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.

  • Kunene and the King
    Kunene and the King
    Ambassadors Theatre
    Two giants of South African theatre, one who stayed and one who left but both of whom have garnered international reputations, join forces for this warm and moving play that's partly about the... Read more
  • King Hedley II
    King Hedley II
    Theatre Royal Stratford East
    Twenty years after the premiere of August Wilson’s play in the USA, it is unsettling to observe how much of its thematic contents still hold true. Particularly with the rise of street violence here... Read more
  • Ian McKellen in King Lear
    King Lear
    Duke of York's Theatre
    From a grand oak table, an aging, power-hungry dictator brandishes a pair of golden scissors and divides his kingdom up for his beloved daughters to preside over. As his grip on sanity dwindles, a... Read more
  • The King and I
    The King and I
    London Palladium
    Sure, it's old-fashioned and a bit creaky. But The King and I is also - to quote one of its utterly glorious catalogue of standards - something wonderful. Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote some of the... Read more
  • Kiss Me, Kate
    Kiss Me, Kate
    London Coliseum
    There were two sides to Cole Porter: the populist, American standard Porter who gave us singalong standards like “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “I Get A Kick Out Of You”; and the classically... Read more
  • Killer Joe
    Trafalgar Studio One
    All power to Orlando Bloom, a Guildhall School of Speech and Drama graduate, for seeking out an overdue return to the London stage, after achieving fame in the Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lord of... Read more
  • Kiss of the Spider Woman
    Kiss of the Spider Woman
    Menier Chocolate Factory
    Kiss of the Spider Woman was written by Manuel Puig while he was living in exile, and combines three things that shaped his life: sex, revolution and movies. This adaptation of the novel by Jose... Read more
  • The Knowledge
    The Knowledge
    Charing Cross Theatre
    If you didn’t know what ‘The Knowledge’ is, you have definitely benefitted from it at one stage in your life. It’s the laborious process by which London’s black cabbies meticulously learn the tens of... Read more
  • Knives In Hens
    Knives in Hens
    Donmar Warehouse
    South African director Yaël Farber has become known for her raw and intense productions of plays about epic personal battles, from Mies Julie (a blistering South African version of Strindberg's Miss... Read more
  • The Kite Runner
    Playhouse Theatre
    Wyndham's, a perfect jewel of a London playhouse on Charing Cross Road, is one of the most sought-after venues in theatreland, and typically hosts a rotating roster of star actors. It was here that... Read more
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