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The Best Plays in London | reviews, news & interviews

The Best Plays in London

The Best Plays in London

From Hogwarts to that brief encounter at Milford station : theartsdesk's stage tips

Muriel sparkles at the Donmar: Nicola Coughlan and Lia Williams in 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie'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.

Brief Encounter, Empire Cinema ★★★★ Poignant, hilarious revival of Emma Rice's lauded stage version returns with charm and inventiveness intact. Until 2 Sep

Consent, Harold Pinter Theatre ★★★★★ The stakes are high in the exhilaratingWest End transfer of Nina Raine's play about marriage, rape and the law. Until 11 Aug

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

Killer Joe, Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ Hitman-cop Orlando Bloom coolly rules Tracy Letts's gothically noir world. Until 18 Aug

Pressure, Ambassador's Theatre ★★★★ David Haig is terrific in his own documentary drama about the weather on the eve of D-Day is a success. Until 1 Sep

Red, Wyndham's Theatre ★★★★ Alfred Molina gives a towering performance as Mark Rothko. Until 28 Jul

The Jungle, Playhouse Theatre ★★★★ Young Vic/National Theatre/Good Chance hit collaboration transfers to a redesigned West End house Until 3 Nov

The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Noel Coward Theatre ★★★★ Aidan Turner's magnetic West End debut in gun-blazing Martin McDonagh revival Until 8 Sept

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Donmar Warehouse ★★★★ Lia Williams makes an iconic role her own in startling revival. Until 28 Jul

Translations, National Theatre ★★★★★ Brian Friel's luminous play lands with cascading force in the National's largest spac. Until 11 Aug

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