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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

  August 2018 onwards

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

New indicates that a production has been added to the list this month.

indicates that the information has been changed or expanded this month.

[A] indicates an amateur production.
[P] indicates a professional production.

All's Well That Ends Well

Antony and Cleopatra

National Theatre. Directed by Simon Godwin. Ralph Fiennes (Antony) and Sophie Okonedo (Cleopatra). Olivier (National Theatre), London, 18 September – 19 January 2019 (020 7452 3000). [P]

As You Like It

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 2 May – 26 August (020 7401 9919) [P]

Directed by Max Webster. Regents Park Open Air Theatre, London, 6 – 28 July (0844 826 4242) [P]


Shakespeare in the Garden – As You Like It. C Venues, C South, Gardens, Edinburgh, 2 - 27 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Open-air, family-friendly version. The performance will move indoors in the event of heavy rain. [P]

Ganymede. Typecast Productions. Paradise in Augustines, Studio, Edinburgh, 3 - 25 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Rosalind's favorite book is As You Like It. From those pages are drawn comfort and parallels with life as an orphan living with the local Reverend's daughter, Celia. When he finds out they are more than just friends, he throws them out of the house. They enter the forest of Arden and the original Shakespeare tells the familiar story of shifting identities from which nobody will return unchanged. Partially modern, partially original Shakespeare adaptation of As You Like It, Ganymede leans into LGBT themes hinted at in the original text but rarely explored in performance. [P]

As We Like It. Side by Side Theatre Company. Paradise in Augustines, Sanctuary, Edinburgh, 14 - 18 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As We Like It. Shakespeare's play is reinterpreted by this award-winning company of learning disabled actors, as part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Open Stages project. It's the Summer of Love. Life in the city is miserable for Rosalind and Orlando who, independently from each other, escape to the forest where the hippie community follow Big Daddy and personal freedom. In the city Rosalind and Orlando fall in love, in the forest Rosalind dresses as a boy and uses this to test Orlando as a suitable lover. Told with music, dance, song and a 1960s soundtrack. [P]

Comedy of Errors

St John’s College Gardens, Cambridge, 30 July - 18 August (07955 218824). Part of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Top of Form[P]

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Student Ensemble. Underbelly, Bristo Square, Ermintrude, Edinburgh, 1 - 14 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. [P]


First Encounters: The Comedy of Errors. Edited and directed by Alex Thorpe. Royal Shakespeare Company. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 19 – 27 October (0870 6091110). 90 minutes. For 7 – 13 year olds. [A/P]



Robinson College Gardens, Cambridge, 9 – 28 July (07955 218824). Part of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Top of Form[P]


Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 25 April – 26 August (020 7401 9919) [P]


Three Inch Fools. Glamis Castle, Angus, 26 July (01307 840393); Culzean Castle, National Trust for Scotland, 27 July (07714 028770); Drumlanrig Castle Dumfries & Galloway, 29 July (01848 331555); Whorlton Village Green, 31 July (01833 628419); Brougham Hall, Cumbria, 4 August(07714 028770); Speke Hall, National Trust, Liverpool, 8 August (07714 028770); Charlecote Park, National Trust, Warwick, 11 August (01789 470277); The Globe at Hay, Hay on Wye, 12 August (07714 028770); Highcliffe Castle, Dorset, 16 August (01425 278807); Dunster Castle, National Trust, Somerset, 18 August (07714 028770); Mapperton, Dorset, 19 August (01308 862645); Outdoor performance with music. [P]

Directed by Amy Leach. Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse), Leeds, 1 – 30 March 2019 (0113 213 7800). Female Hamlet. [P]

Hamlet – Horatio’s Tale. Adapted and directed by Nick Hennegen. Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, 3 – 26 August (0131 623 3030). A remarkable solo Hamlet from Horatio’s POV! Shakespeare’s classic tale of madness, murder and betrayal with incredible performance, brilliant original music and Sir Derek Jacobi as Old Hamlet! Something is very right in the state of Denmark! Playing in rep with Henry V – Lion of England. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe. [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]

Shit-faced Shakespeare. Magnificent Bastard Productions Ltd. Underbelly, Bristo Square, McEwan Hall, Edinburgh, 1 – 27 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. [P]

Henry IV, pt.1

Henry IV, pt.2

Henry V

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Directed by Elizabeth Freestone. Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, 12 September – 6 October (0117 902 0344); Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, 9 – 13 October (01723 370541); Dukes Theatre, Lancaster, 16 – 20 October (­01524 598500); Malvern Theatres, Malvern, 23 – 27 October (01684 892277); Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 30 October – 3 November (01284 769505); Exeter Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 6 – 10 November (01392 726363). [P]  


Cry God for Harry, England and St George. Mulberry School for Girls. theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, Grand Theatre, Edinburgh, 3 – 11 August ( ); Duke of York’s Theatre, London, 3 September (08448 717623). Putting on an all-female production of Henry V was never going to be easy, but for Sayara and her team of East London teenagers, it’s about to get a lot harder. When a letter drops through the front door and their community comes under threat, this group of young women must learn what leadership really means, and what you need to sacrifice to stand up for what you believe in. [A]

Greyhounds. Time & Again Theatre Company. theSpace on the Mile, Space 2, Edinburgh, 3 - 18 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The year is 1941 and rehearsals for Henry V are underway... Greyhounds entwines Shakespeare's famous story of warlike Harry with the everyday trials and tribulations of small village life during the Second World War. From within the wooden O of the local village hall, where every scene is set, the residents of Shuttlefield rehearse, gossip and indulge in some seriously bad acting as the night of the performance draws ever closer. [P]

Henry V – Lion of England. Adapted and directed by Nick Hennegen. Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, 2 – 25 August (0131 623 3030). Wild young Hal becomes King and lays claim to the French crown. Agincourt as never before! A solo tour de force through Shakespeare’s patriotic masterpiece. Incredible performance, brilliant original music and SFX. [P]

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

Henry VI, pt 3

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar


Bits and Bobs Theatre Company. Methodist Church Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon, 30 August – 1 September. Conflated cast of 10 with some gender-swapping of roles. [P]

King John

American Performing Arts International. theSpace @ Niddry Street, Lower Theatre, Edinburgh, 9 - 11 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This heart-pounding 90 minute experience will keep you on your toes. In this experimental theatre experience, the characters will join the audience in their seats and around the theatre as they embark on this thrilling trip to early 13th-century Britain. King John has prematurely taken the throne following his older brother’s death. Years have passed and young Prince Arthur, now ten years old, has France’s backing and is ready to fight to take back the throne that is rightfully his. [P]

King Lear

Chichester Festival Theatre. Directed by Jonathan Munby. Ian McKellen (Lear). Duke of York’s Theatre, London 11 July – 3 November. [P]


A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Directed by Karen Shayler. Priory Theatre, Kenilworth, 5 – 15 September (01926 55301). Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear! [P]

A Bunch of Amateurs by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Directed by Peter Liddiard. Chesil Theatre, Winchester, 26 January 2019 – 2 February (01962 867 086). Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear! [P]

The Delusion of Home. Our Theatre. Summerhall, Techcube 0, Edinburgh, 1 - 26 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. From the Chiayi area of southern Taiwan comes this strong and original documentary-style depiction of local contemporary life refracted through one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. Oyster farming and Taoist funeral rites are as much of a touchstone as King Lear in Our Theatre's character-driven study of displacement, poverty, homelessness and the search for meaning and renewal. Live performance and projections are used with skilful intelligence to engage the audience's senses while illuminating some stark human truths. And yet the production isn't devoid of biting wit. How, it asks, can theatre connect with people? [P]

