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Every Single London Theatre Show Playing Right Now

Every Single London Theatre Show Playing Right Now | London Theatre Guide

Ever since the dawn of time, human beings have gazed at the stars in awe and asked themselves “Where can I get a list of every single theatre show currently on in London – divided into musical, comedy, drama, and immersive categories – in which every show has been attributed a Rotten Tomatoes-style average score out of ten based on the reviews of London’s most preeminent theatre critics?” 

Well the answer is… here.

MUSICALS

42nd Street
A classic Broadway tale including “We’re in the Money”, which is presumably what the producers are singing too.
Venue: Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Booking to 22 July 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! None yet

Aladdin

A street urchin gets in waaay over his head when he seduces a princess with a f**king tiger for a pet.
Venue: Prince Edward Theatre
Booking to: 30 Sept 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 8/10

An American in Paris
With a poster bearing a resemblance to La La Land that’s probably not entirely unintentional, this retro show has, funnily enough, just transferred from New York and Paris.
Venue: Dominion Theatre
Booking to: 30 Sept 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! None yet, but the Americans liked it.

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
That song you’re idly singing under your breath? Carole King probably wrote it.
Venue: Aldwych Theatre
Booking to: 04 Nov 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 7/10

The Book Of Mormon

This show will have you humming their catchy number “F**k you, God” as you leave.
Venue: Prince Of Wales Theatre
Booking to 24 June 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 9/10

Dreamgirls
Don’t tell us you’re not going.
VenueSavoy Theatre
Booking to 21 Oct 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 8/10

The Girls
It’s Calendar Girls, as imagined musically by Gary Barlow.
Venue: Phoenix Theatre
Booking to 15 July 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 9/10

Half a Sixpence

An old-timey, toe-tapping, rip-roaring musical based on an H. G. Wells novel.
Venue: Noel Coward Theatre
Booking to 2 Sept 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 10/10

Kinky Boots
6 Tonys, 3 Critics Circle awards, a Grammy… This play has basically had awards thrown at it. 
Venue: Adelphi Theatre
Booking to 30 Sept 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 7/10

Les Miserables
You’re going to suffer, and you’re going to enjoy it. 
Venue: Queen’s Theatre
Booking to 14 Oct 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 8/10

The Lion King

It’s Hamlet, but with LIONS. 
Venue: Lyceum Theatre
Booking to 25 August 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 9/10

The Life
A surprisingly cheery musical about ageing pimps and prostitutes in 1980s New York.
Venue: Southwark Playhouse
Booking to 29 April 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! None yet

Live at Zedel

If you’re looking for an intimate art deco venue tucked in a 30s complex with a brasserie and cocktail bar, showcasing some of the finest talent from the West End and Fringe circuits… you just found it. 
Venue: The Crazy Coqs at Brasserie Zedel

Mamma Mia!
A girl invites three men, who all may be her father, to her wedding. Somehow, Jeremy Kyle isn’t there. 
Venue: Novello Theatre
Booking to 14 Oct 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 9/10

Matilda The Musical

A musical in which a genius-level telekinetic somehow comes out as the underdog. 
Venue: Cambridge Theatre
Booking to 17 Dec 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 9/10

Miss Nightingale
All’s fair in love and war…and you get both in this 1940s tale of romance, debauchery and underhand dealings.
Venue: The Vaults
Booking 30 March – 20 May 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 8/10

Motown The Musical
If you’re going to write a musical, picking one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th Century – Berry Gordy – isn’t a terrrrible place to start. 
Venue: Shaftesbury Theatre
Booking to 24 Feb 2018
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 8/10

The Phantom Of The Opera
Once you start making Phantom of the Opera jokes, you’re past the point of no return. So we won’t. 
Venue: Her Majesty’s Theatre
Booking to 14 Oct 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 8/10

School of Rock


For some reason, a guy decides that the best choice of new bandmates is a group of high school kids.
Venue: New London Theatre
Booking to 14 Jan 2018
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 8/10

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
Much like your university essays, the cast pull the whole thing out of their arses at literally the last possible minute. But unlike your university essays, it’s amazing. 
Venue: The Lyric
Booking to 17 July 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 9/10

Stepping Out
Unfortunately, you don’t get a big red button to judge Amanda Holden.
Venue: Vaudeville Theatre
Booking to 17 June 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 6/10

