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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

  May 2016 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

Updated
Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Directed by Andrew Hilton. Derby Theatre, Derby, 25 – 28 May (
01332 255 800); Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 15 – 18 June (01392 493 493) www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com [P]

New Wimbledon Studio Theatre, London, 15 June – 9 July www.atgtickets.com/shows/alls-well-that-ends-well/new-wimbledon-studio/ [P]

New
Changeling Theatre. Directed by Robert Forknall. Boughton Monchelsea Place, Maidstone, 1 – 2 July
(01634 338338); Nurstead Court, Kent, 6 July (08442 439480); Belmont House and Gardens, Kent, 8 July (01634 338338); Margate Beach, Margate, 9 July; Eastwell Manor, Ashford, 10 July (01233 213000); Walmer Castle, Kent, 13 July (01304 370220); Great Comp Garden, Seven Oaks, 14 July (01634 338338); Charlton Park, Wiltshire, 17 July (01227 831315); Upnor Castle, Rochester, 19 July (01634 338338); The Dog and Duck Leisure Parks, Kent, 21 July (01634 338338); The Friars, Aylesford Priory, 22 July (01634 338338); Severndroog Castle, London, 28 July (01634 338338); Tonbridge Castle, Kent, 29 July (01634 338338); Broadview Gardens and Tearoom, Kent, 30 July (01634 338338); Kennington Hall, Kent, 31 July (01634 338338); Egerton House, Kent, 3 August (01634 338338); The Tithe Barn, Kent, 5 August (01634 338338); Biddenden Vineyards, Kent, 7 August (01634 338338); Dartford Central Park, Dartford, 10 August (01322 343434); Rochester Castle, Kent, 11 August (01634 338338); St Pauls Clapham, London, 12 August; Eridge Park, Tunbridge Wells, 14 August (01634 338338); The Old Boathouse, Fordwich, 18 August (01634 338338); Boughton Monchelsea Place, Maidstone, 20 – 21 August (01634 338338).  http://changeling-theatre.com [P]

Antony and Cleopatra

As You Like It

GB Theatre Company. Appleby Castle, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, 24 – 26 June; St Leonard’s Hill, Windsor, 30 June – 1 July; Brandon Hill, Bristol, 2 – 3 July; Coldharbour Cricket Club, Coldharbour, Surrey, 8 July; Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton, 9 – 10 July; Frimley Lodge Park, Frimley Green, 16 July; The Old Chapel, Alfriston, 22 July; Robertsbridge Village Hall, Robertsbridge, 23 July; Herstmonceux Castle, Hailsham, 24 July; Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, 29 – 31 July; The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, 4 August; Wyndcliffe Court Sculpture Gardens, Chepstow, 13 – 14 August; Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 20 August; Arundel Castle, West Sussex, 26 – 27 August. www.gbtheatrecompany.com  [P] 

New
Canterbury Shakespeare Festival. Canterbury, 29 – 31 July  http://www.canterburyshakespeare.co.uk/ [P] 

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. King’s College Gardens, Cambridge, 1 - 27 August (07955 218824) www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [P]

Adaptations

OVO. Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, 6 – 10 June (01736 810181). 1967. Pressured by the generation gap, lovers Rosalind and Orlando escape the city and journey to the Forest of Arden where they become entangled in a beguiling game of love, lust and mistaken identity. This vibrant and uplifting interpretation of Shakespeare’s glorious comedy is a magical trip to the summer of love, complete with live 1960s soundtrack. www.minack.com [P]

Comedy of Errors

New
The Chiltern Shakespeare Company. Open Air Theatre, Hall Barn, Beaconsfield, 8 – 18 June (01494 573 559). www.chiltern-shakespeare.co.uk [A]

Guildford Shakespeare Company. Guildford Castle Gardens, 14 June – 2 July (01483 304384). www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk [P]

New
The Archway Young Adults Workshop. Directed by Gary Andrews. Archway Theatre Company, Horley, 7 – 9 July (01293 784 398) www.ents24.com/horley-events/archway-theatre/archway-young-adults-workshop/4637988 [A]

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Trinity College Gardens, Cambridge, 1 - 20 August (07955 218824) www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [P]

Adaptation

The Comedy of Errors – Primary Shakespeare. Directed by Imogen Bond. Orange Tree Theatre, London, 11 June (020 8940 3633). Antipholus is looking for his long lost twin brother, with his trusty servant Dromio at his side. Two sets of identical twins... what could possibly go wrong? See just four actors bring Shakespeare’s rollicking slapstick comedy to life – a feast of crossed wits, cross words and cross dressing! A one-off public performance for families, alongside playing to primary school children in the theatre throughout the spring. www.orangetreetheatre.co.uk [P]

Coriolanus

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Robinson College Gardens, Cambridge, 11 - 30 July (07955 218824) www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [P]

Cymbeline

Updated
Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Melly Still. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 29 April – 12 August (0870 6091110); Barbican Theatre, London, 31 October – 23 December (0845 120 7550) www.rsc.org.uk [P]

Venture Wolf Productions. The London Theatre, London, 24 – 29 May (020 8694 1888) www.thelondontheatre.com/7.html [P/A]

Adaptation

Imogen, directed by Matthew Dunster. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 17 September – 16 October (020 7401 9919). Imogen, daughter of Cymbeline, enrages her father by marrying against his will. Lies are then told about Imogen to her husband, Posthumous, and he decides she should die. In an urban world that is as strange, erotic and violent as Shakespeare's ancient Britain, Imogen is forced to re-imagine herself as she fights for the life she deserves and not the one that is being determined for her. Imogen is an achingly beautiful story of lovers and families being re-united after violent and harrowing separation, and a tale for our times vividly told in his brutally modern production. www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

Hamlet

Shakespeare at the Tobacco Factory. Directed by Andrew Hilton. Derby Theatre, Derby, 24 – 28 May (01332 255 800); Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 14 – 18 June (01392 493 493) www.tobaccofactorytheatres.com  [P]

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

Creation Theatre Company. Directed by Gari Jones. University Parks, Oxford, 13 July – 13 August www.creationtheatre.co.uk/show-one/hamlet [P]

Almeida Theatre. Directed by Robert Icke. Andrew Scott (Hamlet), Juliet Stevenson (Gertrude). February 2017 (020 7359 4404) www.almeida.co.uk Booking opens in September. [P]

Adaptations

Updated
Festival Players Theatre Company.
Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 10 August (01726 879 500); Bread and Roses Theatre, London, 27 September – 15 October (020 7498 1779). Presented in full costume, an all-male company will bring you the excitement of this great thriller; intrigue, ghostly visitations, passion, a play-within-a play, a gripping duel, and humour, in a crystal-clear and fast-paced 2-hour production. www.penleeparktheatre.com/events/hamlet-festival-players/ [P]

