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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

 September 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.

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

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

All's Well That Ends Well

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Directed by Andrew Hilton. Factory Theatre, Bristol, 31 March – 30 April 2016 (
0117 902 0344) [P]

New Wimbledon Studio Theatre, London, 15 June – 9 July 2016 [P]

Antony and Cleopatra

As You Like It

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

Festival Players Theatre Company. Ingatestone Hall, Ingatestone, 3 September; Buckden Towers, St Neotts, 4 September. [P]

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

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


SISATA. Adapted by Charmaine K. Parker. Bread and Roses Theatre, London, 1 – 5 September.  Reverse gender production. [A]

Comedy of Errors


National Theatre, London, 21 October – 6 November (020 7452 3000). In a city celebrating carnival, two sets of identical twins seek each other amidst a riot of music and colour. Separated for many years, the brothers face comedic confusion, arrests, and multiple mistaken identities before a final joyful reunion. A fast-paced and energetic re-telling of Shakespeare’s hilarious and moving farce. Suitable for 8 – 12yrs. [P]



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


The HandleBards. HM Frigate, Unicorn, Dundee, 3 September (01382 200 900); Hatton Castle, Newtyle, 5 September (; The Rookery, Streatham Common, London, 9 September (07986 784 207). [A]

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

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Directed by Andrew Hilton. Factory Theatre, Bristol, 11 February – 30 April 2016 (
0117 902 0344) [P]


Hamlet is Dead. No Gravity by Ewald Palmetshofer. VOLTA. Arcola Theatre, London, 2 – 12 September (020 7503 1646). “Something’s rotten in Mani and Dani’s childhood home. Bine and Oli got married, but did they make the right choice? Kurt has a secret, and his wife Caro knows it. Hannes is dead, but who pulled the trigger? With cruel comedy, past recriminations and sensational revelations, Ewald Palmetshofer presents a dark vision of a family in crisis.” [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]

Henry IV, pt.1

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Barbican Theatre, London, 12 December – 23 January 2016 (0845 120 7550) [P]


Festival Players Theatre Company. Cressing Temple, Braintree, Essex, 1 September; Jewry Wall Museum, Leicester, 5 September. Parts 1 and 2 adapted into a single play. [P]

Hampshire Youth Theatre. Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, 3 – 5 September (023 8067 1771). ; Parts 1 and 2 adapted into a single play. [A]

Ketterer’s Men. Shakespeare Institute Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon, 24 – 26 September; Parts 1 and 2 adapted into a single play. [A]

Henry IV, pt.2

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


Festival Players Theatre Company. Cressing Temple, Braintree, Essex, 1 September; Jewry Wall Museum, Leicester, 5 September. Parts 1 and 2 adapted into a single play. [P]

Hampshire Youth Theatre. Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, 3 – 5 September (023 8067 1771). Parts 1 and 2 adapted into a single play. [A]

Ketterer’s Men. Shakespeare Institute Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon, 24 – 26 September; Parts 1 and 2 adapted into a single play. [A]

Henry V

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

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

Henry VI, pt 1


Henry VI. Directed by Trevor Nunn. The Rose Theatre, Kingston, 16 September – 31 October (08444 821 556). In the first play, Henry V, the ‘star of England’ after triumphant conquests in France, is dead. His heir is an infant, whose throne must be protected by regents against the counterclaims of the most powerful baronial families in the country – the House of York, whose symbol is a white rose, and the House of Lancaster, represented by a red rose. Conflict is inevitable. The young King Henry VI is married, against his inclination, to Margaret of Anjou, a beautiful French princess who has already fallen passionately in love with another man. Meanwhile in France, young Joan of Arc wins historic victories over the English as, at home, the country drifts into Civil War. Part of the War of the Roses Trilogy. [P]

Henry VI, pt 2


Edward IV. Directed by Trevor Nunn. The Rose Theatre, Kingston, 21 September – 31 October (08444 821 556). The second play, adapted from Shakespeare's Henry VI Parts II and III, intensifies the conflict between all those grasping for power. The Civil War ebbs and flows as the throne changes hands. A powerless Henry VI becomes a pacifist appalled by the fighting; his beautiful French wife becomes a warrior queen, leading her army into battle. The white rose triumphs, promoting the accession of young Edward IV, but the red rose fights back and Henry VI is king again. As the white rose counter-attacks, nobody quite notices the emergence of an ambitious crookback youngster... called Richard. Part of the War of the Roses Trilogy. [P]

