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The Best Plays in London

The Best Plays in London

Shakespeare, Stoppard, wizards and more: theartsdesk's stage tips

Phoebe Fox in Twelfth Night at the National Theatre: a giddy take on Shakespeare's classic comedyJohan Persson

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.


Hamlet, Almeida Theatre ★★★★ Andrew Scott, predictably unpredictable, is subject to Robert Icke's slow-burn clarity. Until 15 Apr

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

Hedda Gabler, National Theatre ★★★ Top director Ivo van Hove makes an uneven Southbank debut. Until 21 Mar

I'm Gonna Pray for You So Hard, Finborough Theatre ★★★★ Conflicts in a theatre family: sharp writing in a new American two-hander. Until 25 Mar

Limehouse, Donmar Warehouse ★★★★ Docudrama about the 1981 Labour Party split is a treat – for politics buffs. Until 15 Apr

Love's Labour's Lost/Much Ado About Nothing, Theatre Royal Haymarket ★★★★ These sunny comedies are rich in delight but lacking in darkness. Until 18 Mar

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Old Vic ★★★★ Stoppard's breakout play gets a giddy 50th anniversary reviva. Until 29 Apr

Speech & Debate, Trafalgar Studios ★★★ Tony winner's first play couples awkwardness and charm. Until 1 Apr

The Glass Menagerie, Duke of York's ★★★★ Tennessee Williams' first masterpiece gets the John Tiffany touch. Until 29 Apr

The Pitchfork Disney, Shoreditch Town Hall ★★★★★ Jamie Lloyd tackles Philip Ridley’s modern classic - with terrific results. Until 18 Mar

The White Devil, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse ★★★★ This pitch black production of Webster's revenge tragedy is pitch perfect. Until 16 Apr

Travesties, Apollo Theatre ★★★★★ Adjust your brain, and give in to Tom Stoppard's howlingly funny play. Until 29 Apr

Twelfth Night, National Theatre ★★★★ Tamsin Greig leads a superb cast in this giddy take on Shakespeare's classic comedy. Until 13 May

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Harold Pinter Theatre ★★★★ Humour and vitriol contend in a tightly orchestrated production of Albee's celebrated play. Until 27 May

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