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Alice Jones is the Arts Editor of i, with theatre critics including arts journalist Fiona Mountford.

This page features a selection of star ratings and theatre reviews for West End shows in London from i News.


A View From The Bridge at the Theatre Royal Haymarket (2024)

★★★
"Dominic West’s spark is missing" "Theatre Royal Haymarket's retelling leaves the audience shaken but not moved" "With its pertinent themes…
Isobel Lewis, i News
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Boys From The Blackstuff at the National Theatre / Royal Court Liverpool (2024)

★★★★
"Fans of the TV show will love this resonant update" (Royal Court Theatre Liverpool) "There is enough of Alan Bleasdale’s…
Fran Yeoman, i News
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Hamlet starring Eddie Izzard at the Riverside Studios (2024)

★★
"Eddie Izzard’s shallow vanity project fails to impress" "Izzard skips gamely about the stage playing all the characters, but Hamlet's…
Fiona Mountford, i News
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Romeo & Juliet at the Duke of York's Theatre (2024)

★★★
"Tom Holland fans may regret forking out £275" "Francesca Amewudah-Rivers is a radiant Juliet, but the strange speaking style and…
Fiona Mountford, i News
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Passing Strange at the The Young Vic (2024)

★★★★
"Passing Strange is unlike any musical I’ve seen before" "Giles Terera stars in a show that's more like a gig…
Fiona Mountford, i News
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Fawlty Towers The Play at the Apollo Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"John Cleese has recreated the magic" "I went in sceptical - and emerged two hours later, giddily and delightfully weak…
Fiona Mountford, i News
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People, Places and Things at the Trafalgar Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Denise Gough is unmissable once again" "Taking on the role of spiraling actress and drug addict Emma for a third…
Fiona Mountford, i News
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Spirited Away at the London Coliseum (2024)

★★★★
"I was enchanted by Miyazaki’s magic" "A stage adaptation of the Studio Ghibli film is weird, stylish and wonderful" "Director…
Fiona Mountford, i News
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Love's Labour's Lost at the RSC, Stratford-upon-Avon (2024)

★★★★
"Luke Thompson... a joyous performance of considerable charisma" "An audacious new dawn at the RSC begins" "A notably bright and…
Fiona Mountford, i News
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Player Kings at the Noel Coward Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Sir Ian McKellen’s energy is astounding" "As Falstaff, the 85-year-old actor sustains Robert Icke's challenging new four-hour adaptation of Shakespeare's…
Fiona Mountford, i News
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Long Day’s Journey Into Night at the Wyndham's Theatre (2024)

★★★
"Brian Cox is out-acted by Patricia Clarkson" "This production of Eugene O’Neill’s unflinching modern classic feels every one of its…
Fiona Mountford, i News
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MJ The Musical at the Prince Edward Theatre (2024)

★★★
"Myles Frost is an eerily good Michael Jackson" "From the opening seconds of Frost’s astonishing performance, we understand that we…
Fiona Mountford, i News
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Opening Night: A New Musical at the Gielgud Theatre (2024)

"Sheridan Smith is better than this self-indulgent twaddle" "Rufus Wainwright and Ivo Van Hove's misguided musical is bewilderingly terrible on…
Fiona Mountford, i News
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Standing at the Sky's Edge at the Gillian Lynne Theatre & National Theatre (2024)

★★★★★
"Richard Hawley’s perfect love letter to Sheffield" (National Theatre) "This stylish production set on the iconic Park Hill estate is…
Fiona Mountford, i News
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The Human Body at the Donmar Warehouse (2024)

★★★★
"Keeley Hawes blazes with emotion" "What do you get if you cross Brief Encounter with the story of the NHS…
Fiona Mountford, i News
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The Merchant of Venice 1936 at the Criterion Theatre / Watford Palace (2024)

★★★★
"Tracy-Ann Oberman’s sharp study of antisemitism" (Wilton's Music Hall) "In the current geopolitical climate, Shakespeare's 400-year-old play could not be…
Fiona Mountford, i News
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Hadestown at the Lyric Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Unlike any musical I have seen before" "Lay aside all your preconceptions about Greek myth and musical theatre and allow…
Fiona Mountford, i News
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An Enemy of the People at the Duke of York's Theatre (2024)

★★
"Matt Smith can’t save this dreary thump of a play" "It's hard to sympathise with his self-righteous monomaniac in Thomas…
Fiona Mountford, i News
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The Picture of Dorian Gray at the Theatre Royal Haymarket (2024)

★★★★★
"Sarah Snook dazzles on every possible level" "Andrew Scott in last year’s one-man Vanya was magnificent, but this performance is…
Fiona Mountford, i News
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Just For One Day at the The Old Vic theatre (2024)

★★★
"Live Aid didn’t need to be a musical, but this is a joy" "This Old Vic production is toe-tapping, despite…
Fiona Mountford, i News
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The Hills of California at the Harold Pinter Theatre (2024)

★★★★
"Jez Butterworth’s drama is rich but unconvincing" "This family story has its flaws, but the West End is better for…
Fiona Mountford, i News
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