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The Best Plays in London

The Best Plays in London

From the Ides of March to modern monologues: theartsdesk's stage tips

Would-be lovers Laura (Isabel Pollen) and Alec (Jim Sturgeon) share illicit champagne at the Empire Cinema© Steve Tanner

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.

Brief Encounter, Empire Cinema ★★★★ Poignant, hilarious revival of Emma Rice's lauded stage version returns with charm and inventiveness intact. Until 2 Sep

Frozen, Haymarket Theatre ★★★★ Suranne Jones, Jason Watkins and Nina Sosanya explore the reality of evil in revival of Bryony Lavery's play. Until 5 May

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

Kiss of the Spider Woman, Menier Chocolate Factory ★★★★ Brilliantly performed and imaginatively staged revival. Until 7 May

Misty, Bush Theatre ★★★★ Arinzé Kene writes and stars in a witty, hard-hitting play about race and culture in modern London. Until 21 Apr

Pressure, Park Theatre ★★★★ David Haig is terrific in his own documentary drama about the weather on the eve of D-Day is a success. Until 28 Apr

The Ferryman, Gielgud Theatre ★★★★ Jez Butterworth’s new epic is a breathtaking triumph of storytelling. Until 19 May

The Moderate Soprano, Duke of York's Theatre ★★★★ Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll serve David Hare's iron fist in velvet glove to perfection. Until 30 Jun

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