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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

 August 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.

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) [P]


Fusion Theatre. Greenside, Edinburgh Fringe, 10 – 15 August (0131 226 0026) This dark comedy uses physical theatre to modernise the themes and settings of this famous Shakespearean play. Watch as Helena tries to secure Bertram's love (he'd rather be at war than with her) and Parolles an untrustworthy, obsessive liar to see whether it really does all end well. [A]

Antony and Cleopatra


Unmasked Theatre Company. Written and Directed by Luke Ofield and Pip O'Neill. The Hawth, Crawley, 16 August (01293 553 636); Upstairs at the Gatehouse, London, 17 – 20 August (020 8340 3488) ( [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). [P]

Festival Players Theatre Company. Falkland Palace, Falkland, 1 August; Newhailes, Musselbrugh, 2 August; RSPB Loch Leven, Kinross, 4 August; Garden, Ellon, 5 August; Kellie Castle and Garden, Fife, 6 August; House of Dun, Montrose, 7 August; Threave Estate, Castle Douglas, 8 August; Raglan Castle, Monmouthshire, 11 August; Penlee Park Theatre, Penzance, 12 August; Chaplaincy Gardens, St Marys, Isle of Scilly, 15 August; Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard, 18 August; Pencarrow, Bodmin, 19 August; Powderham Castle, Exeter, 20 August; Lampeter House, Nr Narberth, 21 August; Hall’s Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon, 23 August; Swan Theatre, Worcester, 25 August; Cogges Manor Farm, Whitney, 26 August; Woodchester Mansion, Nympsfield, 27 August; Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Dorset, 29 August; Winterbourne Court Farm Barn, Winterbourne, 30 August; Harlequin House, Ickleton, Saffron Walden, 31 August; Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, 3 September; Buckden Towers, St Neotts, 4 September. [P]

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

BMH Productions. Dorchester Abbey Cloister Gardens, 2 August. [P]

National Theatre. Directed by Polly Findlay. Olivier Theatre, 24 November - 5 March 2016 (020 7452 3000). [P]


SISATA. Adapted by Charmaine K. Parker. Swanage Amphitheatre, 2 – 7 August; Edmondsham House and Gardens, Swanage, 9 August; Bread and Roses Theatre, London, 1 – 5 September.  Reverse gender production. [A]

Comedy of Errors


National Theatre, London, 21 October – 6 November (020 7452 3000). In a city celebrating carnival, two sets of identical twins seek each other amidst a riot of music and colour. Separated for many years, the brothers face comedic confusion, arrests, and multiple mistaken identities before a final joyful reunion. A fast-paced and energetic re-telling of Shakespeare’s hilarious and moving farce. Suitable for 8 – 12yrs. [P]



Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. 2 December – 21 April 2016 (020 7401 9919). [P]


The HandleBards. 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 (; The Rookery, Streatham Common, London, 9 September (07986 784 207). [A]

Folksy Theatre. Ammerdown Gardens, Bath, 1 August; Brighton Open Air Theatre, 2 August; Forde Abbey Gardens, Chard, 4 August; Little Moreton Hall, Congleton, 5 August; Martineau Gardens, Birmingham, 6 – 7 August; Ilsom House Gardens, Tetbury, 8 August; Hestercombe Gardens, Taunton, 9 August; Connaught Gardens, Sidmouth, 11 August; Port Sunlight Garden, Wirral, 12 August; Wightwick Manor Gardens, Wolverhampton, 13 – 14 August; Norton Priory Walled Garden, Runcorn, 15 August; The Burrows Gardens, Ashbourne, 16 August; Bodelwyddan Castle Gardens, Rhyl, 18 August; Stonyford Cottage Gardens, Northwich, 19 – 20 August; Walkden Gardens, Sale, 21 August; The Dorothy Clive Gardens, Shropshire, 22 August; Biddulph Grange Gardens, Staffs, 23 August. [P]

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

Henry IV, pt.1

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Barbican Theatre, London, 12 December – 23 January 2016 (0845 120 7550) [P]


Festival Players Theatre Company. Manor House Museum, Hall Green Road, 9 August; Penlee Park Theatre, Penzance, 13 August; Chaplaincy Gardens, St Marys, Isle of Scilly, 14 August; Tresco Abbey Gardens, Tresco, Isle of Scilly, 16 August; Hall’s Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon, 22 August; Glastonbury Abbey, 28 August; Cressing Temple, Braintree, Essex, 1 September; Jewry Wall Museum, Leicester, 5 September. Parts 1 and 2 adapted into a single play. [P]

