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London Theatre Reviews Archive

Browse the London Theatre Review archive for a look back into Fringe theatre, West End shows, plays and musicals that have now closed, ranging from 1996 to the present.

  • Death of England: Delroy
    'Death of England: Delroy' delivers an 'explosive exploration of Black British identity'
    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...
  • 'night, Mother
    It's a 'normal' Saturday evening in the Cates's home where mother and daughter, Thelma and Jessie, live out a rather mundane, humdrum existence. As the play starts, Mama is cataloguing the stocks of...
  • Photo credit: Lladel Bryant in Nine Lives (Photo by Bridge Theatre)
    'Nine Lives' serves as a reminder for empathy, compassion and kindness
    When we are first introduced to Ishmael, he is urgently seeking to escape. He is illuminated by a solitary light bulb dangling from above and his only companion on the strikingly bare stage is his...
  • The Last Five Years at Southwark Playhouse
    'The Last Five Years' at Southwark Playhouse soars even higher after shutdown
    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...
  • ...Some Trace of Her
    ...Some Trace of Her
    Genre: Multimedia performanceOpened 30 July 2008Written: inspired by The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky and adapted by Katie Mitchell and the companyDirected: Katie MitchellProduced: National TheatreCast...
  • 125th Street
    Tribute shows have swamped the West End in recent years but, to its credit, this is a slightly different prospect- a musical paean from the creators of Buddy not to an individual but to a place,...
  • 13
    13
    War is on the agenda once again in this world premier of a new play by Mike Bartlett, directed by Thea Sharrock. This time, it's a possible war against Iran. The United States are attempting to...
  • 1984 Review
    Playhouse Theatre
    This review relates to the Almedia Theatre production before it transferred to the Playhouse Theatre George Orwell was way ahead of his time when he published the book 1984 in 1949 — and now in 2015...
  • 2 Pianos 4 Hands
    2 Pianos 4 HandsComedy Theatre (7th Oct 99 to 5th Dec 99) Not the most enticing show title but don't let that put you off!! This is a funny, slick and stylish show. These two very talented Canadians...
  • 2071
    The future of life itself on earth may just be the hottest theatrical topic, in every sense, in an age of rampant climate change, and it's good to see the Royal Court, arguably London's most...

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