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: Rockets and Blue Lights (Photo by Brinkhoff/Mogenburg)
    Rockets and Blue Lights
    Dorfman - National Theatre
    Two women look at a painting by J. M. W. Turner: The Slave Ship. We can see the painting only through their descriptions: the blood-red sky, the churning waves, the faceless bodies half-submerged in... Read more
  • Photo credit: Alfred Enoch as Romeo, Rebekah Murrell as Juliet, Sargon Yelda as Friar Laurence (Photo by Marc Brenner)
    Romeo & Juliet - Globe 2021
    Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
    The parade of late of Romeo and Juliets – whether online or in three dimensions – continues its uneven pace with the Globe’s new production of a time-honoured tragedy that here has been so textually... Read more
  • Photo credit: Joel MacCormack and Isabel Adomakoh Young as Romeo and Juliet (Photo by Jane Hobson)
    Romeo and Juliet
    Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
    What would Romeo and Juliet be like if it were set in a deserted world ravaged by an earthquake, director Kimberley Sykes seems to ask with her conceptual-yet-concise production of the Bard’s classic... Read more
  • Amy Trigg in 'Reasons You Should(n't) Love Me' (Photo by Marc Brenner)
    Reasons You Should(n't) Love Me
    Kiln Theatre
    Comparison is the death of joy, or so they say, and in our social media-obsessed, self congratulatory-culture, comparison has become a bit of a pandemic in its own right. Even as we were all... Read more
  • RAGS
    RAGS
    Park Theatre
    Fiddler on the Roof - last seen in London last year when the Menier Chocolate Factory revival transferred to the West End's Playhouse Theatre - is indisputably one of the greatest of all Broadway... Read more
  • Rutherford and Son
    Rutherford and Son
    Lyttelton Theatre, National
    "Rarely-seen" is all relative: Githa Sowerby's play, written in 1912, may not exactly be a theatrical standard, but it was last seen in London in 2013 in a transfer for Northern Broadsides'... Read more
  • Rosmersholm
    Rosmersholm
    Duke of York's Theatre
    The National will soon be reviving Henrik Ibsen's sprawling epic Peer Gynt, but in one of producer Sonia Friedman's possibly boldest (or most reckless?) moves yet, she's giving commercial life to the... Read more
  • Richard III
    Richard III
    Alexandra Palace
    John Haidar’s Richard III is the inaugural show at the newly restored Alexandra Palace Theatre, its boards for the treading once more after an 80-year hiatus. This is a worthy setting. It has the... Read more
  • Rip It Up
    Rip It Up
    Garrick Theatre
    Strictly Come Dancing fans rejoiced at the news that four male celebrities who have competed for the Glitterball trophy would be teaming up to perform a celebration of swinging sixties music and... Read more
  • Red
    Red
    Wyndham's Theatre
    In Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's majestic, Pulitzer-Prize winning musical Sunday in the Park with George, a person says of French impressionist painter Georges Seurat: "White. A blank page or... Read more
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