Hampshire Youth Theatre. Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, 3 – 5 September (023 8067 1771). ; Parts 1 and 2 adapted into a single play. [A]

Henry IV, pt.2

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Barbican Theatre, London, 14 December – 23 January (0845 120 7550) [P]


Hampshire Youth Theatre. Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, 3 – 5 September (023 8067 1771). Parts 1 and 2 adapted into a single play. [A]

Henry V

Antic Disposition. Directed by Ben Horslen and John Risebero. Temple Church, London, 24 August - 5 September  (0333 666 3366) [P]

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Alex Hassell (Henry V). Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon, 12 September – 25 October (0870 6091110) ; Barbican, London, 7 Nov – 24 Jan 2016 (0845 120 7550) [P]

Henry VI, pt 1


Henry VI. Directed by Trevor Nunn. The Rose Theatre, Kingston, 16 September – 31 October (08444 821 556). In the first play, Henry V, the ‘star of England’ after triumphant conquests in France, is dead. His heir is an infant, whose throne must be protected by regents against the counterclaims of the most powerful baronial families in the country – the House of York, whose symbol is a white rose, and the House of Lancaster, represented by a red rose. Conflict is inevitable. The young King Henry VI is married, against his inclination, to Margaret of Anjou, a beautiful French princess who has already fallen passionately in love with another man. Meanwhile in France, young Joan of Arc wins historic victories over the English as, at home, the country drifts into Civil War. Part of the War of the Roses Trilogy. [P]

Henry VI, pt 2


Edward IV. Directed by Trevor Nunn. The Rose Theatre, Kingston, 21 September – 31 October (08444 821 556). The second play, adapted from Shakespeare's Henry VI Parts II and III, intensifies the conflict between all those grasping for power. The Civil War ebbs and flows as the throne changes hands. A powerless Henry VI becomes a pacifist appalled by the fighting; his beautiful French wife becomes a warrior queen, leading her army into battle. The white rose triumphs, promoting the accession of young Edward IV, but the red rose fights back and Henry VI is king again. As the white rose counter-attacks, nobody quite notices the emergence of an ambitious crookback youngster... called Richard. Part of the War of the Roses Trilogy. [P]

Henry VI, pt 3


Edward IV. Directed by Trevor Nunn. The Rose Theatre, Kingston, 21 September – 31 October (08444 821 556). The second play, adapted from Shakespeare's Henry VI Parts II and III, intensifies the conflict between all those grasping for power. The Civil War ebbs and flows as the throne changes hands. A powerless Henry VI becomes a pacifist appalled by the fighting; his beautiful French wife becomes a warrior queen, leading her army into battle. The white rose triumphs, promoting the accession of young Edward IV, but the red rose fights back and Henry VI is king again. As the white rose counter-attacks, nobody quite notices the emergence of an ambitious crookback youngster... called Richard. Part of the War of the Roses Trilogy. [P]

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

King John

King Lear

Winchester College Players. Minack Theatre, Penzance, 17 -21 August (01736 810 181) [A]

Richmond Shakespeare Society. Directed by Simon Bartlett. Mary Wallace Theatre, Richmond, 7 – 14 November (020 8744 0547 between 10 am and 7 pm only please). [A]


King Lear with Sheep. Courtyard Theatre, London, 12 – 16 August (0870 163 0717). A stubborn director is trying to put on a production of King Lear with a cast composed solely of sheep. As expected, his actors are both silent and mutinous. Much chaos ensues. King Lear with Sheep is an experimental re-evaluation of its famous predecessor that overturns theatrical conventions through the startling and revolutionary device of costumed sheep. [A]

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) [P]

Love's Labour's Lost

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


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

Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 17 – 23 August (020 7401 9919). [Performed in Cantonese with scene synopses in English]. [P]

Cordial Productions. Directed by Anthony Cord. The Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London, 15 September – 10 October (08444 771 000) [P]

Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Directed by Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin. The Young Vic, London, 26 November – 16 January 2016 (020 7922 2922); Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, 26 – 30 January (0121 236 4455) [P]


Adapted by Beth Flintoff. Directed by Cressida Brown. The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 2 – 7 November (01635 46044). In a mythical world of dictatorship, uprisings, famine and war, Shakespeare examines what it truly means to be a tyrant. An ideal introduction to Shakespeare, this production is performed by only three actors and features the original text cut to a fast-paced, blood-spattered 75 minutes. [P]

