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The Best Plays in London | reviews, news & interviews

The Best Plays in London

The Best Plays in London

From Hogwarts School to Lehmans bank: theartsdesk's stage tips

Holy Shit at the renamed Kiln Theatre, formerly the Tricycle© Mark Douet

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.

Antony and Cleopatra, National Theatre ★★★★ Supreme lucidity and two commanding performances make for a moving production. Until 19 Jan

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

Holy Shit, Kiln Theatre ★★★★ The old Tricycle Theatre is transformed with a name change and a great opening play. Until 6 Oct

King Lear, Duke of York's ★★★★ A towering Shakespeare swansong for Ian McKellen in a fast-paced, modern-dress production. Until 3 Nov

Othello, Shakespeare's Globe ★★★★ André Holland shines in Claire van Kampen's big and bold production, but her Mark Rylance's Iago misses the mark Until 13 Oct

Pinter at the Pinter, Harold Pinter Theatre ★★★★ Harrowing and comic short pieces from the master kick off an ambitious celebratory series. Until 23 Feb

The Importance of Being Earnest, Vaudeville Theatre ★★★★ Sophie Thompson stars in Oscar Wilde's best-loved comedy with extra homo-erotic innuendo. Until 20 Oct

The Jungle, Playhouse Theatre ★★★★ Young Vic/National Theatre/Good Chance hit collaboration transfers to a redesigned West End house Until 3 Nov

The Lehman Trilogy, National Theatre ★★★★ A newly-minimalist Sam Mendes guides an expert cast to sublime heights. Until 20 Oct

The Outsider, Print Room at the Coronet ★★★★ The spirit of Magritte pervades this brand of existentialism. Until 20 Oct

The Woods, Royal Court ★★★★ Lesley Sharp triumphs in overwhelmingly powerful new play about motherhood and psychological collapse. Until 20 Oct

Underground Railroad Game, Soho Theatre ★★★★ A furious, darkly comic riff on race, this frenetic two-hander dazzles. Until 13 Oct

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