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Shakespeare in August

As You Like it

Shakespeares Globe Theatre Until Sep 21, 2019

buoyant and embracive

As You Like it, Shakespeares Globe Theatre, London
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The Forest of Arden does a roaring trade in confused lovers, exiled aristos and melancholy fools in Shakespeare's witty musical comedy returning to the Globe for the 2019 Summer Season, following a successful...

Bartholomew Fair

Shakespeares Globe Theatre Until Oct 12, 2019

'The drunkards they are wading, The punks and chapmen trading...'

Bartholomew Fair, Shakespeares Globe Theatre, London

Just as we now flock to festivals and parks at the merest hint of sun, so too did our ancestors, and no occasion in the capital was as prominent as the Bartholomew Fair. Running for two weeks each year...

The Merry Wives of Windsor

Shakespeares Globe Theatre Until Oct 12, 2019

Let's go dress him like the witch of Brentford

The Merry Wives of Windsor, Shakespeares Globe Theatre, London

Down on his luck, famed bounder Sir John Falstaff decides to turn his fortunes around by scamming two married women with identical love letters, hoping that at least one of them falls for his ploy and...

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeares Globe Theatre Until Oct 13, 2019

'Gentles, perchance you wonder at this show. But wonder on, till 'truth make all things plain.'

A Midsummer Nights Dream, Shakespeares Globe Theatre, London

When the fairy King and Queen quarrel, no one is safe from their fervour, setting the scene for a witty and vibrant comedy of romance, mischief and magic that enchant audiences of all ages from the first...

The Taming of the Shrew

Royal Shakespeare Theatre Until Aug 31, 2019

Deftly provocative and exuberantly entertaining

The Taming of the Shrew, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, London

Its the age old battle of the sexes but not as we know it! Rising theatre maker and RSC affiliate Justin Audibert reflects the changing times in his bold new revamp of The Bard's audacious tale of gender,...

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As You Like It

Royal Shakespeare Theatre Until Aug 31, 2019

The eternal madness of desire is infectiously relayed

As You Like It, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, London

No RSC season would be complete without a trip into the sumptuous, miasmatic forests of our dear William Shakespeare's fertile mind. Directed by up and coming theatre maker Kimberly Sykes, a riotous new...

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Measure for Measure

Royal Shakespeare Theatre Until Aug 29, 2019

It is easily the best Shakespeare production of the Stratford summer.

Measure for Measure, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, London

Following a critically acclaimed run at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon, RSC artistic director Gregory Doran's visceral iteration of Measure for Measure lights up the Barbican Theatre...

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Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet

Sadlers Wells Theatre Until Aug 31, 2019

A contemporary imagining, featuring the country's brightest young dance talent.

Matthew Bournes Romeo and Juliet, Sadlers Wells Theatre, London

Three years on from their stunning adaptation of The Red Shoes, Matthew Bourne and New Adventures return to take on the Bard's dizzying tale of young love turned bittersweet tragedy in a zestful new production...

Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare - Hamlet

Leicester Square Theatre Until Sep 14, 2019

Wilder, funnier, gorier, more outrageous and drunker than ever before!

Sht Faced Shakespeare Hamlet, Leicester Square Theatre, London

Prithee, roll up, roll up! The Sh*t-Faced Shakspeare crew are back this year to take on the Bard's most famous tragedy, the tale of the most emo Prince of all time - Hamlet! For those of us who haven't...

Pericles

Shakespeares Globe Theatre Until Aug 24, 2019

O, come, be buried a second time within these arms.

Pericles, Shakespeares Globe Theatre, London

It all begins with a riddle to which the answer, wrong or right, is sure to bring death, thus beginning the seafaring trials of Pericles, Prince of Tyre in this rarely performed work, thought to be a collaboration...

Henry IV Part II or Falstaff

Shakespeares Globe Theatre Until Oct 11, 2019

Is the old King dead? As nail in door

Henry IV Part II or Falstaff, Shakespeares Globe Theatre, London

After proving himself to his father at the Battle of Shrewsbury, Prince Hal is once again haunting taverns in Eastcheap, though it seems his taste for Sir John Falstaff's particular company has turned...

Henry V or Harry England

Shakespeares Globe Theatre Until Oct 11, 2019

Henry V or Harry England takes over the Globe

Henry V or Harry England, Shakespeares Globe Theatre, London

Once more unto the Shakespeare Globe, dear friends, once more. Shakespeare's Henry V or Harry England is the telling of King Henry V and his attempt at proving himself a worthy king. Presented by the Globe...

Henry IV Part I or Hotspur

Shakespeares Globe Theatre Until Oct 11, 2019

Doomsday is near: die all, die merrily

Henry IV Part I or Hotspur, Shakespeares Globe Theatre, London

After toppling Richard II, Henry IV is finally King. But the unrest in the country leaves him no time to relax. Once close allies the Percys are preparing to usurp him, with their son, Hotspur leading...

Antony and Cleopatra

National Theatre, Olivier Open Run

Ralph Fiennes returns to the Shakespeare play after 30 years!

Antony and Cleopatra, National Theatre Olivier, London

Film and stage royalty Ralph Fiennes returns to the play that made his name playing Claudio in 1988, this time in the lead role of Antony! Shakespeare's historical play depicting Ancient Egypt's first...

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour & Exhibition

Shakespeares Globe Theatre Tour Open Run

The capital at its very best

Shakespeares Globe Theatre Tour Exhibition, Shakespeares Globe Theatre Tour, London

Get schooled in Shakespeare with The Globe Exhibition, London's ultimate guide to The Bard. Packed full of video, artifacts and practical reconstructions, it takes you back in time to the raucous streets...

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