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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

A bold, brooding revival: 'Betrayal' at the Harold Pinter Theatre© Marc 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.

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

Angry Alan, Soho Theatre ★★★★ Penelope Skinner probes the men's rights movement in superb monologue about the rise of 'meninism. Until 30 Mar

Berberian Sound Studio, Donmar Warehouse ★★★★ Dark comedy raises disturbing questions about sound and intimacy. Until 30 Mar

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

Cyprus Avenue, Royal Court ★★★★★ Stephen Rea is utterly compelling in David Ireland's play about Northern Irish identity. Until 23 Mar

Gently Down the Stream, Park Theatre ★★★★★ Martin Sherman has the excellent Jonathan Hyde telling true tales. Until 16 Mar

Equus, Theatre Royal Stratford East ★★★★ Brilliant revival of the 1970s classic about pagan worship and repressed sexuality. Until 23 Mar

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

Home, I'm Darling, Duke of York's Theatre ★★★★ - Katherine Parkinson rules the roost as National Theatre transfer hits the West End sweet spot. Until 13 Apr

Pinter Seven, Harold Pinter Theatre ★★★★ The season's closing pairing presents Danny Dyer and a radio revelation. Until 23 Apr

Richard II, Sam Wanamaker Theatre ★★★★ Adjoa Andoh is a magnetic king in electrifying mixed-race all-female production. Until 21 Ap

Shipwreck, Almeida Theatre ★★★★ Anne Washburn's shape-shifting Trump-inflected fantasia mixes the polemical and the poetic. Until 30 Mar

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Piccadilly Theatre ★★★★ Award-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon's novel retains its ingenuity and pathos. Until 27 Apr

The Price, Wyndham's Theatre ★★★★ David Suchet stands supreme in a powerful production of Arthur Miller's play of fraternal discord and past pain. Until 27 Apr

The Son, Kiln Theatre ★★★★ The final part of Florian Zeller's domestic trilogy is powerfully melodramatic. Until 6 Apr

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


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