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.

  • Ain't Misbehavin'
    Ain't Misbehavin'
    Southwark Playhouse
    It is clear looking at director Tyrone Huntley’s impressive acting CV where he has found inspiration for this glittering production. He has performed in some of the best-loved shows on stage... Read more
  • All My Sons
    All My Sons 2019
    The Old Vic
    In the latest flurry of classic American plays being revived in London, Jeremy Herrin’s production of All My Sons opens the night after the play also opened on Broadway. It could be a mere... Read more
  • A German Life
    The Bridge Theatre
    An elderly woman sitting in a chair, sharing her memories for 1 hour and 40 minutes without an interval, doesn't sound very theatrical. But since that woman is played by Maggie Smith, returning to... Read more
  • Admissions
    Admissions
    Trafalgar Studio One
    The era of Trump and Trumpism has ignited a flurry of culture wars that were already simmering. Is affirmative action to increase the representation of black and minority students in college... Read more
  • Angry Alan
    Angry Alan
    Soho Theatre
    Since Trump rocked the world with his election in 2016, there has been no shortage of political satire on the subject. But writer Penelope Skinner explores a new angle with her one-man show Angry... Read more
  • Alys, Always
    Alys, Always
    The Bridge Theatre
    Another day, another middling (and very middle-class) new play at the Bridge. Great things were expected for this theatre, founded by Nick Hytner and Nick Starr after they departed from the National... Read more
  • All About Eve
    All About Eve
    Noel Coward Theatre
    Another opening night in the West End, and two exciting talents hit the stage in Gillian Anderson and Lily James. But as Ivo van Hove’s hotly-anticipated adaptation of All About Eve opens at the Noel... Read more
  • Antony and Cleopatra 2018
    Olivier Theatre, National
    One of the great things about British theatre is how it creates our own brand of international movie stars, from Ian McKellen, Judi Dench, Patrick Stewart and Helen Mirren to Kenneth Branagh, Tom... Read more
  • Allelujah by Alan Bennett
    Allelujah!
    The Bridge Theatre
    In his first play for six years, Alan Bennett takes aim at privatisation of the NHS on its 70th anniversary. Teaming up once again with director Nicholas Hytner at his new theatre, the Bridge, the... Read more
  • As You Like It
    As You Like It RSC
    Barbican
    Much like the mystical Forest of Arden, with twinkling fairy lights and copious amounts of plants, Regent Park’s Open Air Theatre is a delight to behold. Upon entering the auditorium, however, the... Read more
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