The latest news, features and reviews from London theatre, opera and dance, from the West End and the National Theatre to the fringe and everything in-between.


Manda Rydman, Anton Graaf, Saara Ahola, Peter Åberg, and Einar Kling-Odencrants, Mats Bäcker


Tilde Björfors (Cirkus Cirkör at Royal Festival Hall).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Twelfth Night,

Twelfth Night

William Shakespeare (Shooting Stars Theatre at Lauderdale House).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Kiki's Delivery Service,

Kiki's Delivery Service

Eiko Kadono adapted for the stage by Jessica Siân (Southwark Playhouse (The Large)).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Kevin R McNally as King Lear, Sirine Saba as Regan, Chris Nayak as Burgundy, Anjana Vasan as Cordelia, Buam Tihngang as France, Burt Caesar as Gloucester, Ralph Davis (above) as Edmund and Faz Singhateh as Corwall, Marc Brenner

King Lear

William Shakespeare (Shakespeare's Globe).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton



Abigail Hood (Southwark Playhouse).
Reviewer: John Johnson

Helen Adie as Barbara and Cradeaux Alexander as Luke, Luxe/Sarah Kelly

Funeral Meats

Cradeaux Alexander (Luxe at King's Head Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Alexander Stutt (Harry) and Elizabeth Donnelly (Raf),


Jack Stanley (White Bear Theatre).
Reviewer: Claire Seymour

Ballot Box,

Ballot Box **

(Tea & Tonic Productions at Paradise in the Vault).
Reviewer: Graeme Strachan

Gloria Williams, Josephine Samson and Brig Bennett, Lara Genovese

Bullet Hole

Gloria Williams (Freedom Tongues & Naiad Productions in association with SundaySurgeryScripts at Etcetera Theatre).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Erina Takahashi and Isaac Hernández as Romeo and Juliet, and Michael Coleman as Friar Lawrence in Nureyev's Romeo & Juliet, Laurent Liotardo

Romeo & Juliet

Choreography Rudolf Nureyev, music Sergei Prokofiev (English National Ballet at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Peter Hamilton Dyer as George Orwell and Cressida Bonas as Mrs Orwell, Samuel Taylor

Mrs Orwell

Tony Cox (Proud Haddock at Old Red Lion).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Towers of Eden

Simon Christian and Melissa Dalton (Outland Theatre Company at The Bread and Roses Theatre).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Lisa Gorgin as Carla and Selina Giles as Heather, Andreas Grieger

The Wasp

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm (Two Shillings and Six Pence Productions in association with Jermyn Street Theatre at Jermyn Street Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton



Gerry Moynihan (Finborough Theatre, Earl’s Court).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Freema Agyeman, Laura Carmichael, Joseph Millson, Desmond Barrit, Stockard Channing in Apologia, Marc Brenner


Alexi Kaye Campbell (Trafalgar Studios).
Reviewer: Vera Liber

Gian Marco Schiaretti as Che Guevara (left) and Kevin Stephen-Jones as Juan Peron (kneeling by Eva's coffin right), Pamela Raith


Lyrics by Tim Rice Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Bill Kenwright at Phoenix Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Ben Gaplin as the Bellman, Will Bryant as the Baker, Jordan Leigh-Harris as the Boy and Polly Smith as Beaver, Simon Annand

The Hunting of the Snark

Written by Annabel Wigoder with music and lyrics by Gareth Cooper (RGM Productions and Alice House Theatre in association with Moya Productions at Vaudeville Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Frank (David Schaal) and Susan.(Karen Ascoe) killing a rabbit, David Monteith-Hodge


Joe Hampson (Celia Dugua in association with Park Theatre at Park Theatre).
Reviewer: Keith Mckenna

Jonny McPherson as Adam Lankester and Philippa Quinn as Georgina Vicary, Tonje Olaussen

Just to Get Married

Cicely Hamilton (Papercut Theatre in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre at Finborough Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Treating Odette,

Treating Odette

Jennifer Selway (Ovation at Upstairs at the Gatehouse).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Faye Marsay, Liz White and Lemn Sissay, Johan Persson


Jim Cartwright (Royal Court Theatre at Royal Court Theatre Downstairs).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Philip's Top 5

Andrew Scott as Hamlet, Angus Wright as Claudius, Juliet Stevenson as Gertrude, Jessica-Brown Findlay as Ophelia and Peter Wight as Polonius, Manuel Harlan


William Shakespeare (Ambassador Theatre Group, Sonia Friedman Productions and the Almeida Theatre at Harold Pinter Theatre).
Reviewer: Howard Loxton

Tony Turner, Bertie Carvel, Geoffrey Freshwater, Richard Coyle, Jack Holden, Tim Steed, Marc Brenner


James Graham (Almeida Theatre).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Laura Donnelly and Paddy Considine, Johan Persson

The Ferryman

Jez Butterworth (Gielgud (reviewed at Royal Court Theatre Downstairs)).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

The Alternative Top 5

Justine Mitchell, Bronwen Sharp


(Vivienne Franzmann at Royal Court Theatre Upstairs).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Matilda the Musical,

Matilda the Musical

Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, book by Dennis Kelly, music and lyrics by Tim Minchin (Royal Shakespeare Company at Cambridge Theatre).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Dawn Sievewright (Fionnula), Frances Mayli McCann (Kylah), Caroline Deyga (Chell), Manuel Harlan

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour

Based on the Novel by Alan Warner, adapted for the stage by Lee Hall (National Theatre of Scotland at Duke of York's Theatre).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

The Cast, Alastair Muir

The Play That Goes Wrong

Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields (Mischief Theatre at Duchess Theatre).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher

Mark Quartley and Simon Russell Beale, Topher McGrillis

The Tempest

William Shakespeare (Royal Shakespeare Company at Barbican Centre).
Reviewer: Philip Fisher


Project Polunin at London Coliseum

Ukrainian ballet star Sergei Polunin’s company Project Polunin will present a mixed programme of new and revived work at the London Coliseum in December 2017.

Vera Liber, 17 August 2017

What Shadows at Park Theatre

Ian McDiarmid to return to the role of MP Enoch Powell in Chris Hannan's What Shadows.

Sheila Connor, 14 August 2017

Zakharova and stars of Bolshoi at London Coliseum

Prima ballerina Svetlana Zakharova, Principal of the Bolshoi Theatre and étoile at La Scala Theatre Ballet, brings her triple bill Amore to the London Coliseum in November.

Vera Liber, 14 August 2017

The new season at Wilton’s Music Hall

Zigger Zagger and The Terrible Infants get anniversary productions whilst Manfred Karge’s Man to Man has its London première this autumn at Wilton’s Music Hall.

Sandra Giorgetti, 13 August 2017

Autumn at Theatre503

At London's Theatre503 artistic director Lisa Spirling directs the award winning In Event Of Moone Disaster by Andrew Thompson in a new season that also includes two world premières and a UK première.

Sandra Giorgetti, 06 August 2017

ENB Giselle extras

English National Ballet has added an additional matinée performance of Akram Khan’s Giselle at Sadler’s Wells.

Vera Liber, 30 July 2017

Improbable’s convention to be “most accessible ever”

Northampton’s Royal and Derngate, The Core at Corby Cube and London's New Diorama Theatre have formed a partnership with Improbable whose 13th annual “unconventional convention” Devoted and Disgruntled will be “its most accessible ever”.

Steve Orme, 30 July 2017