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The Best Plays in London | reviews, news & interviews

The Best Plays in London

The Best Plays in London

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

Loot, Park Theatre - 'dizzyingly enjoyable'© Manuel Harlan

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.

Against, Almeida Theatre ★★★★ Ben Whishaw is a modern-day Jesus in Christopher Shinn's baggy but brilliant drama about God and violenc. Until 30 Sept

Apologia, Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ Stockard Channing shines bright as a 1960s radical in family drama. Until 18 Nov

Boudica, Shakespeare's Globe ★★★★ A British queen brought to life: Tristan Bernays’s new play starring Gina McKee fits venue perfectly. Until 1 Oct

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Apollo Theatre ★★★★ Sienna Miller lets rip as starry cast lays bare body and soul. Until 7 Oct

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Palace Theatre ★★★★★ The continuing story of JK Rowling's witches and wizards works its magic onstage. Booking until 22 Jul 2018

Knives in Hens, Donmar Warehouse ★★★ Star director Yael Farber’s revival of a Nineties classic is atmospheric but unconvincing. Until 7 Oct

Loot, Park Theatre ★★★★ Anniversary revival of Joe Orton’s farce is a delight from start to finish. Until 24 Sept

Mosquitoes, National Theatre ★★★ Olivias Colman and Williams dazzle amid dramatic excess of Lucy Kirkwood's new play. Until 28 Sept

Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare's Globe ★★★★ Swaggering Shakespeare with a comic Spanish accent. Until 15 Oct

Thebes Land, Arcola Theatre - meta-theatre at its most thrilling. Until 7 Oct

The Blinding Light, Jermyn Street Theatre. Jasper Britton is fascinatingly febrile as psychotic Strindberg in Howard Brenton’s latest. Until 14 Oct

The Ferryman, Gielgud Theatre ★★★★ Jez Butterworth’s new epic is a breathtaking triumph of storytelling. Until 6 Jan 2018

The March on Russia, Orange Tree Theatre ★★★★ David Storey skilfully probes troubled relations inside a Yorkshire bungalow Until 7 Oct

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