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.

  • Mary Stuart
    Mary Stuart
    Duke of York's Theatre
    North London's Almeida Theatre has become the centre of theatrical gravity, in every sense, in town. Hot on the heels of its West End transfer of James Graham's Ink, now Robert Icke's taut,... Read more
  • John
    Dorfman - National Theatre
    Theatrical marmite doesn't come more pungently or demandingly flavoured than this: the UK premiere of Annie Baker's latest is the strangest new play in many a long day (and even longer night). Across... Read more
  • Beginning
    Beginning
    Ambassadors Theatre
    It’s been a long time since there’s been such a buzz of excitement at the Ambassadors Theatre. The faithful home of West End favourite Stomp for 11 and a half years, it’s time to breathe some new... Read more
  • Lady Windermere's Fan
    Lady Windermere's Fan
    Vaudeville Theatre
    Right across the street from Charing Cross station at the junction of the Strand with the pedestrianised Adelaide Street there's a coffin-like structure topped by a sculpture modelled after the head... Read more
  • Amadeus
    Amadeus
    Olivier Theatre, National
    At the core of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus, which is fuelled by rabid envy and beautiful music, are two gargantuan roles, supremely revived as Michael Longhurst’s 2016 production returns to the Olivier.... Read more
  • All's Well That Ends Well
    All's Well That Ends Well
    Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
    It's a curious fact of Shakespearean life how some plays go in and out of fashion: we've lately been seeing a lot of Julius Caesars (no doubt thanks to affinities with Donald Trump), and we always... Read more
  • The Birthday Party
    The Birthday Party
    Harold Pinter Theatre
    The critical and commercial failure of Harold Pinter's second full-length play The Birthday Party in its original production in 1958 could well have ended his career right there and then; but here we... Read more
  • Girl From the North Country
    Noel Coward Theatre
    2017 was certainly a banner year for new musicals: not just the UK premiere of Hamilton, of course, but also the homegrown thrills of Everybody's Talking About Jamie (which transferred from Sheffield... Read more
  • OVO - Cirque du Soleil
    OVO - Cirque du Soleil
    Royal Albert Hall
    Is time running out, finally, for the global circus franchise Cirque du Soleil, whose touring and bespoke Las Vegas spectacles have created their own extremely profitable brand of family... Read more
  • Hamilton in London
    Hamilton
    Victoria Palace Theatre
    What's left to be said about Hamilton that's not already been said? One of the central questions the show asks is precisely who the storytellers are of our personal and collective histories: "Who... Read more
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