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Time Out London – London Theatre Reviews

London theatre and West End reviews from London publication Time Out.

Here’s a selection of reviews of London shows from the theatre and arts critics at Time Out.

The lead theatre critic at Time Out is Andrzej Lukowski.

Alice Saville also writes reviews for TimeOut.

See below for a full run-down of star ratings and theatre opinions about West End shows in London from Time Out.


People, Places and Things at the Trafalgar Theatre (2024)

★★★
"Gough is magnificent and absurd in equal measure" "Denise Gough is still phenomenal, Duncan Macmillan’s existential addiction drama is still…
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Between Riverside and Crazy at the Hampstead Theatre (2024)

★★★
"It’s ‘Antigone’ with rent control as Danny Sapani stars as an embittered ex-NYPD cop in Stephen Adly Guirgis’s entertaining Pulitzer…
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Spirited Away at the London Coliseum (2024)

★★★
"It’s not quite in the same league as ‘My Neighbour Totoro’, but the West End’s other big Studio Ghibli adaptation…
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Much Ado About Nothing at the Shakespeare's Globe (2024)

★★★
"Sean Holmes’s orange-drenched take on Shakespeare’s classic comedy is a cartoonish joy" "Shakespeare’s Globe launches its summer season with this…
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Machinal at the The Old Vic London (2024)

★★★★★
"Sophie Treadwell’s impressionist masterpiece is turned into a pulverising rapture in Richard Jones’s astonishing production, starring Rosie Sheehy" "... Richard…
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Minority Report at the Lyric Hammersmith London (2024)

"A smattering of cool setpieces can’t make up for David Haig’s blundering script in this missed opportunity stage sci-fi" "What…
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Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York) at the Criterion Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Sam Tutty and Dujonna Gift charm all over again as this delightful musical romcom send up transfers to the West…
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Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York) at the Criterion Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Sam Tutty and Dujonna Gift shine in this slyly subversive musical interrogation of festive romcoms" (Kiln Theatre) "The name might…
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The Ballad of Hattie and James at the Kiln Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"A moving, music-drenched drama" "This looks like it’s going to be that story. But it’s not. And that’s precisely the…
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Player Kings at the Noel Coward Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Ian McKellen and Toheeb Jimoh are phenomenal as a deluded Falstaff and dangerous Hal in Robert Icke’s elegant take on…
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Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Wyndham's Theatre (2024)

★★★
"Brian Cox stars in this tender take on Eugene O’Neill’s shattering masterpiece" "... despite a superb supporting cast, I’d say…
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Power of Sail at the Menier Chocolate Factory (2024)

★★★★
"Deliciously knotty morality thriller about a campus scandal at an American university" "This 2019 drama about a Harvard professor who…
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MJ The Musical at the Prince Edward Theatre (2024)

★★★
"Myles Frost is extraordinary as the King of Pop, but ultimately Michael Jackson feels too complicated a subject for a…
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Opening Night: A New Musical at the Gielgud Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Sheridan Smith is superb in Ivo van Hove and Rufus Wainwright’s deliciously odd not-really-a-musical" "It is, to be clear, fairly…
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Mind Mangler: Member of the Tragic Circle at the Apollo Theatre (2024)

"Mischief Theatre’s unnecessary sequel to ‘Magic Goes Wrong’ beats you over the head with the same joke for over two…
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For Black Boys Who Considered Suicide When The Hue Gets Too Heavy at the Garrick Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Ryan Calais Cameron’s Olivier-nominated sleeper smash is a gloriously un-West End hit" (Apollo Theatre) "All of its cast and most…
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Harry Clarke at the The Ambassadors Theatre (2024)

★★★
"Billy Crudup is magnetic in this schlocky one-man thriller" "There’s the hint of a meta quality to Leigh Silverman’s production:…
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The Duchess Of Malfi at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (2024)

★★★★
"A phenomenal title turn from Francesca Mills powers this accessible, PG-rated take on Webster’s dark tragedy" "Francesca Mills is luminous…
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Standing at the Sky's Edge at the Gillian Lynne Theatre & National Theatre (2024)

★★★★★
"Richard Hawley and Chris Bush’s monumental musical love letter to a Sheffield estate is unlike anything else in the West…
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Standing at the Sky's Edge at the Gillian Lynne Theatre & National Theatre (2024)

★★★
"At its best Richard Hawley and Chris Bush’s musical love letter to Sheffield is a thing of elemental power" (National…
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Nachtland at the The Young Vic (2024)

★★★
"A superb cast grapples with this challenging German satire about a pair of siblings who inherit a very unusual painting"…
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The Human Body at the Donmar Warehouse (2024)

★★★
"Keeley Hawes and Jack Davenport charm in this homage to the early NHS and the film ‘Brief Encounter’" "Although there…
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The Merchant of Venice 1936 at the Criterion Theatre / Watford Palace (2024)

★★★
"Tracy-Ann Oberman’s East End-set attempt to confront the antisemitism in Shakespeare’s play is thrilling in its boldness" (Criterion Theatre London)…
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Shifters at the Bush Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Benedict Lombe’s drama about two old flames who can’t get over each other is smouldering and soulful" "The beginning of…
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The Big Life at the Theatre Royal Stratford East (2024)

★★★★
"Still a delight 20 years on" "it is as infectious, heart-rendering and as achingly resonant as ever." "Paul Sirett and…
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Hir at the Park Theatre (2024)

"Felicity Huffman relaunches her career in a revival of this provocative curio from Taylor Mac" "There’s definitely something compelling about…
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Hadestown at the Lyric Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Anaïs Mitchell’s infernally good musical finally takes up its rightful space in the West End" "... in short thanks to…
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An Enemy of the People at the Duke of York's Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Now in English and starring Matt Smith, Thomas Ostermeier’s legendary Ibsen production is surreal, provocative and very funny" "Would YOU…
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The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Theatre Royal Haymarket (2024)

★★★★
"Sarah Snook puts in an astonishing performance in this technically dazzling – and dazzlingly camp – take on the Wilde…
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Just For One Day at the The Old Vic theatre (2024)

★★★
"This slick musical tribute to Live Aid is weirdly obsessed with Gen-Z’s approval of Bob Geldof’s legendary concert" "If you’re…
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The Hills of California at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"‘Jerusalem’ playwright Jez Butterworth returns with a remarkable play about a divided family of women" "Jez Butterworth’s first play in…
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Bronco Billy The Musical at the Charing Cross Theatre (2024)

★★★★★
"Joyous, madcap musical reinvention of the cult Clint Eastwood film" "What’s that you say? You want a show about cowboys…
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Till the Stars Come Down at the National Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Beth Steel’s drama about three sisters trapped in their working-class East Midlands community is funny and poignant" "‘Till the Stars…
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A Mirror at the Trafalgar Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Sam Holcroft’s brilliant Jonny Lee Miller-starring censorship satire effortlessly leaps into the West End" [Trafalgar Theatre] "... Sam Holcroft has…
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A Mirror at the Trafalgar Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Jonny Lee Miller makes a fine stage return in Sam Holcroft’s brilliantly mischievous censorship satire" [Almeida Theatre] "Spoilers purists should…
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Othello at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (2024)

