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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.

  • 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
    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
    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
  • Ruthless the Musical
    Ruthless! The Musical
    Arts Theatre
    Ruthless! The Musical, a campy, vampy cult show about vaulting show business ambition that's like an unholy cross between All About Eve, Annie and Carrie, has been kicking around for over a quarter... Read more
  • Rothschild & Sons
    Park Theatre
    From little acorns do mighty oaks grow, suggests a famous proverb. And seldom was there a better example of this phenomenon in action beyond the arboreal than in the transformation of Rothschild and... Read more
  • Rita, Sue and Bob, Too
    Royal Court Theatre
    This play was originally written when its author Andrea Dunbar was just 19 and premiered by the Royal Court in 1982; now it has returned there 36 years later. But Dunbar is not here to see it; she... Read more
  • The Red Lion
    The Red Lion
    Trafalgar Studio Two
    Stephen Tompkinson leads a perfectly cast trio of men who are lost in their life and so turn to football, as well as each other, for help. The Red Lion, set in a football changing room, offers a... Read more
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