Henry VI, pt 3


Edward IV. Directed by Trevor Nunn. The Rose Theatre, Kingston, 21 September – 31 October (08444 821 556). The second play, adapted from Shakespeare's Henry VI Parts II and III, intensifies the conflict between all those grasping for power. The Civil War ebbs and flows as the throne changes hands. A powerless Henry VI becomes a pacifist appalled by the fighting; his beautiful French wife becomes a warrior queen, leading her army into battle. The white rose triumphs, promoting the accession of young Edward IV, but the red rose fights back and Henry VI is king again. As the white rose counter-attacks, nobody quite notices the emergence of an ambitious crookback youngster... called Richard. Part of the War of the Roses Trilogy. [P]

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

King John

King Lear

Richmond Shakespeare Society. Directed by Simon Bartlett. Mary Wallace Theatre, Richmond, 7 – 14 November (020 8744 0547 between 10 am and 7 pm only please). [A]


The Shadow King by Michael Kantor. Malthouse Theatre Company, directed by Michael Kantor. Barbican, London, 22 June – 2 July, 2016. Transporting King Lear to the story-rich and resource-laden terrain of northern Australia, The Shadow King reimagines Shakespeare's tragedy as a blood-soaked tale of two indigenous families divided by land, identity and legitimacy. Lear is the head of a remote community wrangling over mining rights, inheritance and wealth. Their story descends into madness and brutality against the distinctive red earth of the Australian outback, dominated by the imposing presence and blinding lights of a mining truck. Told through modern English, Kriol languages and a score, including Aboriginal ‘dreamtime' songs, performed live by an onstage band, The Shadow King fuses music, new text and video to create provocative and epic theatre. (0845 120 7550) [P]

Love's Labour's Lost


Cordial Productions. Directed by Anthony Cord. The Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London, 15 September – 10 October (08444 771 000) [P]

Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Directed by Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin. The Young Vic, London, 26 November – 16 January 2016 (020 7922 2922); Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, 26 – 30 January (0121 236 4455) [P]

Interval (The Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre). Yvonne Arnaud Theatre (the Mill Studio), Guildford, 10 – 12 December (01483 440 000) [A]


Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (opera). English National Opera. Music by Dmitri Shostakovich. Lyrics by Alexander Preys.  Translation by David Pountney. London Coliseum, London, 26 September – 20 October (020 7845 9300). Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk is a powerful work of raw emotional intensity. With themes of adultery and murder, the story follows the downfall of a bored provincial merchant’s wife who seeks solace and excitement in an extra-marital affair. With a bold and contemporary setting, the staging provides the perfect backdrop to this 20th-century opera’s unflinching approach to sex and violence. [P]

Macbeth (opera). Music by Luke Styles. Lyrics by William Shakespeare. Adapted by Ted Huffman. Royal Opera House, London, 9 September (020 7304 4000). Luke Styles, former Young Composer in Residence for Glyndebourne, presents a new one-act chamber opera based on Shakespeare’s violent tragedy. [P]

Chalice Media Ltd. The Forum Studio Theatre, Chester, 3 – 5 September (01244 341296); Mill at the Pier, Wigan, 24 – 26 September (01942 829715). “In an uncertain, dystopian future where brutality, extortion and physical might regularly triumph over reason, compassion and any sense of justice, the Warlords, Thanes and self-appointed Kings of long fallen nations battle for control. Alliances are hard-won; forged with distrust and more likely to break than bend. One of the few territories to find stability and something like civil law and order is the district which has come to be known as Scotland.” [A]

