On Stage

Fascinating Feminist Drama Machinal Needs No Update

Fascinating Feminist Drama Machinal Needs No Update

A powerful play that fails to translate to the present day. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
84 Charing Cross Road Is A Dead Poet's Book Club

84 Charing Cross Road Is A Dead Poet's Book Club

A play in need of a reboot. | By Johnny Fox ★★☆☆☆
San Domino Revisits A Tragic Moment In Italy's History

San Domino Revisits A Tragic Moment In Italy's History

Homosexuality in exile. | By Londonist ★★★☆☆
Reuben Kaye Is A 24 Karat Cabaret Star

Reuben Kaye Is A 24 Karat Cabaret Star

Kander and Ebb-tinged acid tonguery. | By Will Noble ★★★★☆
Orlando Bloom Is Now Playing A Psychotic Hitman In The West End

Orlando Bloom Is Now Playing A Psychotic Hitman In The West End

Swapping swashbuckling for pure sleaze. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
Game Of Thrones Live Concert Experience Returns To Wembley

Game Of Thrones Live Concert Experience Returns To Wembley

Daaa, da da da, da da da, da da da! | By M@
Laws Of Consent Come Under The Microscope At Harold Pinter Theatre

Laws Of Consent Come Under The Microscope At Harold Pinter Theatre

The law is a toy. So's the theatre, if you know how to play with it. Raine does. | By Johnny Fox ★★★★☆
TV Stars Fail To Align In Tartuffe At Theatre Royal Haymarket

TV Stars Fail To Align In Tartuffe At Theatre Royal Haymarket

A ferocious opening sets the tone for this play. | By Johnny Fox ★★★☆☆
Engaging Performances Can't Carry The Weak Material Of The Biograph Girl

Engaging Performances Can't Carry The Weak Material Of The Biograph Girl

Comparisons to Mack and Mabel are inevitable... and unflattering. | By Johnny Fox ★★☆☆☆
Now's Your Chance To Catch The Old Vic's Hit Of The Season

Now's Your Chance To Catch The Old Vic's Hit Of The Season

Don't miss out on Mood Music | Sponsor
Rebooting The Roller Disco At The Rink

Rebooting The Roller Disco At The Rink

Roller skating musical full of fun | By Londonist ★★★★★
Peter Pan Takes A Dark Turn In Regent's Park

Peter Pan Takes A Dark Turn In Regent's Park

Not one for the kiddies. | By Jonathan Loudan ★★★★☆
Millennial Doublespeak And Flawed Characters Across Three Generations

Millennial Doublespeak And Flawed Characters Across Three Generations

An immaculate performance from Anita Dobson. | By Johnny Fox ★★★☆☆
The Royal Ballet's First New Swan Lake For 31 Years Was Worth The Wait

The Royal Ballet's First New Swan Lake For 31 Years Was Worth The Wait

A sure-fire hit. | By Sam Smith ★★★★★
Theatre Review: In The Shadow Of The Mountain Tackles Personality Disorders

Theatre Review: In The Shadow Of The Mountain Tackles Personality Disorders

Unfortunately, it doesn't quite work. | By Chris Bridges ★★☆☆☆
One Woman Show Yvette, Mixes Garage Music With Street Poetry

One Woman Show Yvette, Mixes Garage Music With Street Poetry

A story about how sexual abuse doesn't have to define a person. | By Chris Bridges ★★★★☆
Theatre Review: Red Paints Artist As Tortured Genius

Theatre Review: Red Paints Artist As Tortured Genius

Dramatising the life of Mark Rothko. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Unexploded Ordnances Goes Down A Bomb At The Barbican

Unexploded Ordnances Goes Down A Bomb At The Barbican

Audience participation time. | By Johnny Fox ★★★☆☆
Sarah Kendall Darts About Like A Time-Travelling Bee

Sarah Kendall Darts About Like A Time-Travelling Bee

A great comic storyteller. | By Will Noble ★★★★☆
H.R. Haitch Has Great Timing - Unfortunately It's Not A Great Show

H.R. Haitch Has Great Timing - Unfortunately It's Not A Great Show

Royal family and east enders disappoint. | By Johnny Fox ★★☆☆☆
Part Theatre Show, Part Live Gig, Teddy Will Have You Dancing In Your Seat

Part Theatre Show, Part Live Gig, Teddy Will Have You Dancing In Your Seat

Desperate times call for rock ‘n' roll. | By Tiffany Pritchard ★★★★☆
Nightfall Gives Us A Glamorous But Unrealistic Look At Rural Hampshire Life

Nightfall Gives Us A Glamorous But Unrealistic Look At Rural Hampshire Life

Living in the country never looked better. | By Paul Ewing ★★★☆☆
Pop Music Meets Horror Film At This Terrifyingly Entertaining Cabaret Show

