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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
Until 10 February 2017
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Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 10 February 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
Until 7 February 2017
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Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 7 February 2017
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Snow in Midsummer

Snow in Midsummer

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig

A contemporary re-imagining of one of the most famous classical Chinese dramas. Director Justin Audibert (The Jew of Malta) returns to the RSC to breathe new life into this ancient and haunting story of a young girl, struggling to prove her innocence for a crime she didn’t commit.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
23 February - 25 March 2017
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 23 February to 25 March 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
Until 21 January 2017
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Barbican Theatre
London
30 June - 18 August 2017
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Stratford-upon-Avon, London
Until 18 August 2017
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The Play's The Thing

The Play's The Thing

Experience the magic of Shakespeare on stage at our new family friendly exhibition. Full of treasures and jam packed with things to do, The Play’s The Thing reveals the secrets and stories from over 100 years of theatre making in Stratford-upon-Avon.

From the eternal love affair of Romeo and Juliet to Titus Andronicus’s blood, guts and gore, the exhibition lets you discover the ideas, inspiration and amazing craft within our work and take you behind-the-scenes to explore how we bring Shakespeare’s plays to life on stage.

Amazing objects will be on display from our archive and collection, including rarely seen props, exquisite costumes and original set designs. It will also be full of hands on activities and digital interactives to spark your imagination, including the chance to stand on a virtual stage, play with sound effects and try on famous costumes.
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Swan Cafe, Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 10 September 2017
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Stratford-upon-Avon
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Plays

Antony & Cleopatra

Antony & Cleopatra

William Shakespeare

Following Caesar’s assassination, Mark Antony has reached the heights of power. Now he has neglected his empire for a life of decadent seduction with his mistress, Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt. Iqbal Khan (Much Ado About Nothing, Othello) returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and power.
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
11 March - 7 September 2017
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 11 March to 7 September 2017
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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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Barbican Theatre
London
Until 17 December 2016
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London
Until 17 December 2016
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The Hypocrite

The Hypocrite

Richard Bean

April 1642. Sir John Hotham, Governor of Hull, is charged by Parliament to secure the arsenal at Hull and deny entry to King Charles I. Civil war seems inevitable and losing his head more than probable in this riotous new comedy from writer Richard Bean (One Man Two Guvnors), directed by Phillip Breen (The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Shoemaker’s Holiday).
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
31 March - 29 April 2017
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 31 March to 29 April 2017
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Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare

Caesar returns from war, all-conquering, but mutiny is rumbling in the corridors of power. Opening the Rome season, Angus Jackson (Oppenheimer, Don Quixote) directs Shakespeare’s epic and thrilling tragedy as the politics of spin and betrayal turn bloody and brutal.
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
3 March - 9 September 2017
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 3 March to 9 September 2017
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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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Barbican Theatre
London
Until 23 December 2016
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London
Until 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 70 international awards, including 15 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 October 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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Australia

On Tour around Australia
Dates and venues in 2017

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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
Until 18 March 2017
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London
Until 18 March 2017
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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
Until 11 February 2017
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Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 11 February 2017
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Salome

Salome

Oscar Wilde

In Oscar Wilde’s lyrical, one-act drama, he reinvents Salome as a powerful and enigmatic figure, both erotic and chaste. Owen Horsley, Associate Director on the King & Country season, directs our first ever Oscar Wilde production in Stratford-upon-Avon. This new production revels in the beauty of this poetic masterpiece.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
2 June - 6 September 2017
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 2 June to 6 September 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.

This production contains violence and scenes of a sexual nature.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 10 February 2017
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Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 10 February 2017
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Snow in Midsummer

Snow in Midsummer

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig

A contemporary re-imagining of one of the most famous classical Chinese dramas. Director Justin Audibert (The Jew of Malta) returns to the RSC to breathe new life into this ancient and haunting story of a young girl, struggling to prove her innocence for a crime she didn’t commit.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
23 February - 25 March 2017
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 23 February to 25 March 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
Until 21 January 2017
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Barbican Theatre
London
30 June - 18 August 2017
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Stratford-upon-Avon, London
Until 18 August 2017
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The Tempest: First Encounters

The Tempest: First Encounters

William Shakespeare

On a crazy island swirling with sounds, exiled Duke Prospero uses magic to create a home within the wilderness. As his beloved daughter Miranda falls in love with a shipwrecked stranger from their
homeland, she rebels against his power. Prospero must risk forgiving those who betrayed him, or lose her forever.

Fun, fantasy and sorcery collide in this ideal first experience of Shakespeare for anyone aged 8 and above. Using Shakespeare’s original language, this edited version lasts 90 minutes and includes a fully interactive introduction to the world of the play.
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
3 - 4 February 2017
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Studio Theatre@The Other Place
Stratford-upon-Avon
23 - 25 March 2017
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 3 February to 25 March 2017
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Titus Andronicus

Titus Andronicus

William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s gory revenge tragedy presents us with murder as entertainment and poses questions about the nature of sexuality, family, class and society. Blanche McIntyre (The Two Noble Kinsmen) returns to direct this bloody and brutal play, where the decay of Rome reaches violent depths.
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Royal Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
23 June - 2 September 2017
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 23 June to 2 September 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
Until 7 February 2017
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Stratford-upon-Avon
Until 7 February 2017
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Venus and Adonis

Venus and Adonis

William Shakespeare

Artistic Director Gregory Doran revives his unique version of Shakespeare’s kaleidoscopic poem using narration, music and puppetry. This little-known gem was Shakespeare’s first bestseller, weaving together comedy, tragedy and beautiful poetry to tell the raunchy story of Venus and her obsession with handsome Adonis. Created in collaboration with Little Angel Theatre, the home of British puppetry, Venus and Adonis is ‘witty, erotic and ingenious’
(Guardian).
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
26 July - 4 August 2017
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 26 July to 4 August 2017
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Vice Versa

Vice Versa

Phil Porter

Director Janice Honeyman (The Tempest, 2009) piles on the physical fun in this side-splitting comedy romp, lovingly ripped off from the Roman comedies of Plautus. Writer Phil Porter (A Mad World My Masters, The Christmas Truce) creates a riotous new farce of servants, mistaken identity and a talking monkey!
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Swan Theatre
Stratford-upon-Avon
11 May - 9 September 2017
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Stratford-upon-Avon
From 11 May to 9 September 2017
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