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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: 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
  • Photo credit: J'Ouvert at Harold Pinter Theatre (Photo by Helen Murray)
    Harold Pinter Theatre
    What an electrifying explosion of joy J'Ouvert is, incandescent with rich colour, fiery passion, and coruscating wit. It’s the debut play of Yasmin Joseph, first seen pre-Covid at the brilliant,... Read more
  • Photo credit: Tia Bannon and Leanne Henlon (Photo by Myah Jeffers)
    seven methods of killing kylie jenner
    Royal Court Theatre
    TL; DR: OMG, seven methods of killing kylie jenner is the must-see play of the summer. IMO, you should go see this show RN.  (Please read, though. You’ll want to know more about this achingly... Read more
  • 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
  • Photo credit: Lisa Dwan in Happy Days (Photo by Helen Maybanks)
    Happy Days
    Riverside Studios
    “Another heavenly day,” trills Winnie, the inexhaustibly chatty – not to mention seemingly inexhaustible – heroine of Beckett’s Happy Days, which is marking its 60th birthday this year with a... Read more
  • The ensemble of 'After Life' (Photo by Johan Persson)
    After Life
    Dorfman - National Theatre
    What is the one memory you would like to take from your mortal life into the beyond? This is the question that Jack Thorne’s latest play After Life poses for its audience and its characters, as the... Read more
  • Photo credit: The Death of a Black Man (Photo by Marc Brenner)
    The Death of a Black Man
    Hampstead Theatre
    The Death of a Black Man is a wild ride of a play. It confronts you with the racial politics of the 1970s as well as the pertinent economic, gender, and class divisions of the time, which at moments... Read more
  • Photo credit: Audrey Brisson in Amélie (Photo by Pamela Raith)
    Criterion Theatre
    The fear going into Craig Lucas’s musical adaptation of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s now-iconic 2001 film is that the whimsicality of the original might calcify into an unbearable, teeth-rotting level of... Read more
  • Lydia Wilson and Gemma Arterton in 'Walden' (Photo by Johan Persson)
    Harold Pinter Theatre
    There’s a moment early in Amy Berryman’s new play Walden when NASA botanist Cassie (a stoic Lydia Wilson) enters wearing a plastic face covering that looks like a mix between an oxygen mask and the... Read more
  • Amy Trigg in 'Reasons You Should(n't) Love Me' (Photo by Marc Brenner)
    Reasons You Should(n't) Love Me
    Kiln Theatre
    Comparison is the death of joy, or so they say, and in our social media-obsessed, self congratulatory-culture, comparison has become a bit of a pandemic in its own right. Even as we were all... Read more
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