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Shakespeare in Performance

Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK

 October 2022

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

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Blanche McIntyre. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 16 August – 8 October (01789 331111) https://www.rsc.org.uk/alls-well-that-ends-well [P]

Antony and Cleopatra

As You Like It

Comedy of Errors

New

Presented by Shakespeare Live. The Mission Theatre, Bath, 19 - 20 October (01225 428 600). Shakespeare Live, a charity run entirely by volunteers, has a great reputation for creative and entertaining productions - this is no exception, with gender swaps and a pared-down cast list adding to the fun in just 90 minutes of lively action. www.missiontheatre.co.uk/whats-on/2022/comedyoferrors [A]

 

Coriolanus

Cymbeline

Hamlet  

Bristol Old Vic, Bristol, 13 October – 12 November (0117 987 7877) https://bristololdvic.org.uk/whats-on/hamlet#overview [P]

 

Adaptations

New
Hamlet Primary Theatre. Adapted by Jude Christian. National Theatre, 17 - 28 March 2023. For ages 8-12. Public booking opens 20 October 2022.
www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/hamlet. [P] 

The Lion King. Book by Roger Allers and Irene Mecchi. Music by Elton John, Tim Rice, Lebo M, Julie Taymor, Mark Mancina, and Hans Zimmer. Walt Disney Company. Directed by Julie Taymor. Lyceum Theatre, London, July 29 - (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. https://thelionking.co.uk/london/ [P]

 

The Lion King (The Tour). 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. Edinburgh Playhouse, Edinburgh, 2 June – 2 July (0844 871 3014); Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, 7 July – 27 August (08700 40 2000); Mayflower Theatre, Southampton, 8 September – 15 October (023 8071 1811); Palace Theatre, Manchester, 27 October – 24 December (0870 401 3000). 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. https://thelionking.co.uk [P]

 

Henry IV, pt.1

Henry IV, pt.2

Henry V

Shakespeare’s Globe. Sam Wanamaker Theatre, London, 10 November – 4 February 2023 (020 7401 9919) https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/henry-v-2022/ [P] 

Henry VI, pt 1

Henry VI, pt 2

Henry VI, pt 3

Henry VIII

Directed by Amy Hodge. Shakespeare’s Globe. The Globe Theatre, London, 19 May – 21 October (020 7401 9919) https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/henry-viii-2022/ [P]

Julius Caesar

 

New 

Produced by OVO and Knuckledown. Directed by Matt Strachan. The Maltings Theatre (formerly Maltings Arts Centre), St Albans, 15 – 26 November (07807 521 436). It’s 1977 and Rome is uneasy. Amid a burgeoning feminist movement, civil unrest has become an ordinary part of life in the city. As a popular leader rises to power, a small faction of the radicalised left - all women - turn violently against him. This is Shakespeare's tragedy, full of fracture and deception and gender politics, whittled to its raw essence. https://ovo.org.uk/whats-on-maltings/ [P] 

 

 

 

King John

King Lear

 The Extraordinary Theatre Company in association with Brownsea Open Air Theatre. Directed by Neil Mathieson. Bournemouth Little Theatre, Dorset, 25 – 29 October (online only) https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/dorset/bournemouth-little-theatre/king-lear-by-william-shakespeare-the-extraordinary-theatre-company-directed-by-tim-fearon/e-ameama [P]

 

Adaptations

New

A Bunch of Amateurs. By Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. The Barrington Centre and Theatre, Ferndown, 5 – 8 October (01202 894 858). Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear! https://barringtoncentre.co.uk/events/2022/22-bunch-of-amateurs [A] 

New
 
A Bunch of Amateurs. By Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Royal Manor Theatre, Portland, 17 – 22 October (0333 6663366).
https://www.royalmanortheatre.co.uk/a-bunch-of-amateurs-portland [A]


A Bunch of Amateurs. By Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Directed by Dennis Yardley. Playhouse Theatre, Preston, 10 – 13 May 2023 (01772 252 288). Keen to boost his flagging career, fading Hollywood action hero Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of the Bard, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And instead of Kenneth Branagh and Dame Judi Dench, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their theatre from developers. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic am-dram thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself – along with his inner Lear! https://prestonplayhouse.co.uk/show/a-bunch-of-amateurs/ [A] 

