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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

Come dancing: 'Master Harold'... and the Boys at the National Theatre until 17 December Frederic Aranda

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 Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Trafalgar Studios ★★★★★ Magnificent revival of Peter Nichols's taboo-busting tragi-comic masterpiece. Until 30 Nov

Death of a Salesman, Piccadilly Theatre ★★★★★ Wendell Pierce confirms a performance as exciting as any this theatrical year in a galvanising reinvention of Arthur Miller's classic. Until 4 Jan

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

Ian McKellen On Stage, Harold Pinter Theatre ★★★★★ Communicator par excellence on a journey from Gandalf to Macbeth via panto, Coronation Street and gender politics. Until 5 Jan

'Master Harold' ... and the Boys, National Theatre ★★★★ Athol Fugard's 1982 self-exorcism is searingly revived. Until 17 Dec

Translations, National Theatre ★★★★ - stunning revival of Brian Friel's poignant tragicomedy. Until 18 Dec

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