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Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

April 2014 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

Arpana Company.  Directed by Sunil Shanbag.  Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 5 - 10 May – (020 7401 9919).  [Performed in Gujarati – Part of Globe to Globe] www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

Antony and Cleopatra

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.  Directed by Jonathan Munby.  Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 17 May – 24 August (020 7401 9919). www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

As You Like It

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Directed by Andrew Hilton. The Tobacco Factory, Bristol, 13 February - 22 March (in repertoire until 2 May - 0117 902 0344); Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, 6 - 10 May (01723 370541); Everyman, Cheltenham, 13 - 17 May (01242 572 573); Hall for Cornwall, Truro, 20 - 24 May (01872 262466); Theatre Royal, Winchester, 3 - 7 June (01962 840440); Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 10 - 14 June (01392 493493); Playhouse, Salisbury, 17 - 21 June (01722 320333).  www.sattf.org.uk [P]

Norwich Players. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 27 March – 5 April (01603 620 917) www.maddermarket.co.uk [A]

LAMDA.  Pleasance Theatre, London, 28 March – 1 April (020 7609 1800). http://www.lamda.org.uk/whats-on/productions-and-showcases/pleasance-theatre-islington   [A]

Actors From the London Stage.  Cockpit Theatre, London, 22 – 23 April (020 7258 2925).  http://shakespeare.nd.edu/actors-from-the-london-stage/on-tour/as-you-like-it---spring-2014/ [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.  Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 17 May – (020 7401 9919).  www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

Stamford Shakespeare Festival.  Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall, Little Casterton, 10 – 14 June; 23 – 28 June; 28 July – 2 August; 11 – 16 August (01780 756133).  www.stamfordshakespeare.co.uk [P]

Ludlow Shakespeare Festival in association with Stafford Gatehouse Theatre.  Directed by Peter Rowe.  Castle, Ludlow, 14 – 22 June (0844 2485165 – booking fee).  www.ludlowartsfestival.co.uk  [P]

Stafford Festival Shakespeare.  Stafford Castle, Stafford, 29 June – 12 July (01785 254 653).  www.staffordhfestivalshakespeare.co.uk  [P]

New
Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. St John’s College Gardens, Cambridge, 7 – 26 July (01223 357 851). www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [A]

Comedy of Errors

Propeller. Theatre Royal, Newcastle, 1 - 5 April (08448 11 21 21); King's Theatre, Edinburgh, 16 - 19 April (0131 529 6000); Theatre Royal, Plymouth, week of 5 May 2014 (01752 267222). http://propeller.org.uk [P]

The Merely Players.  Cockpit Theatre, London, 15 March & 20 April (020 7258 2925). http://www.thecockpit.org.uk/shakespeare  [P]

New
Big Spirit Youth Theatre. The Bury, Barton-le-Clay (in inclement weather performances will be in the Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin), 10 – 12 July (01462 455 166). www.queenmothertheatre.org.uk [A]

Groundlings Theatre Company.  Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth, 10, 12, 30 July; 1, 3 August (023 9273 7370).  www.groundlings.co.uk [P]

Updated
Pendley Shakespeare Festival.  Pendley Manor, near Tring, 6 - 10 August (box office from July 2014: 01442 820 060; online booking available now).  http://www.pendleyshakespearefestival.co.uk/ [A]

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.  Directed by Blanche McIntyre.  Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 30 August – (020 7401 9919).  www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

Coriolanus

Cymbeline

Artisans Drama Society. Brentwood Theatre, 23-26 April (01277 200305) www.brentwood-theatre.co.uk [A]

Hamlet

Updated
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.  Directed by Dominic Dromgoole and Bill Buckhurst.  Middle Temple Hall, London, 18 – 20 April (Barbican BO:  0845 120 7543); Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 23 - 26 April (020 7401 9919). ‘Be at the start of a completely unprecedented theatrical adventure and help us launch this two-year worldwide tour of our pared-down, small-scale Hamlet, which will visit all 205 nations on earth.’ www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

