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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

   December 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.

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

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

All's Well That Ends Well

Antony and Cleopatra

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). www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/antony-and-cleopatra [P]

As You Like It

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Kimberley Sykes. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 14 February – 31 August 2019. Booking opens 22 October. www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Adaptation

National Theatre in association with the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch. Adapted by Laurie Woolery and Shaina Taub. Directed by Douglas Rintoul. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 24 – 27 August 2019 (020 7452 3000). www.queens-theatre.co.uk [A/P]

Comedy of Errors

Coriolanus

Cymbeline

Hamlet

Adaptations

Directed by Amy Leach. Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse), Leeds, 1 – 30 March 2019 (0113 213 7800). Female Hamlet. https://leedsplayhouse.org.uk/events/hamlet/ [P]

Hamnet. Dead Centre Theatre Company. Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, 20 – 22 November (024 7652 4524). Hamnet is too young to understand Shakespeare. And he is one letter away from being a great man. We are too old to understand Hamnet. How close are we to greatness? We meet in the middle, in a theatre, in purgatory; youth reaching forward to a life it will never know, an audience reaching back to a life it has forgotten. www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/2018/hamnet/ [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]

New
Shit-Faced Shakespeare – Hamlet. Leicester Square Theatre, London, 19 June – 14 September 2019(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? https://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873595932 [P]

Henry IV, pt.1

Henry IV, pt.2

Henry V

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

Henry VI, pt 3

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

Stamford Shakespeare Festival. Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall, Stamford, Lincolnshire, 18 June 2019 – 24 August. (01780 756133 / 01780 763203). Open-air performance. Booking opens 1 November. http://stamfordshakespeare.co.uk [A]

King John

King Lear

Adaptations

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).  www.chesiltheatre.org.uk/index.html/#Amateurs [P]

Jack Lear by Ben Benison. Directed by Barrie Rutter. Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne, 12 – 16 February 2019 (0191 230 5151). Wealthy trawlerman, Jack Lear, is preparing to retire and hand over his hard-earned fleet to his feisty trio of daughters. Morgana, Freda and Victoria, who gut fish and work on deck wearing oilskin frocks and thigh high boots, have never seen eye to eye with each other or their tight-fisted father. As the sisters scheme and scrap over their inheritance, enter Edmund, the womanising lawyer. Family ties are tested as each woman strives for freedom, fortune and love in this rivalry stormier than the dark North Sea! www.northernstage.co.uk/Event/jack-lear [P]

Love's Labour's Lost

Macbeth

National Theatre. Directed by Rufus Norris. Michael Nardone (Macbeth), Kirsty Besterman (Lady Macbeth). 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). www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/macbeth [P]

The Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Polly Findley. Christopher Eccleston (Macbeth), Niamh Cusack (Lady Macbeth). The Barbican, London, 15 October – 18 January 2019 (0845 120 7550) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Directed by Robert Hastie. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 7 November – 2 February 2019 (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/macbeth [P]

Adaptations

New
Macbeth (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. English Touring Opera Company. Hackney Empire Theatre, London, 9 March 2019 (020 8985 2424); Storyhouse Theatre, Chester, 15 March (01244 409 113); Coronation Hall, Ulverston, 19 March (01229 588994); Buxton Opera House, Buxton, 22 March (01298 72190); Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, 25 March (01902 42 92 12); Theatre Royal, York, 29 March (01904 623568); Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 2 – 5 April (01223 50333301223 50333301223 503333); Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk 12 April (01728 687110); Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, 16 April (0114 249 6000); Curve Theatre, Leicester, 22 April (0116 242 3560); Theatre Royal, Norwich, 25 – 27 April (01603 630000); Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 30 April – 4 May (01242 572573); Churchill Theatre, Bromley, 7 – 8 May (020 3285 6000); The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 10 May (01227 787787); Gala Theatre, Durham, 13 May (03000 266 600); Perth Concert Hall (part of the Perth Festival), Perth, 16 May (01738 621031); Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 21 and 24 May (01392 726363); Lighthouse Theatre, Poole, 31 May (01202 280000) http://englishtouringopera.org.uk/productions/macbeth [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. www.nimaxtheatres.com/shows/macbeth/ [P]

