As the 2018 summer season comes to a close in Stratford-upon-Avon, our trio of Shakespeare plays prepares to transfer to the Barbican, London.

This winter, the three Shakespeare productions from our summer season will play at the Barbican in London.

The season opens with Christopher Eccleston as Macbeth in Polly Findlay's contemporary production. Erica Whyman's Romeo and Juliet follows, with young people from the area performing alongside the professional cast. Concluding the season with a change of tone, Fiona Laird's hilarious reality TV-tinged version of The Merry Wives of Windsor plays, featuring Associate Artist David Troughton as Falstaff.

Starting in mid-October, the shows will run until January 2019:

Man on one knee holding the hand of a lady sitting on a sun lounger.
David Troughton and Beth Cordingly in The Merry Wives of Windsor.
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Aside from the three plays, visitors to the Barbican will also have the chance to view our Love As A Revolution mural from artist Jasmine Thompson, see a performance of Storme Toolis' Redefining Juliet, and sign up for an intensive weekend workshop with Merry Wives director Fiona Laird.

Over 20,000 tickets for £10 and under will be available for the season, and there are also access performances for the three Shakespeare productions. Visit the Barbican website for details.