Gertrude – The Cry by Howard Barker. Directed by Chris Hislop. Theatre N16, London, 12 – 30 June (0 7969138899). Reinterpreting Shakespeare’s classic from the perspective of Hamlet’s mother, this is a striking exploration of female sexuality and emancipation – but also a punky, filthy analysis of lust. www.theatren16.co.uk/#!whats-on/cpax [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 (020 7565 5000). Katie Mitchell explores Ophelia, freed from Hamlet. In German with English subtitles. www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/opheliaszimmer [P]

Henry IV, pt.1

Henry IV, pt.2

Henry V

Merely Theatre. Kings Theatre, Edinburgh, 5 and 7 May.  http://merelytheatre.co.uk/current-productions/ [P]

Regent's Park Open Air Theatre. Directed by Robert Hastie. Regent’s Park, London, 17 June – 9 July (0844 826 4242) http://openairtheatre.com/production/henry-v [P]

Masque Theatre. Northampton, 28 July – 6 August (07586 288793, for reservations) www.masquetheatre.co.uk [A]

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. St John’s College Gardens, Cambridge, 1 - 20 August (07955 218824) www.cambridgeshakespeare.com  [P]

Adaptation

Drama Factory. Winter Gardens, Morecambe, 24 April. Adapted by Ginny Scott for a cast of 70-80 young people. [Part of Bard by the Beach, Morecambe Shakespeare Festival.] www.bardbythebeach.co.uk [A]

Henry VI, pt 1

Adaptation

Games and Thrones: Henry VI. Playbox Theatre. Directed by Stewart McGill, Mary King and Emily Quash. St Mary’s Church, Warwick, 19 – 21 May (01926 419555 ext 2). Three parts adapted into a single three-part production. www.playboxtheatre.com [A]

Henry VI, pt 2

Adaptation

Games and Thrones: Henry VI. Playbox Theatre. Directed by Stewart McGill, Mary King and Emily Quash. St Mary’s Church, Warwick, 19 – 21 May (01926 419555 ext 2). Three parts adapted into a single three-part production. www.playboxtheatre.com [A]

Henry VI, pt 3

Adaptation

Games and Thrones: Henry VI. Playbox Theatre. Directed by Stewart McGill, Mary King and Emily Quash. St Mary’s Church, Warwick, 19 – 21 May (01926 419555 ext 2). Three parts adapted into a single three-part production. www.playboxtheatre.com [A]

Henry VIII

Julius Caesar

King John

Directed by Trevor Nunn. Rose Theatre, Kingston, 13 May – 5 June (08444 821 556) www.rosetheatrekingston.org/whats-on/king-john [P]

Magdalen College School. Burton Taylor Studio, Oxford, 28 – 30 June. http://shakespeareoxford2016.co.uk [A]

New
Worcester Repertory Company. Directed by Chris Jaeger. Worcester Cathedral, 18 – 22 October (01905 611427) www.worcesterlive.co.uk/shakespeare.asp [P].

King Lear

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) www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/event/king-lear/ [P]

Royal & Derngate Theatre. Directed by Max Webster. Michael Pennington (Lear). Theatre Royal, Brighton, 3 – 7 May (08700 606 650); Richmond Theatre, London, 9 – 14 May (0870 060 6651); Grand Opera House, York, 23 – 28 May (0844 8472322); Opera House, Manchester, 31 May – 4 June (0870 401 6000); Theatre Royal, Bath, 6 – 11 June (01225 448 844); Hall for Cornwall, Truro, 13 – 18 June (01872 262 466); Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 20 – 25 June (01223 503 333); Malvern Theatres, Malvern, 27 June – 2 July (01684 892 277). [P]

University of Sunderland Drama Department. The Arts Centre, Washington, 26 May (0191 219 3455) [Part of Sunfest 2016] www.artscentrewashington.co.uk   [A]

Bristol Old Vic. Directed by Tom Morris. Timothy West (Lear). Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, 18 June – 10 July (0117 987 7877) www.bristololdvic.org.uk/kinglear.html [P]

Updated
Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Antony Sher (Lear). Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 20 August – 15 October (
01789 403493); Barbican Theatre, London, 10 November – 23 December (0845 120 7550). www.rsc.org.uk [P]   

Adaptations

Adapted and directed by Phil Willmott. The Phil Willmott Company. Ursula Mohan (Queen Lear). Union Theatre, London, 20 September – 8 October (020 7261 9876). The old woman finds it impossible to retire gracefully and as her mental faculties begin to fail she's cast out by her eldest children, as their sister prepares to lead a French invasion in retaliation. Meanwhile the Duke of Gloucester's equally ruthless son plots to steal his brother's inheritance and the younger generations align in a savage plot to mercilessly destroy their parents. But will they succeed? An epic double family drama about mothers and daughters, fathers and sons. www.philwillmott.org/lear-by-william-shakespeare.html [P]

The Shadow King by Michael Kantor. Malthouse Theatre Company, directed by Michael Kantor. Barbican, London, 22 June – 2 July. 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) www.barbican.org.uk [P]

Love's Labour's Lost

Magdalen College School. School Field, Oxford, 28-30 June. www.artsfestivaloxford.org [A]

New
Woodbridge School, Suffolk (Year 9). Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge, 28 – 29 June (01394 615 015). www.seckfordtheatre.org  [A]

Oxford Shakespeare Company. Directed by Nicholas Green. Wadham College, Oxford, 28 June – 18 August. http://shakespeareoxford2016.co.uk [P]

Royal Shakespeare Company in collaboration with Chichester Festival Theatre. Directed by Christopher Luscombe. Edward Bennett (Berowne). Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, 29 September – 29 October (01243 781 312) www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/loves-labours-lost#overview [P]

Macbeth

Arrows and Traps Theatre Company. New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 15 April – 9 July (0870 060 6646) www.atgtickets.com/shows/macbeth/new-wimbledon-studio/ [P]

Directed by Iqbal Khan. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 18 June – 1 October (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com  [P]

New
Canterbury Shakespeare Festival. Canterbury, 2 – 4 and 9 – 11 August www.canterburyshakespeare.co.uk/ [P]

Adaptations

Oddsocks Theatre. Touring from May including: 15 – 18 June Guildhall Theatre, Derby; 27 August Penlee Open Air Theatre, Penzance. Musical version. www.oddsocks.co.uk [P]

New
The Magic of Shakespeare. BMH. Oxford Castle Courtyard, Oxford, 1 – 13 August. [Abridged in a double bill with A Midsummer Night’s Dream.] http://shakespeareoxford2016.co.uk [A]

Wyrd Sisters by Terry Pratchett. Adapted by Stephen Briggs. Richmond Amateur Dramatic Society. Directed by Beki Stevenson. Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, 28 July – 6 August (01748 823 021).  http://tickets.georgiantheatreroyal.co.uk/show.asp [A]

