Spring 2022 will see Shakespeare back in Stratford-upon-Avon with a much-loved romantic comedy and two state-of the nation plays.

Public Booking is now open for three new productions, coming to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre stage from February 2022:

  • Much Ado About Nothing ­- Michael Balogun and Akiya Henry play Benedick and Beatrice, directed by Roy Alexander Weise in a futuristic take on humanity’s capacity for change, and for love.
  • Henry VI: Rebellion and Wars of the Roses - Gregory Doran and Owen Horsley direct a fresh new take on Henry VI Parts 2 & 3, telling the story of a nation in crisis and recovery sharply resonant with our times today.

Rebellion will see a professional cast of 26 actors perform alongside 96 members of the Royal Shakespeare Community, including young performers from our Next Generation Act company and adults from our Shakespeare Nation programme of community groups.

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37 Plays

We will be working with our 12 partner theatres across the country from January 2022 to create a new Complete Works.

37 Plays will invite new plays by and for the nation celebrating the 400th anniversary of the publication of Shakespeare’s first folio in 2023.

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First Encounters with Shakespeare Twelfth Night

Our First Encounters with Shakespeare series also returns in 2022, with a new production of Twelfth Night, edited and directed by Robin Belfield.

First Encounters productions are edited versions of the plays performed using Shakespeare’s original language. Twelfth Night will tour to theatre and communities around the UK in Autumn 2022 including Birmingham, Cumbria, Blackpool, Newcastle, York, Bradford, Hull, Stoke-on-Trent, Nottingham and Suffolk.