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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

 July 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.

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

New Wimbledon Studio Theatre, London, 18 – 22 August (0870 060 6646) www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-wimbledon-theatre/ [P]

Adaptation

New
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. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/all-s-well-that-ends-well-1 [A]

Antony and Cleopatra

Updated
Shakespeare Institute Players. Directed by Alex Whiteley. The Shakespeare Institute Gardens (The Shakespeare Institute Hall if wet), 15 – 18 July www.shakespeareinstituteplayers.co.uk/ [A]

 Adaptation

New
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) (www.camdenfringe.com) www.parkwoodtheatres.co.uk/theatre/default.aspx?zid=2 [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). www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

New
Festival Players Theatre Company. Shaftesbury Abbey, Dorset, 2 July; Swinhay House, Wotton-under-Edge, 3 July; Speeds Farm, Lamyatt, Shepton Mallett, 4 July; Old Rectory, Doynton, Bristol, 5 July; Tiverton High School Sports Field, Tiverton, 8 July; Crosby Hall, Little Crosby, Merseyside, 12 July; The Rookery, Streatham Common South, London, 14 July; Leighton Hall, Carnforth, 24 July; Higham Hall, Bassenthwaite Lake, Cockermouth, 25 July; Langar Hall, Nottingham, 26 July; 3 Choirs Festival, Bishop’s Palace Garden, Hereford, 29 July; 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. www.thefestivalplayers.co.uk [P]

Gloucester Youth Players. The Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, 19 July (0117 902 0344) www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com/ [A]

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

National Theatre. Directed by Polly Findlay. Olivier Theatre, from 24 November (020 7452 3000). www.nationaltheatre.org.uk [P]

Adaptation

SISATA. Adapted by Charmaine K. Parker. Kingston Country Courtyard, Corfe Castle, Dorset, 14 – 23 July; Brighton Open Air Theatre, 29 – 31 July; Swanage Amphitheatre, August (dates tbc); Edmondsham House and Gardens, Swanage, August (dates tbc); Bread and Roses Theatre, London, 1 – 5 September. www.sisata.co.uk  Reverse gender production. [A]

Comedy of Errors

Coriolanus

Cymbeline

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

Hamlet

The HandleBards. The Courts Garden, Holt, 2 July (0844 249 1895); Painswick Rococo Garden, 6 July (01452 813 204); Leicester Guildhall, 12 July (0116 253 2569); Nottingham Castle, 14 July (0115 989 5555); Recycle Bikes, Sheffield, 17 July (0144 250 7717); Hoghton Tower, Preston, 23 July (0844 888 9991); Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge, 25 July (0844 249 1895); Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, York, 29 July (01904 654 818); 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 (hattoncastle@gmail.com); The Rookery, Streatham Common, London, 9 September (07986 784 207). www.peculius.com/handlebards.html [A]

Folksy Theatre. Braemar Castle, Aberdeenshire, 14 July; MacKenzie House Garden, Inverness, 15 July; Glen House Gardens, Innerleithen, 16 July; Threave Estate, Castle Douglas, 17 July; Bothwell Castle, Glasgow, 18 July; Chatelherault Country Park, Hamilton 19 – 20 July (01698 426213); Clydebank Townhall Gardens, 21 July; Tuckwell Amphitheatre, Cheltenham, 22 July; Bishops Wood Centre, Worcs, 23 July; Boiling Wells Amphitheatre, Briston, 24 – 25 July; Shockerwick House Gardens, Bath, 26 July; Burrow Farm Gardens, Axminster, 28 July; Marwood Hill Gardens, Barnstaple, 29 July; The Hyde Gardens, Bridport, 30 July; The Walled Gardens of Cannington, nr Bridgwater, 31 July; 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. www.folksytheatre.co.uk [P]

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

Adaptation

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

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

Adaptation

New
Festival Players Theatre Company. Sand, Sidbury, Devon, 9 July; Caerleon Roman Amphitheatre, Broadway, Caerleon, 10 July; Cogges Manor Farm, Whitney, 15 July; 3 Choirs Festival, Bishop’s Palace Garden, Hereford, 28 July; 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.  www.thefestivalplayers.co.uk [P]

Hampshire Youth Theatre. Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, 3 – 5 September (023 8067 1771). ; Parts 1 and 2 adapted into a single play. www.nuffieldtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/henry-iv [A]

Henry IV, pt.2

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

Adaptation

Hampshire Youth Theatre. Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, 3 – 5 September (023 8067 1771). Parts 1 and 2 adapted into a single play. www.nuffieldtheatre.co.uk/whats-on/henry-iv [A]

