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.

  • Mary Poppins
    Mary Poppins
    Prince Edward Theatre
    Mary Poppins, the eponymous airborne professional nanny of the PL Travers stories and the 1964 live-action Disney feature, has flown back into the West End, to the original home - the Prince Edward... Read more
  • The Man in the White Suit
    The Man in the White Suit
    Wyndham's Theatre
    Not so much firing on every cylinder as misfiring on them, this stage version of the 1951 Ealing comedy film The Man in the White Suit is like the intrepid inventor Sidney Stratton's early... Read more
  • Master Harold and the Boys
    'Master Harold'... and the boys
    Lyttelton Theatre, National
    Athol Fugard's 1982 play 'Master Harold'... and the Boys is, in his own words, "probably the most intensely personal thing I have ever written". And a nakedly autobiographical play, based on his own... Read more
  • Mamma Mia The Party
    Mamma Mia! The Party
    The O2
    Not so much a show as an interactive 3D experience, complete with a full three-course meal, freely-flowing alcohol (only some of which is included in the initial price), all-singing and dancing (and... Read more
  • Mr Gum
    Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear
    Dorfman - National Theatre
    If you want a good example of eclectic programming, consider this: earlier this year I was sat in the Dorfman watching Downstate, a play about a social house for a group of sex offenders. Last night... Read more
  • Man of La Mancha
    Man of La Mancha
    London Coliseum
    With its earworm of a song in “The Impossible Dream”, the 1965 Broadway musical Man of La Mancha lives in the shadow of its declaration: "To dream the impossible dream, to fight the unbeatable foe,... Read more
  • Maggie May
    Maggie May
    Finborough Theatre
    The Finborough is one of London's fringe powerhouses: a tiny theatre that specialises in both premieres (it introduced new voices like James Graham and Laura Wade, both of whom have gone on to West... Read more
  • The Messiah
    The Messiah
    The Other Palace
    Given the age of austerity that we've lately been living through, with eight years of budget cuts under the current Conservative government eroding both public programmes and facilities, the time is... Read more
  • Magic Mike Live
    Magic Mike Live!
    The Theatre at Hippodrome Casino (Over 18s Only)
    Back in the day I've seen male strippers, of various stripes, at Leicester Square's London Hippodrome: in the 80s, when Stringfellow ran it as a nightclub, there was a gay night where, one night, I... Read more
  • Macbeth
    Macbeth
    Barbican
    As part of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s season in-residence at the Barbican Theatre in London, they’re bringing three plays from Stratford-upon-Avon to London. That season starts with Polly... Read more
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