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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

  September 2017 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.

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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’s Globe Theatre. Directed by Caroline Byrne. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 11 January 2018 – 3 March (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com/ [P]

Antony and Cleopatra

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Iqbal Khan. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 11 March – 7 September (01789 403493); Barbican Centre, London, 30 November – 20 January 2018 (0845 120 7550) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

As You Like It

Shared Experience. Directed by Kate Saxon. The Theatre By The Lake, Keswick, 7 July – 4 November (017687 74411); Richmond Theatre, 7 – 11 November (0844 8717651); Oxford Playhouse, 14 – 18 November (01865 305305); Connaught Theatre, Worthing, 21 – 22 November (01903 206 206); New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, 23 – 25 November (023 9264 9000); Broadway Theatre, Letchworth, 29 November – 2 December (01462 681088). www.sharedexperience.org.uk  [P]

Oxford University Dramatic Society (in association with Thelma Holt). Yvonne Arnaud Theatre (The Mill Studio), Guildford, 30 August – 2 September (01483 44 00 00) www.shakespearetour.com/ [P]

Adaptation

The HandleBards. Brunel Museum, Rotherhithe, 5 September (07986 784 207); The Rookery, Streatham, 6 September (07986 784 207); Norden Farm, Maidenhead, 12 September (07986 784 207); Stockwood Discovery Centre, Luton, 13 September (07986 784 207); Chelsea Physic Garden, London, 14 – 15 September (07986 784 207); Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury (07986 784 207). Four-strong all female troupe. http://www.handlebards.com/girls-tour-dates/ [P] 

 

Comedy of Errors

Illyria Theatre Company. Middleton Lodge, Richmond, 7 September; Norfolk Square Gardens, London, 8 September; Hinton Ampner, Alresford, 9 September; Manor Farm, Corsley, 10 September. www.illyria.co.uk/IllyriaCOEtourschedule2017.htm [P]

Darlington Green Theatre. Crown Street Library, Darlington, 28 – 30 September (01325 486 555) www.darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk/whats-on/the-comedy-of-errors/ [A]

Coriolanus

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Angus Jackson, Sope Dirisu (Coriolanus). Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 15 September – 14 October (01789 403493) Barbican Centre, London, 6 – 18 November (0845 120 7550) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Cymbeline

Hamlet

Directed by Robert Icke. Andrew Scott (Hamlet), Juliet Stevenson (Gertrude). The Harold Pinter Theatre, London, 9 June – 2 September (0844 871 7622) www.atgtickets.com/shows/hamlet/harold-pinter-theatre/ [P]

New
Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company and RADA. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Tom Hiddleston (Hamlet). The Jerwood Vanbrugh Theatre, London, 1 – 23 September (020 7908 4800) www.rada.ac.uk/whats-on/hamlet [P]

University of Bolton. Directed by David Thacker. Octagon Theatre, Bolton, 15 February – 10 March 2018 (01204 520 661) www.octagonbolton.co.uk/ [P]

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Simon Godwin. Paapa Essiedu (Hamlet). The Lowry, Salford, 26 January – 3 February 2018 (0161 876 2000); Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 6 – 10 February (01752 267 222); Hull New Theatre, Hull, 13 – 17 February (01482 226 655); Northern Stage (previously known as Newcastle Haymarket Playhouse), Newcastle upon Tyne, 20 – 24 February (0191 230 5151); Royal and Derngate, Northampton, 27 February – 3 March (01604 624 811); Hackney Empire, London, 6 – 31 March (020 8985 2424) www.rsc.org.uk/hamlet-tour-2018 [P]

Adaptations

Hamlet (opera) by Brett Dean. Glyndebourne Theatre Company. Libretto by Matthew Jocelyn, directed by Neil Armfield. Glyndebourne, Lewes, 11 June – 6 July and 21 – 27 October (01273 815000); Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 3 November; Theatre Royal, Norwich, 17 November; Milton Keynes Theatre, 24 November; Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 1 December. www.glyndebourne.com [P]

