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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.

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  • Mamma Mia The Party

    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 a tiny bit of storyline), Mamma Mia! the Party could be subtitled, 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - again.' The original stage incarnation of Mamma Mia!, which earlier this year celebrated its 20th anniversary in the West End and of course also went global, has not only launched a whole genre of...

  • Big the Musical

    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 investment when it shut after just six months, after failing to be nominated for that year's Tony Award for best musical.Even though it had a British director - the late, great Mike Ockrent (whose hits included Me and My Girl and Crazy for You on both sides of the Atlantic), working with the...

  • A Very Expensive Poison

    "In a way, it's an anti-thriller. But I must never ever say that," says playwright Lucy Prebble in a programme note about her new, expansive and intriguing play A Very Expensive Poison, based on Guardian journalist Luke Harding's 2018 book about the Russian state-sanctioned 2006 murder of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, by then a British citizen living in London.Prebble's play similarly unpacks the often-unsayable in its dogged pursuit of revealing the truth of how he came to die,...

  • A Doll's House

    Review - A Doll's House at Lyric Hammersmith

    4/5
    Kit Kat Club at the Playhouse Theatre

    Lyric Hammersmith is not so much a doll's house of a theatre as a jewel box Tardis: an unexpectedly traditional Victorian theatre, on three levels, that has been delicately reassembled and recreated from plasterwork preserved from a demolished theatre and recreated within a modern 1970s building.It has long provided a defining anchor to west London's theatrical offering that also includes the increasingly essential Bush Theatre, itself recently reinvigorated by the arrival of artistic director...

  • Everything Florian Zeller puts his pen to seems to end up in the West End, from his Olivier Award-winning play The Father to his recent success with The Height of the Storm, set to transfer to Broadway next week. His latest, The Son, is the first to transfer to the West End from Indhu Rubasingham's recently rebranded Kiln Theatre, and it's a taut, emotive examination of the tragedy of adolescence depression.Nicolas has hit a brick wall. Since his parents divorced, he's been skipping school,...

  • The Secret River

    While William Thornhill, the pardoned prisoner who lays claim to his own land in Australia, is the fictional antihero of Kate Grenville's novel The Secret River, it's hard to forget to Indigenous people he's displaced by laying claim to his space are real. Blameless, slaughtered, and real. After its debut in Australia in 2013, Andrew Bovell's adaptation comes to London following a run at Edinburgh International Festival, where actor Ningali Lawford-Wolf, the play's narrator, tragically passed...

  • Fleabag

    A few years ago, Phoebe Waller-Bridge was performing her gem of a play at the Edinburgh Fringe which earned her the title of a 'promising talent'. In the following years, her meteoric rise has seen her play become a cult TV classic (as has her second TV show Killing Eve), she's become a writer in the upcoming James Bond film, a sell-out Broadway run, and she's landed the illustrious job Stateside of hosting Saturday Night Live - a real indicator of how global a name Waller-Bridge has become.But...

  • The Doctor

    In his final production in his role as associate director at the Almeida, Robert Icke has left a little gift. His modernisation of Arthur Schnitzler's 105-year-old play Professor Bernhardi is a tense medical drama, but it has handed Juliet Stevenson an electrifying role in which she is absolutely mesmerisingStevenson doesn't step foot off stage once for the entirety of the just under three-hour running time (that's including the interval), as she becomes Professor Ruth Wolff, the doctor at the...

  • Samantha Pauly & Trent Saunders in Evita

    It's Evita, Jim, but not as we know it... Shortly into Act I of this new staging of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's beloved 1978 musical at the Open Air Theatre, that strangely feels as stripped back as it does overstuffed, Agustin Magaldi serenades us with "On This Night of a Thousand Stars." I looked up towards the stars myself and couldn't help but wonder what the great Harold Prince, the musical's original director who sadly passed away just over a week ago, would be thinking right now....

  • Horrible Histories Barmy Britain Part Four

    With Boris Johnson moved into Number 10 and the dreaded 'B word' uttered more than ever, it may seem as if history is being rewritten before our eyes every day. But with centuries of history shaping our country's past, Horrible Histories returns to the West End to remind us of exciting, and somewhat less gloomy times.Based on Terry Deary's series of children's books and the subsequent BAFTA award-winning television series, Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain takes its audience on a historical...

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