From something old (classics), something new (debuts), something borrowed (adaptations) to something blue (stormy tragedies).
These are the best plays in London- the ones that have us wishing we could pop back in the DVD and watch all over again. So, open a window for ATG Tickets and get ready to type the code on the back of your card into the browser! Here are the shows at the top of our wish list, Olivier-winning, 5 star bespeckled and some that just really float our boat.
The Best Plays in London
The Wild Duck
The Almeida Theatre
Almeida Associate Director Robert Icke stages a new version of The Wild Duck, Ibsen’s masterpiece about the nature of truth. 15 October – 1 December. Visit almeida.co.uk
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2. depart quickly
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Measure for Measure
The Donmar Warehouse
Vienna is corrupt. The Duke, who has let the city fall to vice, hands control to his Deputy, a hardline, puritan reformer. The Deputy uses ancient laws to sentence citizens to death for sexual misconduct. But when a religious Novice pleads for clemency, their heady encounter leaves the Deputy guilty of the very crime that the law condemns. Artistic Director Josie Rourke’s production of Measure for Measure imagines the play in its original year of performance, 1604, and also in 2018. Within every performance, Hayley Atwell and Jack Lowden will alternate the roles of powerful Deputy and powerless Novice. Until 17 November. Visit donmarwarehouse.com.
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. Until 28 July. harrypottertheplay.com
Pinter at the Pinter
Harold Pinter Theatre
A roll call of great names, including Keith Allen, Martin Freeman and Celia Imrie, will tread the boards in Pinter at the Pinter, a season where all 20 one-act-plays by the 20th-century playwright will run together for the very first time, and at the Harold Pinter Theatre. 6 Sept – 23 Feb. pinteratthepinter.com
The Ambassadors Theatre
Dawn King’s Foxfinder will have its West End premiere starring Olivier Award-winner Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones’ Ramsay Bolton, Misfits). William Bloor, a foxfinder, arrives at Judith and Samuel Covey’s farm to investigate a suspected fox infestation. The Covey’s harvest has failed to meet their target and the government wants to know why. Trained from childhood, William is fixated on his mission to unearth the animals that must be to blame for the Covey’s woes. The unsettling and dark, comic drama is directed by Rachel O’Riordan, whose production of Killology at the Royal Court won the 2018 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Affiliate Theatre. 6 Sept 2018 – 5 Jan 2019. foxfinder.co.uk
A Very Very Very Dark Matter by Martin McDonagh
‘In a townhouse in Copenhagen works Hans Christian Andersen, a teller of exquisite and fantastic children’s tales beloved by millions. But the true source of his stories dwells in his attic upstairs, her existence a dark secret kept from the outside world.’
Dangerous, twisted and funny, not unlike his play The Pillowman and film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, this new play by Martin McDonagh’s takes imaginative leaps. London Theatre Company has announced Matthew Dunster as director and Jim Broadbent as the lead. Previews begin 10 October 2018 and the 12-week run will conclude on 29 December. The rest of the cast has yet to be announced; Visit Bridge Theatre.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Following its UK and International tour, the smash-hit National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns to London for a strictly limited season. Winner of 7 Olivier Awards and 5 Tony Awardsincluding ‘Best Play’, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time brings Mark Haddon’s best-selling novel to thrilling life on stage, adapted by two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens and directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winning director Marianne Elliott. 29 Nov 2018 – 23 Feb 2019. Visit curiousonstage.com
The Inheritance by Matthew Lopez
Directed by Stephen Daldry, the premiere of this two-part play, inspired by the novel Howards End by E.M. Forster, is about a generation of men, in love, in pain and in New York after the worst of the AIDS crisis. Members of the cast include Hugo Bolton, Robert Boulter, John Benjamin Hickey, Michael Marcus and Vanessa Redgrave. 21 Sept – 19 January. Visit delfontmacintosh.co.uk
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