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Local Experts: London, Beatrice Aidin

By Local Expert Beatrice Aidin

Best Places to See Shakespeare in London

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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

Shakespeare’s plays were first performed at London’s Globe theater several centuries ago. It was lovingly re-built near the original location in 1997, and the new venue is covered but open to the elements, so be sure to bring a raincoat. There are some seats, but for a true Shakespearean experience, purchase a “groundling ticket” and stand the whole show. 

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Noel Coward Theatre

Noel Coward Theatre

Sixteen years after the film was lauded with seven Academy Awards, Shakespeare in Love’s transition to stage played to excellent reviews when it opened at the Noel Coward Theatre earlier this year. The show provides a bit of context, albeit rather fictional, to Shakespeare’s plays themselves, especially if your Bard knowledge is a bit rusty. 

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Royal Shakespeare Company at The Barbican

Royal Shakespeare Company at The Barbican

The Globe may be the home of Shakespeare, but the RSC at The Barbican surely gives it a run for its money.  Less married to the traditional than the former, RSC’s adaptations are re-worked and modernized making Shakespeare accessible to an audience without losing any authenticity in the process. This season a short run of Macbeth played with an interesting twist. It was adapted in the context of refugee performers fleeing from Congo. Hamlet, staring Benedict Cumberbatch, is the hot ticket for next year. Meanwhile, Henry IV Parts I and II run from November 2014 to January 2015 so book your tickets now.

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Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Sister theater to the legendary Globe, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse opened earlier this year, but in contrast to its historic neighbor, the playhouse is a completely indoor space, allowing for year-round productions. This fall, be sure to catch the theater’s Concerts by Candlelight series featuring Shakespeare’s sonnets put to music by British jazz musician Andy Sheppard. 


Visit the Best Places to See Shakespeare in London

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
21 New Globe Walk, London, Greater London, SE1 9DT, United Kingdom
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Royal Shakespeare Company at The Barbican
Silk St. (in Barbican Centre), London, Greater London, EC2Y 8DS, United Kingdom
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Noel Coward Theatre
85 St. Martin's Ln, London, Greater London, WC2N 4AU, United Kingdom
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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
21 New Globe Walk (Bankside), South Bank, Greater London, SE1 9DT, United Kingdom
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