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London Plays

West End plays are a major part of the London theatre scene and prove that it’s not just musicals that attract big crowds. Award-winning dramas, hilarious comedies and vibrant kid's shows all form the rich cultural mix that plays in London have to offer. Play tickets in London's West End bring you close to an artistic tradition with centuries of history.

No trip to London is complete without booking tickets for the theatre, so why not make your choice a play? Browse our list of plays currently in London below and discover the next play that will inspire and entertain you this year.

47 Plays In London

Stranger Things: The First Shadow

Stranger Things: The First Shadow

Discover the thrilling origins of the Upside Down in this incredible new prequel to the Netflix series, co-created by the Duffer Brothers.

The Mousetrap

The Mousetrap

Agatha Christie’s classic whodunnit is the world's longest running show. Can you keep the secret?

The Motive and the Cue

The Motive and the Cue

Johnny Flynn and Mark Gatiss star as Burton and Gielgud in this fascinating backstage play, based on the pair’s 1964 production of Hamlet.

The Merchant of Venice 1936

The Merchant of Venice 1936

Tracy-Ann Oberman stars as Shylock in this acclaimed new production of Shakespeare’s classic, set in the 1930s East End of London.

The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong

Mischief Theatre’s hilarious comedy of errors will leave you in stitches, as an am-dram group's latest murder mystery goes awry.

The Hills of California

The Hills of California

Olivier Award-winner Jez Butterworth’s (Jerusalem) new play premieres in the West End, directed by Sam Mendes.

A View From the Bridge

A View From the Bridge

Dominic West (The Wire) leads an all-star cast in this gripping revival of Arthur Miller’s masterpiece of sexual desire and jealousy.

Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution

The landmark production of Agatha Christie's courtroom thriller is set inside the magnificent council chamber of London County Hall.

A Mirror

A Mirror

Jonny Lee Miller stars in the West End transfer of this explosive play about censorship and free speech, direct from the Almeida Theatre.

The Unfriend

The Unfriend

Lee Mack stars in the acclaimed dark comedy of manners about a couple who spot trouble when a potential murderer comes to stay!

Mind Mangler: Member of the Tragic Circle

Mind Mangler: Member of the Tragic Circle

The team behind The Play That Goes Wrong are back with another hilarious show full of mind-bending magic and chaos.

An Enemy of the People

An Enemy of the People

Matt Smith stars in Thomas Ostermeier’s iconoclastic version of Ibsen’s classic play about a community that rejects inconvenient truths.

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Brian Cox returns to the West End after 10 years, in a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer-winning play about a dysfunctional family.

For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy

For Black Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy

Ryan Calais Cameron’s Olivier Award-nominated play about six Black men who meet in therapy returns after a sold-out 2023 run.

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Enjoy sparring lovers and mischievous plots as Shakespeare’s timeless comedy returns to the Globe in an Elizabethan dress production.

Harry Clarke

Harry Clarke

Emmy Award winner Billy Crudup stars in a wickedly funny thriller about a charismatic conman, playing 19 roles in 80 riveting minutes.

The Enfield Haunting

The Enfield Haunting

Catherine Tate stars as the mother at the centre of the infamous Enfield poltergeist case in this major new psychological thriller.

Richard III

Richard III

Globe Artistic Director Michelle Terry stars in a dynamic new production of Shakespeare’s thrilling history play.

Machinal

Machinal

Rosie Sheehy stars as a woman pushed to the edge in this 5-star revival of Sophie Treadwell’s explosive drama, based on true events.

Austentatious

Austentatious

The Jane Austen-inspired improv troupe pulls a fantastic new show out from under their bonnets every night, based on your suggestions.

Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis

Kafka’s strange and captivating novella is adapted for the stage by acclaimed physical theatre company Frantic Assembly and Lemn Sissay.

Red Pitch

Red Pitch

Tyrell Williams’ hit play about teenage boys affected by gentrification opens in the West End following sold-out seasons at Bush Theatre.

Instructions for a Teenage Armageddon

Instructions for a Teenage Armageddon

Bridgerton’s Charithra Chandran makes her West End debut in this darkly funny show about a teen girl’s tumultuous life.

Faith Healer

Faith Healer

Prolific playwright Brian Friel’s masterpiece about a travelling healer and the tales woven around him plays a limited season in London.

