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.

  • Absolute Hell
    Absolute Hell
    Lyttelton Theatre, National
    It was a fringe rediscovery of this 1952 play at Richmond's Orange Tree in 1988 that reignited interest in this neglected play, and led directly to a famous 1991 TV version, directed by Antony Page... Read more
  • Strictly Ballroom
    Strictly Ballroom
    Piccadilly Theatre
    Be careful what you sometimes wish for. When I reviewed this stage version of Baz Luhrmann's  first hit film Strictly Ballroom from 1992 on its UK premiere at West Yorkshire Playhouse in late 2016, I... Read more
  • Bat Out of Hell
    Bat Out of Hell The Musical
    Dominion Theatre
    It’s loud. It’s bombastic. It’s bat-shit crazy. And it’s back, returning to London after last summer’s world premiere at the Coliseum, Bat Out of Hell takes up an open-ended residency at the Dominion... Read more
  • Tina - The Tina Turner Musical
    Tina - The Tina Turner Musical
    Aldwych Theatre
    If you drew up a list of everything you wanted from a Tina Turner musical, you wouldn’t be disappointed by Tina, which gets its world premiere at the Aldwych Theatre. It’s got the anthems, it’s got... Read more
  • Chicago
    Chicago
    Phoenix Theatre
    Chicago made its first appearance on Broadway in 1975, and it lit up New York with its razzle dazzle. Reviving the show at London’s Phoenix Theatre now, however, doesn’t pack half the punch it would... Read more
  • Quiz
    Quiz
    Noel Coward Theatre
    James Graham has a reputation for turning big, meaty topics into pieces of riveting theatre. In the last 12 months alone, he has tackled the formation of The Sun and Rupert Murdoch’s media empire in... Read more
  • Pressure
    Pressure
    Ambassadors Theatre
    Weather forecasting, as 1980s BBC TV weatherman Michael Fish famously knows only too well, is an imprecise science. In 1987, he managed to entirely miss the arrival of the worst storm to hit southern... Read more
  • Sharon D Clarke in Caroline, or Change
    Caroline, or Change
    Playhouse Theatre
    When New York Times critic Ben Brantley reviewed the world premiere of Caroline, or Change at New York's Public Theatre in 2003, he almost damned it not so much with faint praise but with over-praise... Read more
  • The Inheritance
    The Inheritance: Part 1
    Noel Coward Theatre
    A week ago, I spent nearly eight hours re-visiting the National's lavish and exhilarating production of Tony Kushner's 1990s epic Angels in America on Broadway, a play that swirls, swoops and... Read more
  • Ruthless the Musical
    Ruthless! The Musical
    Arts Theatre
    Ruthless! The Musical, a campy, vampy cult show about vaulting show business ambition that's like an unholy cross between All About Eve, Annie and Carrie, has been kicking around for over a quarter... Read more
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