Our favourite West End plays you need to see in London
Experience all the shock, wonder, horror and romance of the London stage with a ticket to one of these incredible West End plays. The acting, the writing, the staging, it’s all designed to glue you to your seat, and we can guarantee it will! As well as these plays, find out more about the longest-running plays in the history of the West End.
The ultimate guide to the best West End plays
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
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.
When booking Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets with Encore Tickets, you’ll be able to buy tickets to see both Parts on one day (Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday performances), or across two nights (Part One on Thursday and Part Two on Friday).
To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee’s novel about a lawyer in small-town Alabama continues to take the world by storm and it’s sure to set the West End alight in 2020. After Aaron Sorkin’s Broadway adaptation has stunned audiences, all rise for the show’s West End transfer later this year, starring Rhys Ifans as the venerated lawyer Atticus Finch at the Gielgud Theatre.
West End plays you need to see
Now boasting over 65 years on the London stage, The Mousetrap is still going strong at St. Martin’s Theatre, and for good reason! This national treasure from the Queen of Crime is a suspenseful whodunnit that keeps you guessing until the very end. The Mousetrap tradition states that no one reveals the murderer’s identity, the only way you’ll find out is by seeing this legendary piece of theatre history for yourself.
Five guests arrive at a remote country hotel, only to find themselves snowed in. A policeman turns up, warning of a murderer on the loose. It’s not long before a murder takes place inside the house and the detective assembles all the guests together and interrogates them one by one. Each avoid the truth, some by remaining silent and others by lying outright. Can the murderer be caught before more deaths occur? Will you discover the clues hidden among the mounting pile of red herrings?
Witness for the Prosecution
Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution is a famous tale of justice, passion and betrayal is packed full of twists, red-herrings and lies upon lies. It’s a fast-moving whodunit showcasing the court case of the century.
Leonard Vole wishes to protest his innocence in the murder of a wealthy widow. The good-natured man approaches Sir Wilfrid Robarts (QC) and Mr Mayhew to help him clear his name. Emily was a wealthy older lady who had taken Leonard under her wing and, after it is discovered that she left all of her money to him, doubt is cast upon the young man’s alibi. When Leonard’s wife, Romaine, agrees to testify, she does so, but can she be trusted? Take your seat in court at Witness for the Prosecution.
The Woman in Black
Celebrating 30 spine-tingling years in the West End in 2019, make sure you book your ticket to see The Woman in Black, a ghostly classic at the Fortune Theatre. In a gripping production showcasing a masterclass in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror, see what happens when two people journey to a house that’s supposedly abandoned…
Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy won best new play at the 2004 Olivier Awards, but it’s never been performed in the West End. That’s set to change this summer. Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Steve Pemberton will star in a brand new production of The Pillowman at the Duke of York’s Theatre this summer, in a play that examines the consequences of life imitating art. It’s been hailed as one of the greatest plays of the last 25 years. Now’s your chance to see it.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Sienna Miller starred in the last revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and the Tennessee Williams classic returns to London. This time, it’s coming to Alexandra Palace, with the explosive Pulitzer Prize-winning play following the Pollitt family as they set out to protect themselves. It’s a Mississippi night that you won’t forget in a heartbeat.