London Theatre Reviews

  • Evita review

    3 August 2017, Phoenix Theatre

    Evita - Poster Small - London Phoenix Theatre

    Once again, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s classic musical Evita has bounded back onto the West End stage following an extensive regional tour. This is not for want of revivals however, with Evita being the subject of a range of tours and longer running West End productions over recent... Read more

  • A Tale of Two Cities review

    12 July 2017, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

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    Three gigantic shipping containers, stacked like lego bricks, sit atop the regents park open air stage. Suddenly they open – disgorging a bedraggled ensemble of refugees from their metal bowels as a besuited figure on the top most box recites the well-worn refrain: “It was the best of times, it... Read more

  • Queen Anne review

    10 July 2017, Theatre Royal Haymarket

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    The musical Hamilton ends with the question ‘who lives, who dies, who tells your story’, a sentiment that seems apt for the historical legacy of Queen Anne. For centuries, her reputation was shaped by a cut-throat memoir from childhood friend Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough and the... Read more

  • The Wind in the Willows review

    29 June 2017, London Palladium

    Wind in the willows - London - 2017

    With the school holidays swiftly approaching, Wind in the Willows is the most recent high-profile family musical to open in the West End, taking to the enormous stage of the London Palladium. With songs by Stiles & Drewe, known for their recent versions of Half A Sixpence and Mary Poppins and... Read more

  • Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill review

    27 June 2017, Wyndham's Theatre

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    Audra McDonald makes her West End debut as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill this summer, showcasing the vocal improvisations and gestures of one of America’s most celebrated jazz artists with incredible likeness to the legend, entwined with tales of her turbulent personal... Read more

  • The Mentor review

    26 June 2017, Vaudeville Theatre

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    It’s an age old fact that writers love writing about writers. Daniel Kehlmann is no different. A remote country house is the setting for a tense meeting of minds as the young dramatist Martin Wegner “voice of his generation” (Daniel Weyman) arrives to receive writing mentorship from the... Read more

  • Annie review

    19 June 2017, Piccadilly Theatre

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    Thirty-five years since the original film became a worldwide phenomenon, Annie has once again returned to the London stage for a run at the Piccadilly Theatre. This is not a production that shies away from its history, embracing the cutsie, knee-slapping optimism of the original. It is a show... Read more

  • Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical review

    13 June 2017, London Coliseum

    Bat Out Of Hell - The Musical Poster - London - Coliseum

    Should you go and see a jukebox musical of an artist with whom you’re not that familiar? Do you get the same enjoyment out of it? I found Sunny Afternoon to be a pleasant experience but my parents, ie people who could name more than a handful of Kinks songs, properly loved it. I ask this because... Read more

  • The Kite Runner review

    8 June 2017, Playhouse Theatre

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    Khaled Hossenini’s award winning, international best-selling novel The Kite Runner is taken from page to stage in Matthew Spangler’s theatrical adaptation. The production returns to the West End under Giles Croft’s direction, dazzling audiences at the Playhouse Theatre for a limited... Read more

  • Tape Face review

    7 June 2017, Garrick Theatre

    Tape Face - Garrick - London

    It’s no small feat maintaining a long running Edinburgh Fringe show. Performers run a chaotic, month-long gauntlet of drunken patrons, disorientated critics and odd back alley venues – all set to launch spanners into the works of even the most well-oiled theatrical machines. Lucky for Tape... Read more

  • On the Town review

    31 May 2017, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

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    As the rain begins to hold off for long enough to enjoy a whole day in it, it can only start to feel like summer. As most of the West End beckons audiences to come inside and sit in the dark for three hours, the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre offers a very different prospect. Set in idyllic... Read more

  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    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