A flurry of flamenco takes the stage on 20 and 21 June with the Jaleo troupe and then it’s back to drama. Simon Callow plays Shakespeare – The Man from Stratford in a new play by academic and biographer Jonathan Bate as part of a major new national tour from 23 to 26 June. The re-cast Ronald Harwood revival – Quartet – with Sam Kelly replacing Edward Hardwicke and with Gwen Taylor, Susannah York and Timothy West in the other main roles is from 28 June until 3 July.
Young playgoers can have a taste of George’s Marvellous Medicine from 6 to 10 July and there’s another book adaptation in the shape of Guess How Much I Love You scripted by David Wood between 19 and 22 July. Two sparkling revivals from Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour take over the Master’s Garden at Emmanuel College. The Comedy of Errors is on the lawn from 13 to 18 July and the magic of weaves its spells from 10 to 15 August. It’s not just children’s books which are adapted as plays, of course. Nina Bawden’s Carrie’s War arrives in Cambridge for the week of 7 September from the West End; it stars Brigit Forsyth and Hannah Waterman in the story of evacuees from the Blitz to a remote Welsh valley during the Second World War. Daytime performances during the same week are of Tall Stories production of Room on the Broom, from the book by Julia Donaldson illustrated by Axel Scheffler – creators of The Gruffalo.
A stylish revival is promised for 4 to 9 October in the shape of Peter Hall’s Bath production of Sheridan’s