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A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare

The nation’s favourite Shakespeare play is performed as never before; magically intertwining professional and amateur actors as we take you on a very special Midsummer adventure. Director Erica Whyman will also tour the production across the UK from March to June 2016, with a different local amateur company joining our professional actors.
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
17 February - 16 July 2016
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Matilda The Musical
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Matilda The Musical

Book: Dennis Kelly
Music & Lyrics: Tim Minchin

Matilda The Musical is the multi-award winning musical inspired by the beloved book by the incomparable Roald Dahl. With book by Dennis Kelly and original songs by Tim Minchin, Matilda the Musical tells the tale of an extraordinary girl who is determined to change her own story, even if it means being a little bit naughty…

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Don Quixote

Don Quixote

Miguel De Cervantes

After a lifetime of reading books on chivalry, Don Quixote takes up his sword and embarks on a quest of his own. Hopelessly unprepared and increasingly losing his grip on reality, his calamitous adventures seem further and further away from his books’ romantic ideal. Cervantes' comic novel is newly adapted for the stage by James Fenton and directed by Angus Jackson.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
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Cymbeline

Cymbeline

William Shakespeare

Cymbeline is a ruler of a divided Britain. When Innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart in secret, an enraged Cymbeline banishes him. But a powerful figure behind the throne is plotting to seize power and murder them both. Innogen embarks on a dangerous journey that will reunite Cymbeline with a lost heir and reconcile the young lovers. Melly Still directs Shakespeare’s rarely performed romance.
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
29 April - 15 October 2016
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February Half Term Activities

February Half Term Activities

Join us for a week of A Midsummer Night’s Dream themed workshops and activities for the whole family. From singing to set design, there is something for everyone to try.
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Sing a Fairy Song
15 February 2016
Story Garden: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
16 February 2016
Introducing: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
16 February 2016
Stage Fighting Workshop
17 - 17 February 2016
Voice Skills
19 February 2016
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19 February 2016
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The Alchemist

The Alchemist

Ben Jonson

When London is hit by an outbreak of the plague, the wealthy Lovewit flees to the country, leaving his townhouse in the hands of his trusted butler, Jeremy. But no sooner has his master left than Jeremy begins turning the house into a den of criminal activity… Polly Findlay directs Jonson's hilarious satire that revels in just how vain we humans can be.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
26 May - 6 August 2016
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Cymbeline

Cymbeline

William Shakespeare

Cymbeline is a ruler of a divided Britain. When Innogen, the only living heir, marries her sweetheart in secret, an enraged Cymbeline banishes him. But a powerful figure behind the throne is plotting to seize power and murder them both. Innogen embarks on a dangerous journey that will reunite Cymbeline with a lost heir and reconcile the young lovers. Melly Still directs Shakespeare’s rarely performed romance.
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
29 April - 15 October 2016
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Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus

Christopher Marlowe

Faustus is a brilliant but embittered academic, frustrated with the futility of religion, law and science. He is desperate for a deeper understanding of the universe and for the fame that it will bring. Risking everything, he strikes a deal with Lucifer – infinite knowledge and power in exchange for his soul, signed in blood. Maria Aberg returns to the RSC to direct Marlowe's tale of vanity, greed and damnation.
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Stratford-upon-Avon
11 February - 4 August 2016
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Don Quixote

Don Quixote

Miguel De Cervantes

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25 February - 21 May 2016
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Hamlet

Hamlet

William Shakespeare

Hamlet has the world at his feet. Young, wealthy and living a hedonistic life studying abroad. Then word reaches him that his father is dead. Simon Godwin directs Paapa Essiedu as Hamlet in Shakespeare’s searing tragedy. As relevant today as when it was written, confronting each of us with the mirror of our own mortality in an imperfect world.
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
12 March - 13 August 2016
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Henry IV Part I

Henry IV Part I

William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's pair of plays show a brilliantly peopled sweep of England at war from the battlefields to the low life of London. Jasper Britton, Alex Hassell and Antony Sher reprise their performances as Henry IV, Hal and the infamous Sir John Falstaff.

Henry IV prepares for war while Prince Hal revels in the company of Falstaff. But with the crown under threat, Hal must confront his responsibilities.
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China & Hong Kong
18 February - 13 March 2016
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New York
24 March - 1 May 2016
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Henry IV Part II

Henry IV Part II

William Shakespeare

King Henry's health is failing but he is uncertain Hal is a worthy heir. Meanwhile, Falstaff is sent to the countryside to recruit fresh troops, where he gleefully indulges in the business of lining his own pockets.

