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.
The Mousetrap at St Martin’s Theatre
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.
The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre
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!
Witness for the Prosecution at London County Hall
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 Crucible at the Gielgud Theatre
The National Theatre acclaimed new production, The Crucible, is coming to the West End for a limited season with a gripping masterpiece that explores the destructive power of fear within a tight-knit community. As the Salem Witch Trials unfold, the town is thrown into chaos as a group of young girls claim to have been possessed by evil spirits, leading to a wave of accusations.
Dr Semmelweis at the Harold Pinter Theatre
See a thought provoking play that explores the life and achievements of a revolutionary doctor, portrayed by Mark Rylance, who challenged the boundaries of modern medecine. Set in the 1800s, follow the true story of Dr Semmelweis, currently playing on the London West End at the Harold Pinter Theatre, and discover a man whose legacy has changed the lives of millions. If you're curious about medical mysteries and the power of persistence, "Dr. Semmelweis" is a must-see!
My Neighbour Totoro at the Barbican
See the return of the magical adaptation of the beloved Studio Ghibli anime, My Neighbour Totoro, for a second season at the Barbican Theatre. With whimsical sets, captivating music, and a talented cast, immerse yourself in the heartwarming story of two sisters and their extraordinary encounters with the lovable forest spirit, Totoro.