Olivia Vinall interview
If you don’t know Olivia Vinall now, you soon will. She is the National Theatre’s rising star and is playing the lead in ‘The Hard Problem’, the first new Tom Stoppard play in nine years.
London theatre calendar
Find a theatre show for any month of the year with our calendar view of the biggest plays in London 2015
Cheap West End theatre tickets
We'll help make sure the hottest tickets in town are the cheapest, too
The best London musicals
It had fantastic reviews when it opened – but is it still kicking after five cast changes?
London theatre critics' choice
These are the shows that got our critics talking
Latest theatre reviews
Theatre tickets and offers
The best of theatre
West End theatre shows
Here's the full scoop on the best shows in London's West End
Children's theatre in London
Our list should help inform any decision on the next family day out
Shakespeare plays in London
Shakespeare's Globe and beyond – here's where to watch the best plays by the Bard in London
Latest theatre interviews
Get the lowdown from the biggest stars of the London stage
What's on at
The combination of double-Oscar winner Kevin Spacey and top producer David Liddiment at this 200-year-old Waterloo theatre continues to be a commercial success – though Spacey's controversial artistic leadership has frequently come under critical fire. Still, the Old Vic's a great place to catch high-profile actors – Ian McKellen, Robert Lindsay and Neve Campbell have all trod its boards. David Mamet's 'Speed-the-Plow' thrilled audiences in 2008 and was followed by a winning revival of Alan Ayckbourn's 'The Norman Conquests' – a show that saw the venue spectacularly remodeled into a theatre-in-the-round. Summer 2009 heralded the first of Sam Mendes's The Bridge Projects, an Anglo-American collaboration between Mendes, the Old Vic and Joseph V Melillo's Brooklyn Academy of Music, that enticed Ethan Hawke to the British stage for its Shakespeare/Chekhov double bill.
Royal Court Theatre
A hard-hitting theatre in well-heeled Sloane Square, the Royal Court has always placed emphasis on new British talent – from John Osborne’s ‘Look Back in Anger’ in 1956, to the discovery of numerous playwrights over the past decade: Sarah Kane, Joe Penhall and Conor McPherson among them. Artistic director Dominic Cooke has always injected plenty of politics into the programmes and successfully decreased the age of his audiences too. This is where you’ll find rude, lyrical new work set on the London streets by first-time playwrights like Bola Agbaje and the more established but no less cool Mark Ravenhill. Split between two floors – with the mid-capacity Jerwood Theatre Downstairs and the studio-style Jerwood Theatre Upstairs – the Royal Court also houses an excellent bookshop geared towards theatregoers and a café bar with a weighty menu serving up more than your average bag of peanuts.