Macbeth – Blood will have Blood. Contender Charlie, China Plate and Warwick Arts Centre. Adapted by Nick Walker. Directed by Paul Warwick and Ben Walden. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 29 September – 2 October (01473 295 900); Core at Corby Cube, 5 – 7 October; Quarterhouse, Folkestone, 8 – 9 October; MAC, Birmingham, 12 – 13 October; Marlowe Studio, Canterbury, 15 – 16 October; Cambridge Junction, 19 – 20 October; Arts Centre Washington, Sunderland, 21 – 23 October. 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.  [P]

Measure for Measure

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

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

The Merchant of Venice

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


National Youth Theatre. Directed by Anna Nilaand. The Ambassador’s Theatre, London, 29 September – 2 December (08448 112 334). Set in the very near future amidst political and financial chaos, society, as we know it, is on the brink of collapse. The stock markets are flat lining; the Euro has collapsed, creating an increasingly cutthroat trading environment for the business community. Venice, with its gondolas, opera and beautiful skies is no longer safe... Meanwhile, beautiful, wealthy Portia finds herself the star of her very own reality TV show, with men playing a ‘Game of Chance' in a battle to win her love. [Part of the National Youth 2015 Season.] [P]

The Merchant of Vembly by Shishir Kurup. Cockpit Theatre, London, 6 – 25 October (020 7258 2925). Venice intersects with Wembley’s Ealing Road in a wickedly funny, wildly inventive and politically provocative re-imagining of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Set in Wembley, London in the here and now: a tragi-comic, raucous, dark and irreverent work offers a bitingly South Asian perspective. [P]

Merry Wives of Windsor

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

The Inn Theatre Company. Dartmouth Castle (St Petrox Church, if wet), 4 – 8 August (01803 834224). [A]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Chapterhouse Theatre Company. 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). [P]

The HandleBards. 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 (; The Rookery, Streatham Common, London, 8 September (07986 784 207). [A]

MadCap Theatre Productions. Greyfriars House and Gardens, Friar Street, Worcester, 1 August (01905 23571); Victoria Pleasure Gardens, Mill Street, Tewkesbury, 2 August (01684 295074); The Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, 8 August (01527 577330) [P]

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


A Midsummer Night's Dream in New Orleans. Ruby in the Dust Theatre Company. Musical Director Joe Evans. Arts Theatre, London, 4 – 30 August. Set in the Birthplace of Jazz', and featuring the songs of the legendary Dr. John, Shakespeare's magical tale unfolds from the crumbling New Orleans jazz clubs and out into the Louisiana Bayous - bringing to life Shakespeare's text amidst the dark imagination of the American Deep South. Underscored with the New Orleans Jazz and Blues, played live by the cast, featuring, alongside Dr. John, the music of Louis Armstrong, Professor Longhair, and others. (020 7836 8463) [A]

Pocket Dream. Propeller. Directed by Edward Hall. Christ Church University, Canterbury, 1 – 2 February 2016; Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 4 – 6 February; Town Hall, Loughborough, 9 February; Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans, 12 March. [More dates TBA]. [Sixty-minute version with all-male cast] [P]

Much Ado About Nothing

Oddsocks.  Mary Arden’s Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1 August (01332 258328); Coronation Park, Jersey, 3-12 August; Castle Cornet, Guernsey, 14 – 19 August; Newhaven Fort, East Sussex, 25 August. [P]

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

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Max Webster. 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) [P]

GB Theatre Company. Directed by Ed Viney. Kentwell Hall, Suffolk, 9 August; Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton, 21 – 23 August; Collector Earl’s Garden, Arundel Castle, 28 August. [P]

Wyrd Sisters Theatre Company. Directed by Joanna Freeman. Drayton Arms Theatre, Kensington, London, 18 August – 5 September (020 7835 2301). [P]


Blue Apple Theatre. Playhouse, Salisbury, 18 – 19 September (01722 320 333) [A]


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


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

Richard II

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

Richard III

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.  [A/P]

The Rose Theatre. Directed by Trevor Nunn. The Rose Theatre, Kingston, 25 September – 31 October (08444 821 556). [Part of the War of the Roses Trilogy]. [P]

Directed by Mark Rosenblatt. Reece Dinsdale (Richard III). Quarry Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, 25 September – 17 October (0113 2137 700) [P]


Brite Theatre Company. Directed by Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdittir. Emily Carding [Richard III]. Etcetera Theatre, London, 1 August (020 7482 4857). Pushing the boundaries of Shakespearean Performance, Brite Theater have re-imagined Richard III as a bold and engaging one-woman show. The fourth wall has been utterly obliterated, as you the audience take on the roles of all the other characters at Richard's party in this intimate, exciting and moving production. Let Richard entertain you... but will you survive? [A]

Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Tim Hoare. Richmond Theatre, 28 July – 1 August; Glasgow Theatre Royal, 4 – 8 August. [P]

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

Oxford University Dramatic Society. The Little, Southwark Playhouse, London, 5 – 8 August (020 7407 0234) [A]

Sheffield Theatres. Directed by Jonathan Humphreys. Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 17 September – 17 October (0114 249 6000) [P]

Fred Theatre Company. Directed by Robert F. Ball. AE Harris, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, 3 – 14 November. [P]

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Garrick Theatre, London, 12 May – 13 August 2016 ( 505 8500). [P]


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). [P]

CandleFire Theatre Company. Adapted by Joshua Jewkes. Jack Studio Theatre, London, 14 July – 1 August (020 8291 6354). Think you know the story of the star-crossed lovers? …Think again. In this unique version of Romeo & Juliet, emerging theatre company CandleFire, aim to challenge the pre-conceptions and traditional telling of Shakespeare’s most famous love story. [A]

N6 Productions. theSpace on Niddry St (Venue 9), Edinburgh Fringe, 17 – 22 August (0131 226 0026) N6 productions returns with a bold take on the classic love story. London, 1964. Mods and rockers clash on the sweltering summer streets and two young lovers struggle to hold on to each other. In an age when it was truly exciting to be young, this adaptation explores the brutal and often bitter realities of adolescents struggling for an identity, the pain of illicit love, and the fevered violence of a world that feels like it’s falling apart. Rev up for a ride that Shakespeare could never have imagined. [A]

Romeo y Julieta. American High School Theatre Festival. theSpace @ Venue45 (Venue 45), Edinburgh Fringe, 7, 9 – 11 August (0131 226 0026) Romeo a Montague, and Julieta, a Capulet, are both from San Fernando, CA. Their Latino families resent one another. The Montagues are proud Mexican Americans while the Capulets value their pride of being hecho en Mexico and the honor of habla espaņol over nearly everything else. The moment Romeo meets Julieta, the two fall in love and quickly decide that they want to be married. What may happen to the star-crossed lovers? Come and see mi amigo... [A]

Shakespeare’s R&J by Joe Calarco. Chapel Lane Theatre Company. Directed by Christopher Harvey. The Tabard Theatre, London, 30 June – 8 August (
0208 995 6035). Set in the 1950's at an exclusive boarding school, four pupils run into the chapel late one night in a bid to escape from their repressive school routines. One of them brings a copy of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and they start acting pieces out. Perceptions and understandings are turned upside down as the fun of play acting turns serious and the words and meanings begin to hit home and universal truths emerge. Told entirely through Shakespeare's language, it is both the story of Romeo and Juliet but more importantly the journey of four lads who during the course of one thrilling evening discover the power of theatre and the new worlds it can open up. [P]

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) [A]

The Taming of the Shrew

Illyria Theatre Company. Badock Gardens, Holsworthy, Devon, 1 August (01805 624624); Castle Gardens, Sherborne, 4 August (01935 814633); Abergavenny Castle Grounds, Abergavenny, 5 August (01873 850805); Knebworth House Gardens, Knebworth, 6 August (01438 810931); Linford Manor Park, Milton Keynes, 7 August (01908 255379); Dunham Massy, Altrincham, 8 August (0844 249 1895); Barry Island Easter Shelter, Barry Island, 9 August [free performance]; Sterts Theatre, Upton Cross, Liskeard, 12 August (01579 362382); Montgomery Castle, Montgomery, Powys, 13 August (01686 668442); Newstead Abbey, Ravenshead, Notts, 14 August (0115 989 5555); Castell Aberteifi/Cardigan Castle, Cardigan, 16 August (01239 621200); Williamson Park, Lancaster, 26 August (01524 33318); Tonbridge Castle, Tonbridge, 27 August (01732 770929); Coolings Garden Centre, Knockholt, 28 August (01959 53 22 69); Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, 29 August (01962 857275); Shaw House, Newbury, 30 August (01635 279279 / 30267) [P]

The Tempest

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

Northern Stage (previously known as Newcastle Haymarket Playhouse), Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 25 September – 1 October (0191 230 5151); The Playhouse, Oxford, 14 – 24 October (01865 305 305) [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 17 February – 22 April 2016 (020 7401 9919)  [P]


Before the Tempest. Hidden Spire. OFS Studio (previously known as Old Fire Station Theatre), Oxford, 17 – 19 September (01865 297 170). Following sell-out Hidden Spire performances in 2012 and 2013, the Old Fire Station is working with homeless people from Crisis Skylight Oxford to create a brand new show for 2015: Before the Tempest. A prequel to Shakespeare’s classic tale of love, magic and bad weather, Before the Tempest looks into Miranda and Prospero’s life on the island and discovers their dreams and desires. [A]

