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.

  • King Hedley II
    King Hedley II
    Theatre Royal Stratford East
    Twenty years after the premiere of August Wilson’s play in the USA, it is unsettling to observe how much of its thematic contents still hold true. Particularly with the rise of street violence here... Read more
  • Our Town
    Our Town
    Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
    Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to be wandering around the ancient ruins of Pompeii. Perusing the enormous site, it’s easy to be awestruck by the incredible statues, structures and... Read more
  • The Lehman Trilogy
    The Lehman Trilogy
    Piccadilly Theatre
    In September 2008, the top brokerage firm Lehman Brothers collapsed. It was the largest bankruptcy filing America had ever seen, and sparked the greatest financial devastation since the Great... 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
  • Orpheus Descending
    Orpheus Descending
    Menier Chocolate Factory
    The ancient Greek mythical character of Orpheus is all the theatrical rage right now - he's currently on Broadway as a character in Hadestown (that originated at the National), and he's also back on... 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
  • Rosmersholm
    Rosmersholm
    Duke of York's Theatre
    The National will soon be reviving Henrik Ibsen's sprawling epic Peer Gynt, but in one of producer Sonia Friedman's possibly boldest (or most reckless?) moves yet, she's giving commercial life to the... Read more
  • Small Island
    Olivier Theatre, National
    The latest chapter in the ongoing scandal around the treatment of the Windrush generation - immigrants who arrived in the "mother country" from the West Indies in the late 40s and early 50s - is... Read more
  • Man of La Mancha
    Man of La Mancha
    London Coliseum
    With its earworm of a song in “The Impossible Dream”, the 1965 Broadway musical Man of La Mancha lives in the shadow of its declaration: "To dream the impossible dream, to fight the unbeatable foe,... Read more
  • All My Sons
    All My Sons
    Old Vic Theatre
    In the latest flurry of classic American plays being revived in London, Jeremy Herrin’s production of All My Sons opens the night after the play also opened on Broadway. It could be a mere... Read more
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