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.

  • Photo credit: Anything Goes (Photo by Tristram Kenton)
    Anything Goes
    Barbican
    Are there any actors you wish you could travel back in time and see onstage? For me, it’s stars like Carol Channing in Hello,Dolly!, Ethel Merman in Annie Get Your Gun, or Julie Andrews in My Fair... Read more
  • The ensemble of 'After Life' (Photo by Johan Persson)
    After Life
    Dorfman - National Theatre
    What is the one memory you would like to take from your mortal life into the beyond? This is the question that Jack Thorne’s latest play After Life poses for its audience and its characters, as the... Read more
  • Photo credit: Audrey Brisson in Amélie (Photo by Pamela Raith)
    Amelie
    Criterion Theatre
    The fear going into Craig Lucas’s musical adaptation of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s now-iconic 2001 film is that the whimsicality of the original might calcify into an unbearable, teeth-rotting level of... Read more
  • Nadine Higgin, Sophie Russell, Victoria Elliott, Jacoba Williams in ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Shakespeare’s Globe. (Photo by Tristram Kenton)
    A Midsummer Night's Dream - Globe 2021
    Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
    After the year we’ve had, we’re all ready for a party – and this production of Shakespeare’s lovestruck comedy, directed by Sean Holmes and first seen in 2019, riotously delivers a fiesta to remember... Read more
  • Albion
    Albion
    Almeida Theatre
    Beautiful country gardens can blossom with age; they can also wither and degenerate, of course, depending on how well they are managed and cared for. The same is true of plays; so it's a particular... Read more
  • Amelie
    Amelie
    Criterion Theatre
    I saw the original short-lived production of Amélie, a musical version of the 2001 French film, when it premiered on Broadway in 2017 - and ran for just seven weeks. The review I wrote at the time... Read more
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
    A Midsummer Night's Dream - Bridge Theatre
    The Bridge Theatre
    The Bridge is billing its new production of A Midsummer Night's Dream as immersive, but in fact it's just old-fashioned promenade for the groundlings in the pit, who mill around or are shunted about... Read more
  • Anna at the National Theatre
    Anna
    Dorfman - National Theatre
    It is 1968, and in a Plattenbau apartment in East Berlin, Anna and her husband Hans are hosting a party to celebrate his promotion. Despite the strict regulations of Soviet rule and a culture of mass... Read more
  • Amour
    Amour
    Charing Cross Theatre
    I'm going out on a limb here with my five-star rating for the UK premiere of Michel Legrand and Jeremy Sams's wistful, witty Amour (all-too-briefly seen on Broadway in 2002), as I'm certain that for... Read more
  • Ain't Misbehavin'
    Ain't Misbehavin'
    Southwark Playhouse
    It is clear looking at director Tyrone Huntley’s impressive acting CV where he has found inspiration for this glittering production. He has performed in some of the best-loved shows on stage... Read more
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