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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

  January 2020 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

Antony and Cleopatra

As You Like It

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

Shakespeare’s Globe’s Touring Ensemble. Globe Theatre, London, DATES TBC (020 7401 9919); The Brewhouse, Taunton, 20 May 2020 (01823 283 244); Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, 24 and 27 May (01497 822 629); St James’, Guernsey, 16 July (01481 711 361); Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT), Brighton, 20 – 21 August (07802 299267); The Festival Theatre at Hever Castle, Kent, 29 August (01732 866 114). More dates and venues TBC. www.shakespearesglobe.com/seasons/globe-on-tour-2020/ [P]

New

Sun and Moon Company. Penlee Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 25 July (01726 879 500) www.penleeparktheatre.com/ [A]

Comedy of Errors

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Philip Breen. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 25 April 2020 – 3 October (01789 331111) www.rsc.org.uk/the-comedy-of-errors [P]

 

Adaptation

 

Oddsocks Theatre Company. B2 Stage, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 16 – 18 June 2020 (024 7655 3055). Tour dates to be announced. www.belgrade.co.uk/event/a-comedy-of-errors [P]

Coriolanus

Directed by Robert Hastie. Tom Bateman (Coriolanus). Sheffield Theatres (Crucible), Sheffield, 6 – 28 March 2020 (0114 249 6000) www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/events/coriolanus [P]

Cymbeline

Hamlet

New

Boaty Theatre Company. The Lowry, Salford, 8 – 9 January (0161 876 2000) https://thelowry.com/ [A]

Medway Little Theatre, Rochester, 18 – 27 June 2020 (01634 400 322) www.mlt.org.uk/season.html [P]

Adaptations

The Watermill Ensemble. Directed by Paul Hart. The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 17 April 2020 – 23 May (01635 46044). A female-led production. The King is dead. A ghostly figure who speaks of treachery and insists upon revenge. Gertrude has hastily remarried, Ophelia is rebelling, and the new king Claudius is controlling proceedings from the shadows. As tensions mount, the lines between order and chaos in Elsinore begin to blur. www.watermill.org.uk/hamlet [P]

Directed by Greg Hersov. Cush Jumbo (Hamlet). The Young Vic, London, 6 July 2020 – 20 August (020 7922 2922). A female Hamlet in Shakespeare’s great tragedy about power, politics and desire, reimagined for today. www.youngvic.org/whats-on/hamlet-cush-jumbo [P]

Hamlet: Rotten States. 6Footstories Theatre Company. The Hope Theatre, London, 14 January 2020 – 1 February (0333 666 3366). Three gypsy players arrive in town, answering the call of a prince. It could be the beginning of a fairy tale, but alas, Hamlet’s in a rotten state. A dead father, a murderous uncle, and an adulterous mother. All eyes are on him as he falls apart and threatens a fragile and corrupt government. Hamlet has hired this band of mischievous storytellers to perform a story of corruption, lust and murder most foul. He should be careful what he wishes for; once these rotten players get their hands on a story there’s no telling where it’ll go! Cue a blistering reworking of Hamlet, performed by only three actors, reduced to a furious 75 minutes, full of ingenious theatricality and black comedy. 6FootStories irreverently play with form and style as the gypsy players take charge, and as Hamlet makes his descent into madness, they make wicked farce of the rotten state of Denmark. The play’s the thing, and the player is king. www.thehopetheatre.com/productions/hamlet-rotten-states/ [P]

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

Updated

The Lion King – The Tour. Book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi. Music by Elton John, Tim Rice, Lebo M, Julie Taymor, Mark Mancina, and Hans Zimmer. Walt Disney Company. Directed by Julie Taymor. Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh, 5 December – 11 January (0870 606 3424); Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, 30 April – 20 June (01274 432 000); Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 9 July – 29 August (08700 40 2000); Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, 3 September – 10 October (023 8071 1811). A young lion grows up and learns that taking over the pride requires wisdom and maturity. Simba is the young lion, his wicked uncle is Scar and his father, killed by his uncle, is King Mustafa. https://thelionking.co.uk/ [P]

