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The Best Plays in London | reviews, news & interviews

The Best Plays in London

The Best Plays in London

What to see where and until when: theartsdesk's stage tips

The theatre event of the year: Maggie Smith in 'A German Life' at the Bridge Theatre© Helen Maybanks

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.

Admissions, Trafalgar Studios ★★★★ Alex Kingston stars in topical and whiplash-smart Off Broadway transfer. Until 25 May

A German Life, Bridge Theatre ★★★★★ Maggie Smith triumphs in memoir of a Berlin secretary in the Nazi era is the theatre event of the year. Until 11 May

Betrayal, Harold Pinter Theatre ★★★★ Tom Hiddleston anchors a bold, brooding revival. Until 1 Jun

Downstate, National Theatre ★★★★ Bruce Norris's ever-provocative play puts people first, labels second. Until 27 Apr

Emilia, Vaudeville Theatre ★★★ Triumphant, if crude, West End transfer of a heartfelt account of a Renaissance woman. Until 15 Jun

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

Pinter Seven, Harold Pinter Theatre ★★★★ The season's closing pairing presents Danny Dyer and a radio revelation. Until 23 Apr

Richard II, Sam Wanamaker Theatre ★★★★ Adjoa Andoh is a magnetic king in electrifying mixed-race all-female production. Until 21 Apr

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Piccadilly Theatre ★★★★ Award-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon's novel retains its ingenuity and pathos. Until 27 Apr

The Phlebotomist, Hampstead Theatre Thought-provoking dystopian thriller about genetics is well-written and excitingly staged. Until 20 Apr

The Price, Wyndham's Theatre ★★★★ David Suchet stands supreme in a powerful production of Arthur Miller's play of fraternal discord and past pain. Until 27 Apr

Top Girls, National Theatre Enjoyable high-definition revival of Caryl Churchill's 1982 feminist classic. Until 22 Jun

The Twilight Zone, Ambassadors Theatre ★★★★ Anna Washburn's play for the Almeida achieves lift-off in the West End. Until 1 Jun

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