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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: Wonderville Magic and Illusion (Photo by Pamela Raith)
    Wonderville Magic & Illusion
    Palace Theatre.
    If Stan Lee had created the Marvel characters as magicians, then the acts in Wonderville Magic and Illusion would be the Avengers. This newly-created vaudevillian variety show brings together world-... Read more
  • The Welkin
    The Welkin
    Lyttelton Theatre, National
    Some plays are easier to admire than to actually enjoy. The hard work with The Welkin starts even with its title - a middle-English word referring to the sky or heavens. As 1759 Suffolk looks to the... Read more
  • White Christmas
    Dominion Theatre
    If there's a sense of deja vu to seeing White Christmas - the ultimate seasonal musical filler - at the Dominion Theatre, that's only because we have actually been here before. After previously... Read more
  • The Watsons
    The Watsons 2019
    Menier Chocolate Factory
    Jane Austen only wrote six finished novels before dying at the age of just 41. But an entire industry has developed around her endlessly popular fiction, including multiple film and television... Read more
  • Wife
    Wife
    Kiln Theatre
    Despite being called Wife, this new play at the Kiln has nothing in common with The Father, The Mother and The Son, all of which were previously premiered at the same address and the last of which is... Read more
  • Where is Peter Rabbit?
    Where Is Peter Rabbit?
    Theatre Royal Haymarket
    Even though the tales of Beatrix Potter are over a century old, their continued ability to draw children into the imaginary world of Peter Rabbit and his friends still holds today. First performed at... Read more
  • Waitress
    Waitress
    Adelphi Theatre
    Waitress opened on Broadway in the same 2015/16 season as Hamilton - so, hardly surprisingly, lost out in the Tony Awards race, including for best musical and best original score. Yet, nearly three... Read more
  • When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other
    When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other
    Dorfman - National Theatre
    This is the single most 'exclusive' theatre event since the Tom Hiddleston Hamlet at RADA in 2017: demand for tickets was anticipated to be so high that prospective theatregoers had to likewise enter... Read more
  • White Teeth
    White Teeth
    Kiln Theatre
    There's a raw, ragged and baggy charm to the portrait of a local community in White Teeth, Stephen Sharkey's new stage adaptation of Zadie Smith's debut novel White Teeth, originally published in... Read more
  • Wise Children
    Wise Children
    The Old Vic
    The dazzling theatre magician that is Emma Rice has just conjured the latest chapter, in every sense, of her compelling and revolutionary adventures in theatreland. From Kneehigh, the touring company... Read more
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