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.

  • Photo credit: Luke Thallon and Patsy Ferran (Photo by Manuel Harlan)
    Camp Siegfried
    The Old Vic
    Who knew there was a Nazi summer camp on New York’s Long Island in the 1930s? While renting a house there during the pandemic, American playwright Bess Wohl began reading about Camp Siegfried in the... Read more
  • Photo credit: Is God Is (Photo by Tristram Kenton)
    Is God Is
    Royal Court Theatre
    God is a woman in Is God Is, the electrifying Aleshea Harris play that makes every bit as strong an impression on the Royal Court mainstage as it did off-Broadway at Soho Rep in 2018. (The explosive... Read more
  • Photo credit: NW Trilogy (Photo by Marc Brenner)
    NW Trilogy
    Kiln Theatre
    NW Trilogy centres on the people who once resided right on the doorstep of Kilburn's Kiln Theatre where the piece makes its debut. It’s a beautifully realised collection of plays where audiences are... Read more
  • Photo credit: Indecent Cast (Photo by Johan Persson)
    Indecent
    Menier Chocolate Factory
    Talk about a delayed thrill: Paula Vogel’s lauded play Indecent was primed for its British debut at the Menier Chocolate Factory back in March 2020, when the curtains came down across theatreland. So... Read more
  • Photo credit: The Memory of Water (Photo by Helen Murray)
    The Memory of Water
    Hampstead Theatre
    Time hasn’t been kind to The Memory of Water, Shelagh Stephenson’s play about three sisters brought together following the death of their mother. I saw Terry Johnson’s premiere of this same play at... Read more
  • Photo credit: Samantha Barks and Stephanie McKeon in Frozen (Photo by Johan Persson)
    Frozen the Musical
    Theatre Royal Drury Lane
    Elsa must feel at home in London, where the weather can turn faster than you can say “let it go.” After a blustery and blue summer (Elsa, is that you?), the sun emerged for the first 30-degree day in... Read more
  • Photo credit: Rockets and Blue Lights (Photo by Brinkhoff/Mogenburg)
    Rockets and Blue Lights
    Dorfman - National Theatre
    Two women look at a painting by J. M. W. Turner: The Slave Ship. We can see the painting only through their descriptions: the blood-red sky, the churning waves, the faceless bodies half-submerged in... Read more
  • Adrian Edmondson and Ethan Kai in Once Upon a Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia at the Almeida.(Photo by Marc Brenner)
    Once Upon a Time in Nazi Occupied Tunisia
    Almeida Theatre
    In a time long ago, well 1943 to be exact, Tunisia was home to Arabs and Jews who lived together under French rule. The Nazi’s invasion of Tunisia introduced violence, suffering, and betrayal between... Read more
  • Photo credit: Operation Mincemeat (Photo by Matt Crockett)
    Operation Mincemeat
    Southwark Playhouse
    From its opening chorus, Operation Mincemeat is a fizzy, clever, compelling new musical. Though billed as a work-in-progress, don’t come in expecting a half-finished evening: this is a tight and... Read more
  • Carrie Hope Fletcher, Laura Baldwin, Victora Hamilton-Barritt, Georgina Castle in Cinderella, Photo Credit Tristram Kenton
    Cinderella The Musical
    Gillian Lynne Theatre
    We could all use a fairytale right now after the year (and a half) we’ve had. A little escapism to drown our troubles and remember that sometimes happy endings and dreams do come true.  Well, Andrew... Read more
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