London Theatre Reviews

  • Kiss Me, Kate review

    20 June 2018, London Coliseum

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    A mash-up musical that combines typical tropes of musical theatre and opera with a good old bit of Shakespeare, Kiss Me, Kate is Cole Porter’s 1948 work that delves into the backstage of a touring show, as a divorced couple perform as the sparring lead roles in the Bard’s The Taming of the... Read more

  • Killer Joe review

    29 May 2018, Trafalgar Studio 1

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    There’s clearly a reason why the same plays are revived again and again, and why scripts such as Tracy Letts’ dark thriller Killer Joe are lesser-known. Despite offering gripping moments and some genuinely good acting, Letts’ play predominantly feels like a sledgehammer blindly bashing its... Read more

  • Consent review

    25 May 2018, Harold Pinter Theatre

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    Kitty and Ed have just had their first child. Life is blissful for them and their friends, who often pop round for drinks and a smoke. They joke about work and sex, and make light of the court cases they encounter in their day-to-day work as barristers. All is well. But then loyalty crumbles,... Read more

  • Peter Pan review

    23 May 2018, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

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    I was a bit unconvinced for the first fifteen or so minutes of Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel’s production of Peter Pan, as the drab and depressing Great War hospital scene of nurses tending to wounded soldiers was a far cry from the realm of jolly pirates, mystical mermaids and Lost Boys I... Read more

  • Red review

    4 May 2018, Wyndham's Theatre

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    John Logan’s Red was first seen in London in 2009, in a Michael Grandage production at the Donmar Warehouse which went on to transfer to Broadway to huge acclaim, winning six Tonys. Nine years down the line, it returns to the West End to the Wyndham’s with original star Alfred Molina once again... Read more

  • An Ideal Husband review

    3 May 2018, Vaudeville Theatre

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    There's been mild controversy surrounding Dominic Dromgoole's Oscar Wilde season at the Vaudeville Theatre. Do we really need a whole year of middle-class plays taking up a West End venue? Unfortunately, Dromgoole's latest offering of one of Wilde's later and lesser-known plays An Ideal Husband... Read more

  • Nightfall review

    2 May 2018, Bridge Theatre

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    When I entered the auditorium of the Bridge Theatre, my eyes were immediately drawn to the large pipe-like structure cutting its way across the back of the stage. I knew the basic premise of Nightfall and that it was set in the countryside on a family farm, so the way the industrial oil pipe and... Read more

  • Strictly Ballroom the Musical review

    1 May 2018, Piccadilly Theatre

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    It’s been nearly 30 years since Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom dazzled us on the silver screen with hilarious overacting that, although tacky, somehow seemed to work. Now, the story of Scott Hastings and his controversial dance moves with the Australian Federation has been brought to life on... Read more

  • Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical review

    19 April 2018, Dominion Theatre

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    Following it’s run at the London Coliseum last year, Bat Out Of Hell – The Musical has returned to the London stage for another run, this time at the Dominion Theatre, one of the West End’s largest venues. It is clear from the opening number that the energy and budget for this show has... Read more

  • Chicago review

    12 April 2018, Phoenix Theatre

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    Since its 1996 Broadway revival managed to revitalise Ebb and Fosse’s satire on corruption and the nature of celebrity, it feels like Chicago is hardly ever not on stage, or even on our screens since Rob Marshal’s 2002 film adaptation starring Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard... Read more

  • Tina: The Tina Turner Musical review

    10 April 2018, Aldwych Theatre

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    After three years in conception, and initial hesitation from the rock 'n' roll legend herself, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical premieres in London and is quite simply, the best. Headed up by jukebox musical queen Phyllida Lloyd and award-winning playwright Katori Hall, this musical-come-concert has... Read more

  • Quiz review

    5 April 2018, Noel Coward Theatre

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    Who doesn’t like a pub quiz? A bit of competitive banter with your mates down the pub, answering questions in the hopes of winning a bar tab, or a bottle of champers is a great way to while away an evening. But what happens when you cheat? And what happens when you do so on national... Read more

  • Ruthless! The Musical review

    27 March 2018, Arts Theatre

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    Little blonde girls with pigtails, cheesy smiles and a bratty stage-school nature are usually quite frightening, and Tina Denmark is no exception in Ruthless! the Musical, a story of just how far a person can go to get exactly what they want. Showing at the Arts Theatre in London for a strictly... Read more

  • Frozen review

    12 February 2018, Theatre Royal Haymarket

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    Is murder forgivable? That's the driving question of Bryony Lavery's sometimes-gripping play Frozen, which takes the unusual structure of a series of monologues and duologues between three central characters. Set around Paul Wills' evocative sliding glass panel design, a chilling, forensic... Read more

  • Mary Stuart review

    25 January 2018, Duke of York's Theatre

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    On first sight, another play from the turn of the 19th century about royalty and their courtiers, back-stabbing and politics, doesn’t sound particularly fresh. More often than not, these adaptations tend to be the same old stuffy dramas you’ve seen before, yet with some contemporary costumes... Read more

  • Beginning review

    24 January 2018, Ambassadors Theatre

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    Beginning may not have the spectacle of many of its West End musical counterparts, nor the buzz around it such as the high profile plays of James Graham or Jeremy Herrin. Yet following a well-received run at the National Theatre, it has transferred onto the West End, being the first play to follow... Read more