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Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
Delivered with a rare mixture of ferocity and vivacity, passion and charm (LondonTheatre.co.uk); A workmanlike effort (Telegraph); Sweet and happy as pie (Daily Mail), Gently enjoyable (Standard). more...


Bend It Like Beckham
The show is full of love and emotion(LondonTheatre.co.uk); Back of the net, then? Not quite. The show has flaws (Standard); The show aims to entertain, not point-score (Telegraph). more...

Billy Elliot
The greatest British musical I have ever seen (Telegraph); Enjoyable (Independent). more...

The Book of Mormon
Cleverly written...enormously enjoyable.(Londontheatre.co.uk); Decadent and self-indulgent musical (Telegraph); mildly amusing (Guardian); Loved it (Independent) more...

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Hugely inventive production almost overwhelming in its sheer scale and complexity, but magical nonetheless (Londontheatre.co.uk). more...

Close to You
Pierces the heart...lifts the spirits with utter joy. (Londontheatre.co.uk); Not everything on stage works (Telegraph); Riabko adds almost nothing to it (Standard). more...

Funny Girl (Menier Chocolate Factory)
Will take some real warming up (LondonTheatre.co.uk); The show rests squarely on the shoulders of Sheridan Smith (Guardian); Her (Sheridan's) voice is satisfyingly confident (Standard). more...

Guys and Dolls
Parker is a complete delight, effortlessly suave and richly voiced...(LondonTheatre.co.uk); A joyous revival (Independent); fizzing choreography (Guardian); irresistible charm (Standard). more...

In The Heights (King's Cross Theatre)
The show finds its life source and force in movement...in almost constant motion...It is an unmissable joy and delight (LondonTheatre). more...

Jersey Boys
This piece remains very much a jukebox musical (Stage); Slickly animated production (Evening Standard) more...

Kinky Boots
A terrific hard-working ensemble that bring this show to gleaming, authentic life and exhilarating fun.(LondonTheatre.co.uk); too formulaic to induce rapture (Independent); a kicking I feel obliged to give it (Telegraph). more...

Les Misérables
The whole production is a wonderful piece of musical theatre (Gary Mack) more...

The Lion King
The Lion King is an outstanding creative and emotional musical and will no doubt remain the King of the West End for many years to come. (LondonTheatre.co.uk) more...

Mamma Mia!
Don't go to the show expecting any gripping story line, just go with the mind of enjoying the songs, reminiscing and having a lot of fun. (londontheatre.co.uk) more...

Matilda The Musical
The best new British musicafl since Billy Elliot.(Telegraph); Cracking Christmas fun. (Londontheatre.co.uk). more...

Miss Saigon
My senses were regularly dazzled, but I was never moved (LondonTheatre.co.uk); A stone cold hit (Express); High-stakes intensity (Evening Standard) more...

The Phantom of the Opera
Continues to wow audiences and cast its magical spell. (Gary Mack) more...

Road Show (Union)
There is sufficient argument in rediscovering this tricky piece, but sadly this production creates as many problems as it attempts to solve (LondonTheatre.co.uk). more...

Sunny Afternoon
It is exhilaratingly staged by Edward Hall with apt period choreography (LondonTheatre.co.uk); a heady celebration of a quintessentially English talent (The Guardian). more...

Thriller Live
A great night out (Daily Telegraph); Immensely enjoyable (Independent) more...

Wicked
Witty, enjoyable (Telegraph); I enjoyed very little (Independent) more...

wonder.land
I have to say how far off the mark the result actually is (LondonTheatre.co.uk) Feels cluttered, confused and overstuffed (Standard); extraordinary visual flair (Telegraph). more...

Drama Reviews...

Battlefield
The staging screams trademark Brook and is enchantingly simple, yet continually surprising. (LondonTheatre.co.uk) more...


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
This is unmissable theatre - a modern classic (LondonTheatre.co.uk) more...

