London Theatre Reviews

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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 here in one place, or visit our reviews archive to see historic shows.

  • Father Comes Home From The Wars
    Royal Court Theatre
    The title Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 and 3) is slightly cumbersome, but the play it contains is meaty and mighty and indicates that this trilogy is part of a wider scheme. Its... Read more
  • Imogen
    Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
    As I left the Globe following the opening of Imogen I was stopped by a group who had been drawn to the gates by the booming music filling the Southbank. "Is that Skepta in there?" they asked. Passers... Read more
  • Good Canary
    Rose Theatre Kingston
    Plays about addiction and the effects substance abuse has on both mental health and relationships certainly seem to be in vogue. Nowhere was this idea more astutely and triumphantly realised than in... Read more
  • No Man's Land
    Wyndham's Theatre
    Each and every day is a race against mortality, the dying of the light; and at 76 and 77 respectively, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen must know this keenly. As such, they're a decade older to play... Read more
  • Things I Know to be True
    Lyric Hammersmith
    It's not very often that you see a piece of theatre that resonates so soundly with a specific period of your life that it feels both difficult and cathartic to watch. As one of three siblings... Read more
  • David Baddiel - My Family: Not the Sitcom
    Vaudeville Theatre
    David Baddiel has stepped far beyond his own comfort zone as a television pundit and comedian to lately invent a new kind of theatrical confessional monologue that is neither a stand-up show nor a... Read more
  • The Alchemist RSC
    Barbican
    While the cat's away, the mice will play. And so it proves yet again in Ben Johnson's riotous 17th-century London comedy The Alchemist in which, after a Blackfriars gentleman decamps to the... Read more
  • The Pianist of Willesden Lane
    St James Theatre
    There's something fundamentally remarkable about Lisa Jura's story of resilience and the overwhelming power of music. Though the plot sounds like a Hollywood film, the fact that it's a true story and... Read more
  • Doctor Faustus RSC
    Barbican
    To see one misfiring Doctor Faustus in a year is a misfortune; to see a second production failing and flailing starts to look like carelessness. The one thing you can say for Maria Aberg's take on... Read more
  • 27
    The Cockpit Theatre
    The Faustian myth is a well-worn trope of musical theatre, from George Abbott and Douglass Wallop's Damn Yankees (1955) to the recent new British musical Exposure at the St James Theatre. Pacts with... Read more
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