Current and Forthcoming Shakespeare Productions in the UK
productions that we know about from the current month
onwards are included in this list.
indicates that a production has been added to the list this
indicates that the information has been changed or expanded this
[A] indicates an amateur production.
[P] indicates a professional production.
All's Well That
Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Blanche
McIntyre. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 16
August – 8 October (01789 331111)
As You Like It
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.
Bristol Old Vic,
Bristol, 13 October – 12 November (0117 987 7877)
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
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
Henry IV, pt.1
Henry IV, pt.2
VI, pt 1
VI, pt 2
VI, pt 3
Directed by Amy Hodge. Shakespeare’s Globe. The Globe Theatre,
London, 19 May – 21 October
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.
The Extraordinary Theatre Company in association with Brownsea Open Air Theatre.
Directed by Neil Mathieson. Bournemouth Little Theatre,
Dorset, 25 – 29 October (online only)
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!
A Bunch of Amateurs. By Ian Hislop and Nick Newman. Royal Manor Theatre,
Portland, 17 – 22 October (0333 6663366).
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!
Chesil Theatre, Winchester, 21 – 28 January 2023 (01962
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
Bear Left Theatre Company. Nottingham
Arts Theatre, Nottingham, 6 October (0115
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
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
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.
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?
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
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.
The Merchant of Venice
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.
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.
Merry Wives of
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Much Ado About Nothing
Directed by Lucy Bailey. Shakespeare’s Globe.
The Globe Theatre, London, 22 April – 23 October
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
The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, 16 September – 15 October (01635
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)
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.
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
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
Royal Shakespeare Company. Directed by Greg
Doran. Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 23 June –
8 October (01789 331111)
Romeo and Juliet
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 Time, Love
Me Like You Do, Can't Feel My Face and Everybody.
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)
The Taming of the
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?
Directed by Sean Holmes. Shakespeare’s Globe.
The Globe Theatre, London, 22 July – 22 October
Cream Faced Loons. Manchester, 16 - 21 October.
[P] More information soon.
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.
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
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
Two Gentlemen of Verona
Two Noble Kinsmen
Shakespeare’s Globe. Sam Wanamaker Theatre / Globe
Theatre, London, 9 February 2023
– 16 April (020
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.
Poems and Apocrypha
The Rape of Lucretia (opera). Music by
Benjamin Britten. The Royal Opera House, London, 13 – 22
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.
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.
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.
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?