Take your pick from the many plays in London currently running in the West End. From long-running West End plays like The Play That Goes Wrong to incredible feats of theatre like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, there are current plays in London suitable for all audiences. Theatre plays in London range from comedies to emotional dramas, and a lot of West End plays often end up on Broadway. Check out our London plays guide to find the best West End play for you and catch the next smash hit.
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Following a critically and commercially successful world premiere at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre, Life of Pi transfers to Wyndham's Theatre in London. Life of Pi tickets are available on London Theatre now. Life of Pi is a play that's based on Yann Martel's Man Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name. Life of Pi centres on the title character, the sole human survivor of a shipwreck along with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Together, the boy, the beast and a menagerie must learn to coexist on a lifeboat as they battle for survival.Life of Pi is an epic voyage across the ocean, adapted beautifully for the stage by Lolita Chakrabarti. Chakrabarti's works include Red Velvet at the Garrick Theatre and Hymn at the Almeida Theatre. In 2021, Chakrabarti was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama.The Life of Pi novel was adapted into a film in 2012 which, directed by Ang Lee, was a huge success. Grossing over $600 million at the box office, the film, which starred Suraj Sharma, was nominated for nine Academy Awards, taking home four including Best Director and Best Original Score.Chakrabarti's stage adaptation premiered at Sheffield Theatres in June 2019 to positive reviews from theatre critics. The Life of Pi play features inventive direction by Max Webster, with life-size puppets designed by Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell. Tickets to Life of Pi are available now. Book your Life of Pi tickets on London Theatre today. Important COVID Entry RequirementsMaskYou are required to wear a mask at all times while inside this venue.Proof of vaccine and/or testYou are required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination in order to attend this performance.Health checkWhen you arrive at this venue, you may be asked to fill out a health questionnaire or have your temperature taken.Covid safetyThis venue has additional Covid-19 safety measures in place to ensure the health and well-being of the staff, performers, and guests.This venue is complying with the latest industry 'See It Safely' guidelines.
Agatha Christie's legendary 'whodunit' still delights and thrills audiences in London's West End. The Mousetrap tickets are available on London Theatre now. The Mousetrap play follows a group of people gathered in a remote part of the countryside discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be? One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed. A cracking yarn and an irresistible treat for amateur sleuths everywhere! Running at the St. Martin's Theatre since 1974, the original production opened across the road at the Ambassadors Theatre on 25 November 1952. Since then, The Mousetrap is now translated into 27 different languages in more than 50 countries around the world. Agatha Christie became a Dame of the British Empire in 1971; her books have sold billions of copies around the world - more than any other author, after The Bible. She died on 12 Jan. 1976 aged 85. She gave the rights to the stage play to her then nine-year old grandson, Matthew Prichard. The play was originally produced by Peter Saunders who handed over responsibility for the show in 1994 to Mousetrap Productions, under the management of Sir Stephen Waley-Cohen. Visitors from all over the world watch The Mousetrap and become part of the historic story of the show, keeping the secret of the plot. Tickets to The Mousetrap are available now. Book your The Mousetrap tickets on London Theatre today. ## Important COVID Entry Requirements Mask We recommend that you wear a mask while inside this venue. Covid safety This venue has additional Covid-19 safety measures in place to ensure the health and well-being of the staff, performers, and guests.
Putting Mischief Theatre firmly on the map, The Play That Goes Wrong continues to leave audiences in fits of giggles at the Duchess Theatre. The Play That Goes Wrong tickets are available on London Theatre now. The Play That Goes Wrong plays follows a fictional troupe. Aiming to put on their annual show, the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society are in the middle of rehearsals for "Murder at Haversham Manor", a 1920s murder mystery. But, as the title suggests, it's not so easy for them. See the accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences! The Play That Goes Wrong play received its world premiere at the Old Red Lion Theatre, entertaining just 60 theatregoers a night. Now, thousands of audience members are entertained by Mischief’s trademarks hijinks each week in The Play That Goes Wrong West End performances. It’s even premiered in Australia and on Broadway, so something must have gone right, right? It’s the world-renowned theatre company’s first show in a West End theatre. Since then, Mischief Theatre shows in London include The Comedy About a Bank Robbery and Magic Goes Wrong. They've also brought their trademark improvisational skills to the West End in Mischief Movie Night performances. But, if you’re wanting to see the original ‘Goes Wrong’, then you’ve come to the right place. Tickets to The Play That Goes Wrong are available now. Book your The Play That Goes Wrong tickets on London Theatre today.
