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16 March 2020: All London theatres close to fight coronavirus outbreak. Duration of closure uncertain. All tickets will be refunded or honored when theatres re-open.

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WHAT'S NEW . . . . . STOP PRESS:  Coronavirus closes all London theatres for an indefinite period. Watch this space for further news . . . . During the shutdown, some theatres offer productions online. CLICK HERE  for links. . . .Tom Stoppard's LEOPOLDSTADT, almost certainly play of the year, opens. . . . Mark your diary - Imelda Staunton in HELLO DOLLY! next August . . . . Happy Birthday To Us! This year marks our twentieth anniversary of providing London theatre reviews online. . . . Menier's THE WATSONS and Almeida's THE DOCTOR coming to the West End . . . .  Queen's Theatre renamed Sondheim . . . . We are at last on Twitter. Follow us @theatreguidelon to be alerted to each new review . . . .

. Closing dates announced for KUNENE AND THE KING  March 28,  FAR AWAY March 28, ENDGAME  March 28, BLITHE SPIRIT April 11, UPSTART CROW April 25, THRILLER April 26, ON BLUEBERRY HILL May 1, UNCLE VANYA May 2,  BANK ROBBERY May 3, THE WELKIN May 8, NINE TO FIVE May 23, PRINCE OF EGYPT October 31

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Top Five - Classic

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 - Current

Here are the more-recently opened shows we've liked the most.


Dear Evan Hansen

Come From Away

The Welkin

Uncle Vanya - - - -
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