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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

The Donkey Show

This smash off-Broadway oddity is approaching its twentieth anniversary, and it’s back in London with an explosion of glitter cannons, gyrating booties and disco bangers…

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Proud Camden , Primrose Hill Until Sunday August 21 2016

Henry V

To commemorate 400 years since Shakespeare's death Donmar Warehouse Associate Director Robert Hastie (My Night With Reg) takes us once more unto the breach with this production of Henry V. In a move that's increasingly less controversial in this day and age, Michelle Terry – one of our finest Shakespeareans – will play the young king.

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Regent's Park Open Air Theatre , Regent's Park Monday June 27 2016 - Saturday July 9 2016

Macbeth

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 Sunday July 3 2016 - Saturday October 1 2016

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Critics' choice

‘Did Emma Rice send you?’ spits Lucy Thackeray’s Tina Quince as Margaret Ann Bain’s Philostrate tries to confiscate her tambourine. ‘I’ll have you know this was given to me by Mark Rylance’…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Wednesday June 29 2016 - Sunday September 11 2016

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Not intimidated by the onslaught of 'Midsummer Night’s Dreams' across the country (talk about a race to the Bottom), director Simon Evans has taken a more oblique approach to the play: 17 parts are played by seven actors, there’s no set, no lights, barely any costume…

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Southwark Playhouse , Elephant and Castle Monday June 27 2016 - Friday July 1 2016

Richard III

Almeida boss Rupert Goold is a dastardly, swaggering showman whose most recent foray into Shakespeare – ‘The Merchant of Venice’, set in Las Vegas – was him at his divisive, OTT best…

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Almeida Theatre , Barnsbury Monday June 27 2016 - Saturday August 6 2016

Romeo and Juliet

If leads Lily James and Richard Madden turn in solid, meat'n'two veg performances in director Kenneth Branagh's take on Shakespeare's ‘Romeo and Juliet’, then big name supporting actor Derek Jacobi offers something more akin to a 20 course tasting menu at the Fat Duck…

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Garrick Theatre , Covent Garden Monday June 27 2016 - Saturday August 13 2016

The Shadow King

Banished Edgar leads blind Gloucester by clacking two boomerangs and evil Edmund threatens to throw his parent to the dingoes in this Aboriginal remake of ‘King Lear’…

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Barbican Centre , Barbican Until Saturday July 2 2016

The Taming of the Shrew

Critics' choice

You may have heard of William Shakespeare, he’s quite famous. But does that mean we should stick his plays on stages in 2016 even if they are sexist relics?

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Friday July 1 2016 - Saturday August 6 2016

Shakespeare plays coming soon

Imogen

Famously, the only Shakespeare play Emma Rice had directed prior to taking change of the Globe was an anarchic RSC 'Cymbeline' back in 2006…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Saturday September 17 2016 - Sunday October 16 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…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Tuesday September 20 2016 - Saturday October 1 2016

The Donkey Show

A long-time cult hit in the States, 'The Donkey Show' is an, er, immersive disco take on William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream, which is receiving a short London revival at Proud Camden as part of the on going Shakespeare400 celebrations. The brainchild of Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner, it's basically the 'Dream' distilled down to sexy dancing, impressive circus feats, and lots and lots of disco bangers – think 'I Will Survive', 'You Sexy Thing', etc etc. Across the pond it's got a bit of a reputation as a magnet for hen and stag dos, but certainly it sounds like its time may have come again in this era of immersive theatre.

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Proud Camden , Primrose Hill Until Sunday August 21 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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