As the King's health continues to worsen, Hal must choose between duty and loyalty to an old friend in Shakespeare's heart breaking conclusion to this pair of plays.
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China & Hong Kong
18 February - 13 March 2016
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New York
24 March - 1 May 2016
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Henry V

Henry V

William Shakespeare

Henry IV is dead and Hal is King. With England in a state of unrest, he must leave his rebellious youth behind, striving to gain the respect of his nobility and people.

Gregory Doran continues his exploration of Shakespeare’s History Plays with Henry V, performed in the 600th anniversary year of the Battle of Agincourt.

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China & Hong Kong
18 February - 13 March 2016
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New York
24 March - 1 May 2016
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King Lear

King Lear

William Shakespeare

King Lear has ruled for many years and as age begins to overtake him, he divides his kingdom amongst his children. But vanity clouds his judgement and soon his left alone in the wilderness, confronting the mistakes of a life that has brought him to this point... RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs Antony Sher in the title role.
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
20 August - 15 October 2016

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Matilda The Musical
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Book: Dennis Kelly
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Booking until December 2016

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United States of America

Schubert Theatre, New York
Until 3 July 2016

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USA Tour
Until 26 June 2016

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13 March - 22 May 2016

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare

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Stratford-upon-Avon
17 February - 16 July 2016
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London
17 - 21 May 2016
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Richard II

Richard II

William Shakespeare

Richard is King. A monarch ordained by God to lead his people. But he is also a man of very human weakness. A man whose vanity threatens to divide the great houses of England and drag his people into a dynastic civil war that will last 100 years.

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs David Tennant in the title role.
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Brooklyn Academy of Music
New York
24 March - 1 May 2016
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The Rover

The Rover

Aphra Behn

Three wandering cavaliers, exiled from Cromwell’s England, meet up in a Spanish colony as carnival begins. Meanwhile three wealthy sisters escape their overbearing brother and disappear into the city in search of love. As night falls and the wine flows, chaos ensues. The Rover was last staged in 1986 as part of the Swan Theatre’s first season. Directed by Loveday Ingram.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
8 September 2016 - 11 February 2017

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The Seven Acts of Mercy

The Seven Acts of Mercy

Anders Lustgarten

Naples, 1606. Inside an unfinished church, a painting is emerging from the darkness - Caravaggio’s first since he killed a man and fled Rome. Bootle, the present day. A retired dock worker teaches his grandson, as their community disintegrates around them. Anders Lustgarten’s visceral new play confronts the dangerous necessity of compassion, in a world where it is in short supply.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
24 November 2016 - 10 February 2017

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The Tempest

The Tempest

William Shakespeare

On a distant island a man waits. Robbed of his power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island …In a unique partnership with Intel we will be using groundbreaking technology to create a world that pushes the technical boundaries of theatre. Simon Russell Beale plays Prospero, directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran.
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
8 November 2016 - 21 January 2017

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The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Two Noble Kinsmen

William Shakespeare

Friendship turns to rivalry in the woods of Athens, as two knights at arms fall instantly in love with the same woman. The stage is set for absurd adventures and painful confusions in this study of the intoxication and strangeness of love. Attributed to Fletcher and Shakespeare, The Two Noble Kinsmen is directed by Blanche McIntyre.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
17 August 2016 - 7 February 2017

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Winter Season

Winter Season

August 2016 - February 2017

2016 is a remarkable year: 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare, our house playwright. Make this the year you celebrate Shakespeare with us.

The newly announced August 2016 – February 2017 season includes King Lear, The Tempest, The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Rover, The Seven Acts of Mercy and an extension to the run of Cymbeline.

Become a Member or Supporter for Priority Booking from 28 January.
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The Two Noble Kinsmen
Swan Theatre
17 August 2016 - 7 February 2017
King Lear
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
20 August - 15 October 2016
The Rover
Swan Theatre
8 September 2016 - 11 February 2017
The Tempest
Royal Shakespeare Theatre
8 November 2016 - 21 January 2017
The Seven Acts of Mercy
Swan Theatre
24 November - 10 February 2016
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