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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.

  • 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
  • Mischief Movie Night (Photo by Pamela Raith)
    Mischief Movie Night
    Vaudeville Theatre
    There’s nothing like seeing old friends at holiday time, even if they’re onstage. Or especially if they’re onstage in this of all blighted years, which I’m sure many would agree can’t come to an end... Read more
  • Sam Oladeinde, Brian Conley, Jacqueline Jossa, and Lucie Jones in A Christmas Carol at the Dominion Theatre.
    A Christmas Carol
    Noel Coward Theatre
    With no shortage of visitations by the spooky seasonal favourite this year, why the Dickens would you pick this one? If it’s political punch you’re after, there’s Jack Thorne’s Old Vic adaptation (... Read more
  • Courtney Bowman, center, in SIX: The Musical (Photo by Pamela Raith)
    SIX - Live at the Lyric
    Lyric Theatre
    The queens are back, and they’re beautiful. Since their creation by Cambridge University students Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss in 2017, when they first sashayed before audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe... Read more
  • Photo credit: Cast of Death Drop (Photo by Matt Crockett)
    Death Drop
    Garrick Theatre
    While not marketed directly as a Christmas show, there is more than a touch of pantomime to Death Drop. Written by Holly Stars, the self-described “Dragatha Christie Murder Mystery” is a glitzy, if... Read more
  • Luke Thallon, Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Katie Brayben, and Maimuna Memon in Nine Lessons and Carols at the Almeida. (Photo by Helen Murray)
    Nine Lessons and Carols
    Almeida Theatre
    Add the Almeida to the gratifying list of London playhouses that are opening their doors this week for the first time since March, following directly on the heels of another Off-West End mainstay,... Read more
  • Simon Russell Beale in A Christmas Carol at the Bridge Theatre (Photo by Manuel Harlan)
    A Christmas Carol
    The Bridge Theatre
    In this miserly year given over in so many cases to illness and isolation, the arrival of A Christmas Carol as the festive-season title of choice seems especially popular. Dickens’s tale of gradually... Read more
  • Death of England: Delroy
    Death of England: Delroy
    Olivier Theatre, National
    “Keep your social racial distance please” intones a robotic announcement repeatedly in the opening moments of this electrifying new monologue by Roy Williams and Clint Dyer. This is not a play about... Read more
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