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Richard III, Headlong, 2019

Shakespeare plays in London

Comedies, tragedies and histories – catch them all in the Bard's spiritual home

By Time Out London Theatre

Whether you’re planning a trip to the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, catching a production for the Royal Shakespeare Company or seeing a spot of Shakespearean drama elsewhere in London, here’s where to watch the biggest and best plays by the Bard in London.

Shakespeare plays in London this month

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s Globe, 2021
Photo by Tristram Kenton

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Theatre Shakespeare Shakespeare's Globe, South Bank

Other theatres may be hipper, slicker, starrier and physically warmer. But Shakespeare’s Globe is the beating heart of London theatre…

Romeo & Juliet, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, 2021
Photo by Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre

Romeo & Juliet

Theatre Shakespeare Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park

Kimberley Sykes helms up the Open Air Theatre’s (almost) annual Shakespeare play, in the shape of his timeless romantic tragedy ‘Romeo & Juliet’, held over from last year. Joel MacCormack and Isabel Adomakoh Young star.

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Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare’s Globe 2021
Photo by Shakespeare’s Globe

Romeo & Juliet

Theatre Shakespeare Shakespeare's Globe, South Bank

Rising star director Ola Ince makes her Shakespearean debut at the helm of the immortal romantic tragedy, with similarly upwards-bound actor Alfred Enoch in the role of Romeo and Rebekah Murrell as Juliet.

Twelfth Night

Theatre Shakespeare Shakespeare's Globe, South Bank

Another hangover from the Globe’s aborted 2020 season, Globe associate artistic director Sean Holmes’s take on the beloved ‘Twelfth Night’ sees him direct his boss Michelle Terry for the first time, as she takes on the role of the comedy’s shipwrecked, cross-dressing protagonist Viola. 

Cush Jumbo, Hamlet, Young Vic, 2020
© Dean Chalkley


Theatre Shakespeare Young Vic, Waterloo

Delayed a year by Covid, Cush Jumbo follows in the footsteps of her ‘The Good Fight’ co-star Michael Sheen to don the mantle of the Bard’s doomed Danish prince at the Young Vic. The production will be directed by Greg Hersov.

Saoirse Ronan

The Tragedy of Macbeth

Theatre Shakespeare Almeida Theatre, Islington

Four-times Oscar-nominated Irish-American film star Saoirse Ronan takes on the role of Lady Macbeth in the mighty Yaël Farber’s new production of The Scottish Play. Here going out under its official name ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’, we’re promised a production that will place equal emphasis on Ronan’s Lady M and James McArdle’s Macbeth.

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