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Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s Globe, 2021
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Shakespeare plays in London

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

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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

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At one point during a long, obnoxious speech comparing a fat lady’s body parts to various European countries, the actor breaks out and appeals to the audience: ‘Come on, these jokes are over 400 years old. Help me out here!’

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Kit Harrington returns to the stage to tackle Shakespeare’s dashing young monarch Henry V in this new production, directed by Max Webster…

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Director and playwright Jude Christian has turned her hand to everything from experimental theatre starring live piglets to Lyric Hammermith's annual panto. The pandemic-delayed ‘Hamlet’ – which she adapts and Tinuke Craig directs – will doubtless see her at the lighter end of the spectrum; it's a Shakespeare adaptation aimed at primary aged kids, with plenty of spooky adventures. Ages eight-to-12.

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