Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

UK / West End Theater Reviews


BWW Review: THE POLTERGEIST, Southwark Playhouse Photo BWW Review: THE POLTERGEIST, Southwark Playhouse
by Shane Morgan - November 21, 2020

Playwright Philip Ridley is known for his menace, his verbal gymnastics and the bleak lens through which he observes the world his characters inhabit. There can be no better set of tools or writer to implement them when it comes to a painfully uncomfortable family birthday that unearths childhood st...
BWW Review: LES MISERABLES - THE STAGED CONCERT: THE SENSATIONAL 2020 LIVE RECORDING Photo BWW Review: LES MISERABLES - THE STAGED CONCERT: THE SENSATIONAL 2020 LIVE RECORDING
by Jenny Ell - November 20, 2020

Today marks the release of Les Miserables – The Staged Concert: The Sensational 2020 Live Recording. In its 35th year, the musical remains as electric as ever....
BWW Review: 'WHAT I LOVE' WITH RUSSELL BRAND, Podcast Photo BWW Review: 'WHAT I LOVE' WITH RUSSELL BRAND, Podcast
by Aliya Al-Hassan - November 19, 2020

The latest interview between acclaimed director Ian Rickson and members of the arts community has just dropped. Russell Brand has been a frequently controversial public figure; a comedian, presenter, actor and now a podcast host and advocate for awareness about mental health....
BWW Review: MARRY ME A LITTLE, Streaming Online, The Barn Theatre Photo BWW Review: MARRY ME A LITTLE, Streaming Online, The Barn Theatre
by Fiona Scott - November 19, 2020

Marry Me A Little, starring Celinde Schoenmaker and Rob Houchen, opened at The Barn Theatre in Cirencester on 16 October during that golden window of opportunity for socially-distanced indoor theatre performances. Unfortunately, their run was cut short by a few days due to a second national lockdown...
BWW Review: ROYAL BALLET LIVE: WITHIN THE GOLDEN HOUR, Royal Opera House Photo BWW Review: ROYAL BALLET LIVE: WITHIN THE GOLDEN HOUR, Royal Opera House
by Vikki Jane Vile - November 17, 2020

This latest gala from the Royal Ballet had been planned to be performed in front of a live and appreciative audience, drinking in their first in-person, post lockdown performance. Alas, the stars did not align, but the tenacity of the Opera house team means this “all guns blazing” display is still a...
BWW Review: L'ENFANT ET LES SORTILÈGES, VOPERA Photo BWW Review: L'ENFANT ET LES SORTILÈGES, VOPERA
by Gary Naylor - November 16, 2020

Seeing so accomplished and engaging a production as this (VOPERA's first to boot), a genuine question arises - is the socially-distanced, digitally distributed show no longer merely a stopgap, an ersatz simulacrum, but a new art form in itself?...
BWW Review: TITLE OF SHOW, London Coliseum Photo BWW Review: TITLE OF SHOW, London Coliseum
by Caroline Cronin - November 12, 2020

Not since the Landor production in 2013 has the UK seen a professional production of Title of Show, the self-referential musical by Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell about two struggling writers in New York who decided to write an original musical for the New York Musical Theatre Festival. But joyfully, La...
BWW Review: EMILIA, Online Photo BWW Review: EMILIA, Online
by Fiona Scott - November 11, 2020

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm penned the now three-time Olivier Award-winning play, Emilia, which tells her story. It premiered at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2018 under the direction of Nicole Charles. The production then transferred to the West End and played the Vaudeville Theatre in 2019. An archive recording...
BWW Review: THEATRE IN TIMES OF CRISIS, Methuen Drama, Bloomsbury Photo BWW Review: THEATRE IN TIMES OF CRISIS, Methuen Drama, Bloomsbury
by Fiona Scott - November 10, 2020

The release of Dom O’Hanlon’s Theatre in Times of Crisis: 20 Scenes for the Stage in Troubled Times is certainly timely, even without COVID. Written in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the collection of twenty play excerpts compiled by the Senior Commissioning Editor of Methuen Drama explores t...
BWW Review: 15 HEROINES, Jermyn Street Theatre Online Photo BWW Review: 15 HEROINES, Jermyn Street Theatre Online
by Louise Penn - November 09, 2020

15 Heroines is a major new digital project by Jermyn Street Theatre in collaboration with Digital Theatre Plus. Taking Ovid’s Heroides as inspiration they reach back across thousands of years and into the cultures of the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and Africa, the heroines are rehabilitated and ...
BWW Review: THE DEFINITIVE SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC 2020 CAST RECORDING OF MARY POPPINS L Photo BWW Review: THE DEFINITIVE SUPERCALIFRAGILISTIC 2020 CAST RECORDING OF MARY POPPINS Live At The Prince Edward Theatre
by Jenny Ell - November 06, 2020

The release of the brand new 2020 Mary Poppins cast recording could not have come along at a better time. We have just entered into a second national lockdown, which has meant that some theatres starting to get back on their feet have had the rug pulled out from under them again. Spirits are low, un...
BWW Review: 'WHAT I LOVE' WITH SONIA FRIEDMAN, Podcast Photo BWW Review: 'WHAT I LOVE' WITH SONIA FRIEDMAN, Podcast
by Aliya Al-Hassan - November 06, 2020

In the next episode of the podcast series What I Love, acclaimed director Ian Rickson meets international theatre producer Sonia Friedman, who chooses a favourite song, film and piece of writing to highlight what we are all in danger of losing. Friedman began in the theatre as a dresser, working ...
BWW Review: 'WHAT I LOVE' WITH BEN WHISHAW, Podcast Photo BWW Review: 'WHAT I LOVE' WITH BEN WHISHAW, Podcast
by Aliya Al-Hassan - November 04, 2020

