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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

Hamlet

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Star director Robert Icke's achingly compassionate take on ‘Hamlet’ presents Shakespeare's masterpiece as a shimmeringly sad vision of love.…

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Almeida Theatre , Barnsbury Until Saturday April 15 2017

A Midsummer Night's Dream

For me, last summer's gloriously OTT Globe production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' was both the apex and the last word in Shakespeare's magical comedy…

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Young Vic , Southwark Until Saturday April 1 2017
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Shakespeare plays coming soon

The Winter's Tale

The internationally acclaimed British theatre company Cheek By Jowl calls back in at the Guardian with a sure to be fresh take on Shakespeare's stylistically unusual play of two halves. 

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Barbican Centre , Barbican Wednesday April 5 2017 - Saturday April 22 2017

Romeo and Juliet

As new boss of the ENO, American Daniel Kramer has been bringing a burst of rough and ready (and controversial) energy to the troubled opera house. So it's exciting to see what he'll make of one of Shakespeare's best loved plays, the tragedy 'Romeo and Juliet': the rumour has it that the opening production in Emma Rice's second and final season atthe Globe will be very full on. 

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Saturday April 22 2017 - Sunday July 9 2017

Twelfth Night

Emma Rice's berserk, uninhibited take on 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' was one of the best things the Globe has staged in eons, making it doubly sad that she's leaving as artistic director so soon (and under such murky circustances)…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Thursday May 18 2017 - Saturday August 5 2017
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The Tempest

You can expect mind-boggling visuals as well as Shakespeare's finest wordplay from the RSC's 'The Tempest': they've teamed up with computer boffs Intel and their 'Imaginarium Studios' to create swirling technicolour scenery. It'll be home to a family-friendly production, with a cast led by Simon Russell Beale. He'll play a wizard losing his powers on a magical island. Gregory Doran's state-of-the-art production transfers to the Barbican in June, after a winter run in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Barbican Centre , Barbican Friday June 30 2017 - Friday August 18 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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