London Theatre Reviews

  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? review

    15 March 2017, Harold Pinter Theatre

    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf New Poster 2017

    It’s exhausting. Unrelenting. A marathon of emotional torment. All seem appropriate ways to describe James Macdonald’s latest production of Edward Albee’s classic Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. A ground-breaking deconstruction of the idea of the Perfect All-American Couple, Albee’s... Read more

  • Stepping Out review

    14 March 2017, Vaudeville Theatre

    Stepping Out - Vaudeville Poster

    Richard Harris’ 1984 play Stepping Out has returned to the West End in a revival that it is hard to think has been greatly anticipated by that many people. Amanda Holden’s image leading on the posters will certainly get some fans of the Britain’s Got Talent judge into the theatre, but... Read more

  • An American in Paris review

    14 March 2017, Dominion Theatre

    An American in Paris Poster 2017

    We love a good dance musical in the West End; the cheery Half a Sixpence is tapping away at the Noel Coward whilst the long-awaited return of 42nd Street is donning its tap shoes. But tucked away quietly at the Dominion is something rarer, less gaudy and completely enchanting. An American in... Read more

  • The Miser review

    12 March 2017, Garrick Theatre

    The Miser New 2017 Logo

    The classic comedy The Miser has been brought back to the West End stage in a new revival by acclaimed writer/director Sean Foley. It is easy to be fearful when stepping into the theatre for a comedy that was first premiered over three centuries ago. Even timeless theatre can feel dated and... Read more

  • An Inspector Calls review

    23 February 2017, Playhouse Theatre

    An Inspector Calls at the Playhouse Theatre, London West End (2016) Poster

    Stephen Daldry’s renowned production of An Inspector Calls has returned to the London stage once again. JB Preistley’s play first premiered during the tumultuous atmosphere of post-war 1945, and was subsequently revived by Daldry in 1992 after over a decade of Thatcherite austerity, with the... Read more

  • The Girls review

    22 February 2017, Phoenix Theatre

    The Girls Logo 2017

    The tale of the ‘Calendar Girls’ of the Rylstone & District Women’s Institute feels like it has well and truly been absorbed into British mythology. The ladies’ turn-of-the-millennium fundraising efforts have already been adapted into a film, a play and now a musical. After writing the... Read more

  • Travesties review

    16 February 2017, Apollo Theatre

    Travesties - London West End - New 2017 Poster

    First performed in 1974, written by the then up-and-coming thirty-year-old playwright Tom Stoppard, Travesties still feels fresh and exciting in 2017 as it bounds out onto the stage at the Apollo Theatre following a sellout run at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Detailing the lives of Irish... Read more

  • The Glass Menagerie review

    1 February 2017, Duke of York's Theatre

    The Glass Menagerie - Duke of York's Theatre - London

    Following a critically acclaimed run on both Broadway and the Edinburgh International Festival, Tony Award winning director John Tiffany revives his production of The Glass Menagerie, one of Tennessee Williams most revered plays. Known widely as Williams’ “memory play” for both its... Read more

  • 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 Last Chance to See Poster 2017

    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