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: Brian & Roger - A Highly Offensive Play cast (Photo by Nobby Clark)
    Brian and Roger
    Menier Chocolate Factory
    We all know someone that spouts rubbish to appear cool as a way of masking their vulnerabilities. But what if that person sent you on a constant string of wild goose chases in the hopes of getting... Read more
  • Photo credit: The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Photo by Helen Maybanks)
    The Beauty Queen of Leenane
    Lyric Hammersmith Theatre
    Hearing the line “in England, they don’t care if you live or die” in The Beauty Queen of Leenane sent my mind whirring. As societies emerge from their chrysalis into Covid's world, receiving less... Read more
  • Photo credit: Roger Bart and Olly Dobson (Photo by Sean Ebsworth Barnes)
    Back to the Future: The Musical
    Adelphi Theatre
    ​​Great Scott! Roger Bart, whose positive Covid test kept him from opening night earlier this month, is once again bringing his 1.21 gigawatts of zany energy to Doc Brown. I went back to Back to the... Read more
  • Photo credit: Big Big Sky (Photo by Robert Day)
    Big Big Sky
    Hampstead Theatre - Downstairs
    Big Big Sky is the ample name given the lovingly conceived new Hampstead Downstairs play by Tom Wells that somewhat overreaches for an effect that Tessa Walker’s production doesn’t entirely achieve.... Read more
  • Photo credit: Bach & Sons (Photo by Manuel Harlan)
    Bach & Sons
    The Bridge Theatre
    When the family business is music, and your father happens to be a genius, are you destined for glittering achievement – or a life underscored by inadequacy? That’s a recurring motif in this new play... Read more
  • Photo credit: Billionaire Boy cast (Photo by Mark Douet)
    Billionaire Boy
    Garrick Theatre
    Working as a top dog in the toilet roll industry during the pandemic would have been a loo-crative way to earn money. Being in the toilet roll industry definitely worked for Billionaire Boy's Len... Read more
  • Photo credit: Be More Chill company (Photo by Matt Crockett)
    Be More Chill
    Shaftesbury Theatre
    We’ve all behaved questionably as teenagers succumbing to peer pressure. It's easy to make irrational decisions when being cool is the only thing that seems to matter. But could a super computer... Read more
  • Ralph Fiennes in Beat the Devil at the Bridge Theatre
    Beat the Devil
    The Bridge Theatre
    “Dream and reality become indistinguishable.” This, David Hare’s engrossing new monologue informs us, was part of the bludgeoning battery of effects wrought on his body and mind, as both the... Read more
  • Jennifer Saunders in Blithe Spirit
    Blithe Spirit
    Harold Pinter Theatre
    In 2013, Richard Eyre directed the great Lesley Manville in a harrowing production of Ibsen's Ghosts at the Almeida that subsequently transferred to the West End's Trafalgar Studios. The ghosts in... Read more
  • Be More Chill review
    Be More Chill
    Shaftesbury Theatre
    After the homegrown Everybody's Talking About Jamie and Broadway import Dear Evan Hansen, Be More Chill is another new musical about the growing pains and everyday terrors of high school students who... Read more
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