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 all of our London Theatre Guide reviews for current shows below, or check out our reviews archive for historic shows.

  • Promises, Promises
    Southwark Playhouse
    Sometimes a revolutionary musical rears its head in a peculiar form. Whilst Burt Bacharach, Hal David and Neil Simon weren't necessarily advancing either style or content in their 1968 musical... Read more
  • BU21
    Trafalgar Studio Two
    Sometimes theatre can bring you face to face with one of your greatest fears and provide moments of sheer hilarity whilst unpacking a distressing and altogether troubling subject. Simon Slade's BU21... Read more
  • The Kite Runner
    Wyndham's Theatre
    Wyndham's, a perfect jewel of a London playhouse on Charing Cross Road, is one of the most sought-after venues in theatreland, and typically hosts a rotating roster of star actors. It was here that... Read more
  • Art
    Old Vic Theatre
    Yasmina Reza's 1994 comedy was the darling hit play of the 90s notching up long runs in the West End, Broadway as well as a considerable life on UK tour. Artistic director of the Old Vic Michael... Read more
  • Editor's Pick
    Mary Stuart
    Almeida Theatre
    Sometimes the theatre calendar saves the best till last. And now straight after one of the best musicals of the year Dreamgirls finally opened in London, 35 years after its Broadway premiere, we have... Read more
  • Dreamgirls
    Savoy Theatre
    It may have taken 35 years to reach the West End but there's no denying that Dreamgirls has certainly been worth the wait, exploding onto the Savoy stage with an unbridled megawatt energy that can be... Read more
  • Rent
    St James Theatre
    "There's no day but today," goes a song in Rent, the iconic mid-90s Broadway musical; and there's no show for today quite like it, either. While some of its moments are very specifically of the time... Read more
  • She Loves Me
    Menier Chocolate Factory
    There is hardly a more perfectly constructed or simply delightful musical in the Broadway canon than She Loves Me, a 1963 confection that has long been one of my favourite shows and it comes up like... Read more
  • Editor's Pick
    This House
    Garrick Theatre
    Whilst 2016 may have provided enough political theatre to see many through a mini lifetime there is something oddly comforting and enjoyable about watching the cogs in motion in James Graham's genius... Read more
  • Peter Pan
    Olivier Theatre, National
    When you take a tale as old as time, the main challenge for a theatre director is to tell it in a fresh and newly imagined way. Sally Cookson’s interpretation of the classic J.M. Barrie tale is... Read more
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