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The Best Plays in London

The Best Plays in London

Catch David Tennant, Eve Best, Lenny Henry and Damian Lewis in theartsdesk's stage tips

Justice compromised: Anna Maxwell Martin in ‘Consent’, Nina Raine's new play at the National TheatreSarah Lee

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.

All Our Children, Jermyn Street Theatre ★★★★ Shameful historical period horrifies anew in Stephen Unwin's exploration of Nazi eugenics. Until 3 Jun

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

City of Glass, Lyric Hammersmith ★★★★ Masterpiece of Paul Auster's New York Trilogy is visually amazing, intellectually satisfying on stage. Until 20 May

Consent, National Theatre ★★★★ Anna Maxwell Martin stars in Nina Raine's thrilling revenge drama. Until 17 May

Don Juan in Soho, Wyndhams Theatre ★★★★★ David Tennant charms and excites in Patrick Marber’s energetic rewrite of Molière. Until 10 Jun

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

Life of Galileo, Young Vic ★★★★ Joe Wright goes in-the-round for powerful, timely Brecht revival pitting reason against dogma Until 1 Jul

Love in Idleness, Menier Chocolate Factory ★★★★ Eve Best shines in wartime Rattigan rarity which riffs on Hamlet. Transferring to the West End

The Cardinal, Southwark Playhouse ★★★★ Rarely produced Caroline-era play makes a compelling return to the stage. Until 27 May

The Ferryman, Royal Court ★★★★ Jez Butterworth’s new epic is a breathtaking triumph of storytelling. Until 20 May, then at the Gielgud Theatre from 20 Jun to 7 Oct

The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?, Theatre Royal Haymarket ★★★★ Damian Lewis devastates in Edward Albee's gripping late tragedy. Until 24 Jun

The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Donmar Warehouse ★★★ Lenny Henry covers Trump's greatest hitsin Brecht's Hitler satire. Until 17 Jun

The Treatment, Almeida Theatre ★★★★ Exhilarating Crimp never more relevant in colourful and vivid revival of 1993 tale of New York. Until 10 Jun

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Harold Pinter Theatre ★★★★ Humour and vitriol contend in a tightly orchestrated production of Albee's celebrated play. Until 27 May

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