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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: Changing Destiny (Photo by Marc Brenner)
    Changing Destiny
    Young Vic
    Changing Destiny makes all sorts of sense as a Covid-era selection with which to reopen the invaluable Young Vic: an hour in length with a cast of two and drawing upon a seminal text from ancient... Read more
  • Photo credit: Sheila Atim and Ivanno Jeremiah in Constellations (Photo by Marc Brenner)
    Constellations
    Vaudeville Theatre
    In 2012, playwright Nick Payne dazzled audiences with his fiendishly clever play that merges relationship drama with theories about quantum mechanics, superstrings, and the multiverse. Now it’s back... Read more
  • Photo credit: Jack Holden in Cruise (Photo by Pamela Raith Photography)
    Cruise
    Duchess Theatre
    No, Jack Holden’s play is not about Tom, though the film star does get referenced along the way. In fact, Cruise is a vigorously acted history lesson that doubles as a vital performance opportunity... Read more
  • Ben Ashenden and Alex Owen in 'The Comeback.' (Photo by Marc Brenner)
    The Comeback
    Noel Coward Theatre
    The Comeback? More like The Shutdown, if Tuesday night’s performance this week was any gauge, given that London theatreland went dark yet again as of the next morning. That decision was in accordance... Read more
  • Simon Russell Beale in A Christmas Carol at the Bridge Theatre (Photo by Manuel Harlan)
    A Christmas Carol
    The Bridge Theatre
    In this miserly year given over in so many cases to illness and isolation, the arrival of A Christmas Carol as the festive-season title of choice seems especially popular. Dickens’s tale of gradually... Read more
  • Aoife Kennan and Charles Angiama in C-o-n-t-a-c-t (Photo by Pamela Raith)
    C-o-n-t-a-c-t
    No, this isn’t Contact, the “dance play” that won the 2000 Tony Award for Best Musical and was later seen on the West End. Instead, C-o-n-t-a-c-t  — the letters are aptly distanced to suit the times... Read more
  • Cirque du Soleil - Luzia
    Cirque du Soleil - Luzia
    Royal Albert Hall
    One of the headline promises of Donald Trump's campaign for the Presidency was to build an "impenetrable, powerful and beautiful" 1,300-mile wall with Mexico to curb illegal immigration and the... Read more
  • Curtains
    Curtains
    Wyndham's Theatre
    Broadway has sent us a lot of great shows this year, including direct transfers for Come from Away, Waitress and Dear Evan Hansen, in replica productions recreated by their original creative teams.... Read more
  • Circus 1903
    Circus 1903
    Royal Festival Hall
    While pantos across the capital are providing the slapstick laughs, silly songs and festivities for some, it’s not to everyone’s tastes. The circus is something that, when done well, can transcend... Read more
  • Cyrano de Bergerac
    Cyrano de Bergerac
    Playhouse Theatre
    Here is Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmond Rostand's famous French verse drama originally premiered in Paris in 1867, but not as you nose it. The hero, who probably has the most famous proboscis in all of... Read more
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