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 Sorcerer's Apprentice" in Sounds and Sorcery celebrating Disney Fantasia
    Sounds and Sorcery
    Following the unprecedented critical successes of Walt Disney’s first animated classics Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio, many regarded his next venture – a collection of largely... Read more
  • As You Like It
    As You Like It
    Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
    Much like the mystical Forest of Arden, with twinkling fairy lights and copious amounts of plants, Regent Park’s Open Air Theatre is a delight to behold. Upon entering the auditorium, however, the... Read more
  • The Jungle
    The Jungle
    Playhouse Theatre
    It is so easy to feel disconnected from the world when we experience it from such a distance, watching the news on screens and scrolling through tweets simply exacerbates the sense that the world has... Read more
  • The Lieutenant of Inishmore
    Noel Coward Theatre
    Terrorism is usually no laughing matter; but the audacity of playwright Martin McDonagh in this play, first produced by the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2001, is to make an outright, occasionally... Read more
  • The King and I
    The King and I
    London Palladium
    Sure, it's old-fashioned and a bit creaky. But The King and I is also - to quote one of its utterly glorious catalogue of standards - something wonderful. Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote some of the... Read more
  • Imperium
    Imperium I: Conspirator
    Gielgud Theatre
    The RSC is built for size. From such bold theatrical epics as the full Shakespeare History Cycle (all eight plays were last seen there in 2007 using the same company of 34 actors playing 264 roles)... Read more
  • Fun Home
    Young Vic
    First and most obviously what it is not: Fun Home isn't Hamilton. Though it originated at the same New York hit factory, the Public, in 2013 - two years ahead of Hamilton there - Fun Home is in a... Read more
  • 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
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