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' is still delighting and thrilling audiences in London's West End, as the show enters its 70th record-breaking year on stage. The Mousetrap tickets are available on London Theatre now. 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 and has since been presented in 27 different languages in more than 50 countries around the world.The world's longest running show, The Mousetrap now has three entries in the Guinness Book of Records, including those for the longest continuous run of any show in the world, the 'most durable' actor (David Raven, who played Major Metcalf for 4,575 performances) and 'longest serving understudy' (Nancy Seabrooke, who stood by as Mrs Boyle 6,240 times). Since The Mousetrap opened 450 actors and actresses have appeared in the play alongside 260 understudies, with a new cast joining the show every nine months.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 the 12th January 1976 aged 85 after giving the rights to the stage play to her nine-year old grandson Mathew 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 each week 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 RequirementsMaskWe recommend that you wear a mask while inside this venue.Covid safetyThis 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.
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.
Amy Adams will make her West End debut in Tennessee Williams' classic play, The Glass Menagerie. Adams will play Amanda Wingfield in a limited run of The Glass Menagerie at the Duke of York's Theatre. The Glass Menagerie tickets are available on London Theatre now.Described as a four-character memory play, The Glass Menagerie follows Amanda Wingfield and her children Tom and Laura, all living together in an apartment in St. Louis. The Glass Menagerie play is told through the eyes of Tom, who tells of Laura's life as a polio sufferer and her mother's insistence to find her daughter a partner.The Glass Menagerie is a semi-autobiographical play, featuring characters based on Williams' own family. It was first performed in Chicago in 1944, and was a reworking of The Gentleman Caller, a previous short story by Williams. The Glass Menagerie would ultimately become one of Williams' greatest works, with future plays including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire.Amy Adams is a six-time Academy Award-nominated actress, who has starred in movies such as Vice, American Hustle and Junebug. Adams makes her play debut in The Glass Menagerie, having been in a New York revival of Into the Woods in 2012. The full The Glass Menagerie London cast stars Paul Hilton and Tom Glynn-Carney, who will share the role of Tom. The decision to split the role of Tim is by director Jeremy Herrin, wishing to explore Tom's fragmented character. Paul Hilton and Tom Glynn-Carney have both been in acclaimed productions; Hilton starring in The Inheritance and Glynn-Carney in The Ferryman. Lizzie Annis and Victor Alli complete the cast. The Glass Menagerie London premiere was in 1948, starring Helen Hayes as Amanda Wingfield and was directed by John Gielgud. Now, both aforementioned thespians have theatres named after them on Broadway and in the West End respectively. Recent revivals of The Glass Menagerie include a Young Vic production in 2010, starring Deborah Findlay. In 2017, Cherry Jones starred in The Glass Menagerie, which was a seven-time Tony Award-nominated production that transferred from Broadway.Even though we don't know what The Glass Menagerie stage will look like, we can already get excited. Scenic design is by Vicki Mortimer, who has previously worked on Follies at the National Theatre. Lighting design is by Paule Constable, who has worked on The Ocean at the End of the Lane, also at the Duke of York's Theatre. Tickets to The Glass Menagerie are available now. Book your The Glass Menagerie tickets on London Theatre today.Important COVID-19 informationMaskWe recommend that you wear a mask 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.Additional informationThis venue is complying with the latest industry 'See It Safely' guidelines.
Emilia Clarke makes her West End debut as Nina in Anton Chekhov's play The Seagull, newly adapted by Anya Reiss. After initial performances were put on pause at the Playhouse Theatre in March 2020, The Seagull now returns in summer 2022 at the Harold Pinter Theatre. The Seagull tickets are available on London Theatre now. The Seagull play examines the personal and professional relationships of two writers and two actors. While individuals work hard to achieve fame to make their dreams a reality, it comes at a human cost. The Seagull was originally written in Russian by Anton Chekhov, but The Seagull London play is a new adaptation by Anya Reiss. Reiss’ adaptation was first seen at Southwark Playhouse in 2012, starring Lily James. Emilia Clarke will play Nina in The Seagull. The award-winning actress is best known for playing Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, but has also starred in films such as Me Before You and Last Christmas. Clarke made her stage debut in Breakfast at Tiffany’s on Broadway in 2013. Jamie Lloyd directs The Seagull at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Originally, The Seagull was scheduled as one of three plays in a Jamie Lloyd season at the Playhouse Theatre, completed by Cyrano de Bergerac and A Doll’s House. Cyrano de Bergerac returns to the West End in 2022, starring James McAvoy. Details on A Doll’s House are to be announced. The Seagull is often revived in London. In recent years, The Seagull has been staged at the Lyric Hammersmith, and by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Gillian Lynne Theatre. But with Anya Reiss’ new twists to The Seagull, Chekhov is given a 21st-century update. Tickets to The Seagull are available now. Book your The Seagull tickets on London Theatre today.