Stomp
Love theatre, but hate all that pesky “talking”? This is for you.
Venue: Ambassadors Theatre
Booking to 07 Jan 2018
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 7/10

Thriller Live


Despite the smooth criminal, this isn’t actually a thriller. 
Venue: Lyric Theatre
Booking to 01 Oct 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 8/10

Wicked
You think you can just drop an alternative take on the Wizard of Oz? Witch, please. 
Venue: Apollo Victoria Theatre
Booking to 26 May 2018
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 7/10

The Wild Party
A vaudeville showgirl and a vaudeville clown attempt to patch things up with a party in 20s Manhattan. What could possibly go wrong?
Venue: The Other Palace
Booking to 01 April 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 6/10

COMEDIES

Chinglish

Tony-award winning writer David Henry Hwang kicks off his play about language barriers by inventing a word that doesn’t exist in any language.
Details: Park Theatre
Booking to 22 April 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! None yet

The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

It’s a comedy. About a bank robbery.
Venue: Criterion Theatre
Booking to 29 Oct 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 9/10

Don Juan in Soho
David Tennant stars in this adaptation from Molière’s classic tale of the ultimate ladies’ man, Dr. Who Don Juan.
Venue: Wyndham’s Theatre
Booking to 10 June 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! None yet

The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?
Spoiler alert: she’s not the goat.
Venue: Theatre Royal Haymarket
Booking to 24 June 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! None yet

Midsummer Night’s Dream
The ultimate love triangle square dodecahedron, and a character called Bottom.
Venue: Young Vic
Booking to 1 April 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 8/10

The Miser
According to critics, you should make like the title character, and save your money.
Venue: Garrick Theatre
Booking to 03 June 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 4/10

The Play That Goes Wrong

Honestly, they might be screwing up horribly each night, and no-one would know. In fact, they’d probably clap. 
Venue: Duchess Theatre
Booking to 25 Feb 2018
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 7/10

Posh
The modern classic about the Bullingdon Club gets a reboot with an all-female cast.
Venue: Pleasance Theatre
Booking to 22 April 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 9/10

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Despite being one of Stoppard’s most linguistically, philosophically intricate plays, Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig make this a genuine hoot.
Venue: Old Vic
Booking to 29 April 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 8/10

Seventeen

Just your average punks up to no good – except they’re all over 60.
Venue: Lyric Theatre
Booking to 08 April 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 6/10

Speech & Debate
Waaaay funnier than it sounds.
Venue: Trafalgar Studios 2
Booking to 01 April
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 5/10

Travesties

Tom Stoppard writes. Patrick Marber directs. Tom Hollander acts. You laugh.
Venue: Apollo Theatre
Booking to 29 April 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 10/10

The Wipers Times
They say you should write about what you know… hence Ian Hislop’s play about a satirical paper.
Venue: Arts Theatre
Booking to 13 May 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 8/10

Twelfth Night

Tamsin Greig takes on Malvolio in Shakespeare’s classic comedy. And according to critics, she wins.
Venue: National Theatre
Booking to 17 April 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 8/10

 

DRAMA

a profoundly affectionate, passionate devotion to someone (-noun)
By debbie tucker green. And yes, she has also decapitalised her name.
Venue: Royal Court
Booking to 01 April 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 8/10

anatomy of a suicide
or maybe it’s just all plays at the royal court right now.
Venue: Royal Court
Booking to: 08 July 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! None yet

Angels in America
Curious Incident director and a ridiculously solid cast including Andrew Garfield and Denise Gough (People, Places and Things) come together for both parts of Kushner’s seminal play set in the midst of the 1980s AIDS crisis.
Venue: Lyttleton at the National Theatre
Booking from 11 April, tickets on sale now
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! None yet, but it will be amazing.

Big Guns

Not the next Dreamboys tour, but a gritty drama about violence, fear and society.
Venue: The Yard
Booking to 08 April 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! None yet

The Chemsex Monologues
The untold story of the chill-out scene, which, incidentally, is a complete misnomer.
Venue King’s Head Theatre
Booking to 09 April 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! None yet

Consent
Probably not the cheeriest of plays, but a very important one.
Venue: National Theatre
Booking 28 March – 17 May
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! None yet

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time

This play centred on an autistic teen has won piles of awards.