"Ola Ince’s overambitious take on Shakespeare’s tragedy gets bogged down in two different high concepts" "Reframing ‘Othello’ as a police…
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Plaza Suite at the Savoy Theatre (2024)

★★★
"Sarah Jessica Parker fans will enjoy her enthusiastic performance opposite husband Matthew Broderick, but this is a dated production of…
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Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical at the The Other Palace Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"This jukebox musical adaptation of the racy ’90s film is pure nostalgic fun" "This musical version of the now-classic 1999…
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Cirque du Soleil: Alegria at the Royal Albert Hall (2024)

★★★★
"This soppy, funny, OTT entertainment is Cirque du Soleil at its best" "There are many reasons why this 40-year-old Canadian…
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The Enfield Haunting at the Ambassadors Theatre (2024)

"Catherine Tate and David Threlfall labour through this bewilderingly dire play about the famous ’70s poltergeist" "Unwin’s script is a…
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The Motive and the Cue at the National Theatre & Noel Coward Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Dazzling performances from Johnny Flynn, Mark Gatiss and Tuppence Middleton power the NT’s Sam Mendes-directed Richard Burton drama" (National Theatre)…
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Macbeth at the Donmar Warehouse (2023)

★★★★
"David Tennant is a chillingly single-minded Macbeth in this idiosyncratic take on The Scottish Play" "I wouldn’t quite say David…
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Stranger Things: The First Shadow at the Phoenix Theatre (2023)

★★★
"‘Stranger Things’ fans should get down to this stage prequel pronto, but the visually stunning show would have been so…
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Ulster American at the Riverside Studios (2023)

★★★
"The phenomenal cast of Woody Harrelson, Andy Serkis and Louisa Harland are often savagely funny, but the constant rape jokes…
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Cold War at the Almeida Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Anya Chalotra and Luke Thallon are magnificent in this swooning adaptation of the hit Polish indie film" "As a semi-authentic…
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Rock 'n' Roll at the Hampstead Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Affecting revival of Tom Stoppard’s latterday classic set between Czechoslovakia’s twentieth-century revolutions" "No one writes plays quite like Tom Stoppard,…
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The Homecoming at the The Young Vic (2023)

★★★
"This naturalistic Pinter revival has a fine cast but little of the playwright’s otherworldly menace" "... this revival of 1965’s…
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Pacific Overtures at the Menier Chocolate Factory (2023)

★★★★
"Nimble, imaginative Anglo-Japanese take on Sondheim’s screechingly high concept musical about the Westernisation of Japan" "The show treads the line…
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The House of Bernarda Alba at the National Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Harriet Walter stars in this monolithic, disorientating take on the Lorca classic" "Harriet Walter is the face on the poster.…
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She Stoops To Conquer at the Orange Tree Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"An irresistible romp" "A dynamite younger cast headed by Freddie Fox and Tanya Reynolds power this irresistible romp through the…
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Ghosts at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (2023)

★★★★
"Hattie Morahan and Paul Hilton are superb in this intimate, empathetic version of the harrowing Ibsen classic" "This gaspingly intimate…
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The Witches at the National Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"The National Theatre’s vivid, irreverent Roald Dahl adaptation is a hysterically funny triumph" "Sure, it’s notionally aimed at families. But…
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The Mongol Khan at the London Coliseum (2023)

★★★
"This Mongolian epic is a stupendous spectacle, even if it's thin as actual drama" "‘The Mongol Khan’ is a theatrical…
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Backstairs Billy at the Duke of York's Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Penelope Wilton and Luke Evans star in this unexpectedly hard-hitting comedy-drama about the Queen Mother and her long-term steward, William…
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Nutcracker - Tuff Nutt Jazz Club at the Tuff Nutt Jazz Club (Southbank Centre) (2023)

★★★
"Drew McOnie’s very camp, very fun jazz reworking of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, performed in a pop-up speakeasy" "If you’re looking for…
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The Time Traveller’s Wife at the Apollo Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Joss Stone and Dave Stewart’s musical adaptation of the hit time-travel novel is breezy, undemanding fun" "The casting is a…
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King Lear at the Wyndham's Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Kenneth Branagh’s bracingly idiosyncratic take on Shakespeare’s tragedy relocates the action to prehistoric times" "Well, if we’re questioning the authenticity,…
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Lyonesse at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Lily James and Kristin Scott Thomas star in this funny but messy subversion of empowering romcoms" "‘Lyonesse’ doesn’t necessarily feel…
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Here We Are at the Griffin Theatre New York (2023)

★★★★
"There are riches in Stephen Sondheim's final musical" "The aggrieved would-be diners wind up spending the entire first act of…
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Dear England at the Prince Edward Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"James Graham’s new play is a wildly entertaining romp through the reformation of the England men’s team under Joseph Fiennes’…
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Hamnet at the Garrick Theatre (2023)

"This timid RSC adaptation of Maggie O’Farrell’s Shakespearean tearjerker fails to capture the book’s magic" (Garrick Theatre London) "I’m sure…
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Portia Coughlan at the Almeida Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Superb, dreamlike revival of Marina Carr’s harrowing classic about a woman haunted by the death of her twin" "Who better…
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Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"Mind-blowing video and a truly singular use of pop star Nicole Scherzinger power Jamie Lloyd’s triumphantly out-there take on the…
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Shooting Hedda Gabler at the Rose Theatre Kingston (2023)

★★★
"This imaginative transposition of ‘Hedda Gabler’ to a modern film set is pacy and full of ideas" "The early stages…
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Flowers For Mrs Harris at the Riverside Studios (2023)

★★★★
"Jenna Russell shines in this charming feelgood musical adaptation" "Russell is great as Mrs Harris, effortlessly combating the ‘saintly working-class’…
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Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre (2023)

★★★
"This glittering Sondheim tribute revue packs in the classics but doesn’t really capture his genius" "There is a lot of…
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Close Up: The Twiggy Musical at the Menier Chocolate Factory (2023)

"Ben Elton’s Twiggy jukebox musical is an exercise in tedium, with a truly random assortment of songs" "It only takes…
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The White Factory at the Marylebone Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Adrian Schiller gives a terrific performance in a drama about the Łódź ghetto that could definitely have been made more…
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Frank and Percy at the The Other Palace (2023)

★★★★
"Ian McKellen and Roger Allam are a delight in this spikey comedy about two grumpy dog owners who find love…
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Untitled F*ck M*ss S**gon Play at the Young Vic theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Fiery, audacious satire on the stereotyping of Asian women in Western art and theatre" (Young Vic London) "Weise stages it…
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Beautiful Thing at the Theatre Royal Stratford East (2023)

