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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: Kate O'Flynn and Zubin Varla (Photo by Marc Brenner)
    The Two Character Play
    Hampstead Theatre
    Tennessee Williams’s strange meta-theatrical play has been given an immensely daring revival at the Hampstead Theatre, where this dense two-hander had its world premiere in 1967. Since then, the play... Read more
  • Photo credit: Stephen Ardern-Sodje in The Tempest and Emma Ernest in As You Like It (Photos by Marc Brenner)
    The Tempest - Globe 2021
    Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
    If you’re feeling anxious about returning to the theatre, Shakespeare’s Globe is really the perfect compromise: outdoors and socially distanced, the only conspicuous difference from the usual... Read more
  • The Last Five Years at Southwark Playhouse
    The Last Five Years
    Garrick Theatre
    The last five years? Hell, what about the last seven months? That’s how long it’s been (give or take a week) since Jonathan O’Boyle’s terrific Off-West End revival of Jason Robert Brown’s musical... Read more
  • Tamsin Greig in Nights of the Garden of Spain at the Bridge Theatre (Photo by Zac Nicholson)
    Talking Heads 2020
    The Bridge Theatre
    Any season of work that’s taking place in a London theatre at the moment is worthy of five stars in my book. The Bridge Theatre’s proving that there is no business like showbusiness, with its Talking... Read more
  • Kristin Scott Thomas in The Hand of God (Photo by Zac Nicholson)
    Talking Heads 2020
    The Bridge Theatre
    Alan Bennett’s monologue series Talking Heads is ingeniously booby-trapped. It may look, at first glance, a little safe: all teapots, cosy, unflattering knitwear, and well-kept, conventional suburbia... Read more
  • Lesley Manville in The Bed Among the Lentils at The Bridge Theatre (Photo by Zac Nicholson)
    Talking Heads 2020
    The Bridge Theatre
    Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads monologues, which chronicle the quiet turmoil of lives behind ordinary suburban front doors, have been on an extraordinary journey. They made landmark TV when they first... Read more
  • Teenage Dick
    Teenage Dick
    Donmar Warehouse
    In October, the Trafalgar Studios hosted a West End revival of the late Peter Nicols's play 1967 play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg that revolves around a married couple caring for their severely... Read more
  • A Taste of Honey
    A Taste Of Honey
    Trafalgar Studio One
    While previous National Theatre hits like An Inspector Calls, One Man Two Guvnors, War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time have had repeated returns to the West End and other... Read more
  • Touching The Void
    Touching The Void
    Duke of York's Theatre
    Probably the most famous stage direction in all of world drama is "Exit, pursued by a bear" in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. But in terms of sheer challenges to realise on stage, surely Peter... Read more
  • The Antipodes
    The Antipodes
    Dorfman - National Theatre
    In a recent Guardian interview by journalist and broadcaster Mark Lawson, Annie Baker was described as "the most original and significant American dramatist since August Wilson, but her plays should... Read more
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