The Complete Works

We invited professional and semi-professional theatre companies, cinemas and schools to step up to the challenge of presenting the full canon of Shakespeare’s plays in Oxford in 2016. Performances may be full plays, edited plays or performances inspired by Shakespeare plays.

For full details of many of the plays listed in addition to exhibitions, concerts, gigs, conferences and more, please go to the ‘What’s On’ tab.

Download the programme of April – August events here (pdf)

Date(s)PlayTheatre Company/OrganisationLocation
12 February- 19 March 2016KING LEARCreation Theatre CompanyNorrington Room, Blackwell's
25 February 2016AS YOU LIKE ITNational Theatre Live ScreeningOdeon Cinemas Oxford
1 March 2016MACBETHOut of ChaosThe Old Fire Station
17 March 2016THE DEVIL SPEAKS TRUE inspired by MacbethGoat and MonkeyThe Old Fire Station
17 & 18 April 2016WEST SIDE STORY
inspired by Romeo and Juliet
1961 Award-Winning MusicalUltimate Picture Palace
25 - 30 April 2016KING LEARRoyal & Derngate Theatre ProductionOxford Playhouse
24 April 2016Scenes from OTHELLOElizabeth Sandis and Oxford Preservation TrustThe Painted Room
inspired by The Taming of The Shrew
1999 High School Comedy FilmUltimate Picture Palace
29 April 2016RICHARD IIHiphop Shakespeare CompanyO2 Academy, Oxford
1 & 2 May 2016THE LION KING
inspired by Hamlet
1994 Musical Disney FilmUltimate Picture Palace
May 2016HENRY VI Parts I & II
TV Mini-Series
The Hollow Crown
Stay in and watch!
inspired by Henry IV, Part 1&2 and Henry V
1991 Film starring River Phoenix & Keanu ReevesUltimate Picture Palace
8-11 June 2016MEASURE FOR MEASUREThe Oxford School of DramaThe North Wall Arts Centre
8 June 2016HAMLETRSC Live ScreeningOxford Cinemas
20 June - 2 July 2016THE TAMING OF THE SHREWDon't Hate the PlayersOxford Castle
28 - 30 June 2016KING JOHNMCS Arts Festival OxfordBurton Taylor Studio
14 June 2016THE MERCHANT OF VENICEGlobe on ScreenUltimate Picture Palace
23 June - 30 July 2016A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAMCreation Theatre CompanyVarious locations
28 June - 18 August 2016LOVE'S LABOURS LOSTOxford Shakespeare Company & Oxford Festival of the ArtsWadham College Gardens & Magdalen College School Gardens
4 - 16 July 2016MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHINGTomahawkOxford Castle
5 July 2016RICHARD IIGlobe on ScreenUltimate Picture Palace
7 & 8 July 2016MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHINGMad Cap TheatreOld Fire Station
12 - 23 July 2016TWELFTH NIGHTOxford Theatre GuildMerton College Gardens
13 July - 13 August 2016HAMLETCreation Theatre CompanyUniversity Parks
18 - 30 July 2016THE TEMPESTSiege TheatreOxford Castle
19 - 31 July 2016TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONAThe Globe Theatre on TourOxford Playhouse plays out at The Bodleian Library
1 - 13 August 2016MACBETHBMH ProductionsOxford Castle
25 AugustALL'S WELL THAT END'S WELLLeaning HouseSt Aldate's Tavern
From 28 SeptCYMBELINERSC LiveOxford Cinemas
29 & 30 Sept 2016NIGHT LIGHT inspired by PERICLESMandala Theatre CompanyPegasus Theatre
2 Oct 2016TWO NOBLE KINSMENLeaning HouseSt Aldate's Tavern
27 October 2016HENRY VIIILeaning HouseSt Aldate's Tavern
9 - 11 November 2016TEMPEST, DREAM, HAMLET & MACBETHShakespeare Schools FestivalHeadington Theatre