Theatre Reviews

Our verdict on the latest theatre releases.

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change – review

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change – review

Lots of laughs and wonderful moments, from this great musical comedy.

Annie Get Your Gun review

Annie Get Your Gun review

Jonathan Wilkes leads the new touring production.

The Play That Goes Wrong review

The Play That Goes Wrong review

The cutting-edge farce crashes into Leeds Grand Theatre.

Fashion Victim – The Musical! review

Fashion Victim – The Musical! review

We were expecting a lot more from the show.

Carousel review

Carousel review

Stylish revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic in which Gemma Sutton shines brightest.

Rock of Ages review

Rock of Ages review

Witty jukebox musical stops in Bromley during regional tour.

Ghosts review

Ghosts review

A truly mesmersing performance and production by all involved.

The Trials of Oscar Wilde review

The Trials of Oscar Wilde review

Moving play about the downfall of a genius in major UK tour.

Betty Blue Eyes review

Betty Blue Eyes review

West Yorkshire Playhouse stages Alan Bennett's musical comedy based on A Private Function.

Bad Boys of Dance – Rock The Ballet review

Bad Boys of Dance – Rock The Ballet review

An attempt to modernise ballet leaves us unimpressed.

Tristram Shandy – Conception, Cock & Bull review

Tristram Shandy – Conception, Cock & Bull review

Tristram Shandy is given a 21st century stand-up adaptation.

Things We Do For Love review

Things We Do For Love review

Natalie Imbruglia makes her stage debut in Alan Ayckbourn's black comedy.

Untold Stories review

Untold Stories review

Reece Dinsdale is Alan Bennett in a double-bill comprising Cocktail Sticks and Hymn.

The Flying Roast Goose review

The Flying Roast Goose review

A moving tale of one woman and her pet goose in Japanese-occupied Hong Kong, told with

Hamlet review

Hamlet review

Hamlet transposed from Elsinore to a Liverpool prison? Yes, and it’s brutal and effective.

The Life of the Party review

The Life of the Party review

Andrew Lippa brings an entertaining revue to the intimate Chocolate Mernier Factory.

Last of the Duty Free review

Last of the Duty Free review

A stage revival of the popular 80s sitcom starring Keith Barron.

Enjoy review

Enjoy review

Alan Bennett's progressive 1980s drama is revived by the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Derren Brown – Infamous review

Derren Brown – Infamous review

We spend an incredible evening at the Blackpool Opera House.

In the Heights review

In the Heights review

Exhilirating UK premiere of American musical impresses at Southwark Playhouse.

Bash Latterday Plays review

Bash Latterday Plays review

A connected trilogy of early Neil LaBute monologues brought to life at Trafalgar Studios.

Ushers: The Front of House Musical review

Ushers: The Front of House Musical review

Short and snappy production that deserves big success.

Fleabag review

Fleabag review

A one-woman show from Phoebe Waller-Bridge that provides plenty of laughs at the Soho Theatre.

Rags the Musical in Concert review

Rags the Musical in Concert review

One-off musical concert raises money for homelessness charity Centrepoint,

Safe Sex and On Tidy Endings review

Safe Sex and On Tidy Endings review

UK premiere of bittersweet AIDS stories from the writer of La Cages aux Folles.

Gandini Juggling Smashed review

Gandini Juggling Smashed review

Comic Juggling show is part of Udderbelly Festival on London’s Southbank.

A Spoonful of Sherman review

A Spoonful of Sherman review

From Mary Poppins to the Jungle Book - a celebration of beloved Sherman songs.

Tonight’s The Night review

Tonight’s The Night review

Rod Stewart's greatest hits are the inspiration for this musical.

An August Bank Holiday Lark review

An August Bank Holiday Lark review

Northern Broadsides in partnership with the New Vic Theatre tour a new play about the effects

Three Sisters review

Three Sisters review

Disappointing and problematic new version of a Chekhov classic that Paul McGann almost rescues.

