Best London theatre: Top 10 musicals, plays and West End shows on right now

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Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)  (Matt Crockett)
Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) (Matt Crockett)

At last... after over 18 months of closure, the show finally is going on. London’s theatres are back in business, with everything from bold new plays to clever revamps of the classics.

If you want to see something brilliant on stage, we’ve got you covered in the West End and beyond.

Find out here what our critics say about the best plays and musicals running right now.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

 (Manuel Harlan)
(Manuel Harlan)

★★★★

"It’s a lovely, heartfelt show with a surging narrative thrust, a macabre undertow and some brilliantly evoked, seriously scary monsters. I was captivated. "

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Duke of York’s Theatre, until 14 May; oceanwestend.com

Get Up Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical

 (Craig Sugden/handout)
(Craig Sugden/handout)

★★★★

"It feels like this isn’t just a joyful night out – it’s a major and important cultural event.”

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Lyric Theatre, currently booking until April 3; getupstandupthemusical.com

The Shark Is Broken

 (Getty Images)
(Getty Images)

★★★★★

"Do you need to have seen the film to care? Not at all - I’m no Jaws aficionado, and I was hooked."

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Ambassador’s Theatre until Feb 13; thesharkisbroken.com

Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)

 (Matt Crockett)
(Matt Crockett)

★★★★

"It’s a joy whether you’re a paid-up Janeite or not."

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Criterion Theatre, currently booking until February 13; prideandprejudicesortof.com

The Tragedy of Macbeth

 (Marc Brenner)
(Marc Brenner)

★★★★

"The luminous, four-time Oscar-nominee [Saoirse Ronan] doesn’t disappoint in this stark and intense three-hour production of Shakespeare’s play by Yaël Farber. "

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Almeida Theatre, until 27 Nov; almeida.co.uk

Old Bridge

Saffron Coomber and Dino Kelly in Old Bridge (Marc Brenner)
Saffron Coomber and Dino Kelly in Old Bridge (Marc Brenner)

★★★★

"A remarkably assured debut, shot through with ardour and pain, recalling history that’s recent and raw."

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Bush Theatre, to 20 Nov; bushtheatre.co.uk

Back to the Future: The Musical

 (Sean Ebsworth Barnes)
(Sean Ebsworth Barnes)

★★★★

"This musical adaptation of Robert Zemeckis’s hit 1985 time-travel movie is enormous fun."

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Adelphi Theatre, booking to Feb 2022, backtothefuturemusical.com

Cinderella

 (©Tristram Kenton)
(©Tristram Kenton)

★★★★

"After multiple false starts and delays, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Emerald Fennell’s sassy, sarky, musical take on the rags-to-riches fairytale proves well worth the wait."

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Gillian Lynne Theatre, booking to Feb 2022, andrewlloydwebberscinderella.com

SIX

 (Eleanor Howarth)
(Eleanor Howarth)

★★★★

"A glorious, exuberant 75-minute blast, by turns hugely smart and hugely silly, this little Edinburgh fringe show from 2017 has become the biggest cult hit since Rocky Horror."

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Vaudeville Theatre, booking to May 1, 2022; sixthemusical.com

& Juliet

 (Johan Persson)
(Johan Persson)

★★★★

"This jukebox musical is an absolute blast and features a powerful turn from Miriam-Teak Lee."

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Shaftesbury Theatre, booking to July 31, 2022; andjulietthemusical.co.uk

Les Misérables

 (Johan Persson)
(Johan Persson)

★★★★

"Les Mis and the refurbished Sondheim feel fit for purpose for the next decade or three."

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Sondheim Theatre, booking to April 3, 2022; lesmis.com

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