New
South Devon Players. Brixham Theatre, Brixham, 18 – 19 January 2019 (01803 852 829); Torquay Museum, Torquay, 1 – 2 February (01803 293975). This classic tale of ambition, destiny and murder takes place in the near future, dramatized across a post-WW3 landscape. www.southdevonplayers.com/box-office.html [A/P]

New
Shakespeare Up Close Theatre Company. Directed by Nathan Powell. Orange Tree Theatre, London, 9 – 20 February 2019 (020 8940 3633). 90 minute condensed version with six actors. www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/macbeth [P]

New
The Watermill Ensemble. Directed by Paul Hart. The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 28 February – 30 March 2019 (01635 46044). Inspired by the fierce sounds of Johnny Cash, The xx and The Rolling Stones, The Watermill’s resident Shakespeare company fuse electrifying actor-musicianship with Shakespeare’s thrilling tragedy. www.watermill.org.uk/macbeth_2018 [P]

New
Proteus Theatre Company. Haymarket Theatre, Basingstoke, 14 – 15 March 2019 (01256 844244). In the city, success is all and ruthless ambition is rewarded. The only problem is, how do you control it before it consumes you and your family? A corporate thriller which explores the pressures faced by first generation British-born children of immigrants, set against the ‘greed is good’ corporate landscape of 1980s Britain. www.anvilarts.org.uk/whats-on/macbeth [P]

New
1616 Theatre Company. New Wimbledon Theatre (Time and Leisure Studio), London, 23 March 2019 (0870 060 6646). 1616 present a new contemporary version of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Suitable for 14+ www.atgtickets.com/shows/macbeth/time-and-leisure-studio/ [P]

New
The Factory Theatre Company. Theatr Clwyd, Mold, 8 – 9 April; Hawkesbury Community Centre, Buckley, 10 April; Mold Town Hall, Mold, 11 April; Flint Town Hall, Flint, 12 April; Theatr Clwyd, Mold, 13 April (ALL TICKETS: 01352 701521). A uniquely daring theatre experiment that is completely different every time. Playing wildly different venues over a week of shows. Casting is gender-less, ages-less, and changes every time. No props, no costumes, no pre-planned choreography – apart from the text, everything that happens is entirely spontaneous, and inspired by the venue. And you can play The Witches. www.theatrclwyd.com/en/whats-on/macbeth/ [P]

Queer Lady M - work in progress. 1623 Theatre Company. Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester, 8 December (0116 252 2455). Shane idolises Lady Macbeth. He always has done, ever since she slipped into his world through Grandma's telly when he was small. Tonight, Shane's been stood up. Lonely and lost, he turns to Shakespeare's fierce queen for strength. But how far can becoming your idol help you find yourself when you're anxious and alone? Queer Lady M brings together devised performance, Shakespeare and drag while exploring the real-life experiences of working- class, gender-fluid artist Shane Gabriel. After a successful R&D phase with Derbyshire LGBT + and Derby Theatre last year, 1623 is making, scratching and previewing Queer Lady M this year, before touring the show in 2019

https://uk.patronbase.com/_AttenboroughArts/Productions/X240/Performances [P]

Measure for Measure

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 28 June – 29 August 2019. Booking opens 22 October. www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Adaptations

Directed by Josie Rourke. Hayley Atwell (Isabella), Jack Lowden (Angelo). Donmar Warehouse, London, 28 September – 1 December (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. www.donmarwarehouse.com/production/6629/measure-for-measure/ [P]

The Merchant of Venice

Merry Wives of Windsor

Royal Shakespeare Company. The Barbican, London, 7 December – 5 January 2019 (0845 120 7550) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Directed by Mike Tweddle. The Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol, 20 February – 6 April 2019 (0117 902 0344) www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com/shows/a-midsummer-nights-dream-by-william-shakespeare/ [P]

Directed by Nicholas Hytner. Bridge Theatre, London, 3 June – 31 August 2019 (0843 208 1846) https://bridgetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/a-midsummer-nights-dream/ [P]

New
Directed by Dominic Hill. Regents Park Open Air Theatre, London, 28 June – 27 July 2019 (0844 826 4242) http://openairtheatre.com/production/a-midsummer-nights-dream [P]

