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.

  • Bryan Cranston in Network
    Network
    Lyttelton Theatre, National
    The National may be having a difficult year with the consecutive critical summer failures of Salome and Common, yet it has still produced two of the most eagerly anticipated shows of the year in... Read more
  • Glengarry Glen Ross
    Glengarry Glen Ross
    Playhouse Theatre
    David Mamet's blistering, turbo-charged burst of testosterone Glengarry Glen Ross always has to walk a tightrope between its sweary machismo and the sweaty exposure of the vulnerabilities beneath its... Read more
  • Big Fish
    Big Fish
    The Other Palace
    Big Fish, a musical based on the 2003 film of the same name, floundered on Broadway when it premiered in 2013; now London's The Other Palace, a theatre with a mission to develop new musicals and... Read more
  • The Red Lion
    The Red Lion
    Trafalgar Studio Two
    Stephen Tompkinson leads a perfectly cast trio of men who are lost in their life and so turn to football, as well as each other, for help. The Red Lion, set in a football changing room, offers a... Read more
  • The Exorcist
    The Exorcist
    Phoenix Theatre
    The West End and Broadway have increasingly become like expanded multiplex cinemas, with live action versions of film hits now a well-established genre (next up on Broadway: SpongeBob SquarePants,... Read more
  • The Slaves of Solitude
    The Slaves of Solitude
    Hampstead Theatre
    There's both a Chekhovian sadness and a very British 'Brief Encounter' air about The Slaves of Solitude, Nicholas Wright's new play based on Patrick Hamilton's 1947 novel set in wartime Britain. In... Read more
  • Witness for the Prosecution
    Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie
    London County Hall
    When Witness for the Prosecution premiered in 1953, it was one of Agatha Christie’s proudest moments. Originally a short story, she had been convinced to turn it into a play set in a courtroom - an... Read more
  • Of Kith and Kin
    Of Kith and Kin
    Bush Theatre
    What it means to be a parent is something that’s been turned on its head over recent years. Scientific advances and legal changes mean the possibilities of who can have children, and how they do it,... Read more
  • The Lady from the Sea
    The Lady from the Sea
    Donmar Warehouse
    Kwame Kwei-Armah was recently announced to succeed David Lan as artistic director of the Young Vic, and proved to be an immediately popular choice. The London-born former actor (he was a star of TV's... Read more
  • Venus in Fur
    Venus in Fur
    Theatre Royal Haymarket
    Given the week the entertainment industry has had, a play about sex, abuse and power was always going to feel relevant. But while David Ives’ Venus in Fur is an entertaining play with a stellar... Read more
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