The Pantaloons Theatre Company. Blackfriars Arts Centre, Boston, Lincolnshire, 7 October (01205 363 108); Hounslow Arts Centre, Hounslow, 8 October (020 3743 2329); The Blake Theatre, Monmouth, 9 October (01600 719 401); Kettering Arts Centre, Kettering, 10 October (01536 513 858); Norden Farm, Maidenhead, 13 October (01628 788 997); The Mission Theatre, Bath, 14 – 16 October (01225 463 362); Underground Theatre, Eastbourne, 17 October (01323 430 077); The Regal Theatre, Minehead, 20 October (01643 706 430); The Gate Arts Centre, Cardiff, 22 October (029 2048 3344); Viaduct Theatre, Halifax, 25 October (01422 255 266); St George’s Theatre, Great Yarmouth, 26 October (01493 331 484); The Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 27 October (01986 897 130); The Lights, Andover, 29 October (01264 368 368); The Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham, 30 October (01242 258 002); The Watermark, Ivybridge, 1 November (01752 892 220); Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham, 4 November (01476 406 158); Cranleigh Arts Centre, Cranleigh, 5 November (01483 278 000); Brookside Theatre, Romford, 6 – 7 November (01708 755 775); Gulbenkien Theatre, Canterbury, 12 November (01227 769 075); The Place, Bedford, 14 November (01234 354 321); Artrix, Bromsgrove, 17 November (01527 577 330); Pomegranate Theatre, Chesterfield, 19 November (01246 345 222); Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 20 November (01376 556 354); Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 24 – 25 November (0845 196 2320); Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, 26 November (01892 678 678). This is not a story for the faint-hearted. It's the story of how old King Duncan died. It's a story of murder and betrayal. It's a story of supernatural sorcery. And it's a story that's going to be retold as you've never seen it before... Taking their cues from film noir, gangland Britain and the clowning tradition (yes, really) the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company put their own contemporary spin on Shakespeare's most dangerous play. Tragic and hilarious in equal measures this innovative take on 'The Scottish Play' (Macbeth) features femmes fatale, high-speed chases, killer lines, killer crimes and some seriously weird sisters. [A]

Adapted by Beth Flintoff. Directed by Cressida Brown. The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 2 – 7 November (01635 46044). In a mythical world of dictatorship, uprisings, famine and war, Shakespeare examines what it truly means to be a tyrant. An ideal introduction to Shakespeare, this production is performed by only three actors and features the original text cut to a fast-paced, blood-spattered 75 minutes. [P]

Macbeth – Blood will have Blood. Contender Charlie, China Plate and Warwick Arts Centre. Adapted by Nick Walker. Directed by Paul Warwick and Ben Walden. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 29 September – 2 October (01473 295 900); Core at Corby Cube, 5 – 7 October; Quarterhouse, Folkestone, 8 – 9 October; MAC, Birmingham, 12 – 13 October; Marlowe Studio, Canterbury, 15 – 16 October; Cambridge Junction, 19 – 20 October; Arts Centre Washington, Sunderland, 21 – 23 October. A macabre porter invites us into Macbeth's castle, taking us right into the dark heart of Shakespeare's play. Razor sharp storytelling, eerie projections and a heart-stopping soundtrack take us on an immersive, break-neck journey through the blood-soaked world of Macbeth Reinvented for young audiences, Macbeth - Blood Will Have Blood is an accessible and unforgettable introduction to Shakespeare's shocking story of ambition, greed and the abuse of power. For 9-13 year olds.  [P]

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs. Uppingham Theatre, Uppingham, 29 – 31 October (01572 820 820). [A]

Measure for Measure

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

The Young Vic, London. Directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins. 1 October – 14 November (020 7922 2922) [P]

The Merchant of Venice

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


National Youth Theatre. Directed by Anna Nilaand. The Ambassador’s Theatre, London, 29 September – 2 December (08448 112 334). Set in the very near future amidst political and financial chaos, society, as we know it, is on the brink of collapse. The stock markets are flat lining; the Euro has collapsed, creating an increasingly cutthroat trading environment for the business community. Venice, with its gondolas, opera and beautiful skies is no longer safe... Meanwhile, beautiful, wealthy Portia finds herself the star of her very own reality TV show, with men playing a ‘Game of Chance' in a battle to win her love. [Part of the National Youth 2015 Season.] [P]

The Merchant of Vembly by Shishir Kurup. Cockpit Theatre, London, 6 – 25 October (020 7258 2925). Venice intersects with Wembley’s Ealing Road in a wickedly funny, wildly inventive and politically provocative re-imagining of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Set in Wembley, London in the here and now: a tragi-comic, raucous, dark and irreverent work offers a bitingly South Asian perspective. [P]

Merry Wives of Windsor


Falstaff (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, 14 – 24 October (0117 902 0344) [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

 The HandleBards. Coupar Angus Town Centre, 4 September (01828 628388); Hatton Castle, Newtyle, 6 September (; The Rookery, Streatham Common, London, 8 September (07986 784 207). [A]

Sheffield University Drama Society. Sheffield University Drama Studio, 11 – 14 November (0114 2553417) [A]