A Bunch of Amateurs. By Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Lewes Little Theatre, Lewes, 13 – 20 May 2023 (01273 474 826).  https://www.lewestheatre.org/play/AboA [A] 

Love's Labour's Lost

Macbeth

Chesil Theatre, Winchester, 21 – 28 January 2023 (01962 867 086)

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/winchester/chesil-theatre/macbeth/e-qqlgez [P]

 

 

Directed by Darren Heather. Lewes Little Theatre, Lewes, 18 – 25 March 2023 (01273 474 826) https://www.lewestheatre.org/play/macbeth [A] 

 

Adaptations

Northumberland Theatre Company. Adapted by writer and director Chris Connaughton. Stamford Village Hall, Newcastle, 1 October (01661 886206); Robinsons Institute, Glaisdale, 8 October (07472 622243). This all female, 3 hander production is a streamlined version of Shakespeare’s play and performed in NTC’s unique, fast paced and extremely physical style. Featuring original music and largely told from the perspective of the witches, the show explores ideas of manipulation through the media and other external forces, with all the grim, gory, and grisly elements that everyone loves and expects from Macbeth.  

Bear Left Theatre Company. Nottingham Arts Theatre, Nottingham, 6 October (0115 947 5925); Ravenshead Village Hall, Ravenshead, 8 October (online only); Nonsuch Studios, Nottingham, 11 October (0115 837 1950); The Grange Hall, Radcliff-on-Trent, 13 October (online only); Duchess Theatre, Long Eaton, 18 October (0115 972 9195) https://bearlefttheatrecom.wixsite.com/bearlefttc [A] 

Updated
The Dickens Theatre Company. New Wimbledon Theatre, London, 10 – 15 October (0870 060 6646); Norman Bragg Studio, Aylesbury, 18 – 22 October (020 7206 1174). Unforeseen circumstances leave a Dickensian theatre company stripped down to just three actors. Undeterred, the troupe valiantly take on the multitude of roles. At just 70 minutes, this engaging and fast-paced adaptation of Macbeth is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for a young, modern audience.
https://www.atgtickets.com/shows/macbeth/ [P]  

Macbeth – Partners of Greatness. The Faction Theatre Company. Directed by Mark Leipacher. Northcott Theatre, Exeter, 2 – 5 November (01392 72 63 63). A childless couple. An ambitious partnership. The things they can achieve together. Prophecy + opportunity = murder. Created for two performers, Macbeth - Partners of Greatness tells the entirety of Shakespeare’s story through the Macbeths themselves. From the excitement of a soldier being told he will be king, to the inevitable bloody conclusion, the audience experience the joy and terror of Lord and Lady Macbeth’s private moments. This is a raw, intimate, and passionate portrayal of their famous partnership. https://exeternorthcott.co.uk/events/macbeth-partners-of-greatness/ [P] 

 

Shit-Faced Shakespeare: Macbeth. Elgiva Theatre, Chesham, 23 September (01494 582 900); Octagon Theatre, Yeovil, 29 September (01935 422884); Epstein Theatre, Liverpool, 1 October (0844 888 9991); Nottingham Playhouse, Nottingham, 6 October (0115 941 9419); The Exchange, Twickenham, 8 October (020 8240 2399); The Grove, Dunstable, 12 October (01582 602080); Palace Theatre, Southend, 13 October (0343 310 0030); Stratford Playhouse, Stratford-upon-Avon, 14 October (01789 333990); New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth, 20 October (023 9264 9000); The Cresset, Peterborough, 26 October (01733 265705); The Capitol, Horsham, 27 October (01403 750220); The Anvil, Basingstoke, 28 October (01256 844244); Royal and Derngate, Northampton, 29 October (01604 624811); Komedia, Bath, 4 November (01225 489070); Alban Arena, St Albans, 8 November (01727 844488); Town Hall, Middlesbrough, 10 November (01642 729729); Tyne Theatre, Newcastle, 12 November (0844 2491 000); Tivoli Theatre, Wimbourne, 16 November (01202 885566); Dorking Halls, Dorking, 18 November (01306 881717); The Brewhouse, Taunton, 19 November (01823 283244); The Corn Exchange, Exeter, 20 November (01392 665938); The Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 24 November (online booking); The Maltings, Farnham, 26 November (01252 745444). The smash-hit, internationally acclaimed, multi sell-out fringe phenomenon is touring the UK with one of Shakespeare’s most loved plays: Macbeth. Shit-faced Shakespeare is the hilarious combination of an entirely serious adaptation of a Shakespearean classic, with an entirely shit-faced cast member. With a gin in one hand, a cup of wine in the other and a flagon of ale in the other, what could possibly go wrong? https://www.shitfacedshakespeare.com/home?filter%5Bcountry%5D=GB&filter%5Bcity%5D=&filter%5Bshow%5D=Macbeth&filter%5Bdate%5D=#show-list-filter [P]

