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London Theatre Guide: The Best Plays in London


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London Theatre Guide: The Best Plays in London

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In our regularly updated London theatre guide, we bring you the best plays to see in town to inject a little culture into your week. These are the best plays in London, from classics to adaptations, debuts to West End hits.

What’s On at the Tate in 2019

Three Sisters

Almeida Theatre

best current London plays: Three SistersAlmeida Theatre

     

See playwright Cordelia Lynn’s take on Checkhov’s 1901 play following the lives of three terribly bored sisters as they wait for their lives to begin. Set in a room in a house in a quiet provincial town, this play will throw you into the depths of the lives of sisters Olga, Masha, and Irina. Ends 1 June, almeida.co.uk

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Betrayal

The Pinter Theatre

Betrayal Cast Triptych. Images by Charlie Gray

In a spectacular end to a spectacular run, the theatre’s production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal rounds off the Jamie Lloyd Company’s Pinter at the Pinter season with aplomb. The appearance of Golden Globe and Olivier award winner Tom Hiddleston, of The Night Manager fame, has led these tickets to sell out fast with few still available, and those that are being pretty pricey – but well worth it. Betrayal charts a seven-year extramarital affair in reverse chronological order, with Hiddleston acting alongside Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox in this darkly comic and extraordinarily emotional play that will assuredly be the perfect finale to an incredible season of Pinter. Ends 8 June, pinteratthepinter.com

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Southwark Playhouse

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button at Southwark Playhouse

Whilst Brad Pitt won’t make an appearance, this musical rendition of F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is just the right mix of comic and emotive. Ends 8 June, southwarkplayhouse.co.uk

All My Sons

The Old Vic

All My Sons at The Old Vic

Arthur Miller’s classic tale, All My Sons, is brought to life at The Old Vic by a stellar cast featuring Bill Pullman and Sally Field. A thrilling look into the American Dream, the play set in 1947 America looks into the ‘contented’ lives of Joe and Kate Keller, as dark truths come to the surface and life itself is flipped on its head. Ends 8 June, oldvictheatre.com

     

Barber Shop Chronicles

Roundhouse

Barber Shop Chronicles

After critically-acclaimed runs at London’s National Theatre and tours in Australia, New Zealand, America and Canada, The Barber Shop Chronicles play is back in town for a 6-week run at Camden’s Roundhouse. Described as ‘heart-warming, hilarious and insightful’, the play transports the audience to barber shops from Peckham to Johannesburg, Lagos to Kampala, following the African men who meet there to discuss the ways of the world, as it has been for generations. 18 July – 24 August, roundhouse.org.uk

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Come From Away

Phoenix Theatre

Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre

Joyous and moving, Come From Away is the Tony-award-winning musical that follows the extraordinary true story of 7,000 passengers stranded in the air during the 9/11 attacks, and the little town of Newfoundland that welcomed them. Booking until 14 September, comefromawaylondon.co.uk

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Palace Theatre

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

If you’re at all worried that this sacred text is being subjugated to any overblown, blindingly bright theatrics, then take a breath and relax. It’s not. The production delivers the same bliss of quality story telling as the books. Solid acting jobs in an almost black box theatre environment form the sturdy foundation of this production, so that once the effects are thrown in the mix (expect to be genuinely amazed) the result is pure magic. Booking until 19 January 2020, harrypottertheplay.com

Witness for the Prosecution

London County Hall

Witness for the Prosecution

By Sheila Burnett

You’ve been summoned for jury service. Ingeniously set in the real-life chamber of London’s County Hall, Lucy Bailey’s production of Witness for the Prosecution breathes fresh life into the Agatha Christie courtroom drama. Taking well-plotted twists and unexpected turns in a manner capable of only Christie herself, the play is as entrancing and beguiling as the short story. Through the debated innocence of murder suspect Leonard Vole, the plot picks apart the law itself, reminding the audience of its theatricality; the pomp, the circumstance, the wigs. This brilliant rendition of Witness for the Prosecution certainly gives the well-loved BBC adaptions of Christie’s work a run for their money. Booking until 29 March 2020 witnesscountyhall.com 

9 to 5

Savoy Theatre

9 to 5 is a play based on Dolly Parton’s revengful comedy following three female employess who, sick of being harrassed by their arrogant male boss, take their rightful revenge and turn their antiquated workplace on its head. Ends April 4 2020, thesavoytheatre.com

Wicked

Apollo Victoria Theatre

There’s something for everyone in Wicked. Music, friendship and a moral to the story that’s appropriate for children and adults alike. It’s a fan favourite. Ends 23 May 2020, theapollovictoria.com

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