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.

  • The Lady from the Sea
    The Lady from the Sea
    Donmar Warehouse
    Kwame Kwei-Armah was recently announced to succeed David Lan as artistic director of the Young Vic, and proved to be an immediately popular choice. The London-born former actor (he was a star of TV's... Read more
  • Albion
    Almeida Theatre
    Director Rupert Goold and playwright Mike Bartlett are well known for delivering theatrical fireworks, both verbal and physical. When they previously joined forces at the Almeida, the result was that... Read more
  • Venus in Fur
    Venus in Fur
    Theatre Royal Haymarket
    Given the week the entertainment industry has had, a play about sex, abuse and power was always going to feel relevant. But while David Ives’ Venus in Fur is an entertaining play with a stellar... Read more
  • A Woman of No Importance
    A Woman of No Importance
    Vaudeville Theatre
    No, A Woman of No Importance isn't a stage biography of Theresa May. Rather, it is Oscar Wilde's 1893 play that inaugurates a new, year-long season dedicated to his work that will be followed by... Read more
  • Beginning
    Dorfman - National Theatre
    12 years ago David Eldridge was a founding member of the Monsterists - a collective of younger playwrights urging each other to leave black box theatres behind them and think bigger. Its manifesto... Read more
  • Saint George and the Dragon
    Saint George and the Dragon
    Olivier Theatre, National
    In 2009, the National produced Richard Bean's buoyant portrait of England across the four centuries of immigration to these shores, England People Very Nice. Now, on the same stage, Rory Mullarkey... Read more
  • The Seagull
    The Seagull
    Lyric Hammersmith
    The Seagull soars high at the Lyric Hammersmith, with Simon Stephens’ haunting adaptation breathing new life into Anton Chekhov’s text. Examining the complex nature of human relationships, this... Read more
  • Hair at the Vaults
    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Off-Broadway premiere of Hair, originally billed as the American tribal love-rock musical, at New York's Public Theatre. In the years in-between it has had... Read more
  • Young Frankenstein
    Young Frankenstein
    Garrick Theatre
    Mel Brooks is already quoted on the ads for Young Frankenstein, his own musical adaptation of his cult 1974 retro comedy Young Frankenstein saying, "I think, modestly speaking, it will be sensational... Read more
  • Victory Condition
    Victory Condition
    Royal Court Theatre
    Victory Condition by Chris Thorpe, part of the Royal Court’s Jerwood New Playwrights programme, uncovers how constantly striving for a sense of victory in modern day life is damaging. The title of... Read more
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