One of the West End’s longest-running plays, The Woman in Black has terrified audiences at the Fortune Theatre in London since 1989. The Woman in Black tickets are available on London Theatre now. Based on Susan Hill’s novel of the same name, The Woman in Black play tells the story of Arthur Kipps, a solicitor who is sent to the remote town of Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of a client, during which he sees a mysterious woman dressed in black. He is tasked with sorting his client’s papers, and so visits Eel Marsh House where she used to live. In the play, Kipps enlists the assistance of an actor to help tell the unsettling things he witnessed. The Woman in Black first opened in Scarborough in 1987 before transferring to London’s Lyric Hammersmith in 1989. The Woman in Black London performances have run at the Fortune Theatre since August of that year, and is the West End’s second longest-running non-musical production, behind The Mousetrap. Hill’s novel has become a staple piece of literature on many school curriculums, with many classes experiencing the play to aid their studies. Despite the success of the book and the films, there is no substitute for seeing the spine-tingling horrors of The Woman in Black live, on-stage. This play is not suitable for those with a nervous disposition or who cannot handle sudden shocks. Latecomers will only be admitted at a suitable time in the performance. Recommended for ages 12+. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. There may be large school groups present at performances. Tickets to The Woman in Black are available now. Book your The Woman in Black tickets on London Theatre today.
Joshua Harmon’s critically-acclaimed play, Bad Jews, returns to the West End in 2022. Bad Jews is at the Arts Theatre. Bad Jews tickets are available on London Theatre now. The Bad Jews play follows a group of relatives who are caught in a tricky position. After their grandfather’s passing, they’re left to decide who should own an important family heirloom. The religious jewellery dates back to the Holocaust and is of cultural significance. But who should be left in possession of the sentimental artefact? Will it be Daphna, Daphna’s cousin Liam, Liam’s girlfriend Melody, or Jonah, that walks away with the “prize”? You’re invited to see a private family fight come to light on stage. Bad Jews premiered off-Broadway in 2012 and received nominations for Best New Off-Broadway play in awards ceremonies across the season. Bad Jews then transferred to the Arts Theatre in 2015. Read a Bad Jews review on London Theatre. Jon Pashley, will direct the Bad Jews play in London in 2022. The Bad Jews play is by Joshua Harmon. The New York-based playwright made his debut with Bad Jews, but has since written Significant Other, Skintight, Admissions and Prayer for the French Republic. Bad Jews is one of a number of family dramas in the West End. Mad House plays at the Ambassadors Theatre, while The Glass Menagerie is at the Duke of York’s Theatre. Bad Jews tickets are on sale now. Book your Bad Jews tickets on London Theatre today.
You may know of Mary Seacole through school history lessons, historical documentaries or by visiting museums. But there is more to Mary Seacole than the stories passed down through generations and what meets the eye. Discover more about the pioneering Jamaican businesswoman and Crimean war nurse in Marys Seacole at the Donmar Warehouse. Marys Seacole tickets are available now on London Theatre. As expected, the Marys Seacole play follows the titular character throughout her life. Wherever Seacole finds herself, she’s always caring for others, whether it be by her own volition or she’s paid to do so. She works in a nursing home, she serves as a nurse during the Crimean War — Seacole really does it all. But by the end of her life, Seacole still doesn’t have the ability to care for one thing, her own story. Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Marys Seacole play premiered in New York in 2019. The Pulitzer-winning playwright's previous works include Fairview, Really and Social Creatures. In a Marys Seacole review for New York Theatre Guide, the critic said: There is more than one Mary Seacole to meet the eye in Marys Seacole - an extraordinary celebration of a play. This is the style of the play and the lasting echo that follows you out the door.” Mary Seacole’s life is honoured in London through the Mary Seacole Trust, a group that sets out to promote Mary Seacole as a source of inspiration for a diverse and inclusive society. There’s even a statue of Mary Seacole in London, located at St Thomas’ Hospital — and it’s the first statue dedicated to a Black woman in the United Kingdom. Marys Seacoles London performances are at the Donmar Warehouse. The Donmar Warehouse typically houses works previously seen in New York: upcoming shows include A Doll’s House - Part 2 and The Band’s Visit. Tickets to Marys Seacole are available now. Book your Marys Seacole tickets on London Theatre.
