The Independent Recommends: The five best plays

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(Duchess Theatre, London)

Michael Frayn's profound and haunting meditation on science, morality and the mysteries of human motivation. To 7 Aug

Oklahoma! (Lyceum Theatre, London)

Widely regarded as the best ever, Trevor Nunn's glorious production (right) of the Rogers and Hammerstein classic fully deserves its West End transfer. To 26 Jun

The Street of Crocodiles

(Queen's Theatre, London)

Triumphant revival of Theatre de Complicite's surreal and searing plunge into the imagination of Polish-Jewish writer Bruno Schulz. To 20 Feb

The Winter's Tale (RSC, Stratford)

An amazingly rich and complex performance from Antony Sher in Gregory Doran's Romanov-style production. In rep to 4 Mar

Darkness Falls

(Palace Theatre, Watford)

Jonathan Holloway's entertainingly creepy double-bill of ghostly chillers about our deepest wishes and the price we pay for them. To 20 Feb