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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...


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...

Cats
The show's strength remains in its ensemble feeling (Londontheatre.co.uk); Cats is actually a classy species of panto (Telegraph); Performed with great commitment, the dancing is excellent (Guardian) more...

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

The Commitments
Scrappy, sometimes hazily sketched proceedings...I just wish there was a bit more content and originality. (Londontheatre.co.uk). more...

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

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

The Lion King
This is a dazzling show with the heart of a lion (Telegraph); A beautiful dazzle of invention and imagination (Evening Standard) more...

Made In Dagenham The Musical
At last we have an original new show worth celebrating (LondonTheatre.co.uk); Slick, catchy tunes (Independent); Funny, thoughtful and uplifting (Daily Express); Manages to be robustly likeable (Evening Standard) 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...

Memphis
Energetic and thrilling (LondonTheatre.co.uk); Killian Donnelly is something of a revelation (Guardian); Beverley Knight is sensational in this dynamic musical (Evening Standard). 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...

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...

Sweeney Todd (Fringe)
The company offer such full-blooded performances...This production is an absolute must-see (LondonTheatre.co.uk); an irresistible tasty treat (FT); a magnificently brooding Sweeney (Standard). more...

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

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

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
The West End could do with a new musical comedy, but this one doesn't hit the spot (LondonTheatre.co.uk); It’s still a little stiff and uneasy (Evening Standard); An absolute joy of an evening (Telegraph). more...

Drama Reviews...

Behind the Beautiful Forevers (NT)
It feels like a lot of effort for not enough reward. (LondonTheatre.co.uk); Consistently enjoyable (The Telegraph); The play leaves one deeply affected (The Guardian). more...


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

Closer (Donmar)
Played to a bruising perfection by the stunning ensemble cast (LondonTheatre.co.uk); Elegantly designed (Guardian); the shock value has slightly eroded (Telegraph); What’s missing is real passion (Standard). more...

Dara (NT)
The play is a serious slow-burn (LondonTheatre.co.uk); Performances can feel one-dimensional or forced (Independent); The writing is too often lifeless (Standard). more...

Game (Almeida)
Grimly gripping (Londontheatre.co.uk); A dark, riveting drama packed with ideas (Telegraph); I couldn’t look away (Financial Times); Does not feel boldly original (Standard). more...

The Hard Problem (NT)
An elegant, highly watchable production full of terrific performances (Londontheatre.co.uk); this is a major disappointment (Telegraph); occasionally suffers from information overload (Guardian); never quite exerts a strong enough grip as drama (Independent). more...

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

Man and Superman (NT)
A completely charismatic turn from Ralph Fiennes ... who completely owns the stage as he prowls it with urgency and conviction, and lets forth a stream of consciousness ... (LondonTheatre.co.uk). more...

The Nether
This provocative play about virtual reality brings us a step closer to the realities of where the internet may be dragging us. (LondonTheatre.co.uk); a starkly compelling production (Standard). 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...

Rules For Living (NT)
Initially amusing, but eventually wearying...(LondonTheatre.co.uk); touch scattergun and eventually outpaces comprehension (Daily Mail); Marianne Elliott’s exuberant production (Guardian). more...

Shakespeare In Love
A love song to the theatre itself (LondonTheatre.co.uk); It makes you feel grateful to be alive (Independent); A fizzy, infectious exuberance (Evening Standard) more...

Treasure Island (NT)
Treasure Island feels like a missed opportunity (Londontheatre.co.uk); an often ingenious production (Daily Mail); keeps alive the wit and excitement of the book (Guardian); lacks real buccaneering vitality (Standard). more...

A View From The Bridge
There's a combustible energy but also piercing sadness to the dramatic inevitability of its story. Unmissable. (LondonTheatre.co.uk); a menacing, meticulously conceived production (The Guardian). 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...

Buyer and Cellar (Menier)
It's an acting tour-de-force, but also a truly touching portrait of the isolation of fame (LondonTheatre.co.uk); It is impossible not to warm to his enthusiasm and generosity (Daily Mail) more...


Harvey
Lipman's customary spot-on comic timing saves more than one moribund scene (Daily Mail); It creaks in places but this gentle show has gorgeous sets and a slow-burn charm (Evening Standard) more...

My Night With Reg
The performances could simply not be better (LondonTheatre.co.uk); the funniest and most searing play to be found anywhere on the London stage (Telegraph); British drama doesn’t get better than this (Standard). 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 Ruling Class (Trafalgar Studios)
Lloyd's production comes embellished with some brilliant character actors (LondonTheatre.co.uk); James McAvoy’s charismatic performance is a tour de force (Standard); Tremendous, infectious fun (Telegraph). more...

Entertainment Reviews...
Be Bop A Lula!
Not the most refined and polished show you'll see in the West End, but ... the show's charm lies in its raw energy and infectious songs, most of which have become classics (LondonTheatre.co.uk). more...

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