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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

 December 2014 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

Theatre Royal, York. Directed by George Costigan. Niamh Cusack (Cleopatra), Paterson Joseph (Antony). 22 February (01904 623568). Rehearsed reading. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk [P]

The Norwich Players. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 23 April – 2 May  (01603 620917).  www.maddermarket.co.uk [A]

As You Like It

New
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Blanche McIntyre. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 15 May – 5 September (020 7401 9919).
www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

Comedy of Errors

Coriolanus

Cymbeline

Hamlet

ACS Random.  Park Theatre, London, 2 – 14 December (020 7870 6876).  http://www.acsrandom.co.uk/ACS_Random/Home.html [P]

New Venture Theatre, Brighton. 16 – 24 January. (01273 746 118) www.newventure.org.uk [P]

Clwyd Theatr Cymru. Directed by Terry Hands. Anthony Hopkins Theatre, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, 5 February - 7 March (0845 330 3565) www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk ; New Theatre, Cardiff, 10 - 14 March (029 2087 8889). www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk/ [P]

Ninagawa Company. Directed by Yukio Ninagawa. Barbican Theatre, London. 21 – 24 May. (0845 120 7550) www.barbican.org.uk In Japanese with English surtitles. [P]

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

Adaptations

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]

The Lion King Tour. Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 6 November - 11 January 2015 (08700 402000) www.wmc.org.uk; Palace Theatre, Manchester, 17 January – 22 February (0870 401 3000) www.palaceandoperahouse.org.uk [P]

Henry IV, pt.1

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Antony Sher (Falstaff), Jasper Britton (Henry IV), Alex Hassell (Prince Hal), Paola Dionisotti (Mistress Quickly). Barbican Centre, London, 29 November - 24 January (0845 120 7550). www.rsc.org.uk [P]

LAMDA. Pleasance, London. 26 November – 4 December (0207 609 1800). www.pleasance.co.uk [P]

Henry IV, pt.2

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Antony Sher (Falstaff), Jasper Britton (Henry IV), Alex Hassell (Prince Hal), Paola Dionisotti (Mistress Quickly). Barbican Centre, London, 29 November - 24 January 2015 (0845 120 7550). www.rsc.org.uk [P]

New
Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company. Guildhall Theatre, Derby. 3 – 7 March 2015. (01332 255800).
http://derbyshakespeare.org.uk [A]

Henry V

New
The Marlowe Society. Directed by Lisa Blair. Cambridge Arts Theatre, 2 – 7 February 2015. Further details TBA. [A]

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

Henry VI, pt 3

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

Shakespeare Institute Players. Directed by Rebecca Martin. The Shakespeare Institute Lecture Hall, Stratford-Upon-Avon, 3 - 6 December. www.shakespeareinstituteplayers.co.uk [A]

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Redgrave Theatre, Bristol, 31 January – 7 February (0117 973 3955) www.cliftoncollegeuk/ccsl/redgrave [A]

King John

New
Royal and Derngate, Northampton. Directed by James Dacre. Royal and Derngate, Northampton, 24 April – 16 May 2015 (01604 624 811); Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 1 – 28 June (020 7401 9919). www.royalandderngate.co.uk www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

King Lear

New Theatre Nottingham. Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham, 9 – 12 December (0115 846 7777). www.lakesidearts.org.uk  [P]

Guildford Shakespeare Company. Holy Trinity Church, Guildford, Surrey. Brian Blessed (King Lear), Rosalind Blessed (Goneril). 17 January – 7 February. (01483 304384) www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk [P]

New
Northern Broadsides. Directed by Jonathan Miller. Barrie Rutter (Lear). Viaduct, Halifax, 4 – 7 March 2015 (01422 255 266); Hull Truck, Hull, 10 – 14 March (01482 323 638); Theatre Royal, Bath, 17 – 21 March (01225 448 844); Everyman, Cheltenham, 24 – 28 March (01242 572 573); West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, 8 – 18 April (0113 213 7700); Stephen Joseph, Scarborough, 21 – 25 April (01723 370 541); Playhouse, Liverpool, 28 April – 2 May (0151 709 4776); Lowry, Salford, 5 – 9 May (0843 208 6000); Rose, Kingston, 19 -23 May (020 8174 0090); New Vic, Newcastle-under-Lyme, 27 May – 13 June (01782 717 962). www.northern-broadsides.co.uk [P]

