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American Idiot
Deafening and blinding (LondonTheatre.co.uk); With its wit and warmth it is likely to win over traditional theatregoers (Telegraph); Pulses with raw energy and rage in a manner that very few shows can muster (Standard). more...


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...

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...

Bye Bye Birdie (Fringe)
This is a rare chance to see a Broadway classic presented with style and rough-around-the-edges-charm that make it well worth the journey to Walthamstow. (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...

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

Grand Hotel
Despite my reservations this is a rare chance to see this important, yet challenging musical up close and personal, with an impressive ensemble cast and superb production values (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 Staunton’s name on all the awards statuettes now (Evening Standard) 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...

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
[Beverley] Knight exudes vulnerability as well as glamour in spades, and there's great ensemble work all around, particularly from the troupe of exhilarating dancers and onstage band (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...

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
a rollicking summer's night entertainment (LondonTheatre.co.uk); wins over its audience by charm (Telegraph); the choreography...rivals anything on the London stage (Guardian). 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...

Thoroughly Modern Millie (Fringe)
With stronger direction and more focus and energy in the book scenes this has the potential to be a thoroughly excellent musical, but for now it remains a thoroughly commendable effort. (LondonTheatre.co.uk). more...

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

What's It All About? Bacharach Reimagined
I loved it so much that I've already booked to see it again (LondonTheatre.co.uk); A genuine reappraisal of the venerable Burt (Guardian); We repeatedly feel the joy (Standard). more...

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

Drama Reviews...

1984
A show that blows apart the safe conventions of the West End play — a really bold and brilliant piece of mainstream experimental theatre (LondonTheatre.co.uk). more...


Bakkhai (Almeida)
Thrillingly complemented by the constantly chanting, wailing ten-strong female chorus (LondonTheatre.co.uk); There is tremor not terror – but tremendous acting (Guardian); the applause was warm – but not ecstatic (Telegraph). more...

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

Dear Lupin
The piece feels alienatingly cosy and complacent (Independent); captures well this subtle mood of a very English understatement (Standard); occasionally strained (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...

Hamlet (Barbican)
So stuffed with ideas, concepts and effects that it threatens to overwhelm him (LondonTheatre.co.uk); trapped inside an intellectual ragbag of a production (Guardian); The actor commands the stage with a whirling energy (Independent). more...

McQueen
There are some compensating pleasures, not least the vividly inhabited performance of Stephen Wight in the title role...but John Caird's production, for all its extravagant dressing in every sense, reveals a hollow play underneath.(LondonTheatre.co.uk); more...

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

Our Country's Good (National)
The acting is relatively patchy across the board, and it is the convicts who land better than the Officers. (LondonTheatre.co.uk); does justice to a landmark play (Guardian); overwhelmingly successful (Independent). 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 Red Lion (NT)
You wait nearly ten years for a brand-new Patrick Marber play to arrive, and then you get The Red Lion, which is more of a gentle whimper than a full-blown roar of a play (LondonTheatre.co.uk). more...

Three Days in the Country
an evening of lovingly textured pleasure that gives you three days of events in little over 2 hours. (LondonTheatre.co.uk); a cliche of trendiness!(Daily Mail); Tilts too far in the direction of a satire (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...


The Importance of Being Earnest
A true delight (LondonTheatre.co.uk); A superb performance by Suchet (Guardian); Warmly recommended (Independent); Does not disappoint (Daily Mail); Suchet fans won’t be disappointed (Standard). more...

The Mentalists
Never quite reaches a summit of laughter (LondonTheatre.co.uk); Well worth a look (Telegraph); It all makes for a strange evening (Guardian); A slight offering (Daily Mail). 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 3 Little Pigs
We give our regular critic some time off and send four children to see the show. more...

Briefs (The Spiegeltent)
If you're looking for something different, naughty, cheeky, unpredictable and a little outrageous then this is the show for you (LondonTheatre.co.uk). more...

Impossible
Impossible achieves the well-near impossible and does so impossibly well (LondonTheatre.co.uk); a bit of a mixed bag (Telegraph); Somewhat retro (Guardian) more...

Sinatra at the London Palladium
The result feels effortful, not effortless. (LondonTheatre.co.uk); inevitably sentimental and hagiographic (Telegraph); We may get a hazy impression of his character (Standard). more...

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