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.

  • Ralph Fiennes in Beat the Devil at the Bridge Theatre
    Beat the Devil
    The Bridge Theatre
    “Dream and reality become indistinguishable.” This, David Hare’s engrossing new monologue informs us, was part of the bludgeoning battery of effects wrought on his body and mind, as both the... Read more
  • Jennifer Saunders in Blithe Spirit
    Blithe Spirit
    Harold Pinter 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
  • Be More Chill review
    Be More Chill
    Shaftesbury Theatre
    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
  • Blood Wedding
    Blood Wedding Young Vic 2019
    Young Vic
    In an exchange in a programme note for this vivid, startling new production of Blood Wedding, Young Vic artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah and guest director Yaël Farber recall their first discussion... Read more
  • Big the Musical
    Big The Musical
    Dominion Theatre
    Big the Musical was - in a pre-Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark and King Kong - one of the costliest Broadway flop musicals ever staged at the time of its 1996 premiere, losing the entirety of its $10.3m... Read more
  • Brainiac Live!
    Garrick Theatre
    “Look after your ears kids” is the conclusion of one Brainiac’s experiment, testing the hearing capacity of the younger and older members of the audience and the frequencies they can hear. Ironic,... Read more
  • Bitter Wheat
    Bitter Wheat
    Garrick Theatre
    From the moment David Mamet's Bitter Wheat, a thinly-disguised portrayal of a Harvey Weinstein-like film producer's fall from grace was first announced as heading to the London stage earlier this... Read more
  • Bronx Gothic
    Bronx Gothic
    Young Vic
    This latest Young Vic production directed by Peter Born is a brave attempt at embodying the confused, thrilling, traumatic experience of sexual awakening. Written and performed by Brooklyn-based... Read more
  • The Bay at Nice
    The Bay at Nice
    Menier Chocolate Factory
    Next to such lengthy two-parter theatrical banquets as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child or The Inheritance, David Hare's The Bay at Nice is like a post-dinner liqueur: a smooth, fruity, slightly... Read more
  • Billy Bishop Goes to War
    Billy Bishop Goes to War
    Southwark Playhouse
    We first meet Billy Bishop in 1950, a war veteran with a comfortable family life in Canada and a story to tell. Sharing the stage with his younger self the two recount Billy’s deployment with the... Read more
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