★★★★
"Time has turned Johnathan Harvey’s classic ’90s queer play into a period piece, but this thirtieth-anniversary revival is powerfully affecting"…
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Mlima’s Tale at the Kiln Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Lynn Nottage’s experimental drama about the ivory trade is punchy but it feels like there could be more to it"…
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Vanya at the Duke of York's Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"Andrew Scott gives a superhuman turn in this deeply emotional solo version of the Chekhov masterpiece" "A one-man version of…
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Pygmalion at the The Old Vic Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Despite interesting turns from Olivier winners Bertie Carvel and Patsy Ferran, this revival doesn’t make much of a case for…
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The Little Big Things at the @sohoplace Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Beautifully big-hearted pop musical based on Henry Fraser’s inspirational memoir" "Both Henrys give performances mighty enough to tear your soul.…
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Red Pitch at the Bush Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Return of Tyrell Williams’s brilliant debut play about three gifted young Black footballers on a gentrifying London estate" "It’s so…
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Rumble in the Jungle Rematch at the Dock X (2023)

★★★
"Enjoyable immersive theatre romp through George Foreman and Muhammed Ali’s legendary 1974 clash" "'Theatre’ is kept well out of any…
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Private Lives at the Ambassadors Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Patricia Hodge and Nigel Havers star in this breezily enjoyable production of Coward’s timeless comedy" "Pour yourself a cocktail, darling,…
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God of Carnage at the Lyric Hammersmith (2023)

★★★
"Slick and punchy revival of Yasmina Reza’s ‘00s phenomenon comedy" "I imagine Reza would probably write ‘God of Carnage’ a…
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As You Like It at the Shakespeare's Globe (2023)

★★★★
"It’s fun! Lots of fun! " "You need to make it a laugh, and that’s exactly what director Ellen McDougall…
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Next to Normal at the Donmar Warehouse (2023)

★★★
"This cult US musical has some dodgy views on mental health, but this is a sensational UK premiere" "... this…
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La Cage aux Folles at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"The iconic gay musical has taken on renewed relevance amidst the culture wars of 2023, but this is a gloriously…
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The Effect at the National Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Bold staging from Jamie Lloyd and fine performances from Paapa Essiedu and Taylor Russell can’t quite hide the fact that…
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The SpongeBob Musical at the Queen Elizabeth Hall London (2023)

★★★
"The UK premiere of this musical spin-off of the cult cartoon is fun but saccharine and could have done with…
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Macbeth at the Shakespeare's Globe (2023)

★★★
"Max Bennett’s bland Macbeth lets down this atmospheric production of Shakespeare’s tragedy" "... in essence Abigail Graham’s Globe production seems…
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Word-Play at the Royal Court Theatre (2023)

★★★
"The insidious potential of bland language is explored in Rabiah Hussain’s fascinating new play" "Rabiah Hussain’s new play skewers a…
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Grenfell: In the Words of Survivors at the National Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"This tour de force verbatim account of the Grenfell Tower fire is deeply humane and horribly gripping" "I’m sometimes cynical…
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Cuckoo at the Royal Court Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Cryptic, compelling kitchen sink drama from Michael Wynne" "It’s a drily funny opening, and veteran playwright Michael Wynne’s new drama…
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Dr Semmelweis at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Mark Rylance is astonishing – again – in this unsettling, atmospheric drama about the downfall of a pioneering doctor" "Rylance…
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Beneatha’s Place at the The Young Vic (2023)

★★★
"Kwame Kwei-Armah’s quasi ‘Raisin in the Sun’ sequel is brimming with ideas, some good, some not so good" "He has…
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The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium (2023)

★★★
"Dazzlingly bright revival for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stage spin on the classic movie" "Crashlanding onto the stage of London's Palladium,…
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Crazy For You at the Gillian Lynne Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"A stupendously good lead turn from Charlie Stemp powers this feelgood faux-Golden Age musical romp" "‘Crazy for You’ is a…
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Song From Far Away at the Hampstead Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Will Young is excellent in Simon Stephens’s wistful monologue about a banker returning home to face his past" (Hampstead Theatre)…
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A Playlist For The Revolution at the Bush Theatre (2023)

★★★
"A sweet international love story morphs into a hard-hitting drama about the Hong Kong protests" "As the pair, Mei Mei…
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A Strange Loop at the Barbican Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"In contrast to our tame, safe West End, Michael R Jackson’s leftfield meta-musical is dazzlingly other" "It was nominated for…
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The Pillowman at the Duke of York's Theatre (2023)

★★★
"In a workmanlike Lily Allen-starring West End revival, Martin McDonagh’s dark 2003 play doesn’t quite live up to its own…
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The Third Man - A Musical Thriller at the Menier Chocolate Factory (2023)

"Dreadful, pointless musical desecration of the film noir masterpiece" "The tragedy of ‘The Third Man’ – not in the West…
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The Crucible at the Gielgud Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"The National Theatre’s stormy Miller revival retains its power as it hits the West End" "Sometimes this play suffers from…
Joe Mackertich, TimeOut
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Idiots Assemble: Spitting Image The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre (2023)

★★★
"This stage version of the satirical institution is best at its most caustic" "Gamely, writers Al Murray, Matt Forde and…
Tim Bano, TimeOut
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School Girls or The African Mean Girls Play at the Lyric Hammersmith (2023)

★★★★
"Jocelyn Bioh’s satire about cliquey goings-on at a Ghanaian girls’ school is sharp and affecting" "Playwright Jocelyn Bioh isn't the…
Alice Saville, TimeOut
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Romeo and Juliet at the Almeida Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Rebecca Frecknall’s kinetic, romantic take on Shakespeare’s tragedy has terrific performances from Toheeb Jimoh and Isis Hainsworth" "The Almeida’s in-house…
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42nd Street at the Sadler's Wells Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Irresistibly joyous new production of the tap-tastic musical about a musical" "Johnathan Church’s new production of the shimmering 1933 Busby…
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When Winston Went To War With The Wireless at the Donmar Warehouse (2023)

★★★
"Jack Thorne’s Churchill versus the BBC drama is fascinating but never really knows what it wants to be" "Jack Thorne…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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Groundhog Day at the The Old Vic (2023)

★★★★★
"Finally back after seven years, Tim Minchin’s musical adaptation of the classic ’90s comedy is a flat out masterpiece" "Existential…
Alice Saville, TimeOut
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We Will Rock You at the London Coliseum (2023)

"Ben Elton’s Queen musical is still dreadful" "Good and evil play out with pantomime-esque comicality, except it’s not funny: just…
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Great Expectations at the Garrick Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Comedy legend Izzard’s one-woman version of the Dickens classic is great fun if a little conservative" "Eddie Izzard’s solo offering…
Alice Saville, TimeOut
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Rose at the Ambassadors Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Maureen Lipman gives a phenomenal performance in Martin Sherman’s powerful holocaust survivor monologue" "As her doctor points out, for someone…
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Aspects of Love at the Lyric Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Andrew Lloyd Webber’s breathtakingly inappropriate 1989 musical is a delight so long as you ignore basically the entire plot" "Even…
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A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Shakespeare's Globe (2023)