King Lear (Alone). Adapted by Frank Bramwell. PQA venues @ Riddles Court, PQA Two, Edinburgh, 12 - 15 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. One-man show. [P]

Trump Lear. Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh, 1 – 27 August (0131 556 6500). Direct from its hit New York season, Trump meets Lear in this 'biting political satire' that's inspired upon the whims of a madman! An absurdly funny take on Shakespeare's greatest tragedy as you've never seen it before. [P]

Love's Labour's Lost

Guildford Shakespeare Company. Directed by Tom Littler. University of Law, Guildford, 13 – 28 July (01483 304384) [P]

Folksy Theatre Company. The Hyde Residential Garden, Bridport, 26 July; Boiling Wells Amphitheatre, Bristol, 27 – 28 July; Hestercombe Gardens, Taunton, 29 July; Forde Abbey, Chard, 31 July; Ecos Ampitheatre, Frome, 1 August; The Walled Gardens of Cannington, 3 August; Ammerdown Gardens, Radstock, 4 August; Shockerwick House Garden, Bath, 5 August; Connaught Gardens, Sidmouth, 8 August; Adlington Hall, Macclesfield, 9 August; Millets Farm, Frilford, 10 August; Walkden Gardens, Sale, 11 August; Biddulph Grange, Staffordshire, 12 August; Stonyford Cottage Gardens, Northwich, 14 – 15 August; Bodelwyddan Castle, Rhyl, 16 August; The Dorothy Clive Garden, Market Drayton, 17 August; Brighton Open-Air Theatre, Brighton, 18 August; Penlee Park, Penzance, 19 August; Old Hall Playing Field, Maghull, 21 August; Bishops Wood Centre, Stourport-on-Severn, 22 August; Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton, 23 – 24 August; Martineau Gardens, Birmingham, 25 August; Ordsall Hall, Salford, 26 August; The Burrows Gardens, Ashbourne, 29 August; Port Sunlight Village in The Dell, Wirral, 30 August; Hare Hill Garden, Macclesfield, 1st September. Tickets on sale from 1 April. [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe. Directed by Nick Bagnall. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 23 August – 15 September (020 7401 9919) [P]


Little Shakespeare Company. The Royal Scots Club, The Hepburn Suite, Edinburgh, 6 - 11 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Children’s version. [P]


National Theatre. Directed by Rufus Norris. Rory Kinnear (Macbeth), Anne-Marie Duff (Lady Macbeth). The Lowry, Salford, 29 September – 6 October (0161 876 2000); Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 16 – 20 October (01752 267 222); Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, 23 – 27 October (0131 529 6000); Theatre Royal, Norwich, 30 October – 3 November (01603 630 000); His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, 7 – 10 November (01224 641 122); Theatre Royal, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 13 – 17 November (08448 11 21 21); Sheffield Theatres, Sheffield, 20 – 24 November (0114 249 6000); Theatre Royal, Bath, 27 November – 8 December (01225 448 844); New Theatre, Oxford, 8 – 12 January 2019 (0870 606 3500); Bord Gais Energy Theatre (formerly Grand Canal Theatre), Dublin, 15 – 19 January (0818 719 377); Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 22 – 26 January (0115 989 5555); Hull New Theatre, Hull, 5 – 9 February (01482 226 655); Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 12 – 16 February (01227 787 787); Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 19 – 23 February (0141 240 1133); Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, 26 February – 2 March (023 8071 1811); Grand Opera House, Belfast, 5 – 9 March (028 9024 1919); Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, 12 – 16 March (01902 429 212); Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 19 – 23 March (08700 40 2000). [P]

The Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Polly Findley. Christopher Eccleston (Macbeth), Niamh Cusack (Lady Macbeth). Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 13 March – 18 September (0870 6091110); The Barbican, London, 15 October – 18 January 2019 (0845 120 7550) [P]

Trinity College Gardens, Cambridge, 30 July - 18 August (07955 218824). Part of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Top of Form[P]

Abbey Shakespeare Players. Directed by Amy Levene. St Dogmaels Abbey, Pembrokeshire, 1 – 4 August. Open air production. [A]

Merely Theatre Company. The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on-Windermere, 18 – 19 September (01539 440872); Lowther Pavilion, Lytham St Anne’s, 20 September (01253 794221) MATINEE ONLY; Theatre Royal, Wakefield, 25 September (01924 211311); Stantonbury Theatre, Stantonbury, 26 – 27 September (01908 324466); Brentwood Theatre, Brentwood, 28 September (01277 200305); Palace Theatre, Paignton, 1 October (01803 665800) MATINEE ONLY; The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, 2 October (01805 624624); Broadway Theatre, Letchworth, 3 October (01462 681088); Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick, 9 October (028 4461 0747); The Alley Theatre, Strabane, 10 October (028 7138 4444); Space Theatre, Bangor, 12 October (028 9147 1780); Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, 13 October (028 9244 7452); Market Place Theatre, Armagh, 16 – 16 October (028 3752 1821); Roe Valley Arts, Limavady, 17 October (028 7776 0650); The Broadway Theatre, Barking, 19 October (020 8507 5607); Tacchi-Morris, Taunton, 23 October (01823 414141); Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, 24 October (01970 623232). Touring in rep with Much Ado about Nothing. [P]

Putney Theatre Company. Directed by Ian Higham. Putney Arts Theatre, London, 6 – 11 November (020 8788 6943). [A]

Directed by Robert Hastie. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 7 November – 2 February 2019 (020 7401 9919) [P]


yt2 Theatre Company. theSpace on North Bridge, Perth Theatre, Edinburgh, 8 - 11 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 'When you durst do it, then you were a man.' Macbeth is a rising star. She’s determined, motivated, and just the right amount of modest. But power is addictive, and goaded by the words of some mysterious drunkards on a dark night, and her bullying husband, her mission to prove her worth turns bloody. In a society where places for women at the top are few, what lengths would you consider to break that glass ceiling? A timeless story of ruthless ambition reimagined through a female lens, yt2’s Macbeth will bring humour and a modern energy to Shakespeare’s classic. [P]

National Youth Theatre. Adapted (abridged) by Moria Buffini. Directed by Natasha Nixon. Garrick Theatre, London, 20 November – 7 December (0844 482 9673). A brand new gender fluid adaptation of Shakespeare’s sinister tale of greed, betrayal and revenge. This electric production explores the gender politics and human struggle which spark triumphant Macbeth’s infamous and catastrophic downfall. [P]

About Lady White Fox with Nine Tales. YVUA Arts, Korea. Assembly George Square Studios, Three, Edinburgh, 2 - 27 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. What if Lady Macbeth was the reincarnation of the mysterious White Fox? YVUA Arts present their award-winning About Lady White Fox with the Nine Tales... Excellent Domestic Performing Arts Production by Korean Cultural and Arts Centres Association, 2017. A powerful retelling of Shakespeare’s Macbeth based on the mysterious and exotic White Fox legend of the Orient. Stunning imagery, live painting and physical movement with Korean traditional instruments and music combine in a spellbinding and provocative reinterpretation of this classic story, examining the essential duplicity of human nature and the agony of endless desire. [P]

Brave Macbeth. Gilded Balloon Rose Theatre, Basement, Edinburgh, 2 - 19 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. On his way home from battle, Brave Macbeth meets the witches who tell him that he will become king. Now he quite likes that idea and so does his wife. What will he do to get his hands on the crown? With catchy tunes, slapstick, sword fights, witches and warriors. Children’s show. [P]

