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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

  February 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.

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) [P]

New Wimbledon Studio Theatre, London, 15 June – 9 July [P]

Antony and Cleopatra

As You Like It

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


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. [P]

Comedy of Errors

Guildford Shakespeare Company. Guildford Castle Gardens, 14 June – 2 July (01483 304384). [P]


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. [P]



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

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


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. [P]


Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Directed by Andrew Hilton. Factory Theatre, Bristol, 11 February – 30 April (0117 902 0344); Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 14 – 18 June (01392 493 493) [P]

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

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard. Directed by Jo Noble. The P         layhouse, Oxford, 18 – 19 March (01865 305 305). [A]

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? [P]

Henry IV, pt.1

Henry IV, pt.2

Henry V

Merely Theatre. The Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham, 2 February; Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham, 3 February; Farnham Maltings, Farnham, 5 February; The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead, 9 February; Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, 17 – 18 March; Maltings Arts Centre, St Albans, 19 March; Theatre N16, London, 27, 29 and 31 March; Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon, 14 April; Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 20 April; Theatre At The Mill, Newtonabbey, 27 April; Kings Theatre, Edinburgh, 5 and 7 May. Henry V tells the story of young King Henry’s famous victory at Agincourt while outnumbered, but underestimated, by the French. The show uses football shirts to separate the French and English armies in Shakespeare’s most patriotic History play. [P]

Open Air Theatre. Directed by Robert Hastie. Regent’s Park, London, 17 June – 9 July (0844 826 4242) [P]

Henry VI, pt 1


Margaret of Anjou by Elizabeth Schafer and Philippa Kelly. Caryl Churchill Theatre, Royal Holloway, Egham, 8 March. Adapted from the Henry VI tetralogy and Richard III. Rehearsed reading. Free event but please register at: [A]

Henry VI, pt 2

Henry VI, pt 3

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

King John

King Lear

Creation Theatre. Directed by Charlotte Conquest. The Norrington Room, Blackwell's Bookshop, Oxford, 12 February – 19 March (01865 766266) [P]

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) [P]

Royal & Derngate Theatre. Directed by Max Webster. Michael Pennington (Lear). Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton, 1 – 23 April (01604 624811); 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. [A]

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

Love's Labour's Lost


Directed by Asia Osborne. The Broadway Theatre, London, 27 January – 21 February (020 8690 0002) [P]

Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Directed by Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin. John Heffernan (Macbeth), Anna Maxwell Martin (Lady Macbeth). Home Theatre (formerly Cornerhouse), Manchester, 2 – 6 February (0161 200 1500) [P]

Repertory Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, 12 – 16 April (01782 209784) [A]

Arrows and Traps Theatre Company. New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 15 April – 9 July (0870 060 6646) [P]

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


The Devil Speaks True. Goat and Monkey. Directed by Joel Scott. The Vaults, London, 17 – 27 February (0207 620 3364); The Garage, Norwich, 29 February  (01603 630000); Brunel Arts Centre, Brunel University London, 3 March (01895 266074); New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, 9 March (023 9264 9000); Firestation Centre for the Arts, Windsor, 10 March (; The Attenborough Centre, Leicester, 11 March (0116 252 2455); Old Fire Station, Oxford, 17 March (01865 263980); Dome Studio, Brighton, 18 – 19 March (01273 709 709). A chilling visceral experience where you are cast as Banquo from Macbeth in a first person auditory adventure, tracing Banquo's journey from bloody battlefield to spectral banquet table. Sitting in a pitch-black space and wearing wireless headphones, you will be surrounded by a world created through binaural sound, video projection and a solo performer. The Devil Speaks True is a totally immersive experience offering an intimate perspective of a man struggling to come to terms with his place in a violent and tyrannical world. Focusing on the psychological effects on men returning home from war and the bond between soldiers, the production intersperses Shakespeare's text with interviews with ex-servicemen. [P]

