based upon real events from Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer of 1613. http://www.ett.org.uk/productions/85/the-herbal-bed [P]

New
The Herbal Bed by Peter Whelan.
Directed by Alison Cahill. Highbury Little Theatre, Sutton Coldfield, 14 – 25 June (0121 373 2761) http://highburytheatre.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 (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]

Sci-fi Shakespeare. Library, Morecambe, 23 April. Double-bill. A.S. Chambers will be reading the specially written Case Of The Belligerent Bard which sees Sam Spallucci and his best friend Spliff, the wonderfully bohemian college chaplain, cursed by a hexed dagger and doomed to explain to an indignant William Shakespeare as to why no one seems to stick to his plots these days. Will they be able to escape the cruel fate that the irked playwright has in store for them or will they make it back to the contemporary presentation of the Scottish Play where one of them is in line to play Lady Macbeth?  Forbidden Planet performed by Pop-up Puppet Cinema. A 15 minute retelling of the 1956 film. [Part of Bard by the Beach, Morecambe Shakespeare Festival.] www.bardbythebeach.co.uk [P]

Shakespeare Multi-room Murder Mystery. After Dark Murder Mystery Events. Library, Morecambe, 24 April. To be or not to be? That's not the only question. You need to find out who killed the director of the latest Midsomer Shakespeare Company's Production of The Bard's best work. Who was discovered as the fraud and decided to stab him in the back and does the programme hold a key to the killer? [Part of Bard by the Beach, Morecambe Shakespeare Festival.] www.bardbythebeach.co.uk [P]

The Shakespeare Slam. The Fish90 Production Company. Winter Gardens, Morecambe, 24 April. Featuring some of the country’s best performance poets the Shakespeare Slam aims to present the words of the Bard with a modern twist. Each performer will be delivering a single speech and a favourite sonnet, but in their own personal slam poetry style. The words will be unchanged but the performance is new and engaging. Hosted by ‘Yorick, the fool’ these performers will speak the words of William Shakespeare, giving the performance their utmost, in order to win votes from the judges, who will be picked from the audience. The winner of the Shakespeare Slam will be crowned Morecambe’s Shakespeare Slam Champion 2016. [Part of Bard by the Beach, Morecambe Shakespeare Festival.] www.bardbythebeach.co.uk [P]

Shakespeare Triple Bill (Ballet). Birmingham Royal Ballet. Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, 22 – 25 June (0844 338 5000). Our celebration of Shakespeare continues with a combination of tragedy, comedy and poetry, all translated into dance. José Limón's The Moor's Pavane distils the passion and drama of Shakespeare's Othello into a thrilling one-act tragedy, tightly focussed on four characters and their jealousy. David Bintley's The Shakespeare Suite sets a collection of the Bard's best-loved characters to a swinging Duke Ellington score and offers a quicksilver visit to Shakespearean couples of every sort, star-crossed, bewitched, squabbling, and romantic, plus a powerhouse solo. Finally Jessica Lang captures the poetry of the sonnets in Wink the world premiere of this work. www.brb.org.uk/masque/index.htm?act=WhatsOn&urn=36660&tsk=show [P]

Shakespeare’s Greatest Bits. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 24 April (01603 620917). Performance of the best sonnets and speeches. http://maddermarket.co.uk [A]

Shakespeare’s Seven Ages. Devised and directed by Emma Rucastle. ELART Productions. Library, Morecambe, 23 April. A selection of Shakespearian scenes, journeying through the ages of life. Expect poetry, music, tragedy and lots of comedy. [Part of Bard by the Beach, Morecambe Shakespeare Festival.] www.bardbythebeach.co.uk [P]

Showstopping Shakespeare. About Theatre. The Platform, Morecambe, 22 April. Join About Theatre as they take you on a musical journey through the showstopping stage productions based on the works of William Shakespeare. Find out how the Bard does Broadway with hit numbers from West Side Story, The Lion King, Something Rotten, Kiss Me Kate and Return to the Forbidden Planet in a night of musical theatre for all the family. [Part of Bard by the Beach, Morecambe Shakespeare Festival.] www.bardbythebeach.co.uk [P]

This is Shakespeare 16. Richmond School Community Arts. Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, 23 April (01748 823 021). Richmond School Community Arts and The Georgian Theatre Royal have teamed up to mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death with two exciting live performances. Bringing together Richmond School Drama Club, Richmond School Sixth Form Theatre Company, The Georgian Theatre Royal Youth Theatre and Richmond Church of England Primary School, students ranging in age from 7 to 18 will explore Shakespeare's relevance to themselves and their surroundings through performance. http://tickets.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk/show.asp [A]

Will and Anne by John Topliff. Manchester Shakespeare Company. 3 Minute Theatre, Manchester, 21 – 24 April  www.manchestershakespearecompany.co.uk [A]



 

 

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