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 ever in the West End.
The ultimate guide to the best West End plays
Toby Jones and Richard Armitage star in the West End revival of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya at the Harold Pinter Theatre, adapted by Conor McPherson. Portraying what life was like in twentieth-century Europe, it’s a compassionate drama that sees Sonya, her uncle Vanya and their local doctor Astrov share their repressed feelings with devastating consequences.
Cyrano De Bergerac
James McAvoy stars in Cyrano De Bergerac at the Playhouse Theatre in the inaugural production of The Jamie Lloyd Company’s latest season. Dramatising the career of the 17th-century French playwright, Cyrano seems to have it all. There’s just one big problem: he has a nose as huge as his heart. In a society plagued by narcissism, join Cyrano as he tries to win the heart of his true love Roxane in a classic play with linguistic ingenuity.
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.
In an epic drama inspired by Tom Stoppard’s family history, Leopoldstadt will receive its world premiere at the Wyndham’s in 2020. As a family rediscover what it means to be Jewish at the turn of the twentieth century, audiences are sure to be enthralled in one of this year’s upcoming West End plays. Read all about plays written by Tom Stoppard.
The Comedy About a Bank Robbery
Experience comedy at its very best with tickets to this Mischief Theatre masterpiece. Written by the Olivier Award-winning recipients behind the productions The Play that Goes Wrong and Peter Pan Goes Wrong, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery is an uproarious play guaranteed to have your in stitches throughout.
It’s summer 1958. Minneapolis City Bank has been entrusted with a priceless diamond. An escaped convict is dead set on pocketing the gem with the help of his screwball sidekick, trickster girlfriend… and the maintenance man. With mistaken identities, love triangles and hidden agendas, even the most reputable can’t be trusted. In a town where everyone’s a crook, who will end up bagging the jewel?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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…