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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

 April 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

Antony and Cleopatra

The Norwich Players. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 23 April – 2 May  (01603 620917).  www.maddermarket.co.uk [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. St John’s Church, Bromsgrove. 12 June (01527 577 330) www.artrix.co.uk/ [All male company] [A]

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

Adaptation

New
SISATA. Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth, 29-30 May (01202 413600); Mowlem Theatre, Swanage. 3 - 5 June (01929 422 239); Kingston Country Courtyard, Corfe Castle, Dorset, July (dates tbc); Swanage Amphitheatre, August (dates tbc); Edmondsham House and Gardens, Swanage, August (dates tbc). www.sisata.co.uk  Reverse gender production. [A]

Comedy of Errors

Coriolanus

Cymbeline

Hamlet

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 Pocket Oxford Theatre Company. The Warren, Main House, Brighton, 9 – 17 May (01273 917272). [Part of the Brighton Fringe]. http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org [P]

The Diagnosis: Hamlet. Companyia Pelmānec. St Peter’s School, York, 11 – 12 May (01904 623568). “A troubled young man, a blowsy mother, a naive young girl, and Max – dressed in the uniform of the asylum. One actor, playing not only himself, but all four characters. A mesmerising combination of visual imagery, film, astounding puppetry and emotionally charged acting. Max wants to be Hamlet. He wants Shakespeare to make decisions for him, speak for him, liberate him from his pain and his fear through the words of his most complex and analyzed characters. Day after day, he becomes the director, encouraging and controling his nightmares as a puppeteer.
Virtuosic Catalan actor and puppeteer Miquel Gallardo adds a thought-provoking and moving layer to Shakespeare’s exploration of a character full of confusion.” [In Spanish with English subtitles]. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk [P].

H(2)O. Teatr Strefa Otwarta of Wroclaw. Performed and devised by Anna Rakowska and Piotr Misztela. De Grey Rooms, York, 9 – 11 May (01904 623568). “Hamlet and Ophelia are engaged in a constant and dangerous game, forced by the depth of their feelings to fight and to play. Interacting constantly with the audience and with the environment in which they are playing, Anna and Piotr create a performance based on improvisation in which the actors examine the boundaries of theatre, giving viewers the opportunity to explore their own expression of feelings and most importantly to decide.” [Part of the York International Shakespeare Festival]. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk [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]

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]

Prince H. Universe. Parrabbola in association with Hamletscenen from Helsingoer Denmark. Written and directed by Lars Romann Engel. Friargate Theatre, York, 9 - 10 May (01904 623568) “In the Hamlet Family Talkshow studio – Prince H.is in the presenter’s chair. As Prince H. tells stories from his own turbulent life, and interviews his audiences about their experiences, universal issues are discussed warmly and unpretentiously in ways that connect both with Prince H.’s world, and with that of the audience. This production is the English language version of an interlinked series of European productions of Prince H. Universe in various languages which has so far involved, Danish, Swedish, Polish and Catalan – under the framework of the European Shakespeare Festivals Network.” www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk [P].

Henry IV, pt.1

New
PRG/ Guildford School of Acting. Waterloo East Theatre, London. Directed by Jaq Bessell. 14 – 19 April (020 7928 0060) [All male company] www.waterlooeast.co.uk  [A]

Henry IV, pt.2

New
PRG/ Guildford School of Acting. Waterloo East Theatre, London. Directed by Jaq Bessell. 14 – 19 April (020 7928 0060) [All male company] www.waterlooeast.co.uk  [A]

Henry V

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

Adaptation

New
Henry V - Lion of England by Nick Hennegan. Maverick Theatre. The Wheatsheaf Pub, Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, London. 24 April – 14 June. A mix of Shakespeare, lights, sounds and modern English. In introduction to the bard for younger members of the family. Age 10+ Celebrating Maverick's 21st Birthday with the play that started it all. Shakespeare unplugged in a pub for the first time in 450 years! www.maverick-theatre.co.uk  [A]

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

Henry VI, pt 3

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

Adaptation

Witness Theatre. The Warren, Otherplace at the Basement, Main Space, Brighton, 7 – 8, 21 May (01273 917272). [Part of the Brighton Fringe]. http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org [P]

