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London theatre reviews from the UK newspaper The Daily Mail.

Here’s a selection of reviews of London shows from the theatre and arts critics at The Daily Mail newspaper.

London theatre critics for the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday include Patrick Marmion, Georgina Brown and Robert Gore Langton.

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


Two Strangers (Carry a Cake Across New York) at the Criterion Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Does Broadway beckon for young stars' sweet Big Apple romcom?" (Kiln Theatre) "Verdict: Hot Tutty" "...Sam Tutty goes and sprinkles…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Power of Sail at the Menier Chocolate Factory (2024)

★★★
"This 'Moral thriller' about a college race rumpus drifts off course" "Verdict: Polished but puzzling" "'The answer to hate speech,…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Opening Night: A New Musical at the Gielgud Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Sheridan Smith defies director's bid to ruin her big night with a cheekiness and vulnerability as dangerous as it is…
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Standing at the Sky's Edge at the Gillian Lynne Theatre & National Theatre (2024)

★★★★★
"Six decades on a Sheffield estate... and you'll love it" (National Theatre) "Soaring love song to Sheffield" "This mighty, moving…
Georgina Brown, Daily Mail
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The Merchant of Venice 1936 at the Criterion Theatre / Watford Palace (2024)

★★
"Now Shylock’s an East End matriarch facing down fascists" (Watford Palace Theatre) "Historical mis-match" "In a radical new production of…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Hadestown at the Lyric Theatre (2024)

★★
"One HELL of a letdown" "... however many Tony Awards it received in New York (eight, as it happens), and…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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An Enemy of the People at the Duke of York's Theatre (2024)

"Feeble, sophomoric and paper-thin: Matt Smith is nothing if not exciting, but he's wasted on this one-star adaptation of An…
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The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Theatre Royal Haymarket (2024)

★★★★★
"Sarah Snook plays a succession of 26 characters... and what a Wilde success! " "Playing 26 characters from the book…
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Plaza Suite at the Savoy Theatre (2024)

★★★★★
"Sarah Jessica Parker's triumphant West End stage debut in Plaza Suite: Mr and Mrs SJP are frisky fun in this…
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The Motive and the Cue at the National Theatre & Noel Coward Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Grandiose John Gielgud and boozy Tim Burton are the best of frenemies" (National Theatre) "The actors in this are bang-on.…
Robert Gore Langton, Daily Mail
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Macbeth at the Donmar Warehouse (2023)

★★★★
"This production of Macbeth has oodles of atmosphere... All hail David Tennant, Thane of Covent Garden (pity about the headphones…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Macbeth at the Donmar Warehouse (2023)

★★★★
MAIL ON SUNDAY "Every breathy whisper is ultra-audible in this chilly conspiracy to murder" "Max Webster's pioneering production is admirably…
Robert Gore Langton, Daily Mail
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Stranger Things: The First Shadow at the Phoenix Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"So insanely visceral it left my jaw on the floor (MAIL ON SUNDAY)" "This insane, huge-budget, utterly exhausting show closes…
Robert Gore Langton, Daily Mail
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Stranger Things: The First Shadow at the Phoenix Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Monstrous double visions, flying cats and exploding rats... This show is thrillingly done" "Yes, it's Netflix milking a brand. Yes,…
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Macbeth The Show at the The Depot, Liverpool (2023)

★★★★
"Wary, thoughtful, skittish... Ralph Fiennes even has comic touches in this new production of Shakespeare's Scottish tragedy" "Some Macbeths come…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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She Stoops To Conquer at the Orange Tree Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"The plot involves a young blade called Marlow (a floppy-haired Freddie Fox totally at home in the role) who is…
Robert Gore Langton, Daily Mail
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She Stoops To Conquer at the Orange Tree Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Not quite conquered " "Historically, Oliver Goldsmith’s 18th-century town and country comedy, She Stoops To Conquer, has also been a…
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A Christmas Carol at the The Old Vic (2023)

★★★★★
"Tidings of comfort and joy" "Properly playful, nightmarish and gripping with lashings of melodrama, this show combines riotous Christmas jollity…
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Ghosts at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse (2023)