Macbeth: A Tale of Sound and Fury. 6Footstories Theatre Company. The Hope Theatre, London, 2 – 20 February (0333 666 3366). Three gnarly fortune tellers live amongst the rats in an old junk yard, apart from decent society. Eager to teach the selfish world of man a lesson, they prepare a fortune reading that will destroy a throne and everything around it. In this demented retelling of Shakespeare’s violent and thrilling classic, 6FootStories invite you to witness their wayward witches go about plotting the fall of Macbeth, rehearsing what they hope will be the bloody and catastrophic aftermath of their prophecy. Performed by three actors in an immersive set made entirely of recycled objects, this is Macbeth as you’ve never seen it before. The deranged cast will all play Macbeth, and his wife, and all the other major characters, swapping roles like a gory game of pass the parcel. [P]

Macbeth – A Two Man Macbeth. Out of Chaos. Directed by Mike Tweddle. Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) Theatre, Birmingham, 11 – 13 February (0121 446 3232). The multi-award winning creators of Unmythable and Norsesome take on their greatest challenge yet: all the drama, intrigue and madness of Macbeth in 80 high-octane minutes; more than 30 characters brilliantly and boldly brought to life by just two actors. [P]

Macbeth – Kill Bill Shakespeare. Adapted and directed by Malachi Bogdanov. Birmingham School of Acting. Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, 24 – 27 February (0121 643 5858). Macbeth - Kill Bill Shakespeare is an irreverent and imaginative take on Shakespeare's timeless, blood-soaked tale of murder, lust and power. This ground-breaking production stays true to the original text but pays homage to some of Tarantino's best-loved movies. Age Advisory: 14+. Contains partial nudity and smoking of herbal cigarettes. [A]

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). [A]

Measure for Measure

The Merchant of Venice

Shakespeare’s Globe. Directed by Jonathan Munby. Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 4 – 15 October (020 7401 9919). Revival of the 2015 production.  [P]

Merry Wives of Windsor

Northern Broadsides. Directed by Barrie Rutter. New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, 5 – 27 February; The Viaduct, Halifax, 1 – 5 March; Hull Truck, 8 – 2 March; The Lowry, Salford, 15 – 19 March;  The Rose, Kingston, 22 – 26 March; 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.   The Merry Wives[P]

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

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Royal Shakespeare Company. Dream 16: A Play for the Nation. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 17 February – 5 March (0844 800 1110); Northern Stage (formally Newcastle Playhouse), Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 16 – 26 March (0191 230 5151); 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) [P/A]

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

Medway Little Theatre. Directed by Linda Russell. Medway Little Theatre, Rochester, 16 – 25 June (01634 400 322) [A]

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud, 28 June (01453 833 184) [A]

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


The Dream by Frederick Ashton. Birmingham Royal Ballet. Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, 17 – 20 February (0870 730 1234). In The Dream, love gets out of hand for mortals and fairies alike in an elegant and witty distillation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Created in 1964 to mark Shakespeare’s birthday. [P]

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

Merely Theatre. Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham, 1 February; Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham, 3 February; Lakeside Theatre, Colchester, 4 February; The Old Town Hall, Hemel Hempstead 10 February; Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock, 16 February; Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, 17 – 18 March; Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, 22 March; Theatre N16, London, 28 and 30 March; 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. [P]

Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, London, 20 February – 19 March (020 8741 6850). The Lyric and Filter’s riotous reinterpretation of one of Shakespeare’s best loved plays returns to the Lyric, after its critically acclaimed 2012 run. Featuring music from members of The London Snorkelling Team, this classic tale of young lovers and warring fairies is given a unique and irreverent twist.  [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+. [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. [A]

Pocket Dream. Propeller Theatre Company. Directed by Edward Hall. Christ Church University, Canterbury, 1 – 2 February 2016; Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 4 – 6 February; Town Hall, Loughborough, 9 February; Seacombe Theatre, Sutton, 11 – 12 February; Garrick Theatre, Lichfield, 17-18 February; Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 2 March; Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans, 12 March. [More dates TBA]. [Sixty-minute version with all-male cast] [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. [P]