King John

Updated
Royal and Derngate, Northampton. Directed by James Dacre. Temple Church, London, 10 – 19 April (020 7401 9919); Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Northampton, 24 April – 16 May (01604 624 811); Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 1 – 27 June (020 7401 9919). www.royalandderngate.co.uk www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

King Lear

Northern Broadsides. Directed by Jonathan Miller. Barrie Rutter (Lear). 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); TFTV Mainstage, University of York, Campus East, 12 – 16 May (01904 623568); 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]

New
Malachite Theatre. Directed by Benjamin Blyth. John McEnery (Lear). Rose Playhouse, London, 7 – 30 April (020 7261 9565). www.rosetheatre.org.uk/ [P]

Adaptations

Lear’s Daughters by Women's Theatre Group and Elaine Feinstein. Bolton Little Theatre, Bolton, 15 – 18 April (01204 334 400). The relationship of the King's three daughters during their formative years with their parents, the Fool and a Nanny - who is not quite what she appears to be. This is an imaginative explanation for why Shakespeare's characters went on to behave as they did. http://boltonlittletheatre.co.uk/ [A]

A Response to King Lear: They Kill us for their Sport. Performed and devised by York St John University second year students. Quad South Hall, York St John University, York, 13 – 14 May (01904 623568). “Through fragmented images, snatched conversations and half remembered events, York St John's second year students have created their production as a reconsidering of William Shakespeare's King Lear. It has been composed in responce to the student's recent secular pilgramage to Auschwitz; to try and answer the question "how will we remember when all the witnesses are gone?"” [Part of the York International Shakespeare Festival]. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk [A]

Love's Labour's Lost

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

Macbeth

New
Drayton Arms Theatre, London. Part of RSC Open Stages. 26 April (020 7835 2301) http://www.thedraytontheatre.co.uk/ [A]

New
Malachite Theatre. Directed by Benjamin Blyth. Rose Playhouse, London, 5 – 30 May (020 7261 9565) www.rosetheatre.org.uk/ [P]

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. [Booking opens on 9 February 2015] [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]

Adaptations

Tara Arts (in association with Queen's Hall Arts and Black Theatre Live). Directed by  Jatinder Verma. Theatre Royal, Windsor 7 - 11 April (01753 853 888); Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 14 - 18 April (01284 769505); Derby Theatre, Derby, 21  - 25 April (01332 593939); Key Theatre, Peterborough, 28 - 29 April (01733 207239); Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate, 5 - 9 May (01423 502 116). http://tara-arts.com [P]

Actors from the London Stage. Cockpit Theatre, London, 1 – 2 April (020 7258 2925). Focusing on the danger, passion and honesty of the words. The 5 actors bring to life 29 characters inviting the audience to participate with their imagination in the mayhem and horror of the nightmare that is Macbeth;. http://thecockpit.org.uk/ [A]

C&D Productions Theatre Company. The Rialto Theatre, Brighton, 13 - 16 May (01273 917272). [Part of the Brighton Fringe]. http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org [P]

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]

New
Wyrd Sisters. Written by Stephen Briggs. The Phoenix Players. Phoenix Theatre, Bordon. 15 – 23 May (01420 472 664) www.phoenixarts.co.uk  [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]

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

LAMDA Pleasance, London, 1 – 9 April (020 7609 1800) www.pleasance.co.uk/ [A]

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Jonathan Munby, 23 April – 7 June (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com. [P]

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]

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]

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]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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

New
Sussex Downs College of Performing Arts. Studio Theatre, Brighton Dome, Brighton. 21 April (01273 709 709) http://brightondome.org/ [P]

New
Lakeside and Nottingham New Theatre. Directed by Martin Berry. Djanogly Theatre, Lakeside Arts Centre, University of Nottingham. 27 April – 2 May (0115 846 7777) www.lakesidearts.org.uk/  [P]

Festival Theatre Company. Directed by Rebecca Lowndon. St Ann’s Well Gardens, The Scented Garden, Brighton, 13 - 31 May (01273 917272). [Part of the Brighton Fringe]. http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org [P]