New

Ophelia. By Emma White, Directed by Jake Leonard. Old Red Lion, London, 12 – 15 February (0844 412 4307). Ophelia falls in love. Infatuated, she dreams romantic visions of new landscapes and vibrant colour. Then he leaves. Lost, rejected and struggling to make sense of the world, she finds herself standing at the water's edge. Its darkness seems irresistible... somehow beautiful. Quietly echoing Shakespeare's Ophelia, this evocative one-woman show gives us a 21st century woman, grappling with sexuality, mental health and the nature of abusive relationships. Emma White's new play daringly uses the audience to help tell Ophelia's story, whilst scrutinising our obsession with beautifying female tragedy. www.oldredliontheatre.co.uk/ [P]

 

New

Ophelia Thinks Harder. By Jean Betts. Sedos. Bridewell Theatre, London, 31 March – 4 April (020 7353 3331). A modern, feminist response to Shakespeare's classic tragedy Hamlet. www.sbf.org.uk/ [A]

Henry IV, pt.1

Henry IV, pt.2

Henry V

Adaptation

 

Primary Shakespeare: Henry V. Orange Tree Theatre, London, 20 June 2020 (020 8940 3633). Shakespeare’s playful exploration of leadership and responsibility imaginatively brought to life for a younger audience. A relaxed performance. www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/henry-v [P]

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

Adaptation

 

Henry VI. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London, 5 November – 26 January 2020 (020 7401 9919). Conflation of Henry VI parts 2 and 3. www.shakespearesglobe.com/ [P]

Henry VI, pt 3

Adaptation

 

Henry VI. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London, 5 November – 26 January 2020 (020 7401 9919). Conflation of all Henry VI parts 2 and 3. www.shakespearesglobe.com/ [P]

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

Adaptation

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

King John

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

King Lear

Adaptations

A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. The Lamproom Theatre Company. Lamproom Theatre, Barnsley, 3 – 7 March 2020 (01226 200 075) https://barnsleylamproom.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173598777 [A]

 

New

A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Norbury Theatre, Droitwich, 19 – 28 March (01905 770 154) www.norburytheatre.co.uk/ [A]

Updated

A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Presented by Trademark Touring, Anthology Theatre and the Everyman Theatre Company. Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 23 April – 2 May (01242 572 573); Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 4 May - 9 May (01392 493 493); Royal and Derngate, Northampton, 11 May - 16 May (01604 624 811); Richmond Theatre, London, 18 – 23 May (0870 060 6651); Birmingham Repertory Theatre, 26 - 30 May (0121 236 4455); Theatre Royal, York, 2 – 6 June (01904 623 568); New Theatre, Cardiff,  8 - 13 June (029 2087 8889); The Playhouse, Oxford, 16 - 20 June (01865 305 305); Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 23 - 27 June (0115 989 5555); Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, 29 June - 4 July (01483 440 000)

www.everymantheatre.org.uk/m-shows/a-bunch-of-amateurs-1/

 [P]

A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Oast Theatre, Tonbridge, 16 – 23 May 2020 (01732 363849) www.oasttheatre.com/plays/new-season-2019-2020/639-a-bunch-of-amateurs [P]

Love's Labour's Lost

Macbeth

A Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch and Derby Theatre production. Directed by Douglas Rintoul. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 7 – 29 February 2020 (01708 443 333); Derby Theatre, Derby, 3 – 14 March (01332 255 800); New Wolsey Theatre, London, 17 – 21 March (01473 295 900); Perth Theatre, Perth, 31 March – 4 April (01738 621 031)

www.queens-theatre.co.uk/whats-on/show/macbeth-2/

www.derbytheatre.co.uk/macbeth

www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/shows/macbeth/

www.horsecross.co.uk/whats-on/macbeth-96204 [P]

