Wow! I'm not a Shakespeare fan, but my wife is. However, I had a fantastic time, and my wife was just amazed at seeing the Bard performed in this element.
Blackfriar's takes the plays and uses the original stage direction to show them without major scenery and extensive props. Basic items like chairs and handheld items are used with brilliant costumes to provide just enough input for the viewer to fill in the rest with their imagination. The actors are superb and the minimalist sets keep the dialogue and brilliant writing in the forefront, where it should be.
We saw "Measure for Measure," a lesser-known work, and it was brilliant. We paid for the general seating and didn't see the need to pay the higher price at all. This is a very small and intimate venue, so you never feel like you're far from the action.
Every Shakespeare fan in Jolly Olde England should be jealous.