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.

  • Red
    Red
    Wyndham's Theatre
    In Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's majestic, Pulitzer-Prize winning musical Sunday in the Park with George, a person says of French impressionist painter Georges Seurat: "White. A blank page or... Read more
  • Ruthless the Musical
    Ruthless! The Musical
    Arts Theatre
    Ruthless! The Musical, a campy, vampy cult show about vaulting show business ambition that's like an unholy cross between All About Eve, Annie and Carrie, has been kicking around for over a quarter... Read more
  • Rothschild & Sons
    Park Theatre
    From little acorns do mighty oaks grow, suggests a famous proverb. And seldom was there a better example of this phenomenon in action beyond the arboreal than in the transformation of Rothschild and... Read more
  • Rita, Sue and Bob, Too
    Royal Court Theatre
    This play was originally written when its author Andrea Dunbar was just 19 and premiered by the Royal Court in 1982; now it has returned there 36 years later. But Dunbar is not here to see it; she... Read more
  • The Red Lion
    The Red Lion
    Trafalgar Studio Two
    Stephen Tompkinson leads a perfectly cast trio of men who are lost in their life and so turn to football, as well as each other, for help. The Red Lion, set in a football changing room, offers a... Read more
  • Road at the Royal Court
    Road
    Royal Court Theatre
    Thirty years after it premiered at the Royal Court, and about thirty years after it first landed in director John Tiffany's lap, Jim Cartwright's play Road paints a portrait of northern England at a... Read more
  • Review of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Photo Helen Maybanks)
    The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
    Donmar Warehouse
    The city of Chicago was used as a major talking point throughout the 2016 US election campaign with Donald Trump quick to highlight its crime and homicide rates, trading on fear and misunderstanding... Read more
  • Rosencrantz and Guidenstern are Dead
    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
    The Old Vic
    Tom Stoppard turns 80 this year -- so it is appropriate that theatreland is celebrating with new productions of two of his earliest successes. His 1974 play Travesties is currently back in the West... Read more
  • Rules for Living Stephen Mangan
    Rules for Living 2015 National Theatre
    Dorfman - National Theatre
    We all have coping mechanisms and default reactions to uncomfortable situations. How, for instance, to watch this occasionally merry but frequently merciless comedy of Christmas manners, from the... Read more
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