★★
"Secrets, lies...and silliness" "... director and adaptor Joe Hill-Gibbins has marshalled all the nuance off the page, and squished the…
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The Witches at the National Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"Dahl’s witches cast a spell over me (and I’m not even a fan of the books!)" "I’m not that much…
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The Witches at the National Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Dahl's wicked witches banish whiff of Disney" "... the good news is that this musical adaptation is true to Dahl’s…
Robert Gore Langton, Daily Mail
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Backstairs Billy at the Duke of York's Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Comic royal cocktail with a splash of spice" "Marcelo Dos Santos’s Backstairs Billy - a gay old royal romp -…
Robert Gore Langton, Daily Mail
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The Time Traveller’s Wife at the Apollo Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Verdict: Call a Tardis!" "While Clare and Henry (played by Joanna Woodward and David Hunter), smile sweetly and sing persuasively...…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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King Lear at the Wyndham's Theatre (2023)

"Kenneth Branagh's cut-back play leaves HIM looking like the fool" "... by choosing to direct himself in the title role…
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Lyonesse at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Sunset Boulevard meets Ab Fab set in Cornwall... with Lily James and Kristin Scott Thomas serving up the stardust" "But…
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The Score at the Theatre Royal Bath (2023)

★★★★
"Succession's Logan Roy plays gentler note as Bach" "Verdict: nicely composed." "... in Bath we get to see a whole…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Hamnet at the Garrick Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Harrowing tale of the Bard's home life is pure theatre gold" (Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon) "Madeleine Mantock as Agnes starts blandly…
Robert Gore Langton, Daily Mail
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Sunset Boulevard at the Savoy Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"Fading pop star plays fading film icon - to perfection! Nicole Scherzinger really IS ready for her close-up" "Buy the…
Luke Jones, Daily Mail
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A Voyage Round My Father at the Theatre Royal Bath (2023)

★★★★
"Laurence Olivier would have loved him" "The main course, however, is the second half which the 64-year-old Everett dominates in…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Noises Off at the Phoenix Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"It's comedy with the precision of a high end cuckoo clock" (Phoenix Theatre) "... as a bravura piece of comic…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Shooting Hedda Gabler at the Rose Theatre Kingston (2023)

★★★
"Norwegian mind games" "Nina Segal's spirited reimagining of Henrik Ibsen's classic" "There is much to enjoy in Jeff James's efficient…
Veronica Lee, Daily Mail
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Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends at the Gielgud Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"Hitting the heights " "It's a love-letter, a love-in, a gathering of old friends — and a few younger ones.…
Georgina Brown, Daily Mail
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Frank and Percy at the The Other Palace (2023)

★★★★
"Ian McKellen proves age is no barrier to laughter" (Theatre Royal Windsor) "The charming thing about Ben Weatherill's left-field romcom…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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The Little Big Things at the @sohoplace Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"There'll be tears " "Dual Henrys, on stage together for most of the show, is one of several directorial flourishes…
Veronica Lee, Daily Mail
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Private Lives at the Ambassadors Theatre (2023)

★★★
"A reasonable recital " "Havers, though, seems thrilled to be back in the West End, and lends Coward's barbed wit…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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In Dreams at the Leeds Playhouse (2023)

★★★★
"In Dreams is a musical midlife crisis that makes a fitting tribute to Roy Orbison" "So the big challenge for…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Dr Semmelweis at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Rylance gives a compelling portrait of a stammering pioneer – he spews out words like the panicking Lance Corporal Jones…
Robert Gore Langton, Daily Mail
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The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium (2023)

★★
"The Wizard Of Woke (but at least the lion is a roaring success)" "This Wizard Of Oz at the Palladium…
Robert Gore Langton, Daily Mail
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Crazy For You at the Gillian Lynne Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"The company’s footwork is insane. I came out wanting to tap dance on the bonnet of the nearest car." "This…
Robert Gore Langton, Daily Mail
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Song From Far Away at the Hampstead Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Will Young's one man play Song From Far Away only really zings when he's singing" (Hampstead Theatre) "Four times we…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Groundhog Day at the The Old Vic (2023)

★★★★★
"You'll want to see this again... and again!" "Verdict: On repeat, please!" "Matthew Warchus and Tim Minchin’s musical is a…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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We Will Rock You at the London Coliseum (2023)

