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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: Oleanna (Photo by Nobby Clark)
    Arts Theatre
    It would be tempting to say that the time has come for Oleanna, David Mamet’s supremely discomfiting play about power politics and academe that has been freshly revived by the director Lucy Bailey.... Read more
  • On Blueberry Hill
    On Blueberry Hill
    Trafalgar Studio One
    Sebastian Barry, a feted novelist (who is currently the Laureate for Irish Fiction) and playwright, makes his long overdue West End debut with this London transfer for Irish new writing company... Read more
  • On Your Feet!
    On Your Feet!
    London Coliseum
    "Rhythm is gonna get you", promises the famous Gloria Estefan hit, and its not so much a promise as a threat as it blares out - very loudly - from a punchy live onstage rhythm band at the top of On... Read more
  • Our Town
    Our Town
    Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
    Earlier this week, I was lucky enough to be wandering around the ancient ruins of Pompeii. Perusing the enormous site, it’s easy to be awestruck by the incredible statues, structures and... Read more
  • Orpheus Descending
    Orpheus Descending
    Menier Chocolate Factory
    The ancient Greek mythical character of Orpheus is all the theatrical rage right now - he's currently on Broadway as a character in Hadestown (that originated at the National), and he's also back on... Read more
  • Only Fools and Horses
    Only Fools and Horses - The Musical
    Theatre Royal Haymarket
    With a flurry of transfers arriving from Broadway, I've been wondering where the new British musicals are in the West End; but be careful what you wish for. While the new Broadway shows are all... Read more
  • Mark Rylance in Othello
    Othello - Shakespeare's Globe
    Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
    Easily the most-hyped production of Shakespeare’s Globe’s current season sees the eagerly anticipated return of Mark Rylance to the venue where he served as its first artistic director from 1995 to... Read more
  • OVO - Cirque du Soleil
    OVO - Cirque du Soleil
    Royal Albert Hall
    Is time running out, finally, for the global circus franchise Cirque du Soleil, whose touring and bespoke Las Vegas spectacles have created their own extremely profitable brand of family... Read more
  • Of Kith and Kin
    Of Kith and Kin
    Bush Theatre
    What it means to be a parent is something that’s been turned on its head over recent years. Scientific advances and legal changes mean the possibilities of who can have children, and how they do it,... Read more
  • Oslo
    Harold Pinter Theatre
    We’re bogged down with constant talk of negotiations these days, which is inevitable – the biggest democratic decision for a generation will change all our lives. It’s going to be tough, but nothing... Read more
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