Updated
Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Fort Dunlop, Birmingham, 13 June (0121 749 7007);
Herstmonceux Castle, Herstmonceux, 17 June (01323 834 479); Alice Holt Forest, Farnham, Surrey, 19 June (01252 745 444); National Trust Heddon Valley, Parracombe, Devon. 20 June (01598 763 402); Bradgate Park, Newton Linford, Leicester, 21 June (0116 234 1850); Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton, Bristol, 25 June (0117 974 7300); Elmhurst Park - Woodbridge, Suffolk, 27 June (01394 382 174); Spindle Bridge - Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, 3 July (phone tbc); 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]

New
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

New
Box Tale Soup. The Warren, Main House, Brighton, 2 - 4, 25 May (01273 917272). [Part of the Brighton Fringe]. Adaptation for children.  http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org [P]

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]

Much Ado About Nothing

New
Wyrd Sisters Theatre Company. New Wimbledon Theatre, London. 29 April – 9 May (0870 060 6646) http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-wimbledon-theatre/ [P]

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

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

Oddsocks. Thoresby Riding Hall, Newark, 20 June; Forum Theatre, Billingham, 24 June (01642 552663); Chepstow Castle, Monmouth, 28 June (Booking Opens Soon); Venue TBC, Hexham, Northumberland, 2 – 3 July (Booking Opens Soon); Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden, Stockton Heath Festival, 4 July (Booking Opens Soon);  The Castle Theatre, Wellingborough, 10 July (Booking Opens Soon); Fillongley Lodge, Coventry, 11 July (Booking Opens Soon); 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 (Booking Opens Soon); Mary Arden’s Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1 August (01332 258328); Venue TBC, Jersey, 3-12 August, (Booking opens soon); Castle Cornet, Guernsey, 14 – 19 August (Booking Opens Soon); Newhaven Fort, East Sussex, 25 August (Booking Opens Soon). www.oddsocks.co.uk. [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, 10 August – 12 September, (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com. [Booking opens on 9 February] [P]

Adaptation

New
Blue Apple Theatre. 24 April, The Tower @ Kings', Romsey Road, Winchester The Lights, Andover, 5 May (01264 368 368) http://www.thelights.org.uk/; Mill Studio, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford. 8 – 9 May (01483 440 000) http://www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk/ 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
Guildford Shakespeare Company. St Mary’s Church, Quarry Street, Guildford, 18 April (01483 304384). [Staged reading]. www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk. [P]

Richard II

New
Maskers Theatre Company. Directed by Ken Hann. Maskers’ Studio Theatre, Southampton 9 April – 9 May; 17 April, The Wallops Village Hall (0333 666 3366); 18 April, Broughton Village Hall (0333 666 3366); 24 April, Winchester Discovery Centre (01962 873603); 25 April, Studio Theatre, Salisbury (01722 342860); 1 May, Landford Village Hall (0333 666 3366); 2 May, Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Totton (023 8066 7683); 8 May, Berry Theatre, Hedge End, (023 8065 2333); 9 May, Northney Village Hall, Hayling Island (023 9246 3441). [Part of the RSC Open Stages] www.maskers.org.uk [A]

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. [Booking opens on 9 February 2015] [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]

Adaptations

New Venture Theatre. Directed by Scott Roberts. New Venture Theatre, Studio, Brighton, 3 – 4 April (no telephone booking). Rehearsed reading of abridged version.  www.newventure.org.uk. [A]

Guildhall Council Chambers, York, 16 May (01904 623568). Reimagined as a modern-day thriller, a young, ambitious Richard seeks to seize the reins of our nation’s divided Parliament by any means necessary. In an ambitious retelling of Shakespeare’s classic, the University of York’s Drama Society will examine the nature of leadership in today’s fractured political climate and the insatiable rise of the increasingly outlandish, motivated and charismatic “people’s politicians”” [Part of the York International Shakespeare Festival]. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk [A]

Romeo and Juliet

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Directed by Polina Kalinina. The Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, 19 February – 4 April. (0117 902 0344) www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com ; The Dukes, Lancaster 19 – 23 May (01524 598 500) http://www.dukes-lancaster.org/ [P]

Updated
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Tim Hoare. Playhouse, Alnwick, 31 March – 2 April; Theatre Royal, Margate, 8 - 9 April; Theatre Royal, Worthing, 11 – 12 April; Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 16 – 18 April; Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London, 27 April – 8 May; Brighton Festival, 13 – 16 May; Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, 24 – 26 June; 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]

