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: Cush Jumbo (Photo by Helen Murray)
    Hamlet
    Young Vic
    Like many shows, this Hamlet was long delayed by the pandemic. But Cush Jumbo, now a US TV star thanks to The Good Wife and The Good Fight, gives such a commanding lead performance – crystal clear in... Read more
  • Photo credit: Heathers cast (Photo by Pamela Raith)
    Heathers The Musical
    The Other Palace
    ‘Dear Diary. July 12th, 2021.’ Veronica Sawyer opens Heathers with the phrase "Dear Diary", so it feels fitting to mark the day I battled through the wind and rain to see Heathers in the West End.... Read more
  • Photo credit: Lizzie Bea as Tracy Turnblad and Jonny Amies as Link Larkin (Photo by Tristram Kenton)
    Hairspray
    London Coliseum
    On a night of jubilation for English football fans, there was ample cause for celebration in the West End, too. Theatre came roaring back with a bright and big-hearted musical, ecstatically received... Read more
  • Photo credit: Lisa Dwan in Happy Days (Photo by Helen Maybanks)
    Happy Days
    Riverside Studios
    “Another heavenly day,” trills Winnie, the inexhaustibly chatty – not to mention seemingly inexhaustible – heroine of Beckett’s Happy Days, which is marking its 60th birthday this year with a... Read more
  • High Fidelity
    High Fidelity
    Turbine Theatre
    A big welcome, first of all, to the Turbine Theatre, another new theatre created in the bowels of a South London railway arch, like the Union, the Above the Stag and Southwark Playhouse's previous... Read more
  • Hansard
    Hansard
    Lyttelton Theatre, National
    There aren’t many lines being read in London right now that sum up the public consciousness quite succinctly as when Diana Hesketh sarcastically quips to her career politician husband about the “... Read more
  • Horrible Histories Barmy Britain Part Four
    Horrible Histories - Barmy Britain - Part 4
    Apollo Theatre
    With Boris Johnson moved into Number 10 and the dreaded ‘B word’ uttered more than ever, it may seem as if history is being rewritten before our eyes every day. But with centuries of history shaping... Read more
  • Hansel and Gretel Regent's Park Open Air Theatre 2019
    Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
    Hansel and Gretel is always a tricky one to place for an audience. Whilst generally considered a children’s fairytale, this originally gruesome tale of cruelty and parental neglect isn’t in any way... Read more
  • Home I'm Darling
    Home, I'm Darling
    Duke of York's Theatre
    The West End may be catching up with the times, but it's via characters who either live, or want to live, in the past. This month and next, contemporary women playwrights are seeing two new plays of... Read more
  • Hadestown
    Hadestown
    Olivier Theatre, National
    After almost a decade of development since it was first released as a folk concept album, Anaïs Mitchell’s musical riff on the Orpheus myth Hadestown plunges the National Theatre’s Olivier into the... Read more
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