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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

toby Jones and Superlative: Richard Armitage in 'Uncle Vanya' at the Harold Pinter 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.

Albion, Almeida Theatre ★★★★ Mike Bartlett's play has deepened in accordance with our divisive times. Until 29 Feb

Collapsible, Bush Theatre ★★★★ Breffni Holahan’s bravura performance controls a monologue of mental malaise. Until 14 Mar

Death of England, National Theatre ★★★★ New monologue about rage, racism and national identity is simply magnificent. Until 7 Mar

Kunene and the King, Ambassadors Theatre ★★★★ A strange meeting across the boundary of race: John Kani co-stars in his two-hander with Antony Sher. Until 28 Mar

Leopoldstadt, Wyndham's Theatre ★★★★ Director Patrick Marber knits Tom Stoppard's putative swan song into a compelling whole. Until 13 Jun

Nora: A Doll's House, Young Vic ★★★★ Ibsen diced, sliced and reinvented with poetic precision. Until 21 Mar

The High Table, Bush Theatre ★★★★ New debut play is a heartfelt account of the black lesbian experience. Until 21 Mar

The Upstart Crow, Gielgud Theatre ★★★★ Terrific Shakespeare spoof Ben Elton's new comedy is a gagfest. Until 25 Apr

Uncle Vanya, Harold Pinter Theatre ★★★★★ Ian Rickson’s exemplary production relishes the nuances of Conor McPherson's adaptation. Until 2 May

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