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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
Until 15 October 2016
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Barbican Theatre
London
31 October - 17 December 2016
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Stratford-upon-Avon, London
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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
Until 13 August 2016
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Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 13 August 2016
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Live at the RSC: Bridget Christie and Andy Hamilton

Live at the RSC: Bridget Christie and Andy Hamilton

Bridget Christie does not wear her feminism lightly. She wears it heavily, like a suit of armour. If you think you’d enjoy a 44 year old woman shouting about gender inequality, in a Gloucester accent, then this is definitely the show for you! Change is an inescapable part of the human condition. Why? Is that fair? Andy Hamilton will teach you how to cope with the changes we have seen and the changes yet to come. Suitable for ages 16+
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
18 September 2016
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Stratford-upon-Avon
18 September 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
Until 6 August 2016
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Barbican Theatre
London
2 September - 1 October 2016
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Stratford-upon-Avon, London
Until 1 October 2016
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Matilda The Musical
Roald Dahl's

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…

Winner of over 50 international awards, including 13 for Best Musical, Matilda continues to delight audiences in London, Australia, on Broadway and on tour around North America.
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London

Cambridge Theatre
Booking until May 2017

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United States of America

Shubert Theatre, New York
Until January 2017

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On Tour around North America
Dates and venues in 2017

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Canada

Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto
Until October 2016

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Australia

On Tour around Australia
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Making Mischief Events

Making Mischief Events

‘What is unsayable in the 21st century?’

The first festival of bold and thought-provoking new plays and The Other Place.

Always Orange by Fraser Grace Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. by Alice Birch Fall of the Kingdom, Rise of the Foot Soldier by Somalia Seaton Joanne by Deborah Bruce, Theresa Ikoko, Laura Lomas, Chino Odimba, and Ursula Rani Sarma

Over the course of these four plays our writers respond to this challenge with daring explorations of language, race, gender and life in Britain today. Join us in our intimate new theatre space at The Other Place and confront your own assumption about what is taboo in the times we live in.
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A Conversation: Rebellion & the Establishment
13 August 2016
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A Conversation: Speaking the Truth
20 August 2016
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The Pioneers – A Sharing of Work
26 August 2016
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Stratford-upon-Avon
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Plays

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
Until 6 August 2016
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Barbican Theatre
London
2 September - 1 October 2016
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Stratford-upon-Avon, London
Until 1 October 2016
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Always Orange

Always Orange

Fraser Grace

“Raise the Flag. Raze the city.”
In the aftermath of terrorist attacks in central
London, the population is on edge. Empathy
and community have been blown away by
the storm of terror and replaced by fear.
A survivor of the first attack, Joe is convinced
that he has found the key to turning the tide
of destruction and restoring tolerance and
understanding. But the city is in no mood
to listen…
Following the award-winning Breakfast with
Mugabe and TMA-nominated The Lifesavers,
writer Fraser Grace presents a tragicomic
exploration of how to be human in a world
always on edge.
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Studio Theatre@The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
27 July - 27 August 2016
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 27 July to 27 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
Until 15 October 2016
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Barbican Theatre
London
31 October - 17 December 2016
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Stratford-upon-Avon, London
Until 17 December 2016
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The Dell
Various Theatre Groups

The Dell

RSC

We invite you to join in our summer season in Stratford-upon-Avon and bring your performance to The Dell. Now in its tenth season, we invite you to take part in this exciting and popular season of outdoor shows.

The Dell was launched as part of the Complete Works Festival in 2006 and has hosted more than 250 amateur theatre companies, community groups, schools, universities and professional theatre companies to growing audience numbers of all ages.
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The Comedy of Errors, GYP
Until 24 July 2016
Timon of Athens, Rendered Retina Theatre
31 July 2016
The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Sun and Moon Theatre
6 August 2016
As You Like It, The King’s Troupe
7 August 2016
Twelfth Night, Fathom Theatre
13 August 2016
Richard II, Everyman Youth Theatre
14 August 2016
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, OUDS
20 August 2016
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, BMH
27 August 2016
Macbeth, BMH
27 - 28 August 2016
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 23 July to 28 August 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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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 4 August 2016
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Barbican Theatre
London
7 September - 1 October 2016
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Stratford-upon-Avon, London
Until 1 October 2016
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Fall of the Kingdom,<br>Rise of the Foot Soldier