New
Hiraeth Artistic Productions.  Directed by Zoe Ford.  Riverside Studios, London, 28 May – 22 June (020 8237 1111).  http://www.hiraethartisticproductions.co.uk/  [P]

Minimum Wage Theatre Company.  Brindley Arts Centre, Runcorn, 21 June (0151 907 8360). https://brindley.halton.gov.uk/peo/show.asp  [A]

Updated
Pendley Shakespeare Festival.  Pendley Manor, near Tring, 13 - 17 August (box office from July 2014: 01442 820 060; online booking available now).  http://www.pendleyshakespearefestival.co.uk/ [A]

Archway Theatre Company, Horley Hamlet, 23 September – 4 October (01293 784 398).  http://www.archwaytheatre.co.uk/index.shtml  [A]

Adaptation

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

Updated
Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Antony Sher (Falstaff), Jasper Britton (Henry IV), Alex Hassell (Prince Hal), Paola Dionisotti (Mistress Quickly).  Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon, 18 March - 6 September (0844 800 1110); Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne, 25 September - 4 October (08448 11 21 21); Theatre Royal, Norwich, 14 October - 18 October (01603 630 000); The Lowry, Salford, 21 October - 25 October (0161 876 2000); Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, 28 October - 1 November (01274 432 000); Theatre Royal, Bath, 4 November -  8 November (01225 448 844); Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 11 November - 15 November (01227 787 787); Barbican Centre, London, 29 November - 24 January 2015 (0845 120 7550). www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Henry IV, pt.2

Updated
Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Antony Sher (Falstaff), Jasper Britton (Henry IV), Alex Hassell (Prince Hal), Paola Dionisotti (Mistress Quickly). Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon, 18 March - 6 September (0844 800 1110); Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne, 25 September - 4 October (08448 11 21 21); Theatre Royal, Norwich, 14 October - 18 October (01603 630 000); The Lowry, Salford, 21 October - 25 October (0161 876 2000); Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, 28 October - 1 November (01274 432 000); Theatre Royal, Bath, 4 November -  8 November (01225 448 844); Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 11 November - 15 November (01227 787 787); Barbican Centre, London, 29 November - 24 January 2015 (0845 120 7550). www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Henry V

Updated
Groundlings Theatre Company.  Groundlings Theatre, Portsmouth, 13, 29, 31 July; 2 August (023 9273 7370); Rose Theatre, London, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 July (020 7261 9565). www.groundlings.co.uk [P]

New
Guildford Shakespeare Company.  Guildford Cathedral Grounds, Guildford, 14 – 26 July (01483 304 384).  www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk [P]

Adaptation

Pocket Henry V. Propeller. Directed by Edward Hall. Bonnington Theatre, Nottingham, 22 February; Theatre Royal, Margate, 6 March; Quarterhouse, Folkestone,  7 March; Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury,  11 March; Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, 12 March; Dream Factory, Warwick, 26 March; Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 4 April. 60 minute all-male reimagining for young audiences. http://propeller.org.uk/home. [P]
 

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

Henry VI, pt 3

Henry VIII

Adaptation

New
Anne Boleyn by Howard Brenton.  Putney Arts Theatre, London, 24 – 28 June (020 8788 6943).  http://www.putneytheatrecompany.org.uk/  [A]

Julius Caesar

Updated
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.  Directed by Dominic Dromgoole.  Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 20 June – 11 October (020 7401 9919).  www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

Worcester Repertory Company. The Lady Chapel, Worcester Cathedral; Malvern Priory (Dates TBA) (01905 611 427). http://worcesterlive.co.uk [A]

King John

King Lear

National Theatre. Directed by Sam Mendes. Simon Russell Beale (Lear). Olivier Theatre, from 14 January (closing dates TBA) (020 7452 3000). www.nationaltheatre.org.uk [P]

New
Shakespeare’s Globe.  Directed by Bill Buckhurst.  Joseph Marcell (Lear).  New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, 3 July - 5 July (023 9264 9000); Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 8 - 12 July (01284 769 505); The Playhouse, Oxford, 22 July - 3 August (01865 305 305); Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London, 6 - 23 August (020 7401 9919); Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, 20 – 23 August (01748 823 021).  www.shakespearesglobe.com  [P]