Hecate. Little Shakespeare Company. Paradise in the Vault, The Annexe, Edinburgh, 13 - 18 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The chilling time travel story of the genesis and death of Lady Macbeth. Hovering in a lucid dream, helpless as she wrestles with her innocent self, the line between good and evil disappears as she is seduced by the fateful Hecate into making a damning life-changing choice. Shakespeare’s Hecate emerges as a trinity, joined in their intention to orchestrate something greater than themselves. [P]

Is This a Dagger? The Story of Macbeth. Adapted and performed by Andy Cannon. Scottish Storytelling Centre, The Netherbow Theatre at Fringe, Edinburgh, 22 - 26 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. [P]

Macbeth without the Shakespeare Bollocks Tour. Coates Cafe, Scotland History Tour, Edinburgh, 3 - 26 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Following on from last year’s successful stand-up show of the same name, Bruce Fummey will take a small group in a people carrier to hear the real story of this much maligned Scottish king. You’ll visit places Macbeth walked, you’ll see where he was crowned, you’ll take a short boat trip to understand why his story was distorted by Shakespeare, you’ll travel from Birnam Wood to Dunsinane and tour a castle to see how he’s connected to the current queen. This is a very full day. All entry fees and a light lunch included. [P]

The Macbeths by Alexander Raptotasios and Manolis Tsiipos. Produced by Citizens Theatre. Directed by Dominic Hill. Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee, 3 – 4 October (01382 223 530). At the heart of Shakespeare’s darkest play is a disintegrating marriage. This new adaptation using a radically cut version of the text focuses on the relationship between one of the most famous killers in literature and his ambitious wife. Returning from battle, Macbeth hears a prophesy emboldening him to murder and betray. Compelled by his equally ruthless wife, Macbeth ignores his creeping sense of guilt and hopelessness and attempts to hasten the hand of fate, unwittingly ushering in the downfall of them both. [P]

The Paper Cinema’s Macbeth. Paper Cinema. BAC (Battersea Arts Centre), London, 9 – 27 October (020 7223 2223). Immerse yourself on a journey through rugged Scottish landscapes and encounter storms, betrayal and murderous plot. Shakespeare's tragedy is vividly told with illustration, masterful puppetry and a live score. Watch a captivating silent film created before your eyes. Hand-drawn puppets collide with music, Foley and cinematic projection to create epic battle scenes and intricate characters. [P]

Measure for Measure


Directed by Josie Rourke. Performers: Hayley Atwell, Jack Lowden. Donmar Warehouse, London, 28 September – 24 November (0844 871 7624). Vienna is corrupt. The Duke, who has let the city fall to vice, hands control to his Deputy, a hardline, puritan reformer. The Deputy uses ancient laws to sentence citizens to death for sexual misconduct. But when a religious Novice pleads for clemency, their heady encounter leaves the Deputy guilty of the very crime that the law condemns. Artistic Director Josie Rourke’s production of Measure for Measure imagines the play in its original year of performance, 1604, and also in 2018. Within every performance, Hayley Atwell and Jack Lowden will alternate the roles of powerful Deputy and powerless Novice. [P]

The Merchant of Venice

Directed by Brendan O’Hea. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 8 September (020 7401 9919); Chilham Castle, Kent, 25 May. Part of the Voter’s Choice tour. [P]

Bowler Crab Productions. St John’s URC, Edenbridge, 28 July. [P]

llyria Theatre Company. Cockington Court, Torquay, 27 July (Book Online); Arlington Court (NT), Barnstaple, 28 July (Book Soon); Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 29 July (01726 879 500);  Sterts Theatre, Liskeard, 31 July (01579 362382); Fulham Palace, London, 3 August (Book Soon); Abergavenny Castle, Abergavenny, 4 August (01873 850805); Tonbridge Castle, Tonbridge, 7 August (Book Soon); Dean’s Yard at Westminster Abbey, London, 8 – 9 August (Book Online); The Hawth Amphitheatre, Crawley, 10 August (01293 553636); The Vicarage, Great Torrington, 11 August (Book Soon); Plas Gwyn-Y-Weddw Arts Centre, Pwllheli, 15 August (01758 740 763); Montgomery Castle, Powys, 16 August (01686 668442); Arundel, Nr. Chichester, 17 – 18 August (Book Online); Folkstone Amphitheatre, Folkstone, 19 August (Book Soon); Williamson Park, Lancaster, 27 August (Book Online); Burrswood Health and Wellbeing, Groombridge, 14 September (Book Online); Manor Farm, Corsley, 16 September (Book Online). Provisional schedule - more dates to be added. [P]

Stamford Shakespeare Festival. Tolethorpe Hall, Stamford, Lincolnshire, 26 June – 4 August (01780 763203). [P]


Gratiano. Grist to the Mill Productions Ltd. Assembly Rooms, Drawing Room, Edinburgh, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. With Bassanio murdered, Gratiano is forced to revisit his fascist past. He was never the hero, but did he play the villain? In a challenging sequel to William Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, set amongst the turmoil of post-war Italy, we read between the lines of Shakespeare's classic tale to explore the politics of prejudice. [P]

Merry Wives of Windsor

Stamford Shakespeare Festival. Tolethorpe Hall, Stamford, Lincolnshire, 10 July – 1 September (01780 763203). [P]

Royal Shakespeare Company. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 4 August – 22 September (01789 403493); The Barbican, London, 7 December – 5 January 2019 (0845 120 7550) [P]


Falstaff (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Opera Bohemia. Directed by Adrian Osmond. St Cuthbert’s Church, Main Sanctuary, Edinburgh, 24 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In Italian with English subtitles. [P]

The Merry Wives of Seoul. EDP Soonchunhyang University. C venues, C South, Main Theatre, Edinburgh, 12 - 18 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Koreanised adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic. Falstaff, a fat and debauched knight, tries to tempt two married women in Seoul and steal their wealth. But these two clever women see through his plan and set out to deceive him. A story that proves that women are more than the traditional helpers of men, but agents in their own right who outwit the plans society makes for them, and are ready to reform current traditions. [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Bath Racecourse, Bath, 31 July (01225 424 609); National Trust Erddig, Wrexham, 11 August (03442 491 895); Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire, 12 August (01623 455 900); The Savill Garden, Englefield Green, 24 August (01784 485 400); Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, 26 August (01526 352 411); Layer Marney Tower, Colchester, 29 August (01206 330 784). [P]

Directed by Blair Ruddick. Theatre Tropicana, Weston-super-Mare, 1 – 4 August (0117 902 0344) [P]

Play On Theatre Company. Etcetera Theatre, Camden, London, 11 – 15 September (020 7482 4857). [A]


Ballet Black. A Dream within A Midsummer Night's Dream by Arthur Pita (choreographer). Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London, 10 – 13 October (020 8534 0310); The Lowry Theatre, Salford, 19 November (0161 876 2183). Described as a ‘sexy, cheeky frolic’ by, the production mixes the classical and contemporary to distil the essence of Shakespeare’s comedy, unfolding to an eclectic soundtrack that includes Eartha Kitt, Barbra Streisand and Yma Sumac. [P]

Three Inch Fools. Dundonald Castle, Dundonald, 28 July (07714 028770); Whitby Abbey, English Heritage, 1 August (0370 333 1183); Tynemouth Priory, English Heritage, 2 August (0370 333 1183); Constable Burton Hall, North Yorkshire, 3 August (07714 028770); Muncaster Castle, Cumbria, 5 August (01229 717614); Rufford Old Hall, National Trust, 7 August (03442 491895); Beeston Castle, English Heritage, 9 August (0370 333 1183); Charlecote Park, National Trust, Warwick, 10 August (01789 470277); Parade Gardens, Bath, 14 August (07714 028770); Old Sarum, English Heritage, 15 August (0370 333 1183). Outdoor performance with music. [P]