Pygmalion review

Pygmalion review

Bernard Shaw's celebrated and inspirational comedy arrives at The Grand Theatre Leeds.

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels review

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels review

Lindsay, Kingsley & Hound delight in this hilarious take on the classic.

Dial M For Murder review

Dial M For Murder review

The classic story is brought to the stage in a new UK tour.

Spring Awakening review

Spring Awakening review

Frank Wedekind's play of teenage anxiety is adapted in a bold new version by Any Reiss.

The Dishwashers review

The Dishwashers review

Exceptional absurdist theatre starring David Essex and Rik Makarem.

Richard III review

Richard III review

Shakespeare's bloody tale of the tyrant king plays at the Blue Elephant.

Of Mice and Men review

Of Mice and Men review

John Steinbeck's controversial novella is adapted for stage at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Ghost Stories review

Ghost Stories review

A genuinely scary night out in the West End.

Eat Pray Laugh review

Eat Pray Laugh review

Barry Humphries' farewell tour makes a triumphant stop at The Grand Theatre Leeds.

Blaze review

Blaze review

An enjoyable show but by no means ground-breaking.

See How They Run review

See How They Run review

A classic farce forms the inaugural Reduced Height Theatre Company show.

The Final Revelation of Sherlock Holmes review

The Final Revelation of Sherlock Holmes review

As Sherlock Holmes reaches the end of his career, he manages to surprise Watson a few

The Fat Man’s Wife review

The Fat Man’s Wife review

The UK debut of an early Tennessee Williams one-act play.

Moon on a Rainbow Shawl review

Moon on a Rainbow Shawl review

Errol John's award winning play is presented at West Yorkshire Playhouse by Talawa Theatre Company.

In Skagway review

In Skagway review

Fading fame and the end of the gold rush merge in a new play at the

DRUNK review

DRUNK review

An intoxicating fusion of dance and musical theatre from the McOnie Company.

The Play That Goes Wrong review

The Play That Goes Wrong review

The farcical show embarks on a tour of the UK.

One Night With Joan review

One Night With Joan review

A night in the company of the iconic star.

Some Girl I Used To Know review

Some Girl I Used To Know review

Denise Van Outen's one-woman musical opens at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story review

Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story review

The tragic rock ’n’ roll star’s life is given superficial treatment in the touring musical.

Half A Person: My Life As Told By The Smiths review

Half A Person: My Life As Told By The Smiths review

The show makes its debut in London following various UK performances.

A World Elsewhere review

A World Elsewhere review

Times, they are a'changin' at Theatre503.

Songs of Solidarity, Suffrage & Strength review

Songs of Solidarity, Suffrage & Strength review

Leeds-based Theatre Company Red Ladder present an evening of song and suffrage.

Shang-A-Lang review

Shang-A-Lang review

A great slice of nostalgic comedy.

Kindertransport review

Kindertransport review

A moving play about the break up of families during the Holocaust.

Faster Higher Stronger Straighter review

Faster Higher Stronger Straighter review

An impassioned defence of love, and a clarion call to celebrate it.

From Here To Eternity: The Musical review

From Here To Eternity: The Musical review

The iconic story is brought to the West End but is it any good?

Singular Sensations – Patricia Routledge review

Singular Sensations – Patricia Routledge review

The popular actress participated in a one-on-one interview to a packed house.

Oedipus Retold review

Oedipus Retold review

A retelling of the classic tale and a biting satire on religion combine to offer great

Lost Boy review

Lost Boy review

A unique musical inspired by Peter Pan.

Happy Days: A New Musical review

Happy Days: A New Musical review

Heidi Range makes her musical theatre debut in this new production.

Portia review

Portia review

A one-woman show about the life of a jobbing actor hits all the right notes.

The Jungle Book review

The Jungle Book review

Rudyard Kipling's classic tale is adapted in a bold new play for Christmas.

Jack and the Beanstalk review

Jack and the Beanstalk review

The rock 'n roll pantomime shoots into City Varieties.

The Upstanding Member review

The Upstanding Member review

Well-crafted farce with political overtones plays at the Old Red Lion.

