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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

There’s plenty to like and a few things not to in this respectful reading of Shakespeare’s pastoral romcom, to which perennial rising star director Blanche McIntyre brings lots of neat little ideas but not much overarching vision.

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Shakespeare's Globe, South Bank Monday August 31 2015 - Saturday September 5 2015

Hamlet

It’s been an open secret in theatre circles for some time that Benedict Cumberbatch would be teaming up with genius director Lyndsey Turner to take on Shakespeare's most tragic ponderer Hamlet, but the question was where? And when? Well we almost have our answer now – though there were rumours Turner’s ‘Hamlet’ would be staged in an off-the-wall found space, it’s actually going to run at the Barbican next summer, running for 12 weeks between August and October 2015.

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Barbican Centre, Barbican Until Saturday October 31 2015

King Lear with Sheep

The stars have aligned on this one: not only is there a director mad enough to try 'King Lear With Sheep' out, they've also found a theatre mad enough to host it. Yes, apparently there are actually real live sheep (in tiny costumes!) in this riff on Shakespeare's play. They presumably bleet their way through one of the Bard's most tragic of tragedies, unless writer-director Missouri Williams has managed to teach them how to talk. 'King Lear With Sheep' follows Alasdair Saksena as he pleads with his flock to make amends and get back on rehearsing 'King Lear'. Baaaaaaaarmy.

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Courtyard Theatre, Shoreditch Wednesday September 23 2015 - Sunday October 4 2015

Measure for Measure

Critics' choice

As the clock ticks down on his final year as the Globe’s artistic director, Dominic Dromgoole puts flesh on the bones of one of Shakespeare’s most philosophically dense plays in a production that gives us light as well as shade.

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Shakespeare's Globe, South Bank Tuesday September 8 2015 - Saturday October 17 2015

The Heresy of Love

Shakespeare's Globe's more modern offerings begin in 2015 with 'The Heresy of Love', a piece by Helen Edmundson about the 17th century Mexican nun and playwright Juana Ines de la Cruz. First staged in 2012 at the RSC, the piece is revived as part of Dominic Dromgoole's final season at the Globe.

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Shakespeare's Globe, South Bank Until Saturday September 5 2015

Much Ado About Nothing

Max Webster directs Shakespeare's brilliant love comedy 'Much Ado About Nothing' about the fiesty Beatrice and Benedick who love each other but just won't admit it. A small cast return to Shakespeare's Globe in this production which also toured on an Elizabethan-style stage.

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Shakespeare's Globe, South Bank Monday September 7 2015 - Sunday September 13 2015

Richard II

Critics' choice

You can’t quite see Charles Edwards’s excellent Richard II going for a cheeky Nando's, nor do you imagine he’d be much use with the football scores. But compared to recent London Richards – Eddie Redmayme’s ritual-encrusted museum piece, David Tennant’s Ziggy Stardust-esque weirdo – Edwards’s performance as Shakespeare’s doomed monarch is about as close to down to earth as it gets.

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Shakespeare's Globe, South Bank Saturday September 26 2015 - Sunday October 18 2015

Shakespeare plays coming soon

Measure for Measure

Hip director Joe Hill-Gibbins takes on Shakespeare's tricky dark comedy 'Measure for Measure'. 'The Hour' actress Romola Garai makes her Young Vic debut as Isabella in the Vienna-set play about the supposedly straight down the line Angelo, who declares to shut down the city's whorehouses and wannabe nun Isabella who is being pressured to give her virginity to Angelo in return for the release of her brother.

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Young Vic, Southwark Friday October 2 2015 - Saturday November 14 2015

As You Like It

The great Rosalie Craig - who lead the National's 'The Light Princess and the Donmar's recent 'City of Angels' - stars as Rosalind in Polly Findlay's production of Shakespeare's comedy 'As You Like It'. It's a fairly big deal, what with it being the first time there's been a production of the play in over 30 years, plus Findlay is a endlessly safe pair of hands. The play itself tells of Rosalind runs off to the Forest of Arden and disguises herself as a boy and gets caught up in that tricky thing called love. Dates, times and prices TBC.  

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National Theatre, South Bank Monday October 26 2015 - Wednesday January 27 2016

The Comedy of Errors

'The Comedy of Errors' returns to the National Theatre, this time in a new production for ages 8-12 by Ben Power. Power scored a hit with his production of 'Romeo and Juliet' for the same age group last year and Bijan Shibani, the director of that love story, returns to direct this farce. It should be a short, sweet and fun version of the tale of two sets of identical twins that get separated and then reunited.  

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National Theatre, South Bank Wednesday October 21 2015 - Friday November 6 2015

The Wars of the Roses

British Theatre head honcho Trevor Nunn sets his sights on Shakespeare's series of history plays that cover civil war in England in the 15th century. Peter Hall and John Barton's adaptations of 'Henry VI', 'Edward IV' and 'Richard III' will come together in rep for six weeks at the Rose Theatre Kingston. An ensemble of 20 performers act in the work.

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Rose Theatre Kingston, Kingston Upon Thames Wednesday September 16 2015 - Saturday October 31 2015

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