Today is St George’s Day, so it’s time to say Happy Birthday William Shakespeare! To celebrate the legacy of this country’s most famous writer, we’re taking a look at all of the Bard-inspired events we have coming up this year. Hopefully the sheer range of shows on offer – from sublime ballet to a ridiculous booze-soaked twist on a classic comedy – pays perfect tribute to a man who produced so many incredible works…
film maltings: All Is True
Wednesday 01 May | 11am, 3pm & 8pm
Kenneth Branagh directs and stars alongside Judi Dench in the first film of our summer programme.
The year is 1613, Shakespeare is acknowledged as the greatest writer of the age. But disaster strikes when his renowned Globe Theatre burns to the ground. Devastated, Shakespeare returns to Stratford, where he must face a troubled past and a neglected family.
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RSC Live: As You Like It
Sunday 12 May | 3pm
Come into the forest; dare to change your state of mind.
Rosalind is banished, wrestling with her heart and her head. With her cousin by her side, she journeys to a world of exile where barriers are broken down and all can discover their deeper selves. Director Kimberley Sykes (Dido, Queen of Carthage) directs a riotous, exhilarating version of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy. Click here for tickets.
Thursday 16 May | 7.30pm
Is Shylock, the Jewish moneylender from The Merchant of Venice, a villain or victim?
Gareth Armstrong’s award-winning solo play confronts these Jewish stereotypes through the eyes of his only friend and the only other Jewish man in the whole 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 from Portia to Pontius Pilate, from Romeo to Max Reinhardt, and from Barabbas to Richard Burbage, this dazzling, funny and moving play is a fascinating exploration of Shylock and his people.
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The Tempest by The HandleBards
Thursday 13 June | 1.30pm & 7.30pm
The world’s first cycling Shakespeare company are back! Pedalling their way into town with all of their props, set and costumes in tow, the all-female troupe bring their signature high-energy style to our outdoor area. Come join The HandleBards for a raucous (and eco-friendly) version of one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays… Click here for tickets.
The Royal Ballet Live: Romeo & Juliet
Tuesday 18 June | 7.15pm
Shakespeare’s enduring love story is known the world over. Since its 1965 premiere with The Royal Ballet, Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet has become a modern ballet classic. The choreography captures the emotions of the young couple as they fall in love, despite the barriers that finally bring about the story’s tragic end. Click here for tickets.
RSC Live: The Taming of the Shrew
Tuesday 02 July | 2pm
In a reimagined 1590, England is a matriarchy. Baptista Minola is seeking to sell off her son to the highest bidder. Cue an explosive battle of the sexes in this electrically charged love story. Click here for tickets.
RSC Live: Measure For Measure
Tuesday 20 August | 7pm
When a young novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that no one would believe her. Shakespeare wrote this play in the early 1600s, yet it remains astonishingly resonant today. Click here for tickets.
Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare ®:
Thursday 03 October | 8pm
The premise is simple: an entirely serious production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is shaken and stirred as one actor each night is chosen to drink themselves out of their five senses. After that? Well, the show must go on… Click here for tickets.