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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

 November 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.

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[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

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

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]

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Melly Still. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 29 April – 12 August 2016 (0870 6091110)   [P]


The Injur'd Princess, or The Fatal Wager by Thomas D'Urfey. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. 22 November (020 7401 9919). Part of the Read not Dead season of script-in-hand performances. [P]


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

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Simon Godwin. Paapa Essiedu [Hamlet]. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 12 March – 13 August 2016 (0870 6091110)  [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]

Ophelias Zimmer by Alice Birch. Directed by Katie Mitchell. Royal Court – Jerwood Theatre, London, 17 – 21 May 2016 (020 7565 5000). Katie Mitchell explores Ophelia, freed from Hamlet. In German with English subtitles. [P]

Henry IV, pt.1

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

Henry IV, pt.2

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

Henry V

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Alex Hassell (Henry V). Barbican, London, 7 Nov – 24 Jan 2016 (0845 120 7550) [P]


Into the Breach by Mark Carey. The Rosemary Branch, London, 13 – 14 November (020 7704 6665). This nostalgic, funny and moving story is a vivid portrait of village life during the Second World War with all seventeen colourful characters played by highly experienced actor and writer, Mark Carey. George Crocker is keen to liven up his dull life so he decides to join the Village Drama Club where his world is turned upside down as he gets thrown into the deep end in a production of Henry V. [A]

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

Henry VI, pt 3

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]

Creation Theatre. Directed by Charlotte Conquest. The Norrington Room, Blackwell's Bookshop, Oxford, 12 February – 19 March 2016 (01865 766266) [P]

Talawa Theatre Company.
Directed by Michael Buffong. Don Warrington (King Lear). Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 1 April – 7 May (0161 833 9833); Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, 19 – 28 May (0121 236 4455) [P]

Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 22 – 30 April (01603 620917). Directed by Chris Bealey. [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


The Hurlyburly Theatre Company. Directed by Hannah Perrin. Number 1 Shakespeare Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, 15 – 17 November. [A]

Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
Directed by Carrie Cracknell and Lucy Guerin. The Young Vic, London, 26 November – 23 January 2016 (020 7922 2922); Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, 26 – 30 January (0121 236 4455); Home Theatre (formerly Cornerhouse), Manchester, 2 – 6 February (0161 200 1500)[P]

LAMDA. Directed by Tim Luscombe. Pleasance Theatre, London, 26 November – 3 December (020 7609 1800) [P]

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


The Pantaloons Theatre Company. 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]

Royal Welsh College’s Richard Burton Company. Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, 4 – 12 December (029 2030 4400). Returning from a gruelling war, Macbeth is yet to face his biggest battle. Confronted with fame and adulation, strange premonitions and the deep longing of his wife, he continues his merciless pursuits. This reimagining of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, asks what does war do to men and women and how it is made manifest inside the head and the home. [A]

Measure for Measure

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

The Merchant of Venice


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]

Merry Wives of Windsor

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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 2016, (01634 400 322) [A]


The Dream by Frederick Ashton. Birmingham Royal Ballet. Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, 17 – 20 Feb 2016 (0870 730 1234) In The Dream, love gets out of hand for mortals and fairies alike in an elegant and witty distillation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Created in 1964 to mark Shakespeare’s birthday, The Dream kicks off Birmingham Royal Ballet’s year-long commemoration of 400 years since his death. [P]

Arcola Queer Collective. Directed by Nick Connaughton. Arcola Theatre, London, 14 – 19 December (020 7503 1646). Blending cabaret, drag, spoken word, music and movement with Shakespeare's original words, and a new text devised by Patrick Cash and the company, this Dream offers a provocative, darkly comedic meditation on love and relationships in the 21st century. [A]

Lyric Theatre Hammersmith, London, 20 February – 19 March (020 8741 6850). The Lyric and Filter’s riotous reinterpretation of one of Shakespeare’s best loved plays returns to the Lyric, after its critically acclaimed 2012 run. Featuring music from members of The London Snorkelling Team, this classic tale of young lovers and warring fairies is given a unique and irreverent twist.  [P]

A Dream by Chris Bush. Sheffield People’s Theatre. Directed by Emily Hutchinson. Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 13 – 16 July 2016 (0114 249 6000). A modern day mash up of Shakespearean romance. ‘Midsummer’s Eve. Music thuds from the city below. Drink flows, songs are sung, vows are made. In the hospital on the hill the staff stand by to stitch up, heal wounds and pick up the pieces. As the bard said, the course of true love always did get messy around closing time.’ Performed by a hundred members of the Sheffield People’s Theatre. [A]

