Top 10 London Plays
Whatever time of year you decide to visit London's West End, why not watch a West End play. There's been world premieres in London, including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and The Play That Goes Wrong. But, there's plenty of star-studded revivals taking place too, often running for a short time. As well as West End musicals, London's theatre scene really does provide world-class entertainment with its range of plays.
Check out the top 10 London plays currently running in the capital and book your tickets now.
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All rise for Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. 60 years after To Kill A Mockingbird was published, Aaron Sorkin's acclaimed Broadway stage adaptation comes to the West End. Rafe Spall will play Atticus Finch in the long-awaited production, as the story of a defense lawyer in 1930s Alabama receives a new lease of life.
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A masterclass in murder mystery and suspense, The Mousetrap really is British theatre at its finest. The Agatha Christie play sees a group of hotel guests shocked to discover a killer is in their midst. Suddenly investigated by police, will you be able to work out who committed the crime?
Since The Mousetrap first opened at the Ambassadors Theatre in 1952, its open-ended run has continually broke records, so much so it's now the longest-running play of all time. With The Mousetrap actors, creatives and audiences locking their mouths shut, the only way to learn the culprit's identity is to see the show live.
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Forget all misconceptions of what this title suggests. The debut Mischief Theatre play really is a hoot, capturing the trials and tribulations of getting a show to curtain up. As a company of actors prepare for their annual murder mystery, the real mystery is where their set has gone. What about the props? And the actors? One thing's for sure, the show will go on, whatever it takes. This play put Mischief Theatre on the map, winning an Olivier Award for Best Comedy Play. Since then, they've performed The Comedy About a Bank Robbery and Groan Ups. But, there's nothing quite like their original.
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Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke makes her long-anticipated West End debut as Nina in Anton Chekhov's play The Seagull. She originally played Nina in London in 2020, however performances were scuppered a week into its run due to the pandemic. Now, this summer, we can see Clarke and an all-star cast in Anya Reiss's novel adaptation.
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Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child received its world premiere at the Palace Theatre in London in July 2016, and went on to become to one of the most-coveted productions in West End history, winning a record nine Olivier Awards from a record-breaking 11 nominations. Theatregoers are urged to #KeepTheSecret; to not spoil the magical experience for others.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is one play presented in two Parts, which are intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening) or on two consecutive evenings. Cast a spell to see the wizarding world before your very eyes.
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David Harbour and Bill Pullman lead the world premiere of Theresa Rebeck's Mad House at the Ambassadors Theatre in summer 2022. The "dark comedy family drama" tells of a family who struggle to split their dying father's money equally between them. But do they deserve to have an equal split? Joining the family business is easier said than done. Don't expect conversations to be plain sailing.
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Amy Adams makes a spectacular West End debut as Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie. The Tennessee Williams play is a firm favourite in Theatreland, last revived at the Duke of York's in 2017. But this adaptation is set to shine a closer spotlight on iconic characters, with the role of Tom shared between two actors to really dig deep.
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Haunting theatregoers for over 30 years, The Woman In Black has become the stuff of legends. The two-man ghost story sees a solicitor, Arthur Kipps, hire an actor to overcome his fears of what he witnessed at Eel Marsh House. As the pair share anecdotes, an unsuspecting apparition seems out to haunt them repeatedly. Will Kipps conquer his fears, or will the ghost haunt his life forever. Daniel Radcliffe may have stunned audiences in the film adaptation, but there's nothing quite like the original. Just make sure you don't cower in your seats, the omniscient "woman in black" could be lingering behind you...
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Staged in the grand setting of London County Hall, experience a night on jury duty as this Agatha Christie story unfolds. One of Christie's favourites, the play starts with Leonard Vole called to the stand after a murder has taken place. As testimonies unfurl and witnesses are called, the case takes a turn when his wife, Romaine, testifies against him. But, the case is out for the jury; it's up to audiences to decide.
Choose to sit in the jury seats, and Leonard Vole's fate really is in your hands. What will you choose. Don't let us sway your decisions, see the show for yourself.
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The five-time Tony-winning play, The Lehman Trilogy, returns to the West End in 2023. The epic finance play charts the success and ultimate demise of the Lehman Brothers bank over the course of 163 years, and how the Lehman bank led to a global financial crisis. In a five-star review of The Lehman Trilogy for London Theatre, our critic said: "The production is epic. The singular alchemy of acting, design and direction in this production is so superb that it must be witnessed." Now you can see The Lehman Trilogy at the Gillian Lynne Theatre in spring 2023.
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Photo credit: The Play That Goes Wrong and The Woman in Black (Photos by Helen Murray and Tristram Kenton respectively)
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