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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

Love's Labour's Lost

One of Shakespeare's lesser known comedies, 'Love's Labour's Lost' follows the struggles of the King and his friends to stick by their vow to renounce romance, and turn to their studies for three full years…

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Haymarket Theatre Royal , Soho Monday January 23 2017 - Saturday March 18 2017

Much Ado About Nothing

As two of Shakespeare's best loved characters, Benedick and Beatrice's fiery, endlessly witty courtship is always a treat to watch. Christopher Luscombe's production sets their romance at a country house party in the sombre aftermath of the First World War…

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Haymarket Theatre Royal , Soho Until Saturday March 18 2017

The Tempest

Where the RSC has thrown cutting-edge digital wizardry at its current production of ‘The Tempest’, this smaller scale version at Southwark Playhouse goes right back to basics…

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Southwark Playhouse , Elephant and Castle Until Saturday January 28 2017

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Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare's gender-crossing comedy 'Twelfth Night' gets, er, some more gender-crossing as bitter, romantically confused steward Malvolio becomes Malvolia, as played by national treasure Tamsin Greig. That's all we really know about Simon Godwin's production so far, but it looks to be a big, populist plank of the NT's new year programming. 

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National Theatre , South Bank Wednesday February 15 2017 - Monday April 17 2017


Director of some head-turningly brilliant kids' Shakespeare shows at the Unicorn, newly-appointed Gate Theatre boss Ellen McDougall makes her Globe debut with the sole Shakespeare production in Emma Rice's inaugural Sam Wanamaker Playhouse season…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Thursday February 23 2017 - Sunday April 16 2017


Proof that Moriarty was always cooler than Sherlock: where Benedict Cumberbatch 'gave' his Hamlet in the summer of 2015 at the vast Barbican, his screen nemesis Andrew Scott will take on the part of Shakespeare's doomed Danish prince in the tiny, hip Almeida…

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Almeida Theatre , Barnsbury Friday February 17 2017 - Saturday April 8 2017

Twelfth Night

This stripped-down 90 minute production of Shakespeare's dark comedy 'Twelfth Night' is aimed at secondary school students. Class politics, broken egoes, and tense encounters make it a fizzing first encounter with the bard's story.

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Orange Tree Theatre , Richmond Saturday March 18 2017 - Saturday March 25 2017

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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