Love's Labour's Lost

Hertfordshire Players.  Minack Theatre, Penzance, 25 – 29 August (01736 810 181). [A]

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

Adaptation

Love’s Labour’s Lost … and Won.  Progress Theatre Company.  Caversham Court Gardens, Caversham, 16 – 26 July (Tickets through Progress Theatre’s B.O.: 0118 960 6060).  http://www.progresstheatre.co.uk/ [P]

Macbeth

New
Daniel Krupnick Productions.  Directed by Guy Retallack.  Craig Daniel Adams (Macbeth), Thea Beyleveld (Lady Macbeth), Alain Terzoli (Banquo), Alasdair James McLaughlin (Duncan).  Bridge House Theatre, Penge, 26 March – 19 April (0203 608 9112).  www.BHTheatre.co.uk [P]

Blue Orange Theatre. Loughborough Town Hall, Loughborough, 1 – 2 April (01509 231 914); The Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 3 April (01986 897 130). www.blueorangetheatre.co.uk [P]

New
The Merely Players.  Cockpit Theatre, London, 20 April (020 7258 2925).  http://thecockpit.org.uk/show/merely_macbeth [P]

New
Festival Players.  Midlands Arts Centre (mac), Birmingham, 14 June (0121 446 3232).  http://www.thefestivalplayers.co.uk/  [A]

New
RIFT.  Directed by Felix Mortimer.  Secret Zone 2 Location, East London, 20 June – 16 August (no phone).  ‘Performed overnight form 8pm until 8am, RIFT create a fevered festival-like dream of characters sleepwalking through walls, confiding plots and conspiring murder in this lively and ambitious retelling of Shakespeare's Scottish play. A visceral experience, the performance will envelop its environs to create a world floating between dystopia and utopia; waking and sleeping, with an extraordinary view over the city at sunrise the following morning. Running time: 12hrs. Suitable for age 14+.’ http://macbeth.in/collections/macbeth [P]

Youth Music Theatre UK.  Directed by Stuart Harvey.  Danske Bank Stage, Lyric Theatre, Belfast, 23 – 26 July (028 9038 1081). http://www.youthmusictheatreuk.org/shows/macbeth  [A]

Adaptation

New
Macbethalone!  Stroud Theatre Company.  Directed by Chris Garner & Polly Teale.  Chris Garner (Performer).  Playhouse, Salisbury, 14 April (01722 320 333).  http://www.stroudtheatrecompany.co.uk/ [P]

Measure for Measure

New
Bench Theatre. Directed by Jacquie Penrose. All-female production. The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, Havant, 17 – 26 July (023 9247 2700). www.benchtheatre.org.uk [A]

Shakespeare Institute Players.  Directed by David J Graybill.  Lecture Hall, Mason Croft, Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, (Dates TBC).  www.shakespeareinstituteplayers.co.uk [A]

The Merchant of Venice

Shakespeare at the George. The George Hotel, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, 24 June – 5 July (07716 993 693). www.satg.org.uk [A]

New
Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Robinson College Gardens, Cambridge, 28 July – 16 August (01223 357 851). www.cambridgeshakespeare.com  [A]

Merry Wives of Windsor

New
Amateur Players of Sherborne. Digby Hall, Sherborne, Dorset, 10 -12 April (01935 813 765).  www.aps-sherborne.co.uk [A]

Adaptation

New
Falstaff. Cotswold Arcadians, Hatherop Castle, Gloucestershire, 21 – 26 July (01285 898 019). “A compilation of scenes from Henry IV and The Merry Wives of Windsor.” www.arcadians.org [A]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Updated
Propeller.  Theatre Royal, Newcastle, 1 - 5 April (08448 11 21 21); Theatre de Marseille - La Criée, Marseille, 9 - 13 April (+33 4 96 17 80 00); King's Theatre, Edinburgh, 16 - 19 April (0131 529 6000); Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 7 – 10 May (01752 267222); New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, 4 – 7 June (0844 871 3011); Theatre Royal, Brighton, 10 – 14 June (08700 606 650); Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, 17 – 21 June (01483 44 00 00). http://propeller.org.uk [P]

