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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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.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is at the Palace Theatre. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets are available on London Theatre now. Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Jack Thorne. It is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.The critically acclaimed production is the most awarded new play in theatre history, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has won 24 major theatre awards in the UK and is the most awarded play in the history of the Olivier Awards, winning a record-breaking nine awards including Best New Play. The production has also won 25 major US awards with six Tony Awards including Best Play and is now running at the Palace Theatre in London's West End.The production features a cast of over forty, and is one play presented in two Parts intended to be seen in order on the same day (matinee and evening), or on two consecutive evenings. It is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and is set "nineteen years later". The production is directed by John Tiffany with movement by Steven Hoggett. It features set designs by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, lighting by Neil Austin, music by Imogen Heap, sound by Gareth Fry and special effects by Jeremy Chernick.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. Award wins included best new play, best director for Tiffany, best actor, actress and actor in supporting roles, and set, costume, sound and lighting design. In conjunction with the play's premiere, the script was published and sold over 2 million copies in the first two days of release in North America, and over 800,000 copies in its first week in the UK.The play subsequently transferred to Broadway, where it won six Tony Awards including best play, and productions are now running in Melbourne and San Francisco, with Canadian and German productions set for 2020.Why is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in two Parts?Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a fitting eighth story to the Harry Potter franchise, and thus is an epic story. In order to tell the story in full, it is told across two Parts, and audiences are meant to see the two Parts together. Audiences can either watch both Parts in one day - an afternoon performance of Part One and an evening performance of Part Two; or across consecutive evenings - Part One on a Thursday evening and Part Two on a Friday evening. When you book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets with LondonTheatre.co.uk, you will be buying tickets to both Parts together, either for two performances in one day, or across two nights. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child review round-upReviews of the production were unanimously positive when the play first opened in the West End. Here is a selection of quotes from London theatre critics:[It] is a work that will thrill new audiences as well as regular theatregoers alike -- some 50% of the audience is reported to be first-timers -- and could inspire and encourage a whole new generation to make theatre part of their lives. Mark Shenton for LondonTheatre.co.uk (read the full review)"It's a spectacle for the theatre, one that is filled to the brim with fan service and magical imagery that will amaze. For any Potterhead who can get their hands on a ticket, it will no doubt be a fantastic experience..." Jack Shepherd for the Independent"This is a production that thrills at the aura of possibility lurking in the Victorian splendour of the theatre itself, a bygone age of smoke and mirrors." Dominic Cavendish for The TelegraphHarry Potter and the Cursed Child trailer<iframe allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="400" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/M6wEiYdCuTs" width="100%"To book official Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets, use the widget on this page, or book a combined ticket & hotel package. Tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are available now. Book your Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets on London Theatre today.
Best availability from June 2022 All rise for To Kill A Mockingbird in London. Aaron Sorkin adapts Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, playing at the Gielgud Theatre. To Kill A Mockingbird tickets are on sale now. To Kill A Mockingbird is adapted by Aaron Sorkin, but based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer-winning novel. The To Kill a Mockingbird play tells the story of young Scout and her father Atticus Finch, a lawyer tasked with defending a local, Tom Robinson, who is accused of rape. The novel explores justice and racial tension in a small Southern town, and is one of the best-selling novels of all-time. Harper Lee's story of racial injustice has sold 45 million copies worldwide, with 2020 marking the 60th anniversary of its publication. Rafe Spall plays Atticus Finch; Spall was previously in Death of England at the National Theatre. Bartlett Sher directs To Kill A Mockingbird. Sher’s recent London work includes My Fair Lady, The King and I and Oslo. In a To Kill a Mockingbird review for London Theatre, our critic said: "That nearly 90 years have passed between the era in which the play is set and today, with arguably very little having fundamentally changed, may give sorrowful pause: how are we to achieve that change which Atticus so movingly anticipates? As a richly emotional evening closes on the rending hymn “Joy Cometh in the Morning,” all one can and must do is look toward a better tomorrow and to those new and more just mornings that, with any luck, lie in wait." To Kill A Mockingbird is recommended for audience members aged 12 and over. Find out more about To Kill a Mockingbird in London. Tickets to To Kill a Mockingbird are available now. Book your To Kill a Mockingbird 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.
Juliet Stevenson stars in Robert Icke's blistering production of The Doctor, based on the 1912 play Professor Bernhardi by Austrian writer Arthur Schnitzler, which transfers to the Duke of York's Theatre in London. The play, which received critical acclaim when it opened at the Almeida Theatre, enjoyed a sold-out run at the North London theatre. Set in a London hospital, the play focuses on Professor Ruth Woolf, a senior physician who is treating a young patient with sepsis when a priest is sent by the girl's parents to deliver the last rites. This poses a huge moral dilemma for the doctor, which erupts into a national scandal.Juliet Stevenson reunites with director Icke after their previous collaborations on plays such as Hamlet and Mary Stuart, both productions for the Almeida which ultimately transferred to the West End. Stevenson, who has also previously appeared in Happy Days, Private Lives and The Heretic, plays the central character in a performance LondonTheatre.co.uk described as "mesmerising".Schnitzler's original play is rarely seen in London - one recent production was at the fringe venue the Arcola Theatre in Dalston in 2005. While it was first performed in 1912 at the Kleines Theater in Berlin, it was banned in the author's native country until the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918. Icke's new version modernises the play, setting it in a contemporary hospital, while also posing questions about human's innate views on identity, perception and bias.