Adaptation

Lear’s Daughters. Footfall Theatre. Directed by Isabelle Kettle. Hope Theatre, Islington, 9 – 20 December (0333 666 3366). [Uses Shakespeare’s text]. www.thehopetheatre.com [P]

Love's Labour's Lost

Royal Shakespeare Company.  Directed by Christopher Luscombe.  Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 23 September – 14 March 2015 (0870 6091110).  www.rsc.org.uk [P]

LAMDA. Directed by Mattew Lloyd. Pleasance Theatre, London. 27 November – 4 December. (0207 609 1800). www.pleasance.co.uk [P]

Macbeth

New
Cambridge University European Theatre Group. Directed by Nicholas Hulbert. European tour 6 – 19 December;  Cockpit Theatre, London, 21 December (
020 7258 2925); ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 13 – 17 January (01223 300085). http://etg.soc.srcf.net [A]

New
Filter Theatre and Tobacco Factory Theatres. Composed by Tom Haines. Citizens, Glasgow, 20 – 31 January 2015 (0141 429 0022); Vaults, Waterloo, London, 4 – 15 February (0207 620 3364). www.filtertheatre.com [P]

New
Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 17 – 23 August (020 7401 9919). [Performed in Cantonese with scene synopses in English]. www.shakespearesglobe.com. [Booking opens on 9 February 2015] [P]

Adaptations

New
Lost Theatre. Directed by David Shopland.
Lost Theatre, 208 Wandsworth Road, London, 10 February – 1 March 2015. (0207 720 6897). David Shopland’s Macbeth is a sparse and gripping view of the play through the eyes of a grieving couple. This is not a story about war and witches, but the heartbreaking destruction of a marriage. It is a 400 year old domestic drama that highlights the same base emotions we all feel throughout our lives. This play’s horror lies in its humanity. http://losttheatre.co.uk [A]

Wyrd Sisters. Written by Stephen Briggs. Chelmsford Theatre Workshop. Old Fort Theatre, Chelmsford, 15 – 18; 22 – 25 April (01245 606505). http://chelmsfordtheatreworkshop.wordpress.com/contact-us/ [A]

Measure for Measure

Cheek by Jowl (Russian Ensemble). Directed by Declan Donnellan. Barbican Theatre, London. 15 – 25 April. (0845 120 7550); Playhouse, Oxford 28 April – 2 May. (01865 305305) www.barbican.org.uk www.oxfordplayhouse.com  [P]

New
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole. 20 June – 17 October, 2015 (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com. [Booking opens on 9 February 2015] [P]

The Merchant of Venice

Almeida Theatre, London. Directed by Rupert Goold. Ian McDiarmid (Shylock). 5 December – 14 February 2015. (020 7359 4404) www.almeida.co.uk [P]

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Redgrave Theatre, 19 - 28 February 2015 (0117 973 3955) www.cliftoncollegeuk.com/ccsl/redgrave [A]

New
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Jonathan Munby, 23 April – 7 June, 2015 (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com. [Booking opens on 9 February 2015][P]

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon. Directed by Polly Findlay. 14 May - 2 September 2015. (0870 60901110) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Bournemouth Shakespeare Players, 14 – 25 July 2015 www.bshakespearep.org [A]

Merry Wives of Windsor

Harrogate Dramatic Society. Harrogate Studio Theatre, Harrogate, 28 – 31 January 2015 (01423 502116). www.hds-online.co.uk/ [A]

New
Shakespeare at the George. Directed by Steph Hamer. 23 June – 4 July 2015. [Part of the RSC Open Stages.] www.satg.org.uk [A]

