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 all of our London Theatre Guide reviews here in one place, or visit our reviews archive to see historic shows.

  • Moby Dick the Musical
    The Union Theatre
    This is Moby Dick, but not as you remember it. The 25th Anniversary production of Hereward Kaye and Robert Longden’s musical flop Moby Dick! The Musical has arrived at the Union Theatre and bares... Read more
  • A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer
    Dorfman - National Theatre
    This show calls itself "an all-singing, all-dancing celebration of ordinary life and death," but there's nothing ordinary about it: it's an extraordinary, sometimes weird but wonderful portrait of... Read more
  • Ragtime
    Charing Cross Theatre
    Ragtime was beaten to the 1998 Tony Award for Best Musical by The Lion King, but if Disney has prevailed on Broadway -- where it has run ever since and become the most profitable entertainment of any... Read more
  • The Red Barn
    Lyttelton Theatre, National
    Just as you shouldn't come out of a musical humming the sets, you'd hope that a stage thriller might provide more thrills than just a scene change. But it's virtually impossible to talk about The Red... Read more
  • Oil
    Almeida Theatre
    Dovetailing the personal and the political, and spanning over 160 years between 1889 to 2051, Ella Hickson's new play Oil is nothing if not serially and seriously ambitious, seeking to provide a... Read more
  • Shopping & F***ing
    Lyric Hammersmith
    The selling begins before the play has even started. Cast members roam the dramatically reconfigured auditorium trying to sell badges and merchandise whilst flogging a special offer for a seat... Read more
  • The Dresser
    Duke of York's Theatre
    Plays (and musicals) about backstage theatrical life are all the rage; the theatregoing public seems endlessly fascinated by life from the stage wings, whether it be with musicals like The Producers... Read more
  • One Night in Miami
    Donmar Warehouse
    A lot can happen in one evening, as Kemp Powers' play suggests, drawing on real events that fictionalise conversations between a number of famous faces barred up in a hotel room on a winter's night... Read more
  • Murder Ballad
    Arts Theatre
    I wish I could call Murder Ballad a killer of a show -- it would look good on the posters -- but neither is it a show I have to bury a knife in, either. It's a bold, though not exactly brilliant,... Read more
  • The Boys In The Band
    Park Theatre
    With Mart Crowley's landmark play The Boys in the Band context is everything. Written and set in 1968, the year before the Stonewall riots in New York City, it explores a period of time that is maybe... Read more
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