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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.

  • 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
  • Photo credit: Craig Hamilton and Lucinda Turner (Photo by Mark Senior)
    The Great Gatsby - Immersive London
    Gatsby's Mansion, Immersive London
    Nearly a year into this decade and it’s fair to say life isn’t exactly as "roaring" as we may have wanted. So, to get gladrags on, clink glasses and be a guest of Jay Gatsby’s latest party was a much... Read more
  • The Last Five Years at Southwark Playhouse
    The Last Five Years
    Southwark Playhouse
    The last five years? Hell, what about the last seven months? That’s how long it’s been (give or take a week) since Jonathan O’Boyle’s terrific Off-West End revival of Jason Robert Brown’s musical... Read more
  • Tamsin Greig in Nights of the Garden of Spain at the Bridge Theatre (Photo by Zac Nicholson)
    Talking Heads
    The Bridge Theatre
    Any season of work that’s taking place in a London theatre at the moment is worthy of five stars in my book. The Bridge Theatre’s proving that there is no business like showbusiness, with its Talking... Read more
  • Ryan Anderson as Pippin, center, and the cast of Pippin (Photo by Bonnie Britain Photography)
    Pippin
    Garden Theatre
    I’ll say this about Pippin, the 1972 Broadway musical currently receiving its third London revival within nine years, it gets stranger with every viewing. I’m too young (albeit not by much) to have... Read more
  • Kristin Scott Thomas in The Hand of God (Photo by Zac Nicholson)
    Talking Heads
    The Bridge Theatre
    Alan Bennett’s monologue series Talking Heads is ingeniously booby-trapped. It may look, at first glance, a little safe: all teapots, cosy, unflattering knitwear, and well-kept, conventional suburbia... Read more
  • Lesley Manville in The Bed Among the Lentils at The Bridge Theatre (Photo by Zac Nicholson)
    Talking Heads
    The Bridge Theatre
    Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads monologues, which chronicle the quiet turmoil of lives behind ordinary suburban front doors, have been on an extraordinary journey. They made landmark TV when they first... Read more
  • Aoife Kennan and Charles Angiama in C-o-n-t-a-c-t (Photo by Pamela Raith)
    C-o-n-t-a-c-t
    No, this isn’t Contact, the “dance play” that won the 2000 Tony Award for Best Musical and was later seen on the West End. Instead, C-o-n-t-a-c-t  — the letters are aptly distanced to suit the times... Read more
  • Ralph Fiennes in Beat the Devil at the Bridge Theatre
    Beat the Devil
    The Bridge Theatre
    “Dream and reality become indistinguishable.” This, David Hare’s engrossing new monologue informs us, was part of the bludgeoning battery of effects wrought on his body and mind, as both the... Read more
  • Sleepless, A Musical Romance
    Sleepless: A Musical Romance
    Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
    You have to admire the energy and chutzpah behind this new musical, based on the much-loved 1993 movie Sleepless in Seattle. The project has been kicking around for over a decade, and had an outing,... Read more
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