Shakespeare in the Garden (Open Bar Theatre Company). The Pilot, Greenwich, 31 July - 1 August; The Oak Inn, Lyndhurst, 2 August; The King & Queen, Caterham, 4 August; The Frog & Wicket, Eversley Cross, 7 August; The Calleva Arms, Silchester, 8 August; The Drayton Court, West Ealing, 9 August; The Red Lion, Chalton, 10 August; The King's Head, Wickham, 12 August; The White Buck, Burley, 14 - 15 August; The Mill, Elstead, 16 - 17 August; The Links Tavern, Liphook, 18 August; The Boater, Bath, 19 August; The Fuller's Brewery, Chiswick, 25 August; The Jolly Farmer, Alton,  28 August; The Rose and Crown, Ealing, 29 – 31 August; The Anglers, Teddington,  5 September; The Red Lion, Barnes, 6 – 8 September; The Duke of Kent, Ealing, 13 – 15 September. 4 actors. [P]

Quantum Theatre. Inveresk Lodge Garden, East Lothian, 4 August. Cut down, school-friendly performance. More dates and venues to be added. [P]

BoxedIn Theatre. theSpace @ Symposium Hall, Hill Square Gardens, Edinburgh, 9 - 19 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Look, okay. You’ve got a load of fairies, magic galore and there’s a dude that gets turned in to a donkey. So really, I feel like you need to, like, actively try to not have a good time with A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Fresh out of their international tour, join BoxedIn Theatre on an exciting romp through Shakespeare’s most magical comedy, complete with original music, silly hats and the best tent in Edinburgh. [P]

Sheffield Theatres Production. Directed by Robert Hastie. Music by Dan Gillespie Sells. Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 28 September – 20 October (0114 249 6000). Desperate lovers, squabbling supernaturals and a hapless troupe of amateur actors get tangled in this joyous tale of enchantment and transformation. Full of magic and mayhem, this is Shakespeare’s most celebrated comedy, reimagined in a fresh production brimming with musicality. [P]

Flute Theatre Company. Adapted by Kelly Hunter. Orange Tree Theatre, London, 5 – 24 November (020 8940 3633). Flute Theatre, who create productions especially for people with ASC and other special educational needs, return to the Orange Tree, with their unique and spellbinding performances, enabling everyone to enjoy Shakespeare. Up to 15 young people on the spectrum become the participants for each performance, sitting with seven actors in a circle on our stage, where they are encouraged by the actors to play sensory games which unravel the story of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Droll. The Owle Schreame. theSpace on the Mile, Space 2, Edinburgh, 3 - 11 August; theSpace on the Mile, Space 1, Edinburgh, 13 - 25 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Award-winning Fringe favourites the Owle Schreame return with a wild, rough, raucous and drunken reimagining; a version of A Midsummer Night's Dream from the 1640s, originally adapted for illegal performance in pubs and back alleys whilst theatre was outlawed, over 350 years ago. The Merry Conceited Humours of Bottom the Weaver has remained unperformed ever since. Until now. Come join the Owle Schreame and make history, as Shakespeare spins in the ground beneath you. [P]

Much Ado About Nothing

Made by Storyhouse. Directed by Bill Buckhurst. Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester, 6 July – 25 August (0845 241 7868) [P]


Rain or Shine Theatre Company. Upper Leigh Farm, Shaftesbury, 27 July (01747 830278); Barnwood Park, Barnwood, 28 July (01452 521575); Warners Court Farm, Charfield, 29 July (03306 600541); Brockswood Animal Sanctuary, Dudley, 2 August (01902 884390); Cuckfield Recreation Ground, Cuckfield, 3 August (01444 454276); Sandford Parks Lido, Cheltenham, 4 August (01242 572573); Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne, 5 August (01202 841400); Bryngarw House Lawn at Bryngarw Country Park, Brynmenyn, 8 August (01656 815995); Maumbury Rings, Dorchester, 9 August (01305 266926); Severn Valley Country Park, Bridgnorth, 10 August (01746 781192); Blockley Village Green, Moreton-in-Marsh, 11 August (03306 600541); Church Meadow, Upton Grey, 12 August (01256 862440); Prince Albert Gardens Amphitheatre, Swanage, 13 August (01929 422885); The Corn Barn, Sutton Barton, 15 August (01884 32107); Mannington Gardens at Mannington Hall, Norwich, 16 August (01263 584175); Ormesby Village Centre, Ormesby St. Margaret, 17 August (01493 730178); Belsay Hall Castle & Gardens, Ponteland, 18 August (01661 881636); Mount Grace Priory, Northallerton, 19 August (01609 883494); Over Farm Barn, Over, Gloucester, 21 August (01452 521575); Goodrich Castle, Goodrich, 24 August (03306 600541); Witley Court, Great Witley, 25 August (03306 600541); Wenlock Priory, Much Wenlock, 26 August (03306 600541); Stokesay Castle, Shropshire, 28 - 29 August (03306 600541); Hailes Abbey, nr Winchcombe, Cheltenham, 30 August (03306 600541); Portchester Castle, Portchester,
31 August (03306 600541). November 1918.
The Great War has come to end and, the men of the British military forces are returning to their homes. Don Pedro and his comrades are coming at last to Messina (a little known village on the edge of the Cotswolds) where they are met by friends, old and new. Join us this summer, as we visit one of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies. From the dastardly Don John, to the daft Sergeant Dogberry, Much Ado about Nothing will bring you revellers, rascals and romance. Featuring the very best of the Bard’s wit and wisdom, the fiery Beatrice gives Benedick, the bachelor, a battle of words to remember, and true love is at its sweetest as Claudio falls for his darling Hero. [P]

Edinburgh University Shakespeare Company.  theSpace@ Niddry Street, Lower Theatre, Edinburgh, 20 - 25 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Shakespeare’s widely beloved comedy is updated to the lush setting of 1980s Sicily in this fresh and immersive adaptation. The play follows the budding romances of four lovers as their families gather for a languid summer of revelries. However, as the festivities heat up and summer draws on, gossip and betrayal threaten to tear them apart. This adaptation balances the text’s playful dialogue and achingly romantic core while experimenting with a new setting to create a unique, emotionally charged production [P]

Shakespeare Shorts – Much Ado About Nothing. theSpace @ Niddry Street, Upper Theatre, Edinburgh, 4, 7, 9, 11 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The buns are burning in The Great Brexit Bake Off as Beatrice battles Benedick, Don Juan's confused and Hero harassed. What’s the man-eating Margaret doing with her scones and where does Borachio keep his fondant fancies? Keep calm and carry on baking in a tale of soggy bottoms, burned biscuits and scalded scones as Leonato tries to make a TV spectacular from this bowl of souring sponge mix. [P]

Antic Disposition Theatre Company. Gray's Inn Hall, London, 17 August – 1 September (0333 666 3366). Set in a sun-drenched French village celebrating the new peace of 1945, Antic Disposition's Much Ado About Nothing introduces us to a cast of vibrant and eccentric characters, as the quiet village square turns battlefield for the ‘merry war’ between sparring partners Beatrice and Benedick. [P]

OVO Theatre Company. Directed by Adam Nichols and Janet Podd. Minack Theatre, Penzance, 27 – 31 August (01736 810 181). Set in the American Midwest in the 1960s with a live musical accompaniment.  [P]