Approximately Right Productions (in association with Park Theatre). Directed by Simon Evans. Park Theatre, London, 22 August – 16 September (020 7870 6876). This is Hamlet stripped to its core and played by three members of one family: Gyles Brandreth, Benet Brandreth, Kosha Engler – father, son and wife. A family gathering, haunted, claustrophobic, intense. With a running time of 90 minutes, this Hamlet blasts through our expectations of a familiar text offering a unique take on Shakespeare’s most famous play, performed by a unique cast. www.parktheatre.co.uk/whats-on/hamlet [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
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard. Maidenhead Drama Guild. Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead, 8 – 11 November (01628 788 997) https://norden.farm/events/rosencrantz-and-guildenstern-are-dead [A]

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

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Angus Jackson. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 3 March – 9 September (01789 403493); Barbican Centre, London, 24 November – 20 January 2018 (0845 120 7550) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

London Theatre Company. Directed by Nicholas Hytner. David Calder (Caesar), Michelle Fairley (Cassius), David Morrissey (Mark Antony), Ben Whishaw (Brutus). Bridge Theatre, London, 20 January – 15 April 2018 (0843 208 1846) https://bridgetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/julius-caesar/ [P]

King John

King Lear

Directed by Nancy Meckler. Kevin McNally (Lear) Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 10 August – 14 October (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com/ [P]

Directed by Jonathan Munby. Ian McKellen (Lear). Minerva Theatre, Chichester, 22 September – 28 October (01243 781 312) www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/king-lear [P]

Love's Labour's Lost

Macbeth

New
Directed by Yukio Ninagawa. Barbican Theatre, 5 – 8 October (
020 7638 8891). www.barbican.org.uk In Japanese with English surtitles. [P]

New
Garrick Theatre, Stockport, 14 – 21 October (
0161 480 5866). An RSC Open Stages Production. www.stockportgarrick.co.uk/whats-on [A]

New
The National Production Company. The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham, 10 – 14 April 2018 (
0121 245 4455) www.oldreptheatre.co.uk/macbeth.html [P]

Adaptations

Macbeth (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Royal Opera House, London, 25 March – 10 April 2018 (020 7304 4000) www.roh.org.uk/productions/macbeth-by-phyllida-lloyd [P]

The Macbeths by Alexander Raptotasios. and Manolis Tsiipos. Directed by Dominic Hill. Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, 27 September – 14 October (0141 429 0022). At the heart of Shakespeare’s darkest play is a disintegrating marriage. This new adaptation using a radically cut-down version of the text focuses on the relationship between one of the most famous killers in literature and his ambitious wife. www.citz.co.uk/whatson/info/the_macbeths/  [P]

Oddsocks Macbeth. Oddsocks Theatre Company. Workington Hall, Cumbria, 1 September (01900 702987). Shakespeare's darkest of dark tragedies is given the Oddsocks treatment and as this popular company can make a comedy out of anything, be prepared for spine tingling, eye popping, rib tickling hilarity - lots of witches! Lots of laughs!. Expect this battle against good and evil to be a physically exciting spectacle, complete with power hungry rulers, mad wives, sword fights, wandering stilted witches, walking trees, blood, wigs, music, dancing and lots of audience participation. www.oddsocks.co.uk/box-office [P]

Measure for Measure

The Merchant of Venice

Merry Wives of Windsor

Adaptation

Falstaff (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. Directed by Robert Carson. Royal Opera House, London, 7 – 21 July 2018 (020 7304 4000) www.roh.org.uk/productions/falstaff-by-robert-carsen [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The Pantaloons Theatre Company. Black Park Country Park, Wexham, Buckinghamshire, 1 September (01753 511 060); Cudmore Grove Country Park, East Mersea, 2 September (0333 013 2738); Diss Corn Hall Open-Air, 3 September (01379 652 241) http://thepantaloons.co.uk/a-midsummer-nights-dream/ [P]

New
Bite My Thumb and Northern Spark. Carriageworks, Leeds, 8 – 9 September (0113 224 3801); Guiseley Theatre, Leeds, 16 September (01924 211 311); Halifax Playhouse, 29 – 30 September (01422 365998). www.bitemythumb.co.uk [P]