New
Guildford Shakespeare Company. Directed by Charlotte Conquest. Holy Trinity Church, Guildford High Street, 8 – 29 February (01483 304384) www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk/macbeth-2020/ [P]

New
Theatre Creative. Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle upon Tyne, 2 – 4 April (0844 2491 000)https://tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk/events/theatre-creative-presents-macbeth/ [P]

New
Little Theatre, Gateshead, 12 – 17 October (0191 478 1499)www.littletheatregateshead.co.uk/ [P]

Adaptations

 

Macbeth (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Opera in a Box Theatre Company. The Loco Klub, Bristol, 23, 25, 27, 29 February and 1 March 2020 (0117 941 3857). A promenade production of Verdi's opera in Bristol's atmospheric tunnels underneath Bristol Temple Meads station. www.locobristol.com/shows [P]

The Watermill Ensemble. Directed by Paul Hart. Wilton's Music Hall, London, 22 January – 8 February 2020 (020 7702 2789). Blazing with tension, energy and passion, experience a powerful new interpretation of Macbeth, the Watermill Ensemble’s boldest production to date. Fuelled by greed, ambition and desire, Macbeths’ desperation to survive is reflected in the fierce reverberations of Johnny Cash, The XX and The Rolling Stones. Playing in rep with A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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

 

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

 

Macbeth (Macbettu). Sardegna Teatro and Compagnia Teatropersona. Directed by Alessandro Serra. The Barbican Theatre, London, 20 23 May 2020 (0845 120 7550). Ritual, rites and rhythms rooted in Sardinian culture lend primal, elemental energy to this all-male version of Shakespeare’s play – about a man whose efforts to be king make no sense. Gibbering, spitting and spinning, the weird sisters emerge, whipping up a cloud of ash in their wake. Their appearance heralds more shadowy scenes speaking of dark ambition and disintegration including a banquet where grain is crumbled and scattered. Later the sight of men in local cork masks moving to the sound of ringing cowbells foretells of defeat in a symbolic enactment of Birnam Wood arriving in Dunsinane. www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2020/event/sardegna-teatro-and-compagnia-teatropersona-macbeth [P]

 

Box Clever Theatre Company. Theatre Royal, Bath, 1 – 2 April 2020 (01225 448 844). Vibrant language and physical theatre chart the devastating effect that one act of evil can have on an otherwise honourable and loyal man – we see how the ripples of that act spread to destroy both Macbeth himself and all those for whom he cared. As their actions are challenged by a third character who also brings the wider world of the play to life, Macbeth and his wife are seen to become ever more prey to the devastating horrors they have unleashed as they move inevitably towards their doom. www.theatreroyal.org.uk/event/macbeth-2/ [P]

Macbeth: Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 26 February – 21 March 2020 (020 7401 9919). A psychological thriller examining the dangers of political ambition, in a gripping, full-scale 90-minute performance. The perfect way to introduce young people to Shakespeare, these popular yearly productions are designed to break down walls to cultural access and empower teenagers to develop their creative curiosity. www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/macbeth-playing-shakespeare-with-deutsche-bank-2020-2/ [P]

 

New

Shit-faced Shakespeare: Macbeth. Leicester Square Theatre, London, 24 June – 12 September (08448 733433). Shit-faced Shakespeare is back for the 5th year at Leicester Square Theatre and it’s going to be a bloodbath, with their all-new production of Macbeth. Upon hearing the weird sisters’ prediction, Macbeth and his wily wife take matters into their own hands and burn down everything in their wake. Well, almost. Fair is foul and foul is fair in this tale of prophecy gone slightly off the rails. Perhaps an inebriated actor will help the process along? Featuring Shakespeare’s most lovable witches, ghostly best friends, hell-hounds, unhinged wives, enough dead kings to give Game of Thrones a run for its money, and lots of plaid, Scotland storms London in 2020. Settle in for a pint (or two!) and raise a glass with us. Shit-faced Shakespeare is the classic combination of a Tetris-ed together Shakespeare script, a six-pack of professional actors and a luge of booze! What could possibly go right? https://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873610422 [P]

