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On 16 March 2020 all London theatres were closed to fight the coronavirus outbreak.

While a few theatres attempted to re-open in Autumn 2020, they were forced to close again, and it now seems that Summer 2021 is the earliest likely return of live theatre. CLICK HERE for some perhaps optimistic Coming Soon announcements

During the shut-down, several theatres around Britain are putting past or current productions online and we are reviewing them.  CLICK HERE for online theatre 2020 and HERE for online theatre 2021.

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We 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.


Our dedicated Off-West End, Family and Out Of London pages offer links to leading theatres in each category. We list upcoming shows and offer a one-stop opportunity to buy theatre tickets, while also offering insiders' hints on saving money by not using us.

Whether you go to the theatre every evening or are planning a single night out, whether you already know what you like or want help choosing a show, Theatreguide.London's reviews of past and current London shows will help you decide what to see and what to skip! Click on one of the categories to the left to read our reviews of current London shows

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WHAT'S NEW . . . . . As we pass the First Anniversary of theatres closing, some are making perhaps optimistic plans to re-open. CLICK HERE for Coming Soon announcements . . . . 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 . . . . National Theatre begins subscription online streaming season. . . .Trafalgar Studios to 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

When 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

Les Miserables


Mamma Mia


Top Five - Online

While theatres are closed, we've been reviewing online shows. Here are the ones we've liked the most.

Sondheim Birthday Salute

The Iceman Cometh

Crips Without Constraints


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