Henry V

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, 26 July (020 7401 9919). [Staged reading in Original Pronunciation]. www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

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

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

Henry VI, pt 1

Adaptation

New
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. http://www.rosetheatrekingston.org/whats-on [P]

Henry VI, pt 2

Adaptation

New
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. http://www.rosetheatrekingston.org/whats-on [P]

Henry VI, pt 3

Adaptation

New
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. http://www.rosetheatrekingston.org/whats-on [P]

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

King John

King Lear

Winchester College Players. Minack Theatre, Penzance, 17 -21 August (01736 810 181) http://www.minack.com/ [A]

Adaptations

King Lear (Alone) by Frank Bramwell. Theatre of the Quarter. Old Clubhouse, Buxton, 23 – 25 July (07720 839 612); Old Joint Stock Theatre, Birmingham, 29 and 31 July; St Paul’s Church, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, 28 and 30 July (0121 200  0946). Sequel. www.theworkshopb1.co.uk. [A]

New
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. www.thecourtyard.org.uk/whatson/ [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) www.barbican.org.uk [P]

Love's Labour's Lost

New
Cease and Desist Theatre Company. The Rosemary Branch, London, 19 June – 3 July (020 7704 6665) www.rosemarybranch.co.uk/ [A]

 Bowler Crab Productions. Directed by Stephen John. Half House Farm, Three Oaks, Sussex, 20 June – 4 July (07801 893115). Open-air production. www.bowler-crab.com  [P]

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

Macbeth

New Wimbledon Studio Theatre, London, 22 - 25 July (0870 060 6646) www.uktw.co.uk/London/New-Wimbledon-Theatre/V341/ [P]

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

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. [P]

Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Directed by Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin. The Young Vic, London, 26 November – 16 January 2016 (020 7922 2922) www.youngvic.org/ [P]

Adaptation

Updated
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. www.chinaplatetheatre.com/macbeth  [P]

Measure for Measure

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

The Factory Theatre Company. Willow Globe, Llanwrthwl, Nr Llandrindod Wells, 25 July (01597 811487) [Open air theatre]. www.shakespearelink.co.uk. [P]

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

The Merchant of Venice

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

Bournemouth Shakespeare Players in association with St Peter's Players. Priory House Gardens, Bournemouth, 14 – 25 July. www.bshakespearep.org [A]

Adaptation

New
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.] www.theambassadorstheatre.co.uk/Online/ [P]

New
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. http://thecockpit.org.uk/ [P]

Merry Wives of Windsor

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

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

Brighton Open Air Theatre and The Treason Show in association with The Rialto Theatre. Directed by Mark Brailsford. Brighton Open Air Theatre, 15 – 26 July (01273 725230) www.brightonopenairtheatre.co.uk [A]

New
Progress Theatre. Caversham Court Gardens, Church Road, Caversham, Reading, 15 – 25 July (0118 384 2169) www.readingopenair.com [A]

The Inn Theatre Company. Dartmouth Castle (St Petrox Church, if wet), 4 – 8 August (01803 834224). www.theinntheatrecompany.co.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 (020 7304 4000).  www.roh.org.uk [P]

OVO. Directed by Adam Nichols. Open Air at St Paul’s Walden Bury, 30 June – 4 July. ‘A summer music festival. A bunch of 80s rockers on the comeback trail. And an ageing lothario who is about to get his comeuppance. Shakespeare meets Spinal Tap as this classic class comedy gets the full OVO treatment with a live 80s soundtrack, tight trousers and big hair.’ www.ovotheatre.org.uk [A]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

New
Watch Your Head Theatre Company. Directed by Sasha McMurray. The Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park, London, 24 June – 19 July. http://watch-your-head.co.uk/ [P]

Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Spindle Bridge, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, 3 July (01279 842 805); Claydon House, Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire, 4 July (0844 249 1895); Layer Marney Tower, Nr Colchester, Essex, 5 July (01206 330 784);Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, 8 July (0121 454 1860); Skerries Mills, Skerries, County Dublin, 25 July (01 8495208); 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). www.chapterhouse.org. [P]