Bath University Student Theatre.  Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts (ICIA), Bath, 9 – 13 April (01225 386 777).  http://www.bath.ac.uk/arts/  [A]

Rugby Theatre Society. Rugby Theatre, Henry Street, Rugby, 10 – 17 May (01788 541 234). www.rugbytheatre.co.uk [A]

Deafinitely Theatre UK.  Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 2 – 7 June (020 7401 9919).  [Performed in British Sign Language] www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

New
Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. King’s College Gardens, Cambridge, 7 – 26 July (01223 357 851). www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [A]

Worcester Repertory Company. The Commandery, 8 - 20 July. (01905 611 427). http://worcesterlive.co.uk [A]

Derby Shakespeare Theatre Company.  Minack Theatre, Penzance, 11 – 15 August (01736 810 181).  www.derbyshakespeare.org.uk [A]

Adaptation

Ballet.  Northern Ballet. Theatre Royal, Norwich, 13 – 17 May (01603 630 000); Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes, 20 – 24 May (0844 871 7652); The Mayflower, Southampton, 28 – 31 May (02380 711811).  www.northernballet.com. [P]

Ballet.  Music Felix Mendelssohn.  The Royal Ballet.  Choreographed by Frederick Ashton.  Staged by Christopher Carr and Anthony Dowell.  The Royal Opera House, London, 31 May – 13 June (020 7304 4000). www.roh.org.uk [P]

I, Peaseblossom by Tim Crouch.  Company of Angels.  Directed by John Retallack. Tithebarn, Nailsea, 15 May (01275 855277); Arts Centre, Sidcot, 16 May (no phone); Spark Arts, Leicester, 20 – 24 May (0116261 6893); Polka Theatre, Wimbledon, 28 – 31 May (0208 543 4888). ‘A sweet and sorry tale of injustice, inebriation and missing your mum, as told by Caliban, a puppy-headed monster alone on Prospero's island at the end of The Tempest. Tim Crouch interprets Shakespeare from the perspective of characters normally consigned to the sidelines. Blending original and contemporary text, this is Shakespeare as you've never seen it before. Age 8+.’  www.companyofangels.co.uk [P]

Much Ado About Nothing

New
Manchester Royal Exchange.  Directed by Maria Aberg.  Royal Exchange, Manchester, 27 March – 3 May (0161 833 9833).  http://www.royalexchange.co.uk  [P]

Updated
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.  Directed by Max Webster.  Theatre Royal, Margate, 11 – 13 April (0845 130 1786); Playhouse, Alnwick, 16 – 17 April (01665 510 785); Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, London, 28 April – 19 May (020 7401 9919); Parham House, Parham Park, Storrington, 27 – 28 May (no phone); Connaught Theatre, Worthing, 30 – 31 May (01903 206 206); Herstmonceux Castle, Herstmonceux, 15 July (http://www.herstmonceux.com/).  www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

New
Chapter House.  Neeld Hall, Chippenham, 25 June (01249 665 970); Ashby De La Zouch Castle, 5 July (01530 413343); Sparsholt College, Sparsholt, 12 July (01962 797396); Bradgate Park, Newton Linford, 13 July  (0116 234 1850); Tapeley Park Gardens, Instow, Nr Bideford, 16 July (01271 860 897); Shobrooke Park Amphitheatre, Crediton, 18 July(01363 775153); Lydiard Park, Swindon, 25 July  (01793 466619); Enniskillen Castle, Co Fermanagh, 30 July (028 66 325000); Shaftesbury Park, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, 2 August (028 9335 8049); Battle Of The Boyne, Oldbridge Estate, Co. Meath, 9 August (041 9833946); Kilmokea Gardens, Great Island, Campile, New Ross, Co. Wrexford, 10 August (051 388109); Warkworth Castle, Warkworth, 14 August (01665 711423); Helmsley Castle, Helmsley, 19 August (01439 770442); Nottingham Castle, Nottingham, 20 August (0115 9895555); Walsingham Abbey, Little Walsingham, Norfolk, 21 August (01328 820510); Gilbert White's House and Gardens, Selborne, 24 August (01420 511 275); Sterts Arts Centre, Upton Cross, Liskeard, 27 August (01579 362382); Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa, 31 August (01526 352 411).  http://www.chapterhouse.org/ [P]