"Ben Elton in his own Queen musical? You wouldn't rush to rhapsodise about it..." "Not even the sight of Ben…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Patriots at the Noel Coward Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Verdict: Russian roulette" "Rupert Goold’s characteristically fleet production unravels on a blood-red cruciform platform conjuring a sinister subterranean night club…
Georgina Brown, Daily Mail
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The Shape of Things at the Park Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Verdict: Shapely fit-up" "Peaky Blinders’ cruel temptress Amber Anderson nails the part with a wry detachment and forensic purpose. And…
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Great Expectations at the Garrick Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Verdict: Is 'ard not to love it" "Now we find Izzard doing a spellbinding solo turn in Charles Dickens's saga…
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Rose at the Ambassadors Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Forget Beattie on the phone, 'Rose' is Maureen Lipman in full bloom" "Verdict: Dame Maureen Rises" "Performed sitting on a…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Aspects of Love at the Lyric Theatre (2023)

★★★
"The same show 34 years on - and Michael Ball blows us away all over again" "Verdict: Great moments, long…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Shakespeare's Globe (2023)

★★★★
"A Midsummer Night's love tangle that's half dream, half nightmare" "Verdict: A devilish charm" "Shakespeare's playful comedy of errors is…
Georgina Brown, Daily Mail
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The Comedy of Errors at the Shakespeare's Globe (2023)

★★★★
"Verdict: Twin Peaks" "Shakespeare's first — and shortest — comedy can, in the wrong hands, sometimes feel misnamed. But Sean…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Bleak Expectations at the Criterion Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Are there enough fans to render this more than an old curiosity shop?" "Verdict: Not the Dickens" "To be fair…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Brokeback Mountain at the Soho Place Theatre (2023)

★★
"How to turn a steamy cowboy encounter into a yawnfest on the mountain top:" "Verdict: A 90-minute snooze" "Brace yourself…
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Retrograde at the Kiln Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Retrograde is a burning-fuse play about the movie biz. " "Playwright Ryan Calais Cameron superbly recreates the fast-gun patter that…
Robert Gore Langton, Daily Mail
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Ain't Too Proud - The Life And Times Of The Temptations at the Prince Edward Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Hits galore will thrill their fans - but this Temptations tribute lacks soul" "Ain't Too Proud is a catalogue musical…
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Dancing at Lughnasa at the National Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Brian Friel's Donegal memory play can quite reasonably be performed as pleasantly sentimental, but I longed for Josie Rourke's revival…
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Private Lives at the Donmar Warehouse (2023)

★★
"... Michael Longhurst's horribly unfunny revival, which scrapes away the brittle artifice of the writing and reveals the ugly truth…
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A Little Life at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"A little grim, but A Little Life is worth the pain" "Assuming the frenzied anticipation didn't finish you off, the…
Luke Jones, Daily Mail
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Guys & Dolls at the Bridge Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"Sit down? Not with this rocking revival!" "Daniel Mays is the go-to Cockney geezer du jour... All that’s what makes…
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The Great British Bake Off Musical at the Noel Coward Theatre (2023)

"A mille-feuille with layers of jammy wokery and enough sugar to make the teeth scream" "Syrian immigrant Hassan (Aharon Rayner)…
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Shirley Valentine at the Duke of York's Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"Sheridan Smith is wall to wall sunshine, a one-woman pina colada with a cocktail umbrella!" "When the curtain rises on…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Oklahoma! at the Wyndham's Theatre (2023)

★★★★★
"Oh, what a thrilling hoedown!" "Sexy, spare and stunning" "Shameless Ado Annie isn’t the only one who ‘Cain’t Say No’…
Georgina Brown, Daily Mail
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The Winter's Tale at the Shakespeare's Globe (2023)

★★★★
"Globe’s first tale over TWO venues" "Double the fun" "Sean Holmes’s production begins in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, at the…
Veronica Lee, Daily Mail
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Grenfell: System Failure at the The Playground Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Raw, uncompromising, state-of-the-nation theatre" "Staged in the Playground Theatre, in the shadow of Grenfell, on a replica of the shabby…
Georgina Brown, Daily Mail
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Sylvia at the The Old Vic Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Slightly tamed suffragette" "Audaciously, it casts black actors in the white leading roles: soul diva Beverley Knight as Emmeline Pankhurst;…
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Phaedra at the National Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"A Shadow Cabinet minister ruined by lust? It's a tragedy!" "Good-value meltdown" "Janet McTeer is now perhaps best known for…
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The Lehman Trilogy at the Gillian Lynne Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"A bunch of bankers you might like to meet" "First time around, it's easy to be blown away by the…
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The Tempest at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Alex casts her spell as the first female Prospero" "... make no mistake, this is no politically correct stunt by…
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Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2023)

