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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

Critics' choice

The great Rosalie Craig stars as Rosalind in Polly Findlay's production of Shakespeare's comedy 'As You Like It'.

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National Theatre , South Bank Until Saturday March 5 2016


This winter, the Globe is staging all four of Shakespeare's late plays indoors, by candlelight – in the intimate environment their magical transformations were written for…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Friday March 4 2016 - Thursday April 21 2016


Critics' choice

What do you give audiences? More! ‘Pericles’, Shakespeare’s Jacobean late ‘romance’, is absurdly packed, plot-wise…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Sunday February 21 2016 - Thursday April 21 2016

The Winter's Tale

When it comes to jealousy, Shakespeare basically wrote the book: he coined the phrase the ‘green-eyed monster’ to describe Othello’s paranoid frenzy…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Until Friday April 22 2016

The Tempest

How fitting: 'The Tempest', Shakespeare's farewell to the stage, where he gets the magician Prospero to break his staff and give up magic, will be current Shakespeare's Globe boss Dominic Dromgoole's final directing job as the man in charge…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Wednesday February 17 2016 - Friday April 22 2016

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Kings of War

Superb director Ivo van Hove wowed us with his production of 'A View From the Bridge' and then brought an intriguing, if somewhat slow version of 'Antigone' to the Barbican. Here he returns to herald the 400th year since Shakespeare's death with this new piece, transporting the Bard's three kings - Henry V, Henry IV and Richard III - to the modern day. With live music and video, this should be an epic undertaking and with the help of van Hove's unique, exciting vision, very exciting. Performed in Dutch with English surtitles.

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Barbican Centre , Barbican Friday April 22 2016 - Sunday May 1 2016

A Midsummer Night's Dream (Globe)

Romantic, magical and mischievously funny: 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' is far and away the most obvious Shakespeare play for new Globe boss/former Kneehigh boss Emma Rice to direct at the helm of the Bankside institution…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Saturday April 30 2016 - Sunday September 11 2016

The Taming of the Shrew

The second Shakespeare play in Emma Rice's first season at the Globe is the contentious 'Taming of the Shrew', though don't expect a trad misogynist version…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Friday May 13 2016 - Saturday August 6 2016

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