What I Love is a brand new podcast series from Storyglass. Created and hosted by celebrated British theatre director Ian Rickson, interviews are conducted on the empty stages of some of Britain's most iconic theatres, shut down due to the pandemic. Here, he meets a variety of actors, performers and ...
BWW Review: WHAT A CARVE UP!, Online Photo BWW Review: WHAT A CARVE UP!, Online
by Anthony Walker-Cook - November 02, 2020

At a time when live theatre has again been yanked from our grasp, the joint efforts of The Barn Theatre, The New Wolsey Theatre and The Lawrence Batley theatre to produce an adaptation of Jonathan Coe’s What a Carve Up! is a welcome tonic amidst such ever-darkening days....
BWW Review: THE THEATRE CHANNEL EPISODE 2 Photo BWW Review: THE THEATRE CHANNEL EPISODE 2
by Eleni Cashell - November 01, 2020

This Halloween-themed episode features Aimie Atkinson, Linzi Hateley, Sophie Isaacs, Bradley Jaden, Ria Jones, Josh Piterman, Jordan Shaw and Trevor Dion Nicholas singing tracks from shows including Beetlejuice, The Rocky Horror Show and Carrie....
BWW Review: 'What I Love' Podcast with Kae Tempest and Cush Jumbo Photo BWW Review: 'What I Love' Podcast with Kae Tempest and Cush Jumbo
by Maya Bowles - October 31, 2020

This week, Storyglass released the first three episodes of their new podcast, What I Love, hosted by former artistic director of the Royal Court, Ian Rickson. In each episode, Rickson speaks with a different artist about three of their cultural treasures – a film, a poem, and a song. The interviews ...
BWW Review: THE BARREN AUTHOR, Spiteful Puppet Photo BWW Review: THE BARREN AUTHOR, Spiteful Puppet
by Gary Naylor - October 30, 2020

The infamous Baron Munchausen is updated for our times, given voice by Richard O'Brien who revels in recounting outrageous, outlandish stories....
BWW Review: EDUCATING RITA, Rose Theatre Photo BWW Review: EDUCATING RITA, Rose Theatre
by Aliya Al-Hassan - October 30, 2020

After a curtailed tour and a sold-out run at Cornwall’s Minack Theatre, Willy Russell’s beautifully poignant Educating Rita now comes to the Rose Theatre for its first performances inside a theatre in a Covid-restricted world. A bittersweet and very funny production; it has been worth the wait....
BWW Review: THE LADY OF THE CAMELLIAS, Bolshoi Ballet in Cinemas Photo BWW Review: THE LADY OF THE CAMELLIAS, Bolshoi Ballet in Cinemas
by Aliya Al-Hassan - October 29, 2020

After a beautifully lyrical version of Romeo and Juliet, Russia’s Bolshoi Ballet returns to our cinema screens on November 1 with a highly emotional version of John Neumeier’s Lady of the Camellias. Created in 1979 for the Stuttgart Ballet, the Bolshoi has been performing this intensely poignant pie...
BWW Review: UNCLE VANYA, Harold Pinter Theatre, Cinema Broadcast Photo BWW Review: UNCLE VANYA, Harold Pinter Theatre, Cinema Broadcast
by Eleni Cashell - October 28, 2020

Uncle Vanya was one of many West End shows that saw their run abruptly cut short when COVID-19 hit. But, with their set still up at the Harold Pinter Theatre, back in August the show was performed once again, this time to cameras instead of an audience, allowing Uncle Vanya to have a nationwide cine...
BWW Review: THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND, Lockdown Theatre on Zoom Photo BWW Review: THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND, Lockdown Theatre on Zoom
by Aliya Al-Hassan - October 26, 2020

Sunday evening saw a very different kind of Zoom call. In aid of The Royal Theatrical Fund, Lockdown Theatre presented another excellent performance; Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound, featuring an absolutely stellar cast who performed the play as a live table read over Zoom....
BWW Review: HOW TO BUILD A SUPERTOWER, BBC Sounds Photo BWW Review: HOW TO BUILD A SUPERTOWER, BBC Sounds
by Gary Naylor - October 25, 2020

Max wants to play in the big league and a London supertower may be just the thing after all those condos down in Miami - but if you swim with sharks, you might get bitten....
BWW Review: NEXT THING YOU KNOW, The Garden Theatre At The Eagle Photo BWW Review: NEXT THING YOU KNOW, The Garden Theatre At The Eagle
by Bella Bevan - October 25, 2020

The third show to run at the open-air The Garden Theatre at The Eagle - now with outdoor heating - is Next Thing You Know​​​​​​​, is a contemporary, American, four-hander musical by Ryan Cunningham and Joshua Salzman....
BWW Review: BUBBLE, Nottingham Playhouse Online Photo BWW Review: BUBBLE, Nottingham Playhouse Online
by Ruth Deller - October 24, 2020

Bubble, the second play in Nottingham Playhouse's Unlocked season, sees Pearl Mackie and Jessica Raine shine as a not-yet-couple deciding whether or not to move in together for lockdown....
BWW Review: DANTE'S IN-FURLOUGH, The Vaults Photo BWW Review: DANTE'S IN-FURLOUGH, The Vaults
by Cindy Marcolina - October 24, 2020

There’s no better climate than a global pandemic for the Devil to get married, don’t you think? And they (yes, they - if we need to have one genderqueer character on the theatre scene, it definitely needs to be Lucifer) are inviting you to their hellish royal wedding reception. Dante’s In-Furlough m...