★★
"More mute than cute - Aidan and Jenna's show is a lemon" "Give them — or almost anyone — a…
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The Unfriend at the Criterion Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"A rollicking blast from the past" "Steven (Sherlock) Moffat's debut is a peculiarly old-fashioned play, a very British comedy of…
Georgina Brown, Daily Mail
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Cirque du Soleil: KURIOS at the Royal Albert Hall (2023)

★★
"Stop clowning around please, I'm allergic!" " It's the usual assembly of cunning stunts, although far less impressive than previous…
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Alex Edelman: Just for Us at the Menier Chocolate Factory (2023)

★★★★
"Whoever had the idea of mic-ing him up in this intimate venue must be seriously hard of hearing." "It's a…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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George Takei's Allegiance at the Charing Cross Theatre (2023)

★★★
"Oh my, Mr Sulu!" "Allegiance is a wholesome musical about an unwholesome subject: the internment of Japanese-Americans in the aftermath…
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A Streetcar Named Desire at the Almeida Theatre (2023)

★★★★
"Gone are Normal People's Paul Mescal's boyish charms, he's a beast off the leash" "Much the best reason for seeing…
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On The Ropes at the Park Theatre (2023)

★★
"Needs to shed some weight" "Dougie Blaxland’s lumbering script, written with Vanriel, actually makes him less sympathetic by being too…
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Watch on the Rhine at the Donmar Warehouse (2023)

★★★
"It's a hodgepodge of storylines, but this World War II drama has a Casablanca thrill to it" "It starts off…
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Jack and the Beanstalk at the London Palladium (2022)

★★★★★
"This sauced-up panto is a right treat" "... Jack And The Beanstalk, a triumph of smut and glamour — and…
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Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre (2022)

★★★
"Yee-ha! it’s a very dolly Christmas for Scrooge" "Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol is everything you’d expect: a bright…
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Paradise Now! at the Bush Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Avon calling!" "Originality is a precious commodity in a theatrical world that is often too eager to run with the…
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Mother Goose at the Duke of York's Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"What sauce! Dame Ian McKellen is in fine feather for this classic panto" "The old ham is fantastic. Hair full…
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Orlando at the Garrick Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Emma Corrin is pixie perfect in this frisky ode to freedom" "Ever since Emma Corrin catapulted to stardom, after peeping…
Georgina Brown, Daily Mail
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A Sherlock Carol at the Marylebone Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Not sure about this, Sherlock" "I wanted to adore it — and it is only two hours (a big plus…
Libby Purves, Daily Mail
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Elf The Musical at the Dominion Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Who needs Will Ferrell? This show is a real cracker" "Verdict: Slick festive fun" "The 2003 film Elf is an…
Veronica Lee, Daily Mail
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A Christmas Carol at the The Old Vic (2022)

★★★★
"Dickensian feast for the eyes" "2022's Scrooge is Owen Teale from Game Of Thrones and my favourite so far: fabulous…
Libby Purves, Daily Mail
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Vardy v Rooney: The Wagatha Christie Trial at the Wyndham's Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"You really couldn’t make this story up and the fact it’s all true is like a scene out of Dynasty!"…
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Matilda The Musical  (2022)

★★★★★
"This magical Matilda is pitch perfect... even Roald Dahl would be delighted" "Matilda The Musical fully deserves to join it…
Brian Viner, Daily Mail
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The Sex Party at the Menier Chocolate Factory (2022)

★★★★
"Sex parties, lies and the joys of a nice cup of cocoa" "Johnson’s play, with insane courage, walks into a…
Robert Gore Langton, Daily Mail
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Marvellous at the @sohoplace (2022)

★★★
"It's a bold move by producer Nica Burns using Theresa Heskins' no-star production to open the 600-seater Soho Place theatre."…
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Local Hero at the Chichester Festival Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Daniel Evans's farewell production in Chichester, before he takes charge of the Royal Shakespeare Company next year, is a great…
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My Neighbour Totoro at the Barbican Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Psst! A big cuddly surprise in this sugar-rush of a show" "For sheer, turbo-charged, off-the-Richter scale, sigh-inducing spectacle, you will…
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The Boy with Two Hearts at the National Theatre (2022)