Measure for Measure

Adaptation  

 

Half Measures. Written by Tim Prentki. Shakespeare North Playhouse, Prescot, 30 September – 1 October (0300 303 4204). How far would you go to save a brother’s life? Is life itself always worth more than the way it’s lived? What would you sacrifice for a shot at happiness, security, and comfort? Two women in crisis, five centuries apart. Half Measures explores a world in which threats from plague and war recall William Shakespeare’s time, and scenes from Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure (1604) are set against dramatic episodes located in Liverpool, today. Shakespeare’s characters include the Duke of Vienna, Lord Angelo – his Deputy – and Isabella, a novice nun. Isabella must ask mercy for her brother, sentenced to death because of his girlfriend’s pregnancy under an ancient law revived by Angelo. In our time, Nadia, a young woman from Eastern Ukraine, smuggled illegally into England via the port of Liverpool, meets Angelo Saldini, an Italian football star at Liverpool FC. https://shakespearenorthplayhouse.co.uk/event/half-measures/ [A] 

 

The Merchant of Venice

 

Adaptations 

 

The Merchant of Venice 1936. Watford Palace Theatre, Watford, 28 February – 11 March 2023 (01923 225 671). Watford Palace Theatre presents a ground-breaking production of Shakespeare’s classic, The Merchant of Venice, directed by Brigid Larmour, and starring Tracy-Ann Oberman as Shylock. It is London in 1936 – fascism is sweeping across Europe, and Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists is threatening to march through the Jewish East End. Shylock is a survivor of anti-Semitic pogroms in Russia. A widow, she runs a small business from her dark and cramped terraced house in Cable Street, hoping to give daughter Jessica a better future. When aristocratic antisemite Antonio desperately needs a loan, he makes a dangerous bargain with this woman he has spat on in the street. Will Shylock, bitter from a life plagued by racism and abuse, take her revenge? A vivid evocation of our history, and a warning for our times. https://watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk/events/the-merchant-of-venice-1936/ [P] 

Shylock. Written and performed by Gareth Armstrong, Directed by Frank Barrie. Theatre at The Tabard, London, 23 October (online only). Shylock. A villain? A victim? Or something even more intriguing? This award-winning play confronts and confounds the stereotypes through the eyes of Shylock’s only friend – and the only other Jewish man in all of Shakespeare – Tubal. Promoted to centre stage from his minor role in The Merchant of Venice, he proves a born comic storyteller. Celebrating the richness of Shakespeare’s language and conjuring up a whole cast of characters, this dazzling, moving, often hilarious play is a fascinating exploration of Shylock and his people. https://tabard.org.uk/whats-on/shylock-2022/ [P] 

Merry Wives of Windsor

Adaptation  

 The Merry Wives of Windsor (opera) by Otto Nicolai. The Maskers Theatre Company. The Maskers Studio Theatre, Southampton, 17 – 22 October (0333 666 3366) https://www.maskers.org.uk/productions/2022/merrywives/show.php [A] 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream


 

Not Too Tame. Directed by Matthew Dunster. Cockpit Theatre, Shakespeare North Playhouse, Prescot, 22 September – 22 October (0300 303 4204); Northern Stage (Epic Space), Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 29 October – 12 November (0191 230 5151 