Measure for Measure

Heady Conduct Theatre. The Rose Playhouse, London. 10 – 20 May (020 7261 9565) www.rosetheatre.org.uk/ [P]

Oxford School of Drama. North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford, 8 – 11 June. http://shakespeareoxford2016.co.uk [A]

New
Cheek by Jowl Theatre Company. Directed by Declan Donnellan. Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, 16 – 20 August (0131 248 4848) www.cheekbyjowl.com  In Russian. [P]

The Merchant of Venice

Shakespeare’s Globe. Directed by Jonathan Munby. Jonathan Pryce (Shylock). Everyman & Playhouse, Liverpool, 30 June – 9 July (0151 709 4776); Shakespeare’s Globe, London, 4 – 15 October (020 7401 9919). Revival of the 2015 production. www.shakespearesglobe.com  [P]

New
Canterbury Shakespeare Festival. Canterbury, 5 – 7 August www.canterburyshakespeare.co.uk/ [P]

Adaptations

New
West Nottinghamshire College. Create Theatre, Mansfield, 3 – 4 May (01623 413363). Set in 1938. www.createtheatre.co.uk  [A]

New
Shit-Faced Shakespeare – The Merchant of Venice. Southbank Centre, London, 17 June – 10 July (0844 847 9910). Enjoy an entirely serious Shakespeare play with an entirely inebriated cast member. Side-splitting, raucous and completely interactive, the show has already entertained over 45,000 eager theatre goers across the UK and America. It heads to Southbank Centre with the final London performances of The Merchant of Venice. www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson/sht-faced-shakespeare-the-me-96772 [P]

Merry Wives of Windsor

Northern Broadsides. Directed by Barrie Rutter. Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield, 4 – 7 May, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, 10 – 14 May; York Theatre Royal, 17 – 21 May;  Liverpool Playhouse, 24 – 28 May. www.northern-broadsides.co.uk   The Merry Wives[P]

Guildburys Theatre Company. Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, 22 – 26 August (01736 810181).  www.minack.com [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Royal Shakespeare Company. Dream 16: A Play for the Nation. 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) www.rsc.org.uk/whats-on/dream2016/ [P/A]

Directed by Emma Rice. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 30 April – 11 September (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com [P]

New
Dream East Theatre. Directed by Mathew McPherson. Brixton East 1871, London, 2 – 5 May (020 7737 4210) http://dreameastcompany.wix.com/dreameast  [P]

Amici Touring Theatre. Broadbent Theatre, Lincolnshire, 27 May (01673 884400) www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/ELKMMM [A]

Medway Little Theatre. Directed by Linda Russell. Medway Little Theatre, Rochester, 16 – 25 June (01634 400 322) www.ticketsource.co.uk/mlt [A]

Chapterhouse Theatre Company. Hanbury House and Gardens, Droitwich Spa, 17 June (0844 249 1895); Oakwell Hall Country Park, Birstall, (01924 324 761); Knebworth House, Stevenage, 23 June (01438 812661); Lydiard Park, Swindon, 24 June (01793 466 664); The Swiss Garden, Old Warden, Biggleswade, 25 June (01767 627 924); The Spotlight Gardens, Hoddesdon, 29 June (01992 441 946); University of Bristol Botanic Garden, Bristol, 30 June (0117 331 4906); Ferry Meadows Country Park, Peterborough, 1 July (01733 234 193); Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire, 2 – 3 July (0844 346 3000); Creswell Crags, Nottinghamshire, 8 July (01909 720378); Wells House and Gardens, Ballyedmond, Gorey, 16 July (053 918 6737); Castletown House, Co Kildare, Ireland, 17 July (01 6288 252); Bellingham Castle, Co Louth, 18 July (042 937 2176); Castle Kennedy Gardens, Stranraer, 26 July (01581 400 225); Stirling Castle, Stirling, 27 – 28 July (01786 450 000); Caerlaverock Castle, Dumfries & Galloway, 29 July (01387 770 244); Warkworth Castle, Northumberland, 4 August (0370 333 1181); Packwood, Lapworth, Warwickshire, 6 August (0844 249 1895); Osborne, Isle of Wight, 10 August (0370 333 1183); Walmer Castle and Gardens, Kent, 12 August (01304 364 288); Highbridge Farm, Eastleigh, 13 August (07402 924 437); Ashby de la Zouch Castle, Leicestershire, 16 August (01530 413 343); Guisborough Priory, Guisborough, 19 August (01287 637 967); Tapeley Park, North Devon, 23 August (01271 860 897); Lynford Hall Country House Hotel, Mundford (near Thetford), 25 August (01842 878 351); Kedleston Hall, Derby, 26 August (0844 249 1895); Auckland Castle, Durham, 27 August (01388 743 797); Kirby Hall, Deene, Northamptonshire, 29 August (0370 333 1183); Pavillion Arts Centre, Buxton, 31 August (01298 72190); Manor Green, Devon, 1 September (01598 753 322); East Sussex National Resort, East Sussex, 2 September (01825 880 088); Basing House, Basingstoke, 3 September (01256 463 965). www.chapterhouse.org/ [P]

