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The Best Plays in London | reviews, news & interviews

The Best Plays in London

The Best Plays in London

From Angels in America to Harry Potter: theartsdesk's stage tips

Andrew Scott as Hamlet: new truths in old words at the Harold Pinter Theatre© Manuel Harlan

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.

Angels in America, National Theatre ★★★★★ Andrew Garfield and company soar in seismic revival of Tony Kushner's great work. Until 19 Aug

Bodies, Royal Court ★★★★  New drama about surrogacy is rich in metaphor and fraught with conflict. Until 12 Aug

Gloria, Hampstead Theatre ★★★★ Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's Off Broadway hit makes a vibrant crossing to London starring Colin Morgan. Until 22 Jul

Hamlet, Harold Pinter Theatre ★★★★ Robert Icke finds new truths in old words in this captivating production starring Andrew Scott. Until 2 Sept

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Palace Theatre ★★★★★ The continuing story of JK Rowling's witches and wizards works its magic onstage. Booking until 22 Jul 2018

Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare's Globe ★★★★ Swaggering Shakespeare with a comic Spanish accent. Until 15 Oct

The Ferryman, Gielgud Theatre ★★★★ Jez Butterworth’s new epic is a breathtaking triumph of storytelling. Until 6 Jan 2018

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