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The Best Plays in London

The Best Plays in London

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

Worth investing: Simon Russell Beale, Ben Miles and Adam Godley in 'The Lehman Trilogy' at Piccadilly Theatre© 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.

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bridge Theatre ★★★★ Nicholas Hytner's vivacious 21st-century take is a gender-juggling romp. Until 31 Aug

Bronx Gothic, Young Vic ★★★★ Okwui Okpokwasili’s solo performance piece is an astounding piece of theatre. Until 29 Jun

Death of a Salesman, Young Vic ★★★★ Arthur Miller's tragedy from an African-American viewpoint. Until 13 Jul

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

King Hedley II, Theatre Royal Stratford East ★★★★ Lenny Henry tops a strong cast in August Wilson’s 1999 play of African American identity. Until 15 Jun

Rosmersholm, Duke of York's ★★★★ Ian Rickson finds the fury and dynamism in a piece of Ibsen esoterica. Until 20 Jul

The Lehman Trilogy, Piccadilly Theatre ★★★★★  Stunning chronicle of determination and dollars. Until 31 Aug

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

Wife, Kiln Theatre ★★★★ Joyful and intense decade-hopping queer epic also celebrates the art of theatre. Until 6 Jul


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