Worldwide icon-chevron-right Europe icon-chevron-right United Kingdom icon-chevron-right England icon-chevron-right London icon-chevron-right London theatre reviews

London theatre reviews

Read our latest Time Out theatre reviews and find out what our London theatre team made of the city's new plays, musicals and theatre shows

Advertising
Unknown Rivers, Hampstead Downstairs, 2019
Photograph: Robert Day
Theatre, Drama

‘Unknown Rivers’ review

icon-location-pin Hampstead Theatre, Swiss Cottage
icon-calendar

Chinoyerem Odimba’s new play is a strange mix of smart understatement, poetic mysticism, and clunking scene-setting that absolutely has something to it, but feels a draft or two from being the finished deal…

Time Out says
Theatre, Musicals

‘Mary Poppins’ review

icon-location-pin Prince Edward Theatre, Soho
icon-calendar

Much like ‘Paddington’, ‘Mary Poppins’ is a gorgeously warm kids’ story that’s burrowed deep into the hearts of Londoners of all ages…

Time Out says
Advertising
Gaping Hole, Ovalhouse, Rachel Mars, Greg Wohead, 2019
Photograph: Alex Brenner
Theatre, Experimental

‘Gaping Hole’ review

icon-location-pin Ovalhouse Theatre, Oval
icon-calendar

So in ‘The Shawshank Redemption’, how did Andy stick the poster back over the hole after he’d escaped through it? 

Time Out says
Spiderfly, Theatre 503
Photograph: Josh McClure
Theatre, Drama

‘Spiderfly’ review

icon-location-pin Theatre 503, Battersea
icon-calendar

Across a table in a bare room, Esther faces a man…

Time Out says
Advertising
The Great Gatsby
Photograph: Helen Maybanks
Theatre, Off-West End

‘The Great Gatsby’ review

icon-location-pin Gatsby's Mansion, Mayfair
icon-calendar

From relatively humble beginnings at the 2017 Vaults Festival, The Guild of Misrule’s adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal novella has become the longest-running immersive theatre show in London…

Time Out says
The Taming of the Shrew, RSC, 2019
© Ikin Yum
Theatre, Shakespeare

‘The Taming of the Shrew’ review

icon-location-pin Barbican Centre, Barbican
icon-calendar

Theoretically, flipping the genders in ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ sounds like a solid way of dealing with the main problem with Shakespeare’s play, namely that it’s a comedy about a man, Petruchio, who beats and gaslights his wife, Katherine, into submission…

Time Out says
Advertising
Sydney & The Old Girl, Park Theatre 2019
Photograph: Pete Le May
Theatre, Comedy

‘Sydney & The Old Girl’ review

icon-location-pin Park Theatre, Finsbury Park
icon-calendar

Back in August, the Park Theatre staged Eugene O’Hare’s ‘The Weatherman’, a dour drama about sex trafficking…

Time Out says
Theatre, Drama

‘Death of a Salesman’ review

icon-location-pin Piccadilly Theatre, Soho
icon-calendar

There’s something unsettlingly dreamlike about Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell’s new take on Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’…

Time Out says
Advertising
High Fidelity the Musical, Turbine Theatre, 2019
Photograph: Mark Senior
Theatre, Musicals

‘High Fidelity’ review

icon-location-pin Turbine Theatre, Battersea
icon-calendar

Look: in retrospect, a lot of things we thought were okay in the ‘90s were not okay…

Time Out says
Theatre, Musicals

‘Ghost Quartet’ review

icon-location-pin Boulevard Theatre, Soho
icon-calendar

Of all the weirdly high number of London theatres to open in the last year, Soho’s Boulevard has always been the most exciting prospect…

Time Out says

Find recommended theatre in London

Encore UK Theatre Widget

See the brightest stars on stage with Time Out

Snap up exclusive discounts in London

Time Out's handpicked deals — hurry, they won't be around for long...

Advertising