Shakespeare in the Garden (Open Bar Theatre Company). The Half Moon Pub, Herne Hill, 1 August; George IV Pub, Chiswick, 2 August. Four actors. [P]


Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London. Directed by Claire van Kampen. 20 July – 13 October (020 7401 9919) [P]

English Touring Theatre (in association with Oxford Playhouse and the Tobacco Factory). Directed by Richard Twyman. The Playhouse, Oxford, 18 – 22 September (01865 305 305); Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate, 25 – 29 September (01423 502 116); Cast, Doncaster, 2 – 6 October (01302 303 959); Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, 9 – 13 October (01484 430 528); Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 16 – 20 October (01242 572 573); Coliseum Theatre, Oldham, 23 – 27 October (0161 624 2829); New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 30 October – 3 November (01473 295 900); Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, 6 – 10 November (024 7652 4524); Lighthouse (previously known as Poole Arts Centre), Poole, 20 – 24 November (0844 406 8666) [P]


Robinson College Gardens, Cambridge, 30 July – 25 August (07955 218824). Part of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Top of Form[P]


National Theatre. Adapted by Chris Bush. Directed by Emily Lim. Olivier Theatre, London, from 26 – 28 August (020 7452 3000). A huge company of all ages from across London join together with professional artists to breathe new life into this classic tale in a musical version on the Olivier stage. [A/P]

Richard II

Ketterer’s Men. Shakespeare Institute Lecture Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon, 27 – 30 September. [A]

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 22 February 2019 – 21 April  (020 7401 9919) [P]

Richard III

Romeo and Juliet

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Erica Whyman. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 21 April – 21 September (01789 403493); The Barbican, London, 2 November – 19 January 2019 (0845 120 7550); Blackpool Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 26 February – 2 March (01253 290 190) [P]

Crescent Theatre Company. The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, 3 – 10 November (0121 643 5858) [A]


Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Moscow City Ballet. Palace Theatre, Manchester, 17 January 2019 (0870 401 3000). Part of a tour with other ballets. [P]

I Capuleti e i Montecchi (The Capulets and Montagues) by Vencenzo Bellini. Opera Holloway. The Woolstore, Codford, 31 August (01985 850345); The Christ Church Centre, Henley-on-Thames, 7 September (0207 183 7323); The Broadway, Barking, 8 September (020 8507 5607); The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, 14 September (01305 266926); The Courtyard, London, 19 September (0870 163 0717); St Martins, Epsom, 22 September (Free Entry); The Tithe Barn (part of the Shipley Arts Festival), Sullington, 23 September (01403 750220); The Riverside Arts Centre, Sunbury on Thames, 28 September (Online Booking); Pop Up Theatre, Lingfield, 30 September (01342 833893). Opera Holloway present a fresh, new, contemporary take on one of the most famous love stories of all time.  Director Fiona Williams moves the action to 1950’s Naples; the stifling heat fans the flames of a budding romance.  In this poor neighbourhood, controlled by the mafia, Romeo and Giulietta fight to unite their families and keep their relationship alive. [P]

The Rubbish Shakespeare Company. Salford Arts Theatre, GM Fringe Festival, 13 July (0161 925 0111); The Gregson, Lancaster, 14 July; Buxton Pavilion Gardens, Buxton Fringe Festival, 21 July; The Pleasance Above, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 1-12 and 14-27 August. Enemies. Balconies. Kissing. Sausage rolls! Shakespeare's iconic tale is ‘Rubbished’ at Salford Arts Theatre this July. Sporting a national reputation, from school tours to work with the RSC, this all-male, all-silly troupe present Shakespeare's most hilarious tragedy ever.  [P]

The HandleBards. Tuppenny Barn, Southbourne, 27 July (01243 377780); London Road Recreation Ground, Camberley, 28 July (07986 784 207); Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, Sevenoaks, 29 July (01732 459777); Sustrans Fallowfield Loop, Manchester, 31 July (07986 784 207); Ordsall Hall, Salford, 1 August (0161 872 0251); Lancaster Castle, Lancaster, 2 August (07986 784 207); Strathtyrum Walled Garden, St. Andrews, 7 August (01334 473600); Inverewe Gardens, Poolewe, 8 August (01445 712952); Victoria Hall, Cromarty, 9 August (07986 784 207); Brodie Castle, Forres, 10 August (01309 647371); Pittenweem Arts Festival, Pittenweem, 11 August (01333 313 109); Hatton Castle, Newtyle, 12 August (07986 784 207); Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh, 15 – 19 August (07986 784 207); Muckhart Nature Park, Dollar, 22 August (07986 784 207); Bowhill, Selkirk, 24 August (01750 22204); Bamburgh Castle, Bamburgh, 25 August (01668 214515); Kirkley Hall, Ponteland, 26 August (01670 841235); Crook Hall, Durham, 28 August (0191 3848028); Bolton Castle, Leyburn, 29 August (01969 623981); Epworth Old Rectory, Epworth, 31 August (01427 872268); South Street Park Amphitheatre, Sheffield, 2 September (07986 784 207); The Charterhouse, London, 6 September (07986 784 207). All female cast. [P]

Oddsocks Theatre Company. Markeaton Park Craft Village, Derby, 24 – 26 July (01332 255800); Mary Arden’s Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon, 27 July (01332 258328); Castle Cornet, Guernsey, 16 – 18 August (01481 726518); La Seigneurie, Sark, 21 August (01481 832175); Brighton Open Air Theatre, Brighton, 24 August (0333 666 3366). Oddsocks are delighted to be breathing new life into Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet by giving it a musical Mods & Rockers theme. Touring in rep with The Tempest. [P]

BoxLit Theatre. ZOO Charteris, Sanctuary, Edinburgh, 3 - 26 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. BoxLit Theatre presents Romeo and Juliet like you've never seen it before! Combining cinematic film projection, live theatre and evocative music. Love battles with hate, passion battles with power, screens replace true human connection. Despite this, Romeo and Juliet find purity in their untainted love for each other. Following success at the Broadway Theatre, two actors tackle Shakespeare's most famous tale, with a truly innovative style of storytelling. All in a pop-up glowing white box! [P]

Curious Pheasant Theatre. theSpace @ Niddry Street, Upper Theatre, Edinburgh, 3 - 18 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Curious Pheasant Theatre present 'Romeo and Juliet', an LGBTQ+ male led production. This bold re-imagining of William Shakespeare's classic love story uses physical theatre to portray two opposing rugby teams, grounding the piece in the 21st century. When the two men meet, the integrity of both teams is compromised and the unyielding pride of man threatens to destroy all that they know. [P]

Re-defining Juliet. The Pit, Barbican Centre, London, 29 – 30 November (0845 120 7550). Weaving text from Romeo and Juliet with hard-hitting stories from women whose femininity and authenticity have been questioned by society, Redefining Juliet celebrates difference to prove that anyone can play the iconic part. Appearing regularly on British television, Storme Toolis has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. Inspired by a desire to portray Juliet herself, she collaborates with other performers who have felt like outsiders to bring multiple dimensions to the famed romantic lead. Featuring key scenes from the play, interspersed with resonant details of the actors’ personal lives, this is an empowering production, both joyous and sad, shot through with wit. [P/A]

Romea and Julian. Purple Ostrich Productions Company. Directed by Kerry Fitzgerald and Joe Miller. Bread and Roses, London, 6 – 10 November (020 7498 1779). Set on an estate in South-East London, where the young people are left to their own devices and where carrying a knife is second nature we follow the tragic journey of these two lovers over the course of 90 blood pumping minutes. Meet Romea, a love-obsessed poet who will do anything to have sex and Julian, a young man who prizes his virginity above everything else. A gender-swapped Romeo and Juliet. [P]

