Best Plays in London
The West End has a well-deserved reputation for being the home of some of the longest-running and critically acclaimed plays in the world, and for good reason. It's home to some incredibly iconic shows like The Mousetrap, who has called London home for the last 70 years. There's also proof that magic does exist in the form of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child which continues its run at The Palace Theatre - encouraging all of the fans of the Wizarding World to embark on a new adventure!
To add to this exciting and stagey atmosphere, there’s also been an influx of brand-new work heading to the West End including Lyonesse, Stranger Things: The First Shadow and Vanya. We're spoilt for choice so to help you decide which play to see next, here's a handy roundup of the top ten plays to see right now in London.
Stranger Things: The First Shadow - perfect for fans of the hit Netflix series
If you've loved the Netflix TV series, Stranger Things, you'll adore this new play heading to the West End. Set in 1959, this is a gripping new adventure that will transport you to the beginning of the Stranger Things story - and it may even hold the key to the end. Stranger Things: The First Shadow will be brought to life at the Phoenix Theatre by a multi-award-winning creative team.
Witness For The Prosecution - Agatha Christie becomes immersive
What could be better than fully immersing yourself in an Agatha Christie story? That’s exactly what Witness For The Prosecution does! Performed in a real courtroom setting inside London’s County Hall, you’ll feel right in the heart of the action throughout the show. The first major London production of an Agatha Christie play since the 1960s, it’s even been developed with the support and involvement of the Christie family. See you in court for this spectacular tale of drama, betrayal, and mystery!
Dear England - critically acclaimed production not just for football fans
National Theatre's critically acclaimed, sold-out production DEAR ENGLAND is heading to the Prince Edward Theatre. For a strictly limited 14-week season, DEAR ENGLAND focuses on the struggles and successes of our national football team, from the perspective of one of their managers, Gareth Southgate. James Graham's play is a ’new stage epic’ (Telegraph) about both nation and game you don't want to miss!
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child - See the magic continue!
Now in its seventh year in the West End, HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD continues to delight audiences at The Palace Theatre. The two-part play takes place 19 years after the events of the final book. With new characters to meet, a new adventure to undergo, and unforgettable special effects - this production is a must-see for any fan of the Wizarding World.
The Mousetrap - This 70 year-old whodunnit will have you gripped!
The longest-running play in the West End, The Mousetrap has been keeping audiences guessing with its classic whodunnit plot for over 70 years. Created by the legend of murder mystery writing herself, Agatha Christie, The Mousetrap is one of the most famous detective stories in the world. Set in the remote countryside during a terrible snowstorm, the owners of a local hotel find themselves inundated with guests looking for a room. But when the police call up, warning of a murderer on the loose, it has everyone questioning who they can really trust. Book your tickets and see if you can figure out whodunnit!
Hamnet – A love letter to passion, birth, grief and nature
After a sell-out run in Stratford-upon-Avon's Swan Theatre, the stage adaptation of Maggie O'Farrell's best-selling novel heads to the Garrick Theatre this autumn. Adapted for the stage by award-winning playwright Lolita Chakrabarti (Life of Pi), Hamnet is 'pure theatre gold' (Mail On Sunday). Set in Warwickshire in the 1580s, explore the story of the greatest English playwright and Anne Hathaway, the woman who loved and supported him.
The Play That Goes Wrong - Cornley cause chaos and calamity
Putting on a show is never easy, and nobody proves that more than Cornley Drama Society! The first show created by Mischief Comedy, (creators of Magic Goes Wrong and BBC’s The Goes Wrong Show), it follows an amateur dramatics group as they attempt to put on a production. But when actors don’t know their lines, the set won’t stay in place and props keep going missing, it’s all bound to go badly. A hilarious show for the whole family, don’t make the wrong decision – book your tickets to The Play That Goes Wrong!
Lyonesse - a dazzling new play starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Lily James
Lyonesse is a dazzling new play written by the playwright Penelope Skinner and it's heading to the Harold Pinter Theatre for a strictly limited season from 17 October. Starring BAFTA winner and Oscar nominee Kristin Scott Thomas and Golden Globe nominee Lily James, centres around a reclusive and talented actress who disappeared in mysterious circumstances. Now 30 years later, she finally has the courage to tell her story and summons a young film executive to her remote Cornish home to help her make a glorious comeback.
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