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 Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
    Donmar Warehouse
    Never mind The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie: can we pause first to consider the prime of Miss Lia Williams? This utterly startling actor is well on her way to becoming a stage great. Those of us who've... Read more
  • Machinal
    Almeida Theatre
    Machinal only runs for 90 minutes, but you feel the uneasy churn of every single one, as it moves inexorably towards its grim climax. An acute portrait of a lonely woman who works in a typing pool... Read more
  • Julie
    Lyttelton Theatre, National
    By placing Miss Julie, Strindberg’s 19th century tragedy of infidelity and indulgence, at a sweaty, upmarket house party in London, Polly Stenham has made a classic for today. With a pill-popping,... Read more
  • Killer Joe
    Trafalgar Studio One
    All power to Orlando Bloom, a Guildhall School of Speech and Drama graduate, for seeking out an overdue return to the London stage, after achieving fame in the Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of... Read more
  • Fatherland
    Lyric Hammersmith
    Watching Fatherland at the Lyric Hammersmith, you know this very personal play is going to affect everyone in the room very differently. ‘Dad’ is a very personal word; it can conjure feelings of... Read more
  • The Two Noble Kinsmen
    The Two Noble Kinsmen - Shakespeare's Globe
    Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
    Like buses, you can wait for ages for a production of The Two Noble Kinsmen, considered to be Shakespeare's last collaborative play (jointly written with the younger John Fletcher, though it wasn't... Read more
  • Translations
    Olivier Theatre, National
    Over the last few decades, as we become more globalised, the number of Irish Gaelic speakers is reducing dramatically. Brian Friel’s play which was written in 1980 but is set 150 years prior to that... Read more
  • The Rink
    Southwark Playhouse
    "I want to go round the rink/ There's nothing to beat the rink I think," goes a lyric and you will, too, as you watch this revival of a rarely-seen 1984 Kander and Ebb scored Broadway musical The... Read more
  • Consent
    Harold Pinter Theatre
    The National Theatre continues its winning streak of transfers to the West End, which in the last nine months has already yielded the world premiere of David Eldridge's Beginning (which moved to the... Read more
  • The Gronholm Method
    The Gronholm Method
    Menier Chocolate Factory
    There are more twists and turns in Jordi Galceran’s business drama The Grönholm Method than a stock market boom and bust. Four candidates are through to the final stages of a cutthroat interview... Read more
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