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The Best Plays in London | reviews, news & interviews

The Best Plays in London

The Best Plays in London

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

Justice compromised: Anna Maxwell Martin in ‘Consent’, Nina Raine's new play at the National TheatreSarah Lee

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.

Consent, National Theatre ★★★★ Anna Maxwell Martin stars in Nina Raine's thrilling revenge drama. Until 17 May

Don Juan in Soho, Wyndhams Theatre ★★★★★ David Tennant charms and excites in Patrick Marber’s energetic rewrite of Molière. Until 10 Jun

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

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

Love in Idleness, Menier Chocolate Factory ★★★★ Eve Best shines in wartime Rattigan rarity which riffs on Hamlet. Until 29 Apr, then transferring to the West End

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

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

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

The Lottery of Love, Orange Tree Theatre ★★★★ Marivaux via John Fowles, through the prism of Jane Austen. Until 13 May

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

The Wipers Times, Arts Theatre. Ian Hislop's engaging dark comedy from the Trenches. Until 5 May

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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