Updated
Bear Left Theatre Company. Nottingham Arts Theatre, Nottingham, 6 October (CANCELLED); Ravenshead Village Hall, Ravenshead, 8 October (online only); Nonsuch Studios, Nottingham, 11 October (0115 837 1950); The Grange Hall, Radcliff-on-Trent, 13 October (online only); Duchess Theatre, Long Eaton, 18 October (0115 972 9195) https://m.facebook.com/BearLeftTheatreCo/ [P] 

New
Playbox Theatre Company. The Dream Factory, Warwick, 21 – 30 December (01926 419555). A Youth Theatre production.
https://www.playboxtheatre.com/events/a-midsummer-nights-dream-2022/ [A] 

Adaptations

 

Ballet Cymru – Dream. Music by Frank Moon. Choreography by Darius James and Amy Doughty. Corn Exchange, Newbury, 11 October (0845 5218 218); Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 13 – 14 October (01284 769 505); Town Hall Theatre, Stourbridge, 29 October (01384 812 812). Dream is a vibrant, fresh, and innovative new full-length ballet based on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Ballet Cymru have created a magical, gender bending world of fairies, lovers, and bewitching enchantment, featuring ground-breaking dancers, stunning video projection, and innovative choreography. https://cornexchangenew.com/event/dream

https://theatreroyal.org/shows/dream/

https://boroughhalls.co.uk/ballet-cymru.html [P]

 

 

The Rubbish Shakespeare Company. Kettering Arts Centre, Kettering, 8 October. Fairies. Goblins. Donkeys ... Super soakers!?!? Athens. The past (before toasters). Four idiots dressed in bedsheets attempt to stage William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, using only a box of pound-shop props, a camel onesie, and a ladder they found by the bins. Will they succeed? Of course not, no. But oh my, will you belly-laugh at the results! Sprinkle in some lightsabers and a big bucket of slapstick, and what you’re left with is a Shakespeare experience that’s unlike any other - it’s far from rubbish! All bookings are online only. https://www.rubbishshakespearecompany.com/tour [P] 

 

Directed by Joe Murphy. Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, 14 - 29 October (029 2064 6900). In the patriarchal city, you are told who you get to love. Hermia loves Lysanna but is being forced to marry Demetrius. Whilst Hermia’s friend Helena secretly adores Demetrius. Escaping into the woods, these four young people find a world without rules and where anything is possible. This new major production promises A Midsummer Night’s Dream for our times, with new Welsh language adaptations, creating a rich bilingual theatre experience. Performed by a cast of Welsh and Wales-based actors. Welsh language dialogue will be captioned as part of the production at all performances. www.shermantheatre.co.uk/event/a-midsummer-nights-dream [P]

Much Ado About Nothing

Directed by Lucy Bailey. Shakespeare’s Globe. The Globe Theatre, London, 22 April – 23 October (020 7401 9919) https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/much-ado-about-nothing-2022/ [P]

 

 

Adaptation

 

A Sheffield Theatres and Ramps on The Moon production. Adapted & directed by Robert Hastie. Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse), Leeds, 27 September – 1 October (0113 213 7800); Birmingham Rep Theatre, Birmingham, 4 – 8 October (0121 236 4455); The Playhouse, Nottingham, 11 – 15 October (0115 941 9419); Theatre Royal, Stratford East, London, 1 – 5 November (020 8534 0310). Every performance features the use of integrated creative sign language, audio description and captioning. Ramps on The Moon is the pioneering initiative committed to putting deaf and disabled artists and audiences at the centre of their work.   www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/events/much-ado-about-nothing [P]  

Othello

The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 16 September – 15 October (01635 46044) https://www.watermill.org.uk/othello [P]

Directed by Clint Dyer. Giles Terera (Othello), Rosy McEwen (Desdemona) and Paul Hilton (Iago). Lyttelton Theatre (National Theatre), London, 23 November – 21 January 2023 (020 3989 5455) https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/othello [P] 

 

Adaptations

 

