It's set to be an exciting week here at Digital Theatre Plus.

In the run up to Shakespeare's birthday (23 April), there have been new findings unearthed that he may have been a noble school teacher! And we'll be making some very exciting announcments this week, so watch this space. 

For now though here's our round up of theatrics coming to a stage near you. 


Theatre: Children of the Sun, National Theatre

Until 14 July

Maxim Gorky’s darkly comic play is set in Russia as the country rolls towards revolution. It depicts the new middle-class, foolish yet likable, as they flounder about, philosophising and flirting, blind to their impending annihilation.

They are massing. The crowds of angry people. And the hate between us all kills everything.

Protasov wants only to immerse himself in chemical experiments to perfect mankind. He’s oblivious to the advances of the half-crazed widow and his best friend’s pursuit of his wife, let alone the cholera epidemic and the starving mob.

His admiring circle, variously sceptical and lovesick, spar over culture and the cosmos. Only Liza feels the peasants’ suffering and senses their own privileged world is in jeopardy.

I didn’t read your books, I licked them, I rubbed them all over my naked body and licked them.

Theatre: Beautiful Thing, Arts Theatre

Until 25 May

Beautiful Thing is a glorious urban love story between two young men coming to grips with their sexuality and the effect it has on the people in their lives.

It tells the story of teenager Jamie's relationship with classmate and neighbour Ste. Together the two boys find comedy, warmth and the music of Mama Cass through their loud-mouthed next door neighbour Leah. The play exquisitely depicts what it is to be sixteen, in the first flush of love, and full of optimism.

Dance: Romeo and Juliet, Sadlers Wells 

Until 21 April 

Choreographed by former Bolshoi Ballet director Alexei Ratmansky, this timeless love story is brought to the Sadler's Wells stage with his extraordinary vision, Sergei Prokofiev’s famous score, Tony Award-winning designer Richard Hudson’s Renaissance-inspired sets and elegant costumes, fresh lighting design by Jennifer Tipton and the exceptional talent of the company’s versatile dancers; creating an unforgettable work of dance theatre.


Theatre: Twelfth Night and Taming of the Shrew, Propeller, Cheltenham Everyman Theatre

10 - 20 April

Propeller return for their fourth visit to Cheltenham having grown their audience each year. The productions are true to Shakespeare's plays but immediate, physical and a great deal of fun! 

In The Taming of the Shrew two, disguised, competing suitors clamour for the hand of beautiful Bianca whilst gold digging Petruchio agrees to wed her viciously ill-tempered sister Kate sight-unseen. The difference between marrying for love and marrying for money, however, becomes increasingly difficult to judge. This brash, brutal and darkly comic story pulls no punches. 

In a quest to understand the nature of truth itself, Twelfth Night tells a twisted tale of mistaken identity, transformation and deception. With a man playing a girl disguised as a boy, illusion and reality are almost indistinguishable on Propeller's island of illyria. Dark and delightful, the play asks 'What happens when you fall in love with the wrong person?' and the answer is both beautiful and bittersweet. 

Both plays explore beautifully how being in love with the wrong person reveals true feeling as Shakespeare asks us to examine what makes happiness. 

One thing is certain - nobody does Shakespeare like Propeller.

Theatre: The Seagull, Nuffield Theatre 

11 - 20 April 

A play about unrequited love — a story about how we create stories — and one of the greatest plays of the modern era. In The Seagull, Chekhov explores emotion, creativity and romantic conflict with the clarity of a doctor and the heart of a poet.

This new version is a co-production between The Nuffield and Headlong, both renowned for their innovative, accessible re-imaginings of classic texts. The Seagull is directed by Blanche McIntyre, recently described by London’s Evening Standard as “a rising star.”


Opera: Hansel und Gretal, Opera Theatre Paris

Until 6 May

Influenced by the music of his master, Wagner, nurtured on folk melodies, Humperdinck’s opera transposes the legend of the witch in the gingerbread house and revives a chapter of our forgotten childhoods.


Theatre: Frankenstein, Kansallis Teatteri, Finland 

Until 31 October 

Ingenious Viktor Frankenstein takes tamper divine natural order, and manages to create a human-like creature. When a perfect human designed Olio rujoksi and turns into a powerful monster, Frankenstein flees and leaves the creature to its own devices. Olio goes alone into the world, you quickly learn the merciless laws and begin to map hostile people. Object needs to love that it does not get people. It is the very last chance to search out Frankenstein, which is the only human being is able to create for him a loving spouse. Generated relentless battle between the creator and the created, which is already an accident changed situation attempts to solve the lead only to greater accident.

Theatre: Macbeth, Ethel and Barrymore Theater Broadway

Until 30 June

Direct from acclaimed engagements at the Lincoln Center Festival and the National Theatre of Scotland, Tony Award winner and two-time Emmy nominee Alan Cumming returns to Broadway in a thrilling one-man interpretation of Shakespeare's darkest and most powerful tragedy. Set in a clinical room deep within a dark psychiatric unit, Cumming is the lone patient, reliving the infamous story and inhabiting each role himself. Closed circuit television camera watch the patient's every move as the walls of the psychiatric ward come to life in a visually stunning multi-media theatrical experience of Shakespeare's notorious tale of desire, ambition and the supernatural.

Image by Lucia Whittaker.