Theatre: The five best plays in London

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1

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.

2

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.

3

Phedre/Britannicus Albery

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

4

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.

5

Haroun and the Sea of Stories Cottesloe

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

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