The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe runs until 8 January at Gillian Lynne Theatre
In Review

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 

A dazzling and ‘joyful interpretation’ of the classic adventure
5 Aug 2022
Edinburgh Festival: shows and events to book now
Ian McKellen performing in Hamlet at the Theatre Royal in Windsor in 2021
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Edinburgh Festival: shows and events to book now

What’s on at the fringe and international festivals in Scotland’s capital city
3 Aug 2022
Crazy for You: a musical that will ‘knock you for six’
Carly Anderson, Charlie Stemp and company in Crazy for You
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Crazy for You: a musical that will ‘knock you for six’

Musical theatre ‘doesn’t get any better’ than this Chichester Festival production
29 Jul 2022
Jack Absolute Flies Again: a ‘crowd-pleasing comedy’
Caroline Quentin and Peter Forbes in Jack Absolute Flies Again
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Jack Absolute Flies Again: a ‘crowd-pleasing comedy’

National Theatre production has the same ‘giddy abandon’ as One Man, Two Guvnors
22 Jul 2022
The Seagull: a ‘strangely gripping’ take on Chekhov’s play
Emilia Clarke as Nina in The Seagull
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The Seagull: a ‘strangely gripping’ take on Chekhov’s play

Emilia Clarke makes her West End debut alongside a uniformly excellent cast
15 Jul 2022
Richard III: this play shines with ‘magisterial splendour’
Arthur Hughes as Richard III on stage
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Richard III: this play shines with ‘magisterial splendour’

Titular character played by Arthur Hughes – the first actor with a disability to take on the role at Stratford
8 Jul 2022
The Southbury Child review: this play feels almost ‘heaven-sent’
Still from the play
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The Southbury Child review: this play feels almost ‘heaven-sent’

The piece is deftly directed by Nicholas Hytner and stars three-time Olivier winner Alex Jennings
30 Jun 2022

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That Is Not Who I Am: a play that divided opinion from the outset
Photo from That Is Not Who I Am play
In Review

That Is Not Who I Am: a play that divided opinion from the outset

The Royal Court’s latest production is ‘brilliantly tricksy’
23 Jun 2022
Theatre review: The Gunpowder Plot
Audience members with VR headsets
In Review

Theatre review: The Gunpowder Plot

This ‘camply thrilling’ adventure sets the ‘gold standard’ for immersive shows
17 Jun 2022
Legally Blonde on stage: ‘far wittier’ than the film
Still from Legally Blonde on stage
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Legally Blonde on stage: ‘far wittier’ than the film

Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre is host to this ‘smart show about brains as well as beauty’
1 Jun 2022
My Fair Lady at the London Coliseum: a ‘daringly sumptuous’ show
Amara Okereke as Eliza Doolittle
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My Fair Lady at the London Coliseum: a ‘daringly sumptuous’ show

This ‘Rolls-Royce of a revival’ gives the classic musical a modern feel
27 May 2022
Oklahoma!: a ‘stunning reinvention’ of a beloved classic
Marisha Wallace as Ado Annie sings by the band
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Oklahoma!: a ‘stunning reinvention’ of a beloved classic

Reinterpreted for a small band, the music has a homespun folksiness that works ‘brilliantly’
12 May 2022
Jerusalem: Rylance gives ‘the greatest performance of the century’
Mark Rylance on stage
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Jerusalem: Rylance gives ‘the greatest performance of the century’

Back in 2009, Jez Butterworth’s play took the world by storm. Now it’s back
6 May 2022
Prima Facie: ‘Awards will follow’
Jodie Comer acts in Prima Facie
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Prima Facie: ‘Awards will follow’

Jodie Comer's ‘ferocious yet forensic performance’ blows the audience away in Suzie Miller’s play
5 May 2022
Theatre review: The Corn is Green
Still from The Corn is Green
In Review

Theatre review: The Corn is Green

Emlyn Williams’s 1938 play has not been seen in London since 1985
28 Apr 2022
The 47th at the Old Vic: ‘rarely less than entertaining’
Bertie Carvel as Donald Trump
In Review

The 47th at the Old Vic: ‘rarely less than entertaining’

Play is set in an imagined near-future – Biden has stepped down in favour of Kamala Harris
22 Apr 2022
Theatre review: To Kill a Mockingbird
Performers on stage
In Review

Theatre review: To Kill a Mockingbird

Aaron Sorkin’s script makes this 62-year-old literary classic ‘feel like it was minted yesterday’
7 Apr 2022
Straight Line Crazy theatre review
Ralph Fiennes on stage
In Review

