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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 and adaptations, to debuts, comedy shows and beloved West End hits.

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  • Uncle Vanya

    Uncle Vanya

    A compelling adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s 19th Century play, Olivier Award-winning Irish playwright Conor McPherson presents Uncle Vanya, a dark humour-filled production based around the tumultuous lives of Uncle Vanya, played by acclaimed actor Toby Jones, and Doctor Astrov, performed by renowned television actor Richard Armitage, who has starred in the likes of The Hobbit and Ocean’s Eight. Harold Pinter Theatre; until 2 May 2020. Book via lovetheatre.com

    Image: Uncle Vanya, Toby Jones, Richard Armitage © Muse Creative Communications, photography by Seamus Ryan 

  • Blithe Spirit play, London

    Blithe Spirit

    Jennifer Saunders returns to the stage as the farcical clairvoyant Madame Arcati in Sir Richard Eyre’s adaptation of Noël Coward’s 40s comedy Blithe Spirit. Also starring the likes of Geoffrey Streatfeild, Lisa Dillon and Emma Naomi, the plot follows Novelist Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth as a séance mystically brings forth the ghost of his first wife, Elvira. See it at the Duke of York’s until 11 April 2020. Book via lovetheatre.com

    Image: Geoffrey Streatfeild, Emma Naomi, Jennifer Saunders and Lisa Dillon in Blithe Spirit | Photo: Nobby Clark

  • Sunday in the Park

    Sunday in the Park with George

    Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford star in this Pulitzer Prize-winning musical about painter Georges Seurat and the drastic measures he takes in order to complete his most famous painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. Having previously played a sold-out limited season at Hudson Theatre on Broadway, the show now arrives in London at the decadent Savoy Theatre. 11 June – 5 September 2020. Book via lovetheatre.com

    Image: Jake Gyllenhaal in Sunday in the Park with George | photo: Matthew Murphy

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

    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. Palace Theatre; until January 2021. Book via lovetheatre.com

  • Witness for the Prosecution

    Witness for the Prosecution

    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. Book via lovetheatre.com

    Image: Sheila Burnett

  • Magic Goes Wrong

    Magic Goes Wrong

    Created with legendary Vegas magicians Penn & Teller, Mischief Theatre conjure up an evening of grand illusion, playing a hapless gang of magicians presenting a charity event. As the accidents spiral out of control, so does their fund- raising target! Booking until May 2020. Book via lovetheatre.com

  • THE WOMAN IN BLACK. Max Hutchinson 'The Actor'. Photo Tristram Kenton

    The Woman in Black 

    For a ‘fright’ to remember, it has to be The Woman in Black. Following its 30th anniversary celebration in June of last year, the thrilling production has taken to the Fortune Theatre, now starring Terence Wilton (Taming of the Shrew and Never So Good) as ‘Arthur Kipps’ and Max Hutchinson as ‘The Actor’. Booking until March 2021. Book via lovetheatre.com

    Image: The Woman in Black. Max Hutchinson ‘The Actor’. Photo, Tristram Kenton

  • Richard-Gadd-in-Baby-Reindeer

    Baby Reindeer

    Catch renowned Scottish actor, comedian and writer – including episodes for Netflix favourite Sex Education – Richard Gadd make his one-man theatre show debut in the West End with Baby Reindeer. The unsettling show, which explores how an act of kindness can lead to ‘six years of torment’, has already won a Fringe First award and Stage Edinburgh Award last year. 2 April – 2 May 2020. Book via lovetheatre.com

    Image: Michael OReilly

  • The Welkin

    The Welkin

    The year is 1759 and Sally Poppy (played wonderfully and with defensive truculence by Ria Zmitrowicz) has been convicted (with her lover) of murdering an 11-year old girl. We watch the ‘jury of matrons’ — 12 women empanelled on a jury; a legal procedure that happened from medieval times until the 19th century — deliberate before delivering a verdict on another woman. The matrons have to ascertain if Sally is telling the truth when she claims to be pregnant. If she is, instead of being hung, she’ll be transported to the colonies. By Caroline Phillips. Read the full review hereSee it at the Lyttelton Theatre until June 2020. Book to see a live screening on 21 May via atgtickets.com

  • The Southbury Child

    The Southbury Child

    See The Crown’s Alex Jennings take to the stage in Stephen Beresford’s The Southbury Child, a both dark and diverting play surrounding ‘frequently drunk’ priest David Highland whose world turns upside down after taking a ‘hard line’ with a grieving parishioner. See it at the Bridge Theatre from 29 April – 27 June.