Adaptations

Flute Theatre Company. Adapted by Kelly Hunter. Minerva Theatre, Chichester, 15 – 26 January 2019 (01243 781 312). 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. Performing in rep with Twelfth Night in Chichester only. www.flutetheatre.co.uk/ [P]

Much Ado About Nothing

New
A Northern Broadside and New Vic co-production. Directed by Conrad Nelson. New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme, 8 February – 2 March 2019 (01782 717 962); The Dukes, Lancaster, 5 – 9 March (01524 598 500); Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, 12 – 16 March (01723 370541); Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury, 19 – 23 March (01722 320333); Derby Theatre, Derby, 26 – 30 March (01332 255 800); Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 2 – 6 April (01284 769 505); Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, 16 – 20 April (01484 430 528); Viaduct Theatre, Halifax, 24 April – 4 May (01422 255 266); The Lowry, Salford, 7 – 11 May (0161 876 2000); Theatre Royal, York, 14 – 18 May (01904 623 568); Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate, 21 – 25 May (01423 502 116) www.northern-broadsides.co.uk/news/ [P]

The Harlequin Players. Directed by Kelly White. Harlequin Theatre, Northwich, 17 – 20 April 2019 (01606 353 534) www.harlequinplayers.com/much-ado-info [A]

Othello

Adaptation

New
Cambridge University European Theatre Group. The Cockpit Theatre, London, 16 December (020 7258 2925). Within a smokey, dimly lit jazz club Iago plots his scheme to overthrow Othello, the Moor. Trust is eroded and innocence is corrupted in Shakespeare’s tragic tale of manipulation and jealousy. Featuring live jazz. http://thecockpit.org.uk/show/othello_0 [A]

Pericles

Richard II

The Tragedy of King Richard the Second. Directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins. Simon Russell Beale (King Richard II). The Almeida Theatre, London, 10 December – 2 February 2019 (020 7359 4404).  https://almeida.co.uk/whats-on/the-tragedy-of-king-richard-the-second/10-dec-2018-2-feb-2019 [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 22 February 2019 – 21 April  (020 7401 9919) All female cast. www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on-2018/richard-ii [P]

Richard III

Headlong Theatre. Directed by John Haidar. Bristol Old Vic Theatre, 1 – 9 March 2019 (0117 987 7877); Alexandra Palace, 13 – 31 March (020 8365 2121); Home, Manchester, 30 April – 4 May (0161 200 1500); Oxford Playhouse, 7 – 11 May (01865 305305); Royal and Derngate, Northampton, 14 – 25 May (01604 624811).  https://headlong.co.uk [P]

Romeo and Juliet

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Erica Whyman. The Barbican, London, 2 November – 19 January 2019 (0845 120 7550); Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne, 5 – 9 February (08448 11 21 21); Blackpool Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 26 February – 2 March (01253 290 190); New Theatre, Cardiff, 5 – 9 March (029 2087 8889); Theatre Royal, Glasgow, 19 – 23 March (0141 240 1133) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Adaptations

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Moscow City Ballet. Palace Theatre, Manchester, 17 January 2019 (0870 401 3000); Kings Theatre, Portsmouth and Southsea, 8 – 9 February (023 9282 8282). Part of a tour with other ballets. www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/moscow-city-ballet [P]

Juliet and Romeo (dance). Lost Dog Theatre Company. Playhouse, Nottingham, 25 January 2019 (0115 941 9419); Royal Opera House (Linbury Theatre), London, 13 – 14 April (020 7304 4000). A squirmingly funny and devastatingly dark 21st century alternative reality for Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers. Lost Dog's new show reveals the real story of Romeo and Juliet. It turns out they didn't die in a tragic misunderstanding, they grew up and lived happily ever after. Well, they lived at least. Now they are 40ish, at least one of them is in the grips of a mid-life crisis, they feel constantly mocked by their teenage selves and haunted by the pressures of being the poster couple for romantic love. They have decided to confront their current struggles by putting on a performance about themselves. Their therapist told them it was a terrible idea. https://lostdogdance.co.uk/productions/juliet-romeo/ [P]   

