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The Best Plays in London | reviews, news & interviews

The Best Plays in London

The Best Plays in London

From Anatomy of a Suicide to Tristan and Yseult: theartsdesk's stage tips

Anatomy of a Suicide: 'devastatingly brilliant'© Bill Knight for theartsdesk

London is the theatre capital of the world, with more than 50 playhouses offering theatrical entertainment. From the mighty National Theatre to the West End, the small powerhouses of the Donmar Warehouse and the Almeida and out to the fringe theatres, it's hard to know which to turn. Our guide is here to help you sort the wheat from the chaff. Below is our selection of the best plays on in London right now, with links to our reviews for further elucidation.

Anatomy of a Suicide, Royal Court ★★★★ Katie Mitchell returns with a powerful account of depression and despair, Until 8 Jul

Angels in America, National Theatre ★★★★★ Andrew Garfield and company soar in seismic revival of Tony Kushner's great work. Until 19 Aug

An Octoroon, Orange Tree ★★★★ Slavery reprised as melodrama in a vibrantly theatrical European premiere of major new American work. Until 24 Jun

Barber Shop Chronicles, National Theatre ★★★★ Inua Ellams' play about fatherhood and masculinity is foot-stompingly pleasurableh Until 8 Jul

Gloria, Hampstead Theatre. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's Off Broadway hit makes a vibrant crossing to London starring Colin Morgan. Until 22 Jul

Hamlet, Harold Pinter Theatre ★★★★ Robert Icke finds new truths in old words in this captivating production starring Andrew Scott. Until 2 Sept

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Palace Theatre ★★★★★ The continuing story of JK Rowling's witches and wizards works its magic onstage. Currently booking until Dec 2017

Killology, Royal Court ★★★★ Gary Owen's three disturbing and life-affirming monologues brilliantly summon up a punchy world of pain and violence. Until 24 Jun

Life of Galileo, Young Vic ★★★★ Joe Wright goes in-the-round for powerful, timely Brecht revival pitting reason against dogma Until 1 Jul

Love in Idleness, Menier Chocolate Factory ★★★★ Eve Best shines in wartime Rattigan rarity which riffs on Hamlet. Transferring to the West End

The Ferryman, Gielgud Theatre ★★★★ Jez Butterworth’s new epic is a breathtaking triumph of storytelling. From 20 Jun to 7 Oct

The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, Theatre Royal Haymarket ★★★★ Damian Lewis devastates in Edward Albee's gripping late tragedy. Until 24 Jun

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Donmar Warehouse ★★★ Lenny Henry covers Trump's greatest hitsin Brecht's Hitler satire. Until 17 Jun

Tristan & Yseult, Shakespeare's Globe ★★★★ Emma Rice's revival of playful and inventive Kneehigh classic is a wonderful synthesis of artforms 10-24 Jun. Also touring until 15 Jul

Woyzeck, Old Vic ★★★★ John Boyega’s thrillingly powerful triumph dominates a radical rewrite of Georg Büchner classic. Until 24 Jun

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