Theatre: The five best plays in London

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The Invention of Love Theatre Royal, Haymarket

Tom Stoppard's witty, heartbreaking fantasia on the twin passions of AE Housman: scholarship and an unavailable heterosexual friend.


The Weir Royal Court Duke of York's

Ghost stories recounted in a rural Irish bar give way to genuine horror in Conor McPherson's humane masterpiece, beautifully directed by Ian Rickson.


Phedre/Britannicus Albery

A powerful pairing of two Racine tragedies: Diana Rigg and Toby Stephens are excellent as the mother and son in both.


Love Upon the Throne Comedy Theatre

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


Haroun and the Sea of Stories Cottesloe

Tim Supple's magical staging of Salman Rushdie's fatwa-influence fables. Terrific ensemble playing.