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Best plays in London in 2024

London is packed with world-class productions of theatrical dramas. From classic masterpieces to groundbreaking contemporary productions, the London West End caters to all tastes and preferences.
Written by Carole Rocton Edited by Kirstine Spicer 08 April 2024
Cast members seated and standing around a man lying on a sofa with shocked expressions on their faces
A cast of comedy characters in The Play That Goes Wrong © See Tickets. Image courtesy of See Tickets.

In addition to musicals and timeless classics, London's theatre scene is also home to innovative and thought-provoking plays. The historic venues, such as the iconic Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, provide a glimpse into the past, allowing you to experience plays in an authentic and atmospheric setting.

Alternatively, contemporary theaters boast state-of-the-art facilities, offering immersive experiences with cutting-edge technology and innovative staging techniques.

Browse and book tickets to some of the best plays in London with these top picks.

1. The Mousetrap at St Martin’s Theatre

Official poster of the murder mystery play The Mousetrap featuring the name of the author, Agatha Christie, and the name of the play as a red neon sign.
The Mousetrap, longest running theatre play on the West End, is at the St Martin Theatre. Image courtesy of Dewynters.

Head to St Martin's Theatre to see  The Mousetrap, the longest-running play in the world, with its first performance in London dating back to 1952. Written by Agatha Christie, the queen of murder mysteries and creator of some of the greatest detectives in fiction, this is one of the West End's most popular shows. Try to solve the mystery as the plot unfolds, but beware of the usual twists and turns that the author is known for. This masterpiece is currently showing until March 2025.

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2. The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre

The cast of The Play That Goes Wrong look startled and ready to jump of stage while a man lies unconscious on a couch.
See The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre, where everything falls appart. Image courtesy of See Tickets.

Described as Fawlty Towers meets Noises Off, laugh along to Mischief Theatre’s hilarious production of The Play That Goes Wrong in London's West End. See actors from an amateur theatre company trying to put together a murder mystery play set in the 1920s. Right from that start, it becomes clear that nothing is going as planned, with props flying off the stage and actors missing their cues. Belly laughs are guaranteed! This laugh-out loud play is booking up to May 2025.

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3. Witness for the Prosecution at London County Hall

Four characters stands in the middle, with one judge, one lawyer, a man wearing a suit, and a women wearing a a black leather outfit.
Cast of Witness for Prosecution at the County Hall, image courtesy of Sam Barker

Experience a gripping courtroom drama as you witness the trial of a man accused of murder in classic Agatha Christie thriller, Witness for the Prosecution. Step inside the magnificent London County Hall and its courtroom set and experience the intensity of a gripping story of justice and betrayal as Leonard Vole tries to convince the jury of his innocence. The famous court case and play will be prosecuting up until March 2025.

Book your tickets for Witness for the Prosecution now

4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre

The cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is on stage, wearing Hogwarts uniforms and holding hight the flags of the school's four houses: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff.
Got your letter to Hogwarts? Then it's time to join your fellow wizards at the fascinating play currently playing at London's Palace Theatre: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. © Dewynters/ Photo credit Manuel Harlan

Travel beyond the pages of the books as the first  theatre production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child takes the West End by storm. 19 years after the last scene, join Harry Potter and his trusty pals Hermion and Ron Weasley as a new generation boards the Hogwarts Express. Harry’s youngest son, Albus Severus, befriends Scorpius Malfoy and find themselves entangled in a complex web of time travel and dark magic, as they attempt to right the wrongs of the past. The award winning show is running until March 2025.

Book your tickets for a trip to Hogwarts with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

5. Long Day's Journey into Night

Poster promoting London's new play Long Journey's into Night featuring Brian Cox at the front with cast mates standing in the background.
See the much awaited new play Long Day's Jouney into Night starring Brian Cox at the Wyndham's Theatre. Image courtesy of SEE Tickets.

See Long Day's Journey into Night, often described as the greatest American play of the 20th century, as it lands on London's West End with a star-studded cast including Succession sensation Brian Cox. Spend a summer's day in Connecticut at the Tyrone family home, where they come to terms with a troubled past. As the day progresses into night, bitter arguments bring up past struggles, including a mix of love, hate, betrayal and addiction, leading to bittersweet revelations. The groundbreaking play runs at the Wyndham's Theatre until June 2024. 

Book your tickets now for Long Day's Journey into Night

6. Stranger Things at the Phoenix Theatre

Black and red poster of Stranger Things: The First Shadow.
Discover where the sci-fi thriller series began with the much-anticipated Stranger Things: The First Shadow playing at Phoenix Theatre. Image courtesy of See Tickets.

Stranger Things, the Netflix sensation lands in London's West End with a highly anticipated brand new story. Travel back to 1959 in Hawkins, a seemingly normal town with normal people. This prequel takes you on a thrilling ride as you witness the first manifestation of the shadowy forces that lurk in the parallel dimension known as the Upside Down, a plot crackling with tension as friendships are tested and unbreakable alliances forged in the face of an imminent and malevolent threat. See the origins of Hawkins' supernatural terror through to December 2024.

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7. The Hills of California

Official poster promoting the London play The Hills of California, showing the title in bright yellow characters along with a curtain showing dancers.
See the much awaited play The Hills of California, a masterpiece currently at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Image courtesy of SEE Tickets.

From award-winning creators Jez Butterworth and Sam Mendes comes The Hills of California, a world premiere playing for a limited time at the Harold Pinter Theatre. Travel back to the summer of 1976 and the crowded beaches of Blackpool and follow the Webb sisters as they return to the family home where their mother awaits their arrival. Prepare for a whirlwind of a story as the sisters revisit childhood memories where disagreements over how to deal with their mother's illness lead to revelations from the past. The West End sensation runs until June 2024.

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