The Shape of Things review

The Shape of Things review

A slick production with some good performances.

Cinderella review

Cinderella review

A panto that proves a festive treat for all the family. Oh yes it does!

Dick Comes Again review

Dick Comes Again review

A pantomime for adults at the Leicester Square Theatre proves an evening of smutty fun!

Ernest review

Ernest review

A fast and fun musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde's best-loved play.

The Anatomy of Melancholy

The Anatomy of Melancholy

An Elizabethan treatise on the human condition is turned into an unlikely but compulsive theatre show.

The Merchant of Venice review

The Merchant of Venice review

Lazarus Theatre Company present a strong take on Shakespeare's play told with visual flair.

The Lady’s Not For Walking Like an Egyptian

The Lady’s Not For Walking Like an Egyptian

A comedic examination of 80s and Thatcherism at Ovalhouse.

Sandpits Avenue & League of St George review

Sandpits Avenue & League of St George review

The Hope Theatre in Islington is new on the scene. This is their first production.

The Commitments review

The Commitments review

A fun show that excels due to its cast and music.

Picasso is Coming… Ce Soir review

Picasso is Coming… Ce Soir review

A funny and unusual one-man show.

Passing By review

Passing By review

A timely and poignant revival of a modern classic arrives at the Tristan Bates Theatre.

Secret Theatre review

Secret Theatre review

Secret Theatre has been a New York and LA sensation and has now travelled over to

People review

People review

Alan Bennett's acclaimed new comedy arrives in the writer's home town of Leeds.

Macbeth of Fire and Ice review

Macbeth of Fire and Ice review

A gory tale at the Arcola that mixes the Bard with Norse mythology and music.

An Afternoon with Sir Roger Moore review

An Afternoon with Sir Roger Moore review

The legendary film star launches his one man show in Yorkshire.

The Nutcracker on Ice review

The Nutcracker on Ice review

Dazzling show from the Imperial Ice Stars.

BLAM! review

BLAM! review

An unusual production with some great parts, although we were expecting more.

Coward review

Coward review

A new play imagines the playwright at home, slowly seducing a young actor desperate for work.

Thriller Live 2000th performance review

Thriller Live 2000th performance review

The hit show celebrates its 2000th performance.

My Generation review

My Generation review

Uninspiring play at the WYPH.

An Evening With Pam Ayres review

An Evening With Pam Ayres review

The legendary broadcaster in her one-woman show.

Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street review

Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street review

Sondheim's gory classic comes to Leeds.

Golden Child review

Golden Child review

A story about changes in Chinese culture over the generations.

Cirque Eloize iD review

Cirque Eloize iD review

Spectacle at Sadler's Wells.

The Spanish Tragedy review

The Spanish Tragedy review

Thomas Kyd's original revenge tragedy brought vividly to life by Lazarus Theatre Company.

Let It Be review

Let It Be review

The greatest hits of the Fab Four played live on stage.

Spamalot review

Spamalot review

Musical lovingly ripped off from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Land of our Fathers review

Land of our Fathers review

Brilliant piece of new writing at the innovative Theatre503.

Siro-A review

Siro-A review

Japanese fun at Leicester Square Theatre.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers review

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers review

Good rendition of a family favourite goes on tour.

Another Way review

Another Way review

New play at the Cockpit Theatre

The Ugly Sisters review

The Ugly Sisters review

New take on an old fairytale.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream review

A Midsummer Night’s Dream review

Shakespeare's tale told as a ballet.

Gotta Sing Gotta Dance review

Gotta Sing Gotta Dance review

A fun evening of the greatest musical hits.

The Speed Twins review

The Speed Twins review

Exceptional piece of new writing and a gloriously funny play.

I’m With The Band

I’m With The Band

A play with songs about an indie band in trouble is not without its charms.

Soul Sister review

Soul Sister review

New musical about Ike and Tina Turner hits all the right notes.

