Theatre: The Five Best Plays In London

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Troilus and Cressida Olivier Theatre

This theatre and this Shakespeare play are made for each other, a fact proved, somewhat belatedly, by the masterly sweep of Trevor Nunn's gifted production. To 9 May


Good Donmar Warehouse

Starring Charles Dance, C P Taylor's play about accommodations with conscience is revived in an immaculate and sensitive production by Michael Grandage. See review, left. To 22 May


Gross Indecency Gielgud Theatre

The artfully fractured form of Moises Kaufman's compelling play about Oscar Wilde presents the writer - man and symbol - in all his complex contradictoriness. See review, left. Booking to 5 Jun


Shockheaded Peter Lyric Hammersmith

The deliciously sinister Struwwelpeter stories meet the macabre Tiger Lillies in a glorious, gorgeously gory evening of music theatre. To 0 Apr


Copenhagen Duchess Theatre

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


The Late Middle Classes Palace Theatre, Watford

Simon Gray excels in this funny-sad play about a young boy caught between two types of oppressive love in Fifties England. See review, left. To 0 April


A Midsummer Night's Dream Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford

In Michael Boyd's beguiling staging, Josette Simon's Amazonian Titania is sex-on-very-long-legs and could devour Tina Turner for breakfast. To 9 Oct


Volpone Swan Theatre, Stratford

Guy Henry's brilliant Mosca comically dominates Lindsay Posner's intelligent and incisive production of Ben Jonson's great dissection of overreaching egotism and greed. See review, left. To 9 Oct


The Weir Everyman, Liverpool

Subtly strung-together ghost stories pack a surprising punch in Conor McPherson's marvellously unfashionable, gentle play. To 0 April


Junk His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen

Trainspotting for adolescents. John Retallack's inventive stage adaptation of the Melvin Burgess novel packs a strong cautionary punch without ever being pious or condescending. 6-0 April