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 19 shows listed.

Lear

Playing now

Shakespeare - tragedy

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Lear's grip on her country is fading. The war with climate change is all but lost, her daughters are fighting over the scraps and the rain is raining every day. As Britain fractures, will a ray of hope shine through?


As You Like It

Upcoming

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.


& Juliet

Upcoming

Shakespeare - comedy

Shaftesbury TheatreVideo available for this show
The irreverent and fun-loving new West End musical that asks: what if Juliet's famous ending was really just her beginning? What if she decided to choose her own fate? And what if she got over Romeo by running off to Paris?


The Taming of the Shrew

Upcoming

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

Upcoming

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

Upcoming

Shakespeare - comedy

Jermyn Street Theatre
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

Upcoming

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

Upcoming

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.


Twelfth Night

Upcoming

Shakespeare - comedy

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Siblings Viola and Sebastian wash up on the shores of Illyria, both believing the other to be dead. Illyria is an eerie place of light and shade, and Viola finds herself caught in a tangled web of affection between the highest rulers of the country.


Richard III

Upcoming

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.


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.


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.


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.


Hamlet

Upcoming

Shakespeare - tragedy

Young Vic
Cush Jumbo (The Good Wife, The Good Fight) makes her Young Vic debut as a new kind of Hamlet for this generation.



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