A Frantic Assembly Production, co-produced with Curve Theatre. Curve, Leicester, 19 September – 1 October (0116 242 3560); Liverpool Playhouse, Liverpool, 3 – 8 October (0151 709 4776); Theatre Royal Plymouth, Plymouth, 11 – 15 October (01752 267 222); Theatre Royal, York, 18 – 22 October (01904 623 568); Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford, 1 – 5 November (01483 440 000); The Playhouse, Oxford, 8 – 12 November (01865 305 305); The Lowry, Salford, 15 – 19 November (0161 876 2000); MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton, 22 – 26 November (023 8071 1833); Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, London, 19 January 2023 – 11 February 2023 (020 8741 6850). Frantic Assembly takes Shakespeare’s muscular and beautiful text, combines its own bruising physicality, and presents an Othello firmly rooted in a volatile 21st century. This is a world of broken glass and broken promises, of poisonous manipulation and explosive violence, where Othello’s passionate affair with Desdemona becomes the catalyst for jealousy, betrayal, revenge, and the darkest intents. As relevant today as it ever was, Othello exposes the tension, fear and paranoia buried beneath the veneer of our relationships and how easily that can be maliciously exploited. Following highly acclaimed runs in 2008 and 2014, audience favourite Othello returns this autumn with an updated version for 2022. https://www.franticassembly.co.uk/productions/othello-2 [P]

 

Pericles

Richard II

Tangle Theatre Company. MAST Mayflower Studios, Southampton, 20 – 22 October (02380 711 833); Swindon Arts Centre, Swindon, 25 October (01793 524 481); Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, 28 October (01392 726 363); Brewhouse, Taunton, 30 October (01823 283 244); Beaford Arts, North Devon, 1 November (01769 572 573); Artsreach, Dorset, 2 November (01305 269 512); Theatre Royal, Winchester, 3 November (01962 840 440); Lighthouse Theatre, Poole, 4 November (01202 280 000); Pegasus Theatre, Oxford, 5 November (01865 812150); Omnibus Theatre, London, 9 – 27 November (0207 498 4699). Tangle Theatre Company is proud to present a radical and electrifying new adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Richard II performed in its distinctive Southern African Township theatre style. With an original score of Zimbabwean music and song, Tangle’s new multicultural production offers a fast, powerful, and fresh take on this state of the nation play, while celebrating the excellence of globally talented artists whose multi-national voices are at the centre of the work. https://www.tangletheatre.co.uk/productions/richardthesecond [P]

Richard III

Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Greg Doran. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 23 June – 8 October (01789 331111) https://www.rsc.org.uk/richard-iii [P]

 

Romeo and Juliet 

 

Adaptations

& Juliet by David West Read. Shaftesbury Theatre, London, from September 24 (020 7379 5399). We all know the story of Romeo and Juliet, star crossed lovers from warring families who are undeniably drawn to each other. Theirs is a love story for the ages and a tragedy unlike any other but what if we could rewrite the final scene? What if Juliet put the dagger down and decided to take a girls trip instead? In this irreverent rewrite that's exactly what happens. When Juliet wakes up, instead of a dagger to the heart, she gathers Nurse and her best girlfriends and heads to the city of lights. Juliet sets off to prove that she is the author of her own story and that there is life, and love, after Romeo. This wild new musical features the back catalogue of Swedish songwriter Max Martin with pop anthems that you'll love hearing in a completely different way. Songs like Baby One More TimeLove Me Like You DoCan't Feel My Face and Everybody.

 www.andjulietthemusical.co.uk [P]

New
Romeo and Julie by Gary Owen. Directed by Rachel O'Riordan. National Theatre, London, 14 February - 1 April 2023. Romeo is a single dad hanging on tight. Julie is fighting to follow her dream of studying at Cambridge.
 

Two Welsh teens raised a few streets apart – but from entirely different worlds – crash into first love and are knocked off their feet. But at the crossroads to the rest of their lives, Julie’s family fears the worst in a world of unequal opportunity. Public booking opens 20 October 2022. 

