London Theatre Reviews

Planning a theatre trip and not sure whether to splurge on the star power and spectacle of a West End musical, experience an intimate drama in a Fringe venue, or check out the latest in new writing at the Royal Court?


See what our reviewers thought about all the latest London theatre offerings with our full theatre reviews listings! From classic dramas to new musicals, our editorial team have written about what they loved and what they didn’t. View our London Theatre Guide reviews below or visit the reviews archive for closed shows.

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  • Oslo
    Oslo
    Harold Pinter Theatre
    We’re bogged down with constant talk of negotiations these days, which is inevitable – the biggest democratic decision for a generation will change all our lives. It’s going to be tough, but nothing... Read more
  • Five Guys Named Moe
    Five Guys Named Moe
    Marble Arch Theatre
    It's been almost thirty years since Clarke Peters' musical first hit London. After a three night tryout at the National, it found success at Theatre Royal Stratford East. Now, it opens at a purpose-... Read more
  • Derren Brown Underground
    Derren Brown: Underground
    Playhouse Theatre
    I’m not allowed to tell you anything Derren Brown did last night, it’s a secret. Here is what I can divulge: he is the most charismatic and talented worker of stage and audience there is.  You’ve... Read more
  • The Knowledge
    The Knowledge
    Charing Cross Theatre
    If you didn’t know what ‘The Knowledge’ is, you have definitely benefitted from it at one stage in your life. It’s the laborious process by which London’s black cabbies meticulously learn the tens of... Read more
  • Waiting for Godot
    Waiting for Godot
    Arts Theatre
    ​Well, it “passed the time”… That was my final thought as the curtain fell on Waiting For Godot at the Arts Theatre and I believe it’s exactly what Samuel Beckett intended. Met with hecklers and... Read more
  • Mrs Orwell
    Mrs Orwell
    Southwark Playhouse
    George Orwell was only 46 when he died from tuberculosis. He’d just published Nineteen Eighty-Four, which went on to be one of his most successful works, and wasn’t able to see the impact he would... Read more
  • Follies
    Follies
    Olivier Theatre, National
    Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's 1971 Broadway masterwork Follies is a literally overwhelming experience. I cried from virtually the beginning to the haunting end of this evocative portrait of... Read more
  • Knives In Hens
    Knives in Hens
    Donmar Warehouse
    South African director Yaël Farber has become known for her raw and intense productions of plays about epic personal battles, from Mies Julie (a blistering South African version of Strindberg's Miss... Read more
  • Loot at the Park Theatre
    Loot
    Park Theatre
    Infamous for receiving the wrath of the Lord Chamberlain’s censorship when the show first opened in 1965 but later going on to enjoy large success, and even a film in 1970, Loot has its own fair... Read more
  • Ben Whishaw in Against
    Against
    Almeida Theatre
    Two years ago the Donmar Warehouse presented the British premiere of Christopher Shinn's Teddy Ferrera, a complex and highly charged play of University sexual politics. Now Shinn returns to the... Read more
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