Royal Shakespeare Company. Dream 16: A Play for the Nation. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 17 February – 5 March 2016 (0844 800 1110); Northern Stage (formally Newcastle Playhouse), Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 16 – 26 March (0191 230 5151); Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, 29 March – 2 April (0141 429 0022); Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 5 – 9 April (01253 290 190); Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, 12 – 16 April (01274 432000); Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 19 – 23 April (01227 787 787); Theatre Royal, Norwich, 26 – 30 April (01603 63 00 00); Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 3 – 7 May (0115 989 5555); Hall for Cornwall, Truro, 10 – 14 May [On sale late September/early October]; Barbican, London, 17 – 21 May (0845 120 7550); New Theatre, Cardiff, 24 – 28 May [On sale late October/early November];Grand Opera House, Belfast, 31 May – 4 June (028 9024 1919); Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 15 June – 17 July (0844 800 1110) [P/A]

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


Stern Alarum. The Tea House Theatre, Vauxhall, London, 10-12 September. “It is September 1936 and the start of the new academic year at Athens College. Professor Theseus has decided to hold a teahouse symposium in order to publicise his new book on ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ entitled ‘Bottom’s up!’. The resident tealady, Mrs Puck, keeps mixing up her tealeaves and table numbers, resulting in mix ups and mischief. Elsewhere the chancellor is most concerned with recent unchaperoned fraternising between the ladies and gentlemen's colleges. As for the postgraduates: Quince is preoccupied with rehearsing the university revue; Lysander is cultivating his poetic soul; Hermia is plotting ways to escape her overbearing father; Demetrius is much distracted by his dining club rules; and studious Helena longs to discover her inner flapper.” Dress code: 1930s or academic dress. Stay for a tea dance after the performance. [P]

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

Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Max Webster. Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, 2 – 5 September; Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 7 – 13 September; Minack Theatre, Cornwall, 16 – 20 September; Curve, Leicester, 24 – 26 September. (020 7401 9919) [P]

Wyrd Sisters Theatre Company. Directed by Joanna Freeman. Drayton Arms Theatre, Kensington, London, 18 August – 5 September (020 7835 2301). [P]


Blue Apple Theatre. Playhouse, Salisbury, 18 – 19 September (01722 320 333) [A]



Uppingham Theatre, Uppingham, 9 October (01572 820 820) [All female company] [A]


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

Richard II

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

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. David Tennant (Richard II). Barbican, London, 7 – 10 January 2016 (0845 120 7550) (Part of the King and Country Cycle) [P]

Richard III

The Rose Theatre. Directed by Trevor Nunn. The Rose Theatre, Kingston, 25 September – 31 October (08444 821 556). [Part of the War of the Roses Trilogy]. [P]

Directed by Mark Rosenblatt. Reece Dinsdale (Richard III). Quarry Theatre, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, 25 September – 17 October (0113 2137 700) [P]

Studio Theatre Company. The Garage, Norwich, 11 – 13 December (01603 630000) [A]

The Faction. Directed by Mark Leipacher. Lipman Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 5 January – 6 February 2016 (0191 227 3168). [P] 

Romeo and Juliet

The Faction. Directed by Rachel Valentine Smith. Greenwich Theatre, 8 – 12 September. [P]

Sheffield Theatres. Directed by Jonathan Humphreys. Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 17 September – 17 October (0114 249 6000) [P]

Immersion Theatre. Harrow Arts Centre, London, 1 October (0208 416 8989); Tiverton Community Arts Theatre, Devon, 2 October (07443 502523); Loughborough Town Hall, Loughborough, 5 October, (01509 231 914); Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 7 October (01986 897 130); Stanwix Theatre, Carlisle, 12 October (01228 400 356); Capstone Theatre, Liverpool, 14 October (0151 709 3789); Goldmine Centre, Walsall, 15 October (01922 621 951); Jack Studio Theatre (previously Brockley Studio Theatre), London, 20 – 24 October (0333 666 3366); Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, 3 November (01737 276 500); Broadway Theatre, Barking, 4 November (020 8507 5607); Stur-Exchange, Dorset, 6 November (01258 475 137); Camberley Theatre, Surrey, 12 November (01276 707 600); Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury (Walker Theatre), 13 November (01743 281 281); Sundial Theatre, Cirencester, 17 November (01285 654 228). [P]

Worcester Repertory Company. Directed by Chris Jaeger. Worcester Cathedral, 20 – 24 October (01905 611427) [A]

