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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...


Beyond Bollywood
The London Palladium sadly engulfs Beyond Bollywood and magnifies its low production values (besides those marvellous costumes) (LondonTheatre.co.uk). 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...

Bugsy Malone (Lyric Hammersmith)
Truly something special here (Londontheatre.co.uk); A blast - a triumphant return for the stage (Telegraph); Perfect way to reopen the Lyric after its £20 million refurbishment (Standard). more...

Carrie: The Musical (Southwark Playhouse)
The result is bloody marvellous - in every sense (Londontheatre.co.uk); There is lots to enjoy here (Telegraph); Saving grace is Evelyn Hoskinsí mesmerising, exquisitely centred performance (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...

Gypsy
This is an unmissable triumph (LondonTheatre.co.uk); Witness Imelda Staunton give one of the performances of her career (Telegraph); They might as well start carving Stauntonís name on all the awards statuettes now (Evening Standard) more...

High Society
this intimate production is also cast in strength throughout, with a sizzling chorus and really fine leading actors (LondonTheatre.co.uk); Cole Porterís musical mish-mash has a patronising attitude (Guardian) more...

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

Les Misťrables
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...

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...

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...

Drama Reviews...

American Buffalo
Sometimes bewildering but always potent stuff (LondonTheatre.co.uk); Enjoyable enough but a bit dime-a-dozen (Telegraph); Moments of abrasive comedy (Evening Standard). more...


The Audience
A clever, witty play (LondonTheatre.co.uk); Enthralling and royally entertaining (Telegraph); Scott Thomas is certainly regal (Independent); Such a great play (Daily Mail); Touching portrait of a woman (Standard). more...

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

Death of a Salesman
Attention has certainly been paid to this impressive revival (LondonTheatre.co.uk); Sher gives the performance of his career (Telegraph); more...

Everyman (NT)
Marvellously abstract, the production is a treat for the senses (LondonTheatre.co.uk); An admirable effort, with industrious, multi-tasking support from an ensemble of 22 (Telegraph); Virtuosic production (Guardian). 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...

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (NT)
The result is undeniably hard work - for the audience as much as the actors (LondonTheatre.co.uk); Itís easier to admire the piece than love it (Telegraph). more...

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

McQueen
I suspect McQueen might only appeal to those who still mourn him and long for a dose of high fashion nostalgia (LondonTheatre.co.uk); Unfortunately this pretentious, unshapely piece feels like something of a fashion faux pas (Telegraph). more...

Peter Pan (Open Air)
Directors Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel have put together the most creatively imaginative production I have seen in a very long time.(LondonTheatre.co.uk); It is never entirely convincing having adults playing children (Telegraph) 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 Elliottís exuberant production (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...

The Beaux Stratagem
An accessible and layered Restoration comedy that has much to enjoy(LondonTheatre.co.uk); A perfectly decent summer romp (Telegraph); maintains a perfect balance between serious comment and exuberant fun (Guardian). more...


Communicating Doors(Menier)
This is a seriously brilliant and brilliantly funny play although Lindsay Posner's production takes time to warm up (LondonTheatre.co.uk); Posnerís production isnít perfect (Telegraph). more...

Hay Fever
I laughed precisely once...Nothing is less funny than actors gurning and straining for laughs (LondonTheatre.co.uk); Kendalís lovely energy holds the evening together (Telegraph). 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...

Entertainment Reviews...
The Generation of Z: Apocalypse (Fringe)
The Generation of Z: Apocalypse is an exhilarating and intense theatrical experience, which will get your blood pumping faster than you can cry: "Zombie!" (LondonTheatre.co.uk) more...

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