Venue: Gielgud Theatre
Booking to 03 June 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 9/10

Dark Vanilla Jungle

It’s Philip Ridley, so the dark bit was hardly necessary. But the ‘vanilla jungle’ part refers to an intense, 21st century fairy-tale.
Venue: Theatre N16
Booking to 31 March 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! None yet

Filthy Business

If you think living with family is hard, try running a business with one.
Venue: Hampstead Theatre
Booking to 22 April 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 8/10

The Glass Menagerie

Unfortunately, not a play with cool see-through animals. Fortunately, it is a multi-Tony nommed production of Tennessee Williams’ classic.
Venue: Duke of York’s Theatre
Booking to 29 April 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 8/10

Hamlet

With Sherlock’s Andrew Scott as the miserable Dane.
Venue: Almeida Theatre
Booking to 22 April 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 8/10

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Nope, we haven’t heard of it either.
Venue: Palace Theatre
Booking to 29 April 2018
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 10/10

Incident at Vichy
One of Arthur Miller’s largely forgotten plays which tells the story of Jewish detainees during Nazi occupation.
Venue: Finborough Theatre
Booking to 22 April 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! None yet

Killer
We probably couldn’t put it better than their own blurb, which begins “A loner finds an albino ostrich that can perform miracles.”
Venue: Shoreditch Town Hall
Booking to 08 April 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 7/10

Limehouse

A play based on the true events surrounding a group of politicians splitting from the Labour Party, which seems to have a direct correlation between knowledge of politics and enjoyment levels.
Venue: Donmar Warehouse
Booking to 15 April 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! Seems to be a real marmite play.

My Brilliant Friend
A two-parter based on the books of the same name, by Italy’s most popular author that nobody had heard of for literally 20 years.
Venue: Rose Theatre Kingston
Booking to 31 March 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 8/10

The Mousetrap

When this play started its run, Winston Churchill was prime minster, America only had 48 states, and people paid for their tickets in shillings.
Venue: St Martin’s Theatre
Booking to 06 Jan 2018
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! Hard to tell. It’s pretty old now, but evidently still popular.

Othello

A guy gets seeeeriously stressed out about hankies.
Venue: Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, The Globe
Booking to 16 April
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 7/10

Ugly Lies The Bone

VR is mostly responsible for injuries, but this play looks at how it can be used as therapy instead.
Venue: National Theatre
Booking to 01 April 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 7/10

The White Devil

A tale of intrigue and murder in a candlelit venue.
Venue: Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, The Globe
Booking to 16 April 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 7/10

The Woman In Black

The only thing we found scary about this play was the price of drinks at the interval. Critics like it though.
Venue: Fortune Theatre
Booking to 03 March 2018
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 7/10

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Imelda Staunton won an Olivier for her last West End gig, so this will probably be preeetty good.
Venue: Harold Pinter Theatre
Booking to 27 May 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 10/10

 

IMMERSIVE

Alice’s Adventures Underground

If you fancy winding your way through a subterranean warren, chasing white rabbits, smoking up with the caterpillar and taking your place at the cocktail-laced tea party, you’ll probably quite enjoy the return of this Olivier nominated hit.
Venue: The Vaults
Booking 26 April – 23rd Sept 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! None yet, but 2015’s version was a sell-out.

The Great Gatsby

This isn’t your average, everyday, garden variety Gatsby. It’s the great one, and he’s throwing one heck of a party – and you’re invited.
Venue: Secret Location
Booking 4 – 30 July
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! 9/10 

Horses for Corpses
An immersive theatre/scavenger hunt/escape room romp around Camden Market, as you try to discover who killed a horse racing agent.
Venue: Around Camden Market
Booking May – June
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! None yet

Montagues & Capulets

R&J get given the gang violence treatment in this immersive, 90s rave scene adaptation – think Baz Luhrmann, but with more hoodies. And is there a Nudge Member deal too, you ask? Of course there is.
Venue: Secret Location
Booking Thurs-Sat, 24 March – 27 April 2017
CRITICAL CONSENSUS! None yet

 

NOTE: A word on methodology. We took the mean rating from a minimum of three critic reviews (but for the most part between five and ten), all scaled to a 1-10 score.

OTHER NOTE: Any plays ending their run within ten days of publishing we haven’t included, and any plays starting their run within ten days of publishing we have. We’ll keep updating the list to keep it fresh.


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