Join us next summer for our 'Rome' season, as we stage four of Shakespeare’s most political and bloody thrillers as part of a programme inspired by ancient Rome.

Angus Jackson, who directed our recent hits, Oppenheimer and Don Quixote, is Season Director. He will direct Julius Caesar and Coriolanus in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. He is joined by Iqbal Khan who returns to us to direct Antony & Cleopatra and Blanche McIntyre who directs Titus Andronicus.

In the Swan Theatre, we open with the world premiere of Snow in Midsummer, a contemporary re-imagining of Guan Hanqing’s Chinese classic drama by the playwright, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, and directed by Justin Audibert.

We then stage a riotous new comedy, written by award-winning playwright, Richard Bean, inspired by the infamous moment in Hull’s history which started the English Civil War. The Hypocrite is a co-production with Hull Truck Theatre and Hull UK City of Culture 2017 directed by Phillip Breen, transferring straight from Hull, where it plays at Hull Truck Theatre as part of the UK City of Culture programme.

We continue with 'Rome', matching the brutal and thrilling programme in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre with the premiere of a new play based on the plays of Plautus. Phil Porter’s comic romp, Vice Versa (or the Decline and Fall of General Braggadocio at the hands of his canny servant Dexter and Terence the monkey), is directed by Janice Honeyman and is about a wily servant and a pair of wronged lovers who bamboozle a pompous general.  

We follow this with Oscar Wilde’s lyrical one-act play, Salomé, set during the reign of Tiberius and staged to mark 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales. Owen Horsley directs and explores sexual ambiguity in the contemporary world.  

And we mark 2,000 years since the death of Roman poet Ovid with a revival of Gregory Doran ‘s production of Venus & Adonis, created with Little Angel Puppet Theatre, which tells the raunchy story of Venus and her obsession with handsome Adonis using narration, music and puppetry. Christopher Marlowe’s Dido, Queen of Carthage, concludes the season, directed by Kimberley Sykes.


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