Pop Music Meets Horror Film At This Terrifyingly Entertaining Cabaret Show

Gimme gimme gimme... | By Robert Greene
Theatre Review: Worth A Flutter Just Misses The Jackpot

Theatre Review: Worth A Flutter Just Misses The Jackpot

An entertaining but disjointed look at the world of gambling. | By Hari Mountford ★★★☆☆
The Fall Debates The Value Of Life... At Any Age

The Fall Debates The Value Of Life... At Any Age

National Youth Theatre faces up to some dark fears in this dystopian vision. | By Matthew Holder
Oscar Wilde's Sparkling Wit Is At Its Finest In An Ideal Husband

Oscar Wilde's Sparkling Wit Is At Its Finest In An Ideal Husband

Sparkles with Wildean wit and paradoxical epigrams. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert Is A Drag Of A Show

Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert Is A Drag Of A Show

Uncomfortable viewing. | By David Lloyd-Davies ★★☆☆☆
Chess The Musical: A Must-See For ABBA Fans

Chess The Musical: A Must-See For ABBA Fans

Rock ballads and intricate melodies by Benny and Bjorn. | By Paul Ewing ★★★☆☆
Silence Drives Worlds Apart In Mike Bartlett’s Not Talking

Silence Drives Worlds Apart In Mike Bartlett’s Not Talking

Doctor Foster writer’s first play is quietly good. | By BelindaL ★★★☆☆
Bought And Sold Like Dolls: Gracie Explores Life Growing Up In A Religious Sect

Bought And Sold Like Dolls: Gracie Explores Life Growing Up In A Religious Sect

One woman play. | By James FitzGerald ★★★★☆
Masterpieces: A Clunky, Dated Attack On The Sex Industry

Masterpieces: A Clunky, Dated Attack On The Sex Industry

A feminist attack on the sex industry and the misogynist mindset that underlies it. | By Neil Dowden ★★☆☆☆
The Prudes Is A Bravely Funny Play About Sex In All Its Lights And Shades

The Prudes Is A Bravely Funny Play About Sex In All Its Lights And Shades

Couple bare all in tender hearted comedy about sex. | By BelindaL ★★★★☆
Absolute Hell Provides Dark Delight At National Theatre

Absolute Hell Provides Dark Delight At National Theatre

A decadent portrait of post-war London. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Strictly Ballroom May As Well Rebrand As Will Young The Musical

Strictly Ballroom May As Well Rebrand As Will Young The Musical

He's the narrator. And the band leader. And he hangs round on stage the whole time. | By Paul Ewing ★★★☆☆
If Phileas Fogg Did Magic...

If Phileas Fogg Did Magic...

Suspend disbelief just for one evening... | By Hannah Foulds ★★★★★
The Writer Is Meta-Theatre At Its Most Meta

The Writer Is Meta-Theatre At Its Most Meta

"A bewildering and discombobulating 2 hours of theatre" | By Chris Bridges ★★★★☆
4.48 Psychosis Remains The Darkest Hour In Theatre

4.48 Psychosis Remains The Darkest Hour In Theatre

Music almost compensates for the void. | By Matthew Holder ★★★☆☆
Have You Got The Stamina For Tonight At 8.30?

Have You Got The Stamina For Tonight At 8.30?

Probably best left for Noel Coward superfans. | By Chris Bridges ★★★☆☆
Royal Ballet Proves That Variety Is The Spice Of Life

Royal Ballet Proves That Variety Is The Spice Of Life

From abstract dance to stories about unrequited love. | By Sam Smith ★★★★☆
What Does It Feel Like To Listen To Others Grieving? Find Out At This Atmospheric Performance

What Does It Feel Like To Listen To Others Grieving? Find Out At This Atmospheric Performance

Another ambitious art project by Artangel. | By Tabish Khan ★★★☆☆
Tina The Musical Is A Thoroughly Joyous Experience

Tina The Musical Is A Thoroughly Joyous Experience

Not your average jukebox musical. | By Chris Bridges ★★★★☆
The Gin's Still Cold And The Piano's Hot As Chicago Makes A Spectacular West End Return

The Gin's Still Cold And The Piano's Hot As Chicago Makes A Spectacular West End Return

Cuba Gooding Jr gives it the star treatment. | By Paul Ewing ★★★★☆
Theatre Review: There Ain't Nothing Like These Dire Dames

Theatre Review: There Ain't Nothing Like These Dire Dames

One to avoid. | By Alex Hopkins ★☆☆☆☆
Flatpack Theatre: Instructions For Correct Assembly At Royal Court Theatre

Flatpack Theatre: Instructions For Correct Assembly At Royal Court Theatre

How far would you go for perfection? | By Hari Mountford ★★★★☆
An Evening Of Meat: Exclusive Supper Club Meets Feminist Cabaret