★★★
"This enjoyable if slightly incoherent ‘Dream’ is lifted by Michelle Terry’s brilliantly original folk horror Puck" "James Maloney’s demonic live…
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The Comedy of Errors at the Shakespeare's Globe (2023)

★★★★
"Globe deputy Sean Holmes offers a lean, thoughtful, funny take on Shakespeare’s dumbest comedy" "‘The Comedy’ is so fundamentally lacking…
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Brokeback Mountain at the Soho Place Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Though impressively atmospheric, this stage version of Annie Proulx’s queer love story is totally overshadowed by the classic Ang Lee…
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Once On This Island at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Ola Ince’s exuberant production does a fine job of papering over the cracks in this Caribbean-set musical curio" "Let’s be…
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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying at the Southwark Playhouse Borough (2023)

★★★
"This satirical musical is dated as hell, but Georgie Rankom’s deliciously queered-up production makes the best of it" "... UK…
Alice Saville, TimeOut
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Operation Mincemeat at the Fortune Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"The glorious spoof musical about an eccentric real-life WWII finally operation makes it to the West End" "... though it’s…
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August in England at the Bush Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Beguiling playwrighting debut from Lenny Henry, utterly winning as an affable Caribbean-born fruitseller ensnared by the Windrush scandal" "... Sir…
Alice Saville, TimeOut
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Blanket Ban at the Southwark Playhouse Borough (2023)

★★★★
"Hard-hitting docu play about Malta’s oppressive total ban on abortions" "‘Blanket Ban’ is a protest and incisive call to action."…
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Richard III at the Liverpool Playhouse / Rose Theatre Kingston (2023)

★★
"Adjoa Andoh follows up her excellent Richard II with this messy, malfunctioning take on his diabolical namesake" (Rose Theatre Kingston)…
Anya Ryan, TimeOut
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Retrograde at the Kiln Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Ivanno Jeremiah is tremendous as a poised young Sidney Poitier in the latest from rising star playwright Ryan Calais Cameron"…
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No ID at the Royal Court Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"Tatenda Shamiso’s brave, joyous autobiographical show about his life as a Black transgender immigrant" "What a gift of a show…
Anya Ryan, TimeOut
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The Good Person of Szechwan at the Sheffield Theatres & Lyric Hammersmith (2023)

★★★★
"A thrillingly bold, high-energy new take on the classic Brecht play" (Lyric Hammersmith) "Nina Segal’s translation of Brecht is bold,…
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Animal at the Park Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Hard-hitting but wildly entertaining comedy about the fraught dating life of David, a gay man with cerebral palsy" "Jon Bradfield’s…
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Prima Facie at the Golden Theater, New York (2023)

★★★★
"Jodie Comer straddles defense in Suzie Miller's one-woman play about sexual assault." "Although it spends some time playing devil’s advocate…
Adam Feldman, TimeOut
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Ain't Too Proud - The Life And Times Of The Temptations at the Prince Edward Theatre (2023)

★★★
"This competent Temptations jukebox musical never really makes a particularly strong case for the legendary group" "If some jukebox musicals…
Alice Saville, TimeOut
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The Secret Life of Bees at the Almeida Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Classy but ponderous musical adaptation of the smash hit Civil Rights-era novel" "Rich and sweet but slow as dripping honey,…
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Dancing at Lughnasa at the National Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Radiant revival of Brian Friel’s masterpiece about five sisters carving out their own defiant world in ’30s Ireland" "... the…
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Private Lives at the Donmar Warehouse (2023)

★★★
"Rachael Stirling and Stephen Mangan star in a darkly original take on the Noël Coward classic" "With its gags about…
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The Dry House at the Marylebone Theatre (2023)

★★
"Eugene O’Hare’s alcoholism drama is just numbingly miserable" "Opening just a couple of nights after ‘A Little Life’, the West…
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A Little Life at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2023)

★★★
"The story is horrible, but there’s no denying the brilliance of James Norton’s performance" "I really struggled to work out…
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Accidental Death of an Anarchist at the Lyric Hammersmith (2023)

★★★★
"Daniel Rigby is terrific as The Maniac in Tom Basden’s wickedly funny contemporary remake of the Dario Fo classic" "If…
Alice Saville, TimeOut
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Bad Cinderella at the Imperial Theatre in New York (2023)

★★
"Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical fumbles the ball" "In fairness, this Cinderella is only half-bad, but its virtues are in…
Adam Feldman, TimeOut
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Black Superhero at the Royal Court Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Danny Lee Wynter writes and stars in this messy but very funny dark comedy about a man embarking on an…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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The Way Old Friends Do at the Park Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Mark Gatiss directs his husband Ian Hallard’s extremely endearing comedy-drama about a group of queer ABBA superfans (Park Theatre)" "The…
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Further than the Furthest Thing at the Young Vic Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Zinnie Harris’s dreamy drama about the evacuation of a remote volcanic island is a slow burner but gets there in…
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Marjorie Prime at the Menier Chocolate Factory (2023)

★★★
"Prescient but excessively austere drama about a future in which deceased loved ones return as AI replicas" "It’s an aggressively…
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Guys & Dolls at the Bridge Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"Nicholas Hytner and Bunny Christie’s game-changing immersive production of the classic musical is simply astonishing" "Nicolas Hytner’s Bridge production is…
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After the Act at the New Diorama Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Messy but fantastically daring musical from Breach Theatre about the UK’s infamous Section 28 anti-gay law" "Through verbatim testimony, Parliamentary…
Tim Bano, TimeOut
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The Great British Bake Off Musical at the Noel Coward Theatre (2023)

★★
"A rich aroma of pointlessness wafts off this musical homage to the TV show" "Where most art forms strive for…
Alice Saville, TimeOut
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Sleepova at the Bush Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Bukky Bakray makes a tremendous stage debut in Matilda Feyiṣayọ Ibini’s exuberant drama about four Black teenage best friends" "Matilda…
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Shirley Valentine at the Duke of York's Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Sheridan Smith is tremendous in Matthew Dunster’s skilled revival of Willy Russell’s monologue, equal parts uplifting and chilling" "Now she’s…
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Oklahoma! at the Wyndham's Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Transferring to the West End, this radical take on Rodgers & Hammerstein is a dark, wild, sexy ride" "It turns…
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The Winter's Tale at the Shakespeare's Globe (2023)

★★★★
"Sean Holmes’s magical ‘Winter’s Tale’ totally pulls off its daring use of both Globe theatres" "For the first time, the…
Anya Ryan, TimeOut
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The Walworth Farce at the Southwark Playhouse Elephant (2023)

★★★★
"The new Southwark Playhouse Elephant theatre opens with terrific revival of Enda Walsh’s twisted classic" "Like a lot of Walsh’s…
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Grenfell: System Failure at the The Playground Theatre (2023)