Pocket Dream. Propeller Theatre Company. Directed by Edward Hall. Christ Church University, Canterbury, 1 – 2 February 2016; Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, 4 – 6 February; Town Hall, Loughborough, 9 February; Seacombe Theatre, Sutton, 11 – 12 February; Garrick Theatre, Lichfield, 17-18 February; Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis, 2 March; Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans, 12 March. [More dates TBA]. [Sixty-minute version with all-male cast] [P]

Much Ado About Nothing



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

Richard II

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

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

The Faction. Directed by Mark Leipacher. The New Diorama Theatre, London, 5 January – 6 February 2016 (0844 2090 344). [P]


RichardRocks. The People’s Palace, Queen Mary University, London. Directed by Staffan Aspegren, 3 October – 6 November. Rock opera version. [A]

Romeo and Juliet

Immersion Theatre. 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]

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

Directed by Paul Hart. The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 25 February – 2 April (01635 46044) [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. 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]

Butterfly Theatre Company. St James Theatre, London, 23 – 27 November (0844 264 2140) 45 minute version. [A]

Romeo/Juliet. Directed by Duncan Moore. The Rosemary Branch, London, 17 – 21 November (020 7704 6665). Set in London in 2020, before the next general election, KDC’s production tells the tale through the eyes of the young people who have lived through today’s austerity cuts. [A]

West Side Story. Music: Leonard Bernstein. Repertory Theatre, Stoke on Trent, 19 – 23 April 2016 (01782 209784).  [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]

Directed by Iqbal Khan.
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (WCMD)/Raymond Edwards Building/Anthony Hopkins Centre, Cardiff, 2 – 12 December (029 20 391 391). Director Iqbal Khan transports our headstrong heroine to a Sergeant Pepper, Warhol 60s and to the rise of radical feminism. Will the fight against male supremacy prove too much as Petruchio attempts to control his notoriously shrewish new bride?  [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

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


Prospero, Duke of Milan. Firebird Theatre. Studio, Bristol Old Vic, 14 November 2015. (0117 987 7877) Prequel to play. [A]

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

This Last Tempest. Uninvited Guests and Fuel. Contact Theatre, Manchester 26 – 27 November (0161 274 0600). Sequel to The Tempest. [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

Stevenage Lytton Players. Directed by Andreas Georgiou. Lytton Theatre, Stevenage, 18 – 21 November (01438 357407) [A]

New Wimbledon Studio Theatre, London 14 June – 9 July. [A]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

Northern Broadsides. 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 (0844 482 9673) [P]

LAMDA. Pleasance, London, 25 November – 5 December (020 7609 1800) [P]

Shakespeare’s Globe. Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 28 January – 22 April (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

Strolling with Shakespeare. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 17 April (01603 620917). A walk round Norwich, starting at the theatre, with sonnets performed by members of the company. [A]

(in alphabetical order)

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] by The Reduced Shakespeare Company. Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury, 15 January (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]

Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare by Robin Arthur, et al. Forced Entertainment Company. Directed by Tim Etchells. The Pit, Barbican Centre, London, 1 – 6 March (0845 120 7550). Forced Entertainment brings you the Complete Works like you've never seen it before, each of Shakespeare's 36 plays condensed and presented on a tabletop using a cast of everyday objects. A salt and pepper pot for the king and queen. A spoon stands in for a servant and a candle for the Friar. Macbeth becomes a cheese grater, Pericles a light bulb and Hamlet's now a bottle of ink. Theatre pioneers Forced Entertainment explore the dynamic force of narrative and language in their simple yet distinctive summary of the playwright's comedies, tragedies, histories and late works. With an artist from the company retelling each play over the course of a week, audiences can enjoy one or as many performances as they fancy. Intimate and scaled down, the worlds they create are vivid, accessible and often comic. [A]

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); Highbury Little Theatre, Sutton Coldfield, 14 – 25 June 2016 (0121 373 2761) [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 (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]

Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti. Directed by Rob Ashford. Adrian Lester (Ira Aldridge). Garrick Theatre, London, 23 January – 27 February (0330 333 4811). Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, 1833. Edmund Kean, the greatest actor of his generation, has collapsed on stage whilst playing Othello. A young black American actor has been asked to take over the role. But as the public riot in the streets over the abolition of slavery, how will the cast, critics and audience react to the revolution taking place in the theatre? [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 (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]

Shakespeare’s Greatest Bits. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 24 April (01603 620917). Performance of the best sonnets and speeches. [A]


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