London Theatre Reviews

  • Glengarry Glen Ross review

    9 November 2017, Playhouse Theatre

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    David Mamet’s 1983 capitalist satire Glengarry Glen Ross has returned to the West End, featuring an all-star cast of well-known faces from film, television and stage. The play depicts a group of real-estate agents, as they attempt to scheme and deceive their way to achieving the most sales,... Read more

  • Venus in Fur review

    17 October 2017, Theatre Royal Haymarket

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    Arguably, theatre is far too saturated with plays about playwrights and actors. Perhaps for a playwright facing writer’s block, the nature of their form and the composition of their work is an easy escape hatch back into creativity. Or perhaps many of them are so insular and disconnected from the... Read more

  • Young Frankenstein review

    12 October 2017, Garrick Theatre

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    After becoming a notorious flop when it premiered on Broadway in 2007, Mel Brooks' musical comedy Young Frankenstein has been resurrected for its first West End engagement, complete with a revised book and songs. It's fair to say that it's more suited to a London audience; slapstick, caricatured... Read more

  • Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle review

    3 October 2017, Wyndham's Theatre

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    Kenneth Cranham was last seen on stage in his Olivier Award-winning role as Andre, in Florian Zeller's The Father. Here, he returns in an altogether different capacity, in Simon Stephens' curiously captivating Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, directed by Angels in America's Marianne Elliot.... Read more

  • Ink review

    18 September 2017, Duke of York's Theatre

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    “People like stories”, whispers Murdoch, licking his lips in a lizard-like fashion. So begins Ink, James Graham's latest politically charged triumph, which documents Rupert Murdoch's unexpected, unwarranted rise to fame alongside career-hungry editor-in-chief Larry Lamb. Through rebranding the... Read more

  • The Ferryman review

    14 September 2017, Gielgud Theatre

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    With writer Jez Butterworth and director by Sam Mendes on board, The Ferryman was always going to have high expectations, and these expectations are certainly met, with this triumphant piece of theatre showcasing themes of repressed love, family unity in the face of adversity and haunting glimmers... Read more

  • Derren Brown - Underground review

    11 September 2017, Playhouse Theatre

    Darren Brown - Underground

    It’s a difficult thing; to review a production that is based on secrecy, keeping secrets from others and the power of the secrets we keep from ourselves. Derren Brown’s latest offering Underground is just that – a secret. But what can be revealed is that it is a mixing pot of his greatest... Read more

  • Evita review

    3 August 2017, Phoenix Theatre

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    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

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    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

  • 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

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    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