★★★
"This second verbatim dramatisation of the Grenfell Inquiry is a grimly one-note symphony of establishment buck passing" "‘Grenfell: System Failure’…
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Women, Beware The Devil at the Almeida Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"A gleefully camp contemplation of the nature of evil" "Lulu Raczka’s Almeida debut manages to subvert so many things that…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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Romeo and Julie at the National Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Gary Owen’s Welsh working-class response to ‘Romeo & Juliet’ is thoughtful but muted" "Gary Owen’s down-to-earth ‘Romeo and Julie’ wears…
Alice Saville, TimeOut
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Trouble in Butetown at the Donmar Warehouse (2023)

★★★
"Diana Nneka Atouna’s gentle wartime thriller offers a snapshot of a diverse ’40s Cardiff" "Despite the thrillerish elements of the…
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Sylvia at the The Old Vic Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Beverley Knight's formidable vocal talents aren't enough to rescue this staid suffragette musical" "In the wake of mega hits ‘Hamilton’…
Alice Saville, TimeOut
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Winner's Curse at the Park Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Clive Anderson stars in this gripping and refreshingly original interactive show about international peace negotiations" "In his acting debut, Anderson…
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Phaedra at the National Theatre (2023)

★★
"Janet McTeer does her best in Simon Stone’s indulgent melodrama rewrite of the Phaedra myth" "... even if you do…
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The Lehman Trilogy at the Gillian Lynne Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Sam Mendes directs the return of this dazzling piece of storytelling about a family business that would define America" "‘The…
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2:22 A Ghost Story at the Lyric Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Pop star Cheryl puts in a perfectly solid acting performance in the latest iteration of the durable West End chiller"…
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Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Jenna Coleman and Aidan Turner are a couple struggling in a language-rationed world in this inventive but bleak romcom" "...…
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Sound of the Underground at the Royal Court Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Vauxhall comes to Sloane Square as Travis Alabanza celebrates London’s underground drag culture in a gloriously sprawling Royal Court debut"…
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The Unfriend at the Criterion Theatre (2023)

★★
"Steven Moffat’s debut play is a disappointingly bland comedy about an English couple who take in a possible serial killer"…
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Cirque du Soleil: KURIOS at the Royal Albert Hall (2023)

★★★★
"The Canadian circus legends’ visually arresting steampunk-themed show takes a while to warm up, but it’s worth it" "‘Kurios –…
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Alex Edelman: Just for Us at the Menier Chocolate Factory (2023)

★★★★
"Jewish comic Alex Edelman holds forth on the time he infiltrated a white nationalist meeting in this warm, witty stand-up…
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George Takei's Allegiance at the Charing Cross Theatre (2023)

★★
"‘Star Trek’ legend Takei stars in this sadly underpowered musical inspired by his own childhood experiences of a Japanese internment…
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A Streetcar Named Desire at the Almeida Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Paul Mescal is terrifying and Patsy Ferran is unbelievably good in Rebecca Frecknall’s thrillingly dissonant revival of Tennessee Williams’s masterpiece"…
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On The Ropes at the Park Theatre (2023)

"Moving autobiographical drama about Vernon Vanriel" "It is an unquestionably powerful drama, not least because it’s true. But stuffing someone’s…
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Watch on the Rhine at the Donmar Warehouse (2023)

★★★★
"A terrific cast and a still-audacious second half gear change justify this rare revival of Lillian Hellman’s dramas" "Known for…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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The Fir Tree at the Shakespeare's Globe (2022)

★★★
"The Globe’s outdoor Christmas show is a delightfully ramshackle riff on a pair of Hans Christian Andersen classics" "‘The Fir…
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Derren Brown: SHOWMAN at the Apollo Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Only in person do you really experience how hypnotic he is. " "Brown’s unwavering poise and trademark gallows humour carry…
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Hey Duggee at the Royal Festival Hall (2022)

★★★★
"Theatre badges all round for this ebullient first live outing for Duggee and the Squirrels" "While creator Grant Orchard isn’t…
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As You Like It at the @sohoplace (2022)

★★★★
"‘Strictly’ winner Rose Ayling-Ellis heads up the cast of a populist but charming production of Shakespeare’s woodland romp" "I’m as…
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Jack and the Beanstalk at the London Palladium (2022)

★★★
"Julian Clary remorselessly steals the show – again – as London’s biggest panto returns" "For the love of god don't…
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Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre (2022)

★★★
"The queen of country’s Jesus-y take on Dickens is fun but not the total blast we might have hoped for"…
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Sons of the Prophet at the Hampstead Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Stephen Karam’s eccentric comedy about two brothers struggling with their dad’s bizarre death is a real gem of a play"…
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Paradise Now! at the Bush Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Margaret Perry’s corporate satire is meandering but hugely enjoyable" "Perry’s play is a thorough look into the highs and lows…
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Merrily We Roll Along at the New York Theatre Workshop (2022)

★★★★
"Merrily We Roll Along is the femme fatale of Stephen Sondheim musicals, beautiful and troubled; people keep thinking they can…
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Mandela at the The Young Vic (2022)

★★
"A technically thrilling production can’t conceal this Nelson Mandela musical’s baffling disinterest in its subject" "How did this happen? How…
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Disney's Newsies at the Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Disney’s cult classic musical about striking finally hits the UK – and it’s a delight" "If you haven't yet heard…
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Kerry Jackson at the National Theatre (2022)

★★
"Star Fay Ripley is the sole highlight of this bafflingly unambitious class comedy" "April de Angelis’s new play is a…
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Hex at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Entertaining but somewhat baffling" "‘Sleeping Beauty’ is a love story. ‘Hex’ hasn't quite decided what it is. It's got a…
Alice Saville, TimeOut
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Orlando at the Garrick Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Emma Corrin is terrific as Virginia Woolf’s iconic androgyne" "... this adaptation by Neil Bartlett and directed by Michael Grandage…
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Mother Goose at the Hackney Empire (2022)

★★★★
"Panto’s last superstar Clive Rowe electrifies the Hackney Empire once again" "Like the Rolling Stones, the Hackney Empire panto doesn’t…
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Best of Enemies at the Noel Coward Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"James Graham’s monumental ’60s drama transfers, with tremendous performances from Zachary Quinto and David Harewood" "The great thing about a…
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Henry V at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (2022)

★★★
"Henry V gets a Richard III makeover in this none-more-dark new take on the patriotic war play" "This darkly comic…
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A Sherlock Carol at the Marylebone Theatre (2022)

★★
"Sherlock meets Scrooge in this misguided seasonal mash-up" "... you get the feeling that writer/director Mark Shanahan really likes Sherlock…
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Elf The Musical at the Dominion Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"The stage adaptation of the beloved Will Ferrell film bounds joyously back into town" "This show lives or dies depending…
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A Christmas Carol at the The Old Vic (2022)

★★★★
"Owen Teale’s Scrooge is a bit underpowered, but the Old Vic’s unstoppable annual show remains magical as ever" "Jack Thorne’s…
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The Sex Party at the Menier Chocolate Factory (2022)

★★
"Bewilderingly disjointed comedy about an Islington sex party that gets awkward when trans woman Lucy arrives" "There is probably a…
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Blackout Songs at the Hampstead Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Joe White’s drama about an alcoholic couple spiralling out of control is best at its bleakest and weirdest" "Joe White’s…
Alice Saville, TimeOut
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Not One of These People at the Royal Court Theatre (2022)