Warde Street review

Warde Street review

Thought-provoking new play about religion is part of the Camden Fringe.

The Miller’s Wife review

The Miller’s Wife review

Former G4 star Mike Christie debuts his first opera.

The Pride review

The Pride review

A powerful, dark and emotion driven play.

The Tragedy of Mariam review

The Tragedy of Mariam review

Lazarus' seldom-staged Jacobean piece by female author.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Musical review

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The Musical review

A stunning stage version of the classic Roald Dahl story.

As Is review

As Is review

Funny and poignant play about the AIDS epidemic in New York City.

Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens review

Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens review

The bonkers show crashes into London.

Alice in Wonderland review

Alice in Wonderland review

A quirky and alternative West End night out and a whole lot of fun!

Titanic The Musical review

Titanic The Musical review

Classy, dynamic and dazzling - go and see this show!!

Still Life & Red Peppers review

Still Life & Red Peppers review

A Noël Coward double-bill of shorts at the Old Red Lion Theatre.

WAG! The Musical review

WAG! The Musical review

Frivolous (sometimes) fun in musical form at the Charing Cross Theatre.

Noises Off review

Noises Off review

The Old Vic brings Frayn's famous farce to the Leeds Grand Theatre.

Crashed review

Crashed review

A UFO lands in a car park. You are invited to a tour.

Skin Tight review

Skin Tight review

A poignant and intense play at Park90.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat review

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat review

Classic Tim Rice and Lloyd Webber collaboration arrives at Leeds Grand Theatre.

Los Vivancos – review

Los Vivancos – review

Seven stunning brothers, in a show of incredible talent

Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical review

Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical review

Jason Donovan stars in musical adaptation of cult film favourite.

Julius Caesar review

Julius Caesar review

Open air production of Shakespeare's Roman historical in the heart of London.

Our Share of Tomorrow review

Our Share of Tomorrow review

One act play of love and loss at Theatre503.

Four Farces review

Four Farces review

Quality lowbrow Victorian entertainment played at full throttle.

The Nightmare Dreamer review

The Nightmare Dreamer review

Nightmares are explored at the Blue Elephant Theatre.

Ghost The Musical review

Ghost The Musical review

High-technology musical of romantic thriller hits Leeds Grand Theatre.

Birds of a Feather review

Birds of a Feather review

The classic comedy is revived in a hilarious stage production.

Blood Wedding review

Blood Wedding review

Lorca’s 1933 tragedy Blood Wedding is playing at Waterloo East Theatre, presented by Hiraeth Artistic Productions

Thatcherwrite Review

Thatcherwrite Review

An evening of short plays and poems about Margaret Thatcher and her legacy.

After The Rainfall review

After The Rainfall review

Curious Directive's bold drama arrives at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Birdsong review

Birdsong review

An intelligent and sensitively written production.

The Rocky Horror Show review

The Rocky Horror Show review

Cult seventies rock 'n roll musical hits Yorkshire.

Blair’s Children review

Blair’s Children review

Emotionally and thematically strong new writing with great performances.

Boy’s Life review

Boy’s Life review

A very cool and edgy play, that is painfully and hilariously accurate to real life.

Blind Date review

Blind Date review

Improvised dating show proves enjoyable comedy.

The Rocky Horror Show review

The Rocky Horror Show review

Richard O'Brien's sci-fi rock opera comes to Bromley.

9 to 5: The Musical review

9 to 5: The Musical review

Musical inspired by Dolly Parton's hits arrives at The Leeds Grand Theatre.

Sherlock Holmes – The Best Kept Secret review

Sherlock Holmes – The Best Kept Secret review

The world's most famous detective appears in a new production at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

King Lear review

King Lear review

A vivid and unique telling of Shakespeare's tragedy.

Once review

Once review

A subtle but daring new musical.

Avenue Q review

Avenue Q review

A very funny production of the global smash hit.

Limbo review

Limbo review

A thrilling display of remarkable talents.

Velma Celli – Live At The Hippodrome review

Velma Celli – Live At The Hippodrome review

A solid night of entertainment from the drag artist.