Fred Theatre Company. Directed by Robert F. Ball. AE Harris, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, 3 – 14 November. [P]

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Garrick Theatre, London, 12 May – 13 August 2016 ( 505 8500). [P]


Romeo and Juliet (ballet). The Royal Ballet. Choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan. Royal Opera House, London, 19 September – 2 December (020 7304 4000). [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). [P]

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Birmingham Royal Ballet. Choreographed by Kenneth MacMillan. Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, 24 – 27 February 2016 (0844 338 5000); Empire Theatre, Sunderland, 17 – 19 March 2016 (0870 602 1130) [P]

Thelma Holt and Oxford University Dramatic Society. Yvonne Arnaud Theatre (the Mill Studio), Guildford, 2 – 5 September (01483 44 00 00). Near future Verona. Violence reigns, and only through violence can order be regained. Politics is polarised beyond all compromise. Gay marriage is legal —for now. But as the country sleepwalks into right-wing dystopia, there's no guarantee it will stay that way. One night, Romeo and Juliet, women from two warring households, fall in love and in lust. They arrange to get married immediately. [A]

The Taming of the Shrew


The Taming of the Shrew (Ballet). Birmingham Royal Ballet. Choreographed by John Cranko. Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, 16 – 18 June 2016 (0844 338 5000) [P]

Kiss Me Kate. Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter. Book by Sam Spewack and Bella Spewack. Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds, 24 September – 31 October (0870 125 1898); Theatre Royal, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 6 – 7 November (08448 11 21 21); The Lowry, Salford, 13 – 14 November (0161 876 2000); Theatre Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham, 20 – 21 November (0115 989 5555) [P]

The Tempest

Bowler Crab Productions. Directed by Stephen John. Half House Farm, Three Oaks, East Sussex, 22 August – 5 September. [A]

Northern Stage (previously known as Newcastle Haymarket Playhouse), Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 25 September – 1 October (0191 230 5151); The Playhouse, Oxford, 14 – 24 October (01865 305 305) [P]

London Theatre Workshop. Directed by Brandon Force. Eel Brook Pub, Fulham, London 7 – 24 October. [P]

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


Before the Tempest. Hidden Spire. OFS Studio (previously known as Old Fire Station Theatre), Oxford, 17 – 19 September (01865 297 170). Following sell-out Hidden Spire performances in 2012 and 2013, the Old Fire Station is working with homeless people from Crisis Skylight Oxford to create a brand new show for 2015: Before the Tempest. A prequel to Shakespeare’s classic tale of love, magic and bad weather, Before the Tempest looks into Miranda and Prospero’s life on the island and discovers their dreams and desires. [A]

Return to the Forbidden Planet by Bob Carlton. Directed by John Winson. Medway Little Theatre, Rochester, 24 November – 5 December (01634 400322). [A]

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

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

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

Swan Theatre, Yeovil. Directed by Ian White. 14 – 19 September (07500 376031). [P]

Workington Playgoers. Theatre Royal (Moorclose Campus), Workington, 6 – 10 October (01900 603 161) [A]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

Northern Broadsides. Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate, 18 – 26 September (01423 502 116); Coliseum Theatre, Oldham, 29 September – 3 October (0161 624 2829); Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds, 6 – 10 October (01284 769 505); Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, 13 – 17 October (01484 430 528); Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, 20 – 24 October (01723 370 541); Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 27 – 31 October (01242 572 573); New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-Under-Lyme, 3 – 7 November (01782 717 962); The Dukes, Lancaster, 10 – 14 November (01524 598 500); Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool, 17 – 21 November (0151 709 4776); Viaduct Theatre, Halifax, 24 – 28 November (01422 255 266) [P]

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company. Directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh. Kenneth Branagh (Leontes), Judi Dench (Paulina) Garrick Theatre, London, 17 October – 16 January 2016 (0844 482 9673) [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 28 January – 22 April 2016 (020 7401 9919) [P]


The Winter’s Tale (Ballet). The Royal Ballet. Choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. The Royal Opera House, London, 12 April – 7 June 2016 (020 7304 4000) [P]

Poems and Apocrypha

(in alphabetical order)

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] by The Reduced Shakespeare Company. Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury, 15 January 2016 (01722 320 333). All 37 plays in 120 minutes. The sixteen comedies are reduced to a single section and the histories are played as a ball game. [P]