Romeo and/or Juliet. American High School Theatre Festival. Central Hall, Edinburgh, 3, 6 - 8 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Based on Ryan North’s New York Times bestseller, this interactive version of Romeo and Juliet lets you determine the story Shakespeare should have written. We all know the classic tale of two star-crossed lovers, but seriously weren’t there, like, a thousand ways it could have worked out for them? Maybe she follows him to Mantua. Maybe they kill their overbearing parents and live happily ever after. Or maybe Tybalt and Mercutio decide they’re sick of the lovers’ whining and put us all out of our misery. You decide. It’s a different show each day! [P]

Shit-Faced Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet. Leicester Square Theatre, London, 20 June – 1 September (08448 733433). Shit-faced Shakespeare is the hilarious combination of an entirely serious adaptation of a Shakespearean classic, with an entirely shit-faced cast member. With one cast member selected at random and given four hours to drink before every show we present to you classical theatre as it was always meant to be seen. With a gin in one hand, a cup of wine in the other and a flagon of ale in the other... What could possibly go wrong? [P]

The Taming of the Shrew

Directed by Brendan O’Hea. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 11 May, 13 May and 7 September (020 7401 9919); Chilham Castle, Kent, 26 May (evening only). Part of the Voter’s Choice tour. [P]


The Petersfield Shakespeare Festival. Bedales School, Steep, Petersfield, 25 – 29 July (01730 711577); Theatre Royal, Winchester, 29 August (01962 840 440). Man vs Woman. You are all invited to “The Shrew’s Tavern”, where new life will be breathed into Shakespeare’s controversial comedy. Come and see a couple hell-bent on confusing and outwitting each other in outrageous style. There will be dancing, singing and a wedding before the play’s surprising conclusion - just in time for last orders. Playing in rep with Henry V. [P]

EDP Soonchunhyang University (Korea). C Venues, C South main theatre, Edinburgh, 12 – 18 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Korean update of the classic play returns to Edinburgh. Confucius meets Shakespeare with a dash of hip hop thrown in for good measure. Petruchio, a patriarch of the Confucian dynasty, tries to tame hip hop Kate into an obedient woman, but who will win in the end? This critically acclaimed worldwide tour returns to Edinburgh. Can there ever be harmony between Confucian patriarchalism and feminism? Between West and East? Traditional meets modern as beautiful Korean costumes and instruments fuse with hip hop dance and Western music. [P]

Kiss Me Kate. Sheffield Theatre Productions. Directed by Paul Foster. The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 7 December – 12 January 2019 (0114 249 6000) [P]

Shakespeare for Breakfast. C Venue, Edinburgh, 1 – 27 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. [P]

Shakespeare Shorts – The Taming of the Shrew. theSpace @ Niddry Street, Upper Theatre, Edinburgh, 3, 6, 8, 10 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Kate’s cast is revolting; fed up of being outnumbered by the audience, they want to make Shakespeare fun to watch by turning the history plays into a rugby game, Romeo and Juliet into an ice cream war and Hamlet into a comedy. Kate, their director, is in despair. But can Petrucio tame this tyrant? Music and mayhem in a modern day version of this classic, specially adapted for a young audience. [P]

The Tempest

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men. Pentillie Castle, Cornwall, 25 July (01579 350044); Tyntesfield, North Somerset, 28 July (0344 249 1895); The Bishop's Palace, Somerset, 29 July (01749 988111 Ext 200); Killerton, Exeter, 31 July (0344 2491895); Dunster Castle, Dunster, 1 August (0344 2491895); Kingston Lacy, Dorset, 2 August (0344 2491895); Dyrham Park, Nr Bath, 3 – 4 August (0344 2491895); Hatchlands Park, Guildford, 5 August (01483 444334); Shrewsbury Castle, Shrewsbury, 7 August (07813 026367); Chatsworth, Bakewell, 8 August (Book tickets online); Knowsley Hall, Merseyside, 9 August (Book tickets online); Kenilworth Castle, Kenilworth, 10 August (0370 333 1181); The Vyne, Basingstoke, 11 August (044 2491895); Hatfield House, Hatfield, 12 August (01707 287010); West Wycombe Park, Buckinghamshire, 15 August (0344 2491895); Emmetts Garden, Sevenoaks, 16 August (0344 2491895); Morden Hall Park, London, 17 August (0344 2491895); St John's Lodge Garden – The Regent's Park, London, 18 August (Book tickets online); Kenwood House, London, 19 August (0370 333 1181); East Riddlesden Hall, West Yorkshire, 22 August (0344 2491895); Arley Hall and Gardens, Northwich, 23 August (01565 777353); Newby Hall and Gardens, Ripon, 24 August (01423 322583 option 3); Alderford Lake, Whitchurch, 25 August (01948 665914); Bantock House and Gardens, Wolverhampton, 26 August (0870 320 7000); Hylands Estate, Chelmsford, 28 August (01245 605500); Holkham Hall (The Walled Gardens), Norfolk, 29 August (01328 713111); Tattershall Castle, Tattershall, 30 August (01526 342543); Scotney Castle, Tunbridge Wells, 31 August (0344 2491895). All Male Cast. [P]

Made by Storyhouse. Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre, Chester, 27 July – 26 August (0845 241 7868) [P]

Southsea Shakespeare Actors. Directed by Aaron Holdaway and David Pearson. Hayling Island Station Theatre, Havant, 7 – 10 November (023 9246 6363) [A]


Oddsocks - The Tempest. Oddsocks Productions. Mary Arden’s Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon, 28 July (01332 258328); Coronation Park, Jersey, 30 July – 8 August (01534 700444); Castle Cornet, Guernsey, 10 – 15 August (01481 726518); La Seigneurie, Sark, 20 August (01481 832175); Brighton Open Air Theatre, Brighton, 23 August (0333 666 3366); Victoria Gardens, Tewkesbury, 25 August (01684 295 074). Shakespeare’s tale of illusion and revenge is brought vividly to life in Oddsocks’ musical, Sci-fi adaptation. Experience The Tempest like never before as you‘re transported far off to a distant universe! Touring in rep with Romeo and Juliet - Mods v Rockers. [P]

Return to the Forbidden Planet by Bob Carlton. Eastbourne Theatres Company. Directed by Chris Jordan. Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, 9 August – 1 September (01323 412 000) [P]

The Tempest @ Abraham Moss Community School. The Royal Exchange Theatre Young Company. Royal Exchange, Manchester, 15 – 18 August (0161 833 9833). School’s out for summer. The school should be empty. A desolate prison. No more rules. But wait, what’s that on the CCTV? A person, a spirit, a mystical creation? Something strange is happening at Abraham Moss School. Rules are broken, souls are bared and can you ever really forgive? A unique twist on a familiar text, performed in promenade at Abraham Moss School, Crumpsall. [A]

Timon of Athens


Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Simon Godwin. Kathryn Hunter (Timon). Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 7 December – 22 February 2019 (01789 403493) [P]

Titus Andronicus

Brownsea Open Air Theatre. Directed by Don Cherrett. Brownsea Open Air Theatre, Poole, 25 July – 10 August (07845 782924). [A]


