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.

  • Moulin Rouge! The Musical
    Piccadilly Theatre
    The night belongs to the bohemians, as Baz Luhrmann’s iconic 2001 film can-cans its way to vibrant life onstage in Alex Timbers’s eyegasmic production. There’s a new detail — an elephant, a windmill... Read more
  • Photo credit: David Suchet (Photo by Ash Koek)
    David Suchet - Poirot and More, A Retrospective
    Harold Pinter Theatre
    Sweet but wildly overlong, of interest but also indulgent, David Suchet – Poirot and More: A Retrospective has pitched up for several weeks in the West End, its socially distanced nature ideally... Read more
  • Photo credit: Pía Laborde-Noguez, Eduardo Arcelus, Jimena Larraguivel, Joseph Balderrama (Photo by Tristram Kenton)
    A Fight Against… (Una Lucha Contra…)
    Royal Court Theatre
    Has lighting struck twice? Not entirely, though that’s not necessarily meant as a demerit. In 1991, the Royal Court’s studio-sized Theatre Upstairs premiered a play by the Argentina-born writer Ariel... Read more
  • Photo credit: John Dagleish as Bob Cratchit in Cratchit (Photo by Charles Flint Photography)
    Cratchit
    Park Theatre
    The Christmas Carol industry remains a thriving one, and Dickens’s self-described “ghost story of Christmas” has certainly experienced many and varied appropriations since the novella was published... Read more
  • Photo credit: Trevor Fox and Tamsin Greig in Peggy For You (Photo by Helen Maybanks)
    Peggy For You
    Hampstead Theatre
    Christmas came a little bit earlier in the form of the Santa-sent – no, make that heaven-sent – Tamsin Greig, who gives nothing less than one of the best performances of 2021 as the onetime uber-... Read more
  • Photo credit: Bring It On cast (Photo by Helen Maybanks)
    Bring It On
    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    “Who wants to humiliate themselves on national reality TV?” says highschooler Danielle to new student Campbell, played by Love Island winner Amber Davies. When the first Bring It On film premiered in... Read more
  • Photo credit: Habeas Corpus cast (Photo by Manuel Harlan)
    Habeas Corpus
    Menier Chocolate Factory
    Plays don’t come trickier or harder to pin down tonally than Habeas Corpus, Alan Bennett’s 1973 farce of sorts whose abiding topic turns out to be death. Full of jokes about outsized breasts,... Read more
  • Eddie Redmayne and Jessie Buckley in Cabaret (Photo by Marc Brenner)
    Cabaret
    Kit Kat Club
    We have no troubles here. In here, life is beautiful. The Kit Kat Club is the ultimate escape. After a difficult or even ordinary day, the fanfare, glitz, and glamour feel like a portal to another... Read more
  • Gary Lilburn and Tanya Moodie in Trouble in Mind (Photo by Johan Persson)
    Trouble in Mind
    Dorfman - National Theatre
    Set in 1950s America, Trouble in Mind follows rehearsals for the fictional play, Chaos in Belleville; a Broadway-bound show about a lynching in a southern town. Despite being a "race" play, the show... Read more
  • Photo credit: Pantoland cast (Photo by Paul Coltas)
    Pantoland At The Palladium
    London Palladium
    A self-aware show is always a good time, especially in panto season. So when Julian Clary introduces a scene in Pantoland at the Palladium by saying it's from Dick Whittington in 2017, everyone... Read more
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