New
Matthew Bourne's Romeo + Juliet (ballet). New Adventures Company. Curve Theatre, Leicester, 13 – 18 May 2019 (0116 242 3560); Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, 22 – 25 May (01274 432 000); Royal & Derngate, Northampton, 28 May – 1 June (01604 624 811); Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 4 – 8 June (01752 267 222); The Lowry, Salford, 11 – 15 June (0161 876 2000); Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 18 – 22 June (08700 40 2000); Sadler's Wells Theatre, London, 7 – 31 August (020 7863 8000); Theatre Royal, Norwich, 3 – 7 September (01603 630 000); Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, 10 – 14 September (0870 730 1234); The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 17 – 21 September (01227 787787); Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, 24 – 28 September (023 8071 1811); Theatre Royal, Nottingham, 1 – 5 October (0115 989 5555); Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne, 9 – 12 October (08448 11 21 21) https://new-adventures.net/romeo-juliet#overview [P]

West Side Story. Score by Leonard Bernstein. Leeds Amateur Operatic Society. Grand Theatre, Leeds, 23 – 27 April 2019 (0844 848 2700). www.leedsgrandtheatre.com [A]

New
West Side Story. Score by Leonard Bernstein. Curve Theatre, Leicester, 23 November 2019 – 11 January 2020 (0116 242 3560). Tickets on sale 14 December 2018. www.curveonline.co.uk/news/curve-announces-christmas-2019-production-of-west-side-story/ [P]

The Taming of the Shrew

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Justin Audibert. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 8 March – 31 August 2019. Booking opens 22 October. www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Adaptation

New
Adapted by Jo Clifford. Directed by Michael Fentiman. Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, 28 February – 16 March 2019 (02920 646 900). Petruchio is a woman who isn’t afraid of a challenge. Which is just as well because her latest task is to tame a beautiful but waspish boy called Kate. But Kate isn’t going to make it easy for her… Has Petruchio bitten off more than she can chew? Reverse-gender production. www.shermantheatre.co.uk/performance/theatre/taming-shrew/ [P]

Kiss Me Kate. Sheffield Theatre Productions. Directed by Paul Foster. The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 7 December – 12 January 2019 (0114 249 6000) www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/whats-on/kiss-me-kate [P]

New
Shit-Faced Shakespeare – The Taming of the Shrew. Leicester Square Theatre, London, 17 April – 1 June 2019 (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? https://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows/873595928 [P]

The Tempest

Lazarus Theatre Company. Greenwich Theatre, London, 5 – 16 February 2019 (020 8858 7755) www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk/events/tempest [P]

Adaptations

New
Primary Shakespeare – The Tempest. Directed by Imogen Bond. Orange Tree Theatre, London, 15 June 2019 (020 8940 3633). Shakespeare’s magical tale of betrayal and hope explored for a younger audience. A one-off public performance amid a tour round primary schools. www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/the-tempest [P]

New
Return to the Forbidden Planet by Bob Carlton. Westfield School and Newcastle School for Boys. Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne, 29 – 30 March 2019 (0191 230 5151). A sci-fi, jukebox musical loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest. www.northernstage.co.uk/Event/return-to-the-forbidden-planet [A]

Timon of Athens

Adaptation

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

Titus Andronicus

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

New
Lyric Theatre, Carmarthen, 28 – 30 March 2019 (0845 226 3510) www.theatrausirgar.co.uk/en/shows/twelfth-night [A]

New
Sleaford Little Theatre, Sleaford, 8 – 11 May 2019 (0333 666 3366) https://sleafordplayhouse.co.uk/tickets/events/2019/twelfth-night [P]

Stamford Shakespeare Festival. Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall, Stamford, Lincolnshire, 11 June 2019 – 3 August. (01780 756133 / 01780 763203). Open-air performance. Booking opens 1 November. http://stamfordshakespeare.co.uk

Adaptations

New
A Creation and The Herald Players co-production. The Electric Theatre, Guildford, 5 – 8 December (01483 501 200). All female cast. https://electric.theatre/shows/twelfth-night-creaction-herald-players/ [P]

