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: The Comedy of Errors (Photo courtesy of Royal Shakespeare Company)
    The Comedy of Errors
    Barbican Theatre
    The Comedy of Errors is kind of like a Shakespearean comedy highlight reel. The play has everything you want from the Bard: Twins? Check. Mistaken identities? Check. A separated family? Check. So,... Read more
  • Photo credit: The Drifters Girl cast (Photo by Johan Persson)
    The Drifters Girl
    Garrick Theatre
    It’s a crying shame that we don’t have more showcase roles in musical theatre for blazing talent like soul queen Beverley Knight, and if nothing else, this new show supplies one: Faye Treadwell, the... Read more
  • Photo credit: Ralph Fiennes (Photo by Matt Humphrey)
    Four Quartets
    Harold Pinter Theatre.
    TS Eliot’s dense, sprawling, four-poem cycle exploring time, faith, mortality, history, love, and everything in between doesn’t exactly scream commercial theatre. And yet, thanks to a simply... Read more
  • Photo credit: A Christmas Carol (Photo courtesy of Old Vic)
    A Christmas Carol
    The Old Vic
    How do you improve upon perfection? Here’s one suggestion: hire Stephen Mangan. I’ve now seen Matthew Warchus’s gloriously moving, riotously entertaining production of A Christmas Carol four times,... Read more
  • Photo credit: Manor (Photo by Manuel Harlan)
    Manor
    Lyttelton Theatre, National
    Moira Buffini’s state-of-the-nation play is pegged to that irresistible trope: the dark and stormy night, with a group of strangers forced to seek shelter in a spooky manor house. Naturally it’s a... Read more
  • Photo credit: Lesley Lemon, Jaye Griffiths, Racheal Ofori, Marcello Cruz,Ian Porter (Photo by Helen Murray)
    Rare Earth Mettle
    Royal Court Theatre
    The Royal Court is no stranger to controversial plays, but this one – and now? That’s one way of describing the faint air of disbelief surrounding Rare Earth Mettle, the Al Smith play that arrives... Read more
  • Photo credit: Bernie Dieter (Photo by Craig Sugden)
    La Clique
    Leicester Square Spiegeltent
    Leicester Square is hell on earth. It’s a crowded, noisy tourist trap, where crowds congregate to marvel at London's bright lights. Come the festive season though, and Leicester Square is transformed... Read more
  • Photo credit: The Wife of Willesden (Photo by Marc Brenner)
    The Wife of Willesden
    Kiln Theatre
    When Brent won its bid to be the London Borough of Culture 2020, novelist Zadie Smith was asked to write something for her beloved district. After a period of panic, she alighted on a fun premise: a... Read more
  • Photo credit: Little Women cast (Photo by Pamela Raith)
    Little Women
    Park Theatre
    It’s hard not to fall for Little Women, Louisa May Alcott’s seminal novel about four sisters coming of age in New England in the 1800’s. The story has everything you want from a nostalgic tale:... Read more
  • Photo credit: Straight White Men cast (Photo by Pamela Raith)
    Straight White Men
    Southwark Playhouse
    The smaller of the two stages at Southwark Playhouse is turning into the buzziest place in town. Fast on the heels of the terrific Marek Horn play Yellowfin – a British play set in the U.S. – comes... Read more
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