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.

  • ‘night, Mother
    'Night Mother
    Hampstead Theatre
    An agelessly watchable Stockard Channing is reason enough to see ‘night, Mother, the challenging Marsha Norman play that I first saw on the Harvard campus in 1982 in a production that went on to... Read more
  • Photo credit: Ben Daniels and Dino Fetscher in The Normal Heart (Photo by Helen Maybanks)
    The Normal Heart
    Olivier Theatre, National
    It is astonishing to think that Larry Kramer’s largely autobiographical play debuted in 1985, right in the midst of the AIDS crisis. No wonder it feels like a missive from the battlefield, blood and... Read more
  • Photo credit: NW Trilogy (Photo by Marc Brenner)
    NW Trilogy
    Kiln Theatre
    NW Trilogy centres on the people who once resided right on the doorstep of Kilburn's Kiln Theatre where the piece makes its debut. It’s a beautifully realised collection of plays where audiences are... Read more
  • Luke Thallon, Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Katie Brayben, and Maimuna Memon in Nine Lessons and Carols at the Almeida. (Photo by Helen Murray)
    Nine Lessons and Carols
    Almeida Theatre
    Add the Almeida to the gratifying list of London playhouses that are opening their doors this week for the first time since March, following directly on the heels of another Off-West End mainstay,... Read more
  • A Number
    A Number
    The Old Vic
    At 81, Caryl Churchill is still going strong: last year, the Royal Court premiered a quartet of her latest short plays, Glass. Kill. Bluebeard. Imp., while the National revived possibly her most... Read more
  • Nora: A Doll's House
    Nora: A Doll's House
    Young Vic
    In 2012 the Young Vic scored a notable triumph with a production of Ibsen's A Doll's House, starring Hattie Morahan in vibrant, tenacious form as Ibsen's increasingly desperate heroine who commits a... Read more
  • Noises Off
    Noises Off
    Garrick Theatre
    It is often said that laughter is the best medicine. In which case, Noises Off should be prescribed on the NHS. Like The Play That Goes Wrong that it clearly inspired, it is a play about the putting... Read more
  • The Night of the Iguana
    Noel Coward Theatre
    Beyond the trilogy of acknowledged dramatic masterpieces of The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, the extensive repertoire of Tennessee Williams can sometimes seem... Read more
  • Noises Off review
    Noises Off (until 3rd August)
    Lyric Hammersmith Theatre
    Michael Frayn’s comedy Noises Off returns to the Lyric Hammersmith where it premiered over 30 years ago and while Jeremy Herrin’s new production is hectically funny, those who attended on press night... Read more
  • Notre Dame de Paris
    Notre Dame de Paris
    London Coliseum
    In the onslaught of tried-and-already-tested imports that are arriving on our shores in the coming months from Broadway, here's a musical from the other side not of the pond but of the channel: a 20-... Read more
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