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 (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 . . . . Queen's Birthday honours include knighthoods for Kevin Spacey (honorary) and Lenny Henry; CBE for Cumberbatch and Ejiofar; OBE for Redmayne, Ball, Manville, Clunes . . . . KIDS' WEEK, actually the whole month of August, features free tickets for kids and other special offers. Click through to the KIDS' WEEK site for details . . . . 39 STEPS closing after nine years. . . .Young Vic's A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, which won every award in 2014, going to Broadway in October . . . . CATS to return for autumn-winter season . . . .  OLIVIER AWARDS for 2014 announced. Click through to see the winners . . . . John Lahr's book on Tennessee Williams wins Sheridan Morley Award for best theatrical biography . . . . Arts Theatre adds 60-seat studio space . . . . Ambassadors Theatre to be renamed the Stephen Sondheim . . . . TKTS office now sells discount tickets in advance, and check our Saving Money Page for other deals and economy hints . . . .

LAST CHANCES . . . Closing notices up for  RULES FOR LIVING July 8, BAD JEWS July 11, AN OAK TREE July 11, ORESTEIA July 18, HANG July 18, DEATH OF A SALESMAN July 18, WE WANT YOU TO WATCH July 18, THE AUDIENCE July 25, TEMPLE July 25, TO KILL A MOCKINGBURD  July 25, HAY FEVER August 1, THE ELEPHANT MAN August 8, MOTHERF**KER August 20, HIGH SOCIETY August 22, EVERYMAN August 30, 1984 September 5, 39 STEPS September 5, JEW OF MALTA September 8, BEAUX' STRATAGEM September 20, LET IT BE September 27, RED LION September 30, IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST November 7, GYPSY November 28  

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

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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 Beaux' Stratagem

Death of a Salesman

Importance of Being Earnest


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