London Theatre Reviews for Fringe & West End Shows

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 for current shows below, or visit our reviews archive.

  • 1984
    Playhouse Theatre
    This review relates to the Almedia Theatre production before it transferred to the Playhouse Theatre George Orwell was way ahead of his time when he published the book 1984 in 1949 — and now in 2015... Read more
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream - Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
    Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
    Artistic directors of Shakespeare’s Globe are used to igniting controversy: Mark Rylance, great Shakespearean actor that he was, wondered aloud if Shakespeare was actually the author of the plays... Read more
  • Aladdin
    Prince Edward Theatre
    Here's a show which gives a lot of bang for your bucks, in every way. Disney have set themselves an extremely high bar: their stage version of The Lion King -- which next year marks its 20th birthday... Read more
  • American Idiot
    Arts Theatre
    Not quite the time of your life, but something unpredictable and almost powerful.    The whiff of anarchy and stench of rebellion is certainly in the air at the Arts Theatre which has welcomed back... Read more
  • Beautiful - The Carole King Musical
    Aldwych Theatre
    After beginning her career as a composer of pop songs for other people to sing, Carole King's 1971 solo album release Tapestry made her into a star in her own right — and propelled her to a Carnegie... Read more
  • Briefs
    The Spiegeltent
    There really is only one way to start this review: And now for something completely different. When the invite came through to see this show, I initially filed it away as it's not the sort of thing... Read more
  • Bugsy Malone
    Lyric Hammersmith
    A summer treat not to be missed. I liked the Lyric Hammersmith's Bugsy Malone a lot when it first re-opened the theatre, after an extensive redevelopment of front-of-house areas, last year; now that... Read more
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Theatre Royal Drury Lane
    Two years on from its starry West End premiere in June 2013, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory has earned its place as a popular family and schools attraction. And even if it doesn't quite reach the... Read more
  • Faith Healer
    Donmar Warehouse
     A stunning achievement for the Donmar. I typically run a mile from a one-person show. You're stuck with them for an hour or more -- like it or not. So I should be running three miles from Faith... Read more
  • Funny Girl
    Savoy Theatre
    The Savoy is currently having a run of great Broadway musicals (and there's one more on the horizon when this one ends): after Gypsy and Guys and Dolls and before the arrival later in the year of... Read more
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