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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 ensemble of 'After Life' (Photo by Johan Persson)
    After Life
    Dorfman - National Theatre
    What is the one memory you would like to take from your mortal life into the beyond? This is the question that Jack Thorne’s latest play After Life poses for its audience and its characters, as the... Read more
  • Photo credit: The Death of a Black Man (Photo by Marc Brenner)
    The Death of a Black Man
    Hampstead Theatre
    The Death of a Black Man is a wild ride of a play. It confronts you with the racial politics of the 1970s as well as the pertinent economic, gender, and class divisions of the time, which at moments... Read more
  • Photo credit: Audrey Brisson in Amélie (Photo by Pamela Raith)
    Criterion Theatre
    The fear going into Craig Lucas’s musical adaptation of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s now-iconic 2001 film is that the whimsicality of the original might calcify into an unbearable, teeth-rotting level of... Read more
  • Lydia Wilson and Gemma Arterton in 'Walden' (Photo by Johan Persson)
    Harold Pinter Theatre
    There’s a moment early in Amy Berryman’s new play Walden when NASA botanist Cassie (a stoic Lydia Wilson) enters wearing a plastic face covering that looks like a mix between an oxygen mask and the... Read more
  • Amy Trigg in 'Reasons You Should(n't) Love Me' (Photo by Marc Brenner)
    Reasons You Should(n't) Love Me
    Kiln Theatre
    Comparison is the death of joy, or so they say, and in our social media-obsessed, self congratulatory-culture, comparison has become a bit of a pandemic in its own right. Even as we were all... Read more
  • Nadine Higgin, Sophie Russell, Victoria Elliott, Jacoba Williams in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Shakespeare’s Globe. (Photo by Tristram Kenton)
    A Midsummer Night's Dream - Globe 2021
    Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
    After the year we’ve had, we’re all ready for a party – and this production of Shakespeare’s lovestruck comedy, directed by Sean Holmes and first seen in 2019, riotously delivers a fiesta to remember... Read more
  • Photo credit: Jack Holden in Cruise (Photo by Pamela Raith Photography)
    Duchess Theatre
    No, Jack Holden’s play is not about Tom, though the film star does get referenced along the way. In fact, Cruise is a vigorously acted history lesson that doubles as a vital performance opportunity... Read more
  • Photo credit: Dawn Hope, David Thaxton, Mary Moore, Marc Pickering,, Yazdan Qafouri and Nicola Blackman in The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Photo by Geraint Lewis)
    The Sorcerer's Apprentice
    Southwark Playhouse
    “Magic, the means to impress the people around you” is continually sung by the title character in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and it’s easy to see why. Inspired by J. W. Goethe’s fantastical 18th... Read more
  • Lawrence Hodgson-Mullings in Dick Whittington at the National Theatre (Photo by The Other Richard)
    Dick Whittington National Theatre 2020
    Olivier Theatre, National
    The National Theatre regularly trawls the world repertoire but has only infrequently dipped a raucous toe into arguably this country’s best-loved theatrical institution, the Christmas pantomime, or... Read more
  • Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen in 'The Comeback.' (Photo by Marc Brenner)
    The Comeback
    Noel Coward Theatre
    The Comeback? More like The Shutdown, if Tuesday night’s performance this week was any gauge, given that London theatreland went dark yet again as of the next morning. That decision was in accordance... Read more
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