Illyria Theatre Company. Dartford Outdoor Theatre, Dartford, 21 June (01322 343244); RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, 23 June (01805 624624); Swanbourne House School, near Milton Keynes, 24 June; Burrswood, Groombridge, Kent, 25 June (01892 865985); The Manor House, Boxworth, Cambridge, 26 June (01954 267209); Hutton-in-the-Forest, Penrith, 28 June (017684 84449); The Coach House, Middleton Lodge, Richmond, 30 June (01325 377977); Lytham Hall, Lytham St Annes, 1 July (01252 794221); Grappenhall Heys Walled Garden, Warrington, 2 July; The Arts Centre at Edge Hill University (Rose Theatre), Ormskirk, 3 July (01695 584 480); Sterts Theatre, Liskeard, 6 July (01579 362382); The Hawth Amphitheatre, Crawley, 8 July (01293 553636); Chepstow Castle, Chepstow, 9 July (01291 625981); Epworth War Memorial Field, Epworth, 10 July (01652 660380); Castle Gardens, Sherborne, 12 July (01935 814633); NT Kingston Lacy, Wimborne, 13 July (0844 249 1895); The Temple Enclose, Wanstead Park,14 July (020 7332 1911); Coolings Garden Centre, Knockholt, 15 July (01959 53 22 69); Fairkytes Arts Centre, Hornchurch, 16 July (01708 456308); The Amphitheatre, Lower Leas Coastal Path, Folkestone, 17 July; Marlborough College Summer School, Marlborough, 19 July (01672 892388); Ecos Amphitheatre, Merlin Theatre, Frome, 20 July (01373 465949); Petersfield Shakespeare Festival, Petersfield, 21 July; NTS The Hill House Garden, Helensburgh, 22 July (01436 673900); Crail Castle Grounds, Crail, 24 July (01334 475000); Brantwood, Coniston, 26 July (015394 41396); Plas Glyn-y-Weddw Arts Centre, Pwllheli, 27 July (01758 740763); Lincoln Castle, Lincoln, 28 July; Preston Park Museum & Grounds, Stockton, 29 July (01642 527 375); Linford Manor Park, Milton Keynes, 30 July (01908 255379); NT Arlington Court, Barnstaple, 31 July (01805 624624); Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 2 August (01726 879 500); Oystermouth Castle, Swansea, 4 August (01792 637300); Rose Bank Gardens, Malvern, 5 August (01684 566667); Badock Gardens, Holsworthy, 6 August (01805 624624); Barry Island Eastern Shelter, Barry Island, 7 August; Abergavenny Castle Grounds, Abergavenny, 9 August (01873 850805); Logie Steading, Forres, 10 August (01309 611378); HES Urquhart Castle, Drumnodrochit, 11 August (01456 450551); HES Elgin Cathedral, Elgin, 12 August (01343 547171); NTS Drum Castle, Aberdeen, 13 August; Paxton house, Berwick upon Tweed, 14 August (01289 386291); Harlech Castle, Harlech, 16 August (01766 780667); Montgomery Castle, Montgomery, 17 August (01686 668442); Cardigan Castle (Castle Aberteifi), Cardigan, 18 August (01239 621200); Newstead Abbey, Ravenshead, 19 August (0115 989 5555); Tonbridge Castle, Tonbridge, 23 August (01732 770929); Hartland Abbey, Bideford, 24 August (01805 624624); Fulham Palace, Fulham, 25 August (020 7736 3233); NT Cliveden, Maidenhead, 27 August (0844 249 1895); Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner, 28 August; Cockington Court, Torquay, 29 August (01803 607230). www.illyria.uk.com  [P]Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud, 28 June (01453 833 184) www.cotswoldplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on [A]

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. King’s College Gardens, Cambridge, 11 - 30 July (07955 218824) www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [P]

Directed by Laurence Boswell. Theatre Royal, Bath, 3 – 20 August (01225 448 844) www.theatreroyal.org.uk   [P]

Adaptations

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Opera). Surrey Opera. Composed by Benjamin Britten. Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, 18 - 22 July (01736 810181).  www.minack.com [P]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Opera). Glyndebourne Opera Company. Adapted and music by Benjamin Britten. Directed by Peter Hall. Glyndebourne Theatre, Lewes, 11 – 28 August (01273 813 813) http://www.glyndebourne.com/tickets-and-whats-on/events/2016/f16dream/ [P]

Merely Theatre. King’s Theatre, Edinburgh, 5 – 7 May (0131 529 6000). A Midsummer Night’s Dream playfully depicts the comically intertwining tales of feuding forest gods, midnight elopements and staging a theatre show. This energetic, 90 minute production of Shakespeare’s most popular comedy stays true to Shakespeare’s text while presenting it in an exuberant and stripped back style. http://merelytheatre.co.uk/current-productions/ [P]

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Backwell Playhouse, Backwell, 26 – 28 May (0117 973 3955); David Hall, South Petherton, 31 May – 1 June (01460 240340); Newbury Corn Exchange, 2 June (0845 521 8218); Wedmore Village Hall, 3 June (01934 713009); Dulverton Town Hall, 4 June (01398 323818); Wells Little Theatre, 7 June (01749 672280); Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne, 8 June (01202 885566); Chipping Norton Theatre, Chipping Norton, 9 June (01608 642350); Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, 10 June (01249 701628); Shaftesbury Arts Centre, 11 June (01747 854321); Bridport Arts Centre, 14 June (01308 424204); Wharf Theatre, Devizes, 15 – 16 June (01380 725944); Beehive Arts Centre, Honiton, 17 June (01404 384050); Armstrong Hall, Thornbury, 18 June (01454 412272); Tacchi-Morris Taunton, 21 June (01823 414141); Regal Theatre, Minehead, 22 June (01643 706430); Theatre Brecheiniog, Brecon, 23 June (01874 611622); Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot, 24 June (01235 515144); The Courtyard, Hereford, 27 June (01432 340555); Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud, 28 June (0333 666 3366); Parabola Arts Centre, Cheltenham, 29 – 30 June (01242 707484). Suitable for 11yrs+. http://www.oldvic.ac.uk/whats-on/West-Country-Tour-2016.html [A]

New
Go People and Glass Half Full Productions. Directed by Simon Evans. Southwark Playhouse, London, 31 May – 1 July (020 7407 0234). Just when you think you’ve seen A Midsummer Night’s Dream before, Go People are here to mix it up a bit… Mainly because SOMEONE filled in the casting sheet wrong. It takes 17 actors to play all the parts in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, not 7. Which is what we have. 7. Which are 10 fewer than we need. But never mind, the show must go on (and we’ve already paid our deposit) so we’re doing it anyway. With 7 actors. Not 17. Join in the anarchic adventure as this outrageously talented company perform the unperformable challenge of being in 17 places at once… this is farce meets Shakespeare in the most exciting way. http://southwarkplayhouse.co.uk/show/a-midsummer-nights-dream/ [P]

Oxford University Drama Society in association with Thelma Holt. Tristan Bates Theatre, London, 25 – 30 July (020 3841 6611); Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, 24 – 27 August (01483 440 000). Industrial Bradford, 1920s, where the industrial elite tries to shrug off its gypsy roots. Erstwhile small-time criminal Theseus is to marry Hippolyta to end a local feud. Ambitious Demetrius loves Helena, but has his eyes on a more financial prize, Hermia, who loves the more straightforwardly attractive Lysander. All want to distance themselves from the travelling community, but it is only through their experiences in the forest that they can undo the love tangles that threaten to ruin their own. http://tristanbatestheatre.co.uk/whats-on/a-midsummer-nights-dream [A]

A Dream by Chris Bush. Sheffield People’s Theatre. Directed by Emily Hutchinson. Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 13 – 16 July (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. www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/event/a-dream-16/ [A]

The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell. Theatron Novum. Oxford Playhouse, 4-7 May (01865 305305) www.oxfordplayhouse.com [A]

New
The Magic of Shakespeare. BMH. Oxford Castle Courtyard, Oxford, 1 – 13 August. [Abridged in a double bill with Macbeth.] http://shakespeareoxford2016.co.uk [A]