Adaptation

Falstaff.  Opera.  Music by Giuseppe Verdi.  Lyrics by Arrigo Boito.  Royal Opera House, La Scala Milan, and Canadian Opera Company.  Royal Opera House, London, 6 – 18 July 2015 (020 7304 4000).  www.roh.org.uk [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

New
Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse. Directed by Nick Bagnall. Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, 21 March – 18 April (0151 709 4776). www.everymanplayhouse.com [P]

Adaptation

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Incidental music by Felix Mendelssohn. Royal Shakespeare Company and Garsington Opera. Directed by Douglas Boyd and Gregory Doran. Wormsley Estate, High Wycombe, 16 – 18 July 2015; Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon, 26 July 2015 (0844 800 1110). www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on [P]

Much Ado About Nothing

Royal Shakespeare Company. (Billed as “Love’s Labour’s Won” to pair with Love’s Labour’s Lost). Directed by Christopher Luscombe. Edward Bennett (Benedick), Michelle Terry (Beatrice).  Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 3 October – 14 March 2015 (0870 6091110).  www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Reading Between the Lines. Directed by Hal Chambers. Greenwich Theatre, London, 27 – 28 February 2015 (020 8858 7755).  www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk [P]

Hillbark Players. Directed by Martin Riley. Royden Park, Frankby, nr West Kirby, The Wirral.  22 – 27 June 2015 www.hillbarkplayers.co.uk [A]

New
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Max Webster, 10 August – 12 September, 2015 (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com. [Booking opens on 9 February 2015] [P]

Othello

Frantic Assembly.  Directed by Scott Graham. Lyric Hammersmith, London, 13 January - 7 February (020 8741 6850).  www.franticassembly.co.uk/  [P]

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Directed by Iqbal Khan. 4 June – 28 August 2015. (0870 609 1110) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Pericles

Richard II

New
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Simon Godwin, 11 July – 18 October, 2015 (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com. [Booking opens on 9 February 2015] [P]

 

Richard III

Theatre Royal, Norwich. 11 – 13 December. (01603 630 000) www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk [P]

The Cotswold Arcadians. Directed by David Sherratt. Hatherop Castle School, Gloucestershire, 20 - 25 July 2015. Open-air production. www.arcadians.org [A]

New
National Theatre of China. Directed by Wang Ziaoying. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 20-25 July 2015 (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com. [Booking opens on 9 February 2015] [Performed in Mandarin with scene synopses in English.] [P]

Romeo and Juliet

Pepper’s Ghost Theatre Company and The Play's the Thing Theatre Company. Stantonbury Theatre, Milton Keynes, 10 – 13 December (01908 324 466). www.stantonburytheatre.co.uk  [P]

The Faction. New Diorama Theatre, 15-16 Triton Street, London, 6 January – 28 February 2015. (0844 2090 344) www.newdiorama.com [P]

New
Gone Rogue Productions. 11 – 14 February 2015.
(023 8067 1771) www.nuffieldtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/romeo-juliet [A]

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Directed by Polina Kalinina. The Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, 19 February – 4 April 2015. (0117 902 0344) www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com [P]

Rose Theatre, Kingston, 28 February – 21 March 2015. (08444 821 556) www.resetheatrekingston.org [P]

New
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. 27 April – 8 May 2015 (followed by tour) (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com. [Booking opens on 9 February 2015] [P]

Adaptations

New
Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Moscow City Ballet. Music by Sergei Prokofiev. Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 4 January 2015 (01223 357 851). www.cornex.co.uk/ [P]

New
Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Bad Boys of Dance. Choreographed by Adrienne Canterna, directed by Rasta Thomas. Sadlers' Wells, Peacock Theatre, London, 3 - 29 March 2015 (0844 412 4322). www.sadlerswells.com/whats-on/2015/rasta-thomas-romeo-juliet [P]

New
Directed by Claudia Grigg-Edo and Matilda Wnek. Corpus Playroom, Cambridge 2 – 6 December. www.camdram.net/shows/2014-romeo-and-juliet [A]

