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.

  • Frozen
    Frozen
    Theatre Royal Haymarket
    By an interesting coincidence, there's a musical called Frozen beginning performances on Broadway on Thursday (22nd February), but two days ahead of it a play sharing the exact same title opened at... Read more
  • Angry
    Angry
    Southwark Playhouse
    "All the world's a stage", Shakespeare once wisely had Jacques tell someone in As You Like It. "And one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages." In Philip Ridley's latest by... Read more
  • Girls & Boys
    Girls & Boys
    Royal Court Theatre
    Playwright Dennis Kelly has past form on shows featuring young girls, as he wrote the book for the musical version of Matilda (to Tim Minchin's score). But the young daughter Leanne and her younger... Read more
  • The York Realist
    Donmar Warehouse
    The York Realist may very well be a contemporary classic, but it doesn't advertise itself as such. It's one of those beautiful, tender, understated plays that works entirely by stealth; there's no... Read more
  • Again
    Again
    Trafalgar Studio Two
    Stephanie Jacob, the actress turned playwright whose has appeared on the stages of the National Theatre and as a writer-on-attachment there, too, tells us in a programme note that she'd been planning... Read more
  • Mad As Hell
    Mad as Hell
    Jermyn Street
    Network is one of the most exciting plays of the year, running at the National and starring the impeccable Bryan Cranston. That play is based on Paddy Chayefskey’s film about network news anchor... Read more
  • Gundog
    Gundog
    Royal Court Theatre
    The Royal Court prides itself on its new writing, and the variety of programmes it offers to develop the country’s and the world’s best writers. One of its Young Writers' Programme alumnus, Simon... Read more
  • Long Day's Journey Into Night
    Long Day's Journey Into Night
    Wyndham's Theatre
    Jeremy Irons starred in Long Days Journey Into Night  in 2016 in Bristol, the town in which he learnt his craft. Now, he leads the cast of Richard Eyre’s with Lesley Manville, recently announced as... Read more
  • Dry Powder
    Hampstead Theatre
    Hampstead Theatre is one of London's homes for new writing, whether newly commissioned from British writers or offering UK premieres for work first seen abroad, particularly from America. Last year,... Read more
  • Ben Whishaw in Julius Caesar
    Julius Caesar - Bridge Theatre
    The Bridge Theatre
    Et tu, Nick Hytner? In the last year we've already seen Julius Caesar multiple times, in productions at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre (inaugurating the new regime of artistic director Robert Hastie... Read more
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