Shakespeare plays to see in London

Discover all the Shakespeare plays currently running in London, and get tickets to see incredible Shakespeare revivals at the Globe Theatre in the West End.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

Everybody knows William Shakespeare. The 16th-century English playwright and dramatist penned dozens of plays, sonnets, and poems during his lifetime. His writing changed the future of the English language. Whether you've seen all the Shakespeare plays (bonus points for you!), a couple of Shakespeare stories here and there, or you've just heard of him, it's impossible to imagine the West End without Shakespeare plays. Shakespeare shows, events, and theatres are dotted across London too — whatever time of year it is in London, there's a Shakespeare production somewhere.

Die-hard Bard lovers can see a Shakespeare play at Shakespeare's Globe, a 1997 reconstruction of the original Globe Theatre. Or, if you're someone who looks out for contemporary retellings of Shakespeare classics, there are new, innovative adaptations taking place in London. London musicals are also inspired by Shakespeare plays too, such as the nods to Hamlet in The Lion King, and Romeo and Juliet in & Juliet.

Here are all the Shakespeare plays you can see in London. Book tickets for Shakespeare plays in London on London Theatre.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

Elle While directs Shakespeare's spritely comedy at the Globe in summer 2023. Join four rebellious young lovers, a feuding Fairy King and Queen, and theatrical players, all in an enchanted forest. Life is but a dream for these revellers.

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As You Like It

Head to the Forest of Arden via Shakespeare's Globe. When Rosalind and Celia run away from court, they discover a new world hidden in the trees. Who knows what – or who – we might find? Director Ellen McDougall debuts with a tale of romance and redemption.

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The Comedy of Errors

Seeing isn't always believing, but once you've seen The Comedy of Errors, you'll believe in the power of Shakespeare. When two sets of twins end up in rival cities, they cross paths and begin a dastardly journey to finding each other.

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The quest to rule over all isn't always paved with gold. When a prophecy details Macbeth's sign to become to King, Macbeth will destruct anything that's in his way. Abigail Graham directs a hypnotising play of power and control.

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