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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

Cymbeline

Shakespeare's 'Cymbeline' is a dense, meandering and at times faintly ridiculous play, but one that brims with charm…

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Barbican Theatre , Barbican Until Thursday December 22 2016

Hamlet

Shakespeare's sprawling history play is chopped down to fit six actors and one gory night - Hamlet's mother's wedding. Mark Arends plays Hamlet, in a psychologically intense production that's directed by Kelly Hunter.  Produced by Flute Theatre Company and English Touring Theatre.

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Trafalgar Studios , Whitehall Until Saturday December 31 2016

Henry IV

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'Henry IV' will be revived as part of the Donmar's Shakespeare Rep season in King's Cross in October 2016. This review is from the 2014 run…

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King's Cross Theatre , King's Cross Tuesday December 13 2016

Julius Caesar

'Julius Caesar' will be revived as part of the Donmar's Shakespeare Rep season in King's Cross in October 2016. This review is from the 2012 run…

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King's Cross Theatre , King's Cross Monday December 12 2016

King Lear

An aging king is usurped by his two conniving daughters in one of Shakespeare's best loved dramas. Antony Sher takes the title role here, following a performance as Willy Loman in 'Death of a Salesman' - a rather more modern tale of a patriarch losing his wits. RSC artistic director Gregory Doran's production will also star Paapa Esseidu, who recently played the lead in the RSC's 'Hamlet', as Edmund.

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Barbican Theatre , Barbican Until Thursday December 22 2016

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 December 12 2016 - 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 Friday December 9 2016 - Saturday March 18 2017

The Tempest

Phyllida Lloyd’s prison-set, all-female-cast, Donmar Warehouse-produced take on ‘The Tempest’ bloody well should be good…

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King's Cross Theatre , King's Cross Until Thursday December 15 2016

Shakespeare plays coming soon

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

Othello

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

Hamlet

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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