London Theatre Reviews

  • Eugenius! review

    5 September 2018, The Other Palace

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    Credit where credit is due. For a brand new musical, Eugenius! has managed the seriously impressive feat of finding itself a hugely enthusiastic cult audience, one that clamoured for a return after a run at The Other Palace earlier this year, and who have now been rewarded with a slightly retooled,... Read more

  • The Importance of Being Earnest review

    7 August 2018, Vaudeville Theatre

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    It comes as no surprise that Classic Spring Company Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole chose to round off his first season with Oscar Wilde’s ever-present The Importance of Being Earnest. An undeniable crowd-pleaser, especially amongst the white-haired patrons of the Vaudeville, you could argue... Read more

  • Knights of the Rose review

    4 July 2018, Arts Theatre

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    Rock musicals are apparently very “in”, with fan-cult phenomenon Bat Out of Hell and a new UK tour of Rock of Ages booking up fast. It comes as no surprise, then, that Jennifer Marsden’s Knights of the Rose could appeal. Sadly, the faux Game of Thrones-esque dud of a show falls short. It’s... Read more

  • The Lieutenant of Inishmore review

    2 July 2018, Noel Coward Theatre

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    Has there ever been a more appealing combination than Michael Grandage, Martin McDonagh and Aidan Turner? The revival of this 1994 dark comedy may not serve the same purpose as it did on its premiere in 2001, but the rumbling undertones of male volatility and infectious violence are as pertinent as... Read more

  • The King and I review

    27 June 2018, London Palladium

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    After a Tony Award-winning stint on Broadway, Bartlett Sher’s revival of glorious Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I settles into the London Palladium, cementing its staying power amongst the greatest musicals of all time. There’s much to celebrate with this Broadway transfer,... Read more

  • Imperium II: Dictator review

    22 June 2018, Gielgud Theatre

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    Politicians, business people and entire nations - even the mightiest can fall. After Julius Caesar’s assassination, Rome is in disarray and leaders jostle for power. Nobody knows who sides with who and with the constant threat of civilian revolt, there is a risk the empire will collapse. One... Read more

  • 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

  • Imperium I: Conspirator review

    15 June 2018, Gielgud Theatre

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    Although Greece is credited as the birthplace of democracy, Ancient Rome further developed the political system and modern-day government is more similar to the Romans than the Greeks. Imperium I: Conspirator is the the first of Mike Poulton’s two-part adaptation of Robert Harris’ Cicero... 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