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Henry V, Shakespeare’s Globe, 2022
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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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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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We’re used to epic four-hour celebrity-driven production of ‘Hamlet’ – but stalwart fringe theatre company Lazarus shows us another way of doing it with this nimble 90-minute edit with a young cast and an urban setting. Ricky Dukes directs a production headed by Michael Hawkey making his stage debut in the title role of Shakespeare’s doomed Danish prince.

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Shakespeare plays coming soon

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The first-ever Sam Wanamaker Playhouse run for Shakespeare's horror nasty is a deeply enticing prospect thanks to direction from the immaculately hip – and unfailingly inventive – Jude Christian, whose own play ‘Nanjing’ played a run here a few years ago. 

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In a maverick move that nonetheless now feels strangely like it was inevitably going to happen, Sean Holmes directs the first ever Shakespeare’s Globe production to be staged in both of its venues, that is to say the outdoor Globe Theatre and indoor Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. 

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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.  ‘Hamlet’ – which she adapts and Tinuke Craig directs – was delayed by the pandemic but finally had a successful 2022 run and tour, and returns to the Dorfman for a 2023 run as part of a fresh UK tour. 

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