Adaptations

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (opera) by Benjamin Britten. English National Opera. Directed by Robert Carson. London Coliseum, London, 1 – 15 March 2018 (020 7632 8300) www.eno.org/whats-on/a-midsummer-nights-dream/ [P]

New
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (ballet) by Felix Mendelssohn. Ballet Cymru. Choreography by Darius James. South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, 30 September (01344 484 123); Queen’s Hall, Hexham, 6 October (01434 652477); Dance City, Newcastle, 7 October (0191 261 0505); Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford, 18 October (01780 763203); Princess Theatre, Burnham-on-Sea, 27 October (01278 784464); Salisbury Arts Centre, Salisbury, 8 December (01722 321 744). http://welshballet.co.uk/productions/a-midsummer-nights-dream/ [P]

Merely Theatre (in association with the Production Exchange). N16 Globe, Bedford Hill, 15 September (07807856058); Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells, 28 September (01892 678 678); Young lovers and would-be thespians escape the city and lose themselves in the woodland realm of feuding forest gods. They become entangled in the magic thanks to an impish trickster, who gives them all eyes for someone (or something) else. Merely Theatre is committed to performing classical works and selected pieces of new writing. Known for a stripped-back style that puts the focus on crystal clear storytelling, Merely aim to make theatre accessible, entertaining and energized. http://merelytheatre.co.uk/current-productions/  [P]

The HandleBards. The Story Museum, Oxford, 1 September (07986 784 207); Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham, 3 September (07986 784 207); The Rookery, Streatham, 5 September (07986 784 207); Theatre Royal Margate, Margate, 6 September (01843 292795); The Woodville, Gravesend, 14 September (07986 784 207); Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre, Bordom, 16 September (07986 784 207). Four-strong all male troupe. www.handlebards.com/boys-tour-dates/ [P] 

Much Ado About Nothing

Directed by Matthew Dunster. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 14 July – 15 October (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com/ [P]

Ketterer’s Men. The Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, 20 – 22 September. www.ketterersmen.gmail.com [A]

Adaptation

Shit-Faced Shakespeare – Much Ado about Nothing. Leicester Square Theatre, London, 11 April – 16 September (08448 733433). The smash-hit, internationally acclaimed, award-winning, multi sell-out fringe phenomenon is back in London with a new show for 2017: Much Ado About Nothing. Shit-faced Shakespeare is the hilarious combination of an entirely serious adaptation of a Shakespearian classic with a single, 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 go wrong? https://leicestersquaretheatre [P]

Othello

 Adaptations

National Youth Theatre. Adapted by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett for Frantic Assembly. Directed by Simon Pittman. The Ambassadors Theatre, London, 26 September – 8 December (08448 112 334) www.theambassadorstheatre.co.uk/Online/default.asp [P]

Otelo by Viajeinmovil. Presented by CASA Festival. Southwark Playhouse, London, 26 – 30 September (020 7407 0234). This fast, darkly funny and erotically-charged puppetry reimagining of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy focuses on Desdemona’s murder to explore Latin America’s horrific record of femicide. More or less starting around the beginning of Act 4 of Shakespeare’s play, Iago and Emilia join forces and minds to manipulate full-size mannequins, disembodied heads and Othello’s jealous heart with terrifying results. http://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/the-little/otelo/ [P]

Pericles

Richard II

Richard III

New
Antic Disposition Theatre Company. Temple Church, London, 22 August – 9 September (0333 666 3366) www.anticdisposition.co.uk/richard-iii-2017.html [P]

Front Foot Theatre Company. The Cockpit Theatre, London, 12 October – 4 November (020 7258 2925) http://thecockpit.org.uk/show/richard_iii_1 [P]

Adaptation

Richard III – One Woman Show. Brite Theater. Directed by Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdottir. Cygnet Theatre, Exeter, 4 – 5 October www.glastonburyabbeyshop.com http://onewomanrichard.weebly.com [P]

