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.

  • Vicky Vox as Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors
    Little Shop of Horrors
    Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
    When you enter the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park for this year’s musical offering – a revival of the cult classic Little Shop of Horrors – you’ll be greeted by Tom Scutt’s striking design of a... Read more
  • Mark Rylance in Othello
    Othello - Shakespeare's Globe
    Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
    Easily the most-hyped production of Shakespeare’s Globe’s current season sees the eagerly anticipated return of Mark Rylance to the venue where he served as its first artistic director from 1995 to... Read more
  • Lies
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    Almeida Theatre
    I walked in last night to the  Almeida with £20 cash in my pocket. I left with a cheque for £79million, a new-found career as an investment banker, and a strong allegiance to a young country known as... Read more
  • Home, I'm Darling
    Home, I’m Darling
    Dorfman - National Theatre
    Prim, polished and proper: that’s what the 50s were all about, right? The husband made the money, and the wife stayed at home, cooked, cleaned and made sure the house was in order. That’s the world... Read more
  • Spamilton
    Spamilton
    Menier Chocolate Factory
    When you have a hit as big as Hamilton on your hands, it’s only a matter of time until it’s ribbed and poked into satire. While Lin-Manuel Miranda is hosting Saturday Night Live skits about his... Read more
  • Exit The King
    Exit the King
    Olivier Theatre, National
    Rhys Ifans rages against the dying of the light as the 400-year-old King in Eugène Ionesco’s famed tragi-comedy. This is the first time that the absurdist playwright’s work has been produced at the... Read more
  • Ian McKellen in King Lear
    King Lear
    Duke of York's Theatre
    From a grand oak table, an aging, power-hungry dictator brandishes a pair of golden scissors and divides his kingdom up for his beloved daughters to preside over. As his grip on sanity dwindles, a... Read more
  • Allelujah by Alan Bennett
    Allelujah!
    The Bridge Theatre
    In his first play for six years, Alan Bennett takes aim at privatisation of the NHS on its 70th anniversary. Teaming up once again with director Nicholas Hytner at his new theatre, the Bridge, the... Read more
  • "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" in Sounds and Sorcery celebrating Disney Fantasia
    Sounds and Sorcery
    Vaults
    Following the unprecedented critical successes of Walt Disney’s first animated classics Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Pinocchio, many regarded his next venture – a collection of largely... Read more
  • The Jungle
    The Jungle
    Playhouse Theatre
    It is so easy to feel disconnected from the world when we experience it from such a distance, watching the news on screens and scrolling through tweets simply exacerbates the sense that the world has... Read more
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