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The Best Plays in London

The Best Plays in London

From Harry Potter to The Ferryman: theartsdesk's stage tips

Bryan Cranston rages in 'Network' at the National TheatreJan Versweyveld

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.

A Christmas Carol, Old Vic ★★★★ Rhys Ifans takes on Scrooge, triumphantly, in superb staging of Dickens' morality tale. Until 20 Jan

All's Well That Ends Well, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse ★★★★ Feisty, prickly and topical reading of Shakespeare problem play Until 3 Mar

Glengarry Glen Ross, Playhouse Theatre review - Christian Slater is gently charismatic in all-star revival of Mamet's modern American classic. Until 3 Feb

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

Network, National Theatre ★★★★  Bryan Cranston makes a searing London stage debut as the seminal 1976 film resonates anew. Until 24 Mar

Rita, Sue and Bob Too, Royal Court ★★★★  Andrea Dunbar's iconic 1980s title makes a welcome return. Until 27 Jan

The Ferryman, Gielgud Theatre ★★★★ Jez Butterworth’s new epic is a breathtaking triumph of storytelling.

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