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Top 7 Best Plays in London 2024

The West End may be synonymous with the bright lights and soaring melodies of its hit musicals, but it’s also one of the best places to experience intimate dramas, rib-tickling comedies and gripping whodunnits. Big names are a familiar sight in West End plays so you’ve even got the chance to see your favourite actor live on stage! 

Major revivals, bold new work and magical book-to-stage adaptations make the best plays in London a bright and varied bunch no matter your tastes. If you’re not sure where to start, here are the shows we think will make your next trip to the theatre the best yet.

1. Stranger Things: phenomenal theatre in a new dimension

Stranger Things: The First Shadow London
Stranger Things: The First Shadow London
Unlock the secrets of Hawkins in this jaw-dropping 5-star play, from the creators of the Netflix series. In 1959, Jim Hopper and Joyce Maldonado are normal teens, in a normal town, until Henry Creel arrives... From the Duffer Brothers and an award-winning creative team comes an unparalleled theatrical experience that will shock, surprise and grip fans of Upside Down.
from £35.00

2. The Play That Goes Wrong: the West End’s funniest show

The Play That Goes Wrong London
The Play That Goes Wrong London
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 Britain's fine tradition of unpredictable slapstick comedy.
from £26.20
Save up to £17.00

3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: the magic remains alive

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child London
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child London
The magical world of Harry Potter is back in this fantastic two-part family show, which follows Harry, Ron, Hermione and their teenage children as they grapple with the weight of the past and dark forces threaten to return. Featuring dazzling special effects that will completely enchant old and new fans of the franchise, remember to #KeepTheSecrets of this landmark production!

4. The Motive and the Cue: a stunning theatrical love letter

The Motive and the Cue London
The Motive and the Cue London
Go behind the scenes of one of Broadway's most iconic Shakespearean adaptations in this acclaimed play. Set during the tumultuous rehearsals for Richard Burton and John Gielgud's Hamlet in 1964, Olivier Award winner Jack Thorne's gripping drama features pitch-perfect performances from Johnny Flynn as Burton and Mark Gatiss and Gielgud.
from £23.80

5. The Mousetrap: still gripping after 70 years

The Mousetrap London
The Mousetrap London
With a surprise ending that’s been faithfully protected by audiences for 70 years, this West End institution is the ultimate murder mystery. Agatha Christie brings all the best tropes of the genre to this fantastic play: an unknown killer; an isolated country house; and enough twists and turns to have even the smartest amateur detectives second-guessing until the end.
from £25.00
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6. The Unfriend: Lee Mack in a deliciously dark satire

The Unfriend London
The Unfriend London
Panel show favourite Lee Mack stars in the second West End season of Steven Moffat's (Doctor Who; Sherlock) debut play. This deliciously dark satire about British manners sees a couple unwittingly invite a sinister, Trump-loving holiday companion to visit them at home. The problem is, they think she might be a murderer...
from £32.70

7. Witness for the Prosecution: Agatha Christie's courtroom drama

Witness for the Prosecution London
Witness for the Prosecution London
Few shows are staged in a venue as unique as London County Hall, home of this gripping courtroom drama about a young man accused of murder. You will be completely immersed in all of the twists, turns and drama of Agatha Christie's play, with seats available right at the heart of the action - even on the jury benches.
from £15.00
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