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

Richard III, Headlong, 2019
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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

Henry IV, Part 1, Shakespeare's Globe 2019
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Henry IV Part 1, or Hotspur

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Michelle Terry leads the return of her Globe Ensemble from the front: the actor-artistic director’s all-guns-blazing take on rebel lord Henry ‘Hotspur’ Percy is the clear highlight of her rep company’s second season…

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Henry IV Part 2, Shakespeare's Globe, 2019
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Henry IV Part 2, or Falstaff

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Oh dear. If ‘Henry IV Part 1’ felt like vindication for the Globe Ensemble rep company, then ‘Henry IV Part 2’… well, it’s just not very good…

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Henry V, Shakespeare's Globe, 2019
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Henry V, or Harry England

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Sarah Amankwah is too reserved to convince as a party-loving young Prince Hal in the Globe’s ‘Henry IV Parts 1 and 2’. But this is her moment…

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The Merry Wives of Windsor

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Poor Falstaff. After losing his boyhood bezzie in ‘Henry IV Parts 1 and 2’ (which Shakespeare’s Globe is also staging with great aplomb this summer) he gets indignity after indignity piled on him in this sequel…

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bridge)

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‘For fuck’s sake,’ mumbled a member of the Bridge Theatre crew as he sprinted past me…

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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, Shakespeare's Globe 2019
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‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Globe)

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When ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is trotted out so regularly – in London alone, there are three big ones on this summer – you can see why a director would want to make their version memorable…

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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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Shakespeare's Globe on Tour

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Shakespeare's Globe's touring productions of 'Twelfth Night', 'Pericles' and 'Comedy of Errors' are coming home to the wooden 'O' this summer for selected dates in June and August…

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As You Like It, RSC, 2019
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As You Like It

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The first of three plays the Royal Shakespeare Company is bringing to the Barbican to play in rep, ‘As You Like It’ is directed by Kimberley Sykes and stars Lucy Phelps as Rosalind…

The Taming of the Shrew, RSC, 2019
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The Taming of the Shrew

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Justin Audibert gender swaps Shakespeare’s misogynistic battle of the sexes, 'The Taming of the Shrew', offering a re-imagining of the 1590s where the women are in charge…

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Measure for Measure, RSC, 2019
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Measure for Measure

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The final show of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s transferring-to-London season is ‘Measure for a Measure’, Shakespeare’s look at sex, power, and surveillance…

Cush Jumbo, Hamlet, Young Vic, 2020
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Hamlet

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Although Shakespeare’s masterpiece is always around in some form of other, there hasn’t really been a big London ‘Hamlet’ since 2017 and Andrew Scott. Here we finally go, though: Cush Jumbo follows in the footsteps of her ‘The Good Fight’ co-star Michael Sheen to star as the Bard’s doomed Danish prince at the Young Vic…

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