Theatre: The Five Best Plays In London

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Good Donmar Warehouse

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


Forbidden Broadway Jermyn St Theatre

Deliciously spiteful and tremendously funny selection of musical- theatre spoofs from Sondheim to The Lion King via Elaine Paige, by a crackerjack cast of four plus piano. To 6 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. Booking to 5 Jun


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


Copenhagen Duchess Theatre

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

... And Beyond

Volpone Swan Theatre, Stratford

Comedies don't come funnier or more astringent than Ben Jonson's brilliant dissection of avaricious, over-reaching egotism. Comic genius Guy Henry is the treacherous parasite. To 9 Oct


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


Colombe Salisbury Playhouse

Up-and-coming director Jonathan Church signs off at Salisbury with the characteristically bold and imaginative choice of an Anouilh comedy set in Paris's theatrical demi-monde. Ends tonight


Uncle Vanya Mercury Theatre, Colchester

Gregory Floy stars in the Chekhov classic - the second leg of the Mercury Theatre's brave experiment in forming a resident ensemble of actors for nine months of each year. To 24 April


The White Devil Haymarket Theatre, Leicester

A dab hand at playing women with a past, Gabrielle Drake portrays the imperious, determined "White Devil" in Webster's lurid Jacobean tragedy. To May