Adaptations

New
Romeo and Juliet (ballet). The Monte Carlo Ballet. Choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot. London Coliseum, London. 23 -25 April (020 7632 8300) www.eno.org/ [P]

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). English National Ballet. Choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev. Bristol Hippodrome, 14 - 17 October (0844 871 3012); Milton Keynes Theatre, 22 - 24 October (0844 871 7652); The Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, 28 - 31 October (02380 711 811); Palace Theatre, Manchester, 26 - 28 November (0844 871 3019). www.ballet.org.uk [P]

The Flanagan Collective in association with York Theatre Royal. St Olave’s Church, York, 7 – 23 May (01904 623568) “a candle-lit, foot-stomping and heart-wrenching telling of Shakespeare’s homage to young love and tragic romance. Infused with live music, soaring harmonies and good, honest storytelling.” www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk [P].

New
West Side Story. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Arthur Laurents. Neath Amateur Operatic Youth Theatre. Gwyn Hall, Neath, 15 – 18 April  (0300 365 6677) www.neathaos.co.uk [A]

New
West Side Story. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Arthur Laurents. Worcester Operatic & Dramatic Society Swan Theatre, Worcester, 21 - 25 April  (01905 611427) www.wods.co.uk [A]

New
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

Two Gents Productions. Friargate Theatre, York, 15 – 16 May (01904 623568). www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk [P]

New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 26 May – 20 June (0870 060 6646). www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-wimbledon-theatre/ [P]

New
Guildford Shakespeare Company. University of Law Grounds, Guildford, 11 – 25 July. www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk. [Booking opens 28 April] [P]

Adaptations

Arrows and Traps. Adapted and directed by Ross McGregor. New Wimbledon Theatre Studio, Wimbledon, 26 May - 20 June (0870 060 6646). “Staged as a play within a play, where roles are swapped and lines are traded, Arrows and Traps re-imagine the classic tale of the Taming of the Shrew with a full cast gender inversion that flips the whole story on its head.” [P]

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

The Tempest

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

New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 20 – 23 May (0870 060 6646). www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-wimbledon-theatre/ [P]

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

Adaptations

Mirando the Gay Tempest. Theatre North. Theatre North, Brighton, 1 - 10 May (01273 917272). One man version imagining the play peopled by gay characters, with Prospero’s daughter transformed into his son Mirando, performed in a house in Kemptown. [Part of the Brighton Fringe]. http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org [P]

Updated
Return to the Forbidden Planet by Bob Carlton.
New Theatre, Oxford, 30 March - 4 April (0844 871 3020); Curve, Leicester, 7 – 11 April (0116 242 3595); Kings Theatre, Portsmouth, 13 – 18 April (023 9282 8282); New Theatre, Cardiff, 20-25 April (029 2087 8889); Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 27 April – 2 May (01253 743346); Civic Theatre, Darlington, 2-7 May (01325 486555); Palace Theatre, Manchester, 4 - 9 May (0844 871 3019). www.queens-theatre.co.uk [P]

St John’s Adaptation of The Tempest. Cooee! Theatre Company. St John’s College, Wolfson Theatre, Brighton, 21 May (01273 917272). [Part of the Brighton Fringe]. http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org [A]

Timon of Athens

York Shakespeare Project. De Grey Ballroom, York, 14 – 17 May (01904 623568) [Part of York International Shakespeare Festival]. [P]

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

Titus Andronicus

Dundee Rep Ensemble. Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee, 8 – 24 April (01382 223 530) www.dundeerep.co.uk  [A]

New
Sussex Downs College of Performing Arts. Studio Theatre, Brighton Dome, Brighton. 20 April (01273 709 709) http://brightondome.org/ [A]

Smooth Faced Gentlemen. Directed by Yaz Al-Shaater. Greenwich Theatre, London, 28 April – 2 May (020 8858 7755). All-female production. www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk [P]

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

New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 20 October – 14 November (0870 060 6646) http://www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-wimbledon-theatre/ [P]

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

New
Knights' Company Youth Theatre. Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol. 4 April (0117 973 5171) http://www.almataverntheatre.co.uk/ [A]

