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: Isobel McArthur, Hannah Jarrett-Scott, Christina Gordon, Tori Burgess, Meghan Tyler (Photo by Matt Crockett)
    Pride & Prejudice* (*sort of)
    Criterion Theatre
    It is a truth universally acknowledged that there will always be yet another Jane Austen adaptation in our future. Entering a crowded field, as jam-packed as a society ball, is Isobel McArthur’s... Read more
  • Photo credit: Lesley Sharp, Amie Francis and Sutara Gayle in Paradise (Photo by Helen Murray)
    Paradise
    Olivier Theatre, National
    This summer’s barrage of theatre openings comes to an unexpectedly heady climax with Paradise, the poet and polymath Kae Tempest’s brave and bruising modern-day adaptation of Sophocles’s Philoctetes... Read more
  • Ryan Anderson as Pippin, center, and the cast of Pippin (Photo by Bonnie Britain Photography)
    Pippin
    Charing Cross Theatre
    I’ll say this about Pippin, the 1972 Broadway musical currently receiving its third London revival within nine years, it gets stranger with every viewing. I’m too young (albeit not by much) to have... Read more
  • Pretty Woman: The Musical
    Pretty Woman: The Musical
    Savoy Theatre
    There have been plenty of musicals about prostitution on Broadway, like the 60s classic Sweet Charity, set in a dance hall where the hostesses available for hire as dance companions say, "Who dances... Read more
  • The Prince of Egypt
    The Prince of Egypt
    Dominion Theatre
    In 2017, a musical premiered on Broadway called Prince of Broadway. It celebrated the life and career of the powerful and prolific Broadway producer and director Harold Prince, whose career spanned... Read more
  • Peter Gynt
    Olivier Theatre, National
    I'm not going to deny that Ibsen's Peer Gynt - here retitled Peter Gynt in David Hare's modern re-framing - is an epic slog. It's a collection of vignettes as a man trudges on an existential crisis... Read more
  • Present Laughter
    Present Laughter
    The Old Vic
    The West End seems to be full of ‘weighty’ plays recently; serious plays like Rosmersholm, Bitter Wheat and Sweat, with serious messages, which is great. But the laughter which roared through the... Read more
  • Pah-La
    Pah-La
    Royal Court Theatre
    Pah-La is not only a provocative piece of theatre, but an impressive feat of research and the incarnation of the play’s central theme. A protest of its own, the play’s Royal Court debut was postponed... Read more
  • The Pirates of Penzance
    The Pirates of Penzance
    Palace Theatre
    It's been ten years since London's tiny Union Theatre in Southwark, SE1 first launched their all-male cast production of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, and its unquestionably been... Read more
  • The Price
    The Price
    Wyndham's Theatre
    London is in the midst of a mini-Arthur Miller season - this week will also see the opening of a new production of The American Clock at the Old Vic, directed by the American director Rachel Chavkin... Read more
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