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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.

     

The Bay at Nice

Menier Chocolate Factory

by Catherine Ashmore

Its 1956 and the late Matisse’s close connection, Valentina Nrovka, travels to Leningrad to give her thoughts on the authenticity of a painting of the late artist. It’s there she meets up with her daughter Sophia, also an artist, who needs her help. With themes of mother and daughter relationships and the hurdles of domestic responsibilities, The Bay at Nice at Mernier Chocolate Factory is the play’s first London revival since it was first performed at the National Theatre in 1986. Until 4 May, mernierchocolatefactory.com

All About Eve

Noël Coward Theatre

Starring Lily James and Gillian Anderson, All About Eve has been adapted for the stage from being an Oscar-winning film. With themes such as jealousy and ambition, All About Eve looks at show business and obsession which is at the heart of it. Booking until 11 May, allabouteveplay.com

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Ghost Stories

The Lyric Hammersmith


A masterful blend of suspense and shock, one should heed the production’s warning that those of a nervous disposition think twice before attending. After sell out shows, a West End transfer, productions in China, Australia, Canada and a Hollywood film, Ghost Stories is returning the Lyric Hammersmith – where the terrifying saga first began. While little can be said about the play for fear of divulging too much, this nail-biting horror production will thrill even the most seasoned horror lovers because there’s nothing quite like the intimacy of theatre to bring to life the twists and turns of this original and haunting plot. Ends 18 May, lyric.co.uk

Three Sisters

Almeida 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

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

     

All My Sons

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

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

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

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

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 

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