Emmie Newitt

8 Shakespeare shows to see in London

London offers a wealth of Shakespearean shows and we’ve got a round up of the best to check out in 2024!

macbeth harold pinterDavid Tennant in Macbeth. Photo by Marc Brenner.

From the iconic Globe Theatre to the modern stages of the West End, London offers a wealth of opportunities to experience the brilliance of Shakespearean drama firsthand. Tom Holland’s highly anticipated performance in Romeo and Juliet at the Duke of York’s Theatre and Twelfth Night in the idyllic setting of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre are just two of what the city offers. Join us on a journey to discover the best Shakespeare shows in London in 2024.

1. Romeo and Juliet

romeo and juliet londonTom Holland (Romeo) and Francesca Amewudah-Rivers (Juliet) in Romeo and Juliet. Photo by Marc Brenner.

Global superstar Tom Holland has returned to the London stage in Jamie Lloyd’s pulsating new vision of Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy. Romeo and Juliet explores love, fate, and family conflict. Selling out in just two hours, this is definitely one to watch!

Romeo and Juliet Tickets

2. Twelfth Night

twelfth night regents parkTwelfth Night. Harry Waller, Jon Trenchard, Sally Cheng & Katherine Toy. Credit - Richard Lakos

Twelfth Night is a Shakespearean comedy that blends romance, humour, and mistaken identities, creating an engaging and entertaining narrative. Set in the idyllic surroundings of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Twelfth Night ensures laughter and amusement throughout for its audiences.

Twelfth Night Tickets

3. Player Kings

ian mckellen player kingsIan McKellen in PLAYER KINGS artwork.

A new version of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, adapted by the award-winning writer and director Robert Icke is heading into the West End for a limited time. Ian McKellen takes on the role of Falstaff, delivering some of the most powerful and memorable monologues with exceptional skill and passion. Player Kings offers audiences a profound experience at the theatre!

Player Kings Tickets

4. Kiss Me, Kate

kiss me kate barbican theatreAdrian Dunbar and Stephanie J Block, photos supplied by the production.

A classic take on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew; Kiss Me Kate arrives in London this summer. The fresh new production of Cole Porter’s classic musical is a must-see for its dazzling blend of witty dialogue, sophisticated humour, and unforgettable songs, which together create a vibrant and entertaining theatrical experience.

Kiss Me Kate Tickets

5. The Taming of the Shrew

the taming of the shrew globe theatreThe Taming of the Shrew promotional image.

Head to The Globe this summer for Shakespeare’s vicious comedy, The Taming of the Shrew. This is a must-see for its timeless exploration of love, power, and gender roles, all brought to life with wit, humour, and biting social commentary by William Shakespeare.

The Taming of the Shrew Tickets

6. Macbeth

macbeth harold pinterDavid Tennant in Macbeth. Photo by Marc Brenner.

Shakespeare’s extraordinary psychological drama Macbeth is heading to the West End this Autumn starring David Tennant and Cush Jumbo. Performing at the Harold Pinter Theatre following the acclaimed run at the Donmar Warehouse, expect cutting edge sound design in an unforgettable take on the story that has captivated audiences since 1606.

Macbeth Tickets

8. The Comedy of Errors

comedy of errors globe theatreThe Comedy of Errors promotional image.

Returning to The Globe due to popular demand, The Comedy of Errors is popular for its hilarious farce, mistaken identities, and uproarious slapstick comedy. Known for being one of Shakespeare’s most beloved and accessible plays, The Comedy of Errors will leave you in stitches!

The Comedy of Errors Tickets

With so many brilliant Shakespeare plays in London, you’ll be spoilt for choice on what to see. If you’re looking for more inspiration for your next theatre trip, check out our guide to the best London plays.