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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Antony and Cleopatra

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There is a myth that Shakespeare plays pretty much run themselves on the National Theatre’s huge Olivier stage…

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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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Measure for Measure

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Games of spot the difference don't get much more highbrow than Donmar boss Josie Rourke's resolutely high concept take on Shakespeare's play…

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Twelfth Night review

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Kwame Kwei-Armah kicks off his tenure at the Young Vic with one he prepared earlier: a soufflé light but very fun musical take on William Shakespeare’s ‘Twelfth Night’, adapted by him, with songs and lyrics by Shaina Taub…

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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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The Paper Cinema's Macbeth

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Paper Cinema combine intricate illustrations, overhead projectors and a live score to create live movies before your eyes. Their take on 'Macbeth' mixes furious battles with carefully drawn characters, in a haunting take on Shakespeare's classic.

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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…

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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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Macbeth (Globe)

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Shakespeare's supernatural chiller of ambition and madness opens the Winter season at the intimate, candelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe. 'Macbeth' is directed by Robert Hastie, following his pacy, well-reviewed take on 'Julius Caesar' at Sheffield Theatre, where he's artistic director. 

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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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Richard II

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Adjoa Andoh and Lynette Linton are directing a cast of women of colour in a take on Shakespeare's 'Richard II' that focuses on ideas of Britishness. Following the anniversary of the Windrush arrivals, on the eve of Brexit, this production will tell the story of a king whose status is slipping away in a troubled nation. 

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