An Evening Of Meat: Exclusive Supper Club Meets Feminist Cabaret

The food was delicious but how did the feminism hold up? | By Kyra Hanson ★★★☆☆
Ballet With An American Accent Comes To Sadler's Wells

Ballet With An American Accent Comes To Sadler's Wells

The most fun we can remember a company having with Forsythe. | By Lise Smith ★★★★☆
Spluttering Drama Quiz Tells The Story Of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Cheats

Spluttering Drama Quiz Tells The Story Of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Cheats

Remember the Ingrams? *Cough*. | By Paul Ewing ★★★☆☆
Intelligent, Improvised Banter From Comedian Tom Allen At Soho Theatre

Intelligent, Improvised Banter From Comedian Tom Allen At Soho Theatre

Highly recommended. If you didn’t see it in Edinburgh, that is. | By Johnny Fox ★★★★☆
The Infamous Club That's Been Getting Celebs Drunk For 30 Years
Opinion

The Infamous Club That's Been Getting Celebs Drunk For 30 Years

"What lurked below those stairs stunned me..." | By Alex Hopkins
Burlesque Megastar Dita Von Teese Reveals Her London To Us

Burlesque Megastar Dita Von Teese Reveals Her London To Us

"I saved up for shopping during my first trip!" | By Holli-Mae Johnson
Theatre Review: The Way Of The World Is Fuelled By Wit

Theatre Review: The Way Of The World Is Fuelled By Wit

Deception brings delight in this stylish Restoration comedy. | By Matthew Holder ★★★★☆
Theatre Review: Cry Me This (Vincent) River

Theatre Review: Cry Me This (Vincent) River

Incredibly powerful stuff. | By Alex Hopkins ★★★★★
The Devil With The Blue Dress Is A Witty Take On The Lewinsky Scandal

The Devil With The Blue Dress Is A Witty Take On The Lewinsky Scandal

Still relevant, 20 years on. | By Chris Bridges ★★★★★
Already The Best Play Of 2018: The Inheritance At The Young Vic

Already The Best Play Of 2018: The Inheritance At The Young Vic

Moving, informative and often hilarious. | By Johnny Fox ★★★★★
The Country Wife Is A Lovely, Lively Twenties Farce

The Country Wife Is A Lovely, Lively Twenties Farce

A When Harry Met Sally solo moment brings act one to an undeniable climax. | By Johnny Fox ★★★☆☆
Theatre Review: The Sleeper Is Gripping Experimental Theatre

Theatre Review: The Sleeper Is Gripping Experimental Theatre

Set in the migrant crisis of 2015. | By Harry Rosehill ★★★★☆
Aiming For Kitsch And Landing On Tacky, Ruthless! The Musical Is Crass And Amateur

Aiming For Kitsch And Landing On Tacky, Ruthless! The Musical Is Crass And Amateur

A tedious flop of a show. | By David Lloyd-Davies ★☆☆☆☆
Raunchy Ghosts From London's Past Appear At Cafe De Paris

Raunchy Ghosts From London's Past Appear At Cafe De Paris

Marlene Dietrich is uncanny. | By Will Noble ★★★★★
Theatre Review: Miss Nightingale At Hippodrome Casino

Theatre Review: Miss Nightingale At Hippodrome Casino

Songs to make your toes curl. | By Johnny Fox ★★★☆☆
Things Get Dolly Mix-Ed Up At Soho Theatre

Things Get Dolly Mix-Ed Up At Soho Theatre

The latest offering from queer female duo Sh!t Theatre. | By David Lloyd-Davies ★★☆☆☆
Theatre Review: Everybody Wants To Shoot A President In Assassins

Theatre Review: Everybody Wants To Shoot A President In Assassins

Nine assassins, eight American presidents. | By Harry Rosehill ★★★☆☆
Prisoner Cell Block Bore: Kiss Of The Spider Woman At Menier Chocolate Factory

Prisoner Cell Block Bore: Kiss Of The Spider Woman At Menier Chocolate Factory

A newly translated version of the Manuel Puig novel. | By Johnny Fox ★★☆☆☆
The Plough And The Stars Is A Bitter Lesson In Revolution

The Plough And The Stars Is A Bitter Lesson In Revolution

Victims speak loudest in this version of a classic. | By Matthew Holder ★★★★☆
Theatre Review: The Great Wave Is More Of A Damp Squib

Theatre Review: The Great Wave Is More Of A Damp Squib

A strangely undramatic piece. | By Matthew Holder ★★☆☆☆
Royal Ballet's New Triple Bill Celebrates West Side Story Composer

Royal Ballet's New Triple Bill Celebrates West Side Story Composer

A mixed bill of slightly mixed fortunes. | By Sam Smith ★★★★☆
Kramer's Traviata Is A Tragedy For ENO