The Play’s The Thing. Attic Door Productions. The Midlands Hotel, Morecambe, 23 April. All the world’s a stage as Attic Door Production present their tribute to the great Bard in this comedy dinner show based on the Mechanicals hilarious antics from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Chat to the characters, inspire their Shakespearean sonnets, and then sit back and enjoy a dish fit for the gods as your dinner is served and the performance of The Comic Tragedy of Pyramus & Thisbe occurs before your very eyes. [Part of Bard by the Beach, Morecambe Shakespeare Festival.] www.bardbythebeach.co.uk [P]

New
Robin Goodfellow’s Amazing Travelling Show. Umbrella Arts. John Brolly (performer). Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 24 July (01726 879500). “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”  Shakespeare’s enchanting tale of magical mix-ups and forest fairies. Retold for ages 5 to 95 by John Brolly. The mischievous Robin Goodfellow brings his travelling show back to the woods and relives the chaos and confusion of the Duke of Athens’ wedding party. Four crazy mixed up lovers become entangled with the King of the fairies and his queen. Meanwhile the most famous amateur theatre company in the world are doing their best to put on a show. www.penleeparktheatre.com/events/robin-goodfellows-amazing-travelling-show/ [P]

Shit-faced Shakespeare – A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Magnificent Bastards Productions. Leicester Square Theatre, London, 26 April – 11 June (020 7734 2222). An entirely serious production of A Midsummer Night's Dream with the addition of an entirely shit-faced cast member. Hilarious, raucous and completely interactive, the show has entertained thousands of music festival goers since 2010, completed a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2012. With a genuinely drunken professional actor selected at random every night, no two productions are ever the same. The energy and danger of the show are further compounded by allowing the audience control of when, what and how much the actor drinks during the show. Previous productions have featured highlights such as partial male nudity, Ill-fated crowd surfing, transvestitism, simulated sex acts, unconsciousness, partial female nudity, Justin Timberlake impressions, actual acts of a sexual nature and ‘battle yodelling'. All presented within the confines of one of the finest works in the literary canon. http://leicestersquaretheatre.ticketsolve.com/ [P]

New
To Dream Again by Toby Hulse. Directed by John Young. Theatr Emlyn Williams, Theatr Clwyd, Mold, 18 June – 2 July (01352 701521). www.theatrclwyd.com [P]

Much Ado About Nothing

New
Lord Chamberlain’s Men. Directed by Peter Stickney. Touring during summer. All-male production. www.tlcm.co.uk [P]

Dundee Rep Ensemble. Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee, 9 – 25 June (01382 223 530) www.dundeerep.co.uk/event/muchadoaboutnothing [P]

New
Theatr Clwyd. Directed by Tamara Harvey. 9 June – 2 July (01352 701521). www.theatrclwyd.com [P]

New
Iris Theatre Company. Directed by Amy Draper. St Paul's Church (The Actors Church), London, 22 June – 22 July (020 8692 5322) www.actorschurch.org/index.html [P]

Tomahawk Theatre Oxford Castle Courtyard, Oxford, 4 - 16 July. http://shakespeareoxford2016.co.uk [A]

Guildford Shakespeare Company. University of Law Grounds, Guildford, 15 – 30 July (01483 304384). www.guildford-shakespeare-company.co.uk [P]

New
Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud, 23 July. www.cotswoldplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on [A]

Chalice Media Ltd. St George’s Hall, Liverpool, 3 – 5 August (0844 800 0410) http://liverpoolcityhalls.co.uk [A]

Love’s Labour’s Won or Much Ado About Nothing. Royal Shakespeare Company in collaboration with Chichester Festival Theatre. Directed by Christopher Luscombe. Edward Bennett (Benedick). Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, 29 September – 29 October (01243 781 312) www.cft.org.uk/whats-on/event/much-ado-about-nothing [P]

Adaptations

Béatrice et Bénédict by Hector Berlioz. London Philharmonic Orchestra. Glyndebourne Theatre, Lewes, 23 July – 27 August (01273 813 813) www.glyndebourne.com/tickets-and-whats-on/events/2016/f16beatrice/ [P]

Oddsocks. Touring from May including: Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. 21 – 23 June. On tour 26 July Guildhall Theatre, Derby; 28 July Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance. Musical version. www.oddsocks.co.uk [P]

Othello

Pericles

Richard II

Adaptation

New
Directed by Jack Gamble and Quentin Beroud. Arcola Theatre, London, 3 – 7 May (020 7503 1646). A nation in uproar. A leader in crisis. An unlikely successor waiting in the wings. Richard II is a gripping political thriller about the seduction of power and the tragedy of losing it. This bold new version uses Shakespeare’s original text, but relocates the action to 21st century Westminster. After a political heavyweight dies in mysterious circumstances, rifts emerge at the top of the British establishment. There are difficult questions for Richard, the nation’s leader. And Harri Bolingbroke, his charismatic cousin, wants answers. Tim Delap takes on the title role opposite Hermione Gulliford as Harri Bolingbroke. www.arcolatheatre.com  [P]

Richard III

Almeida Theatre. Directed by Rupert Goold. Ralph Fiennes (Richard), Vanessa Redgrave (Queen Margaret). 7 June – 6 August (020 7359 4404) www.almeida.co.uk Booking opens 12 May. [P]

New
Schaubuhne Theatre Company (Berlin). Directed by Thomas Ostermeier. Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, 24 – 28 August (0131 248 4848) http://lyceum.org.uk/whats-on/production/richard-iii-international-festival [P]

Adaptations

New
Richard III (A One Woman Show). Created by Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdottir and Emily Carding. The Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London, 16 – 28 May (08444 771 000). www.lionandunicorntheatre.co.uk [P]

New
Fourways. Directed by Rob Bowen and Becky Youens. Piper’s Corner School, Great Kingshill, 19 – 28 May (01494 522722) Open air production set in a circus. www.fourways.org.uk [A]

Romeo and Juliet

Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Garrick Theatre, London, 12 May – 13 August ( https://pixel-geo.prfct.co/seg/?add=2630585&source=js_tag&a_id=41363 https://secure.adnxs.com/seg?t=2&add=26305850845 505 8500). www.londontheatredirect.com/play/1752/Romeo-and-Juliet-tickets.aspx [P]

New
Tower Theatre Company. Directed by Penny Tuerk. Theatro Technis, London, 24 – 28 May (020 7387 6617) www.towertheatre.org.uk  [P]

