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.

  • Dear Evan Hansen
    Dear Evan Hansen
    Noel Coward Theatre
    Everybody's Talking About Jamie has just celebrated its 2nd birthday in the West End, a joyous musical about a British teenager embracing and asserting his gay drag identity at a Sheffield school at... Read more
  • Touching The Void
    Touching The Void
    Duke of York's Theatre
    Probably the most famous stage direction in all of world drama is "Exit, pursued by a bear" in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. But in terms of sheer challenges to realise on stage, surely Peter... Read more
  • Mary Poppins
    Mary Poppins
    Prince Edward Theatre
    Mary Poppins, the eponymous airborne professional nanny of the PL Travers stories and the 1964 live-action Disney feature, has flown back into the West End, to the original home - the Prince Edward... Read more
  • Mamma Mia The Party
    Mamma Mia! The Party
    The O2
    Not so much a show as an interactive 3D experience, complete with a full three-course meal, freely-flowing alcohol (only some of which is included in the initial price), all-singing and dancing (and... Read more
  • The Doctor
    The Doctor
    Duke of York's Theatre
    In his final production in his role as associate director at the Almeida, Robert Icke has left a little gift. His modernisation of Arthur Schnitzler’s 105-year-old play Professor Bernhardi is a tense... Read more
  • Samantha Pauly & Trent Saunders in Evita
    Evita
    Barbican
    It’s Evita, Jim, but not as we know it… Shortly into Act I of this new staging of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s beloved 1978 musical at the Open Air Theatre, that strangely feels as stripped... Read more
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
    London Palladium
    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is set, according to Tim Rice's ever-concise and anachronistically playful lyrics, "way way back many centuries ago/ Not long after the Bible began." Not... 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
  • 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
  • Come From Away
    Come From Away
    Phoenix Theatre
    Come From Away lost out in the Tony race for most of the seven awards it was nominated for to Dear Evan Hansen, apart from Christopher Ashley who won the award for Best Director of a Musical. Both... Read more
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