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.

  • Violet
    Violet
    Charing Cross Theatre
    You can wait for ages for two Off-Broadway musicals set around a road trip to arrive in London, and then both arrive at once: Violet, originally premiered in 1997 (and more recently seen in a new... Read more
  • Cirque du Soleil's Totem
    Totem - Cirque Du Soleil
    Royal Albert Hall
    Cirque du Soleil's annual post-Christmas London residency at the Royal Albert Hall has become as synonymous with this grand concert venue as the summertime BBC Proms; and while some of the nine big... Read more
  • Coming Clean
    Coming Clean
    Trafalgar Studio Two
    It's funny how plays can make you feel your age by being very specifically of their time - yet also make you realise that both everything and nothing has changed, too. Seeing Kevin Elyot's first play... Read more
  • Sweat
    Sweat
    Donmar Warehouse
    Just under the wire for 2018, the final London play opening of the year has turned out to be one of the very best. It might have even won my vote for the play of the year but for the fact that... Read more
  • The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
    The Tragedy of Richard the Second
    Almeida Theatre
    Shakespearean make-overs have been all the rage in the London theatre this year, including othellomacbeth, which merged those two great tragedies into one play at Lyric Hammersmith, and Measure for... Read more
  • Caroline, Or Change
    Caroline, or Change
    Playhouse Theatre
    I've now seen Caroline, or Change, six times in all - three in its original production by George C Wolfe, in each stage of its progress from off-Broadway's Public Theatre in 2003 to Broadway's O'... Read more
  • The Cane
    The Cane
    Royal Court Theatre
    We live in an age of mob justice: trial by Twitter and punishment by the press and in the court of popular opinion. Things were simpler once: you "just" got a slap across the hand with a cane. But... Read more
  • Nine Night
    Nine Night
    Trafalgar Studio One
    Given the title, Nine Night, I was expecting Natasha Gordon’s play to really dig into an education of the nine nights mourning ritual; a Caribbean wake tradition that sees relatives celebrate the ... Read more
  • True West review
    True West
    Vaudeville Theatre
    By interesting coincidence, Sam Shepard's powerful sibling drama True West is being revived simultaneously both in the West End and on Broadway this month. That's testament to this 1980 play's... Read more
  • Magic Mike Live
    Magic Mike Live
    The Theatre at Hippodrome Casino (Over 18s Only)
    Back in the day I've seen male strippers, of various stripes, at Leicester Square's London Hippodrome: in the 80s, when Stringfellow ran it as a nightclub, there was a gay night where, one night, I... Read more
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