Titania performed and created by Anna-Helena McLean. Greenwich Theatre, London, 22 – 24 March (020 8858 7755). Shortlisted for the Musical Theatre Network Edinburgh Award 2015, Titania is A Midsummer Night's Dream as you’ve never seen it before... In this engaging, amusing and participatory production, our much-loved Queen of the Night plays out events from her past, hosting nightly revels in an attempt to woo audiences off the path and back into the woods. A heady fusion of original music and vocal acrobatics, Titania is the Queen of the Faeries’ tale with an amplified twist. [P]

Much Ado About Nothing

Directed by Douglas Rintoul. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 4 – 26 March (01708 443 333)  [P]

Guildford Shakespeare Company. University of Law Grounds, Guildford, 15 – 30 July (01483 304384). [P]


Béatrice et Bénédict by Hector Berlioz. London Philharmonic Orchestra. Glyndebourne Theatre, Lewes, 23 July – 27 August (01273 813 813) [P]



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

Richard II

Richard III

The Faction. Directed by Mark Leipacher. The New Diorama Theatre, London, 5 January – 6 February (0844 2090 344). [P]

Romeo and Juliet

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

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


Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Birmingham Royal Ballet. Choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan. Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, 24 – 27 February (
0844 338 5000); Empire Theatre, Sunderland, 17 – 19 March (0870 602 1130); Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 13 – 16 April (01752 267 222). [P]

I Capuleti e I Montecchi by Vincenzo Bellini. Pop-Up Opera. Directed by James Hurley. The Vaults, London, 21 March (0207 620 3364); Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 28 March (01297 442 138); 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. [P]

New Mutiny Theatre Company. Theatre Royal, Bath, 26 – 28 February (01225 448 844). Let’s All Dance’s edgy, explosive production engages audiences of all ages and, especially young people, with this high energy Hip Hop step. The lovers and their contemporaries communicate via text, their words magnified and projected onto backdrops, clothing, the floor, props and skin. Monochrome, contemporary costumes and set provide a sombre and uncluttered canvas for the vibrant energy and high emotions. And with the issue of cyberbullying woven into the plot, this is a highly relevant production for today’s internet generation. Fantastic dancing, crystal-clear storytelling and engaging characters create a gripping show.  [P]

Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham, 4 – 13 February (0121 212 2643). Cast of 6.   [P]

Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare Up Close. Directed by Gemma Fairlie. Orange Tree Theatre, London, 27 January – 20 February (020 8940 3633). Summer 2016. London. A city of extremes. Where the whole neighbourhood has been divided by the lines of wealth. A world of street fights, catcalling and banter. A boy gatecrashes a fancy party and falls in love, for at least the second time that week. But this girl is different. She doesn’t want to hear his lines and she’s not interested in his moves. And he realises that she is the best and the worst thing that could ever have happened to him. They fall in love, and the world comes crashing down. Physical, fast paced and furious – this Romeo and Juliet combines dance, physical theatre and gymnastics into this brutal, beautiful tale of love and hate. Told in 90 minutes with an ensemble cast of 6, this is Shakespeare with speed. [P]

West Side Story. Music: Leonard Bernstein. King’s Theatre, Glasgow, 23 – 27 February (0844 871 7648) [P]

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

West Side Story. Music: Leonard Bernstein. Newcastle Musical Theatre Company. Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne, 19 – 23 July (08448 112121) [P]

The Taming of the Shrew

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


The Taming of the Shrew (Ballet). Birmingham Royal Ballet. Choreographed by John Cranko. Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, 16 – 18 June (0844 338 5000) [P]

Kiss Me Kate by Cole Porter. Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 18 – 27 February (01708 443333) [A]

