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 here in one place.

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  • Review of new musical Junkyard by Jack Thorne and Stephen Warbeck
    Junkyard
    Rose Theatre Kingston
    There's a charming anarchic quality to Jack Thorne and Stephen Warbeck's new musical Junkyard that on the one hand feels fresh and forward thinking yet still manages to feel narratively stinted and... Read more
  • Review of The Philanthropist by Christopher Hampton at Trafalgar Studios
    The Philanthropist
    Trafalgar Studio One
    Moliere is having something of a moment in the West End of late with this the third 'revisal' to open in as many months. Whilst Don Juan of Soho and The Miser update their original French sources,... Read more
  • Whisper House
    Whisper House
    The Other Palace
    Pop and rock singer-songwriters have regularly attempted the cross-over to writing musicals, from Elton John and Cyndi Lauper (who've both had big hits) to Phil Collins, Paul Simon, Tori Amos, Damon... Read more
  • Review of Carousel at the London Coliseum starring Katherine Jenkins and Alfie Boe
    Carousel
    London Coliseum
    It is always an unalloyed pleasure to hear Richard Rodgers's swooning melodies and Oscar Hammerstein's heartfelt, poignant lyrics for their 1945 Broadway masterpiece Carousel again. This is probably... Read more
  • Review of The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? starring Damian Lewis at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
    The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?
    Theatre Royal Haymarket
    Edward Albee once famously said that the only time he’ll get good reviews is if he were to kill himself. This stylish and welcome revival of his 2001 play, The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? is his second... Read more
  • Review of 42nd Street at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
    42nd Street
    Theatre Royal Drury Lane
    There’s a moment of indescribable exhilaration at the very start of this careful yet constantly surprising revival of 42nd Street which begins, as every production of the musical does, with the... Read more
  • The cast of The Life at Southwark Playhouse. Photo by Conrad Blakemore
    The Life
    Southwark Playhouse
    It's undeniable that Cy Coleman is Broadway's most versatile composer. With a career that spans four decades few can claim an unfamiliarity with his scores to shows such as Sweet Charity, City of... Read more
  • Review of Don Juan in Soho starring David Tennant at the Wyndham's Theatre
    Don Juan in Soho
    Wyndham's Theatre
    Sex farces used to be a West End staple (one its key proponents Ray Cooney is now 85, and celebrating with a new touring production of his play Out of Order, set in the Houses of Parliament). But at... Read more
  • Review of The Wipers Times by Nick Newman and Ian Hislop at the Arts Theatre
    The Wipers Times
    Arts Theatre
    “The war is not funny sir” begins one of the characters in The Wipers Times. “I've a feeling that may be the point” barks his senior officer. For all the exploration of the Great War on stage over... Read more
  • Review of An American in Paris at the Dominion Theatre in London's West End
    Editor's Pick
    An American in Paris
    Dominion Theatre
    An American in Paris is a dance musical with grace, grit and Gershwin: a winning combination if ever there was one. Based on the 1951 film of the same name that starred Gene Kelly as a demobbed... Read more
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