Top 10 London plays

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Olivia Rook
Olivia Rook

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 London plays currently running in the capital.

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The Play That Goes Wrong

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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The Unfriend

Do you ever struggle to say no to people? Then you'll relate to Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss's comedy of manners The Unfriend, which is back in the West End and follows awkward British couple Peter and Debbie as they struggle to extricate themselves from a friendship they made on a cruise ship. Comedian Lee Mack replaces Reece Shearsmith as grumpy, middle-aged Peter and Sarah Alexander stars as his wife Debbie. Frances Barber reprises her role as brash American Elsa.

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Stranger Things: The First Shadow

There are strange goings on in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana. That's right, Stranger Things has come to the stage in an exciting prequel to the hit Netflix TV series. Written by Kate Trefry and developed by the Duffer Brothers and Jack Thorne, the story goes back to the 1950s and explores the origins of a young Henry Creel. This is your chance to find out more about the boy who becomes the villain of Stranger Things.

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The Motive and the Cue

Jack Thorne's new play The Motive and the Cue goes behind the scenes on the 1964 production of Hamlet, which was directed by Sir John Gielgud and cast Richard Burton in the title role. It's safe to say, rehearsals go anything but smoothly. Academy, Olivier, and Tony Award winner Sam Mendes directs this production, which stars Johnny Flynn, Mark Gatiss, and Tuppence Middleton.

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The Mousetrap

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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My Neighbour Totoro

This magical film adaption follows two sisters, Satsuki and Mei, as they embark on a mystical journey. My Neighbour Totoro steps into a world with neverending possibilities and mystical creatures.

Watch how the six-time Olivier Award-winning play brings the 1988 Japanese animation to life. This encapsulating coming-of-age story about the power of childhood imagination warms the heart and soul whilst filling the mind with fantasy.

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Hamnet

Based on Maggie O’Farrell’s bestselling novel and adapted by award-winning playwright Lolita Chakrabarti, Hamnet delves into the power of grief, birth, and relationships.

It's 1582, and after William Shakespeare and Agnes Hathaway lose their 11-year-old son, Hamnet, to the plague, their world is shattered. While attempting find a way to cope with their loss, something extraordinary occurs.

This multi-award-winning, captivating play transfers from the Royal Shakespeare Company to London's Garrick Theatre for a limited 14-week run.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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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Witness for the Prosecution

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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Dear England

Joseph Fiennes stars as Gareth Southgate in the National Theatre's West End transfer of Dear England. The critically acclaimed play follows the England men's football team under the management of Southgate, diving into the emotional challenges of representing the nation on an international stage.

This thought-provoking play will run on one of the West End's biggest stages at the Prince Edward Theatre for a limited 14-week run.

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