   

West Side Story. Score by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Halifax Playhouse, Halifax, 26 – 29 October (01422 365998) www.halifaxplayhouse.org.uk/2022_productions/prod_west.html [A]

New
West Side Story. Score by Leonard Bernstein. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. New Youth Theatre. Palace Theatre, Mansfield, 14 – 15 March 2023 (01623 633133) https://mansfieldpalacetheatre.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873629270 [A] 

 

 The Taming of the Shrew

 

Adaptation

The Stevenage Lytton Players. The Lytton Theatre, Stevenage, 23 - 26 November (01438 357407). The setting is a modern-day park bench. A football fan talks about a strange dream he’s had. That dream is The Taming of the Shrew. In Padua, a rich widow refuses to allow her ‘ideal’ youngest daughter, Bianca, to marry one of the many suitors who pursue her until her ‘shrewish’ elder sister, Katherina, has a husband. Petruchio (who happens to be the aforementioned football fan) arrives in Padua and decides to woo, wed, and attempt to tame Katherina. This becomes the main plot of the play: at times humorous, at other times shocking and unsettling. Meanwhile the wooing of Bianca continues with comic pace, false identities, frequent deceptions, and unexpected conclusions. Ultimately the play returns to the modern day. Will the dreamer have learnt anything from his dream? https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/lyttonplayers/the-taming-of-the-shrew/e-epvvom [A]

 
The Tempest

 

 

Directed by Sean Holmes. Shakespeare’s Globe. The Globe Theatre, London, 22 July – 22 October (020 7401 9919) https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/the-tempest-2022/ [P]

 

Timon of Athens

Titus Andronicus

Cream Faced Loons. Manchester, 16 - 21 October. www.creamfacedloons.co.uk [P] More information soon.  

Shakespeare’s Globe. Sam Wanamaker Theatre, London, 19 January 2023 – 15 April (020 7401 9919) https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/titus-andronicus/ [P] 

Troilus and Cressida

Twelfth Night 

Bingley Little Theatre, Bingley, 5 – 10 December (01274 564 049) https://www.bingleyartscentre.co.uk/events/2022-12-05-twelfth-night [A] 

Hebden Bridge Little Theatre, Hebden Bridge, 5 – 10 December (01422 842 684) https://hblt.co.uk/diary/twelfth-night [A]

 

Adaptations

Royal Shakespeare Company First Encounters. Directed by Robin Belfield. Grand Theatre, Blackpool, 29 September - 1 October;  Theatre Royal, York, 12 October; Bradford Alhambra Studio, 15 October; Hull Truck Theatre, 18 - 19 October; Bonington Theatre, Nottingham, 31 October - 1 November; The Other Place Studio Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 10-12 November (morning performance on 10 Nov will be a relaxed performance). Adapted for 7-10 year olds. www.rsc.org.uk/first-encounters-twelfth-night/tour-venues. [P] 

New
The HandleBards. Phoenix Arts Centre, Bordon, 5 October (01420472664); Lighthouse, Poole Centre for the Arts, Poole, 6 – 7 October (01202 280000); The Plough Arts Centre, Devon, 8 October (01805 624624); Lichfield Garrick Theatre, Lichfield, 11 October (01543 412121); CAST, Doncaster, 12 – 13 October (01302 303959); The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury, 14 October (01295 279002); The Mission Theatre, Bath, 17 – 18 October (01225 428600); Norden Farm, Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead, 20 October (01628 788997); The Theatre, Chipping Norton, 21 – 22 October (01608 642350); The Electric Theatre, Guildford, 23 October (01483 501200). Join The HandleBards for a bicycle-powered, laugh-out-loud production of Shakespeare’s 
Twelfth Night. There’s drunkenness, frivolity and cross-dressing a plenty. https://www.handlebards.com/tickets/list/ [P] 

 

