Bottom (Matthew Barker) and Titania (Kim Voisey-Youldon) at Royal Derby Hospital © 1623

Our productions are collections of scenes from Shakespeare's plays, adaptations of his work and new work inspired by it.

We recently created our most ambitious piece of work to date: the pilot production of Lear/Cordelia, a double-bill of Shakespeare and new writing that explores how dementia impacts on family life.

Lear/Cordelia is based on an extensive participatory research project into dementia and how it relates to Shakespeare's King Lear. We are planning to develop the pilot production into a national tour for Autumn 2018 with accompanying workshops in care homes. For more details, please click here.

A selection of our current productions is detailed below. Please talk to us about a bespoke Shakespeare production for your venue. Production costs start at £550.

Please Contact us to get the ball rolling.

1623 theatre company presents a scratch performance of


A new show in development devised and performed by Lauren Nicole Whitter

Wednesday 22 January 2020, 7.30-9pm
Maypole Cafe Bar & Theatre, Brook Street, Derby DE1 3PH
Tickets £5, available on the door only


This contemporary response to Shakespeare's Othello brings together the biography of the performer - Lauren Nicole Whitter - and the story of Sherronlynetta, Othello's sister who has always been in the shadow of her brother. Until now.

Lauren and Sherronlynetta are both played by Lauren Nicole Whitter who performs her new show-in-development alongside community storytelling to explore what it means to be Black, British and female.

This is a scratch (work-in-progress) performance, which follows a spoken word curtain-raiser by local Black women who recently took part in a workshop with Lauren.


BSL logo small BSL-interpreted performance.

Follow @OthellosSister on Twitter for all the latest news

Othello's Sister 
is supported by

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1623 and QUAD present


You can watch the whole event right here!

Non-stop sponsored shows and workshops for audiences, artists, learners and teachers to raise money for the Brig-Aid campaign

Thursday 14 and Friday 15 June 2018, 5pm to 5pm
QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby DE1 3AS
Whole event livestreamed on YouTube 

Click on the logo to donate to Brig-Aid via Just Giving

Please help us raise £1,000 towards Brig-Aid by sponsoring our 24-hour Shakespeare Marathon of performances and workshops.

Brig-Aid is a group of people raising funds to make sure our friend, colleague and mentor Sarah Brigham receives the treatment she needs for a rare form of cancer.

Sarah's cancer is untreatable in the UK. She needs to go to Germany, where she will have the best chance possible. Sarah is a great giver and we want to give back.

You can really make a difference by:

Please sponsor us by donating via our Just Giving page by clicking here.

PROGRAMME (subject to change)

Thursday 14 and Friday 15 June 2018, 5pm to 5pm
QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby DE1 3AS
Whole event livestreamed on YouTube

Thursday 14 June 2018

* 5-6pm SHOW : Midsummer Magic - family-friendly show with audience participation

* 6-8pm WORKSHOP : Midsummer Magic - fun activities based on the story in the show

* 8-9pm SHOW : Sinful Shakespeare - the seven deadly sins, ages 11+ advised

* 9-11pm WORKSHOP : Sinful Shakespeare - explore a selection of scenes from the show

* 11pm-12am SHOW : Stand-Up Shakespeare - clowns and fools grab the mike, ages 11+ advised

Please sponsor us by donating via our Just Giving page by clicking here.

Friday 15 June 2018

* 12-2am WORKSHOP : Stand-Up Shakespeare - find the comedy in Shakespeare's plays

* 2-3am SHOW : Hamlet Off The Wall - adaptation of Hamlet with two actors, ages 11+ advised

* 3-5am WORKSHOP : Hamlet Off The Wall - which characters from the show will you play?

* 5-6am SHOW : The Course of True Love - family-friendly collection of love scenes 

* 6-8am WORKSHOP : The Course of True Love - fun activities based on scenes in the show

Please sponsor us by donating via our Just Giving page by clicking here.

* 8-9am SHOW : Star-Crossed Lovers - follow the story of Romeo and Juliet, ages 11+ advised

* 9-11am WORKSHOP : Star-Crossed Lovers - get to grips with the language and ideas in the show

* 11am-12pm WORKOUT : Shakespeare Aerobics - wear trainers and loose clothing, bring water

* 12-1pm READING : Partners of Greatness - the rise and fall of the Macbeths, ages 11+ advised

* 1-3pm WORKSHOP : Partners of Greatness - make and use stage blood to bring a scene to life

Please sponsor us by donating via our Just Giving page by clicking here.

* 3-4pm TALK : Queer Lady M - find out all about our upcoming new show

* 4-5pm WORKSHOP : Queer Lady M - see Lady Macbeth in a new light

Further to audiences and artists, all shows and workshops are suitable for learners and teachers of literature, drama and performing arts. We encourage schools and colleges to take part.

Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any queries. Thank you for your support.

Please sponsor us by donating via our Just Giving page by clicking here.

Thank you to the following team of actors, facilitators and stewards, whose kindness is making this event possible.

Adam Buss, Alix Manning-Jones, Becky Tyers, Christopher Lydon, Daisy Leverington, Darius Powell, Darren Daly, Dominic Gibbs, Emily Howlett, Jonathon Levers, Laura Lindsay, Linda Ball, Mandy Jeffrey, Michael Muyunda, Nathan Masterson, Neal Craig, Ollie Smith, Olwen Davies, Polly Lister, Rebecca Legg, Sam Thorogood, Sophie Whitebrook and Vivien Spiller.

Thanks to everyone who has sponsored us so far and helped to spread the message about the event.

And thanks to QUAD for providing space, technical support and duty managers.

Please sponsor us by donating via our Just Giving page by clicking here.


1623 theatre company presents 


A fabulous fusion of drag, autobiography and Shakespeare

Saturday 29 February 2020, 7.30pm
Waterside Arts Centre,1 Waterside Plaza, Sale, Trafford M33 7ZF
£12 full, £10 concessions
0161 912 5616
Click here to book online

Friday 13 March 2020, 7.30pm
Century Theatre, Ashby Road, Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 3LN
£12 full, £10 concessions
01530 278444
: Click here to book online

More dates coming soon. Watch this space for details.

It’s time for Queer Lady M’s cabaret!

Performed by Shane Gabriel (Funny Girls), Lady Macbeth comes to life like you’ve never experienced before.

There’s outrageous lip-syncing, cheeky dancing and sassy conversation as Queer Lady M invites you to enter her world of passion and shade.

Shane Gabriel in QUEER LADY M © Robert DayBut what happens when the show is over, when Shane removes the makeup and puts Lady M to bed? What stories will come to light as we're invited into Shane's twilight world?

Find out in 1623’s funny and moving exploration of a unique relationship between a fierce drag queen and her anxious alter-ego who join forces to fight tragedy and celebrate queerness.

Queer Lady M brings together devised performance, Shakespeare and drag while exploring the real-life experiences of working-class, gender-fluid artist Shane Gabriel. 

SHANE GABRIEL performer | TIM HEYWOOD set and costume designer | REBECCA LEGG assistant director | CHRISTOPHER LYDON composer and producer | ADAM McCREADY sound designer | MICHAEL PINCHBECK dramaturgical support | LUCY J SKILBECK outside eyes | BEN SPILLER director | KITTY WINTER movement director

Thanks to Sarah Brigham from Derby Theatre, Michaela Butter and John Kirby from Attenborough Arts Centre, Lue Douthit from Play On! Shakespeare, Bill Rauch from Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and audiences at the scratches and previews for supporting the development of the show. 

Follow @QueerLadyM on Twitter for all the latest news

Queer Lady M is supported by

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Find out about current casting opportunities with 1623.


We're planning to take Lear/Cordelia on a national tour of studio theatres with accompanying workshops in care homes and dementia wards


The Course of True LoveA selection of Shakespeare's greatest love scenes.

"The course of true love never did run smooth"
: A Midsummer Night's Dream

"Uplifting... unusual and entertaining"

British Theatre Guide


Sinful ShaXXXpeareA salacious journey through the seven deadly sins.

"Thou poisonous bunch-backed toad!"
: Richard III

"Enthralling and captivating"

Buxton Festival Guide


Stand-Up ShakespeareA comedy show starring Shakespeare's clowns and fools.

"Man is but an ass!"
: A Midsummer Night's Dream

"Hilarious... don't miss it!"

Derby Telegraph


www.unclepandarus.comOur flagship digital production is inspired by Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida.

Meet Uncle Pandarus and explore the telling of his tale.


Emergency Shakespeare!Shakespeare's scenes of peril and disaster, made better by St John Ambulance.

"There comes a fellow crying out for help!"
: Othello

"A unique take on Shakespeare"



Ellen Terry - Shakespeare's Leading LadyA celebration of the star of the Victorian theatre.

"A star danced, and under that was I born"
: Much Ado About Nothing

"Both thought-provoking and emotive"

National Trust


Midsummer MagicFairies come out to play with magical mischief on their minds.

"We’ll lead you about and round!"
: A Midsummer Night's Dream

"Beautiful production with lots of laughs too"

Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage


Star-Crossed LoversRomeo and Juliet start from the final scene of the play, rewind to their first meeting and fall in love all over again

"My only love sprung from my only hate"
: Romeo and Juliet

"Loved the intimacy and the stunning performances"

BBC Radio Derby


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