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The Best Plays in London

The Best Plays in London

From Harry Potter to The Ferryman: theartsdesk's stage tips

Fifty shades of auditioning: Natalie Dormer and David Oakes in 'Venus in Fur'© Bill Knight for theartsdesk

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 explores Englishness with enormous metaphoric zeal. Until 24 Nov

Apologia, Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ Stockard Channing shines bright as a 1960s radical in family drama. Until 18 Nov

A Woman of No Importance, Vaudeville Theatre ★★★★ Eve Best is superb as a woman scorned as Dominic Dromgoole's Oscar Wilde seasons opens with a winner. Until 30 Dec

Glengarry Glen Ross, Playhouse Theatre review - Christian Slater is gently charismatic in all-star revival of Mamet's modern American classic. Until 3 Feb

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

Network, National Theatre ★★★★  Bryan Cranston makes a searing London stage debut as the seminal 1976 film resonates anew. Until 24 Mar

Oslo, Harold Pinter Theatre ★★★★ Informative, gripping and moving American play about the Oslo Accords starring Toby Stephens. Until 2 Dec

Poison, Orange Tree Theatre ★★★★ - Finely judged two-hander about death and how to survive it is courageous and subtle. Until 2 Dec

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

The Lady from the Sea, Donmar Warehouse ★★★★ Nikki Amuka-Bird luminous in a sympathetic ensemble

Venus in Fur, Theatre Royal Haymarket ★★★★ Pain and pleasure in a starry erotic comedy. Until 9 Dec

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