The Tempest

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

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Directed by Donnacadh O’Briain. Redgrave Theatre, Clifton College, Bristol, 18 – 27 February (0117 973 3955). [A]

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Simon Russell Beale (Prospero). Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 8 November – 21 January 2017 (01789 403493) [P]


Mid Wales Trust and Sinfonia Cymru. Hafren (formerly Theatre Hafren), Newtown, 16 March (01686 625 007). Join us for this musical retelling of Shakespeare’s tale of magic and shipwrecks, designed to support the national curriculum at Key Stage 2. All schools attending will receive a Resource Pack with an introduction to the story and the music, a song for everyone to learn, and classroom activities to enrich the children’s learning experience.  [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.  [A]

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

Amaluna by Cirque du Soleil. Royal Albert Hall, London, 16 January – 6 March (0845 401 5034). Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honours femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next. In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young men lands on the island, triggering an epic, emotional story of love between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor. But theirs is a love that will be put to the test. The couple must face numerous demanding trials and overcome daunting setbacks before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony. [P]

Mirando the Gay Tempest by Martin Lewton. Theatre North Company. Jermyn Street Theatre, London, 14 February (020 7287 2875); Lion and the Unicorn Theatre, London, 23 February – 5 March (020 7267 2304). In this 70 minute version of The Tempest, Prospero has a son - Mirando - not a daughter; and the great love scene is between two men. Created in the year of Equal Marriage, this one man show reflects not only on these new freedoms but also, as Prospero renounces his magic, on the gay subcultures that might be lost in this "brave new world". [P]

The Tempest in a Teacup. Umbrella Arts Theatre Company. Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, 17 February (then several dates) (01736 810181). A storytelling event. [P]

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

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

Questor’s Theatre, London, 20 – 30 April (020 8567 5184) [P]

New Wimbledon Studio Theatre, London 14 June – 9 July. [A]


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. [P]

I, Malvolio by Tim Crouch. Directed by Karl James & Andy Smith. Orange Tree Theatre, London, 25 February (020 8940 3633). Look at you. Sitting there with your bellies full of pop and pickled herring. Laughing at me. Go on. Laugh at the funny man. Laugh. Make the funny man cry. The story of Twelfth Night told through the eyes of Shakespeare s most pent-up steward. Replete with yellow stockings, it is a charged, hilarious and often unsettling rant from a man who was 'notoriously wronged'. A story of lost dignity, prudery, practical jokes and bullying, Malvolio draws his audience into the madness of Shakespeare's play and makes it his own. Suitable for ages 12+. Running time: 1hr. Co-commissioned by Brighton Festival and Singapore Arts Festival. [P]

Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank. The Globe Theatre, London, 12 – 19 March (020 7401 9919). Our Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank productions are created for young people. This is an opportunity to attend a full-scale, fast-paced 90 minute performance within the glory of the Globe Theatre, the architecture for which Shakespeare wrote. Packed with laughs, love and music the play explores themes that children will recognise from their own lives and will leave children and adults alike buzzing with the thrill of live theatre. [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)  [P]

The Two Noble Kinsmen

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

The Winter’s Tale

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

Guildford Shakespeare Company. Holy Trinity Church, Guildford, 8 – 27 February. [P]


The Winter’s Tale (Ballet). The Royal Ballet. Choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. The Royal Opera House, London, 12 April – 7 June (020 7304 4000) [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. [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. [A]

(in alphabetical order)

The Complete Deaths. Spymonkey. Directed by Tim Crouch. Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton, 5 – 7 May (01604 624811) then at the Brighton Festival. All of Shakespeare’s death scenes. [P]

Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare by Robin Arthur, et al. Forced Entertainment Company. Directed by Tim Etchells. The Pit, Barbican Centre, London, 1 – 6 March (0845 120 7550). Forced Entertainment brings you the Complete Works like you've never seen it before, each of Shakespeare's 36 plays condensed and presented on a tabletop using a cast of everyday objects. A salt and pepper pot for the king and queen. A spoon stands in for a servant and a candle for the Friar. Macbeth becomes a cheese grater, Pericles a light bulb and Hamlet's now a bottle of ink. Theatre pioneers Forced Entertainment explore the dynamic force of narrative and language in their simple yet distinctive summary of the playwright's comedies, tragedies, histories and late works. With an artist from the company retelling each play over the course of a week, audiences can enjoy one or as many performances as they fancy. Intimate and scaled down, the worlds they create are vivid, accessible and often comic. [A]

The Herbal Bed by Peter Whelan.
A co-production with English Touring Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston. Directed by James Dacre. Worcester Repertory Company. Royal and Derngate, Northampton. 5 – 27 February (01604 624 811); Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 1 – 5 March (01223 503 333); Everyman and Playhouse, Liverpool, 8 – 12 March (0151 709 4776); Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 15 – 19 March (01392 493 493); Theatre Royal, Brighton, 22 – 26 March (08700 606 650); 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. [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. [P]

Much Ado in Hippolyta Heights by Andy Dobb. Mansfield Palace Senior Youth Theatre. Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 10 – 11 February (01623 633 133). Two camera crews move into Hippolyta Heights Estate to make a Reality Show to capture the highest murder, teen pregnancy and unemployment rate, plus any juicy gossip from the locals. What they find is very different! Will Stratford Avon persuade his true love to fall in love with him? And will three girls with a grudge be made into witches by the Producer and cast spells live on telly? 2016 is the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare, and characters, storylines and themes from his plays inspire this amusing, lighthearted but poignant play with the contemporary characters caught up in the modern world. [A]

Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti. Directed by Rob Ashford. Adrian Lester (Ira Aldridge). Garrick Theatre, London, 23 January – 27 February (0330 333 4811). Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 1833. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage whilst playing Othello. A young black American actor has been asked to take over the role. But as the public riot in the streets over the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre? [P]

The Ruff Guide to Shakespeare by Toby Hulse. Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Redgrave Theatre, Clifton College, Bristol, 30 January and 6 February (0117 973 3955). The life, the times and every single play - all in one hour! [A]

A Shakespeare Cabaret. Theatre Royal Bath Theatre School. Theatre Royal, Bath, 10 – 12 March (01225 448 844). Wilt thou join us, if you’re able, to sit with friends at Shakespeare’s table? Laugh, be merry, join our youth, in vaudevillian merriment, forsooth. Compare us, if you will, to a summer’s day, for ‘All the World’s a... Cabaret’ The completely incomplete works of William Shakespeare performed as a cabaret by 21st Century vaudevillian young people. [A]

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.  [P]

Shakespeare Untold by Harper Ray and Adam Sibbald. Shakespeare’s Globe and Seabright Productions. Camberley Theatre, Camberley, 4 March (01276 707 600). The stories you know from the characters you don’t. This family-friendly double bill comes from London's world-renowned venue, Shakespeare’s Globe. In Romeo Untold, the story of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet is retold through the eyes of the Capulet Ball's party planner. Titus Untold retells Shakespeare's goriest tragedy, Titus Andronicus, as seen from the kitchen of Titus’s piemaker.  [P]

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

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. [A]

Where There’s a Will by Stewart Melton. Bath Spa University’s OnSet Productions. Directed by Ian Nicholson. Theatre Royal, Bath, 3 – 5 March (01225 448 844). Where there’s a Will, there’s a play... Who really wrote the Complete Works? Bill, Will or William? Saxpere, Shaxberd or Shakespeare? Or someone else entirely? A crack company of players gets to the bottom of the Bard Problem. Cue cross-dressing, mistaken identities, theatrical ghosts, kings, queens, rude mechanicals and exits pursued by a bear. A tragical-comical-historical-pastoral tale in celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary. [A]



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