★★
"Heartfelt but saccharine" "An oddly saccharine saga of an Afghan family fleeing the Taliban and seeking help for their eldest…
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John Gabriel Borkman at the Bridge Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Hard to take seriously " "Cut loose from its period detail and set in a contemporary 'palace' of embossed concrete,…
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The Crucible at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"Arthur Miller's classic witch hunt makes today's woke wars seem trivial" "... the really great thing about Lyndsey Turner's gruelling…
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The Two Popes at the The Rose Kingston & UK Tour (2022)

★★★★
"Two popes and one question - how do we move from era to era?" "At a time of succession in…
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The Snail House at the Hampstead Theatre (2022)

★★★
"More pain, please!" "One of the great directors of modern times, Eyre (a late-onset writer at 79) unfolds the action…
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The Clothes They Stood Up In at the Nottingham Playhouse (2022)

★★★
"Funny pair, quirky play... should be a perfect fit" "Verdict: Second-hand Bennett" "Still, even second-hand Bennett has its pleasures. For…
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Gary Barlow - A Different Stage at the Duke of York's Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"Soppy, sappy... but Barlow still shines like a superstar" "I first saw the show in the community centre of Gary's…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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I, Joan at the Shakespeare's Globe (2022)

★★★★
"I, Joan is not all po-faced politics" "... let’s face it, the Catholic warrior who cut off her hair and…
Mark Cook, Daily Mail
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The Narcissist at the Chichester Festival Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Each character is self-regarding, in line with the title — though, interestingly, Lloyd's Jim is the least so. He's the…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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The Narcissist at the Chichester Festival Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Harry Lloyd is fluent and passionate in the role, but good heavens this is wordy and dense stuff, comprising mostly…
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All's Well That Ends Well at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon (2022)

★★
"'Unloved' play just got unlovelier" "The story is so far from modern protocols around matchmaking that Helena can only strike…
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Into The Woods at the Theatre Royal Bath (2022)

★★★★
"Magical spectacle" "Gloating may be unseemly but Terry Gilliam has certainly earned the right to crow about his stunning new…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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The Trials at the Donmar Warehouse (2022)

★★
"See title" "The Trials is a net-zero entertainment set in a dystopian near future where juries of children have been…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Identical at the Nottingham Playhouse (2022)

★★★★★
"Tale of twins reunited is a double delight" "Director Trevor Nunn, former RSC supremo, well-versed with Shakespeare's tragicomedies of errors…
Georgina Brown, Daily Mail
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Sister Act at the Eventim Apollo (2022)

★★★★
"Just divine! A habit worth getting in to" "Playing the night club singer Deloris van Cartier, who hides from the…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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101 Dalmatians at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Puppet puppies are too cute to be worn by Cruella" "Zinnie Harris and Johnny McKnight’s somewhat worthy adaptation combines the…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Jack Absolute Flies Again at the National Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"The Guvnor's back with a bawdy romp" "Richard Bean is back at the National Theatre with a snortingly good, crowd-pleasing…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Much Ado About Nothing at the National Theatre (2022)

★★
" Not much about ado" "There seemed little love lost between the actors in Simon Godwin’s lightweight production, which doesn’t…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Crazy For You at the Chichester Festival Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"Guaranteed to put pep in your step!" "When shows are as good as this staging of Crazy For You, they’re…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Billy Elliot The Musical at the Curve Theatre Leicester (2022)

★★★★
"Billy still has the power to move us to tears" "It’s fair to say that Sir Elton’s finest work lies…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Anything Goes at the Barbican Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"Delightful and de-lovely as ever aboard SS American" "About 20 minutes into this joyous show, I stopped taking notes —…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Patriots at the Almeida Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"The rise and fall of Putin’s arch enemy " "Rupert Goold directs with characteristic touches of song and dance on…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Richard III reviews - RSC Stratford at the Stratford Upon Avon (2022)

★★★
"Psycho super-villain? No, he’s more of a naughty boy" "Hughes gives it his all. The actor, who has radial dysplasia,…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Jitney at the Old Vic Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"Gutsy" "The pleasure of this gutsy and absorbing revival of August Wilson’s 1970s taxi-office drama is that it spares us…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Tony! [The Tony Blair Rock Opera] at the Park Theatre (2022)

★★★★
MAIL ON SUNDAY "A raucous New Labour spoof that's not afraid of a cheap laugh" "This is a raucous spoof…
Robert Gore-Langton, Daily Mail
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Tony! [The Tony Blair Rock Opera] at the Park Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"Harry Hill's musical takes bite out of Blair" "Verdict: Joyfully profane tonic" "All hail Harry Hill and his musical writing…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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The Unfriend at the Chichester Festival Theatre (2022)

