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The Best Plays in London | reviews, news & interviews

The Best Plays in London

The Best Plays in London

Wizards, devilry and Stoppard in Zurich: theartsdesk's stage tips

Phoebe Fox in Twelfth Night at the National Theatre: a giddy take on Shakespeare's classic comedyJohan Persson

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.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Palace Theatre ★★★★★ The continuing story of JK Rowling's witches and wizards works its magic onstage. Currently booking until Dec 2017

Hedda Gabler, National Theatre ★★★ Top director Ivo van Hove makes an uneven Southbank debut. Until 21 Mar

Love's Labour's Lost/Much Ado About Nothing, Theatre Royal Haymarket ★★★★ These sunny comedies are rich in delight but lacking in darkness. Until 18 Mar

See Me Now, Young Vic ★★★★ Real sex workers take the stage for a brilliantly devised show. Until 4 Mar

The Glass Menagerie, Duke of York's ★★★★ Tennessee Williams' first masterpiece gets the John Tiffany touch. Until 29 Apr

The Pitchfork Disney, Shoreditch Town Hall ★★★★★ Jamie Lloyd tackles Philip Ridley’s modern classic - with terrific results. Until 18 Mar

The White Devil, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse ★★★★ This pitch black production of Webster's revenge tragedy is pitch perfect. Until 16 Apr

This House, Garrick Theatre ★★★ Sharp Seventies political farce comes suddenly bang up to date. Until 25 Feb

Travesties, Apollo Theatre ★★★★★ Adjust your brain, and give in to Tom Stoppard's howlingly funny play. Until 29 Apr

Twelfth Night, National Theatre ★★★★ Tamsin Greig leads a superb cast in this giddy take on Shakespeare's classic comedy. Until 13 May

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