London Theatre Reviews

  • Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour review

    22 May 2017, Duke of York's Theatre

    Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour - London - Poster

    On paper it all sounds like nonsense – a two hour stage frenzy chronicling the chaotic 24 hours of six foul-mouthed and unruly Catholic schoolgirls on a choir trip to Edinburgh - but the adapted play by Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall is actually genius. The six girls - Orla, Manda, Fionnula,... Read more

  • Love In Idleness review

    19 May 2017, Apollo Theatre

    Love in Idleness Apollo Theatre New Poster Small

    Love in Idleness takes to the West End stage following a transfer from the Menier Chocolate Factory, after enjoying a sold out run south of the river, but does it live up to the hype? For one thing, the political discourse at the heart of the 1944 play certainly still feels relevant. Set... Read more

  • The Philanthropist review

    8 May 2017, Trafalgar Studio 1

    The Philanthropist Poster - Small

    Decades after its 1970 premiere, Christopher Hampton's The Philanthropist returns to the London stage, this time featuring a cast of the age Hampton originally wrote for, siphoned from television's best comedies, and curiously directed by very serious actor Simon Callow. The play itself is a... Read more

  • Don Juan in Soho review

    3 May 2017, Wyndham's Theatre

    Don Juan in Soho - Wyndham's Poster Small

    In the current West End, there’s surely no stranger sight than David Tennant strutting his stuff as doomed lothario Don Juan. Granted, he's a perfect fit for the role; wily, flamboyant, quick-witted and dangerously handsome, but he's also a better actor than the material he’s been... Read more

  • The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? review

    2 May 2017, Theatre Royal Haymarket

    The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia Poster 2017

    Originally premiering on Broadway in 2002, Edward Albee’s curious play The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? is the second Albee play to open in the West End in recent months, following on from the charged Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Harold Pinter Theatre, and it could not be further from its... Read more

  • Carousel review

    13 April 2017, London Coliseum

    Carousel - London - West End Poster Small

    The English National Opera have had great success with their move into semi-staged revivals of classic pieces of musical theatre. Bryn Terfel and Emma Thompson lit up the Coliseum with Sweeney Todd in 2005, Glenn Close received an Olivier Award nomination for last year’s Sunset Boulevard, and so... Read more

  • 42nd Street review

    22 March 2017, Theatre Royal Drury Lane

    42nd Street Musical Poster - Drury Lane

    The story of a small-town girl trying to make it big on the Broadway stage is one that has been told many times, from screen to stage to page, but not quite with the pizzazz of the classic 42nd Street. Currently seeing a glitzy revival at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, this new production is... Read more

  • 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 New Poster

    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 Phoenix Theatre New Artwork

    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