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December 16, 2008


To offset the rather negative tone of the last few posts, I thought I'd just post some of the things I'm really looking forward to next year, partly to remind myself but also so I can officially start getting excited about the new year! Coming up:

All's Well that Ends Well: directed by Marianne Elliott at the National Theatre (thanks Duncan).
Antony and Cleopatra: at the Tobacco Factory.
As You Like It: all over! One at the RSC, another at the Globe and a third by Dash Arts at the Curve in Leicester.
The Comedy of Errors: In Stratford with the RSC Young People's Company, and also the Globe on tour.
Hamlet: The Donmar production at the Wyndham's with Jude Law.
Julius Caesar: at the Tobacco Factory, and Lucy Bailey debuts at the RSC.
Love's Labour's Lost: Revival of the excellent Globe production.
Macbeth: Cheek by Jowl's new production at the Barbican (though not until 2010). There's also a young people's version at the National.
The Merchant of Venice: Propeller, probably at Liverpool Playhouse.
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Propeller again, in rep with Merchant, and another touring version by the Globe.
The RSC's touring production lighting up Warwick Arts Centre, and Lenny Henry joins Northern Broadsides.
Romeo and Juliet: The Globe on home turf.
The Tempest: The extremely exciting co-production between the RSC and Baxter.
Troilus and Cressida: A big undertaking for the Globe.
Twelfth Night: Always a possibility I might make it down to the Wyndhams. Also, Ninagawa puts a Japanese spin on at the Barbican.
The Winter's Tale: The RSC, but also a starry production at the Old Vic.

In the non-Shakespearean lists, there are various things happening. I'm probably most interested in the long-awaited Waiting for Godot in London with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, but also hoping to catch the National's Dido, Queen of Carthage.

It's looking to be a fascinating year, hopefully! Anything really obvious I've missed in there?

Note: This entry being updated as new productions added.

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Peter Kirwan is Teaching Associate in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama at the University of Nottingham and a reviewer of Shakespearean theatre for several academic journals.

The Bardathon is his experimental review blog, covering productions of (or based on) all early modern plays. The aim is to combine immediate reactions with the detail and analysis of the academic review.

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