Exadus Theatre Company. Paradise in the Vault, the Annexe, Edinburgh, 13 – 18 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Shakespeare's classic that has killings, maiming, rape, live burial and cannibalism presented as a latter-day story about a crime syndicate looking to find a new leader in the money laundering business which some say Britain has become. Revenge is a traditional narrative for some of the popular gangster cult films that audiences find compelling. Retribution is a moralistic choice that our society sometimes seems to validate. Exadus offers an adaptation using postmodern visuals and music to consider the nature of violence and its disastrous effects on those it surrounds in a world absent of law and order. [P]

Troilus and Cressida

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran in collaboration with Evelyn Glennie. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 12 October – 17 November (01789 403493); Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 12 October – 17 November (020 7401 9919) [P]

Twelfth Night

Some Kind of Theatre. Paradise in the Vault, Edinburgh, 13 - 26 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. [P]

Directed by Brendan O’Hea. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London,  6 September (020 7401 9919) Part of the Voter’s Choice tour. [P]

King’s College Gardens, Cambridge, 30 July – 25 August (07955 218824). Part of the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Top of Form[P]

Directed by Wils Wilson. Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, 14 September – 6 October (0131 248 4848); Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, 17 October – 10 November (0117 987 7877) [P]


The HandleBards. Ordsall Hall, Salford, 26 July (0161 872 0251); Rufford Old Hall, Rufford, 27 July (01704 821254); Hoghton Tower, Preston, 29 July (01254 852986); Lancaster Castle, Lancaster, 1 August (07986 784 207); Giggleswick School, Settle, 2 August (01729 893 180); Workhouse Museum, Ripon, 4 August (07986 784 207); Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, York, 5 August (07986 784 207); Howsham Mill, Howsham, 8 August (07986 784 207); Raby Castle, Staindrop, 10 August (07986 784 207); The Cycle HUB, Newcastle, 11 August (07986 784 207); Hexham Abbey, Hexham, 12 August (07986 784 207); Northumberlandia, Cramlington, 14 August (0191 284 6884); Felton Park, Felton, 15 August (01665 606515); Alnmouth Friary, Alnmouth, 16 August (01665 606515); Pallinsburn House, Cornhill-on-Tweed, 17 August (01665 606515); Kailzie Gardens, Peebles, 19 August (01721 720007); Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh, 22 – 26 August (07986 784 207); Tonbridge School, Tonbridge, 29 August (01732 304241); Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham, 2 September (07986 784 207); The Charterhouse, London, 4 5 September (07986 784 207). All male cast. [P]

Watermill Theatre. Directed by Paul Hart. Wilton's Music Hall, London, 12 – 22 September (020 7702 2789) Bohemian, outlandish, isolated: Illyria is a land where everyone has lost something in a world reeling in the wake of war. Viola is washed ashore. In a bid to survive this mysterious ethereal land, she disguises herself as Cesario to serve the solitary Duke Orsino. What follows is a tale of mistaken identities, seduction and transformation, leading to a complex love triangle and the near destruction of all propriety! The Watermill, renowned for its bold, progressive and collaborative approach to Shakespeare, re-imagines Twelfth Night in the hedonistic 1920s, where prohibition is rife. Fused with innovative staging and actor musicianship, the radical spirit of Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald collides with the contemporary influence of Postmodern Jukebox. [P]

Adapted by Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub. Directed Kwame Kwei-Armah and Oskar Eustis. The Young Vic, London, 2 October – 17 November (020 7922 2922). Shakespeare meets his match as brass bands and Beyoncé weave through this enchanting musical adaptation of Twelfth Night, with music and lyrics by the critically acclaimed songwriter Shaina Taub. [P]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

Directed by Blanche McIntyre. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 22 June – 14 October (020 7401 9919) [P]

New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 13 – 17 November (0870 060 6646) [P]


The Festival Players. RSPB Loch Leven, Kinross, 26 July (01577 862355); Ford Park, Ulverston, 27 July (01229 580666); Higham Hall, Cockermouth, 28 July (01768 776276); Langar Hall, Nottingham, 29 July (01949 860559);Bishops Palace Garden, Hereford (part of the 3 Choirs Festival), 1 – 2 August (01452 768928); Buckden Towers, St. Neots, 3 August (01480 810344); Ickleton Village Hall, Saffron Walden, 4 August (01799 531916); Norwich School, Norwich, 5 August (01603 618029); Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, 6 August (01277 353010); Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens, Abbotsbury, 8 August (01305 871130); Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 9 August (01726 879 500); Chaplaincy Gardens, St. Marys (Isles of Scilly), 10 – 11 August (01720 422641); Tresco Abbey Gardens, Tresco, (Isles of Scilly), 12 August (online booking only); Powderham Castle, Exeter, 15 August (01626 890243); Lampeter House, Narbeth, 16 August (01834 869323); The Victoria Arms, Oxford, 18 August (01865 241382); Hall’s Croft, Stratford-upon-Avon, 19 August (01726 879500); Swan Theatre, Worcester, 21 August (01905 611427); Cogges Manor Farm, Witney, 22 August (01993 772602); Woodchester Mansion, Nympsfield, 23 August (01453 861541); Glenfall House, Cheltenham, 24 August (01242 323889); IBM Hursley Club, Winchester, 25 August (01962 815933); Sterts Amphitheatre, Liskeard, 26 August (01579 362382); Hartland Abbey, Bideford, 27 August (01805 624624); Winterbourne Medieval Barn, Winterbourne, 28 August (online booking only). All male cast. [P]

Poems and Apocrypha


The Rape of Lucretia (opera). Music by Benjamin Britten. The Arcola Theatre, London, 24 July – 4 August (020 7503 1646) [P]

(in alphabetical order)

Bad Shakespeare. Theatre OCU. Greenside @ Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, 6 - 11 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Nature versus nurture? Are villains born or bred? Can they ever find true redemption? Theater OCU explores Shakespeare's most villainous characters – Macbeth, Iago, Aaron, Tamora and Lady Macbeth – and asks the question: what is bad Shakespeare? [P]

Comedy Store Players. Globe Theatre, London, 19 October (020 7401 9919). For the 21st year in a row, the Comedy Store Players take over the Globe stage with only the faintest idea of where the night will take them and their willing audience. With suggestions from the crowd, this talented troupe will fill the Globe with Shakespeare-inspired improv and the sound of laughter. The Players finish the show with a six-person improvised Shakespeare play, with a title suggested by the audience. [P]

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). The National Production Company. The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham, 24 – 28 July (0121 359 9444) All 37 plays in 120 minutes. The sixteen comedies are reduced to a single section and the histories are played as a ball game. For all those who hate Shakespeare here is a rapid run through the lot - for those that love him, well, indulge yourselves in this delightful evening! [P]

Henriad – Histories of Betrayal. Festivus Collective. Greenside @ Royal Terrace, Jade Studio, Edinburgh, 3 - 18 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Step into the epic with Shakespeare's Henriad! Revel in shorter, vibrant re-imaginings of the Bard's Richard II, Henry IV and Henry V, and see a story of friendship, duty and betrayal. Falstaff and Hal examine their past, stumble through their present and look to their future. Comedy and tragedy weave into a spectacular tapestry of four plays over four performances, providing a one-stop shop for your Shakespeare fix. Long live the storytellers! A collaborative effort between students from the universities of Manchester, Edinburgh and Warwick, Festivus is proud to present Henriad – Histories of Betrayal! [P]

Impromptu Shakespeare. Just the Tonic at the Caves, Edinburgh, 2 - 26 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Bursting with love, poetry, comedy, tragedy, mistaken identity and everything in-between, Impromptu Shakespeare brings you an entirely new and unique Shakespeare play inspired by audience suggestions to delight Shakespeare nerds and newbies alike. [P]

