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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

Ralph Fiennes and Sophie Okonedo in Antony and Cleopatra at the National TheatreJohan Persson

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

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

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

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

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