Hutch review

Hutch review

Musical using the songs of Cole Porter detailing the life of Leslie Hutchinson.

The Victorian in the Wall review

The Victorian in the Wall review

Quirky, heart-warming comedy from Fuel.

Dido, Queen of Carthage review

Dido, Queen of Carthage review

A faithful but modern take on this classic story.

ZooNation’s Some Like It Hip Hop review

ZooNation’s Some Like It Hip Hop review

There's something for everyone in this amazing production.

Rooms – A Rock Romance review

Rooms – A Rock Romance review

One of the best-kept secrets currently in London.

The School For Scandal review

The School For Scandal review

Richard Sheridan's classic satire brought to life at Waterloo East.

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice review

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice review

Jim Cartwright's classic northern comedy reaches Bromley.

The Full Monty review

The Full Monty review

Adaptation of a Northern film favourite checks in and strips off in Leeds.

Buerk! The Newsical review

Buerk! The Newsical review

An unexpected and bonkers comedy musical about Michael Buerk.

Bare The Rock Musical review

Bare The Rock Musical review

A talented cast lead this remarkable new production.

Verdi’s Ballo. (A Masked Ball) review

Verdi’s Ballo. (A Masked Ball) review

A gripping and entertaining production.

The Life of Stuff review

The Life of Stuff review

Welcome revival of Simon Donald's classic at Theatre503.

California Lives review

California Lives review

Three monologues at the King's Head Theatre.

Doktor Glas review

Doktor Glas review

Swedish star Krister Henriksson's powerful West End debut.

Love vs Hate review

Love vs Hate review

Too many characters is the downfall of this double-bill.

Joan Collins – One Night With Joan Collins, Leicester Square Theatre review

Joan Collins – One Night With Joan Collins, Leicester Square Theatre review

The icon hosts her own one woman show.

Money The Game Show review

Money The Game Show review

Unlimited Theatre's radically immersive game show hits West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Save The Last Dance For Me review

Save The Last Dance For Me review

Jukebox musical spins the hits of a bygone era of Rock 'n Roll.

Quasimodo review

Quasimodo review

Lionel Bart's previously unperformed musical.

You and Me review

You and Me review

Sweet and absurd comedy.

Maurice’s Jubilee review

Maurice’s Jubilee review

The poignant production hits all the right marks.

The Play That Goes Wrong review

The Play That Goes Wrong review

Hilarious physical comedy piece from Mischief Theatre.

Driving Miss Daisy review

Driving Miss Daisy review

Gwen Taylor and Don Warrington star in the classic play.

Refugee Boy review

Refugee Boy review

Benjamin Zephaniah's novel is newly adapted for the stage.

Leslie Jordan – Fruit Fly review

Leslie Jordan – Fruit Fly review

The raconteur asks - do gay men become their mothers?

Burn The Floor review

Burn The Floor review

Robin Windsor and Kristina Rihanoff lead the spectacular dance show.

The Mousetrap review

The Mousetrap review

Britain's longest running show celebrates diamond anniversary with a national tour.

Singin’ in the Rain – Royal Albert Hall Live review

Singin’ in the Rain – Royal Albert Hall Live review

Screening of the classic movie to a live orchestra.

Making Dickie Happy review

Making Dickie Happy review

Witty comedy with a 1920s setting that pits Coward against Christie.

Oedipus review

Oedipus review

Lazarus Theatre Company's latest classic production.

Doctor Faustus review

Doctor Faustus review

The West Yorkshire Playhouse reinvents Chrisopher Marlowe's dark classic.

The Deep Space review

The Deep Space review

A challenging and well-crafted production.

Waiting for Lefty review

Waiting for Lefty review

Edgy political play reverberates now at the White Bear.

The Secret Garden in Concert review

The Secret Garden in Concert review

The production is hampered by the intimacy of its venue.

Abigail’s Party review

Abigail’s Party review

Mike Leigh's classic gets top-notch touring production.