Romeo and Juliet

Adaptations

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). English National Ballet. Choreography by Rudolf Nureyev. Southbank Centre, London, 1 – 5 August (0844 847 9910); Hippodrome, Bristol, 21 – 25 November (0844 871 3012) www.ballet.org.uk/whats-on/romeo-juliet/ [P]

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Russian State Ballet and Opera House. Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, 15 October (01743 281 281); Octagon Theatre, Yeovil, 17 October (01935 422 884); Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, 22 October (01323 412 000); Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 25 October (024 7655 3055); Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham, 27 October (01242 572 573); Grand Theatre, Swansea, 1 November (01792 475 715); Malvern Theatres, Malvern, 5 November (01684 892 277); Forum Theatre, Billingham, 12 November (01642 552 663); The Playhouse, Harlow, 16 November (01279 431 945); Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, 22 November (01793 524 481); Buxton Opera House, Buxton, 26 November (0845 12 72190); Venue Cymru (formerly North Wales Theatre), Llandudno, 28 November (01492 872 000); Royal Hall, Harrogate, 7 December (01423 564 433) http://amande-concerts.co.uk/russian-state-ballet/#map_canvas [P]

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia. Darlington Hippodrome, 15 February, 2018 (01325 405405); Theatre Royal, Brighton, 19 February (08700 606 650); New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 23 February (0870 060 6646); Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh, 20 March (0870 606 3424) https://www.ents24.com/uk/tour-dates/russian-state-ballet-and-orchestra-of-siberia [P]

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Birmingham Royal Ballet. Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, 26 – 30 June 2018 (0870 730 1234) www.birminghamhippodrome.com/calendar/birmingham-royal-ballet-romeo-juliet/ [P]

Romeo and Juliet - Merely: Romeo and Juliet. Merely Theatre Company (in association with The Production Exchange). Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, 29 August (01970 62 32 32); N16 Globe, Bedford Hill, 1 September (07807856058); Kings Theatre, Edinburgh, 20 – 22 September (0131 529 6000); Merely present young love in all its raw and savage beauty, driving through action-packed thrills and tender intimacy to crushing loss. Five actors blast the company’s signature style of urgency, humour and clarity to conjure a stirring, visceral theatrical experience. http://merelytheatre.co.uk/current-productions/  [P]

Flute Theatre. Orange Tree Theatre, London, 16 – 28 October (020 8940 0141). Performance for young people with autism and their families. Children and actors play sensory games to unravel Shakespeare’s story. www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk [P]

West Side Story. Tyne Theatre Productions. Tyne Theatre and Opera House (formerly Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre), Newcastle upon Tyne, 20 – 23 September (0844 2491 000) http://tynetheatreandoperahouse.uk/events/tyne-theatre-productions-present-west-side-story/ [A]

West Side Story. Orbit Theatre Company. New Theatre, Cardiff, 7 – 11 November (029 2087 8889) www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk/what's-on/orbit-theatre-west-side-story/ [P]

The Taming of the Shrew

Adaptations

Kiss Me Kate. Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, 8 – 11 November (0845 330 3565) www.theatrclwyd.com/en/whats-on/kiss-me-kate/ [P]

Kiss Me Kate. Welsh National Opera and Orchestra and Chorus of Opera North. Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds, 23 – 26 May 2018 (0870 125 1898); London Coliseum, London, 20 – 30 June 2018 (020 7632 8300) www.kissmekatethemusical.co.uk/ [P]

The Tempest

Bilimankhwe Arts. Directed by Kate Stafford. Greenwich Theatre, London, 27 – 30 September (020 8858 7755); MAC, Birmingham, 14 October (0121 446 3232); Cast Theatre, Doncaster, 25-26 October (01302 303 959). This powerful, passionate and magical production features stunning contemporary African choreography from Shyne Phiri, with an original soundtrack which samples traditional Malawian music. www.greenwichtheatre.org.uk www.bilimankhwe-arts.org  [P]

Adaptation

Return to the Forbidden Planet by Bob Carlton. Tip Top Productions. Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, 13 – 16 September (0845 330 3565). A rock ‘n’ roll musical based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest and the 1956 science fiction film Forbidden Planet. Originally billed as Shakespeare’s forgotten rock and roll masterpiece it features well known songs of the 50s and 60s. www.theatrclwyd.com/en/whats-on/return-forbidden-planet/ [A]

