Best of 2023 - Critic's Picks

Best of the Best London Shows of 2023 – Critic’s Picks

An annual round-up of London theatre critic’s picks of their Best London Shows of 2023.

London theatre critics have spoken! At the every year London’s theatre critics publish their “Best of” lists of what they’ve seen and enjoyed the most in the West End and beyond.

Here’s our tally of the List of Lists, bringing together all of their choices to see which shows really have hit the spot!

This Best of the Best listing will be updated as the critics publish their lists.

Also check out our All Shows playing in London in 2024.

The Best of the Best – Rankings

(Shows with two or more mentions in the Critic’s Picks, listed in alphabetical order)

  • A Mirror, Almeida Theatre London (2)
  • A Streetcar Named Desire, Almeida Theatre / Phoenix Theatre London (4)
  • Boys from the Blackstuff, Royal Court Liverpool (2)
  • Clyde’s, Donmar Warehouse London (3)
  • Dear England, National Theatre / Prince Edward Theatre London (4)
  • Guys and Dolls, Bridge Theatre London (5)
  • Infinite Life, National Theatre London (4)
  • Macbeth, The Depot Liverpool (2)
  • Medea, @Sohoplace London (2)
  • Stranger Things: The First Shadow, Phoenix Theatre London (2)
  • Sunset Boulevard, Savoy Theatre London (2)
  • The Second Woman, The Young Vic London (3)
  • The Witches, National Theatre London (2)
  • Vanya, Duke of York’s Theatre London (3)

Andrzej Lukowski, TimeOut London

  1. Sunset Boulevard, Savoy Theatre London
  2. Guys and Dolls, Bridge Theatre London
  3. Infinite Life, National Theatre London
  4. Vanya, Duke of York’s Theatre London
  5. Tambo & Bones, Theatre Royal Stratford East London
  6. Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Lyric Hammersmith / Theatre Royal Haymarket London
  7. The Witches, National Theatre London
  8. Clyde’s, Donmar Warehouse London
  9. Re-Member Me, Hampstead Theatre London
  10. A Mirror, Almeida Theatre London

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Sam Marlowe, The Stage

  • A Playlist for the Revolution, Bush Theatre London
  • A Streetcar Named Desire, Almeida Theatre / Phoenix Theatre London
  • Crazy for You, Gillian Lynne Theatre London
  • The Effect, National Theatre London
  • Flowers for Mrs Harris, Riverside Studios London
  • Groundhog Day, The Old Vic London
  • Guys and Dolls, The Bridge Theatre London
  • Medea, @Sohoplace London
  • Romeo and Julie, National Theatre London
  • Sunset Boulevard, Savoy Theatre London

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Clive Davis, The Times

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Arifa Akbar, The Guardian

  1. The Second Woman, The Young Vic London
  2. All Right. Good Night, Home Manchester
  3. One Who Wants to Cross, Finborough Theatre London
  4. The Architect, Greenwich + Docklands international festival London
  5. High Steaks, Edinburgh Fringe Festival
  6. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, Barbican Theatre London
  7. Trojan Women, Edinburgh International Festival
  8. Stranger Things: The First Shadow, Phoenix Theatre London
  9. Happy Days, Birmingham Rep
  10. Standing at the Sky’s Edge, National Theatre / Gillian Lynne Theatre London

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Susannah Clapp, The Observer

  1. A Streetcar Named Desire, Almeida Theatre / Phoenix Theatre London
  2. Phaedra, National Theatre London
  3. Guys and Dolls, Bridge Theatre London
  4. Infinite Life, National Theatre London
  5. Alter, Secret location near Milton Keynes
  6. Dear England, National Theatre / Prince Edward Theatre London
  7. A pair of Macbeths: David Tennant & Cush Jumbo in Macbeth at the Donmar Warehouse London; Ralph Fiennes & Indira Varma in Macbeth, The Depot Liverpool
  8. Boys from the Blackstuff, Royal Court Liverpool
  9. Clyde’s, Donmar Warehouse London
  10. Stranger Things: The First Shadow, Phoenix Theatre London

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Fiona Mountford, i News

  1. A Streetcar Named Desire, Almeida Theatre / Phoenix Theatre London
  2. Dear England, National Theatre / Prince Edward Theatre London
  3. Vanya, Duke of York’s Theatre London
  4. Cold War, Almeida Theatre London
  5. Romeo and Juliet, Almeida Theatre London
  6. Macbeth, The Depot Liverpool
  7. Never Have I Ever, Chichester Festival Theatre
  8. The Second Woman, The Young Vic London
  9. Ghosts, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse London
  10. Boys from the Blackstuff, Royal Court Liverpool

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Sarah Crompton, Whatsonstage

  • The Second Woman, Young Vic London
  • Infinite Life, National Theatre London
  • Vanya, Duke of York’s Theatre London
  • Dear England, National Theatre / Prince Edward Theatre London
  • The Motive and the Cue, National Theatre London
  • Medea, @sohoplace London
  • Clyde’s, Donmar Warehouse London
  • No ID, Royal Court London
  • Guys and Dolls, Bridge Theatre London
  • A Streetcar Named Desire, Almeida Theatre / Phoenix Theatre London
  • Death of England: Closing Time, National Theatre London
  • Sleepova, Bush Theatre London
  • A Mirror, Almeida Theatre London
  • Next to Normal, Donmar Warehouse London

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