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The Best Plays in London | reviews, news & interviews

The Best Plays in London

The Best Plays in London

Potter, Schiller and fish: theartsdesk's stage tips

Lia Williams and Juliet Stevenson in 'Mary Stuart' at the Almeida© Manuel Harlan

Buried Child, Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ Ed Harris gives a masterclass in Sam Shepard's gothic family drama. Until 18 Feb

Cinderella, London Palladium ★★★★ Welcome return of pantomime to this iconic venue. Until 15 Jan

Dead Funny, Vaudeville Theatre ★★★★ Terrific revival of Terry Johnson's modern classic. Until 4 Feb

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

Love, National Theatre ★★★★ Family desperation simmers, then erupts in Alexander Zeldin's devastating social drama. Until 10 Jan then touring

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

Mary Stuart, Almeida Theatre ★★★★★ Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams electrify as four Schiller queens. Until 28 Jan

Nice Fish, Harold Pinter Theatre ★★★ Mark Rylance is waiting for cod-ot in this absurdist trifle. Until 11 Feb

Once in a Lifetime, Young Vic ★★★★ Moving pictures and crisp talk as Richard Jones tackles a Broadway comedy. Until 14 Jan

Peter Pan, National Theatre ★★★★ Sally Cookson brilliantly reinvents a Christmas favourite to hook in all ages. Until 4 Feb

Saint Joan, Donmar Warehouse ★★★★ Revival of Shaw classic is a tour de force for Gemma Arterton. Until 18 Feb

The Red Barn, National Theatre ★★★★ David Hare’s latest is a superb adaptation of a Simenon thriller. Until 17 Jan

The Little Matchgirl, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse ★★★★ Hans Christian Andersen made contemporary, infused with Emma Rice's trademark brio. Until 22 Jan

This House, Garrick Theatre ★★★ Sharp Seventies political farce comes suddenly bang up to date. Until 25 Feb

Wild Honey, Hampstead Theatre ★★★ Early Chekhov begins strongly, then falls away. Until 21 Jan

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