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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...


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

The Buskers Opera
London deserves this to be a much grittier and hard-hitting modern parallel rather than the champagne socialism the musical currently represents. (Londontheatre.co.uk) more...

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

Funny Girl (Savoy)
Smith makes it into something extraordinary — truthful, bold and heartstopping by turns (LondonTheatre); full-hearted charm (Telegraph); reinvents Brice for a new generation (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
The best musical I have ever seen, period (LondonTheatre); 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
It's clearly a tightly oiled machine but that efficiency does little to stifle the creative and emotional impact...London is all the better for having this prime example of British musical theatre at its finest (LondonTheatre.co.uk). 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 musical since Billy Elliot.(Telegraph); Cracking Christmas fun. (Londontheatre.co.uk). more...

Motown the Musical
Slick, sleek production, with exhilarating choreography (Londontheatre.co.uk); I was disappointed at how little I discovered (Guardian); always enjoyable (Times). more...

Mrs Henderson Presents
Delightful and winningly old-fashioned (LondonTheatre.co.uk); its art is somewhat lacking (Telegraph); simply isn’t good enough (Standard). more...

The Phantom of the Opera
It's a tightly drilled ensemble that features solid turns from the entire company...an unforgettable delight and an undeniable pleasure from start to finish (LondonTheatre.co.uk). more...

Show Boat
It's a miracle of a production for a miracle of a show. (LondonTheatre.co.uk); radiates immense talent across the board (Telegraph); still a knockout (Standard). 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...

Sunset Boulevard
There's some ravishingly beautiful music here (LondonTheatre.co.uk); triumphant performance (Telegraph); Mesmerising (The Times); The sun once more rises on a glorious Sunset Boulevard (Mail). more...

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

The Toxic Avenger
The campy, tongue in cheek elements make for a fun night out, but thanks to a highly accomplished cast it pushes the top end of its glass ceiling (LondonTheatre.co.uk). more...

The War of the Worlds
There's not much in the way of real drama, though, in the midst of the overriding spectacle (LondonTheatre.co.uk); feels overblown and undercooked (Standard); two big numbers reliably deliver (Guardian). 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...

Abominations (Etcetera Theatre)
Gritty, realistic and keeps your attention throughout. This is a slice of kitchen sink drama that is well worth seeing (LondonTheatre.co.uk). more...


All That Fall (Wilton's/Arts Theatre)
Max Stafford-Clark's careful and visionary production maintains the intention whilst providing an invigorating auditory treat...(LondonTheatre.co.uk). more...

Boy (Almeida)
Sometimes chilling, always rigorous, and finally quietly overwhelming (LondonTheatre.co.uk); Quietly magnificent (Standard); The kind of thing to turn first-timers on to theatre (Radio Times). more...

The Caretaker
Balances all three roles and delivers a knock-out ensemble performance (LondonTheatre.co.uk); Rich performances (Standard); Worth looking in on (Telegraph). more...

Cleansed
This shocking and multi-sensory production is not for the faint-hearted (LondonTheatre.co.uk) left me feeling drained (Guardian); ugly, cruel and intoxicating (Standard). more...

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

Doctor Faustus
I found myself lost and bemused in the shuffle (LondonTheatre.co.uk); verges on being totally incomprehensible (Telegraph); an exercise in bombarding us with toxic images (Standard). more...

The Flick
A slice of real life is rarely seen so honestly and faithfully presented, and both Baker and Gold create an pointed look at American life (LondonTheatre.co.uk). more...

Les Blancs
This is everything good theatre should be – challenging, thought provoking and confrontational (LondonTheatre.co.uk); compelling mix of atmosphere and argument (Observer). more...

The Maids
A fantastically watchable exercise in style over substance (LondonTheatre.co.uk); a remarkable tour de force (Guardian); The performances are memorably intense (Standard). 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 Mousetrap
The story, whilst sensational and full of silly coincidences, is actually quite good. (LondonTheatre.co.uk) more...

People, Places and Things
It is unmissable theatre — the play of the year...it thrills and astonishes (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...

The Truth (Menier Chocolate Factory)
It's not pretty, but it makes for riveting theatre. And in director Lindsay Posner's crisp production, the constantly shifting tensions are minutely maintained by magnificent ensemble (LondonTheatre.co.uk). more...

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

X (Royal Court)
I was all too aware of the infinitely slow passage of time (LondonTheatre.co.uk); well served by Vicky Featherstone’s airtight production...a talented cast (Guardian). more...

Comedy Reviews...

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery
The show is one long blast of laughter, ricocheting around the auditorium (LondonTheatre.co.uk); Thrillingly and daringly inventive (Guardian); Full of invention and surprises (Radio Times). more...


The End of Longing
So much of this feels utterly contrived, superficial and unconvincing (LondonTheatre.co.uk); little going on behind the lines (Guardian); uneven yet undeniably dark (Standard). more...

Hand to God
Just gets louder and louder, dumber and more violent (LondonTheatre.co.uk); One might find more laughs in Rod Hull and Emu (Guardian); Tonally it’s all over the place (Standard); Absolutely hilarious (Radio Times). more...

How the Other Half Loves
It's a phenomenally well-choreographed scene, superbly staged...beautifully cast and played production is also a treat for the sublime performances (LondonTheatre.co.uk). more...

Nell Gwynn
Utterly joyous (LondonTheatre.co.uk); A right royal treat (Telegraph); A populist, fluffy, but big-hearted show (Independent); Ebullient production (Standard). more...

The Painkiller
It's a lot of fun, though its undeniably also very slight (LondonTheatre.co.uk); suitably fast and furious (Guardian); rarely generate the requisite helpless hilarity (Independent). 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...

The Suicide
It constantly feels overcooked, contrived and strenuous...(LondonTheatre.co.uk); seems not only superfluous but curiously dated (Guardian); never finds its rhythm (Evening Standard). more...

Entertainment Reviews...
The Winter's Tale (ROH)
Perhaps one of the finest ballets I have ever enjoyed, and is without a doubt the most arresting, inspiring and moving evening I've ever spent at the Royal Opera House. (LondonTheatre.co.uk) more...

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