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The Best Plays in London

The Best Plays in London

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

MyAnna Buring and Tom Brooke in 'A Very Expensive Poison' at the Old Vic until 5 OctoberMarc Brenner

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.

Anahera, Finborough Theatre ★★★★ Blistering family drama from New Zealand. Until 28 Sep

Appropriate, Donmar Warehouse ★★★★ Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s 2013 play iabout a fraught family reunion s tensely dark, as well as very funny. Until 5 Oct

A Very Expensive Poison, Old Vic ★★★★★ Lucy Prebble's bold evocation of a post-truth world is devastatingly moving and bitingly funny. Until 5 Oct

Chiaroscuro, Bush Theatre ★★★ Lively gig theatre revival of a 1980s account of the black lesbian experience. Until 5 Oct

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

The Doctor, Almeida Theatre ★★★★ Juliet Stevenson is brilliant in an ethical debate that is both thrilling and challenging. Until 28 Sep

The Night of the Iguana, Noël Coward Theatre ★★★★ Clive Owen and Lia Williams burn bright in a terrific revival of Tennessee Williams's last masterpiece. Until 28 Sep

The Son, Duke of York's Theatre ★★★★ Florian Zeller’s play of family anguish receives a much-deserved West End transfer. Until 2 Nov

Torch Song, Turbine Theatre ★★★★ - impressive return for Harvey Fierstein's seminal gay drama opens new London venue. Until 13 Oct

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A compulsive, involving, emotionally stirring evening – theatre’s answer to a page-turner.
The Observer, Kate Kellaway


Direct from a sold-out season at Kiln Theatre the five star, hit play, The Son, is now playing at the Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season.



This final part of Florian Zeller’s trilogy is the most powerful of all.
The Times, Ann Treneman


Written by the internationally acclaimed Florian Zeller (The Father, The Mother), lauded by The Guardian as ‘the most exciting playwright of our time’, The Son is directed by the award-winning Michael Longhurst.


Book by 30 September and get tickets from £15*
with no booking fee.