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.

  • Photo credit: David Harewood and Charles Edwards in Best of Enemies (Photo by Wasi Daniju)
    Best of Enemies
    Young Vic
    Could any political play top the current seething drama in Westminster? Perhaps not, but James Graham’s latest is another fascinating slice of history that feels all too pertinent. In fact, our... Read more
  • Photo credit: The Book of Dust (Photo by Manuel Harlan)
    The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage
    The Bridge Theatre
    Almost 20 years ago, Nicholas Hytner brought Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy to the stage in a memorable two-part production at the National Theatre. So, it’s easy to understand the... Read more
  • Measure for Measure
    Measure for Measure - Globe 2021/22
    Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
    Shakespeare’s prickly, ever-intriguing play Measure for Measure is given a genuinely fresh spin courtesy of Blanche McIntyre, the busy director marking her best production in years with this... Read more
  • Photo credit: Hiran Abeysekera (Pi) Tom Larkin (Tiger Head) Nicholas Khan (Pi's Father) (Photo by Johan Persson)
    Life of Pi
    Wyndham's Theatre
    A teenage boy adrift at sea for 227 days with only a Royal Bengal tiger for company? Yann Martel’s Booker Prize-winning philosophical novel Life of Pi is the ultimate adaptation challenge – which is... Read more
  • Photo credit: The Comedy of Errors (Photo courtesy of Royal Shakespeare Company)
    The Comedy of Errors
    Barbican Theatre
    The Comedy of Errors is kind of like a Shakespearean comedy highlight reel. The play has everything you want from the Bard: Twins? Check. Mistaken identities? Check. A separated family? Check. So,... Read more
  • Photo credit: The Drifters Girl cast (Photo by Johan Persson)
    The Drifters Girl
    Garrick Theatre
    It’s a crying shame that we don’t have more showcase roles in musical theatre for blazing talent like soul queen Beverley Knight, and if nothing else, this new show supplies one: Faye Treadwell, the... Read more
  • Photo credit: Ralph Fiennes (Photo by Matt Humphrey)
    Four Quartets
    Harold Pinter Theatre.
    TS Eliot’s dense, sprawling, four-poem cycle exploring time, faith, mortality, history, love, and everything in between doesn’t exactly scream commercial theatre. And yet, thanks to a simply... Read more
  • Photo credit: A Christmas Carol (Photo courtesy of Old Vic)
    A Christmas Carol
    The Old Vic
    How do you improve upon perfection? Here’s one suggestion: hire Stephen Mangan. I’ve now seen Matthew Warchus’s gloriously moving, riotously entertaining production of A Christmas Carol four times,... Read more
  • Photo credit: Manor (Photo by Manuel Harlan)
    Lyttelton Theatre, National
    Moira Buffini’s state-of-the-nation play is pegged to that irresistible trope: the dark and stormy night, with a group of strangers forced to seek shelter in a spooky manor house. Naturally it’s a... Read more
  • Photo credit: Lesley Lemon, Jaye Griffiths, Racheal Ofori, Marcello Cruz,Ian Porter (Photo by Helen Murray)
    Rare earth mettle
    Royal Court Theatre
    The Royal Court is no stranger to controversial plays, but this one – and now? That’s one way of describing the faint air of disbelief surrounding Rare Earth Mettle, the Al Smith play that arrives... Read more
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