★★★
"An out-there formal experiment" "Martin Crimp’s deepfake show is an out-there formal experiment that asks very hard questions about the…
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Super High Resolution at the Soho Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Blanche McIntyre directs this impassioned new drama about NHS burnout" "Ellis's rave-reviewed previous play, 'work.txt', felt like a real moment:…
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Mary at the Hampstead Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Scottish diplomat James Melville is the focus of this understated installment of Rona Munro’s epic James Plays" "A chamber piece…
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Tammy Faye – A New Musical at the Almeida Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Elton John’s new musical is a joyously camp tribute to the oddball US televangelist, with a storming book by James…
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A Single Man at the Park Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Intriguing but somewhat distant stage version of Christopher Isherwood’s poignant novel" "n Simon Reade’s adaptation, directed by Philip Wilson, George’s…
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My Son’s A Queer, (But What Can You Do?) at the Garrick Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"Rob Madge celebrates a happy gay childhood in this quirky, joyous monologue" "You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more joyous,…
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@sohoplace at the @sohoplace (2022)

"@sohoplace's intimate, bright, in-the-round auditorium is the perfect venue for 'Marvellous', filling a niche that more charming but less flexible…
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Marvellous at the @sohoplace (2022)

★★★★
"New West End theatre @sohoplace opens with this charming bio-play about the irrepressible Neil Baldwin" "It's a pretty leftfield decision…
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My Neighbour Totoro at the Barbican Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"In the RSC’s new blockbuster awe-inspiring puppets bring Studio Ghibli’s masterpiece to the stage flawlessly" "... the puppets – designed…
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The Doctor at the Duke of York's Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Visionary director Robert Icke returns as Juliet Stevenson reprises her colossal 2019 performance" "... it’s bloody good to have ‘The…
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The Band's Visit at the Donmar Warehouse (2022)

★★★★
"This bittersweet, idiosyncratic musical about a lost Egyptian band gets a gorgeous UK premiere" "For a moment, it looks like…
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The Boy with Two Hearts at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Slick, moving adaptation of Afghan refugees Hamed and Hessam Amiri’s hit book" "Long before the Calais Jungle was forcibly dismantled,…
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Dmitry at the Marylebone Theatre (2022)

★★★
"The brand-new Marylebone Theatre opens its doors with this gripping Schiller curio" "The Marylebone Theatre is an unexpected new addition…
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Blues For An Alabama Sky at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Giles Terera and Samira Wiley are tremendous in this stylish revival of Pearl Cleage’s drama about the Harlem Renaissance" "'Orange…
Alice Saville, TimeOut
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Iphigenia in Splott at the Lyric Hammersmith (2022)

★★★★★
"Sophie Melville stuns all over again as Gary Owen’s volcanically powerful monologue returns" "Owen’s exquisite writing makes the scenes heartbreakingly…
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John Gabriel Borkman at the Bridge Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Simon Russell Beale and Lia Williams are wonderful in Ibsen’s eccentric, elegiac late play" "Finally revived by Nicholas Hytner at…
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The Crucible at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Brendan Cowell’s working-class hero John Proctor is tremendous in the National Theatre’s atmospheric Arthur Miller revival" "It doesn’t get much…
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Eureka Day at the The Old Vic (2022)

★★★
"Helen Hunt is excellent in this smart US comedy about a liberal schoolboard that collapses into infighting over a vaccine…
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The P Word at the Bush Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"Two very different gay Pakistani men cross paths in Waleed Akhtar’s tremendous new play" "Waleed Akhtar’s gorgeous, devastating new play…
Alice Saville, TimeOut
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The Snail House at the Hampstead Theatre (2022)

★★
"An overblown generational satire" "There’s a weirdness at the heart of this play. While it presents that age-old dramatic trope…
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The Clinic at the Almeida Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Faultlines in a fractious British-Nigerian family become catastrophically exposed when they take in a troubled young activist" "It’s pretty much…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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Antigone at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Inua Ellams gives Sophocles‘s ancient tragedy a bracingly contemporary spin" "There are bolts of brilliance in Inua Ellams' twenty-first-century rewrite…
Alice Saville, TimeOut
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Silence at the Donmar Warehouse (2022)

★★★★
"Powerful docu-theatre show giving voice to those caught up in the chaos of the Partition of India" "These accounts of…
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Gary Barlow - A Different Stage at the Duke of York's Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"The Take That frontman plays the hits – and the audience – beautifully in this slick one-man-show" "Barlow’s one-man show…
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I, Joan at the Shakespeare's Globe (2022)

★★★
"Charlie Josephine’s play is a joyous celebration of non-binary identity told aa tongue in cheek take on the story of…
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Stranger Things: The Experience at the Troubadour Brent Cross Studios Cricklewood (2022)

★★★
"After a wonky start, this official immersive show does a decent job of throwing you into the world of the…
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The Trials at the Donmar Warehouse (2022)

★★★★
"Teenagers are given power of life or death in Dawn King’s gripping climate dystopia" "‘The Trials’ works both on an…
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South Pacific at the Sadler's Wells (2022)

★★★★
"Smart revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s WW2-set jewel" "... Daniel Evans’s Chichester Festival Theatre revival of ‘South Pacific’ is affirmation…
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The Tempest at the Shakespeare's Glob (2022)

★★★★
"Sean Holmes directs a super-fun production of Shakespeare’s magical final play" "... Holmes’s production is aware of the environmental and…
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Chasing Hares at the Young Vic (2022)

★★★
"Sonali Bhattacharyya’s drama about the erosion of workers’ rights in Bengal and Britain is powerful once it hits its stride"…
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Sister Act at the Eventim Apollo (2022)

★★★
"Despite Beverley Knight’s stupendous vocals, this big-budget musical revival misses intended star Whoopi Goldberg" " Beverly Knight makes a very…
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101 Dalmatians at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Kate Fleetwood steals the show as an influencer Cruella de Vil in this uneven new family musical" "Adapted direct from…
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Jack Absolute Flies Again at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Richard Bean and Oliver Chris’s WW2-set reworking of ‘The Rivals’ is very funny but not a lot more" "‘Jack Absolute…
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Much Ado About Nothing at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Katherine Parkinson and John Heffernan are a blast in this luxuriously eccentric take on Shakespeare’s romcom" "If this production has…
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Peaky Blinders: The Rise at the Camden Garrison (2022)

"This is comfortably the most tedious immersive theatre show I’ve seen in London in at least ten years." "if you…
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Patriots at the Almeida Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Falls short of its ambitions" "It’s an interesting, informative play, with three great performances in Hollander’s brilliant, quicksilver Berezovsky, Keen’s…
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The Seagull at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Emilia Clarke is irresistible in Jamie Lloyd’s ultra-stripped back take on Chekhov’s masterpiece" "To say Lloyd’s production is boring would…
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Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the London Palladium (2022)

