My occasional retrospective comments on Shakespeare productions in London, Stratford and elsewhere might mean they come too late, and that people who are interested don’t get to see them. I know that some productions can sell out quickly, some months ahead of time – I failed to get tickets to Ralph Fiennes as Richard III at the Almeida just today. So, here’s a list of some of the productions I’m looking forward to over the next few months.
Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick, directed by Kenneth Branagh
Trevor Nunn’s production of King John in Kingston
A number of King Lears – Don Warrington in Birmingham, Timothy West in Bristol, Antony Sher at the RSC, and The Shadow King at the Barbican. Glenda Jackson will also be taking the lead at the Old Vic in the autumn.
A bit further ahead, Simon Russell Beale as Prospero in The Tempest, and a play I’ve never seen before, The Two Noble Kinsmen, both at the RSC. In early 2017 I also hope to get to Ivo van Hove’s Roman Tragedies – Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, and Anthony and Cleopatra in a six hour epic at the Barbican; and Hamlet at the Almeida. I was disappointed that the wonderful Scena Mundi had to cancel their run of Othello at St Giles in the Fields.
What have I missed?