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Best Plays in London Right Now

Best Plays in London Right Now

You can’t come to London without going to the theatre! However, a lot of the time its just the big, sparkly musicals that get the attention. London doesn’t just have musicals, you know. It also has a thriving scene of beautifully written and directed plays from comedy to tragedy, classic stories to new work. I’ve rounded up the best plays in London right now … and here they are!

Best Plays in London Right Now
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Best Plays in London Right Now
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1. HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD

Probably the most anticipated theatre piece of all time, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a must for all Potter enthusiatsts. It tells the story of the  Harry’s eldest son Albus and how he struggles with keeping up with his fathers famous reputation. I won’t give too much away but expect twists, turns and revelations no Potter fan will ever expect.

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2. WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution is an immersive theatre experience not to be missed. The play takes place inside the unique surroundings of London County Hall courtroom where Leonard Vole stands accused of murdering a widow in order to inherit her wealth. Is he innocent or is he guilty?

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3. CYRANO DE BERGERAC

Film and theatre star, James McAvoy returns to the West End in a Jamie Lloyds, Cyrano de Bergerac. Cyrano tries to win the heart of his true love but there’s a problem … he has a nose as huge as it heart. Will this matter or will true love overcome all?

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4. A TASTE OF HONEY

Shelagh Delaney’s taboo-breaking play is a gritty depiction of working class life in post-war Britain and an exhilarating portrayal of the vulnerabilities and strengths of the female spirit in a deprived and restless world. Starring Jodie Prenger (Oliver!, One Man, Two Guvnors)

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Best Plays in London Right Now
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Best Plays in London Right Now
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5. THE MOUSETRAP

The Mousetrap is London’s longest running play. It opened in the West End in 1952, and has been running continuously ever since. Agatha Christie’s timeless play has a ‘whodunit?’ plot line where the audience try and work out the murderer of one of the hotel guests. Every evening the audience is asked to keep the secret.

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6. ENDGAME

Alan Cumming, Daniel Radcliffe and Jane Horrocks star in Samuel Beckett’s macabre comedy in which hope and cruelty are the last things to die. A fantastic cast and brilliant play.

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7. THE WOMAN IN BLACK

A live horror theatre experience like none other. The Woman in Black has been terrifying audiences for over 30 years. It has a cast of just two actors and follows the journey of a lawyer obsessed with a curse that he believes has been cast over him and his family by the spectre of a Woman in Black. Not for the faint hearted!

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8. THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery, but everything that can go wrong … does! The accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences! Winner of countless ‘Best Play’ and ‘Best Comedy’ awards.

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9. The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

From the same people who brought you The Play that Goes Wrong , The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is a fast, fabulous comedy caper and the funniest show in the West End. Set in 1958 Minneapolis, the bank has been entrusted with a priceless diamond but with an escaped convict on the run and a town where everyone’s a crook, who will end up bagging the jewel?

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Best Plays in London Right Now
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Best Plays in London Right Now
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COMING SOON…

10. To Kill A Mockingbird

Harper Lee’s enduring story of racial injustice and childhood innocence has sold 45 million copies worldwide.  Since it started its run as a play, performances on Broadway the production has not played to an empty seat; becoming the most successful American play in Broadway history … now it comes to London starring Rhys Ifans as Atticus Finch.

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11. Uncle Vanya

Olivier Award-winner Conor McPherson’s stunning new adaptation of the Anton Chekhov masterpiece, Uncle Vanya, is a portrayal of life at the turn of the 20th century, full of tumultuous frustration, dark humour and hidden passions. Stars Toby Jones and Richard Armitage.

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12. The Watsons

Laura Wade’s play The Watsons, which ingeniously concludes Jane Austen’s abandoned novel of the same name, is set to transfer to the West End’s Harold Pinter Theatre following its critically-acclaimed runs at the Menier Chocolate Factory and Chichester Festival Theatre.

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13. The Seagull

Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) makes her West End debut as Nina in Anya Reiss’ unique modernisation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull. Directed by Jamie Lloyd, Reiss’ interpretation uses modern language to present a new take on this darkly comedic classic.

14. Life of Pi

Based on one of the most extraordinary works of fiction , selling over fifteen million copies worldwide LIFE OF PI is a universally acclaimed, smash hit adaptation of an epic journey of endurance and hope. Features breath-taking puppetry and state-of-the-art visuals.

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15. Blithe spirit

Following a groundbreaking run at the Theatre Royal Bath in summer 2019, the critically-acclaimed revival of Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward is set to transfer to London’s West End next year.  French and Saunders actress Jennifer Saunders, has been confirmed to be reprising her role for the highly-anticipated, six-week run at London’s Duke of York’s Theatre in spring 2020.

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I hope you enjoyed the round up of the Best Plays in London Right Now!

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