Fall of the Kingdom,
Rise of the Foot Soldier

Somalia Seaton

“This is our England.”
In a country where protectionism
masquerades as patriotism, a new national
identity is being forged. Nostalgic notions
of Englishness fracture as the rallying cries
of a new generation are heard on the streets.
In London, an attack on a student forces
her teacher to confront the uncomfortable
truth lurking beneath the veneer of
community cohesion.
In this provocative new play, Somalia Seaton
peels away the privileged ignorance of
middle-class tolerance to expose the deep
wound of cultural tension cutting through
modern England.
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Studio Theatre@The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
27 July - 27 August 2016
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 27 July to 27 August 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
Until 13 August 2016
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Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 13 August 2016
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Joanne

Joanne

Various Writers

Five of the most exciting voices in theatre
explore the pressures on our public services
as one woman buckles under pressures of her
own. Commissioned and produced by
Clean Break and directed by Róisín McBrinn,
this one woman show is performed by Olivier
Award-nominated Tanya Moodie, currently
playing Gertrude in Hamlet in the RST.
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Studio Theatre@The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
11 - 12 August 2016
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 11 to 12 August 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 he is 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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Barbican Theatre
London
10 November - 23 December 2016
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Stratford-upon-Avon, London
From 20 August to 23 December 2016
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Love's Labour's Lost

Love's Labour's Lost

William Shakespeare

Summer 1914. In order to dedicate themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years. No sooner have they made their idealistic pledge than the Princess of France and her ladies-in-waiting arrive, presenting the men with a severe test of their high-minded resolve.

Following the productions 2014 run in Stratford-upon Avon and a subsequent run in Chichester, the RSC Chichester Festival Theatre productions of Christopher Luscombe’s heart-warming double bill Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado about Nothing (or Love's Labour's Won) will transfer to the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited season.
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Theatre Royal Haymarket
London
12 December 2016 - 18 March 2017
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London
From 12 December 2016 to 18 March 2017
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Matilda The Musical
Roald Dahl's

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…

Winner of over 50 international awards, including 13 for Best Musical, Matilda continues to delight audiences in London, Australia, on Broadway and on tour around North America.
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London

Cambridge Theatre
Booking until May 2017

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United States of America

Shubert Theatre, New York
Until January 2017

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On Tour around North America
Dates and venues in 2017

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Canada

Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto
Until October 2016

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Australia

On Tour around Australia
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Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare

Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers return from the trenches. The world-weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship.

Following a 2014 run in Stratford-upon-Avon and a subsequent in Chichester, the RSC Chichester Festival Theatre productions of the heart-warming double bill Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (or Love's Labour's Won) will transfer to the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited season.

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Theatre Royal Haymarket
London
9 December 2016 - 18 March 2017
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London
From 9 December 2016 to 18 March 2017
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Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again

Alice Birch

You are expected to behave…
Use the right words.
Act appropriately.
Don’t break the rules.
Just behave.
This play is not well behaved.
Alice’s play examines the language,
behaviour and forces that shape women
in the 21st century and asks what’s stopping
us from doing something truly radical to
change them.
Please note: this production contains strong
language and scenes of a sexual nature.
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Studio Theatre@The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
2 - 13 August 2016
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Traverse Theatre
Edinburgh
16 - 28 August 2016
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Shoreditch Town Hall
London
31 August - 17 September 2016
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From 2 August to 17 September 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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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 8 September 2016 to 11 February 2017
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RSC in Edinburgh

RSC in Edinburgh

As part of a series of cinema broadcasts of live theatre, experience seven classic RSC productions at the Assembly Rooms. These productions were captured live on film, offering a unique opportunity to experience the best of British theatre from your cinema seat.

The Tempest: A New Kind of Wonder
The Royal Shakespeare Company and Intel are collaborating to use the latest digital technology to bring to life Shakespeare’s The Tempest for a new generation. Along with a demonstration of motion capture technology by The Imaginarium Studios, the panel will discuss the innovation and experimentation involved in creating the supernatural elements of the play onstage.
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Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again
16 - 28 August 2016
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RSC Live From Broadcasts
16 - 28 August 2016
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The Tempest: A New Kind of Wonder
16 - 28 August 2016
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UK venues
From 16 to 28 August 2016
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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.

This production contains violence and scenes of a sexual nature.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
24 November 2016 - 10 February 2017
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 24 November 2016 to 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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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 8 November 2016 to 21 January 2017
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The Two Noble Kinsmen

The Two Noble Kinsmen

John Fletcher and 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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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 17 August 2016 to 7 February 2017
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