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Shakespeare plays in London

Comedies, tragedies and histories – catch them all in the Bard's spiritual home

Whether you're planning a trip to Shakespeare's iconic Globe theatre or a spot of Shakespearean drama elsewhere in London, here's where to watch the best plays by the Bard in London.

Shakespeare plays in London this month

The Donkey Show

This smash off-Broadway oddity is approaching its twentieth anniversary, and it’s back in London with an explosion of glitter cannons, gyrating booties and disco bangers…

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Proud Camden , Primrose Hill Until Sunday August 21 2016


Dismembered limbs, ghostly chanting, smoke, and an unearthly soundtrack of bells: director Iqbal Khan has pretty much nailed the Scottish Play’s famous witches scene…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Until Saturday October 1 2016

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Critics' choice

‘Did Emma Rice send you?’ spits Lucy Thackeray’s Tina Quince as Margaret Ann Bain’s Philostrate tries to confiscate her tambourine. ‘I’ll have you know this was given to me by Mark Rylance’…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Thursday July 28 2016 - Sunday September 11 2016

Richard III

Almeida boss Rupert Goold is a dastardly, swaggering showman whose most recent foray into Shakespeare – ‘The Merchant of Venice’, set in Las Vegas – was him at his divisive, OTT best…

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Almeida Theatre , Barnsbury Until Saturday August 6 2016

Romeo and Juliet

If leads Lily James and Richard Madden turn in solid, meat'n'two veg performances in director Kenneth Branagh's take on Shakespeare's ‘Romeo and Juliet’, then big name supporting actor Derek Jacobi offers something more akin to a 20 course tasting menu at the Fat Duck…

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Garrick Theatre , Covent Garden Until Saturday August 13 2016

The Taming of the Shrew

Critics' choice

You may have heard of William Shakespeare, he’s quite famous. But does that mean we should stick his plays on stages in 2016 even if they are sexist relics?

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Wednesday July 27 2016 - Saturday August 6 2016

Shakespeare plays coming soon


Famously, the only Shakespeare play Emma Rice had directed prior to taking change of the Globe was an anarchic RSC 'Cymbeline' back in 2006…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Saturday September 17 2016 - Sunday October 16 2016

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

This early Shakespeare comedy certainly isn't one of his best loved, but Nick Bagnall's co-production for the Liverpool Everyman is a rare chance to catch it…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Tuesday September 20 2016 - Saturday October 1 2016

Much Ado About Nothing

Well-regarded fringe stalwarts the Faction Theatre Company take a step towards the big time with this intriguing project…

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Selfridges , Oxford Street Tuesday August 23 2016 - Saturday September 24 2016

Your vote: The top ten Shakespeare plays

The ten best Shakespeare plays of all time

To honour the 400th anniversary of the Bard's death, we asked you to rank all of his plays in order of greatness. Here's how the top ten turned out in the ultimate Shakespeare play-off

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By: Time Out London Theatre

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