Othello

The Icarus Theatre Collective. Harpenden Public Halls, 7 April (01582 767525).  http://www.icarustheatre.org/ [P]

Grassroots Shakespeare London.  James Alexandrou (Iago), Boris Mitkov (Cassio), Emily Jane Kerr (Emilia).  Leicester Square Theatre Lounge, London, 2 – 26 April (08448 733433).  www.grassrootshakespearelondon.com [P]

Richmond Shakespeare Society. Directed by Deborah Tinsdale. Mary Wallace Theatre, Twickenham, 26 April – 3 May (020 8744 0547). www.richmondshakespeare.org.uk [A]

New
Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Trinity College Gardens, Cambridge, 28 July – 16 August (01223 357 851). www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [A]

Adaptation

Desdemona: A Play About A Handkerchief by Paula Vogel. “Against the backdrop of a misogynistic sixteenth century world, Vogel tells a wild but timeless tale of three very different women – who form an unlikely friendship fighting against the roles in which society has placed them.”  Park Theatre, London, 13 May – 8 June (020 7870 6876). www.parktheatre.co.uk [P]

Pericles

New
Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Robinson College Gardens, Cambridge, 7 – 26 July (01223 357 851). www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [A]

Richard II

New
Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Downing College Gardens, Cambridge, 7 – 26 July (01223 357 851). www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [A]

Richard III

Custom/Practice.  Cockpit Theatre, London, 30  April – 18 May (020 7258 2925). http://www.thecockpit.org.uk/shakespeare  [P]

New

Caramba Theatre Company. Shakespeare Institute, Stratford-upon-Avon, 14 – 16 May; The Guild Chapel, Stratford-upon-Avon, 24 May (07952 820 456). www.caramba-theatre.co.uk [A]

Iris Theatre. St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, London, 25 June – 25 July (020 8144 1989). Tickets online: www.iristheatre.com [P]

Bournemouth Shakespeare Players. Priory House Garden, Christchurch, 15 – 19, and 22 - 26 July (01202 534779) http://www.bshakespearep.org/ [A]

Romeo and Juliet

New
Venture Wolf Productions. The London Theatre, New Cross, 1 – 6 April (020 8694 1888). www.venturewolf.com [P]

Adaptations

Ballet.  Music by Prokofiev.  Scottish Ballet.  King’s Theatre, Glasgow, 19 – 26 April (0141 240 1111); His Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, 30 April – 3 May (01224 641 122); Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, 7 – 10 May (01463 234 234); Sadler’s Wells, London, 14 – 17 May (020 7863 8000); Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, 21 – 24 May (0131 529 6000).  www.scottishballet.co.uk  [P]

Ballet.  Music by Prokofiev.  English National Ballet.  Choreographed by Derek Deane.  The Royal Albert Hall, London, 11 – 22 June (020 7589 8212). www.ballet.org.uk [P]

West Side Story. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Arthur Laurents.  Directed and choreographed by Joey McKneely. New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, 1 - 12 April (0844 871 3011); Milton Keynes Theatre, 3-14 June. www.atgtickets.com [P]

West Side Story. Music by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by Arthur Laurents. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, 1 – 12 July (0114 249 6000). [P]

The Taming of the Shrew

Bexhill Amateur Theatrical Society.  Directed by Mike Poole.  De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea, 4 – 6 April (01424 229111). http://www.the-bats.co.uk/ [A]

Stamford Shakespeare Festival.  Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall, Little Casterton, 1 - 5 July; 14 – 19 July; 4 – 9 August; 18 – 23 August (01780 756133).  www.stamfordshakespeare.co.uk [P]

New
Everyman Open Air Festival. Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, 26 July – 2 August (online booking from 1 April). www.everymanfestival.co.uk [A]

