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: Sophie Stanton and Tony Jayawardena in East is East (Photo by Pamela Raith Photography)
    East Is East
    Lyttelton Theatre, National
    How time flies: I remember being at once entranced and moved by East Is East, when Ayub Khan Din’s debut play first appeared in 1996 in a 60-seat central London studio space before moving on to two... Read more
  • Endgame
    Endgame
    The Old Vic
    In 2002, the late, great Elaine Stritch brought her solo show At Liberty to the Old Vic, in which she described herself "an existential problem in tights". Now, 18 years later, the same stage is... Read more
  • Samantha Pauly & Trent Saunders in Evita
    Evita Barbican Theatre
    Barbican
    It’s Evita, Jim, but not as we know it… Shortly into Act I of this new staging of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s beloved 1978 musical at the Open Air Theatre, that strangely feels as stripped... Read more
  • The End of History
    Royal Court Theatre
    This tender, bracing and beautiful portrait of family life is a throwback in many ways: not just because it occurs across three time spans in the recent past - from 1997 to 2007 and 2017 - but also... Read more
  • Europe
    Donmar Warehouse
    No matter how good Michael Longhurst’s production of David Greig’s play Europe – the new artistic director’s first production at the helm of the Donmar Warehouse – is, I can’t help but imagine how... Read more
  • Emilia
    Emilia
    Vaudeville Theatre
    The Strand is suddenly thrillingly alive with women's stories. Hot on the heels of Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 the Musical, that brings a 1980s story of female office emancipation from a bullying male boss... Read more
  • Equus
    Equus
    Trafalgar Studio One
    There's always a paradox at the heart of Peter Shaffer's plays of (lack of) faith, divinity and redemption: they are unquestionably verbose in their use of language and mightily overblown in the... Read more
  • Exit The King
    Exit the King
    Olivier Theatre, National
    Rhys Ifans rages against the dying of the light as the 400-year-old King in Eugène Ionesco’s famed tragi-comedy. This is the first time that the absurdist playwright’s work has been produced at the... Read more
  • Everybody's Talking About Jamie
    Everybody's Talking About Jamie
    Apollo Theatre
    Here's a new and distinctively British musical that could give the imminent arrival of Hamilton from Broadway a serious run for its money, and is just the refreshing breath of fresh, inclusive air... Read more
  • The Exorcist
    The Exorcist
    Phoenix Theatre
    The West End and Broadway have increasingly become like expanded multiplex cinemas, with live action versions of film hits now a well-established genre (next up on Broadway: SpongeBob SquarePants,... Read more
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