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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.

  • On Blueberry Hill
    On Blueberry Hill
    Trafalgar Studio One
    Sebastian Barry, a feted novelist (who is currently the Laureate for Irish Fiction) and playwright, makes his long overdue West End debut with this London transfer for Irish new writing company... Read more
  • Jennifer Saunders in Blithe Spirit
    Blithe Spirit
    Duke of York's Theatre
    In 2013, Richard Eyre directed the great Lesley Manville in a harrowing production of Ibsen's Ghosts at the Almeida that subsequently transferred to the West End's Trafalgar Studios. The ghosts in... Read more
  • Katherine Parkinson in Shoe Lady at the Royal Court
    Shoe Lady
    Royal Court Theatre
    The Observer's Susannah Clapp described E.V. Crowe's last play at the Royal Court, The Sewing Group in 2016, as being a "Caryl Churchill-influenced play." Now, in her fourth play for the theatre (but... Read more
  • Pretty Woman: The Musical
    Pretty Woman: The Musical
    Piccadilly Theatre
    There have been plenty of musicals about prostitution on Broadway, like the 60s classic Sweet Charity, set in a dance hall where the hostesses available for hire as dance companions say, "Who dances... Read more
  • The Prince of Egypt
    The Prince of Egypt
    Dominion Theatre
    In 2017, a musical premiered on Broadway called Prince of Broadway. It celebrated the life and career of the powerful and prolific Broadway producer and director Harold Prince, whose career spanned... Read more
  • La Cage aux Folles at the Park Theatre
    La Cage aux Folles (The Play)
    Park Theatre
    The Park Theatre scored a deserved hit in 2016 with its tender, heartfelt revival of Mart Crowley's still-groundbreaking 1968 play The Boys in the Band, a play that put 1960s New York gay life on... Read more
  • Be More Chill review
    Be More Chill
    The Other Palace
    After the homegrown Everybody's Talking About Jamie and Broadway import Dear Evan Hansen, Be More Chill is another new musical about the growing pains and everyday terrors of high school students who... Read more
  • Upstart Crow
    Upstart Crow
    Gielgud Theatre
    West End and Broadway stages have long been a recycling centre for successful film titles, usually becoming musicals but occasionally plays (like The Graduate that played at this address); now TV... Read more
  • Nora: A Doll's House
    Nora: A Doll's House
    Young Vic
    In 2012 the Young Vic scored a notable triumph with a production of Ibsen's A Doll's House, starring Hattie Morahan in vibrant, tenacious form as Ibsen's increasingly desperate heroine who commits a... Read more
  • Far Away
    Far Away
    Donmar Warehouse
    They say that short is sweet, but it isn't necessarily so. As ever, it is Caryl Churchill - theatre's greatest disruptor - that breaks that rule, with this tense, brooding and brilliantly incisive... Read more
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