Romeo and Juliet

“For never was a story of more woe
Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”

The most famous love story ever written, Romeo and Juliet is a tale of young love, grand passion, feuding families, street violence and the cruelties of fate.

A long-standing feud between two noble families, the Montagues and the Capulets, means that when Romeo Montague and the Capulets’ only daughter Juliet, meet and fall passionately in love, they know that their love is forbidden. Soon after marrying in secret, another brawl between the warring sides erupts on the streets, and in revenge for the killing of his friend, Romeo kills Tybalt, a Capulet cousin, and is exiled.

Attempts to unite the ‘star-crossed lovers’ lead to tragic consequences.



“It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.”

Macbeth is bloody, fast-paced, action-packed and psychologically tense. Populated by witches, ghosts and haunting apparitions, it tells the story of over-reaching ambition, a toxic marriage, a kingdom in crisis and a man’s encounter with his own darkest self.

Returning victorious from battle in the service of King Duncan of Scotland, Macbeth and Banquo encounter three witches who prophesy that Macbeth will become Thane of Cawdor and then King of Scotland, while Banquo’s descendants will be kings. Consumed by ambition and spurred on by his wife, Macbeth murders Duncan and assumes the crown.

Macbeth then embarks on a murderous path to secure his position and confront his own fears.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”

One of Shakespeare’s funniest and most delightful comedies, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a riot of criss-crossed love and feuding fairies, with clod-hopping amateur actors and a magical potion adding to the mayhem.

In Athens, Hermia is in love with Lysander, and Helena is in love with Demetrius. But Hermia’s father insists that his daughter marry Demetrius. Hermia and Lysander decide to elope, confiding in Helena who in turn tells Demetrius, hoping that her honesty will win his heart. That night all four set out into the wood near Athens, where the fairy king and queen, Oberon and Titania, are arguing.

When Oberon decides to resolve matters by using the juice of a magic flower, much confusion, mistaken identity and comedy ensues.


Richard III

“Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York.”

Of particular significance to the historic city of York, Shakespeare’s Richard III has contributed influentially to Richard’s reputation as one of the most colourful villains in British history. Shakespeare portrays Richard as more intelligent and more engaging than any other character in the play - a gleeful and treacherous villain murdering his way mercilessly to the crown before facing his own demons the night before the Battle of Bosworth.

The Duke of Gloucester (the future Richard III) has his eyes firmly fixed on the crown, and will stop at nothing to achieve his aim. He conducts a strikingly audacious love suit – wooing the woman whose husband and father-in- law he has murdered - and one by one eliminates the obstacles that stand between him and the throne. Having arranged to have his two young nephews murdered in the Tower of London, he is finally crowned King.

But his tyranny does not go unopposed. The Earl of Richmond arrives from France to challenge him at Bosworth Field. The night before the battle, the ghosts of all Richard’s victims appear to him in a dream, cursing him and praying for Richmond to be victorious. The following morning Richard is killed, and Richmond assumes the throne, promising a new era of peace for England by uniting the warring Houses of Lancaster and York into the new Tudor dynasty.