The HandleBards. Larmer Tree Gardens, Salisbury, 1 July (01725 516971); The Courts Garden, Holt, 3 July (0844 249 1895); Farms for City Children, Arlingham, 5 July (01452 741 023); Old Swan and Minster Mill, Whitney, 7 July (01993 774 441); Stowe School, Buckingham 8 July (0845 680 1926); Ascott Estate Cricket Pavillion, Leighton Buzzard, 9 July (07986 784 207); Elstow Abbey, Elstow 10 July (01234 261 477); Cottesbrooke Hall, Northampton  11 July, (01604 505 717); Newark Castle and Gardens, 15 July (01636 650 000); Newstead Abbey, 16 July (0115 989 5555); Sheffield Amphitheatre, 18 July (0114 221 1900);  Ordsall Hall, Salford, 21 July | (0161 872 0251); Rufford Old Hall, Ormskirk, 22 July (0844 249 1895); Hardcastle Crags, Hebden Bridge, 24 July (0844 249 1895); Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, York, 28 July (01904 654 818); Bolton Castle, Leyburn, 31 July (01969 623 981); 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 (hattoncastle@gmail.com); The Rookery, Streatham Common, London, 8 September (07986 784 207). www.peculius.com/handlebards.html [A]

New
MadCap Theatre Productions. St Andrew's Street, Droitwich Spa, 4 July (01905 776696); Mary Arden's Farm, Wilmcote, Stratford-upon-Avon, 10 – 11 July (01789 338535); Old Fire Station, 40 George Street, Oxford, 16 – 17 July (01865 305305); Broadfield Court Bowley Lane, Bodenham, Hereford, 18 July (01568 797483); Hexagon Theatre, MAC, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, 24 July (0121 446 3232); Arley Arboretum, Upper Arley, Worcestershire, 25 July (01299 861368); Cotswold Playhouse, Parliament Street, Stroud, 31 July (0333 666 3366); 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) www.madcaptheatreproductions.co.uk [P]

Theatre Royal and Opera House, Wakefield. 10 – 11 July (01924 211 311) www.theatreroyalwakefield.co.uk/  Performed by In on the Act young people’s drama class. [A]

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

Adaptation

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

New
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) http://artstheatrewestend.co.uk/ [A]

Much Ado About Nothing

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre. Stafford Castle, 25 June – 11 July, (01785 619 080). www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk/ [P]

New
Professional Help Productions. Directed by Linda Miller. Camden People’s Theatre, 30 June – 19 July (0207 419 4841). www.cptheatre.co.uk [P]

Updated
Oddsocks.
Dilston Hall, Corbridge, Northumberland, 2 – 3 July; Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden, Stockton Heath Festival, 4 July; The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, 10 July; Fillongley Lodge, Coventry, 11 July; RHS Harlow Carr, Harrogate International Festival, 14 -15 July (01423 562303); Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar, 16 July (01642 479500/633801); MAC Arena, Cannon Hill, Birmingham, 19 July (0121 4463232); Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, 24 - 25 July; 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. www.oddsocks.co.uk. [P]

Rainbow Shakespeare. Highdown Gardens, Worthing, 21 - 26 July (01903 206206)  www.rainbow-theatre.com [P]

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

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Max Webster. Fulham Palace, Bishops Avenue, Fulham, 17 – 19 July; 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) www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

Adaptation

Updated
Blue Apple Theatre. Theatre Royal, Winchester, 9 -11 July (01962 840 440); Playhouse, Salisbury, 18 – 19 September (01722 320 333) www.blueappletheatre.hampshire.org.uk [A]

Othello

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

Pericles

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

Richard II

New
Scena Mundi Theatre Company. Directed by Cecilia Dorland. St Bartholomew-the-Great, West Smithfield, London 4 June – 3 July http://www.greatstbarts.com/Pages/Music_Notes/mnarchive.html [P]

Bronzehead Theatre. Directed by Tom Straszewski. The Stained Glass Centre, St Martin cum Gregory, York, 8 – 12 July; Poppleton Tithe Barn, York, 17 July (01904 623568). www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk. [P]

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

Richard III

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

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

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. www.curveonline.co.uk  [A/P]

New
Directed by Trevor Nunn. The Rose Theatre, Kingston, 25 September – 31 October (08444 821 556). [Part of the War of the Roses Trilogy]. http://www.rosetheatrekingston.org/whats-on [P]

Adaptation

New
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? http://www.etceteratheatre.com/ [A]

Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Tim Hoare. Cambridge Arts Theatre, 30 June – 4 July; Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee, 14 – 17 July; Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Cumbria, 20-22 July; Calderstone’s Mansion House, Liverpool, 24 – 25 July; Richmond Theatre, 28 July – 1 August; Glasgow Theatre Royal, 4 – 8 August. www.shakespearesglobe.com. [P]

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

New
Sheffield Theatres. Directed by Jonathan Humphreys. Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 17 September – 17 October (0114 249 6000) www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/ [P]

