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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

A master relishes the joy of theatre: 'Ian McKellen On Stage' at the Harold Pinter Theatre until 5 January 2020Frederic Aranda

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 Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Trafalgar Studios ★★★★★ Magnificent revival of Peter Nichols's taboo-busting tragi-comic masterpiece. Until 30 Nov

Baby Reindeer, Bush Theatre ★★★★ Provocative one-man show about a stalker by stand-up comedian Richard Gadd is darkly exciting. Until 9 Nov

Blood Wedding, Young Vic ★★★★ Inventive, poetic if over-stretched revival of Lorca's rural tragedy. Until 2 Nov

Either, Hampstead Theatre ★★★★ Funny, ingenious investigation of gender and love from exciting first-time playwright Ruby Thomas Until 26 Oct

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

Ian McKellen On Stage, Harold Pinter Theatre ★★★★★ Communicator par excellence on a journey from Gandalf to Macbeth via panto, Coronation Street and gender politics. Until 5 Jan

'Master Harold' ... and the Boys, National Theatre ★★★★ Athol Fugard's 1982 self-exorcism is searingly revived. Until 17 Dec

Our Lady of Kibeho, Theatre Royal Stratford East ★★★★★ Questions of faith in Katori Hall’s luminous meditation on belief, doubt and miracle. Until 2 Nov

The Permanent Way, The Vaults ★★★★ Devastating resurrection of David Hare's play tackling corporate greed. Until 17 Nov

Solaris, Lyric Hammersmith ★★★★ David Greig’s moving dream-drama of cosmic loneliness is sci-fi at its most philosophical. Until 2 Nov

The Son, Duke of York's Theatre ★★★★ Florian Zeller’s play of family anguish receives a much-deserved West End transfer. Until 2 Nov

Translations, National Theatre ★★★★ - stunning revival of Brian Friel's poignant tragicomedy. Until 18 Dec

The Watsons, Menier Chocolate Factory ★★★★ Jane Austen redux fizzes with ideas in Laura Wade's inventive new play. Until 16 Nov

Two Ladies, Bridge Theatre ★★★★ Excellent acting in a play that tickles the senses by morphing from one genre to another. Until 26 Oct

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A compulsive, involving, emotionally stirring evening – theatre’s answer to a page-turner.
The Observer, Kate Kellaway


Direct from a sold-out season at Kiln Theatre the five star, hit play, The Son, is now playing at the Duke of York’s Theatre for a strictly limited season.



This final part of Florian Zeller’s trilogy is the most powerful of all.
The Times, Ann Treneman


Written by the internationally acclaimed Florian Zeller (The Father, The Mother), lauded by The Guardian as ‘the most exciting playwright of our time’, The Son is directed by the award-winning Michael Longhurst.


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