GB Theatre Company. Appleby Castle, Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, 24 – 26 June; St Leonard’s Hill, Windsor, 30 June – 1 July; Brandon Hill, Bristol, 2 – 3 July; Coldharbour Cricket Club, Coldharbour, Surrey, 8 July; Brewhouse Theatre, Taunton, 9 – 10 July; Frimley Lodge Park, Frimley Green, 16 July; The Old Chapel, Alfriston, 22 July; Robertsbridge Village Hall, Robertsbridge, 23 July; Herstmonceux Castle, Hailsham, 24 July; Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, 29 – 31 July; The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury, 4 August; Wyndcliffe Court Sculpture Gardens, Chepstow, 13 – 14 August; Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 20 August; Arundel Castle, West Sussex, 26 – 27 August. www.gbtheatrecompany.com  [P] 

https://d.adroll.com/cm/f/out Chalice Media Ltd. St George’s Hall, Liverpool, 2 – 3 July (0844 800 0410) http://liverpoolcityhalls.co.uk [A]

Adaptations

Romeo and Juliet (ballet). Northern Ballet. Choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot. Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield, 14 – 17 September (01114 249 6000); Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury, 20 – 24 September (01227 787787); Grand Opera House, Belfast, 28 September – 1 October (028 9024 1919); New Victoria Theatre, Woking, 4 – 8 October (0844 871 7645); Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, 11 – 15 October (01274 432000) http://northernballet.com [P]

I Capuleti e I Montecchi by Vincenzo Bellini. Pop-Up Opera. Directed by James Hurley. Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, 5 May (01539 725 133). The tragic tale of the star-crossed lover Romeo and Juliet unfolds in Bellini's operatic version which draws on both Shakespeare and his original source material. Sung in Italian with English captions. http://popupopera.co.uk/whats-on/current/bellinis-capulet-montecchi/ [P]

New
Taking Flight Theatre Company. Thompson’s Park, Cardiff, 16 –19 June; Denbigh Castle, 23 –25 June; Loggerheads Country Park, 26 June; Tintern Abbey, 29 June; Cyfarthfa Castle, Merthyr, 30 June; Tretower Court, 6 July; Blaise Castle Estate, Bristol, 7 – 8 & 10 July; Valle Crucis Abbey, Llangollen, 15 –16 July; Rhuddlan Castle, 17 July; Cilgerran Castle, 19 July; Stackpole, Nr Pembroke, 20 – 23 July; Hilton Court, H’west, 24 July; Clyne Gardens, Swansea, 26 July; Elan Valley, 28 July; Kidwelly Castle, 29 July. It’s Verona 1963 and it's the annual college Boat Race, the high society courtship event for the rich, beautiful and perfectly coiffed.  Times are turbulent, so you’ll need to really support your house, whether it be Montague or Capulet, as they battle it out on the river.  A new take on a very old tale - you can expect to see Taking Flight's signature traits - exciting visual theatre with live original music and plenty of comedy. All performances feature BSL by Sami Thorpe and live audio description. This is promenade performance - it moves around and you move with it. The boat race will take place come rain or shine - just bring your brolly and wrap up warm. www.chapter.org/taking-flight-theatre-romeo-and-juliet [P]

Civil Brawl Theatre Company. Directed by Richard Nunn. The Old Slaughterhouse, Stratford-upon-Avon, 18 July; Methodist Church Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon, 21 – 23 July. Cast of 6. [P]

New
National Youth Theatre of Wales and Frantic Assembly. Teatr Anthony Hopkins, Teatr Clwyd, Mold, 6 September (0845 330 3565); New Theatre, Cardiff, 9 – 10 September (029 2087 8889). To celebrate its 40th anniversary year, National Youth Theatre of Wales 2016 presents Shakespeare's most famous love story about star-crossed lovers destined to end in tragedy. This is a dynamic, modern version of Shakespeare's classic with movement from renowned physical theatre company, Frantic Assembly, plus live music and vibrant storytelling. www.theatrclwyd.com/en/whats-on/romeo-and-juliet-3/ www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk/what's-on/romeo-juliet/ [P]

New
National Youth Theatre Company. Directed by Kate Hewitt. The Ambassadors Theatre, London, 23 September – 25 November (08448 112 334). It’s 1950s post war London. Teddy girls mix with teddy boys and as immigration booms, so does brutality, prejudice and a ruthless gang culture. The National Youth Theatre’s latest adaption brings you vendettas, violence and star crossed lovers like you’ve never seen them before. www.nyt.org.uk  [A]

New
After Juliet by Sharman MacDonald. West Nottinghamshire College. Create Theatre, Mansfield, 3 – 4 May (01623 413363). A tense truce holds between the Capulets and the Montagues after the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. Benvolio, Romeo's best friend is in love with Rosaline, Juliet's cousin but Rosaline is bent on revenge. www.createtheatre.co.uk/   [A]

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Romeo + Juliet. Cranked Anvil Theatre Company. The Customs House, South Shields, 19 May (0191 454 1234). This modern-day twist on Shakespeare's classic will see the star-crossed lovers meet, fall instantly in love, and defy all the odds to be together to the end despite their "ancient grudge" - and the colour of their shirts. Forget the Capulets and Montagues, can Romeo and Juliet's love triumph over the rivalry between the Black Cats and the Magpies. www.customshouse.co.uk  [A]

West Side Story. Music: Leonard Bernstein. Kilworth House Theatre, North Kilworth, 1 June – 17 July (01858 881 939) www.kilworthhousetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/west-side-story-2/ [P]

New
West Side Story. Largs Academy. Music: Leonard Bernstein. Barrfields Pavilion Theatre, Largs, Ayrshire, 19 – 22 June (01475 689 777) [A]

New   
West Side Story. Music: Leonard Bernstein. Leeds Youth Opera. The Carriageworks, Leeds, 6 – 9 July (0113 224 3801) http://leedsyouthopera.org.uk  [A]

West Side Story. Music: Leonard Bernstein. Newcastle Musical Theatre Company. Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne, 19 – 23 July (08448 112121) www.theatreroyal.co.uk/whats-on [P]

New   
West Side Story. Music: Leonard Bernstein. Theatre Royal, Windsor, 2 – 7 August (01753 853 888) www.theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk  Professional creative team working with cast of young people. [A]

West Side Story. Music: Leonard Bernstein. Liverpool Empire Theatre, Liverpool, 18 – 20 August (0844 847 2525) www.liverpooltheatres.com/empire.htm [P]

The Taming of the Shrew

Directed by Caroline Byrne. Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London, 13 May – 6 August (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com  [P]

New
Don’t Hate the Players. Oxford Castle Courtyard, Oxford, 20 June - 2 July. http://shakespeareoxford2016.co.uk [A]

Adaptations

The Taming of the Shrew (Ballet). Birmingham Royal Ballet. Choreographed by John Cranko. Birmingham Hippodrome, Birmingham, 16 – 18 June (0844 338 5000) www.brb.org.uk/whats-on/event/the-taming-of-the-shrew [P]

Arts Theatre, London, 5 April – 1 May (020 7836 8463). As part of a month long festival at the Arts investigating evolving relations between minority groups and the theatre - with a focus on gender, race and disability – this unique production sees the main characters switch sex, in a world where the women hold the power and the men are ‘advantageously wed’. https://artstheatrewestend.co.uk/whats-on/the-taming-of-the-shrew/ [P]