Kramer's Traviata Is A Tragedy For ENO

The new Artistic Director's first production doesn't hit the right notes. | By Holli-Mae Johnson ★★☆☆☆
Theatre Review: A Humble Boy With Big Ideas About The World

Theatre Review: A Humble Boy With Big Ideas About The World

Astrophysics meets family drama. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Buggy Baby Uses Absurdism To Confront Society's Darkest Ills

Buggy Baby Uses Absurdism To Confront Society's Darkest Ills

A rather 'different' take on life as a refugee in London. | By Harry Rosehill ★★★★☆
Calling All Dinosaur Fans! Dinosaurs In The Wild Is Here

Calling All Dinosaur Fans! Dinosaurs In The Wild Is Here

Let's hope they're not hungry. | By Robert Greene
Pre-War Passion Brings Brief Encounter To The Stage

Pre-War Passion Brings Brief Encounter To The Stage

The film's a classic... but, in its own way, so is this production. | By Johnny Fox ★★★★☆
This African-Style Hamlet Gives The Classic A New Vibe

This African-Style Hamlet Gives The Classic A New Vibe

Now this would have livened up your high school English lessons... | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Dogging In Deutschland: The Dog Beneath The Skin At Jermyn Street Theatre

Dogging In Deutschland: The Dog Beneath The Skin At Jermyn Street Theatre

Like nothing else you’ll see in London at the moment. | By Johnny Fox ★★★★☆
Grand Themes And Small Change In After The Ball

Grand Themes And Small Change In After The Ball

A play which tries to pack too much in. | By Matthew Holder ★★★☆☆
Chemistry, Fluidity And Minimalism: Summer and Smoke At Almeida Theatre

Chemistry, Fluidity And Minimalism: Summer and Smoke At Almeida Theatre

Tennessee Williams at his most poetic. | By Neil Dowden ★★★★☆
Who's Been A Good Girl In This One-Woman Play?

Who's Been A Good Girl In This One-Woman Play?

A one-woman extraordinaire. | By Hannah Foulds ★★★★☆
National Theatre's Macbeth Is A Bit Of A Bloody Mess

National Theatre's Macbeth Is A Bit Of A Bloody Mess

Even Rory Kinnear can't save this. | By Chris Bridges ★☆☆☆☆
Dead Kennedys Star In Political Comedy

Dead Kennedys Star In Political Comedy

Written by Gore Vidal. | By Johnny Fox ★★★☆☆
Fanny And Alexander: An Eloquent And Moving Swedish Feast

Fanny And Alexander: An Eloquent And Moving Swedish Feast

Swedish art-house hits the London stage. | By Chris Bridges ★★★★☆
Pippin Is Just A One-Song Future King

Pippin Is Just A One-Song Future King

The music just isn't very good. | By Johnny Fox ★★☆☆☆
Cult Favourites Harold and Maude Return At Charing Cross Theatre

Cult Favourites Harold and Maude Return At Charing Cross Theatre

Trans-generational romance. | By Johnny Fox ★★★★☆
Should You Trust This Madcap And Bizarre Play?

Should You Trust This Madcap And Bizarre Play?

Theatre without plot. | By Sam Smith ★★★☆☆
Charlie's Aunt Stars In A Princess Undone

Charlie's Aunt Stars In A Princess Undone

A Yorkshire pudding of a play. | By Johnny Fox ★★★☆☆
Hannah Gadsby Goes Beyond A Joke, In Nanette

Hannah Gadsby Goes Beyond A Joke, In Nanette

Eye-stingingly raw stand-up. | By Will Noble ★★★★☆
Shakespeare Meets Blackadder Meets Revenge Tragedy In Foul Pages

Shakespeare Meets Blackadder Meets Revenge Tragedy In Foul Pages

The star is the anthropomorphic dog. | By Johnny Fox ★★★☆☆
Dust Takes A Masterful Look At Life From The Other Side

Dust Takes A Masterful Look At Life From The Other Side

Incredibly relatable. | By Chris Bridges ★★★★★
Re(ad)dressing Napoleon In Napoleon Disrobed At The Arcola

Re(ad)dressing Napoleon In Napoleon Disrobed At The Arcola

Told By An Idiot. | By Sophia Shluger ★★★☆☆
Frozen Explores Icy Region Of Human Heart

Frozen Explores Icy Region Of Human Heart

Frozen emotions. | By Neil Dowden ★★★☆☆
This Play Explores What It's Like To Live With Chronic Pain

This Play Explores What It's Like To Live With Chronic Pain

A pain in the neck. | By David Lloyd-Davies ★★★☆☆
Anarchic Show Is A Bit Of A Mess

Anarchic Show Is A Bit Of A Mess

Jubilee's revival misses the mark. | By Neil Dowden ★★☆☆☆
The Best Dance Shows To See In London This Spring

The Best Dance Shows To See In London This Spring

A very special Swan Lake. | By Sam Smith