Escaped Alone (Royal Court)
Not a full or satisfying theatrical evening (LondonTheatre.co.uk); packs an amazing amount into a modest frame (Guardian); superb cast (Independent). more...

Evening At The Talk House (NT)
Heavy with atmosphere and foreboding, but the stakes don't feel as high as they ought to be, nor the outcome. The play simply feels arid and enervating (LondonTheatre.co.uk). more...

Goodnight Mister Tom
The kids are just marvellous...spellbindingly anchored by David Troughton's moving, layered performance as the titular Mister Tom (LondonTheatre.co.uk). more...

Hangmen
Without a doubt one of the strongest new plays I've seen this year. An instant modern classic (LondonTheatre.co.uk); Writing of the highest order (Standard). more...

The Homecoming (Trafalgar Studios 1)
Some solid performances all round (LondonTheatre.co.uk); Impeccably acted (Guardian); If misery is your bag, you will be in your element (Daily Mail); A claustrophobic and tense account of a play (Standard). more...

Iphigenia In Splott (National)
One of the most powerful and stirring political plays of recent times. (LondonTheatre.co.uk); Sophie Melville is remarkable (Telegraph); painfully vivid (Standard). more...

Les Liaisons Dangereuses
This beautifully cast and designed evening is another feather in the Donmar's cap (LondonTheatre.co.uk); an evening to richly savour (Guardian); a handsome period staging (Telegraph). more...

Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
It's both gripping and chastening (LondonTheatre.co.uk); Sharon D Clarke is terrific (Telegraph); Richly detailed ensemble acting (Independent); More where this came from, please (Standard). more...

The Master Builder
Rewarding (LondonTheatre.co.uk); Fiennes at the height of his powers (Guardian); Intelligent production is all shifting nuance (Telegraph); Fiennes throws himself in to the part (Daily Mail). more...

The Mother
McKee is extraordinary — her nerves feel not just frayed but directly exposed by her insecurities (LondonTheatre.co.uk); a profoundly disorientating experience (Standard). more...

The Mousetrap
The story, whilst sensational and full of silly coincidences, is actually quite good. (LondonTheatre.co.uk) more...

Rabbit Hole (Hampstead Theatre)
Hampstead Theatre is fast becoming the go-to London address for new American plays. It's painful to watch, but also utterly gripping and stunningly played (LondonTheatre.co.uk). more...

The Railway Children (King's Cross Theatre)
There may be a bit too much narration at times, but ... comes into its own when a real steam train and carriage hove thrillingly into view. (LondonTheatre.co.uk more...

Red Velvet
Slightly over-projected by some of its supporting cast, with a lot of shouting and bad foreign accents...an effective slice of theatrical history.(LondonTheatre.co.uk more...

War Horse
Genius isn't too strong a word to describe this astonishing production (Daily Telegraph); Be sure not to miss this stunning show (The Times) more...

The Woman in Black
A brilliant thriller that is a must see! (londontheatre.co.uk) more...

Comedy Reviews...

As You Like It (NT)
This is, sadly, definitely not as I like it...a production of cascading ill-judged modern effects. (LondonTheatre.co.uk). more...


The Play That Goes Wrong
You cannot fail to admire the ceaseless energy of the cast (LondonTheatre.co.uk); A great-looking, brilliantly performed piece (The Telegraph); Some ingenious, precision-drilled, physical comedy (Evening Standard). more...

Round the Horne (Museum of Comedy)
This is a must-see show for fans of 60's humour, particularly if you were there at the time. It's very nostalgic and faithfully recreates the original comedy magic. (LondonTheatre.co.uk). more...

Entertainment Reviews...
Cirque Berserk (Peacock Theatre)
It may lack the overall beauty of a company like Cirque du Soleil...but Julius Green's production has its own grungy industrial power, loudly underscored by a nasty electronic score. (LondonTheatre.co.uk). more...

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