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Shakespeare in London in June 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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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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10 June 2022 - 24 July 2022

Kathryn Hunter reprises her acclaimed performance in Shakespeare’s King Lear at the Globe as part of the Southbank theatre’s 25th anniversary season. King Lear tickets are available on London Theatre now. The King Lear play follows a dramatic family feud which spirals out of control. But decisions made between a father and his children won't just affect their relationships. Their conversations could change the world. As King Lear gives up his empire, he divides it amongst his daughters and claims the one who loves him the most will be rewarded with more land. But how do you measure a qualitative state? Expectedly, chaos ensues, and the balance of power shifts in unexpected ways. William Shakespeare’s King Lear play is often performed worldwide, including a notable 2018 production of King Lear starring Ian McKellen. But for this production, the King Lear character is turned on its head, as a woman steps into the lead role. The seemingly shapeshifting actor Kathryn Hunter reprises the monarch role, a role she first played in 1997, 25 years ago. Hunter’s joined by Shakespeare’s Globe artistic director Michelle Terry as Cordelia and the Fool. King Lear in London reunites Hunter with director Helena Kaut-Howson, co-founder of theatre company Complicité and Marcello Magni. You’d be a fool to miss King Lear in London this summer. Experience King Lear in the home of Shakespeare in Britain. Tickets to King Lear are available now. Book your King Lear tickets on London Theatre today.

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