Shakespeare plays in London

Comedies, tragedies and histories – catch them all in the Bard's spiritual home
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Whether you’re planning a trip to the iconic Shakespeare’s 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

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As You Like It (Globe)

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Anybody expecting the Globe to become a chintzy Shakespeare museum, in the wake of the untimely end of Emma Rice’s boisterous regime, doesn’t know the Globe…

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Hamlet

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William Shakespeare’s existential revenge thriller ‘Hamlet’ has to be the most overthought play in human history…

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King Lear

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Plenty of great actors don’t even notch up a single ‘King Lear’. Ian McKellen joins the rare ranks of those who’ve decide that for whatever reason what they’d really like to do is to take on the title role of Shakespeare’s cracked tragedy of madness and old age twice…

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The Lord Chamberlain's Men: The Tempest

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If you like your Shakespeare to be staunchly traditional, authentic, and accompanied by a stiff G&T than this production is for you. Audience members are invited to pack a picnic and join all-male touring company The Lord Chamberlain's Men for a night of bardy frolics…

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Othello

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For the best part of 400 years, ‘Othello’ been treated as a tragedy about a black man, Othello, driven out of his mind by the racist scheming of his supposed friend, Iago…

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Love's Labour's Lost

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The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse hosts a single Shakespeare play this summer: 'Love's Labour's Lost', Shakespeare's dense early comedy about a quartet of bachelors who forswear the company of women and banish the fairer sex from their court. Nick Bagnall will direct.

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The Winter’s Tale

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‘A sad tale’s best for winter,’ declares the young prince Mamillius in this, one of Shakespeare’s most curious and intriguing plays…

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A previous production by The Lord Chamberlain's Men
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The Lord Chamberlain's Men: The Tempest

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If you like your Shakespeare to be staunchly traditional, authentic, and accompanied by a stiff G&T than this production is for you. Audience members are invited to pack a picnic and join all-male touring company The Lord Chamberlain's Men for a night of bardy frolics, which unfold in a series of stately homes and gardens across the capital. Their production of 'The Tempest' promises an Elizabethan dress, song and dance-filled take on the classic tale of revenge and magic.

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Antony & Cleopatra

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Ralph Fiennes recommences his one-man journey through the most herculanean roles in theatre as he follows recent forays into Shaw, Ibsen and, indeed, Shakespeare to take on the role of doomed Roman general Antony in Shakespeare’s great historial tragedy…

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Measure for Measure

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In a production of Shakespeare’s dark moral satire so high concept it's somewhere in the ionosphere, stars Hayley Atwell and Jack Lowden will alternate the roles of puritanical deputy duke of Venice Angelo and his virtuous victim Isabella…

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Twelfth Night

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Kwame Kwei-Armah is kicking off his first season at the helm of the Young Vic with something he prepared earlier: a musical version of 'Twelfth Night' that premiered in New York, made with composer Shaina Taub.

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Directors Jude Christian and Lyric Hammersmith boss Sean Holmes are teaming up to direct this ambitious Shakespeare mash-up…

Macbeth, Niamh Cusack and Christopher Eccleston
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RSC: Macbeth

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The National Theatre's recent dud of a ‘Macbeth’ has set the stage for a more robust 2018 production of the Scottish play. And the RSC has gladly obliged with this imposing-looking production from Polly Findlay, starring Christopher Eccleston in his RSC debut as murderous nobleman Macbeth, and Niamh Cusack as Lady M…

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The RSC's 'Romeo and Juliet' is coming to Barbican Theatre
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RSC: Romeo and Juliet

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After using hundreds of amdram performers in her 2016 take on 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', the RSC's deputy artistic director Erica Whyman has lent the same community-focused approach to her take on Shakespeare's love story…

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RSC: The Merry Wives of Windsor

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Shakespeare's silliest comedy was apparently written at the behest of old queen Bess, who was so taken with the character of Falstaff that she wanted a whole play about him…

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