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.

  • Lesley Manville in The Bed Among the Lentils at The Bridge Theatre (Photo by Zac Nicholson)
    Talking Heads 2020
    The Bridge Theatre
    Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads monologues, which chronicle the quiet turmoil of lives behind ordinary suburban front doors, have been on an extraordinary journey. They made landmark TV when they first... Read more
  • Teenage Dick
    Teenage Dick
    Donmar Warehouse
    In October, the Trafalgar Studios hosted a West End revival of the late Peter Nicols's play 1967 play A Day in the Death of Joe Egg that revolves around a married couple caring for their severely... Read more
  • A Taste of Honey
    A Taste Of Honey
    Trafalgar Studio One
    While previous National Theatre hits like An Inspector Calls, One Man Two Guvnors, War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time have had repeated returns to the West End and other... Read more
  • Touching The Void
    Touching The Void
    Duke of York's Theatre
    Probably the most famous stage direction in all of world drama is "Exit, pursued by a bear" in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. But in terms of sheer challenges to realise on stage, surely Peter... Read more
  • The Antipodes
    The Antipodes
    Dorfman - National Theatre
    In a recent Guardian interview by journalist and broadcaster Mark Lawson, Annie Baker was described as "the most original and significant American dramatist since August Wilson, but her plays should... Read more
  • Translations
    Translations
    Olivier Theatre, National
    It couldn't be more timely for the National Theatre to be reviving its stirring, magnificent 2018 production of Brian Friel's Translations at this precarious point in our national history when... Read more
  • Two Ladies
    The Bridge Theatre
    No, Two Ladies has nothing to do with the wonderful Kander and Ebb song of the same name from Cabaret, with its great repeated refrain: "Bee-dle-dee bee-dle-dee dee". But that line just about sums up... Read more
  • Tree
    Young Vic
    If you’re hoping to arrive at the Young Vic early and have a leisurely perusal of the programme pre-show at Tree, think again. As I made my way down towards the stage, all I could see was the... Read more
  • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole - The Musical
    Ambassadors Theatre
    Sue Townsend’s novel Adrian Mole is one that has spanned generations, from it’s first publication in the ‘80s to the TV shows that followed. But it’s probably fair to say most people under the age of... Read more
  • The Hunt
    Almeida Theatre
    The Almeida previously struck theatrical gold in 2004 with a stage version of Thomas Vinterberg's 1998 Danish film Festen, chronicling a disturbing story of child abuse in a family, that subsequently... Read more
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