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The Best Plays in London | reviews, news & interviews

The Best Plays in London

The Best Plays in London

What to see where and until when: theartsdesk's stage tips

Hayley Atwell in 'Rosmersholm' at the Duke of York's Theatre© Johan Persson

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.

Admissions, Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ Alex Kingston stars in topical and whiplash-smart Off Broadway transfer. Until 25 May

Betrayal, Harold Pinter Theatre ★★★★ Tom Hiddleston anchors a bold, brooding revival. Until 1 Jun

Death of a Salesman, Young Vic ★★★★ Arthur Miller's tragedy from an African-American viewpoint. Until 13 Jul

Emilia, Vaudeville Theatre ★★★ Triumphant, if crude, West End transfer of a heartfelt account of a Renaissance woman. Until 15 Jun

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

Rosmersholm, Duke of York's ★★★★ Ian Rickson finds the fury and dynamism in a piece of Ibsen esoterica. Until 20 Jul

salt., Royal Court ★★★★ One woman's journey to explore the slave trade is both personal and provocative. Until 1 Jun

The Firm, Hampstead Theatre ★★★★ Roy Williams' ferociously funny exploration of gang culture. Until 8 Jun

The Twilight Zone, Ambassadors Theatre ★★★★ Anna Washburn's play for the Almeida achieves lift-off in the West End. Until 1 Jun

Top Girls, National Theatre Enjoyable high-definition revival of Caryl Churchill's 1982 feminist classic. Until 22 Jun

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