Straight Line Crazy theatre review

Ralph Fiennes is a ‘triumph’ as the controversial urban planner Robert Moses
31 Mar 2022
Kes review: a play that’s both bleak and brilliant
Jake Dunn on stage
In Review

Kes review: a play that’s both bleak and brilliant

Atri Banerjee’s adaptation of the 1968 novel features just three actors on a simple set
24 Mar 2022
Persuasion: a ‘frolicking, rollicking’ take on Jane Austen’s novel
Fred Fergus and Matilda Bailes in Persuasion
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Persuasion: a ‘frolicking, rollicking’ take on Jane Austen’s novel

This romcom is full of mischievous fun and is joyfully silly
18 Mar 2022
The Merchant of Venice: ‘utterly tragic, yet simultaneously mesmerising’
Adrian Schiller as Shylock and Ben Caplan as Solanio
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The Merchant of Venice: ‘utterly tragic, yet simultaneously mesmerising’

This Shakespeare’s Globe production is set in contemporary London
10 Mar 2022
Animal Farm on stage: a ‘startlingly handsome’ production
Animal Farm on stage
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Animal Farm on stage: a ‘startlingly handsome’ production

War Horse-style animal puppetry is used to ‘magnificent’ effect
4 Mar 2022
The Chairs: the theatre of the absurd at its ‘most absurdist’
Kathryn Hunter and Marcello Magni
In Review

The Chairs: the theatre of the absurd at its ‘most absurdist’

The 1952 ‘absurdist masterpiece’ by Eugène Ionesco is now on at the Almeida
17 Feb 2022
A Number at the Old Vic
Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu on stage
In Review

A Number at the Old Vic

Lyndsey Turner’s staging is ‘ignited’ by Lennie James and Paapa Essiedu
10 Feb 2022
Dr Semmelweis: Mark Rylance offers a ‘mesmerising turn’
Mark Rylance on stage
In Review

Dr Semmelweis: Mark Rylance offers a ‘mesmerising turn’

Story follows the 19th century Hungarian physician who ‘realised the life-saving value of hand hygiene’
3 Feb 2022
Moulin Rouge! on stage: ‘it burns prettily enough, but it doesn’t blaze’
Moulin Rouge on stage
In Review

Moulin Rouge! on stage: ‘it burns prettily enough, but it doesn’t blaze’

Tony-winning adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s much-loved film now on at the Piccadilly Theatre
27 Jan 2022
Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! – a ‘riproaring return to form’
Nutcracker performance
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Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! – a ‘riproaring return to form’

Originally staged in 1992, this adaptation has been revived for the first time in ten years
6 Jan 2022
The Play What I Wrote: a ‘daft and delightful’ celebration of Morecambe & Wise
Three characters from The Play What I Wrote on stage
In Review

The Play What I Wrote: a ‘daft and delightful’ celebration of Morecambe & Wise

This stage comedy show is the ‘ideal winter warmer’
16 Dec 2021
Life of Pi on stage: the ‘spiritual successor to War Horse’
Hiran Abeysekera on stage with a puppet
In Review

Life of Pi on stage: the ‘spiritual successor to War Horse’

What the critics are saying about this ‘phenomenal’ adaptation of Yann Martel’s novel
9 Dec 2021
Manor: a ‘breathtakingly inept’ satire
Image from Manor
In Review

Manor: a ‘breathtakingly inept’ satire

New ‘state-of-the-nation’ drama mystifies, bores and slowly enrages
2 Dec 2021
The Wife of Willesden: Zadie Smith’s ‘rambunctious’ reworking of Chaucer
Image from The Wife of Willesden on stage
In Review

The Wife of Willesden: Zadie Smith’s ‘rambunctious’ reworking of Chaucer

Kiln Theatre production is a ‘stunning piece of freewheeling stagecraft’, said The Times
25 Nov 2021
The Ocean at the End of the Lane: ‘shows like this don’t come along very often’
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane: ‘shows like this don’t come along very often’

Critics praise ‘hauntingly memorable’ performance with some ‘genuinely terrifying’ moments
11 Nov 2021
The Magician’s Elephant: a remarkable feat of large-scale puppetry
Elephant puppet on stage
In Review

The Magician’s Elephant: a remarkable feat of large-scale puppetry

RSC’s big Christmas show features a convincing life-sized elephant, with a ‘playful trunk, flappy ears and mournful eyes’
4 Nov 2021
Wuthering Heights on stage: an ‘emotionally epic’ adaptation
Image from Wuthering Heights on stage
In Review

Wuthering Heights on stage: an ‘emotionally epic’ adaptation

Emma Rice’s touring production is packed with her ‘trademark troubadour quirkiness’
28 Oct 2021
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