London Theatre Reviews

  • Much Ado About Nothing review

    18 January 2017, Theatre Royal Haymarket

    Much Ado About Nothing - Or Love's Labour's Won - Theatre Royal Haymarket

    One of Shakespeare’s most performed plays, Much Ado About Nothing (or Love’s Labour’s Won, in this case) plays in rep with Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. It’s a merry pairing, and Christopher Luscombe’s second offering is equally as joyful as the... Read more

  • Love's Labour's Lost review

    17 January 2017, Theatre Royal Haymarket

    Love's Labour's Lost - Theatre Royal Haymarket

    “Beauty is bought by the judgement of the eye”, says the Princess of France – and my, what a beautiful thing Christopher Luscombe’s production is. Bursting with charm, frivolity and all of the mischief of a typical Shakespeare comedy, Love’s Labour’s Lost is an undeniably jolly romp... Read more

  • Dreamgirls review

    4 January 2017, Savoy Theatre

    Dream Girls - Savoy Theatre - West End Musical

    Having sold out the start of its run very quickly and announcing an extension until October 2017 only a few days after opening, Dreamgirls is certainly one of the most in-demand musicals in the West End right now. Having waited for 35 years since its Broadway premiere to arrive in London, it is... Read more

  • A Christmas Carol review

    13 December 2016, Arts Theatre

    A Christmas Carol - Simon Callow - Arts Theatre

    Once performed by Dickens himself in 1853, A Christmas Carol is his familiar festive tale that has been recounted time and time again since its first publication. It’s become ingrained in tradition; the heart-warming tale of a miserly old man forced to confront the worst sides of himself to... Read more

  • Dirty Dancing review

    6 December 2016, Phoenix Theatre

    Dirty Dancing Logo 2016 - Small

    Landing in London as part of a UK tour, the stage adaptation of the 1987 cult classic Dirty Dancing salsas onto the stage, rehashing some classic moves and classic songs. It’s an unusual choice for a West End run, even if it’s only a stop-off, but Federico Bellone’s scantily-clad production... Read more

  • Buried Child review

    1 December 2016, Trafalgar Studio 1

    Buried Child 2017 Poster

    Just by looking at the poster and seeing its title, you may be deceived into thinking Buried Child was a horror story. That is not to say that it doesn’t have its dark elements – a sense of poverty, disappointment, disillusionment and death permeate the whole piece. However within the first... Read more

  • This House review

    30 November 2016, Garrick Theatre

    This House - Garrick Theatre - London Poster

    It seems pertinent that in the month following Donald Trump being elected as US President that a play exploring the inherently ridiculous and frivolous nature of politics returns to the West End. Jeremy Herrin’s production of James Graham’s play This House first premiered to great acclaim at... Read more

  • Peter Pan review

    23 November 2016, National Theatre - Olivier

    Peter Pan - National Theatre 2016 - Poster

    There have been countless different versions of JM Barrie’s Peter Pan that have been staged throughout the world ever since it debuted at the Duke of York’s Theatre in London in 1904, but none quite like the current production which has flown into the National Theatre after a premiere at the... Read more

  • Half a Sixpence review

    17 November 2016, Noel Coward Theatre

    Half a Sixpence - Noel Coward Theatre Poster

    Fresh from taking Chichester by storm over the summer, Half A Sixpence comes swinging into the Noël Coward Theatre on a wave of banjo strings, bally good feelings and bloody great choreography. It also possesses a properly star-making performance in the form of Charlie Stemp – plucked from the... Read more

  • School Of Rock The Musical review

    16 November 2016, New London Theatre

    School of Rock at the New London Theatre poster

    Thirteen years after the original film made its debut, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical version of School of Rock has arrived on the West End stage at the New London Theatre. The film that it was based upon has become somewhat of a cult classic over recent years. Jack Black’s portrayal of a... Read more

  • Half a Sixpence review

    17 November 2016, Noel Coward Theatre

    Half a Sixpence - Noel Coward Theatre Poster

    Fresh from taking Chichester by storm over the summer, Half A Sixpence comes swinging into the Noël Coward Theatre on a wave of banjo strings, bally good feelings and bloody great choreography. It also possesses a properly star-making performance in the form of Charlie Stemp – plucked from the... Read more

  • Dead Funny review

    8 November 2016, Vaudeville Theatre

    Dead Funny - Poster - West End

    As you enter The Vaudeville Theatre, the stewards welcome you to 1992. This is a scary prospect for one as young as myself, being beckoned back into a time when you were merely an oblivious and rather inanimate baby with little appreciation for comedy. For a play so rooted in the comedians of... Read more

  • Peter Pan Goes Wrong review

    4 November 2016, Apollo Theatre

    Mischief Theatre’s festive panto mishap has recently returned to the West End for another Christmas run at the Apollo Theatre. After becoming one of the most successful theatre companies of recent years, Mischief will celebrate this Christmas by having three productions simultaneously running... Read more

  • Ragtime review

    13 October 2016, Charing Cross Theatre

    Ragtime - Charring Cross - Theatre Poster

    “Ragtime asks us to listen to the music of our lives” says Terrence McNally in the foreword of the Ragtime programme. It's true, and particularly in light of recent events, Thom Southerland's emotive production of the frequently revived musical could not have come at a better time. It's both... Read more

  • The Dresser review

    12 October 2016, Duke of York's Theatre

    The Dresser - Duke of York's Poster

    Ronald Harwood’s classic 1980 play The Dresser returns to the London stage in a new production directed by the Olivier Award-winning Sean Foley. It is often said ‘write what you know’ and The Dresser is the latest in a line of West End revivals focusing on theatre itself, with both John... Read more

  • Murder Ballad review

    4 October 2016, Arts Theatre

    Murder Ballad - Logo Small

    The comforting, family-life side to love becomes entwined with the hot and steamy passionate side in Murder Ballad, the musical tale of a complicated love triangle between New Yorkers that is showing at the Arts Theatre in London for a limited run. This sung-through musical is centred on Sara... Read more