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: Straight White Men cast (Photo by Pamela Raith)
    Straight White Men
    Southwark Playhouse
    The smaller of the two stages at Southwark Playhouse is turning into the buzziest place in town. Fast on the heels of the terrific Marek Horn play Yellowfin – a British play set in the U.S. – comes... Read more
  • Photo credit: Six cast (Photo by Pamela Raith)
    SIX the Musical
    Vaudeville Theatre
    Welcome back, Queens! Or rather welcome to your new home. After runs at the West End’s Arts and Lyric Theatres, Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss’s girl-power hit is now happily installed in the Vaudeville,... Read more
  • Photo credit: Demetri Goritsas (Roy Scheider), Ian Shaw (Robert Shaw) and Liam Murray Scott (Richard Dreyfuss) in The Shark is Broken (Photo by Helen Maybanks)
    The Shark is Broken
    Ambassadors Theatre
    This 2019 Edinburgh Festival smash has belatedly arrived on the West End, trailing wreathes of glory and with onward American destinations presumably in its sights. So I hope it’s not overly churlish... Read more
  • Photo credit: Singin' in the Rain (Photo by Manuel Harlan)
    Singin' In The Rain
    Sadler's Wells
    ​​Trust the British weather to make the opening of Singin’ in the Rain an immersive experience, with a flurry of umbrellas outside the theatre to match those onstage. And while the revival of... Read more
  • Photo credit: Tia Bannon and Leanne Henlon (Photo by Myah Jeffers)
    seven methods of killing kylie jenner
    Royal Court Theatre
    TL; DR: OMG, seven methods of killing kylie jenner is the must-see play of the summer. IMO, you should go see this show RN.  (Please read, though. You’ll want to know more about this achingly... Read more
  • Photo credit: Dawn Hope, David Thaxton, Mary Moore, Marc Pickering,, Yazdan Qafouri and Nicola Blackman in The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Photo by Geraint Lewis)
    The Sorcerer's Apprentice
    Southwark Playhouse
    “Magic, the means to impress the people around you” is continually sung by the title character in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and it’s easy to see why. Inspired by J. W. Goethe’s fantastical 18th... Read more
  • Courtney Bowman, center, in SIX: The Musical (Photo by Pamela Raith)
    SIX - Live at the Lyric
    Lyric Theatre
    The queens are back, and they’re beautiful. Since their creation by Cambridge University students Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss in 2017, when they first sashayed before audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe... Read more
  • Sleepless, A Musical Romance
    Sleepless: A Musical Romance
    Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
    You have to admire the energy and chutzpah behind this new musical, based on the much-loved 1993 movie Sleepless in Seattle. The project has been kicking around for over a decade, and had an outing,... Read more
  • Katherine Parkinson in Shoe Lady at the Royal Court
    Shoe Lady
    Royal Court Theatre
    The Observer's Susannah Clapp described E.V. Crowe's last play at the Royal Court, The Sewing Group in 2016, as being a "Caryl Churchill-influenced play." Now, in her fourth play for the theatre (but... Read more
  • Sunset Limited
    The Sunset Limited
    Boulevard Theatre
    We inevitably each bring a lot of baggage to this thing called life, just as we do to this thing called going to the theatre. And some plays speak to us (or about us) more personally than is perhaps... Read more
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