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.

  • Richard III
    Richard III
    Alexandra Palace
    John Haidar’s Richard III is the inaugural show at the newly restored Alexandra Palace Theatre, its boards for the treading once more after an 80-year hiatus. This is a worthy setting. It has the... Read more
  • Tom Hiddleston and Zawe Ashton in Betrayal
    Harold Pinter Theatre
    Director Jamie Lloyd has just finished a six-month season featuring seven rotating bills of all Harold Pinter's short plays, which proved to be a thrilling and frequently alarming journey into some... Read more
  • The Twilight Zone
    The Twilight Zone
    Ambassadors Theatre
    The West End is already full of stage versions of films, with Waitress and 9 to 5 newly added to the musicals roster and All About Eve to the one for plays. Now the back TV catalogue is being... Read more
  • Admissions
    Trafalgar Studio One
    The era of Trump and Trumpism has ignited a flurry of culture wars that were already simmering. Is affirmative action to increase the representation of black and minority students in college... Read more
  • Angry Alan
    Angry Alan
    Soho Theatre
    Since Trump rocked the world with his election in 2016, there has been no shortage of political satire on the subject. But writer Penelope Skinner explores a new angle with her one-man show Angry... Read more
  • Waitress
    Adelphi Theatre
    Waitress opened on Broadway in the same 2015/16 season as Hamilton - so, hardly surprisingly, lost out in the Tony Awards race, including for best musical and best original score. Yet, nearly three... Read more
  • Alys, Always
    Alys, Always
    The Bridge Theatre
    Another day, another middling (and very middle-class) new play at the Bridge. Great things were expected for this theatre, founded by Nick Hytner and Nick Starr after they departed from the National... Read more
  • Rip It Up
    Rip It Up
    Garrick Theatre
    Strictly Come Dancing fans rejoiced at the news that four male celebrities who have competed for the Glitterball trophy would be teaming up to perform a celebration of swinging sixties music and... Read more
  • Follies
    Olivier Theatre, National
    Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's 1971 Broadway musical yields new emotions, textures and terrors with each repeated viewing or production. Nostalgia, as the old saying goes, isn't what it used to... Read more
  • Equus
    Theatre Royal Stratford East
    There's always a paradox at the heart of Peter Shaffer's plays of (lack of) faith, divinity and redemption: they are unquestionably verbose in their use of language and mightily overblown in the... Read more
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