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.

  • Wise Children
    Wise Children
    Old Vic Theatre
    The dazzling theatre magician that is Emma Rice has just conjured the latest chapter, in every sense, of her compelling and revolutionary adventures in theatreland. From Kneehigh, the touring company... Read more
  • Rosalie Craig
    Gielgud Theatre
    Company, first premiered on Broadway in 1970, was always a bold, brilliant musical: a series of brief vignettes (by George Furth) and dazzling songs (by Stephen Sondheim) about the challenges of... Read more
  • Stories
    Dorfman - National Theatre
    How do you have a baby if you’re newly single, with no prospective father in sight, and time is literally running out, egg-by-egg? Nina Raine’s new play, Stories, looks at the lengths Anna - a 39-... Read more
  • Pack of Lies
    Pack of Lies
    Menier Chocolate Factory
    This is the sort of play that was once a staple of the West End: a well-made, old-fashioned drama, full of heart and craft, that could open there 'cold', without a prior run in a subsidised or... Read more
  • The Inheritance
    The Inheritance: Part 1
    Noel Coward Theatre
    During one of the intervals for The Inheritance, newly transferred from the Young Vic where it premiered in March to the West End's Noel Coward Theatre, I ran into Martin Sherman, who wrote one of... Read more
  • The Wider Earth
    The Wider Earth
    Jerwood Gallery
    For the very first time, a theatre space has popped up inside one of the country’s grandest buildings: the Natural History Museum. Nestled between artefacts and exhibits is a new auditorium inside... Read more
  • Measure for Measure
    Donmar Warehouse
    This production of Measure for Measure was programmed six months ago, as outgoing artistic director Josie Rourke’s penultimate production at the theatre. While it is a searing commentary about gender... Read more
  • Porgy and Bess
    Porgy and Bess - ENO
    London Coliseum
    Originally premiered at Boston's Colonial Theatre in 1935 before transferring to Broadway's Alvin Theatre (now the Neil Simon), Porgy and Bess has its roots firmly in the traditions of musical... Read more
  • Sian Brooke & Alex Hassell in I'm Not Running
    I'm Not Running
    Lyttelton Theatre, National
    Sir David Hare is effectively the house playwright of the National Theatre, now premiering his 17th original play there (plus adaptations of Lorca, Brecht and Pirandello). But we are observing the... Read more
  • The Height of the Storm
    The Height of the Storm
    Wyndham's Theatre
    Not so much offering the height of a dramatic storm as a gentle, elusive breeze of a play, Florian Zeller's latest observant theatrical miniature of family relationships is full of studied - and... Read more
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