New
Fred Theatre Company. Directed by Robert F. Ball. AE Harris, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, 3 – 14 November. www.fred-theatre.co.uk [P]

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Garrick Theatre, London, 12 May – 13 August 2016 ( https://pixel-geo.prfct.co/seg/?add=2630585&source=js_tag&a_id=41363 https://secure.adnxs.com/seg?t=2&add=26305850845 505 8500). www.londontheatredirect.com/play/1752/Romeo-and-Juliet-tickets.aspx [P]

Adaptations

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). www.ballet.org.uk [P]

New
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. www.brockleyjack.co.uk/whats-on/theatre/ [A]

New
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. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/romeo-and-juliet [A]

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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... https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/romeo-y-julieta [A]

West Side Story. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Arthur Laurents. The Childrens Theatre Company. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 22-25 July (01473 295900) www.wolseytheatre.co.uk [A]

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) www.grandoperahouseyork.org.uk/ [A]

The Taming of the Shrew

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Illyria Theatre Company. Fairkytes Arts Centre, Hornchurch, 1 July (01708 456308); The Hawth Amphitheatre, Crawley, 2 July (01293 553 636); The Hill House Garden, Helensburgh, 4 July (0844 493 2208); Lytham Hall, Lytham St Anne’s, 5 July (01253 736652); Walton Hall Gardens, Warrington, 8 July (01925 601617); Corfe Castle, near Wareham, 9 July (0844 249 1895); Plas Glyn-y-Weddw Arts Centre, Pwllheli, 11 July (01758 740763); The Arts Centre at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, 12 July (01695 584480); The Temple Encolsure, Wanstead Park, Epping Forest, 16 July (020 7332 1911); Lincoln Castle, Lincoln, 17 July (01522 873894); West Wycombe Park, High Wycombe, 18 July (08442 491895); The Minories, Colchester, 19 July (01206 712437); Brantwood, Coniston, 21 July (015394 41396); Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, Dumfries, 22 July (01848 331555); Crail Castle Grounds, Crail, 23 July (01333 450108); Preston Park Museum and Grounds, Stockton, 24 July (01642 528130 / 527375); Chepstow Castle, Chepstow, 25 July (01291 625981); Ecos Amphitheatre, Merlin Theatre, Frome, 26 July (01373 465949); Dolphin Square, London, 28 July queries@dstenants.com; Harlech Castle, Harlech, 29 July www.theatrharlech.com; Penlee Park, Penzance, 31 July (01726 879500); 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)www.illyria.uk.com [P]

Guildford Shakespeare Company. University of Law Grounds, Guildford, 11 – 25 July (01483 304384) www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk [P]

The Tempest

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

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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) www.northernstage.co.uk [P]

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

Adaptations

New
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. http://www.oldfirestation.org.uk/event/hidden-spire-2015-before-the-tempest/ [A]

The Tempestuous Tale of Prospera and her Island. Chickenshed. Chelsea Theatre, London, 3 – 4 July (020 7352 1967) www.chickenshed.org.uk/tempestuous-tale-prospera-and-her-island [A]

Timon of Athens

The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Robinson College Gardens, Cambridge, 3 August – 29 August (07955 218824) www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [P]

Titus Andronicus

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

New
Smooth Faced Gentlemen. Pleasance, Edinburgh, 5 – 31 August (0131 556 6500) https://www.pleasance.co.uk/via/search/edinburgh An all-female production [P]

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

Troilus and Cressida

Rainbow Shakespeare. Highdown Gardens, Worthing, 14 – 19 July www.rainbow-theatre.com [P]

Twelfth Night

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Oddsocks. Gawsworth Hall, Cheshire, 5 July (01260 223456); Middleton Park, Leeds, 7 July, Free event thanks to Friends of Middleton Park - No need to book! Just turn up!; Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, Bromsgrove, 12 July (01332 258328); Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar, 17 July (01642 479500/633801); MAC Arena, Cannon Hill, Birmingham, 18 July (0121 4463232); Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, 22 – 23 July (0115 989 5555); Markeaton Park Craft Village, Derby, 28 – 30 July (01332 255800); Mary Arden’s Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon, 31 July (01332 258328); Castle Cornet, Guernsey, 20 – 22 August. www.oddsocks.co.uk   [P]

Brighton Little Theatre. Directed by Tess Gill. Lewes Castle, Lewes, 2 – 4 July (01273 486 290); Brighton Open Air Theatre, 9 – 11 July.  www.brightonlittletheatre.com [A]

