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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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  • The National Theatre isn't one of those organisations that plays safe or shuns risk-taking. Of course, old favourites make regular appearances, but there's also lots of new and interesting things which pop up on quite a regular basis. Some, like the brilliant 'War Horse', are ideas which, at least on paper, might not have seemed potential hits. Try thinking how you might have reacted to the suggestion of having puppet horses made of see-through cane as the major feature of the show! So what's...

  • Give actors the chance to camp it up and/ or ham it up and it's like ducks taking to water after a prolonged drought. Not that I am suggesting that our hard-working thespians are all hams at heart, but I suppose it's a welcome change to have the chance to do something with no hidden meanings, or strident emotions to conjure up night after night, and to just, well, have a bit of a laugh. And that's the kind of opportunity the cast of this show have been offered and have taken up with vigorous...

  • What the popular press had to say when the show opened at the Noel Coward Theatre in 2006. (Note: The show is now playing at Gielgud Theatre) "It had delighted me sufficiently...Much of the show's charm lies in the easy interaction of people and puppets...There is more wit than whimsy in the delightful Lopez-Marx numbers." Michael Billington for The Guardian "What's appealing about the piece and Jason Moore's bouncy, enjoyable production is the total absence of jaded cynicism. What's less...

  • When I told a friend that I was seeing this play he said "I couldn't go to a play with a title like that!" Apparently, he's terrified of lizards and indeed reptiles of any kind. It just goes to show that titles can be very powerful, and arouse all kinds of undesirable reactions in those who read them. But my friend needn't have worried, because the iguana in question is seen only very briefly and, as far as I could tell, was not a live specimen.Written by Tennessee Williams in 1961, 'The Night...

  • NOTE: There have been cast changes since this reviewMary Poppins has finally opened at the Prince Edward Theatre and after all the pomp and excitement that has been generated around this much anticipated Disney and Cameron Macintosh stage version of Pamela Lyndon Travers inscrutable nanny, the show has generated exceptionally high expectations. Even before the curtain rises we are anticipating a stupendous Mary Poppins, who with the aid of a strong east wind will transport us into a magical...

  • Moira Buffini has written a deliciously black satirical comedy on that ever-recurring theme, the dinner party from hell. At Buffini's dinner party caustic comments fly like poisonous darts across the dinner table, penetrating false personas and leaving a trail of emotional carnage.Lars (Nicholas Farrell) is celebrating the fact that his pop psychology book 'Beyond Belief ' is now a best seller. His wife Paige, a self-confessed 'rich-bitch' (Harriet Walter) decides to throw a dinner party in his...

  • The story concerns Sandy and Danny, two high school kids who fell in love during the holidays. However, when they go back to school Danny is embarrassed to find that Sandy now attends the same school. This presents problems for him as he is known as a bit of a womaniser and is looked up to by his mates. How can he now start being soppy with Sandy? Sandy, a goody goody, butter would not melt in her mouth sort of girl, gets involved with a bunch of 'hip' girls and needs to make lots of adjustments...

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