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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

 February 2015 onwards

All productions that we know about from the current month onwards are included in this list.

New indicates that a production has been added to the list this month.
Updated
indicates that the information has been changed or expanded this month.
[A] indicates an amateur production.
[P] indicates a professional production.

All's Well That Ends Well

Antony and Cleopatra

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

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

As You Like It

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

Comedy of Errors

Coriolanus

Cymbeline

New
Waterloo East Theatre, London, 24 – 29 March (020 7928 0060). www.waterlooeast.co.uk [P]

Hamlet

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

New
English Repertory Theatre. Cockpit Theatre, London, 17 February – 15 March (020 7258 2925) http://thecockpit.org.uk/ [P]

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

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

Adaptations

New
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 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].

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

Henry IV, pt.2

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

Henry V

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

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

Henry VI, pt 3

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

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

King John

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

Adaptation

New
Hammerpuzzle. The Egg, Bath, 4-5 March (01225 448 844); Merlin Theatre, Frome, 7 March (01373 465949); Everyman Studio Theatre, Cheltenham, 10 March (01242 572573); The Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Taunton, 12 March (01823 283244); The Theatre, Chipping Norton, 14 March (01608 642350). www.hammerpuzzle.co.uk.  [P]

King Lear

Guildford Shakespeare Company. Holy Trinity Church, Guildford, Surrey. Brian Blessed (King Lear), Rosalind Blessed (Goneril). 17 January – 14 February. (01483 304384) www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk [P]

Northern Broadsides. Directed by Jonathan Miller. Barrie Rutter (Lear). Viaduct, Halifax, 4 – 7 March 2015 (01422 255 266); Hull Truck, Hull, 10 – 14 March (01482 323 638); Theatre Royal, Bath, 17 – 21 March (01225 448 844); Everyman, Cheltenham, 24 – 28 March (01242 572 573); West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, 8 – 18 April (0113 213 7700); Stephen Joseph, Scarborough, 21 – 25 April (01723 370 541); Playhouse, Liverpool, 28 April – 2 May (0151 709 4776); Lowry, Salford, 5 – 9 May (0843 208 6000); 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]

Adaptations

New
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]

Songs of Lear. Song of the Goat Theatre. Battersea Arts Centre, London. 19 - 22 February (020 7223 2223). Songs of Lear is a non-linear dramatic event that shows the world of subtle energies and rhythms that govern Shakespeare’s tragedy. The ensemble members have chosen crucial scenes from King Lear to weave a story out of gestures, words and music. Each song is a starting point for another ‘dramatic poem’ and the music becomes characters, relationships and events.” www.bac.org.uk [P]

Love's Labour's Lost

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

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

Macbeth

New
Questors Theatre, Ealing, London, 31 January - 7 February (020 8567 5184) www.questors.org.uk  [A]

Filter Theatre and Tobacco Factory Theatres. Composed by Tom Haines. Vaults, Waterloo, London, 4 – 15 February (0207 620 3364); Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, 17 - 21 February; The Playhouse, Oxford, 24 - 28 February; Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 2 - 7 March; Northern Stage (previously known as Newcastle Haymarket Playhouse), Newcastle upon Tyne, 17 - 18 March. . www.filtertheatre.com [P]

New
Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, 16 – 23 March (020 8940 3633). www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk. [P]

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

New
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]

Adaptations

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

Tara Arts (in association with Queen's Hall Arts and Black Theatre Live). Directed by  Jatinder Verma. Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, 25 - 27 February (01434 652477); Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, 3 March (01484 430528); Theatre Royal, Margate, 6 - 7 March (01843 292795); The Opera House, Buxton, 10 March (0845 127 2190); Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea, 12 - 14 March (01792 60 20 60); Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole, 17 - 18 March (0844 406 8666); Arts Depot, London, 20 - 21 March (020 8369 5454); Stratford Circus, London, 26 - 28 March (0844 357 2625); 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]

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

Measure for Measure

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

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 Merchant of Venice

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

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

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

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

Bournemouth Shakespeare Players in association with St Peter's Players. Priory House Gardens, Bournemouth, 14 – 25 July 2015 www.bshakespearep.org [A]

Merry Wives of Windsor

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

New
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]

Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Alice Holt Forest, Farnham, Surrey, 19 June; Bradgate Park - Newton Linford, Leicester, 21 June (0116 234 1850); Claydon House, Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire, 4 July (0844 249 1895); 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); Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Nr Ponteland, Northumberland 19 August (01661 881 636); Athelhampton House and Gardens, Dorchester, Dorset, 28 August (01305 848 363). www.chapterhouse.org. [P]

New
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]

Much Ado About Nothing

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

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

New
Bath University Student Theatre. The Mission Theatre, Bath, 5 – 7 March (01225 386777). www.missiontheatre.co.uk. [A]

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]

New
Oddsocks. UK Tour. www.oddsocks.co.uk. [P]

New
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
Bath University Student Theatre. The Mission Theatre, Bath, 5 - 7 March (01225 386777). Set in Canary Wharf during the recession.

www.bath.ac.uk/icia [A]

Othello

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

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

Pericles

Richard II

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

New
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
Richard III. 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]

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]

Romeo and Juliet

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

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

New
Horsecross. Directed by Gordon Barr. Perth Concert Hall, 13 February (0845 612 6320) www.horsecross.co.uk  [A]

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

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

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

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

Adaptations

Romeo and Juliet (Ballet). Ballet West Company. Howden Park Theatre, Livingston, 5 February (01506 777666) www.howdenparkcentre.co.uk; Paisley Town Hall, 7 February (0300 3001210) www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/onlinebooking; Beacon Arts Theatre, Greenock, 8 February (01475 723723) www.beaconartscentre.co.uk; Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, 12 February (0131 6652240) www.bruntontheatre.co.uk; Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow, 14 February, (0844 3954000) www.secc.co.uk www.balletwest.co.uk  [P]

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

Romeo and Rosaline by Sharon Jennings. Directed by Matthew Gould. Bread and Roses Theatre, Clapham, London, 27 January  -  14 February (0333 666 3366). www.breadandrosestheatre.co.uk [A]

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].

West Side Story. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Arthur Laurents. Students from the University of Oxford. The Playhouse, Oxford, 4 – 7 February, (01865 305305). www.oxfordplayhouse.com [A]

The Taming of the Shrew

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

New
Oakengates Theatre at The Place, Telford, 9 – 10 February (01952 382382) http://theplacetelford.com/ [A]

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

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

Adaptation

Updated
Return to the Forbidden Planet by Bob Carlton. Cut to the Chase Theatre Company. Directed by Bob Carlton. The Orchard, Dartford, 2 - 7 February (01322 220000); King's Theatre, Glasgow, 9 - 14 February (0844 8717648); Swan Theatre, High Wycombe, 16 - 21 February (01494 512000); Civic Theatre, Darlington, 2-7 May (01325 486555); Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, 10 – 14 Marhc (0131 529 600); Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, 16 - 21 March (0844 871 7649); New Wimbledon Theatre, Wimbledon, 23 – 28 March (0844 871 7646); 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); Palace Theatre, Manchester, 4 - 9 May (0844 871 3019). www.queens-theatre.co.uk [P]

Timon of Athens

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

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

Titus Andronicus

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

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

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

New
Oddsocks. UK tour. 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]

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

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

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

Poems and Apocrypha

New
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
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]

The Herbal Bed. Clwyd Theatr Cymru. Written by Peter Whelan. Directed by Emma Lucia. Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, 5 – 28 March (0845 330 3565). www.clwyd-theatr-cymru.co.uk. [P].

New
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 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]

New
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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