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Blanche McIntyre. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 23 June – 2 September (01789 403493); Barbican Centre, London, 7 December – 19 January 2018 (0845 120 7550) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Christopher Luscombe. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 2 November – 24 February 2018 (01789 403493) www.rsc.org.uk Public booking opens in late February. [P]

Adaptation

Merely Theatre (in association with the Production Exchange). Kings Theatre, Edinburgh, 20 – 21 September (0131 529 6000); Unlikely lovers come crashing together in this riotous and deeply tender comedy. Using just 5 actors, we use imagination and innovation to present identical twins, multiple disguises and mistaken identity in this tale of mischief and love. http://merelytheatre.co.uk/current-productions/  [P]

New
Sun and Moon Theatre Company. Cygnet Theatre, Exeter, 15 – 16 November (01392 277 189). Christmas 1917. As war wages on, those at home in Illyria try to forget and seek distraction, resulting in mistaken identity, folly and love. But when refugee twins, Viola and Sebastian, are shipwrecked and separated, they shake up this grief-stricken community… https://cygnettheatre.co.uk/events/theatre/ [P]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

Adaptation

The Winter’s Tale (ballet) by Christopher Wheeldon. The Royal Ballet Company. Royal Opera House, London, 13 February – 21 March 2018 (020 7304 4000) www.roh.org.uk/productions/the-winters-tale-by-christopher-wheeldon [P]

Poems and Apocrypha

Miscellaneous
(in alphabetical order)

New
Bard Heads. Finding the Will in association with the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham. Written and performed by Jules Heads and Richard Curnow. Cygnet Theatre, Exeter, 21 October (01392 277 189). Inspired by Shakespeare’s most famous plays and with a nod to Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, Bard Heads imagines what might have happened
next in Macbeth and Hamlet. www.findingthewill.com/bard-heads/
https://cygnettheatre.co.uk/events/theatre/

Shakespeare and his Black Mates by Lynda Burrell and Fran Hajat. Presented by Museumand, The National Caribbean Heritage Museum. Playhouse, Nottingham, 2 November (0115 941 9419). An Englishman, an African man and a Moor walk into an inn and sit down and talk. No, this isn’t a bad joke. We think this is how William Shakespeare, England’s great playwright, learned about exotic cultures and customs from black people he knew. How else could he have written such powerful characters like Othello, Titus Andronicus, and Caliban? www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/drama/shakespeare-and-his-black-mates/ [P]

Shakespeare Avengers Assembleth - Age of Oberon. Drake’s Drummers Theatre Company. Pavilions (formerly Carlton Theatre), Teignmouth, 30 September (01626 249 049). Oberon's gone mad. We're talking full-on Hamlet. The fairy king of Midsummer has kidnapped William Shakespeare, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Shakespearean Heroes International Evil Lessening Division) and his mischievous sidekick Puck has brought him the Infinity Quill. A quill unlike any other, for the Infinity Quill has the power to rewrite history itself and forge a new future at the will of its master. Slightly anxious of the scenario that is unfolding, Shakespeare's greatest heroes (and Brutus), decide they should do something to stop the oncoming apocalypse. Under instructions from Puck they head to Midsummers Forest. Shakespeare's Avengers have assemblethed. www.pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk/events/shakespeare-avengers-assembleth-%E2%80%93-age-oberon [A]

The Shakespeare Revue devised by Christopher Luscombe & Malcolm McKee. Directed by Malcolm McKee. Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, 19 – 23 September (0845 330 3565). How many times have you watched a Shakespeare play, loved the story but just wished it would lighten up a bit? Dedicated to all things Shakespeare and (lovingly!) taking the mickey out of it. The result – the funniest night out you will have all year! With songs and sketches by Victoria Wood, Alan Bennett, Stephen Sondheim, Maureen Lipman, Monty Python, Cole Porter, Fry & Laurie and many more. www.theatrclwyd.com/en/whats-on/the-shakespeare-revue/ [P]

 

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