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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

As You Like It

There’s plenty to like and a few things not to in this respectful reading of Shakespeare’s pastoral romcom, to which perennial rising star director Blanche McIntyre brings lots of neat little ideas but not much overarching vision.

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Shakespeare's Globe Friday August 7 2015 - Saturday September 5 2015

Measure for Measure

Critics' choice

As the clock ticks down on his final year as the Globe’s artistic director, Dominic Dromgoole puts flesh on the bones of one of Shakespeare’s most philosophically dense plays in a production that gives us light as well as shade.

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Shakespeare's Globe Until Saturday October 17 2015

The Heresy of Love

Shakespeare's Globe's more modern offerings begin in 2015 with 'The Heresy of Love', a piece by Helen Edmundson about the 17th century Mexican nun and playwright Juana Ines de la Cruz. First staged in 2012 at the RSC, the piece is revived as part of Dominic Dromgoole's final season at the Globe.

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Shakespeare's Globe Friday July 31 2015 - Saturday September 5 2015

Richard II

Critics' choice

You can’t quite see Charles Edwards’s excellent Richard II going for a cheeky Nando's, nor do you imagine he’d be much use with the football scores. But compared to recent London Richards – Eddie Redmayme’s ritual-encrusted museum piece, David Tennant’s Ziggy Stardust-esque weirdo – Edwards’s performance as Shakespeare’s doomed monarch is about as close to down to earth as it gets.

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Shakespeare's Globe Thursday August 6 2015 - Sunday October 18 2015

Shakespeare's R&J

A new adaptation of Shakespeare's classic love story where star-crossed, ill-fated lovers don't quite manage to get together. Chapel Lane Theatre Company stage an intriguing interpretation of the Bard's play, here four boys at a boarding school are forced into strict classes, before pulling out a copy of 'Romeo and Juliet' and taking it in turns to read from it. Joe Calarco's adaptation scored some promising write ups during its run in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Tabard Theatre Until Saturday August 8 2015

Twelfth Night

Summer’s here, so inevitably Shakespeare moves outdoors. Bard-beneath-the-stars aficionados Principal Theatre Company bring ‘Twelfth Night’ to Coram’s Fields in an exuberant production that fittingly channels the childhood spirit of this London park. There’s not much room for subtlety in a jam-packed two hours.

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Coram's Fields Thursday July 30 2015 - Saturday August 8 2015

Shakespeare plays coming soon

Hamlet

It’s been an open secret in theatre circles for some time that Benedict Cumberbatch would be teaming up with genius director Lyndsey Turner to take on Shakespeare's most tragic ponderer Hamlet, but the question was where? And when? Well we almost have our answer now – though there were rumours Turner’s ‘Hamlet’ would be staged in an off-the-wall found space, it’s actually going to run at the Barbican next summer, running for 12 weeks between August and October 2015. 

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Barbican Centre Wednesday August 5 2015 - Saturday October 31 2015

Measure for Measure

Hip director Joe Hill-Gibbins takes on Shakespeare's tricky dark comedy 'Measure for Measure'. 'The Hour' actress Romola Garai makes her Young Vic debut as Isabella in the Vienna-set play about the supposedly straight down the line Angelo, who declares to shut down the city's whorehouses and wannabe nun Isabella who is being pressured to give her virginity to Angelo in return for the release of her brother.

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Young Vic Friday October 2 2015 - Saturday November 7 2015

As You Like It

The great Rosalie Craig - who lead the National's 'The Light Princess and the Donmar's recent 'City of Angels' - stars as Rosalind in Polly Findlay's production of Shakespeare's comedy 'As You Like It'. It's a fairly big deal, what with it being the first time there's been a production of the play in over 30 years, plus Findlay is a endlessly safe pair of hands. The play itself tells of Rosalind runs off to the Forest of Arden and disguises herself as a boy and gets caught up in that tricky thing called love. Dates, times and prices TBC.  

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National Theatre Monday October 26 2015 - Wednesday January 27 2016

Henry V

The RSC's cycle of history plays - with the overall title 'King and Country' - is completed by this new production of Shakespeare's 'Henry V'. Following 'Henry IV' P1 & 2, this play brings the conclusion of the kings of war, timed for the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt. The piece follows Hal as king, who must take hold of the country and leave his wayward drinking days behind him. He prepares for war following an insult from the French Dauphin. Alex Hassell reprises his performance as Prince Hal in Henry IV, but also takes on the role of King Henry in this production. Each of the shows, 'Richard II', 'Henry IV' P1&2 all run in rep from December 10.

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Barbican Centre Saturday November 7 2015 - Sunday January 24 2016

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