★★★
"Deathly dull " "Comedies of procrastination can only go on so long before something must give. Only here, it doesn't."…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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ABBA Voyage at the ABBA Arena (2022)

★★★★★
"The Abbatars will take you on a magical trip back to the 70s " "For all the razzamatazz, the show…
Tim De Lisle, Daily Mail
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ABBA Voyage at the ABBA Arena (2022)

★★★★
"Abba-cadabra! With a touch of magic, they're back on stage... ADRIAN THRILLS watches classic band's 'live return' on first night…
Adrian Thrills, Daily Mail
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My Fair Lady  (2022)

★★★★
"Never mind that Amara Okereke is the first black Eliza Doolittle in a West End production of this joyous musical…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Jerusalem at the Apollo Theatre (2022)

★★★★★
"Mark Rylance still shines as juicy Johnny 'Rooster' Byron in the thrillingly well-written and almost magical Jerusalem" "It’s thrillingly well…
Robert Gore Langton, Daily Mail
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Punchdrunk: The Burnt City at the One Cartridge Place (2022)

★★
"Punchdrunk's immersive Greek tragedy show The Burnt City may leave you footsore and slightly confused, but the designs are marvellous"…
Robert Gore Langton, Daily Mail
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Straight Line Crazy at the Bridge Theatre (2022)

★★★★
"My way, or the highway, for Fiennes the megalomaniac" "Ralph Fiennes had better watch his back. Terrific as he is…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club (Playhouse Theatre) (2021)

★★★★
"At Eddie’s Cabaret, even the set’s wunderbar" "It may be a little parsimonious in its pleasures, but this eagerly anticipated…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical at the Lyric Theatre (2021)

★★★
"Marley is magic but the drama needs some redemption" "As much as I love Marley and his music, this version,…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Back to the Future at the Adelphi Theatre (2021)

★★★★★
"From Doc to the DeLorean, this blast from the past hits all the right notes" "Where to begin, with a…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Frozen The Musical at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane (2021)

★★★★★
"More magical than the film, this stage version of Frozen is one hot hit" "But whatever we grown-ups may think…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Les Miserables at the Sondheim Theatre (2020)

★★★★★
"The mighty Mis is still revolutionary" "... this 'new staging' of one of the world's longest-running musicals remains fit to…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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Magic Goes Wrong at the Vaudeville Theatre (2020)

★★★★
"The secret of the so-called Wrong Boys’ success is surely that it’s deeply familiar parody, with a twist of Monty…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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The Girl Who Fell at the Trafalgar Theatre (2019)

★★★★
"A sparky, modern show … Rutherford is a fresh voice"
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Come From Away at the Phoenix Theatre (2019)

★★★
"Is this 9/11 musical too hearty?" "It’s based on real-life accounts of how residents on the island of Newfoundland coped…
Patrick Marmion, Daily Mail
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9 to 5 The Musical at the Savoy Theatre (2019)

★★★
"The crowd lapped it up" "McQueen as Doralee (unmistakably the rootin’-tootin’ Dolly Parton role) is the closest thing to stardust…
Luke Jones, Daily Mail
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All About Eve at the Noel Coward Theatre (2019)

★★★★
"Superbly assured, but it's All About gimmicks" "Gimmickry can be fascinating, as when Margo’s face is rapidly aged in a…
Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
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Company at the Gielgud Theatre (2018)

★★★★
"Sondheim revamped with a gender bender twist" "Yet another old show has been warmed up with gender bending." "In places…
Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
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Red at the Wyndham's Theatre (2018)

★★★★
"Red has smashing performances and is directed and designed with great care and skill" "John Logan wrote the edge-of-your-seat film…
Robert Gore-Langton, Daily Mail
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Tina - The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre (2018)

★★★★★
"That voice, I tell you: it could reduce the very citadel of Jericho to rubble" "Adrienne Warren. Dimples to kill.…
Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
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Sister Act The Musical at the London Palladium (2009)

★★
"Hold on to your wimples" "Call me a miserable old monk, but I hated Sister Act"
Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
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Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane (2009)

"It is pointless to say that Sir Cameron Mackintosh has a hit because advance ticket sales are already enormous, but…
Quentin Letts, Daily Mail
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