New
Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Homerton College Gardens, Cambridge, 28 July – 16 August (01223 357 851). www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [A]

The Tempest

Tree Folk Theatre Company.  Cockpit Theatre, London, 15 July – 3 August (020 7258 2925) http://www.thecockpit.org.uk/shakespeare  [P]

Adaptations

I, Caliban by Tim Crouch.  Company of Angels.  Directed by John Retallack. Tithebarn, Nailsea, 15 May (01275 855277); Arts Centre, Sidcot, 16 May (no phone); Spark Arts, Leicester, 20 – 24 May (0116261 6893); Polka Theatre, Wimbledon, 28 – 31 May (0208 543 4888). ‘A sweet and sorry tale of injustice, inebriation and missing your mum, as told by Caliban, a puppy-headed monster alone on Prospero's island at the end of The Tempest. Tim Crouch interprets Shakespeare from the perspective of characters normally consigned to the sidelines. Blending original and contemporary text, this is Shakespeare as you've never seen it before. Age 8+.’  www.companyofangels.co.uk [P]

New
Return to the Forbidden Planet by Bob Carlton.  Gorseinon Players, Pontlliw Village Hall, Pntlliw, Swansea, 2 – 4 July (01792 550 508).  [A]

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.  Directed by Lucy Bailey.  Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 24 April – (020 7401 9919).  www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse. Directed by Gemma Bodinetz. Everyman Theatre, Liverpool, 8 March – 5 April (0151 709 4776). www.everymanplayhouse.com. [P]

York Shakespeare Project. York Theatre Royal Studio, York, 3 – 12 April (01904 623 568). www.yorkshakespeareproject.org [A].

New
Guildford Shakespeare Company.  Guildford Castle Gardens, Guildford, 12 – 28 June (01483 304 384).  www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk [P]

New
Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. St John’s College Gardens, Cambridge, 28 July – 16 August (01223 357 851). www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [A]

Adaptations

I, Malvolio by Tim Crouch.  Directed by Karl James and Andy Smith.  Curve Theatre, Leicester, 23 – 24 May (0116 242 3560). Touring.  ‘”Look at you. Sitting there with your bellies full of pop and pickled herring. Laughing at me. Go on. Laugh at the funny man. Laugh. Make the funny man cry”. The story of Twelfth Night told through the eyes of Shakespeare s most pent-up steward. Replete with yellow stockings, it is a charged, hilarious and often unsettling rant from a man who was 'notoriously wronged'. A story of lost dignity, prudery, practical jokes and bullying, Malvolio draws his audience into the madness of Shakespeare's play and makes it his own. Suitable for ages 12+. Running time: 1hr. Co-commissioned by Brighton Festival and Singapore Arts Festival. Supported by BAC.’  http://www.timcrouchtheatre.co.uk/shows/tour-dates  [P]

Twelfth Night Re-Imagined.  Young Shakespeare Company.  Directed by Max Webster.  Open Air Theatre, London, 21 June – 12 July (0844 826 4242).  ‘Produced specifically for audiences aged six and over and will be supported by in-school workshops devised by the Young Shakespeare Company for years 3-6.’ www.openairtheatre.org [P]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Simon Godwin. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, 12 July – 4 September. (0844 800 1110). www.rsc.org.uk. [P]

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

New
Stockport Garrick. Stockport Garrick Theatre, Stockport, 29 March – 5 April (0161 477 7779). www.stockportgarrick.co.uk [A]

New
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Directed by Kim Durham. Tabacco Factory, Bristol, 19 – 21 June (0117 902 0344). www.oldvic.ac.uk [A]

Adaptation

Ballet.  Music Joby Talbot.  The Royal Ballet.  Choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon.  The Royal Opera House, London, 10 April – 8 May (020 7304 4000). www.roh.org.uk [P]

Poems and Apocrypha

Updated
The Rape of Lucrece. Directed by Elizabeth Freestone. Performed by Camille O’Sullivan. Royal Shakespeare Company. Opera House, Cork, 5 – 7 June; Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 23 June – 4 July (0844 800 1110); Queen Elizabeth Hall, South Bank Centre, London, 9 – 12 July (0844 875 0073). www.rsc.org.uk [P]

