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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.

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Shakespeare plays in London this month


Another year, another 'Hamlet', but what sort of monster gets bored of the greatest play of all time? Simon Godwin's RSC production – which played at Stratford to great reviews in 2016 – is notable for its largely black cast, led by rising star Paapa Essiedu, and a vibrant, Technicolor aesthetic that stands in start contrast to the play's usual sombre palettes…

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Hackney Empire , Hackney Monday March 19 2018 - Saturday March 31 2018


2 out of 5 stars

The National Theatre has just netted a stupendous 22 Olivier nominations, a massive haul that should by rights halt the persistent low-level mutterings about Rufus Norris’s leadership…

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National Theatre , South Bank Monday March 19 2018 - Saturday June 23 2018

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As You Like It (Globe)

As if Michelle Terry wasn't giving herself a difficult enough job by kicking off her tenure at the Globe with an actor-led (ie there's no formal director) production of 'Hamlet', then she's having the same company of actors – including herself – tackle 'As You Like It' in a similar style, to run in rep. 

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Wednesday May 2 2018 - Sunday August 26 2018

Much Ado About Nothing

Rose Theatre Kingston celebrates its tenth anniversary with a staging of Shakespeare's knockabout comedy, set in Mafia-riven Sicily. 'Great British Bake Off' star Mel Giedroyc will lend her substantial comic talents to the role of Beatrice.

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Rose Theatre Kingston , Kingston Upon Thames Friday April 13 2018 - Saturday May 5 2018

Shakespeare's Globe on Tour

Three Shakespeare plays are starting and finishing their tour of the country with a select few dates at the Globe. You can see 'Twelfth Night', 'The Taming of the Shrew' and 'The Merchant of Venice' on selected dates in May and September. Or opt for one of the 'voter's choice' performances, where the play you see is determined by audience ballot. 

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Monday May 7 2018 - Sunday September 9 2018

Two Noble Kinsmen

Michelle Terry is opening her inaugural season at the Globe with a populist one-two of ‘Hamlet’ and ‘As You Like It’ that should get bums on seats no problem. But this is a bit more of a risk: Barrie Rutter – formerly of Northern Broadsides, and one of the few people in the Terry season to work with Emma Rice – tackles Shakespeare and John Fletcher's little-loved late romance 'Two Noble Kinsmen'…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Friday May 25 2018 - Saturday June 30 2018

Othello (Globe)

Well this is undoubtedly a big deal: after sitting out Emma Rice's entire tenure (admittedly it wasn't very long), the Globe's talismanic former artistic director Mark Rylance returns to his old theatre to star as the villainous Iago in Shakespeare's great tragedy 'Othello'…

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Shakespeare's Globe , South Bank Friday July 20 2018 - Saturday October 13 2018

As You Like It (Regent's Park)

Max Webster's family production of Twelfth Night was a brightly-coloured treat at the Open Air Theatre a few years back. Now the director returns with Shakespeare's forest-set romantic comedy 'As You Like It' – not a kids' version, but it should be big-hearted and accessible to all. 

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Regent's Park Open Air Theatre , Regent's Park Friday July 6 2018 - Saturday July 28 2018

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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