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: The Wife of Willesden (Photo by Marc Brenner)
    The Wife of Willesden
    Kiln Theatre
    When Brent won its bid to be the London Borough of Culture 2020, novelist Zadie Smith was asked to write something for her beloved district. After a period of panic, she alighted on a fun premise: a... Read more
  • Photo credit: Saoirse Ronan and James McArdle (Photo by Marc Brenner)
    The Tragedy of Macbeth
    Almeida Theatre
    Before the Wyrd sisters utter a word, we know something sinister is afoot. A dark stage features a wheelchair, an oxygen tank, a water spigot, and a wheelbarrow of black boots with a ghostlight... Read more
  • Photo credit: The Memory of Water (Photo by Helen Murray)
    The Memory of Water
    Hampstead Theatre
    Time hasn’t been kind to The Memory of Water, Shelagh Stephenson’s play about three sisters brought together following the death of their mother. I saw Terry Johnson’s premiere of this same play at... Read more
  • Twelfth Night at Shakespeare's Globe (Photo by Marc Brenner)
    Twelfth Night - Globe 2021
    Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
    Welcome to Illyria, where it’s Mardi Gras every day, and the now-ramshackle town has been overrun by the Countess’s vagabonds and fools. Imagine being ship-wrecked in this sin-laden land, where... Read more
  • 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
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