Theatre: The five best plays in London

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1

Mr Puntila and His Man Matti Albery Theatre

A well-deserved transfer for this Almeida hit. Comedy duo The Right Size are inspired casting for Brecht's witty fable about a split-personality landowner.

2

Love Upon the Throne

Comedy Theatre

The Charles and Diana story (well, up to the divorce) presented by the National Theatre of Brent (all two of them). Very funny and oddly touching.

3

Copenhagen Cottesloe

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

4

Angela Carter Cinderella Lyric, Hammersmith

The finest mice on the West End stage and heaps more besides.

5

Arabian Nights Young Vic

Another rich Young Vic Christmas feast attaches jump-leads to the avid audience's imagination.

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