The Twelfth Night Trilogy by John Knowles. Fetch Theatre Company. Shakespeare North Playhouse, Prescot, 26 – 27 November (0300 303 4204). A trilogy of human tales based on Shakespeare’s most modern comedy, Twelfth Night. For the past five years, John Knowles has been quietly obsessing over Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, a play which ends with ‘not one workable long-term relationship’. Out of this has come two plays to date: Toby Belch is Unwell and Fiction Romance which explore the post play lives of Toby and Antonio. Now John is embarking on the final part of the trilogy The Devil’s Doorbell, which sees Viola exploring issues around coercion, sexual identity and female self-empowerment. With this final act, John will have completed his trilogy and will be merging the three into one full evening, woven together with music, including an original sea shanty by Bob Tipler which tells the tale of Twelfth Night. https://shakespearenorthplayhouse.co.uk/event/twelfth-night-2/ [P] 

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Winter’s Tale

Shakespeare’s Globe. Sam Wanamaker Theatre / Globe Theatre, London, 9 February 2023 – 16 April (020 7401 9919). Performed across both stages; audiences will journey from the aristocratic luxury of Sicilia in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse to the pastoral playground of Bohemia in the Globe Theatre. https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/whats-on/the-winters-tale-2022/ [P] 

Poems and Apocrypha

The Rape of Lucretia (opera). Music by Benjamin Britten. The Royal Opera House, London, 13 – 22 November (020 7304 4000) https://www.roh.org.uk/tickets-and-events/the-rape-of-lucretia-by-oliver-mears-details [P]

Miscellaneous
(in alphabetical order)

Doing Shakespeare by David Spicer. Northern Comedy Theatre Company. Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh, 22 October (0131 62 3030); The Players Theatre, Thame, 28 October (0871 222 7232); The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, 2 November (0121 643 5858); The Playhouse, Halifax, 3 November (01422 365998). Six actors performing six different plays will do Shakespeare as Shakespeare has never been done before. David Spicer’s hilariously mad Shakespearean mash-up will have you rolling in the aisles and the Bard turning in his grave. More dates and venues TBC. https://northerncomedytheatre.com/doing-shakespeare-tour [P]

Impromptu Shakespeare. The Rondo Theatre, Bath, 14 October (01225 448844). Sad that Shakespeare hasn't written anything new for over 400 years? Well, hold onto your doublets, ruffs, and trunk hose. The Bard is back! With story and verse improvised in the moment, enjoy a riotous new Shakespeare play every time – performed by Impromptu Shakespeare's whip smart cast. Packed with priceless wit, lyrical smarts, romance, and a dash of double-crossing, this leading ensemble do the Bard proud with a brand new one-act hit every time, inspired by audience suggestions. https://rondotheatre.co.uk/whats-on/ [P] 

New
Shakespeare in Love. Adapted by Lee Hall from the screenplay by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman. MADS Little Theatre, Macclesfield, March 6 – 11 March
2023 (01625 611974) https://madstheatre.org/mads_productions/shakespeare-in-love/ [P] 

Strange Tale by Rob Brannen. Imaginarium Theatre Company. Cockpit Theatre, Shakespeare North Playhouse, Prescot, 2 – 5 November (0300 303 4204). A new comic play that explores Shakespeare’s links to Prescot through a time-travelling adventure that blows apart the myths, the man, and the missing years. Will Shakespeare is in Prescot, but who knows why or how. His Tudor days seem far away from the here and now. He needs the help of locals, as time is running out – his memory is fading, his writing future is in doubt! Who are the Shakespeare detectives, and how can they help? How does a mysterious portal in the barber shop where the Prescot Playhouse once stood, provide a clue to getting Will home? Who is Lord Strange, and why is he so extraordinarily strange? And why does Will spend so much time at the pub? Join the bard at the bar for an unforgettable night of music, mystery, and mayhem. https://shakespearenorthplayhouse.co.uk/event/strange-tale/ [P] 

The Upstart Crow by Ben Elton. David Mitchell (Will Shakespeare) and Gemma Whelan (Kate). Apollo Theatre, London, 23 September – 3 December (0330 333 4809). ‘Tis 1605 and England’s greatest playwright is in trouble. Will Shakespeare has produced just two plays and desperately needs to maketh a brilliant new show to bolster his reputation and avoid being cast aside by King and country. As time runs out, can Will hold on to his dream of being recognised now and for all time, as indisputably the greatest writer that ever lived? https://nimaxtheatres.com/shows/the-upstart-crow/ [P]

 

 

 

 

 

 

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