 

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett. Adapted by Stephen Briggs. Progress Theatre, Reading, 16 – 25 January 2020 (0118 960 6060) http://progresstheatre.co.uk/2020-wyrd-sisters [A]

Measure for Measure

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

 

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

The Merchant of Venice

Adaptation

Presented by Nottingham Playhouse and Lakeside Arts. Directed by Martin Berry. Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, 15 March 2020 (0115 846 7777); Playhouse Theatre, Nottingham, 7 – 9 April (0115 941 9419). Greed, poverty and personal vendettas collide in a production full of music, energy and no-nonsense Nottingham spirit, relocated to the modern-day Goose Fair. www.lakesidearts.org.uk/theatre/event/4195/the-merchant-of-venice.html; www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/drama/merchant-of-venice/ [P]

 

Merry Wives of Windsor

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Thame Players Theatre Company. The Players Theatre, Thame, 12 – 16 May 2020 (0871 222 7232) www.thameplayers.co.uk/Events/A-Midsummer-Night's-Dream [A]

 

Town Hall, Chipping Sodbury, 14 – 16 May 2020 (01454 852222) www.chippingsodburytownhall.co.uk/ [A]

 

Shakespeare’s Globe’s Touring Ensemble. Globe Theatre, London, DATES TBC (020 7401 9919); The Brewhouse, Taunton, 18 May 2020 (01823 283 244); Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, 23, 26 and 29 May (01497 822 629); St James’, Guernsey, 15 July (01481 711 361); Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT), Brighton, 19 and 22 August (07802 299267); The Festival Theatre at Hever Castle, Kent, 28 August (01732 866 114). More dates and venues TBC. www.shakespearesglobe.com/seasons/globe-on-tour-2020/ [P]

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

New

Heartbreak Theatre. Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 25 August (01726 879 500) www.penleeparktheatre.com/ [A]

 

New

Sedos. Bridewell Theatre, London, 16 - 26 September (020 7353 3331) www.sbf.org.uk/ [P]

Adaptations

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

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

The Watermill Ensemble. Directed by Paul Hart. Wilton's Music Hall, London, 28 January 2020 – 15 February (020 7702 2789); The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 19 February – 7 March (01635 46044). Fizzing with magic and a large dose of chaos in the enchanted Athenian woods, secrets, love and mistaken identities collide in A Midsummers Night's Dream. Fusing actor musicianship with one of Shakespeare's greatest comedies, the Watermill Ensemble cast their spell performing the intoxicating soulful sounds of Nina Simone and Billie Holiday live on stage. Touring in rep with Macbeth. www.watermill.org.uk/on_tour_dream_and_macbeth [P]

Much Ado About Nothing

New

Illyria. Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 4 August (01726 879 500). Rest of tour dates to be announced. www.penleeparktheatre.com/ [P]

Othello

Pericles

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Blanche McIntyre. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 15 August 2020 – 1 October (01789 331111) www.rsc.org.uk/pericles [P]

Richard II

Richard III

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

Romeo and Juliet

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

New

Directed by Simon Godwin. National Theatre, London, 11 August – (020 7452 3000) www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/ [P]

Adaptations

Updated

Juliet and Romeo (dance). Lost Dog Theatre Company. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 20 March (01603 598598); Arts Depot, London, 21 March (020 8369 5454); Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 24 March (01992 531500); Luton Library Theatre, Luton, 25 March (01582 878100); Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford, 27 March (01865 263980); The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, 28 March (01295 279002); Farnham Maltings, Farnham, 31 March (01252 745444); Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 28 April (01253 290 190). Lost Dog reveals the real story of Romeo and Juliet. It turns out they didn't die in a tragic misunderstanding, they grew up and lived happily ever after. Well, they lived at least. Now they are 40ish, at least one of them is in the grips of a mid-life crisis, they feel constantly mocked by their teenage selves and haunted by the pressures of being the poster couple for romantic love. They have decided to confront their current struggles by putting on a performance about themselves. Their therapist told them it was a terrible idea. With Lost Dog’s blend of dance, theatre and comedy this duet takes on our cultural obsession with youth and our inevitable issues with longevity. https://lostdogdance.co.uk/productions/juliet-romeo/ [P]

