Best plays in London 2021

The West End is renowned for its world-class entertainment, and the best plays in London have a long history of drawing in audiences with unforgettable performances and thrilling plots. Agatha Christie’s famous whodunnit, The Mousetrap, even holds the title of longest-running show in the world, beating hit musicals like Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera.

Major revivals, fresh new work and book adaptations frequently open to massive acclaim, and at SeatPlan we have an eye on the latest announcements to help you keep up with the buzz. With big names a common sight in top West End plays, you might even get to see your favourite actor perform live!

Below, we’ve pulled together a list of current and upcoming plays we think you’ll love. New shows are confirmed every month or two, so check back regularly for our latest pick of unmissable drama and comedies.

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Love Letters London
Love Letters London

Love Letters

Drama - Star casting - Award-winning play

Martin Shaw (Judge John Deed) and Jenny Seagrove star in this intimate two-hander about a pair of lifelong friends who share nostalgia, hopes, fears, and a blossoming romance through letters. Featuring just two actors who are physically separated, this play feels like the perfect COVID-era love story. Luckily, we’re able to see it in person at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.
From £25.00
7 reviews
no fees
The Play That Goes Wrong London
The Play That Goes Wrong London

The Play That Goes Wrong

Comedy - Audience favourite - Long-running show

Join the hopeless Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society as they perform a 1920s murder mystery where legs aren’t the only thing being broken! With sets collapsing and the cast going spectacularly off-script, this award-winning delight from Mischief Theatre follows in the hazardous footsteps of Noises Off and is perfect for fans of Fawlty Towers’ most unpredictably slapstick moments.
From £24.00
551 reviews
Constellations London
Constellations London

Constellations

Drama - Star casting - Critically acclaimed revival

Following beekeeper Roland and quantum physicist Marianne, this smart and emotionally wrenching play explores the infinite possibilities of a relationship. In an extra twist, this revival has four casts: Peter Capaldi and Zoë Wanamaker; Anna Maxwell Martin and Chris O’Dowd; Russell Tovey and Omari Douglas; and Sheila Atim and Ivanno Jeremiah.

If you want to catch a specific actor, full performance dates are on our production page.
From £23.00

Opens June 2021

Anna X London
Anna X London

Anna X

Drama - Star casting - New writing

The Crown’s Emma Corrin swaps British royalty for New York socialites in an explosive new play. Based on the true story of Anna Sorokin, who reinvented herself as Anna Delvey, this scandalous tale of fraud, larceny and ambition will grip audiences at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Rising star Corrin, already a Golden Globe winner for her uncanny portrayal of Princess Diana, is sure to add a few more jewels to her tiara with this bold West End debut.
From £17.25

Opens July 2021

Walden London
Walden London

Walden

Drama - Star casting - New writing

Gemma Arterton stars as a scientist in this exciting play, one of a trio of new work re-opening the Harold Pinter Theatre this summer. Focusing on the fractured relationship between two sisters - one just back from an expedition to the moon, one dating a climate activist - Walden is sure to pack a punch with its timely themes and impressive cast.
From £5.75

Opens May 2021

Leopoldstadt London
Leopoldstadt London

Leopoldstadt

Drama - Acclaimed playwright - Award-winning play

Described by critics as a “masterpiece” during its 2020 premiere, this Olivier Award winning play returns to London post-lockdown, giving audiences a second chance to experience playwright Tom Stoppard’s most personal work yet. Set in Vienna across the first half of the 20th century, Leopoldstadt is a remarkable multi-generational story of one Jewish family, performed by over 40 cast members.
From £24.00
104 reviews
The Mousetrap London
The Mousetrap London

The Mousetrap

Murder mystery - Long-running show - Audience favourite

With a surprise ending that’s been faithfully protected by audiences for decades, this West End institution is the ultimate murder mystery. Master of the craft, Agatha Christie, brings all the best tropes of the genre to this fantastic play: an unknown killer; an isolated country house; a trail of secrets revealed; and enough twists and turns to have even the smartest amateur detectives second-guessing until the end.
From £23.50
599 reviews