Faustaff by Diego Sosa. Cockpit Theatre, London. 17 November – 6 December (020 7258 2925). A play inspired by the Faustian myth, set in the modern world and seen through feminine eyes. The title of the play, however, comes from a mixture between Marlowe's and Goethe's Dr. Faustus and Shakespeare's Falstaff, the mischievous character from Henry IV saga and The Merry wives of Windsor. [P]

The Herbal Bed by Peter Whelan. Worcester Repertory Company. Royal and Derngate, Northampton. 5 – 27 February  (01604 624 811). [P]

King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings. Royal Shakespeare Company. Barbican Theatre, London, Cycle A: 12 – 14 January 2016; Cycle B: 15 –17 January; Cycle C: 19 – 21 January ; Cycle D: 22 – 24 January (0845 120 7550). The RSC’s residency at the Barbican will culminate in January 2016 with a major theatrical event to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death: King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings – a complete 4-play season cycle of Richard II, Henry IV parts 1 & 2 and Henry V in repertoire. David Tennant [Richard II], Antony Sher [Falstaff], Jasper Britton [Henry IV] and Alex Hassell [Prince Hal/Henry V]. [P]

Kings of War adapted by Bart van den Eynde and Peter van Kraaij. Toneelgroep Amsterdam. Directed by Ivo van Hove. Barbican, London, 22 April – 1 May 2016 (0845 120 7550) In Kings of War, Shakespeare's Henry V, Henry VI and Richard III become modern-day political leaders, their fates unfolding in this single, explosive play. Three different rulers in times of crisis. Each faced with the life-or-death choice of whether to go to war. Their decision-making and the machinations of their advisors are laid bare, exposing the conflict between national concerns and self-interest in an era of globalisation. [P]

The Rise and Fall of Magbeth by Mike Sagar-Fenton. Minack Theatre, Penzance, 23 – 25 September (01736 810 181). Shakespeare couldn't have resisted writing a play about Margaret Thatcher if he'd been alive - but he wasn't so instead "The Rise and Fall of Magbeth" gleefully pillages not only the Scottish Play but most of the Bard's canon to create this fast and hilarious black comedy. [A]

The Second Best Bed by Avril Rowland. Worcester Repertory Company. The Coach House Theatre, Malvern 9 October (01684 892 277). 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! [A]

Shakespeare in Shoreditch. New Diorama Theatre. Rose Lipman Building, London, 30 September – 10 October (0207 383 9034). ‘Inspired by Shakespeare’s universal stories come four new plays by written and developed in Shoreditch: Grey Man by Lulu Raczka and The H-Word by David Watson, and Pelican Daughters by Amy Rosenthal and This is Art by Charlene James. Featuring a programme of workshops, film screenings and discussions, join us to drink in the Shipwreck bar, hear tales of Elizabethan duels and brawls and write your own plays over the course of the 10 day Festival.’ [P]

Shakespeare Schools Festival. Northern Stage (formally Newcastle Playhouse), Newscastle-upon-Tyne, 9 – 14 November (0191 230 5151). The Shakespeare Schools Festival works with over a thousand schools all over the UK, staging productions in their local professional theatre. Each night, four schools perform a different abridged Shakespeare play. Come along and celebrate their achievements. [A]

Shakespeare Triple Bill (Ballet). Birmingham Royal Ballet. Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, 22 – 25 June 2016 (
0844 338 5000). Our celebration of Shakespeare continues with a combination of tragedy, comedy and poetry, all translated into dance. José Limón's The Moor's Pavane distils the passion and drama of Shakespeare's Othello into a thrilling one-act tragedy, tightly focussed on four characters and their jealousy. David Bintley's The Shakespeare Suite sets a collection of the Bard's best-loved characters to a swinging Duke Ellington score and offers a quicksilver visit to Shakespearean couples of every sort, star-crossed, bewitched, squabbling, and romantic, plus a powerhouse solo. Finally Jessica Lang captures the poetry of the sonnets in Wink the world premiere of this work. [P]

To Build a Wooden O by Nick Wilkes. Malvern Theatres, Malvern, 9 – 12 September (01684 892 277). It's 1598 and Will Shakespeare needs a new theatre... James Burbage is dead, his investment at Blackfriars stalled, and Shakespeare is stuck in the wrong part of town. Shoreditch is no longer the hotbed of theatrical life it once was. Burbage's Theatre is closed, and Shakespeare and his company are stuck at the ageing Curtain Theatre, out on a limb. But south of the river business is booming... [P]


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