 

Box Clever Theatre Company. Theatre Royal, Bath, 27 – 31 March 2020 (01225 448 844). Michael Wicherek’s adaptation fully realises the characters of the lovers and brings to life their world: the sound, heat and colour of Verona, the dark threat of the feud between their families and the ever-increasing speed at which events hurry the lovers to their inevitable doom. It also, through the inclusion of the Narrator ensures that Romeo and Juliet themselves do not remain literary creations distant from the 21st century. www.theatreroyal.org.uk/event/romeo-juliet-2/ [P]

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

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

Romeo and Julie by Gary Owen. A National Theatre and Sherman Theatre co-production. The Lowry, Salford, 5 – 13 June 2020 (0343 208 6000); Cast Theatre, Doncaster, 16 – 20 June (01302 303 959); Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 23 – 27 June (01708 443 333); Theatre Royal, Wakefield, 30 June – 4 July (01924 211 311); Dorfman Theatre (National Theatre), London, 14 July – 29 August (020 7452 3000); Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, 16 September – 3 October (02920 646 900). Romeo is a teenage single dad hanging on tight. Julie is fighting to follow her dream of studying at Cambridge. Two working-class eighteen year-olds raised a few streets apart, but from entirely different worlds, crash into first love and are knocked off their feet.  But at this crossroads to the rest of their lives, both families fear the worst in a world of unequal opportunity. www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/romeo-and-julie-uk-tour [P]

New

Shit-faced Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet. Anvil Arts, Basingstoke, 3 October (01256 844 244); New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, 9 October (023 9264 9000); Haymarket Theatre, Leicester, 10 October (0116 296 1236); Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 13 October (01793 524 481); Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 15 October (01473 433100); Beck Theatre, London, 16 October (020 8561 8371); Dorking Halls, Dorking, 17 October (01306 881 717); Alban Arena, St Alban’s, 19 October (01727 844 488); The Maltings, Farnham, 22 October (01252 726 234); The Playhouse, Nottingham, 23 October (0115 941 9419); Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle upon Tyne, 24 October (0844 2491 000); The Castle, Wellingborough, 28 October (01933 270 007); Epstein Theatre (formerly Neptune Theatre), Liverpool, 4 November (08448 884 411); Grand Theatre, Lancaster, 5 November (01524 64695); Grand Theatre, Swansea, 7 November (01792 475 715); Octagon Theatre, Yeovil, 8 November (01935 422 884); Exeter Corn Exchange, Exeter, 9 November (01392 665 866); Babbacombe Theatre, Torquay, 10 November (01803 328 385); Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, 11 November (01202 848 014); Bath Komedia, Bath, 12 November (0845 293 8480); Epsom Playhouse, Epsom, 14 November (01372 742 555); Lyceum Theatre, Crewe, 15 November (01270 537 333); The Exchange, London, 18 – 19 November (0208 240 2399); Shanklin Theatre, Shanklin (Isle of Wight), 20 November (01983 862 739); Arts Centre, Colchester, 21 – 22 November (01206 500 900); The Cresset, Peterborough, 26 November (01733 265 705); The Dome, Doncaster, 27 November (01302 370 999) www.viagogo.co.uk/Theatre-Tickets/Theatre/Shit-Faced-Shakespeare-Tickets [P]

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

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

West Side Story. Score by Leonard Bernstein. The Pantheon Club. Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 26 – 30 May 2020 (0141 240 1133) www.atgtickets.com/shows/west-side-story-presented-by-the-pantheon-club/theatre-royal-glasgow/ [P]