The Leeds Playhouse 2021 production of August Wilson’s Jitney parks up in London. The taxi driving play will run for a limited engagement at the Old Vic. Jitney tickets are available on London Theatre now. Set in 1970s Pittsburgh, the Jitney play follows Jim Becker, a taxi-rank manager who oversees a group of unlicensed drivers that ferry people across the Pittsburgh Hill District. These drivers aren’t your ordinary taxi employees though. They’ll head to places which few people would dare visit. But when they’re not driving, they’re whiling the hours away in their taxi rank, a home away from home. They heal old wounds, new tensions rise to the surface, but more importantly they’re always there for one another. Jitney is part of August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle — a series of plays that examine the Black experience throughout the 20th century. Each play tackles a different decade: Jitney focuses on the 1970s. The Pittsburgh Cycle includes Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson and King Hedley II. Even though Jitney focuses on 1970s America, it was the first play to premiere in the cycle. August Wilson's theatre legacy was celebrated in 2005, with the August Wilson Theatre named in his honour. Tickets to Jitney are available now. Book your Jitney tickets on London Theatre today.
Alex Jennings stars in the world premiere of Stephen Beresford’s The Southbury Child play at the Bridge Theatre. The Southbury Child tickets are available on London Theatre now. As The Southbury Child is a new play, not much is known about the storyline. However audiences can expect a dark comic which explores the connections between families, religions and social identities. The play centres on David Highland, a flashy vicar who doesn’t always behave in the eyes of the Lord. However, his parish remain loyal to him, thanks to his unexpected successful charm. It’s all called into question though when he deals with a bereaved local and his opinions vary massively from the local community. Soon enough, David is isolated from all those he considers acquaintances and his social life falls apart. Can David rescue his position in the town and society at large? The three-time Olivier-winning actor Alex Jennings takes the charge at the Bridge Theatre for the first time as David Highland. He’s previously won Oliviers for starring in My Fair Lady, Peer Gynt and Too Clever by Half. Recently, he starred in Hansard at the National Theatre and played Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Now, he’ll play a troubled vicar in Stephen Beresford’s new play. Stephen Beresford writes The Southbury Child in London. Beresford is best known for the 2014 film, Pride, a LGBTQ+-positive film based on the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign. To date, Beresford’s plays include The Last of the Haussmans, Fanny and Alexander and Three Kings. Tickets to The Southbury Child are available now. Book your The Southbury Child tickets on London Theatre today.
Who will be the 47th President of the United States? In Mike Bartlett’s new play, The 47th is named ahead of time! American politics play The 47th receives a world premiere at the Old Vic in spring 2022. The 47th tickets are available on London Theatre now. The 47th is a play that explores who could become the 47th President of the United States. Making up your mind about who should serve as the President — or Prime Minister in England — can be a difficult decision. But it's even more challenging for that leader to serve their nation. Set in 2024 — just two years from now — Americans go to the polls to cast their votes. In this future play, democracy is on its knees. There's public outcry at any decisionmaking, and nothing gets done. Somebody needs to take the White House, and implement positive change, but at what cost? Winning the White House is a monumental moment in history, but being “The 47th” in the history books holds more cultural value. Think of 21st-century American politics, and Donald Trump will probably pop up in your mind. Donald Trump features in The 47th as a main character, with Bertie Carvel taking on the tycoon. Carvel’s played many politicians and influential characters during his career, including Rupert Murdoch in Ink, and Tony Blair in the Netflix series, The Crown. Kamala Harris and Ivanka Trump will feature in The 47th too, played by Tamara Tunie and Lydia Wilson respectively. Although it’s a new play, many American political “characters” are likely to feature in The 47th, in order for the play to examine the current state of American politics. The 47th play is the latest work by Mike Bartlett to open in the West End. In 2022, three plays by Mike Bartlett will either receive their West End premiere, or a world premiere in London. The 47th is joined by Cock, starring Jonathan Bailey and Taron Egerton, and Scandaltown at Lyric Hammersmith. No play will get into the nitty gritty of American politics quite like The 47th. Mike Barlett is no stranger to plays with a controversial political outlook. His 2014 play, King Charles III, considered a Commonwealth led by Prince Charles, after Queen Elizabeth II’s passing. Rupert Goold directs The 47th at the Old Vic. Tickets to The 47th are available now. Book your The 47th tickets on London Theatre today.