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 Prisoner
    The Prisoner
    Dorfman - National Theatre
    There are 53 places in the world where punishment by death is still legal, in the UK range from 12 years to whole life imprisonment, but in Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne’s land – found in the... Read more
  • Foxfinder starring Iwan Rheon
    Foxfinder
    Ambassadors Theatre
    Foxfinder, Dawn King’s 2011 Papatango-winning play, is a lesson in allegory – a subtly unsettling exploration of the fragility of belief. The script is seamless, a dystopian fable that hauntingly... Read more
  • Misty
    Trafalgar Studio One
    One thing Misty makes clear is that Arinzé Kene is an unstoppable modern performer: his wit emanates though raps, which flow with ease and anger; his movement is impassioned, while his demeanour is... Read more
  • Carrie Hope Fletcher and the cast of Heathers the Musical
    Heathers The Musical
    Theatre Royal Haymarket
    Given its colourful design and glittery pop soundtrack, you’d be forgiven for thinking Heathers is a light-hearted coming-of-age, high school comedy, but it’s bloody dark: murder and suicide, bulimia... Read more
  • Unexpected Joy
    Southwark Playhouse
    Telling the story of three generations of female singers, Unexpected Joy captures the generational divisions that grow in relationships. Joy is reunited with her daughter Rachel and granddaughter... Read more
  • Dance Nation at the Almeida Theatre
    Dance Nation
    Almeida Theatre
    What is unique, or universal, about teenage girls studying dance? Why is it so fascinating? Claire Barron’s new play Dance Nation at the Almeida opens in the studio of 'Dance Teacher Pat’, somewhere... Read more
  • Vicky Vox as Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors
    Little Shop of Horrors
    Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
    When you enter the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park for this year’s musical offering – a revival of the cult classic Little Shop of Horrors – you’ll be greeted by Tom Scutt’s striking design of a... Read more
  • Exit The King
    Exit the King
    Olivier Theatre, National
    Rhys Ifans rages against the dying of the light as the 400-year-old King in Eugène Ionesco’s famed tragi-comedy. This is the first time that the absurdist playwright’s work has been produced at the... Read more
  • Ian McKellen in King Lear
    King Lear
    Duke of York's Theatre
    From a grand oak table, an aging, power-hungry dictator brandishes a pair of golden scissors and divides his kingdom up for his beloved daughters to preside over. As his grip on sanity dwindles, a... Read more
  • Allelujah by Alan Bennett
    Allelujah!
    The Bridge Theatre
    In his first play for six years, Alan Bennett takes aim at privatisation of the NHS on its 70th anniversary. Teaming up once again with director Nicholas Hytner at his new theatre, the Bridge, the... Read more
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