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Best Plays in London

London Box Office Editorial Team
by London Box Office Editorial Team,
Last updated on 12 July 2024

Get to grips with our carefully curated guide on the best plays to see in London from timeless classics to innovative newcomers.

Step into the world of mystery with the legendary whodunit The Mousetrap and the West End's longest running comedy The 39 Steps returns to the stage for a limited run. If you love captivating special effects then Stranger Things: The First Shadow and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will deliver! So what are you waiting for? Embark on an unforgettable experience in London with a play that promises to intrigue and inspire you!

1. The Play That Goes Wrong - hilarious comedy that has taken the West End by storm.

4.7 1955 reviews 4.7 1955 reviews Tickets from £24.00

Now in its 10th year in the West End, the critically acclaimed and award-winning production of The Play That Goes Wrong continues to captivate audiences with its uproarious brand of comedy.

With its unmatched blend of slapstick humour and impeccable timing, it's no wonder that audiences keep returning for more of this uproarious theatrical experience.

2. Harry Potter And The Cursed Child - See the magic continue!

4.6 46 reviews 4.6 46 reviews Tickets from £36.00

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a must-see show for any fan of the Wizarding World.

Now in its seventh year at the Palace Theatre, the two-part play takes place 19 years after the events of the final book. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child contains new characters to meet, a new adventure to undergo, and unforgettable special effects.

3. Stranger Things: The First Shadow - perfect for fans of the hit Netflix series

4.7 49 reviews 4.7 49 reviews Tickets from £36.00

The award-winning new play, Stranger Things: The First Shadow offers a thrilling extension to the beloved Netflix series.

Experience a captivating blend of nostalgia, mystery and supernatural intrigue which is amped by jaw-dropping set and video design.

4. Slave Play - The most Tony-nominated play of all time heads to London.

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3.6 5 reviews 3.6 5 reviews Tickets from £20.75

The most ground-breaking, controversial, and Tony-nominated play of all time heads to London this summer.

Jeremy O.Harris' masterpiece will challenge audiences to confront uncomfortable truths about systemic racism, while also interrogating the intersections of desire, consent, and power dynamics within intimate relationships.

5. People, Places and Things - Duncan Macmillan's smash hit play returns!

4.6 25 reviews 4.6 25 reviews Tickets from £60.00

Olivier Award-winning actor Denise Gough reprises her role in this powerful play about one woman's struggle to sober up and find self-acceptance.

People, Places and Things provides a gripping portrayal of addiction and recovery, offering audiences a poignant exploration of human struggles.

6. The Duchess - Jodie Whittaker returns to the West End!

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The Duchess tickets Opens 5 Oct 2024 Opens 5 October 2024 The Duchess
Tickets from £25.00

Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker takes on Zinnie Harris' acclaimed contemporary adaptation of John Webster's The Duchess for 11 weeks.

The production reimagines the story of a young widowed duchess who defies her controlling brothers by secretly remarrying, leading to a cascade of revenge and tragedy.

7. A View From The Bridge - Dominic West stars in Arthur Miller's classic.

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4.8 20 reviews 4.8 20 reviews Tickets from £20.00

BAFTA Award winner Dominic West stars alongside Kate Fleetwood and Callum Scott Howells in this gripping drama set against the backdrop of 1950s Brooklyn.

Delve into the complexities of family, immigration, and the American Dream at the Theatre Royal Haymarket until August 2024.

8. Waiting For Godot - One of the greatest plays of the 20th century.

Waiting For Godot tickets Opens 13 Sep 2024 Opens 13 September 2024 Waiting For Godot
Tickets from £18.00

Lucian Msamati and Ben Whishaw star in Samuel Beckett's masterpiece, Waiting for Godot.

This is a seminal work of modern theatre that delivers a masterful blend of existentialism, human companionship, and the search for meaning in an absurd world.

9. People, Places and Things - Duncan Macmillan's smash hit play returns!

4.6 25 reviews 4.6 25 reviews Tickets from £60.00

Olivier Award-winning actor Denise Gough reprises her role in this powerful play about one woman's struggle to sober up and find self-acceptance.

People, Places and Things provides a gripping portrayal of addiction and recovery, offering audiences a poignant exploration of human struggles.

10. The Constituent - A volatile new play.

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4.7 3 reviews 4.7 3 reviews Tickets from £30.00

BAFTA Award winner Anna Maxwell Martin and Tony, BAFTA and Emmy Award winner James Corden star in a new play written by Joe Penhall.

The Constituent will deconstruct politics, panic alarms and the conflict between public service and personal safety at The Old Vic this summer.

11. The 39 Steps - West End's longest running comedy is heading back to London!

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4.7 640 reviews 4.7 640 reviews Tickets from £24.00

4 actors, 139 characters and 100 action packed minutes, The 39 Steps is heading back to the West End for a limited run.

This hilarious, non-stop, fast-paced comedy is based on John Buchan's popular 1915 book and the 1935 Hitchcock film classic.

12. 2:22 A Ghost Story - Danny Robins hit play returns to the West End!

4.5 107 reviews 4.5 107 reviews Tickets from £24.00

2:22 - A Ghost Story is an edge-of-your-seat, supernatural thriller that returns to the West End for a limited engagement at the Garrick Theatre.

Hugely popular with audiences, 2:22 A Ghost Story includes a star cast featuring Stacey Dooley and Joe McFadden.

13. The Mousetrap - This 70 year-old whodunnit will have you gripped!

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4.5 1110 reviews 4.5 1110 reviews Tickets from £30.00

Step into the world of suspense and intrigue with the enduring classic, The Mousetrap, reigning as the longest-running play in the illustrious history of London's West End.

Crafted by the iconic queen of mystery, Agatha Christie, this timeless whodunit has captivated audiences for over 70 years with its gripping plot and unforgettable twists. Secure your tickets and prepare to unravel the clues alongside the characters, as you attempt to crack the case in this thrilling theatrical experience!

14. Fawlty Towers - new play inspired by hit British sitcom!

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4.9 67 reviews 4.9 67 reviews Tickets from £15.00

A new play inspired by the historic British TV sitcom, Fawlty Towers is in London's West End - adapted by John Cleese.

The production combines three of the best-loved episodes from the original series, and not forgetting the iconic characters in there too!

15. Farm Hall - Katherine Moar heads to the West End this August

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Tickets from £15.00

Hailed as the best-selling show in the history of Jermyn Street Theatre, Farm Hall heads to the Theatre Royal Haymarket for an extremely limited run.

Farm Hall offers audiences a compelling dramatisation of a pivotal moment in history, exposing the ethical dilemmas faced by German scientists during World War II.

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