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.

  • Toast
    TOAST
    The Other Palace
    “It is impossible not to love someone who makes toast for you.” So says Nigel Slater in his memoir, and indeed as the audience walks into The Other Palace, the smell of perfect on-the-brink-of-burned... Read more
  • Fiddler on the Roof
    Fiddler on the Roof
    Playhouse Theatre
    This is suddenly a golden age for the forever-classics of musical theatre, from London where Sondheim's Company and Follies have both had spellbinding reinventions, to Broadway where there are... Read more
  • Emilia
    Emilia
    Vaudeville Theatre
    The Strand is suddenly thrillingly alive with women's stories. Hot on the heels of Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 the Musical, that brings a 1980s story of female office emancipation from a bullying male boss... Read more
  • Tom Hiddleston and Zawe Ashton in Betrayal
    Betrayal
    Harold Pinter Theatre
    Director Jamie Lloyd has just finished a six-month season featuring seven rotating bills of all Harold Pinter's short plays, which proved to be a thrilling and frequently alarming journey into some... Read more
  • The Twilight Zone
    The Twilight Zone
    Ambassadors Theatre
    The West End is already full of stage versions of films, with Waitress and 9 to 5 newly added to the musicals roster and All About Eve to the one for plays. Now the back TV catalogue is being... Read more
  • Admissions
    Admissions
    Trafalgar Studio One
    The era of Trump and Trumpism has ignited a flurry of culture wars that were already simmering. Is affirmative action to increase the representation of black and minority students in college... 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
  • Rip It Up
    Rip It Up
    Garrick Theatre
    Strictly Come Dancing fans rejoiced at the news that four male celebrities who have competed for the Glitterball trophy would be teaming up to perform a celebration of swinging sixties music and... Read more
  • Equus
    Equus
    Trafalgar Studio One
    There's always a paradox at the heart of Peter Shaffer's plays of (lack of) faith, divinity and redemption: they are unquestionably verbose in their use of language and mightily overblown in the... Read more
  • Only Fools and Horses
    Only Fools and Horses - The Musical
    Theatre Royal Haymarket
    With a flurry of transfers arriving from Broadway, I've been wondering where the new British musicals are in the West End; but be careful what you wish for. While the new Broadway shows are all... Read more
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