New
Shakespeare’s Sonnets. “A complete reading of every one of Shakespeare’s 154 sonnets.” Simon Russell Beale, Harriet Walter. Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London, 1 June (0844 875 0073). www.southbankcentre.co.uk [P]

Miscellaneous
(in alphabetical order)

New
From Country Lad to Upstart Crow.  Guildford Shakespeare Company.  St Mary’s Church, Guildford, 23 April (01483 304 384).  ‘On the day itself, 23 April, GSC’s Co-Founder and actor Matt Pinches will be delivering a fun and informative illustrated talk about the Bard’s life BEFORE the theatre beckoned. Join us as we explore Will's home life in Stratford, the myth of the deer-poaching, a secret marriage, being the son of the Mayor, and his family links with the legendary Simon de Montfort!  The evening comes complete with a slice of birthday cake!’  www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk [P]

I, Elizabeth.  Dyad Productions.  Directed by Guy Masterson.  Rebecca Vaughan (Elizabeth).  Theatr Harlech, Harlech, 4 April (01766 780 667); Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, 23 April (01748 823 021); Howden Park Centre, Edinburgh, 24 April (01506 777 666); Gaiety Theatre, Ayr, 25 April (01292 288 235); MacRobert Arts Centre, Stirling, 26 April (01786 461 081); Eden Court Theatre, Inverness, 27 April (01463 234 234); The Stables Theatre and Arts Centre, Hastings, 1 May (01424 423 221); Astor Theatre, Deal, 2 May (01304 363 646). ‘At a vital crossroads in history a young queen steps from the shadows to unburden herself of her many troubles and reveal her innermost thoughts on marriage, succession, religion, war, and the challenges to her throne. But time is against her... Elizabeth I: Queen at 25, political phoenix and famously unmarried, she was the most educated woman of her Age - but who was the woman beneath the crown? Using only Elizabeth's words, solo performer Rebecca Vaughan, explores the queen’s struggle to reconcile the desires of womanhood with the duties of sovereignty Age 12+. http://www.dyadproductions.com/Elizabeth.html  [P]

Love’s Fool. By William Shakespeare, devised by Jane L’Epine Smith. Richmond Shakespeare Society, Mary Wallace Theatre, Twickenham, 23 April (020 8744 0547). ‘A Shakespearean anthology of words and music to celebrate his 450th birthday’. www.richmondshakespeare.org.uk [A]

Shakespeare in Love. Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall from the screenplay by Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard. Disney Theatrical Productions. Directed by Declan Donellan. Noel Coward Theatre, London, July – dates tbc (0844 482 5141). ‘Plagued by debt, tormented by writer’s block and in desperate need of a new hit, promising new playwright Will Shakespeare finds his muse in the form of passionate young noblewoman, Viola De Lesseps. Their forbidden love soon draws everyone, including Queen Elizabeth herself, into the drama and inspires Will to write the greatest love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet.’

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The Other Shakespeare by Roy Chatfield.  Pitchfork Production.  Directed by Ian Flintoff.  St Mary’s Church, Guildford, 19 April (01483 304 384).  ‘Our celebrations begin with a special one-woman show, The Other Shakespeare. Veteran GSC actor Johanne Murdock (Lady Macbeth, Puck, Gertrude, and Queen Elizabeth) plays Will's wife Anne Hathaway-Shakespeare, in this touching, humorous and fascinating one-woman show.’  www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk [P]

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Will’s 450th Birthday Bash & Sonnet Walks.  Guildford Shakespeare Company.  St Mary’s Church, Guildford, 19 – 27 April (01483 304 384).  ‘Imagine a treasure hunt, where armed with just a map and a good dollop of bonhomie, walkers set off on an especially designed route around Guildford in small groups, encountering Shakespearean actors in the least likely of places.’  www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk [P]

Data compiled by Kelley Costigan and Jami Rogers.

 


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