Flute Theatre Company. Adapted by Kelly Hunter with music by Tom Chapman. Minerva Theatre, Chichester, 15 – 26 January 2019 (01243 781 312). Flute Theatre’s unique production of one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies has been performed across Europe and makes its UK premiere at the Minerva Theatre. Viola is saved from drowning with a bucket of freezing water and welcomed into Illyria by a mysterious clown who leads us all on a melodious and dreamlike odyssey. With nothing but instruments, costumes and props that may have been washed up on a beach, the cast of seven actors are swung between characters, between actor and musician, and between love and madness by this whirligig of a play. The result is a painfully funny and hopelessly romantic version of this classic, exploring the ecstasy and grief of falling in love for the first time. For anyone who has ever been in love, or is fed by a love of music. www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/twelfth-night [P]

Southwark Playhouse, London, 17 January – 9 February 2019 (020 7407 0234). Whilst searching for her lost brother at a music festival in Illyria, Viola stumbles upon love instead. In the melting pot of the festival, anyone can be who they want to be – but in reality, no one is really sure who is who, or what secrets they might be hiding. When it all comes out, there’s going to be one hell of a hangover. https://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/show/twelfth-night/##details [P]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

LAMDA. Directed by Joanna Read. Sainsbury Theatre, LAMDA, London, 5 – 12 December (020 8834 0500) www.lamda.ac.uk/whats-on/productions-and-films/autumn-season/two-gentlemen-of-verona [A]

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

Adaptation

National Theatre. Adapted for young audiences by Justin Audibert and the company. Directed by Ruth Johnson. Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre, London, 6 – 21 February (020 7452 3000). Booking opens 9 November. www.nationaltheatre.org.uk [P]

Poems and Apocrypha

Miscellaneous
(in alphabetical order)

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. Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne, 25 February – 2 March 2019 (08448 11 21 21). . 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. www.stagereview.co.uk/theatre-news/writers-block-continues-for-shakespeare-in-love-on-uk-tour/ [P]

New
Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre: Hamlet / The Tempest / Henry V / Twelfth Night. Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre, York, 25 June – 1 September 2019 (01904 623 568). Following its highly acclaimed inaugural season in 2018, Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre will pop up again at the foot of Clifford’s Tower in the historic heart of York. Four new productions of William Shakespeare’s plays will once again transport audiences to the thrilling, intimate atmosphere of an Elizabethan playhouse, with plenty of breath-taking, spine-tingling, heart-stopping moments. Outside the theatre, visitors can experience a vibrant, free-to-enter Shakespearean village, offering the finest Yorkshire food and drinks from oak-framed, reed-thatched buildings, an array of ‘wagon’ entertainment, minstrels and a stunning Elizabethan garden with ornate box-edged beds of cottage flowers, roses and herbs. The 13-sided scaffolding theatre offers three tiers of covered seating and an open courtyard for standing ‘groundlings’. Step back in time and experience Shakespeare as it was in his day, with bloody battles, comic mayhem, gruesome murders and grand oratory! www.shakespearesrosetheatre.com/york [P]

New
Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre: Macbeth / A Midsummer Night’s Dream / Richard III / Romeo & Juliet. Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, 8 July – 7 September 2019 (01625 560 000). Europe’s first-ever pop up Shakespearean theatre arrives at Blenheim Palace for summer 2019. Four of William Shakespeare’s plays will transport audiences to the thrilling, intimate atmosphere of an Elizabethan playhouse, with plenty of breath-taking, spine-tingling and heart-stopping moments. The 13-sided scaffolding theatre offers three tiers of covered seating and an open courtyard for standing ‘groundlings’. Outside the theatre, visitors can experience a vibrant Shakespearean village, offering the finest Oxfordshire fare – from local ales to scrumptious ice creams – served from oak-framed, reed-thatched buildings; an array of ‘wagon’ entertainment; minstrels and a stunning Elizabethan garden with ornate box-edged beds of cottage flowers, roses and herbs. Step back in time and experience Shakespeare as it was in his day, with bloody battles, comic mayhem, gruesome murders and grand oratory. www.blenheimpalace.com/whats-on/events/shakespearesrt/ [P]

 

 

 

 

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