Timon of Athens

The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Robinson College Gardens, Cambridge, 3 - 29 August (07955 218824) [P]

Titus Andronicus

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

Smooth Faced Gentlemen. Pleasance, Edinburgh, 5 – 31 August (0131 556 6500) An all-female production [P]

Arrows and Traps. Directed by Ross McGregor. New Wimbledon Studio, London, 20 October – 14 November (0870 060 6646) [P]

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night


GB Theatre Company. Directed by Ed Viney. Kentwell Hall, Suffolk, 7 - 9 August; Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton, 22 – 23 August; Collector Earl’s Garden, Arundel Castle, 29 August. [P]

Swan Theatre, Yeovil. Directed by Ian White. 14 – 19 September (07500 376031). [P]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Changeling Theatre. 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. [A]

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

Northern Broadsides. Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate, 18 – 26 September (01423 502 116); Coliseum Theatre, Oldham, 29 September – 3 October (0161 624 2829); Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds, 6 – 10 October (01284 769 505); Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, 13 – 17 October (01484 430 528); Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, 20 – 24 October (01723 370 541); Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 27 – 31 October (01242 572 573); New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, 3 – 7 November (01782 717 962); The Dukes, Lancaster, 10 – 14 November (01524 598 500); Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool, 17 – 21 November (0151 709 4776); Viaduct Theatre, Halifax, 24 – 28 November (01422 255 266) [P]

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) [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 28 January – 22 April 2016 (020 7401 9919) [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) [Revival of 2013 production] [P]

The Rape of Lucrece. Assembly Hall (venue 35), Edinburgh Fringe, 6 – 16, 18 - 31 August (0131 226 0026) Olivier Award nominee Gerard Logan returns with his acclaimed performance of Shakespeare's breathtaking narrative poem. Logan won the Stage Award for Acting Excellence – Best Solo Performer, at the Fringe in 2011 for his turn in director Gareth Armstrong's astonishing production. [P]

(in alphabetical order)

 Faustaff by Diego Sosa. Cockpit Theatre, London. 17 November – 6 December (020 7258 2925). A play inspired by the Faustian myth, set in the modern world and seen through feminine eyes. The title of the play, however, comes from a mixture between Marlowe's and Goethe's Dr. Faustus and Shakespeare's Falstaff, the mischievous character from Henry IV saga and The Merry wives of Windsor. [P]

The Herbal Bed by Peter Whelan. Worcester Repertory Company. Royal and Derngate, Northampton. 5 – 27 February  (01604 624 811). The true (?) story of Shakespeare's daughter Susanna. 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? [P]

King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings. Royal Shakespeare Company. Barbican Theatre, London, Cycle A: 12 – 14 January 2016; Cycle B: 15 –17 January; Cycle C: 19 – 21 January ; Cycle D: 22 – 24 January (0845 120 7550). The RSC’s residency at the Barbican will culminate in January 2016 with a major theatrical event to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death: King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings – a complete 4-play season cycle of Richard II, Henry IV parts 1 & 2 and Henry V in repertoire. David Tennant [Richard II], Antony Sher [Falstaff], Jasper Britton [Henry IV] and Alex Hassell [Prince Hal/Henry V]. [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. [P]

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. [A]

The Second Best Bed by Avril Rowland. Worcester Repertory Company. The Coach House Theatre, Malvern 9 October (01684 892 277). At last, the secret of who really wrote Shakespeare's plays can be revealed! Why was the second best bed Shakespeare's sole bequest to his wife? Who was the Dark Lady of the sonnets? Who was really the greatest playwright of all time? The truth will be told by Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare's wife - a woman of genius! [A]

Shakespeare Untold by Harper Ray and Adam Sibbald. Playhouse, Alnwick 1 August (01665 510 785); Pleasance, Edinburgh, 5 – 31 August (0131 556 6500). 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. [A]

To Build a Wooden O by Nick Wilkes.
Malvern Theatres, Malvern, 9 – 12 September (01684 892 277). It's 1598 and Will Shakespeare needs a new theatre... James Burbage is dead, his investment at Blackfriars stalled, and Shakespeare is stuck in the wrong part of town. Shoreditch is no longer the hotbed of theatrical life it once was. Burbage's Theatre is closed, and Shakespeare and his company are stuck at the ageing Curtain Theatre, out on a limb. But south of the river business is booming... [P]


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