The Cabinet of Dr Caligari Review

The Cabinet of Dr Caligari Review

Ingenious stage adaptation of a classic horror film.

L’Elisir D’Amore review

L’Elisir D’Amore review

Something didn't quite work for us in this new production.

Fiesta (The Sun Also Rises)

Fiesta (The Sun Also Rises)

Hemingway's Spain recreated on stage.

Romeo + Juliet review

Romeo + Juliet review

Zoe Ford directs a triumphant performance of the classic story.

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs review

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs review

Theatre that will change the way you look at your iPhone...

Strictly Come Dancing live The O2 Arena review

Strictly Come Dancing live The O2 Arena review

We enjoyed the ballroom glamour at London's O2 Arena.

Thriller – Live review

Thriller – Live review

Michael Jackson tribute show disappoints.

The Dreamer Examines His Pillow review

The Dreamer Examines His Pillow review

John Patrick Shanley's intense play from Lightning Jar.

Lady Windermere’s Fan review

Lady Windermere’s Fan review

A mixed bag for a revival of an old classic.

Taboo review

Taboo review

Boy George's musical impresses in Brixton.

Hancock’s Half Hour – The Lost Episodes review

Hancock’s Half Hour – The Lost Episodes review

Short, snappy and sweet production for fans of Hancock.

A Christmas Carol review

A Christmas Carol review

Horslen and Risebero bring their new production to London.

Honk! review

Honk! review

Stiles and Drewe's musical is fun for the family.

The Happy Journey To Trenton And Camden & The Long Christmas Dinner review

The Happy Journey To Trenton And Camden & The Long Christmas Dinner review

Hit and miss Wilder at the King's Head.

The Three Musketeers review

The Three Musketeers review

A festive retelling of a classic story.

The Wind In The Willows review

The Wind In The Willows review

Alan Bennett's classic adaptation takes Leeds by storm.

Seussical review

Seussical review

Dr Seuss play reviewed.

American Idiot review

American Idiot review

Green Day's musical.

A Christmas Carol review

A Christmas Carol review

Dominic Gerrard's one-man show of Dickens' winter classic.

A Christmas Carol review

A Christmas Carol review

Simon Callow stars in Dickens' classic.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream review

A Midsummer Night’s Dream review

Lazarus Theatre Company's winter take on Shakespeare.

Spamalot review

Spamalot review

We review the celebrated Monty Python musical.

Sweet Smell of Success review

Sweet Smell of Success review

Period musical at the Arcola Theatre

A Winter’s Tale review

A Winter’s Tale review

Howard Goodall's musical take on Shakespeare's classic.

As You Like It review

As You Like It review

Lazarus Theatre Company's 1980s-period Shakespearean comedy.

Victor/Victoria review

Victor/Victoria review

Golden era Hollywood at the Southwark Playhouse.

The Hatpin review

The Hatpin review

European debut for Australian musical.

Loot review

Loot review

Joe Orton's macabre comedy revived, unlike the corpse.

Iphigenia in Aulis review

Iphigenia in Aulis review

Lazarus Theatre Company's telling of a Greek tragedy.

What You Will review

What You Will review

Charming Roger Rees one-man show

Occupied

Occupied

Now playing at Battersea’s Theatre 503, Occupied is a dark, humorous drama about immigration, prejudice and identity. Writer

Yes, Prime Minister review

Yes, Prime Minister review

Hilarious political farce.

Someone to Blame review

Someone to Blame review

True-life story of the wrongful conviction of Sam Hallam.

King Lear review

King Lear review

Lazarus Theatre Company's Shakespearean tragedy.

Denial review

Denial review

Arnold Wesker's powerful play about repressed memory.

The Women of Troy review

The Women of Troy review

Lazarus Theatre Company's all-female version of Euripides' tragedy.

Love, Question Mark review

Love, Question Mark review

Our favourite theatre show of 2011.

Buerk! The Newsical review

Buerk! The Newsical review

A comedy musical about the career of a much-loved 80s newsreader.