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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

Searing: 'Sweat' at the Gielgud 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.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bridge Theatre ★★★★ Nicholas Hytner's vivacious 21st-century take is a gender-juggling romp. Until 31 Aug

Equus, Trafalgar Studios Lean and hungry brilliance in Ned Bennett's production of Peter Shaffer. Until 7 Sep

Europe, Donmar Warehouse ★★★★★ Magnificent revival of David Greig's 1990s visionary classic is both tough and tender. Until 10 Aug

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

Present Laughter, Old Vic ★★★★★ Andrew Scott is sublimely funny - and moving - in Noël Coward classic. Until 10 Aug

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

Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner, Royal Court ★★★★ Bright new two-hander about an internet troll is intelligent, provocative and funny. Until 27 Jul

Sweat, Gielgud Theatre ★★★★★ The indelible power of Lynn Nottage’s new play confirmed in Donmar transfer. Until 20 Jul

The Hunt, Almeida Theatre ★★★★ Striking stage version of Thomas Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm's 2012 film. Until 3 Aug

The Lehman Trilogy, Piccadilly Theatre ★★★★★  Stunning chronicle of determination and dollars. Until 31 Aug

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

Whitewash, Soho Theatre ★★★★ Energetic two-hander offers a sparky portrait of a transforming city. Until 27 Jul

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