Our Country's Good

Our Country's Good

Timberlake Wertenbaker's powerful drama about British prisoners in colonial Australia returns to London, reimagined for the 21st century.

Wedding Band

Wedding Band

Alice Childress’ classic drama about interracial marriage in the American Deep South comes to London in a stirring new production.

Minority Report

Minority Report

Race through the streets of futuristic London as Phillip K Dick’s sci-fi story is adapted for the stage by the team behind Life of Pi.

The Duchess Of Malfi

The Duchess Of Malfi

Ten years after it opened the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Webster’s iconic and chilling revenge tragedy returns to the candlelit theatre.

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

Step inside the Globe for Shakespeare’s witty and barbed comedy. A battle of the sexes that divides opinion - so watch for yourself!

Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra

Shakespeare’s tragedy returns to the Globe for the first time in 10 years. A stunning new production with Spoken English and BSL.

The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors

Long-lost siblings, mistaken identity and incredible plot twists abound as Sean Holmes’ exuberant production returns by popular demand.

Princess Essex

Princess Essex

The Globe welcomes an Edwardian beauty pageant in Anne Odeke’s new play about a trailblazing woman who shook up the competition.

A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun

Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking family drama, set in Chicago’s South Side, is back in London, directed by Tinuke Craig.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

J. K. Rowling's Wizarding World is transformed on stage, offering fans a unique return to their favourite fantasy world. Best for age 10+.

Plaza Suite

Plaza Suite

Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker bring a smash hit revival of Neil Simon’s comedy about love and marriage to London.

My Neighbour Totoro

My Neighbour Totoro

The Olivier Award-winning stage adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s beloved film returns to London for a limited season. Best for age 6+.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Succession star Sarah Snook performs every single role in an exciting multimedia production of Oscar Wilde’s classic Gothic novel.

Bear Snores On

Bear Snores On

Join Regent’s Park as it comes out of hibernation with this heartwarming family show, based on the beloved picture book. Best for age 4+.

Spirited Away

Spirited Away

Delight in the magic of live theatre as the enchanting stage adaptation of Studio Ghibli’s genre-defining film transfers to the West End.

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Shakespeare’s romantic comedy shines with mistaken identity, nostalgia and party spirit in this new staging at the Open Air Theatre.

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Spider-Man star Tom Holland joins forces with director Jamie Lloyd for an electrifying new version of Shakespeare’s tragedy.

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Discover Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic in a new adaptation, performed amidst the burgeoning nature of Regent’s Park. Best for age 10+.

Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot

Lucian Msamati and Ben Whishaw star in a revival of Samuel Beckett’s absurdist masterpiece that tore up the theatre rulebook.

Oedipus

Oedipus

Lesley Manville and Mark Strong star in director Robert Icke’s radical version of the Greek tragedy, now a modern-day political thriller.

Dr. Strangelove

Dr. Strangelove

Steve Coogan stars in the world premiere stage adaptation of Kubrick’s Cold War satire, adapted by Armando Iannucci (The Thick of It).

Frequently Asked Questions

What plays are on in London theatres?

There is a wide selection of plays in London, offering everything from classic dramas to laugh-out-loud comedies and cutting-edge new writing. See our listing above for an overview of the West End plays you can book now.

What are the best plays to see in London in 2024?

Our guide to the Best Plays in London is kept continuously up-to-date with the top-picks for West End plays. This list is curated by our in-house team of theatre-experts, to help you find the unmissable London plays that will be talked about for years to come.

What new plays are opening in London this year?

There is a wealth of productions arriving in London this year and beyond. These include brand-new West End plays and updated adaptations of centuries-old classics. For an up-to-date list of London plays, musicals and more to look forward to in the future, have a look at our Coming Soon page.

What are the best comedy plays in London?

Theatre fans looking for a good laugh are spoilt for choice in London. If you want to enjoy a classic comedy, there are also plenty of laughs lined up with Plaza Suite starring Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker.

One of the most successful comedy plays of all time, The Play That Goes Wrong, still plays at the Duchess Theatre nine years after its West End debut, and its slapstick humour is till some of the funniest in London! If you'd prefer an offbeat comedy of manners with a side of murder, try The Unfriend, starring Lee Mack.
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