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Shakespeare plays in London

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

Richard III, Headlong, 2019
By Time Out London Theatre |
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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

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Henry IV Part 1, or Hotspur

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Globe boss Michelle Terry is kicking off her new season with a return for one of Shakespeare's best-known history plays, 'Henry IV'…

Marc Rylance, Shakespeare within the Abbey, 2018
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Shakespeare within the Abbey

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Mark Rylance and his director wife Claire van Kampen will once again approximately mark the April 23 birthday of William Shakespeare by staging ‘Shakespeare within the Abbey’, in which Rylance will head up a company of actors who will scatter throughout Westminster Abbey performing snatches of the Bard’s plays, songs and poems to wandering audiences. Presented by Shakespeare’s Globe.

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Henry IV Part 2, or Falstaff

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The second instalment of Globe boss Michelle Terry's take on one of Shakespeare's best-known history plays, 'Henry IV', centres on Falstaff.

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Henry V, or Harry England

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Shakespeare's Globe is capping off its trilogy of Harry-centric plays with 'Henry V', the story of what happens when he finally becomes king. Sarah Amankwah takes the title role in a gender-swapped retelling…

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Shit-faced Shakespeare: The Taming of the Shrew

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The lovable drunkards of Shit-faced Shakespeare step onto some potentially dicey territory as they tackle Shakespeare’s eternally ‘problematic’ comedy…

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The Merry Wives of Windsor

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The Globe complements its big summer run of ‘Henry IV’ with an outing for the other play featuring dissolute knight Sir John Falstaff…

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A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bridge Theatre, 2019
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bridge)

icon-location-pin Bridge Theatre, Bermondsey
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Expect modern dress and a genuinely fresh take on the Bard’s undyingly popular comedy. Gwendoline Christie, Oliver Chris, David Moorst and Hammed Animashaun will play Titania, Oberon, Puck and Bottom

As You Like It, Shakespeare in the Square 2018
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A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare in the Squares)

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Staggeringly, there will now be FOUR major productions of ‘A Midsummer Night's Dream’ in London this summer: three in theatres, and this one from Shakespeare in the Squares…

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Hamlet

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Promenade theatre specialists Iris Theatre celebrate their tenth summer performing in and around the grounds of the Actors’ Church in Covent Garden by tackling the big one…

Shit-faced Shakespeare: Hamlet, 2019
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Shit-faced Shakespeare: Hamlet

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To drink, or not to drink? The Shit-faced Shakespeare crew finally tackle the Bard’s greatest play…

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Open Air Theatre)

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Staging ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ inside the twinkly fastness of the Open Air Theatre almost seems to obvious…

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Globe)

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This really is the summer of ‘A Misummer Night’s Dream’ – the Bridge and Open Air Theatre have major productions, and here’s the Globe’s latest take, which comes just three years after Emma Rice’s magnificent version…

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As You Like It

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Anybody expecting the Globe to become a chintzy Shakespeare museum, in the wake of the untimely end of Emma Rice’s boisterous regime, doesn’t know the Globe…

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