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Shakespeare in London in August 2022

Whether you cry at Shakespeare tragedies, laugh at Shakespeare comedies or just want to experience the Bard's classic works, there's nowhere better than London. Open-air productions of Shakespeare plays in London take place all summer long at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Come rain or shine, Shakespeare London theatre is always taking place. There's even Shakespeare productions in the West End too, including shows from the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican. Some of the best Shakespeare plays in London are happening right now, and you can check out our complete guide to Shakespeare London theatre and beyond.

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22 April 2022 - 23 October 2022

Shakespeare Globe’s summer 2022 season — the 25th anniversary season — kicks off with a new production of Much Ado About Nothing. Much Ado About Nothing tickets are now available on London Theatre. The Much Ado About Nothing play in London will follow the same plot as previous iterations of the original Shakespeare story. Much Ado About Nothing sees a soldier named Claudio recover after battling in a fierce conflict. Now, there’s another battle on his mind and in his heart — the battle for his love Hero. At the same time, Claudio’s friend Benedick is also in their own predicament, evading affection and accidentally finding his life partner in Beatrice. However, for this Much Ado About Nothing, the battle of the sexes will be amplified up to new levels. Get ready to explore Shakespeare’s tale of jealousy, love, and self-discovery in a new light. Much Ado About Nothing is often staged in London. This summer, it’s down to director Lucy Bailey to put her own spin on the centuries-old story. Lucy Bailey returns to the Globe to direct, following previous shows such as Titus Andronicus in 2014 and Macbeth in 2010. However, Bailey’s no stranger to West End plays. Down the road, Witness for the Prosecution which she directed is at London County Hall. The Globe Ensemble will star in Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare’s Globe, which runs on selected dates from April to October 2022. Much Ado About Nothing begins the summer 2022 season at Shakespeare’s Globe. Discover all the plays in the 2022 season.. Tickets to Much Ado About Nothing are available now. Book your Much Ado About Nothing tickets on London Theatre today.

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3 May 2022 - 10 September 2022

Julius Caesar is at Shakespeare’s Globe in summer 2022 as part of the 25th anniversary season. Julius Caesar tickets are available on London Theatre now. Julius Caesar ruled over the Roman Empire for two years, but his legacy on the course of Roman history, and how we view dictators, is considerable. So much so, nearly 1600 years after Caesar ruled Rome, William Shakespeare wrote a history play all about the Roman dictator’s life. The Julius Caesar play hones in on Cassius and Brutus, two Roman politicians who conspire against their leader in the hopes of starting a new life. They believe Caesar poses a threat to their country and indeed the world, so there’s only one way to get rid of him — assassination. Shakespeare wrote Julius Caesar in 1599, but the play’s rhetoric holds a stark relevance to how a general public views ruling parties. Diane Page directs Julius Caesar in London for a modern-day audience, bringing a sense of revolution and cunning to the play. But when you watch Julius Caesar on stage, you’ll realise just how similar Ancient Rome and 21st-century Britain are. Julius Caesar is part of Shakespeare’s Globe 25th anniversary season. The season includes Much Ado About Nothing, Henry VIII, King Lear, The Tempest and Joan, a new play about Joan of Arc. Tickets to Julius Caesar are available now. Book your Julius Caesar tickets on London Theatre today.

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19 May 2022 - 21 October 2022

See how the Tudor monarch impacted England and the world in Henry VIII at Shakespeare’s Globe in summer 2022. Henry VIII tickets are available now on London Theatre. As expected, the Henry VIII play centres on the life of the infamous titular Tudor monarch. He's arguably one of Britain's most famous rulers, but he had a challenging reign. It took him three wives before he finally had a much-desired male heir — Jane Seymour gave birth to Edward, who would become Edward VI, but died in childbirth. Plus he was part of creating the Church of England, a new religion in order to split from his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Too often, Tudor history focuses solely on Henry VIII, but what did the women think of his decisions? In Henry VIII London performances, Henry's wives fight for justice and change in a paternalistic world where speaking out is unheard of. William Shakespeare and John Fletcher co-wrote Henry VIII in the early 1600s, just 70 years after the Tudor monarch passed. Now with centuries worth of reflection and a historical paradigm shift where the history of women and marginalised groups is closely interrogated, discover Shakespeare’s exploration of power and lineage with a female perspective. Telling Henry VIII’s story has proved pretty popular in the West End in recent years. The Tudor history musical Six is currently at the Vaudeville Theatre, and continues its reign over London. Now the monarch will be in London this summer, so don’t miss his rule. Henry VIII is part of Shakespeare’s Globe 25th anniversary season. The season includes Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, King Lear, The Tempest and Joan, a new play about Joan of Arc. Find out more about the Shakespeare’s Globe season. Tickets to Henry VIII are available now. Book your Henry VIII tickets on London Theatre today.

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22 July 2022 - 22 October 2022

Shakespeare’s Globe comes alive in 2022 with a new take on The Tempest. The Tempest tickets are available on London Theatre now. At the start of The Tempest play, Prospero ignites a fierce storm which ravages a vast area. So much so, the storm leaves a crew of men shipwrecked, including his brother, Antonio. Now, the men must live on a remote island away from civilisation. There’s a few inhabitants but can their lives change forever. Or will Prospero use his magic to change everyone’s lives? Nowadays, people may travel often. But centuries ago, embarking to a new destination was a months-long process. Inspiration for The Tempest came from such early 16th-century voyages which were destroyed by “tempests” — likely to be hurricanes. Shakespeare combined these real events with reports of magic and superstitious people across the globe to create an intoxicating, exciting play. The Tempest is one of William Shakespeare’s well-known plays. Find out more about Shakespeare plays in London. Shakespeare’s associate artistic director Sean Holmes directs The Tempest in London. He previously served as the Lyric Hammersmith’s artistic director, notably working on Bugsy Malone and The Seagull. He also directed a national tour of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Now he turns his hand to another Shakespeare classic — The Tempest. The Tempest plays as part of Shakespeare’s Globe 25th anniversary season. Discover the full list of Shakespeare shows right now in London. The Tempest tickets are available now. Book your The Tempest tickets on London Theatre today.

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25 August 2022 - 22 October 2022

A cry for courage erupts in the Globe Theatre this Summer with the premiere of Joan, a powerful new play uncovering the unlikely hero behind the legend.

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