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: Michael Sheen (Photo by Johan Persson)
    Under Milk Wood
    Olivier Theatre, National
    Why do we tell stories? Lyndsey Turner’s emotive staging of Dylan Thomas’s 1953 play for voices proffers some profound ideas: to heal familial bonds, to find lucidity in the murkiness of dementia,... Read more
  • Upstart Crow
    Upstart Crow
    Gielgud Theatre
    West End and Broadway stages have long been a recycling centre for successful film titles, usually becoming musicals but occasionally plays (like The Graduate that played at this address); now TV... Read more
  • Uncle Vanya starring Toby Jones and Richard Armitage review
    Uncle Vanya
    Harold Pinter Theatre
    Michael Billington recently wrote a feature for The Guardian in which he commented that he's seen nearly two dozen productions of Uncle Vanya in over 60 years as a theatregoer (48 of them as a critic... Read more
  • Unexpected Joy
    Southwark Playhouse
    Telling the story of three generations of female singers, Unexpected Joy captures the generational divisions that grow in relationships. Joy is reunited with her daughter Rachel and granddaughter... Read more
  • Ugly Lies the Bone Review
    Ugly Lies the Bone
    Lyttelton Theatre, National
    A play using Virtual Reality headsets may not immediately scream 'National Theatre crowd' but whilst the technology may be fresh up to date the themes of abandonment, hope and the chipping away at... Read more
  • Underneath
    Soho Theatre
    Storytelling is at the heart of Pat Kinevane's haunting and mesmerising solo show Underneath that arrives in London at the Soho Theatre following rave runs in Edinburgh, Ireland and New York. Despite... Read more
  • Untold Stories
    Duchess Theatre
    Back in November last year, I was a little disappointed with Alan Bennett's 'People', a play that also proved disappointing to others if the reaction of one particular correspondent is anything to go... Read more
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