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The Best Plays in London

The Best Plays in London

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

Boudica, Shakespeare's Globe - 'A British queen brought to life'© 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.

Against, Almeida Theatre ★★★★ Ben Whishaw is a modern-day Jesus in Christopher Shinn's baggy but brilliant drama about God and violenc. Until 30 Sept

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

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

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

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

The Blinding Light, Jermyn Street Theatre. Jasper Britton is fascinatingly febrile as psychotic Strindberg in Howard Brenton’s latest. Until 14 Oct

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

Trouble in Mind, The Print Room ★★★★ Tanya Moodie is a treat to watch in Alice Childress’s groundbreaking 1955 drama Until 14 Oct

Victory Condition, Royal Court ★★★★ Ballardian two-hander is a stylised account of a nihilistic reality. Until 21 Oct

Wings, Young Vic ★★★★★ Juliet Stevenson in Arthur Kopit's poetic drama about post-stroke aphasia astounds. Until 4 Nov

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