The Taming of the Shrew

 Adaptations

Kiss Me Kate. Music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Bourneville Musical Theatre Company. Crescent Theatre, Birmingham. 12-16 May 2015 www.bmtcweb.co.uk [A]

New
Kiss Me Kate. Cambridge University Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Music and lyrics by Cole Porter, book by Samuel and Bella Spewack. Directed by Madeleine Heyes. 29 – 31 January 2015 West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge.
www.camdram.net/shows/2015-kiss-me-kate [A]

The Tempest

The Apollo Theatre, Newport, Isle of Wight, 15 – 23 May 2015 (01983 527 267). www.apollo-theatre.org.uk/the-tempest  [P]

Adaptation

New
Return to the Forbidden Planet by Bob Carlton. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch. Directed by Bob Carlton. Theatre Royal, Brighton, 20 - 24 January 2015; New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, 26 - 31 January; The Orchard, Dartford, 2 - 7 February; King's Theatre, Glasgow, 9 - 14 February; Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe, 16 - 21 February; The Auditorium, Grimsby, 23 - 28 February; Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe, 16 - 21 March; Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, 16 - 21 March; New Theatre (formerly known as Apollo Theatre), Oxford, 30 March - 4th April; Palace Theatre, Manchester, 4 - 9 May (01708 433 333). www.queens-theatre.co.uk [P]

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

New
Drama-Link. The Studio, Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, 17 – 20 December (0121 643 5858). http://crescent-theatre.co.uk/theatre-event.php?EventID=35130 [A]

Brighton Little Theatre. Directed by Tess Gill. Brighton Little Theatre, 23 - 27 June 2015 (0844 888 0432); Lewes Castle, Lewes, 2 – 5 July (01273 486 290).  www.brightonlittletheatre.com [A]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

Richard Burton Company, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Directed by Joe Murphy. Bute Theatre, Raymond Edwards Building, Cardiff, 3 – 13 December (029 20 391 391). www.rwcmd.ac.uk  [P]

Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London, 9 December – 3 January 2015 (08444 771 000).  www.giantolive.com [P]

Poems and Apocrypha

Miscellaneous
(in alphabetical order)

Falstaff by Giuseppe Verdi.  The Royal Opera House, London. 6 – 18 July 2015. (0207 304 4000) www.roh.org.uk [P]

New
The Famous Victories of Henry V. Royal Shakespeare Company. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 5 June, 2015 (followed by UK tour, June – July) (0844 800 1110). Adaptation of extracts from Henry IV parts I and II and Henry V. [Part of First Encounters, Shakespeare for Younger Audiences]. www.rsc.org.uk. [P]

Shakespeare in Love. Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall from the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard. Disney Theatrical Productions. Directed by Declan Donellan. Tom Bateman (Shakespeare), Lucy Briggs-Owen (Viola). Noel Coward Theatre, London, 2 July – ongoing. ‘Plagued by debt, tormented by writer’s block and in desperate need of a new hit, promising new playwright Will Shakespeare finds his muse in the form of passionate young noblewoman, Viola De Lesseps. Their forbidden love soon draws everyone, including Queen Elizabeth herself, into the drama and inspires Will to write the greatest love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet.’ http://shakespeareinlove.com/  [P]

New
Shakespearience! The Playground Theatre. Written by James Rastall, Emily Francis, Maryann O’Brien, Emily May-Smith and Nick Delvalle. Directed by Philip Sarson. Ambassador’s Theatre, London, 17 December. Join Shakespeare’s Men as they fly through Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet and Twelfth Night in a whirlwind hour of mischievous storytelling. [Previously titled Billy’s Birthday Bash: Let’s Party Like it’s 1564!]. http://www.playgroundtheatre.co.uk/ [A]

Winter’s Rages – Shakespeare in Speech and Song. Written and directed by Sophie Kochanowska. Rose Playhouse, London, 2 – 14 December (020 7261 9565). Shakespeare fragments are fused with new material and classical song in this devised theatre piece for actress, soprano & piano which explores the blistering power of the human voice. www.rosetheatre.org.uk [P]

 

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