Shakespeare at London theatres


Below is our list of shows (currently playing or upcoming at London theatres) which are about Shakespeare or were written by him.



We have 21 shows listed.


As You Like It

Playing now

Shakespeare - comedy

Barbican Theatre
Rosalind is banished, and with her best friend Celia by her side, she journeys into exile. But not before catching the eye of love-struck Orlando, who is also forced from court into the dappled Forest of Arden.


The Taming of the Shrew

Playing now

Shakespeare - comedy

Barbican Theatre
In this radical take on Shakespeare's fierce and energetic comedy of gender, Baptista Minola is seeking to marry off her two sons, the sweet-tempered Bianco and the rebellious Katherine.


Henry VI

Playing now

Shakespeare - history

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An England divided under a weak leader spirals from political unrest to all-out civil war. Allegiances are sworn and murderous factions fight for power, but with only one crown for the taking, who will be left standing to lead the country?


All's Well That Ends Well

Playing now

Shakespeare - comedy

Jermyn Street TheatreVideo available for this show
One of Shakespeare's most intensely romantic and bittersweet plays is given a magical and intimate production, drenched in the music of memory.


Measure for Measure

Playing now

Shakespeare - comedy

Barbican Theatre
When a novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official who offers to save her brother from execution in return for sex, she has no idea where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him, he tells her that nobody would believe her.


Much Ado About Nothing

Playing now

Shakespeare - comedy

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An examination of the lies we tell each other and ourselves. Shakespeare's play is a riotous story of trickery and pretence: both the innocent playful kind that might help two people find each other.


Richard III

Playing now

Shakespeare - history

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The battle scars from the Wars of the Roses are yet to heal but that's not going to deter power-hungry Richard. The crown should be his and no one is going to stop him from getting it: not the King, his own wife, or the Princes in the Tower.


Hamlet (An Experience)

Upcoming

Shakespeare - tragedy

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Emily Carding plays Hamlet and you, the audience, are the players arriving at Elsinore. Hamlet needs your help to take on the roles of his friends and family and resolve the great questions of life.


Julius Caesar

Upcoming

Shakespeare - tragedy

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Fearful that Caesar will become a tyrant, his friends plot to assassinate him in order to save Rome. But the conspirators' high principles clash with personal malice and ambition, the nation is plunged into bloody civil war.


Hamlet: Rotten States

Upcoming

Shakespeare - tragedy

Hope Theatre
Three gypsy players arrive in town, answering the call of a prince. It could be the beginning of a fairy tale, but alas, Hamlet's in a rotten state. A dead father, a murderous uncle, and an adulterous mother.


Twelfth Night

Upcoming

Shakespeare - comedy

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When Viola washes up on the shores of Illyria, she witnesses the festivities first hand and is drawn into the schemes of the lovestruck Duke Orsino, and subjected to the antics of the anarchic Toby Belch.


Macbeth

Upcoming

Shakespeare - tragedy

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Fuelled by greed, ambition and desire, the Macbeths' desperation to survive is reflected in the fierce reverberations of Johnny Cash,The xx and The Rolling Stones. 


A Midsummer Night's Dream

Upcoming

Shakespeare - comedy

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Fizzing with magic and a large dose of chaos in the enchanted Athenian woods, secrets, love and mistaken identities collide.


The Taming of the Shrew

Upcoming

Shakespeare - comedy

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Katharina and Bianca, the daughters of a rich man of Padua, are ready to marry. The game is simple: the youngest can be won only if the eldest finds her equal. But Katharina is strong-willed and not afraid to challenge the rules.


Macbeth

Upcoming

Shakespeare - tragedy

Queen's Theatre Hornchurch
Three witches on a heath have a disturbing prophecy for a victorious warrior. Macbeth will be king of Scotland. As this wicked seed is planted, daring Macbeth and his determined wife Lady Macbeth draw bloody daggers and set out on a fateful path.


Romeo & Juliet

Upcoming

Shakespeare - tragedy

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Passions collide. And the world changes in an instant. Experience Shakespeare's tale of love and violence taken to the edge of the city, where the wildness of the heart can't be contained.


Macbeth

Upcoming

Shakespeare - tragedy

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Victorious from a bloody battle the triumphant Macbeth is greeted by the three weird sisters. Inspired and driven by their incredible prophecies he sets out on the path to conquer all. A story of ambition, leadership and belief.


The Tempest

Upcoming

Shakespeare - comedy

Jermyn Street Theatre
The stranger and his daughter live alone on a remote island. Some people say he's an artist. Others say he practises magic. But today is different. Prospero spots his oldest enemies passing close by in a fragile boat.


Hamlet

Upcoming

Shakespeare - tragedy

National Theatre
Energetic and engaging retelling of Shakespeare's most well-known tragedy re-imagined for young audiences.


Romeo & Juliet

Upcoming

Shakespeare - tragedy

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Kimberley Sykes directs Shakespeare's timeless story of two young people torn apart by a divided society and forbidden love.




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