New
Kiss Me Kate. Welsh National Opera Company. Liverpool Empire Theatre, Liverpool, 5 – 7 October (0844 847 2525); Hippodrome, Bristol, 13 – 15 October (0844 871 3012); New Theatre, Oxford, 27 – 29 October (0870 606 3500); Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 6 – 10 December (08700 40 2000) www.wno.org.uk  [P]

The Tempest

New
The Shakespeare Institute Players. Directed by Rebecca Martin. The Shakespeare Institute (gardens if fine weather, hall if not), Stratford-upon-Avon, 5 – 7 May [A]

University of Sunderland Drama Department. The Arts Centre, Washington, Tyne and Wear. 28 May [Part of Sunfest 2016] www.artscentrewashington.co.uk [A]

Chalice Media Ltd. St George’s Hall, Liverpool, 3 – 4 June (0844 800 0410) http://liverpoolcityhalls.co.uk [A]

Updated
Quantum Theatre. Bandstand, Cliff Park Harwich, Essex, 19 June (01255 686 633); Merlin Theatre, Frome, Somerset, 24 June (01373 465949); Highcliffe Castle, Highcliffe, nr. Bournemouth, 6 July (01425 278807); Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 8 July (01726 879 500); Frinton Greensward, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, 10 July, free event (01255 686 633); Rayleigh Mount, Rayleigh, 16 July (0344 800 1895); Green Arena Oak Hill Park, London, 17 July (more details soon); Bewdley Museum, Load nr. Kidderminster, 30 July (0845 607 7819); Upnor Castle, Chatham, 17 August (01634 718742); Killruddery House & Gardens, Co. Wicklow, Ireland, 20 August (01 2863405); Inveresk Lodge Garden, Musselburgh, East Lothian, 27 August (more details soon); Sterts Theatre, Cornwall, 1 September (01579 362 382). www.quantumtheatre.co.uk   [P]

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. St John’s College Gardens, Cambridge, 11 - 30 July (07955 218824) www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [P]

New
Seige Theatre. Oxford Castle Courtyard, Oxford, 18 - 30 July. http://shakespeareoxford2016.co.uk [A]

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Gregory Doran. Simon Russell Beale (Prospero). Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 8 November – 21 January 2017 (01789 403493) http://www.rsc.org.uk/the-tempest/ [P]

Adaptations

The Tempest (ballet). Birmingham Royal Ballet. Choreographed by David Bintley. Empire Theatre, Sunderland, 20 – 22 October (0870 602 1130) www.brb.org.uk/shakespeare [P]

Sound Affairs. Malvern Theatres, Malvern. 4 May; Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead, 7 May; Early Music Festival, York, 8 July; Holywell Music Room, Oxford, 9 November; Royal College of Music & Drama, Cardiff, 10 November; Hope University, Capstone Theatre, Liverpool, 11 November; Taliesin, Swansea, 12 November; Arts Centre, Aberystwyth, 2 December. Musical adaptation featuring voices, period instruments and magic lantern. Ariel’s songs included. www.soundaffairs.co.uk [P]

York Shakespeare Cluster. Theatre Royal, York, 10 May (01904 623 568). Following on from last year’s Henry trilogy, eight schools take on Shakespeare’s tale of revenge and redemption. Each school performs part of the story in an ensemble and choral approach to storytelling. Told across eight scenes, one story is told through eight unique voices and insights. www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk  [A]

Royal & Derngate Theatre and The National Youth Theatre. Written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton, 23 June – 2 July (01604 624811). www.royalandderngate.co.uk [A]

New
Thick as Thieves Theatre Company. Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, 27 September (01823 414141). A storm is about to descend on Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre… brave the elements and witness a company of four actors romping through this magical comedy. This fresh adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic stays entirely faithful to the original text, whilst offering a riotous departure from the norm. http://tacchi-morris.com/whats-on/thick-as-thieves-theatre--the-tempest [P]

Return to the Forbidden Planet by Bob Carlton. Directed by Peter Beck. The Maddermarket Theatre, Norfolk, 22 – 30 July (01603 620 917). On a stormy night, mad scientist Doctor Prospero worked late in his laboratory, aided only by his wife, Gloria, as he developed the elusive formula with which he would change the world. The apparently faithful Gloria, however, duped him and sent him off into hyper-space in an old spacecraft. Unknown to Gloria, her infant daughter, Miranda, slumbering peacefully in the craft is also catapulted light years into the future with her father. Fifteen years later, a routine survey flight under the command of the chisel-jawed Captain Tempest leaves Earth’s orbit with a new science officer aboard - a hard and bitter woman. As a shower of meteorites hits the ship, the science officer flees and the craft is pulled inexorably towards the plant D’Illyria - the Forbidden Planet. The adventure begins... www.maddermarket.co.uk/production/view/264 [A]

The Tempest in a Teacup by John Brolly. Umbrella Arts, Penlee Open Air Theatre, Penzance. 31 July. www.penleeparktheatre.com [A]

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Time Zone Theatre. The Rose Theatre, London. 5 – 29 July. www.rosetheatre.org.uk [P]

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night

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Grassroots Shakespeare London. Ellie Nunn (Viola). Leicester Square Theatre, London, 5 – 14 May (08448 733433) www.grassrootsshakespearelondon.com  [P]

New Wimbledon Studio Theatre, London 14 June – 9 July. www.theatresonline.com/theatres/wimbledon-theatres/new-wimbledon-theatre/whats-on.html [A]

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Downing College Gardens, Cambridge, 11 - 30 July (07955 218824) www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [P]

Fathom Theatre. Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance. 16 July. Crowdfunder page: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/fathomtheatre [A]

Oxford Theatre Guild. Merton College Gardens, Oxford, 19 – 29 July. http://shakespeareoxford2016.co.uk [A]

New
Canterbury Shakespeare Festival. Canterbury, 12 – 14 August  www.canterburyshakespeare.co.uk/ [P]

Adaptations

Filter Theatre Company. Directed by Sean Holmes. HOME, Manchester, 11 – 14 May (0161 200 1500); Theatre Royal, Plymouth, 16 – 21 May (01752 267 222). Originally commissioned by the RSC, Filter's Twelfth Night is a fresh take on Shakespeare, featuring live music to create a truly accessible approach to the Bard for both newbie and veteran theatregoers. www.filtertheatre.com [P]

Fathom Theatre. Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance. 16 July. Crowdfunder page: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/fathomtheatre [A]

National Theatre. Directed by Simon Godwin. Tamsin Greig (Malvolia). Olivier (National Theatre), London, from 14 February 2017 (020 7452 3000). www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/whats-on [P]