Iris Theatre. St Paul's Church (The Actors Church), London. 24 June – 24 July (020 8692 5322) www.actorschurch.org/ [P]

Pocket Theatre. Hangar Farm Arts Centre, Totton, 21 – 24 July (023 8066 7683) www.totton.ac.uk/hanger-farm.aspx. [P]

Swan Theatre, Yeovil. Directed by Ian White. 14 – 19 September (07500 376031). http://swan-theatre.co.uk [P]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Woodbridge School. Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 30 June – 1 July (01394 615 015) http://www.seckfordtheatre.org/ [A]

Changeling Theatre. Boughton Monchelsea Place, 3 and 5 July; Walmer Castle (for Deal Festival), 7 July; Egerton House (Nr. Ashford), 9 July; Belmont House, Faversham, 10 July; Swarling Manor, Canterbury, 15 July; Great Comp Garden, Platt, 16 July; Margate Main Sands, 18 July; Dandelion Time, East Farleigh, 19 July; Dog & Duck Leisure Park, Plucks Gutter, 23 July; The Friars, Aylesford, 24 July; Walled Nursery, Hawkhurst, 25 July; Upnor Castle, Medway, 28 July; Nurstead Court, Meopham, 30 July; Tithe Barn, Lenham, 31 July; 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. http://changeling-theatre.com/summer-tour-2015/ [A]

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

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Shakespeare’s Globe. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 28 January – 22 April 2016 (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com [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) www.nimaxtheatres.com/garrick-theatre/ [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) http://www.glyndebourne.com/ [Revival of 2013 production] [P]

New
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. https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/rape-of-lucrece [P]

Miscellaneous
(in alphabetical order)

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

New
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. http://thecockpit.org.uk/ [P]

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The Head that Wears a Crown. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon, 8 July. The Head that Wears a Crown is a fantastic celebration of the achievements of children and young people involved in The Learning and Performance Network, the RSC's long term programme where we work in partnership with schools and theatres across England. 100 young people from 47 schools will come together to present scenes from Henry IV Parts I & II and Henry V in this special performance. Book now and join them as they tell the thrilling story of wayward bad boy Prince Hal and his transformation into a courageous and noble king. (0844 800 1113) www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/ [A]

The Herbal Bed by Peter Whelan. Royal and Derngate, Northampton. 5 – 27 February 2016 (01604 624 811). The true (?) story of Shakespeare's daughter Susanna, being 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? www.royalandderngate.co.uk/ [P]

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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 2016; Cycle C: 19 – 21 January 2016; Cycle D: 22 – 24 January 2016 (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]. www.barbican.org.uk [P]

Kings of War adapted by Bart van den Eynde and Peter van Kraaij. Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Directed by Ivo van Hove. Barbican, London, 22 April – 1 May 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. www.barbican.org.uk/ [P]

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Mrs Shakespeare by Ian Wild. Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol, 30 June – 2 July (0117 973 5171). William Shakespeare finds himself reincarnated in the present day as a woman, which makes it all the more difficult to convince people he is the Great Bard. The Globe and the RSC refuse point blank to stage his modern history plays such as 'Hitler the First' and 'Charles the Third (Not)'. www.almataverntheatre.co.uk  [A]

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. www.minack.com/ [A]

Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender by Lisa Wolpe. Rose Playhouse, 14-26 July (020 7261 9565). Finding celebration and solace in the words and enchanting power of Shakespeare, Ms. Wolpe explores the courageous, often tragic, always fascinating history of her troubled family–weaving in personal photos, video and glorious passages from ‘Hamlet’, ‘The Merchant of Venice’, ‘The Winter’s Tale’ ‘Twelfth Night’, ‘Richard III’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Similar to a fresh telling of R&J, Ms. Wolpe’s story wreaks havoc on the heart as the catastrophic circumstances of her family history would be too much to bear if not for the liberation and catharsis that this valiant performer discovers (and the audience shares) in the telling of it. www.rosetheatre.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 Donnellan. 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]

Updated
Shakespeare Untold by Harper Ray and Adam Sibbald. Broadway Theatre, London, 24 July (020 8507 5607); Pleasance, London 25 – 26 July (020 7609 1800); 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]

Shakespeare’s Yorkshire. Think:Light Platform. Directed by Gill Hambleton. Jervaulx Abbey, Yorkshire, 25 – 26 July (0748 1305496). An hour long guided trail of Shakespearean scenes, sonnets and songs around the beautiful grounds of Jervaulx Abbey. www.ticketsource.co.uk/thinklight. [P]

 

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