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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Kinky Boots
    Adelphi Theatre
    When Broadway appropriated the 1997 British comedy The Full Monty, they went the full monty not just in terms of nudity (briefly but hidden from real view by the glare of spotlights from behind the... Read more
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