The Knights of the Rose by Jennifer Marsden. Arts Theatre, London, 29 June – 26 August (020 7836 8463). An epic medieval tale featuring a timeless playlist of classic rock songs. Headlined by five unforgettable Bon Jovi masterpieces and accompanied by much loved songs from Bonnie Tyler, Meatloaf, No Doubt and more. In this epic tale of betrayal, love, bloodshed and redemption, the noble Knights of the Rose must defend their House and their honour. Even as the chivalrous knights return from a glorious victory, a greater threat against the kingdom stirs. As they face the greatest battle of the age and betrayal threatens to tear them apart, can true love and honour triumph? With rich interwoven literature from Marlowe, Shakespeare and Chaucer mixed with legendary classic rock music; Knights of the Rose is a glorious fusion of popular culture, evocative of Game of Thrones and Bat out of Hell. [P]

Little Shakespeare. Greenside @ Infirmary Street, Forest Theatre, Edinburgh, 3 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Two of Shakespeare’s most famous scenes fantastically performed by the 15 to 20-year-old children from two of China’s schools, Shanghai International Studies University and Foreign Language School, attached to Sichuan International Studies University, well known for their high standard of education and passion for theatre. A perfect family-friendly production, which sees the superb little actors take on two iconic scenes in 50 minutes. [P]

Ministers of Grace: the Unauthorised Shakespearean Parody of Ghostbusters. REDuck Producktions. theSpace on the Mile, Space 3, Edinburgh, 6 - 10 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Whom wilt thou call? What if Shakespeare had written Ghostbusters? Ministers of Grace is a wickedly funny, ruff-and-ready mash-up joyride of one of the best-loved films of all time performed as a Shakespearean classic. Set against the backdrop of Elizabethan London, follow the story of your favourite paranormal eliminators as they tackle all things supernatural in tights, ruffs and iambic pentameter. This production features fast-paced comedy, Shakespearean parody and spectral puppetry. A play fit for The Bard and lovers of 80s nostalgia. Just remember: Ne'er cross ye streams! [P]

othellomacbeth. Home Theatre (formerly Cornerhouse), Manchester, 14 – 29 September (0161 200 1500); Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, London, 5 October – 3 November (020 8741 6850). One company. Two directors. One set. Two plays. An audacious condensed staging of two of Shakespeare’s most brutal and poetic plays, exploring fear, jealousy, power and revenge. Two stories in which powerful men are manipulated into destroying their societies, their households, their loved ones and themselves. In this dynamic and visceral production these two iconic plays will be performed together by one exciting company of actors, examining escalating cycles of violence; abuses of power and the role and nature of the “tragic hero”. [P]

The Shakespeare Catalysts. Laughing Horse @ espionage, Edinburgh, 20 – 26 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We explore change through a timely reimagining of Shakespeare’s better and lesser-known works in the wake of our current social and political upheavals. Through starkly different scenes from his folios, we challenge audiences to question change in our modern world, whether it be something as intimate as the loss of a loved one at old age or the political shake-ups rocking both Europe and the rest of the world. [P]

Shakespeare for Kids – Under the Greenwood Tree. C venues, C south, Gardens, Edinburgh, 2 - 27 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Meet William Shakespeare and some of his fabulous friends on a mission to change the world! Adventure, suspense and lots of laughs. A perfect introduction to some of Shakespeare’s much loved plays, exploring his love of the natural world. Shakespeare's original language is brought to life for new audiences, this is an accessible, interactive and relaxed performance in the picturesque surroundings of St Peter’s gardens. The performance will take place indoors in the event of heavy rain. [P]

Shakespeare in Love by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman. Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall. Produced by Theatre Royal Bath and Eleanor Lloyd Productions. Directed by Phillip Breen. Malvern Theatres, Malvern, 22 – 27 October (01684 892 277);Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 5 – 10 November (01223 503 333). Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block…the deadline for his new play – a comedy called Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter – is fast approaching, he’s struggling to finish the first line of a sonnet and he’s in dire need of inspiration. Then he meets the beguiling Viola de Lesseps, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant. Viola is prepared to do anything – including risking the frosty disapproval of Queen Elizabeth I – to fulfil her illicit dream of performing on the London stage and pursuing a passionate affair with the greatest playwright of the age. [P]

Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre: Macbeth / A Midsummer Night’s Dream / Richard III / Romeo & Juliet. Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York, 25 June – 2 September (01904 623 568). Europe’s first ever pop-up Shakespearean theatre is coming to York next summer, promising a thrilling and unique theatrical experience! Artistic Director Damian Cruden and Associate Director Juliet Forster will be putting their stamp on Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream respectivelyOlivier Award-winner Lindsay Posner from the West End will direct Romeo and Juliet and Richard III. Outside the theatre, Shakespeare’s Village will be a vibrant spectacle, allowing everybody free access to Elizabethan entertainment, including wagon performances, juggling jesters and musicians; the best Yorkshire food and drinks and an ornate Elizabethan garden. [P]

She Wolf by Gillian English. Voodoo Rooms, French Quarter, Edinburgh, 4 - 26 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. One-woman show about Queen Margaret of Anjou. [P]

Sonnet Sunday. Directed by Federay Holmes. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 2 September (020 7401 9919). For the first time ever in the Globe’s history, we invite you to go on this journey of love, life and the passing of time through all of the sonnets from 1 – 154. Over the course of one day you will be able to hear and enjoy the entirety of the sonnet collection in the beautiful setting of the Globe. This special event has grown out of our annual tradition of Sonnet Walks. With old friends, new faces and special guests, this promises to be a celebration of not only Shakespeare, but also our local, national and international community. [P]

Voter’s Choice. Directed by Brendan O’Hea. Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour. Oxford Bodleian Library Quad, 17 - 29 July (020 7401 9919). How did a company tour in Shakespeare’s day? We know that when the theatres closed, a small group of actors, juggling a variety of roles in three or four plays from their extensive repertoire, would leave London and head off on tour. We also know that the choice of play or entertainment was left to the most powerful person of the household. So, following in the tradition of our resident playwright, and in a first for Shakespeare’s Globe, between May and September 2018 a company of eight actors will offer audiences a choice of three plays: The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night. They will perform all three at the Globe before setting out on a national and international tour. And also in keeping with tradition – and with thrilling unpredictability – the choice of play will be put back into the hands of the most powerful members of the house: the audience. More venues to be announced. [P]

The Whole of Shakespeare by Ilya Moshchitsky. The Comedy Club St Petersburg. theSpace on the Mile, Edinburgh, 21 – 25 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Artists of pantomime and clownery Mikhail Kukota and Igor Chekhov are graduates of the Russian State Institute of Performing Arts. They present a completely new vision and new form of William Shakespeare's famous drama plays through ironic consciousness. Sixteenth-century morality, English drama traditions, the author's unrivalled genius and notorious subjects that outlived millions of interpretations and screenings are transformed in the creator's imagination. An unexpected fusion, which would have surprised William Shakespeare, Elizabeth I and all the Elsinore population. [P]

Your Bard. Joanne Hartstone and Nicholas Collett Productions. Assembly Hall, Baillie Room, Edinburgh, 2 - 27 August. Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Did Will Shakespeare write his plays? Spend a rip-roaring hour in the pub with the man himself! He'll tell you all about his family, what it's like on tour and the glory days at the Globe. Queen Elizabeth I, Christopher Marlowe and Ned Alleyn – you'll meet them too. Intermingled with a few of his greatest hits and maybe a sonnet or a song. There's no fourth wall here – we're all in this together! Ladies and gentlemen raise your glasses – Your Bard! [P]



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