New
Sussex Downs College of Performing Arts. Studio Theatre, Brighton Dome, Brighton. 19 April (01273 709 709) http://brightondome.org/ [A]

Oddsocks. Oakengates Theatre, Telford, 18 June (01952 382382); Thoresby Riding Hall, Newark, 19 June (Booking Opens Soon); Valentines Mansions Gardens, Ilford, 21 – 22 June (Booking Opens Soon); Forum Theatre, Billingham, 23 June (01642 552663); Chepstow Castle, Monmouth, 27 June (Booking Opens Soon); Gawsworth Hall, Cheshire, 5 July (Booking Opens Soon); 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 (Booking Opens Soon); Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar, 17 July (01642 479500/633801); MAC Arena, Cannon Hill, Birmingham, 18 July (0121 4463232); Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, 22 – 23 July (Booking Opens Soon); 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 (Booking Opens Soon). www.oddsocks.co.uk   [P]

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

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

New
Pocket Theatre. Hangar Farm Arts Centre, Totton, 21 – 24 July (023 8066 7683) https://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

Arts Educational Schools, final year BA Acting students. Directed by Trevor Nunn. The Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation Theatre, Chiswick, London 30 April - 12 May. (0845 504 6456). https://artsed.co.uk/ [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

Orange Tree Theatre Young Company. Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond London. 6 June (020 8940 3633) www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk [A]

Poems and Apocrypha

The Rape of Lucrece. Directed by Gareth Armstrong, performed by Gerard Logan. The Tea House Theatre, London, 12 April (020 72074585). www.teahousetheatre.co.uk. [P]

New
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]

Venus and Adonis. Holdfast Theatre. The Tea House Theatre, London, 5 April (020 72074585). www.teahousetheatre.co.uk. A dramatic reading. [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]

The Famous Victories of Henry V. Royal Shakespeare Company. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 5 June (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]

New
The Herbal Bed. Written by Peter Whelan. Abbots Langley Players. Directed by Colette Holmes. St Lawrence’s Church, Abbots Langley, 21 – 25 April. https://abbotslangleyplayers.wordpress.com. [Part of the RSC Open Stages] [A]

Mrs Shakespeare. Wild Productions. The Warren, Main House, Brighton, 8 - 10 May (01273 917272). “William Shakespeare, reincarnated as a woman, finds herself in a mental asylum and comes to the conclusion that she has made a complete mess of writing 'Hamlet' 400 years earlier.Armed with a quill and beset by a rebellious cast who are anxious not to be rewritten, she embarks on an epic reformulation of theatre’s most famous text under the new title ‘Ophelia’. Unfortunately, William’s therapist is unsympathetic. Is that because he’s a reincarnated Christopher Marlowe?” [Part of the Brighton Fringe]. http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org [P]

The Second Best Bed by Avril Rowland. Worcester Repertory Company. Directed by Chris Jaegar. Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, 21 May (01483 440 000). At last, the secret of who really wrote Shakespeare's plays can be revealed! Why was the second best bed Shakespeare's sole bequest to his wife? Who was the Dark Lady of the sonnets? Who was really the greatest playwright of all time? The truth will be told by Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare's wife - a woman of genius! www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk  [P]

New
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 his Cups. Performed by Martin Barrass, Jonathan Race and Robin Simpson. Gillygate Pub, York, 11 - 12 May (01904 623568) “It is a naughty end of the tour night as three actors tell tales of Shakespeare in drink. As they play out scenes of folly and malevolence, their lives slowly merge into that of the characters and Shakespeare’s exploration of the human condition through drinks becomes that of their own.” [Part of the York International Shakespeare Festival]. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.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]

Shakespeare in the Garden. The BRIT School. Pavilion Gardens Cafe, Brighton, 12 - 15 May (01273 917272). Free outdoor event. Plays performed: The Comedy of Errors, Coriolanus, Henry V. [Part of the Brighton Fringe]. http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org [P]

Shit-faced Shakespeare. Magnificent Bastard Productions. The Warren, Main House, Brighton, 22 – 30 May (01273 917272). [Part of the Brighton Fringe]. http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org [P]

Two Shakespeare Heroines. Devised and performed by Aki Isoda. De Grey Rooms, York, 8 – 10 May (01904 623568) [Part of the York International Shakespeare Festival]. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk [P]

 

 

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