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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
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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
Sarah Amankwah (Henry V)
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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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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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