London Theatre Reviews

  • Annie review

    19 June 2017, Piccadilly Theatre

    Annie - Poster Small - Piccadilly Theatre

    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

    The Kite Runner - London Playhouse Theatre - Poster Small

    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

    On the Town Open Air Theatre Logo

    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

    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