Click below
for our reviews

To see a list of current London shows, click on one of the categories below.

You can then go from the list to individual reviews




We are now
After fifteen years we finally have the internet address we wanted from the start -

Don't worry if you have bookmarked. It will remain live and current, as will all links to it. But now you can use the address that says what we've always been - the Theatre Guide for London.
 (During the changeover, some pages will retain the old address. But don't be confused - either address will take you to everything on the site.)

What we do
. . .
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, Theatreguide.London'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 . . . . Visitors to London should know that the entire country closes down on Christmas day - no theatre, no trains, no buses, nothing. But most theatres will have special schedules with extra matinees that week . . . . 'Tis the season for Pantos and other Holiday shows. Check our Family Page for the most comprehensive list of kid-and-grandma-friendly entertainments (and some holiday-themed shows for grown-ups as well) . . . . 'Tis also the season for Get Into London Theatre, theatreland's annual mid-winter sale, with tickets as low as 10. Click through, and also check our Saving Money Page for other deals and economy hints . . . . Evening Standard Awards for 2014 announced - see our AWARDS page for a list . . . . Ambassadors Theatre to be renamed the Stephen Sondheim . . . . Matthew Warchus to run the Old Vic starting in 2015 . . . . Rufus Norris named next Director of National Theatre, starting 2015 . . . . TKTS office now sells discount tickets in advance . . . . We reviewed 150 shows at the EDINBURGH FESTIVAL in August. Some have already come to London and more will, so browse our coverage for a preview . . . .

LAST CHANCES . . . Closing notices up for  ELECTRA December 20, GOD BLESS THE CHILD December 20, WHITE CHRISTMAS January 3, EAST IS EAST January 3, NEVILLE'S ISLAND  January 3, DANCE 'TIL DAWN January 3, HERE LIES LOVE January 8, GREAT BRITAIN January 10, HOPE January 10, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE January 10, JOHN January 13, BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS January 14. HENRY IV January 24, SUNNY AFTERNOON January 31,  KING CHARLES III January 31, 3 WINTERS February 3, MERCHANT OF VENICE February 14, SCOTTSBORO BOYS February 21, CATS February 28, TREASURE ISLAND April 8  

Stay up to date . . .

Unlike other theatre cities, London doesn't have a defined 'season'. New plays open and old ones close every week throughout the year, so bookmark Theatreguide.London and
check back frequently.

Plan Ahead
See our COMING SOON page for a preview of shows scheduled to open in the next few months

Save your money. . .

Here's something ticket brokers won't tell you. Click on our Buying Tickets page for insiders' hints for saving money on London theatre tickets

Online Cashback

From the archives . . .
Our file of past reviews covers more than 3000 shows that played London, Edinburgh and elsewhere in Britain since 1999.

Book your hotel in London or elsewhere . .
Follow this link to discount offers on hotels worldwide.

Buy theatre books, CDs and DVDs . . .
Visit our shop featuring the latest theatre-related products.

Just Ask
Have any questions about London theatre? We can't promise that we'll have the answers at our fingertips, but we'll do our best to find them. Just drop us a note at  

Copyright 1999-2014 Desert Hearts.

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.

King Charles III




Dance 'Til Dawn - - - -
 Independent Reviews of London Theatre by Professional Critics Since 1999

Reviews of London Theatre