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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


‘Imogen’ is subtitled ‘William Shakespeare’s “Cymbeline” renamed and reclaimed’, but it’s really that in name only. I mean that literally: by any modern measure, the title of the Bard’s late romance ‘Cymbeline’ is baffling…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Friday September 30 2016 - Sunday October 16 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

The Tempest

Part of the Donmar's Shakespeare Rep season, this new production from Phyllida Lloyd will breathe new life into Shakespeare's late play…

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King's Cross Theatre , King's Cross Until Thursday December 15 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. It's a riotous, knockabout affair about love and crossdressing in Italy and should hopefully be great fun in the Globe's intimate indoor Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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

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Queen Cymbeline struggles to impose order on a dystopian Britain in Melly Still's updated production of Shakespeare's drama. In an unusual piece of cross-casting, Gillian Bevan takes the title role…

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Barbican Theatre , Barbican Monday October 31 2016 - Thursday December 22 2016

King Lear

It's been rumoured for ages and it turns out it's true: double Academy Award-winner and erstwhile Labour MP Glenda Jackson is returning to the stage for what we assume to be one last job…

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Old Vic , Southwark Tuesday October 25 2016 - Saturday December 3 2016

Julius Caesar

'Julius Caesar' will be revived as part of the Donmar's Shakespeare Rep season in King's Cross in October 2016…

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King's Cross Theatre , King's Cross Thursday October 27 2016 - Monday December 12 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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