★★★
"Disney’s spectacular-looking musical is a stunning exercise in vamping for time" "A song and dance sequence set in a tavern…
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That Is Not Who I Am at the Royal Court Theatre (2022)

★★★
"A slippery thriller" "Davies and Kelly have a winning chemistry, their physical passion for each other glueing them together even…
Alice Saville, TimeOut
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A Dolls House, Part 2 at the Donmar Warehouse (2022)

★★★★
"A funny, sharp metasequel to Ibsen’s classic play" "If ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ has an obvious weakness it’s that…
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Jitney at the Old Vic Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"A captivating revival" "Tinuke Craig’s exquisite revival peels back the walls of their crumbling workplace, allowing us to enter it…
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The Gunpowder Plot at the Tower Vaults London (2022)

★★★★
"The Gunpowder Plot has set a new gold standard" "This lavish new immersive theatre attraction from the Tower of London…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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Britannicus at the Lyric Hammersmith (2022)

★★★★
"Atri Banerjee’s production takes us to 'Succession' territory" "Like ancient Greek dramas, Racine's play has an arch, declamatory quality, its…
Alice Saville, TimeOut
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ABBA Voyage at the ABBA Arena (2022)

★★★★
"A spectacular vision of pop’s future" "This is art built for the fans: it’s about standing side-by-side in a euphoric…
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Legally Blonde The Musical at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre (2022)

★★★
"It’s weird, visually striking and basically pretty funny" "this revival of ‘Legally Blonde’ feels less like an update of the…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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My Fair Lady  (2022)

★★★
"This fractionally tweaked Broadway production of the classic musical is pleasant but won’t win over any doubters" "Amara Okereke plays…
Alice Saville, TimeOut
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Grease at the Dominion Theatre (2022)

★★★
"A harder, darker hornier version of the classic musical" "Nikolai Foster’s big West End revival isn’t an aggressively dramatic reappraisal,…
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Oklahoma! at the Young Vic Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"This radical Rodgers & Hammerstein revival lives up to the thirsty hype" "I’m struggling to think of a hornier theatre…
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Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"Mark Rylance lets the old magic flow once again as the stage performance of our lifetimes returns" "I doubt the…
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Prima Facie at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Jodie Comer gives a tour de force performance in this slightly clunky sexual assault monologue" "It’s a personal triumph somewhat…
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The Corn is Green at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Nicola Walker is tremendous as an inspirational schoolteacher in this classy revival for Emelyn Williams’s slightly dated Welsh classic" "Cooke’s…
Alice Saville, TimeOut
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Marys Seacole at the Donmar Warehouse (2022)

★★★
"The headspinning new play from the author of ‘Fairview’" "As it happens, ‘Marys Seacole’ is an altogether different affair, which…
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Punchdrunk: The Burnt City at the One Cartridge Place (2022)

★★★★
"Immersive theatre legends Punchdrunk return with a jaw-dropping riff on Greek myth" "Punchdrunk has a very distinct aesthetic, and when…
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Scandaltown at the Lyric Hammersmith (2022)

★★★
"Mike Bartlett’s faux-Restoration comedy is good fun but a bit weak as satire" "It takes guts to try and satirise…
Alice Saville, TimeOut
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The 47th at the The Old Vic (2022)

★★★★
"Bertie Carvel is astoundingly good as an anarchic Donald Trump in Mike Bartlett’s audacious blank verse drama" "Essentially, this Trump…
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The Human Voice at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2022)

★★
"Despite Ruth Wilson’s spirited performance, Cocteau’s 1930 phone monologue feels dated and sexist" "Van Hove has modernised the setting and…
Caroline McGinn, TimeOut
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Cock at the Ambassadors Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Thirteen years on, Mike Bartlett’s ‘Cock’ stands up" "Welcome to the dawn of the Mike Bartlett supremacy. Always prolific, soon…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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Moulin Rouge! The Musical at the Piccadilly Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Pure Sensory Overload" "It’s a very fun night out, guaranteed to push the buttons of anyone who grew up on…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club (Playhouse Theatre) (2021)

★★★★
"Jessie Buckley gives the performance of the year and Eddie Redmayne is a bit much in this spectacular Kander &…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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Best of Enemies at the The Young Vic (2021)

★★★★★
"David Harewood and Charles Edwards are phenomenal in James Graham’s love letter to America’s chaotic late ’60s" "Jeremy Herrin’s production…
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The Book of Dust at the Bridge Theatre (2021)

★★★
"Nicholas Hytner directs a spirited stab at adapting Philip Pullman’s baffling ‘His Dark Materials’ prequel" "At least this fluent and…
Caroline McGinn, TimeOut
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Wicked at the Apollo Victoria Theatre (2021)

★★★★
"The musical witches of this 'Wizard of Oz' prequel are still casting a spell over the West End" "After its…
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane at the Duke of York's Theatre (2021)

★★★★★
"The National Theatre’s adaptation is even better in the West End" "The bottom line is, shows like this don’t come…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) at the Criterion Theatre (2021)

★★★
"Gleefully in-yer-face stage adaptation" "Stretched out over two-and-a-half hours it does wear itself thin. It’s brimming with energy, but ends…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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Back to the Future at the Adelphi Theatre (2021)

★★★
"Great Scott! The DeLorean is amazing, but this bombastic musical of the classic film is A Lot" "I don’t want…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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Frozen The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane (2021)

★★★★
"The musical version of ‘Frozen’ is an awesome spectacle with more heart, depth and darkness than the film" "This isn’t…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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Mary Poppins at the Prince Edward Theatre (2021)

★★★
"This Disney musical looks and sounds magical – even if it’s a few shades weirder than the much-loved movie"
Alice Saville, TimeOut
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The Phantom of the Opera at the Her Majesty's Theatre (2021)

★★★★
"Andrew Lloyd Webber's gothic spectacular is totally '80s in the best possible way"
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Anything Goes at the Barbican Theatre (2021)

★★★★
"Sutton Foster blows off the roof in this sublime revival of the classic musical" "They don’t make ’em like this…
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The Snowman at the Peacock Theatre (2020)

★★★
"A gorgeous festive ballet for families, based on Raymond Briggs' story" "the love and precision with which the Birmingham Repertory…
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Les Miserables at the Sondheim Theatre (2020)

★★★★
"It’s been reworked, but ‘Les Misérables’ is still very much ‘Les Misérables’, in all its OTT glory" "I don’t think…
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Cirque Du Soleil - Luzia at the Royal Albert Hall (2020)

★★★
"You always know what you’re getting with Cirque du Soleil, but this Mexico-themed show is one of the Montréal circus…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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Magic Goes Wrong at the Vaudeville Theatre (2020)

★★★
"Magic Goes Wrong’ feels caught at a strange crossroads between Mischief’s bumbling Englishness and Penn & Teller’s edgier interjections." "The…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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Cyrano de Bergerac at the Playhouse Theatre (2019)

★★★★
"Lloyd and co have cooked up something pretty remarkable" “It’s Cyrano de Berger-rap. It’s James rap-Avoy. It’s… perhaps more accurate…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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& Juliet at the Shaftesbury Theatre (2019)