The Taming of the Shrew

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

Adaptations

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

The Taming of the Shrew – Associate Schools Festival. Theatre Royal, York, 31 March 2020 – 1 April (01904 623 568). This tale of gender, social roles and love is explored by local schools through ensemble and choral work. The Taming of the Shrew questions what equality means and looks like, and holds up a mirror for us to see how far we have come (or not) since Shakespeare’s day. Each school takes a collaborative approach to storytelling, using the opportunity to give a voice to the wider company while creating a clarity and energy in the telling of the narrative. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/show/the-taming-of-the-shrew/ [A]

 

The Tempest

Directed by Tom Littler. Michael Pennington (Prospero). Jermyn Street Theatre, London, 11 March 2020 – 4 April (020 7287 2875); Theatre Royal, Bath, 7 – 11 April (01225 448 844).

www.jermynstreettheatre.co.uk/show/the-tempest/

www.theatreroyal.org.uk/event/the-tempest/ [P]

Shinfield Players Theatre and Arts Centre, Reading, 10 – 13 June 2020 (01189 267 135) www.shinfieldplayers.org.uk/current-season [A]

 

Shakespeare’s Globe’s Touring Ensemble. Globe Theatre, London, DATES TBC (020 7401 9919); The Brewhouse, Taunton, 19 May 2020 (01823 283 244); Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, 25 and 30 May (01497 822 629); St James’, Guernsey, 17 July (01481 711 361); Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT), Brighton, 20 and 22 August (07802 299267); The Festival Theatre at Hever Castle, Kent, 27 August (01732 866 114). More dates and venues TBC. www.shakespearesglobe.com/seasons/globe-on-tour-2020/ [P]

Adaptation

 

New

The Tempest (opera). Music by Thomas Ades. Lyrics by Meredity Oakes. Presented by Barricade Arts. OSO Arts Centre (formerly the Old Sorting Office), London, 7 – 9 April (020 8876 9885) www.osoarts.org.uk/whats-on [P]

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

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JKL Productions. Cast, Doncaster, 30 January – 1 February (01302 303 959) https://castindoncaster.com/whats-on/jkl-productions-twelfth-night/ [A]

Adaptations

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

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

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The Pantaloons Theatre Company. Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 6 August (01726 879 500). More dates TBC. https://penleepark.ticketsolve.com/shows/873611433 [P]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Erica Wyman. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 28 March 2020 – 2 October (01789 331111) www.rsc.org.uk/pericles [P]

Poems and Apocrypha

Miscellaneous
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Globe on Tour - Audience Choice Performances: As You Like It / A Midsummer Night’s Dream / The Tempest. Presented by Shakespeare’s Globe’s Touring Ensemble. Globe Theatre, London, DATES TBC (020 7401 9919); Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, 25 and 30 May (01497 822 629); St James’, Guernsey, 18 July (01481 711 361). What is it like to go to the theatre and not know what you are going to see? Take part in Shakespeare’s Globe’s democratic theatrical experiment to find out! The troupe of versatile actors will offer up a choice of three plays, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream or The Tempest. It will be up to you to vote for which of these three plays you want to see. The rules are simple: the loudest cheer wins, and the action starts straight away. Actors call it ‘terrifying’, audiences say it’s ‘exhilarating.’ So scream and shout as loud as you can for the play you want to see. More dates and venues TBC. www.shakespearesglobe.com/seasons/globe-on-tour-2020/ [P]

 

The Second Best Bed by Avril Rowland. Victoria Hall, Settle, 5 March 2020 (01729 825 718). When Shakespeare died, he famously left his wife Anne only one thing – the second best bed. Liz Grand stars as Anne Hathaway on the night of Shakespeare’s funeral. The wake has finished, the mourners have all gone home, leaving Anne to remember her life with the most talented playwright the world has ever seen. Or was he? Did he write the plays? His widow would know if anybody did. Wouldn’t she? www.settlevictoriahall.org.uk/eventsandshows/the-second-best-bed-050320 [P]

 

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

 

 

 

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