New
Shake. Eat a Crocodile Theatre Company. Adapted and directed by Dan Jemmett. Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh, 11 – 13 August (0131 248 4848). Reimagining Shakespeare’s Illyria as a seaside holiday resort from the 1970s, complete with ramshackle beach huts, Shake is a delirious pop-theatre rethink of Twelfth Night from British-born director Dan Jemmett. This playful, poetic production takes audiences back to the seaside of the 1970s, as Feste the clown breaks out his vinyls of Herb Alpert and Geoff Love on his vintage turntable, and five actors frantically slip between the play’s 18 roles in a farcical mix of music hall, pantomime and vaudeville, where boys play girls playing boys playing girls. This is Shakespeare’s most complete comedy, mixing charm and wonderment, with a touch of cruelty for good measure. http://lyceum.org.uk/whats-on/production/shake-international-festival [P]

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Shakespeare’s Globe and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse. Directed by Nick Bagnall. Chilham Castle, Canterbury, 20 – 22 May; Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire, 3 –5 June; Old Wardour Castle, Nr Tisbury, Salisbury, 8 – 11 June; Akershus Fortress, Oslo, 16 –19 June; Ystad Teater, Sweden, 22 - 23 June; New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, 13 –16 July; Oxford Playhouse Plays Out, Bodleian Library, Oxford, 19 July - 31 July; Art Carnuntum, Austria, 4 – 6 August; Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 8 – 11 September; Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London, 20 September – 1 October; Liverpool Everyman Theatre, 5 – 29 October. More venues to be announced. (020 7401 9919) www.shakespearesglobe.com  [P]

The Two Noble Kinsmen

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Blanche McIntyre. Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 17 August – 7 February 2017 (01789 403493) www.rsc.org.uk  [P]

The Winter’s Tale

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival. Robinson College Gardens, Cambridge, 1 - 27 August (07955 218824) www.cambridgeshakespeare.com [P]

Adaptations

The Winter’s Tale (Ballet). The Royal Ballet. Choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. The Royal Opera House, London, 12 April – 7 June (020 7304 4000) www.roh.org.uk/news/ballet-and-dance-201516 [P]

A Winter’s Tale. Moving Stories. Minack Theatre, Porthcurno, 11 – 15 July (01736 810181). Moving Stories have lovingly re-imagined this enchanted and timeless tragicomedy especially for the magical Minack stage. Woven with their trademark features of original live music, vivid design and inventive staging, get set for an illuminating and memorable theatrical event.  www.minack.com [P]

Poems and Apocrypha

Miscellaneous
(in alphabetical order)

Updated
The Complete Deaths. Spymonkey. Directed by Tim Crouch. Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton, 5 – 7 May (01604 624811); Theatre Royal, Brighton, 11 – 15 May (08700 606 650); Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, 17 – 18 May (0117 987 7877); Everyman & Playhouse, Liverpool, 20 – 21 May (0151 709 4776); Hall for Cornwall, Truro, 30 May – 1 June (01872 262 466); The Playhouse, Oxford, 6 – 7 June (01865 305 305); Playhouse, Nottingham, 8 – 11 June (0115 941 9419); Drill Hall, Lincoln, 13 – 15 June (01522 873 894); Derby Theatre, Derby, 16 – 17 June (01332 255 800); Nuffield Theatre, Southampton, 11 – 15 October (023 8067 1771). All of Shakespeare’s death scenes. www.spymonkey.co.uk [P]

New
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). Burn Bright Theatre Company. Directed by Katherine Timms. Bread and Roses Theatre, London, 24 May – 11 June (020 7498 1779). Three actors. Two hours. One dead playwright. And probably some tights. This is Shakespeare ... as you've never seen him before. Burn Bright Theatre are back onstage with a brand new revival of the Reduced Shakespeare Company's smash hit. Join our motley cast and crew as they attempt to tackle all thirty-seven of the Bard's Comedies, Histories and Tragedies in one wild, hilarious and very silly ride. www.breadandrosestheatre.co.uk  [P]

New
Games and Thrones.
Playbox Theatre Company and Shakespeare Young Company. Directed by Stewart McGill (Thunder & Smoke), Mary King (Revolutions) and Emily Quash (Descent into the Abyss). The Dream Factory, Warwick, 23 April – 30 April (01926 419 555); St Mary’s Church, Warwick, 19 – 21 May (01926 419 555). A modern reimagining of Shakespeare's King Henry VI plays. Episode 1 Thunder & Smoke. Episode 2 Revolutions. Episode 3 Descent into the Abyss. The thirty-six 16 to 19 year olds in the cast of Games and Thrones will play more than 170 different roles between them in this interactive Shakespeare saga where audiences and actors engage together in an original retelling of the plays performed in an exciting traverse staging. www.playboxtheatre.com   [A]

The Herbal Bed by Peter Whelan. A co-production with English Touring Theatre and Rose Theatre Kingston. Directed by James Dacre. Worcester Repertory Company. Rose Theatre, Kingston, 26 April – 7 May (08444 821 556). When William Shakespeare’s daughter is publicly accused of adultery with her neighbour, her husband chooses to stand by her, suing her accuser for slander. In doing so, their lives fall under the glare of intense public scrutiny in this emotional thriller, based upon real events from Stratford-upon-Avon in the summer of 1613. http://www.ett.org.uk/productions/85/the-herbal-bed [P]

The Herbal Bed by Peter Whelan. Directed by Alison Cahill. Highbury Little Theatre, Sutton Coldfield, 14 – 25 June (0121 373 2761) http://highburytheatre.co.uk/  [P]

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Inspired by Shakespeare. Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, 14 July (01823 414141). A celebration of Shakespeare, Key Stage 3 Drama and creativity in Somerset, this event is an eclectic mix of new performance inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Comedy of Errors, Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice. Students have been working on a scene, a modern adaptation or a line from The Bard - leading to a truly inspiring midsummer night! http://tacchi-morris.com/whats-on/inspired-by-shakespeare [A]

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. www.barbican.org.uk/ [P]

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Love’s Labour’s Won by Ryan J W Smith. Avaunt Theatre Company. Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance, 25 July (01726 879500). ‘Love Labour’s Won’ is a Shakespearean Style Comedy set in a pub in 2016. Using Shakespearean Language with a modern twist, the play portrays romance, humour and trickery in the lives of four lovers and a travelling theatre troupe.

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A Shakespeare Ode by Thomas Linley. Performed by students from Bath Spa University’s College of Liberal Arts. The Old Theatre Royal, Bath, 22 May (01225 463362). Performed in double-bill with Thomas and Sally by Thomas Arne. www.bathfestivals.org [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. www.brb.org.uk/masque/index.htm?act=WhatsOn&urn=36660&tsk=show [P]



 

 

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