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Best short and one-act plays you can see in London

Sometimes short really is sweet

Rachel Tucker in Come From Away
© Matthew Murphy

Interval shminterval! While long-haul shows like Harry Potter are all well and good, sometimes a quick burst of theatre magic can be a welcome experience. Here our one pick of sub-two-hour one-act shows currently or about to appear in London, ranked from shortest to longest.


Six

The cast of Six perform
© Idil Sukan

Six clocks in at a breezy 75-minutes, and, with two performances every night (at 6pm and 8pm), this musical Tudor escapade is the perfect way to get a theatre fix without having to get home stupendously late! Arts Theatre, booking until January 2020


Vincent River

Vincent River
© Scott Rylander

Philip Ridley's gripping exploration of modern day radicalisation transfers to Trafalgar Studios and clocks in at a speedy 85 minutes – not including all the time you'll be digesting it afterwards. Trafalgar Studios, until 22 June


Education, Education, Education

Education, Education, Education
© Graeme Braidwood

The Wardrobe Ensemble has bagged a number of awards for their hit show Education, Education, Education, which sheds a spotlight on education in the '90s and what it means for the present day. At a speedy 90-minutes and a roster of hit '90s tunes from the likes of Blur and Oasis, this is really going to whirl by. Trafalgar Studios, until 29 June


Afterglow


© Darren Bell

The passion-fuelled and intimate Afterglow was a big smash success in New York, running and running for 14 months and taking over $1 million in a 69-seater theatre. The raunchy three-hander (and who knows WHERE those hands have been) clocks in at a breezy 90-minutes. Southwark Playhouse, from 5 June


Betrayal

Tom Hiddleston in Betrayal
© Marc Brenner

Jamie Lloyd has revived some incredible Pinter pieces over the last year, culminating in this 90-minute three-hander exploring the messiness of romantic entanglements. Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox star, and you'll be out in time for a night cap afterwards. There are still tickets left too! Harold Pinter Theatre, until 8 June


Come From Away

Rachel Tucker in Come From Away
© Matthew Murphy

The Best New Musical Olivier Award-winner is about 100 minutes straight through, but it goes by in a complete flash. With non-stop choreography and some incredible tunes, this is a one-act piece to make your heart soar. Phoenix Theatre, currently booking until 14 September

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