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.

  • Simon Russell Beale in A Christmas Carol at the Bridge Theatre (Photo by Manuel Harlan)
    A Christmas Carol
    The Bridge Theatre
    In this miserly year given over in so many cases to illness and isolation, the arrival of A Christmas Carol as the festive-season title of choice seems especially popular. Dickens’s tale of gradually... Read more
  • Aoife Kennan and Charles Angiama in C-o-n-t-a-c-t (Photo by Pamela Raith)
    No, this isn’t Contact, the “dance play” that won the 2000 Tony Award for Best Musical and was later seen on the West End. Instead, C-o-n-t-a-c-t  — the letters are aptly distanced to suit the times... Read more
  • Cirque du Soleil - Luzia
    Cirque Du Soleil: Luzia - 2022
    Royal Albert Hall
    One of the headline promises of Donald Trump's campaign for the Presidency was to build an "impenetrable, powerful and beautiful" 1,300-mile wall with Mexico to curb illegal immigration and the... Read more
  • Curtains
    Wyndham's Theatre
    Broadway has sent us a lot of great shows this year, including direct transfers for Come from Away, Waitress and Dear Evan Hansen, in replica productions recreated by their original creative teams.... Read more
  • Circus 1903
    Circus 1903
    Royal Festival Hall
    While pantos across the capital are providing the slapstick laughs, silly songs and festivities for some, it’s not to everyone’s tastes. The circus is something that, when done well, can transcend... Read more
  • Cyrano de Bergerac
    Cyrano de Bergerac
    Harold Pinter Theatre
    Here is Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmond Rostand's famous French verse drama originally premiered in Paris in 1867, but not as you nose it. The hero, who probably has the most famous proboscis in all of... Read more
  • Captain Corelli's Mandolin
    Harold Pinter Theatre
    The journey of stories from screen to stage are now well-travelled, especially in musicals, with many (if not most) new musicals originating in popular film titles from the back catalogue - Moulin... Read more
  • Come From Away
    Come From Away
    Phoenix Theatre
    Come From Away lost out in the Tony race for most of the seven awards it was nominated for to Dear Evan Hansen, apart from Christopher Ashley who won the award for Best Director of a Musical. Both... Read more
  • Cost Of Living
    Cost of Living
    Hampstead Theatre
    The UK premiere of last year's Pulitzer Prize-winning play - premiered at Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2016 and seen Off-Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club in 2017 - is the 100th world, European... Read more
  • Coming Clean
    Coming Clean
    Trafalgar Studio Two
    It's funny how plays can make you feel your age by being very specifically of their time - yet also make you realise that both everything and nothing has changed, too. Seeing Kevin Elyot's first play... Read more
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