★★★★
"Joyously daft musical riff on ‘Romeo & Juliet’, based on the hits of pop maestro Max Martin" "& Juliet is…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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DEAR EVAN HANSEN at the Noel Coward Theatre (2019)

★★★★
"A fragile high schooler’s lie spins dizzyingly out of control as this smart Broadway musical smash finally hits the West…
Alice Saville, TimeOut
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Groan Ups at the Vaudeville Theatre (2019)

★★
“The folks behind ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ fall flat on their faces with this oft-cringey school-set comedy” Mischief Theatre...they're…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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The Girl Who Fell at the Trafalgar Theatre (2019)

★★★★
"Fiercely funny stuff"
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Lungs at the The Old Vic (2019)

★★★★
"Their performances – hers in particular – grow immeasurably in stature" “Warchus’s revival is broader and more sitcommy than previous,…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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Vassa at the Almeida Theatre (2019)

★★★
"Bartlett's adaptation is very, very funny" "Playing the title role (after Samantha Bond withdrew following injury), Siobhan Redmond squeezes her…
Alice Saville, TimeOut
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A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg at the Trafalgar Theatre (2019)

★★★
"Listless revival" “Listless revival of the late Peter Nichols’s black comedy about two parents and their disabled daughter” “There’s a…
Rosemary Waugh, TimeOut
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Solaris at the Lyric Hammersmith (2019)

★★★★
"It’s a haunting trip, into inner and outer space" "I’d hope (Stanisław) Lem could acknowledge the boldness and, ultimately, the…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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Moulin Rouge! The Musical at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (2019)

★★★★
"Gorgeous, gaudy, spectacularly overstuffed" "Red alert! Red alert! If you’re the kind of person who frets that jukebox musicals are…
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Jean Paul Gaultier Fashion Freak Show at the Queen Elizabeth Hall (2019)

★★★
"Jean Paul Gaultier’s autobiographical cabaret is wobbly in places but looks stunning" "As a piece of catwalk spectacle, it’s a…
Alyx Gorman, TimeOut
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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium (2019)

★★★
"The show has the emotional heft of a beetroot" "Unfortunately the show has the emotional heft of a beetroot, and…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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Wife at the Kiln Theatre (2019)

★★★★
"A quirky and clever homage to Ibsen's A Doll’s House" "Adamson explores changing ideas of desire, prejudice and equality by…
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Wife at the Kiln Theatre (2019)

★★★★
"Camp as Christmas" "Samuel Adamson’s new play grabs at big, enduring questions about gender and queerness through the ages. It’s…
Tom Wicker, TimeOut
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The Starry Messenger at the Wyndham's Theatre (2019)

★★★
"Dramas don’t come more midlife crisis-y than ‘The Starry Messenger’. There is a smart, poignant existential drama somewhere inside The…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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Betrayal at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2019)

★★★★★
"The triumph here belongs to director Jamie Lloyd. Directing Betrayal as the culmination of his Pinter at the Pinter season…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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Waitress at the Adelphi Theatre, (2019)

★★★
"This pie-tastic Broadway smash is big hearted but half-baked" "Most of the pies in Diane Paulus's Broadway-conquering show are allegorical:…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre (2019)

★★★★★
"This 9/11-set musical is a gently miraculous masterpiece" "Musicals don’t come much more low-key, wholesome or Canadian than ‘Come from…
Alice Saville, TimeOut
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9 to 5 The Musical at the Savoy Theatre (2019)

★★★
"Dolly Parton's somewhat hallucinatory musical is a wilfully preposterous crowd-pleaser" "The plot, when it shows up, is about as ridiculous…
Alice Saville, TimeOut
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All About Eve at the Noel Coward Theatre (2019)

★★★★
"Gillian Anderson gives an incredible turn as Broadway actress Margo Channing" [Gillian Andersons'] performance as ageing actress Margo Channing in…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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True West at the Vaudeville Theatre (2018)

★★★
"Even as they’re trashing the room, smashing objects and downing whiskey, the whole thing has the feel of an undergrad…
Rosemary Waugh, TimeOut
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The Cher Show at the Neil Simon Theatre (2018)

★★★
"It falls a bit shy, but it’s strong enough" 'Directed by Jason Moore, the show whirls through six decades at…
Adam Feldman, TimeOut
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Fiddler On The Roof at the Meniere Chocolate Factory (2018)

★★★
"Trevor Nunn’s gloomy ‘Fiddler’ is classy but not always fun" ‘I realise there are some restrictions that apply when staging…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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Hole at the Royal Court Theatre (2018)

★★★
‘Ellie Kendrick’s fiery feminist cabaret feels slightly overshadowed by its directors, RashDash’ ‘Generically speaking, we’re not exactly talking about a…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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Hadestown at the National Theatre (2018)

★★★★
"Gloriously offbeat musical" "‘Hadestown’ is not perfect, but it is really, really good. The wonderfully diverse songs of Mitchell’s expanded,…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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Company at the Gielgud Theatre (2018)

★★★★★
"This production deserves to go down as a game-changer." Rosalie Craig and Patti LuPone star in Marianne Elliott’s tour de…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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Translations at the National Theatre (2018)

★★★★
"Colin Morgan and Ciarán Hinds star in an exquisitely brooding revival of Brian Friel’s masterpiece." "Rickson’s revival is awash with…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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My Name Is Lucy Barton at the Bridge Theatre (2018)

★★★★
"Laura Linney is brilliant in her UK stage debut." "I have not read Elizabeth Strout’s 2016 novel ‘My Name is…
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Killer Joe at the Trafalgar Studios (2018)

★★★
"Orlando Bloom is a decent baddie in this lurid, uneven thriller" "Essentially a black comedy about the transactional nature of…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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Julie at the National Theatre (2018)

★★★★
"Vanessa Kirby is great as a disintegrating posh girl in this nightmarish production" "All the iconic/grim moments of the Strindberg…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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Red at the Wyndham's Theatre (2018)

★★★★
"Alfred Molina is a mighty Mark Rothko in this intense, visually stunning drama about the agony of art" "Michael Grandage’s…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre (2018)

★★★
"Fantastic Mr Foxes are an ideal match for Wilde’s comedy" "Freddie Fox is triumphant as the dandyish Lord Goring. There’s…
Caroline McGinn, TimeOut
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Tina - The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre (2018)

★★★
"Adrienne Warren is magnificent" "The tunes are great and Adrienne Warren is magnificent as Tina Turner, but is this too…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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Hamilton at the Victoria Palace Theatre (2017)

★★★★★
"Lin-Manuel Miranda’s visionary musical lives up to the hype" "Okay, let’s just get this out of the way. ‘Hamilton’ is…
Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut
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Thriller Live at the Lyric Theatre (2009)

★★★★
"Solid gold hits light up this loosely-plotted celebration of all things Jackson" "What really hits home in this jubilant jukebox…
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