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We're in Edinburgh in August, covering some of the thousands of productions that make up the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe. Almost all will tour after Edinburgh and many will come to London, making this an unmatched preview of the year to come. We'll be adding new reviews continually, so bookmark these pages and check back regularly.

What we do
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We offer authoritative, independent London theatre reviews. We also cover London's fringe and some theatre outside London, notably the annual Edinburgh Festival. We list upcoming shows and offer insiders' hints on saving money on theatre tickets.

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, TheatreguideLondon's reviews of past and current London shows will help you decide what to see and what to skip!

What we don't do . . .

We don't sell tickets. We don't take ads from shows. And we have no tie-ins with producers or ticket brokers.

So if a show is bad, we'll say so. And therefore if we say it's good, you can believe us. Click on one of the categories to the left to read our reviews of current London shows.

Who we are . . .

Our reviewers are not just fans, but experienced professional theatre critics. Click here to meet our critics.


WHAT'S NEW . . . . 
KIDS' WEEK, actually all of August, features free and discounted tickets, backstage tours and other family-friendly events. Check our FAMILY page for information . . . .JEEVES AND WOOSTER and BAKERSFIELD MIST closing early . . . . Menier's FORBIDDEN BROADWAY, National Theatre's GREAT BRITAIN, St James Theatre's URINETOWN, Hampstead's SUNNY AFTERNOON, Almeida's KING CHARLES III and Young Vic's SCOTTSBORO BOYS all come to the West End in the autumn . . . . Ambassadors Theatre to be renamed the Stephen Sondheim . . . . Matthew Warchus to run the Old Vic starting in 2015 . . . . National Theatre's Travelex-sponsored summer season returns, with many Olivier seats 15 . . . .  Rufus Norris named next Director of National Theatre, starting 2015 . . . . Half-price tickets to STOMP and other discounts - click for a list and other guides to saving money on London theatre . . . . TKTS office now sells discount tickets in advance . . . . 

LAST CHANCES . . . Closing notices up for  A SMALL FAMILY BUSINESS August 27,  THE BODYGUARD August 30, MEDEA September 4, THE CRUCIBLE September 13, THE PAJAMA GAME September 13, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST September 20,JEEVES AND WOOSTER September 20,  LET IT BE September 21, RICHARD III September 27, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN September 27, WOLF HALL October 4, BRING UP THE BODIES October 4,  

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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

Billy Elliot

Top Five - Current

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

The Importance of Being Earnest


Wolf Hall/Bring Up The Bodies

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

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