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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

Don Quixote: a riotous revival at the Garrick Theatre© Bill Knight for theartsdesk

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

Don Quixote, Garrick Theatre ★★★★ Riotous revival of Cervantes' much-loved chivalric tale is a crowd-pleasing mix of metatheatrical comedy and music, mingled with melancholy. Until 2 Feb

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

Macbeth, Shakespeare's Globe ★★★★ A daring counterintuitive reading stars real-life couple Michelle Terry and Paul Ready. Until 2 Feb

Pinters Three and Four, Harold Pinter Theatre ★★★★ The Pinter season continues, this time in largely comic for. Until 8 Dec

Summer and Smoke, Duke of York's Theatre, ★★★★★ Patsy Ferran gives a remarkable performance
as transfer from the Almeida retains pressure-cooker intensity. Until 19 Jan

The Inheritance, Noël Coward Theatre ★★★★ A virtuoso ensemble justifies baggy monster's West End transfer. Until 19 Jan

War Horse, National Theatre ★★★★ International sensation stirs the heart anew in its return home. Until 5 Jan

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