offer authoritative, independent London theatre reviews. We cover
London's West End, off-West End and fringe, and some theatre
outside London, notably the annual Edinburgh Festival. We have a
reputation for reliable evaluations, and if a show is bad, we'll say so. And
therefore if we say it's good, you can believe us.
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to leading theatres in each category. We list upcoming shows and
offer insiders' hints on saving money on tickets.
16 March 2020 all London theatres were closed to fight the
Some shows began re-opening in May 2021, with others
scheduled for later in the year. Click on our categories
in the left column for current shows, and on Coming Soon
for those announced for later.
But be aware that all plans are subject to last-minute
changes forced by government edict or producers'
decisions, and it will be wise to check with theatres on
Since the shut-down, several theatres around
Britain have been putting past or current productions
online and we are reviewing them.
And we're also taking the opportunity to rediscover
classic productions of the past also available online.
CLICK HERE for online
theatre 2020 and HERE for
online theatre 2021.
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LAST CHANCES - Closing notices up for
FOUR QUARTETS December 18, RARE EARTH METTLE December 18,
COMEDY OF ERRORS December 31, MANOR January 1, PRINCE
OF EGYPT January 8, PANTOLAND January 9, POTTED PANTO
January 9, SHARK IS BROKEN January 15, TROUBLE IN MIND
January 29, FORCE MAJEURE February 5, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
February 14, MAGIC GOES WRONG February 27, OCEAN AT
THE END OF THE LANE April 24, SIX May 1
WHAT'S NEW . . . . . Several West End shows and fringe
theatres have had to cancel performances or whole runs because
of covid, so it would be wise to phone on the day you're
planning to go to any London theatre . . . . Spare a thought -
and perhaps a donation - for theatres and artists who have been
unable to do their work. An easy way to help would be to watch
some of the videos we've reviewed and pay for them . . . .
Trafalgar Studios return to original one-auditorium form,
renamed Trafalgar Theatre . . . .During the shutdown, some
theatres offer productions online. CLICK
HERE for reviews. . . . . We are at last on Twitter. Follow us
@theatreguidelon to be alerted to each new review . . . .
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Top Five - Classic
the theatres re-open, these long-running hits will almost
certainly return. If you haven't seen them yet, we suggest you
begin your London theatre experience with these classics
Phantom of the Opera
Five - Online
theatres closed, we've been reviewing online shows. Here are the
ones we've liked the most.