Musical reviews

Here is an index of my reviews of stage musicals. The * denotes those productions for which I received free press tickets.

Updated 24 March to reflect the theatre shutdown enforced during the COVID-19 pandemic


Urinetown (ArtsEd)

Vault Festival: Ride *

Cabaret (New Wimbledon Theatre)

Dear Evan Hansen (Noel Coward Theatre)

Musik (Leicester Square Theatre) *

Twisted (Trafalgar Studio 1) *

Amelie (The Other Palace)

Rags (Park Theatre)

Once (Ashcroft Playhouse)

Operation Mincemeat (Southwark Playhouse, Little)

Curtains (Wyndham’s)


The Boy Friend (Menier Chocolate Factory)

Girl from the North Country (Gielgud Theatre)

The Tiger Who Came To Tea (Theatre Royal Haymarket)

Ubu: A Singalong Satire (Shoreditch Town Hall)

Thriller Live! (Lyric Theatre) *

The Snow Queen (Park Theatre) *

& Juliet (Shaftesbury Theatre)

Ghost Quartet (Boulevard Theatre)

Oi Frog and Friends (Lyric Theatre) *

Austentacious (Fortune Theatre)

Goldilocks and the Three Musketeers (Battersea Arts Centre) *

Battersea Bardot (BFI Southbank, Studio) *

Her Way (John Thaw Studio)

I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Chiswick Playhouse) *

I Do! I Do! (Upstairs at the Gatehouse)

Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre)

Hamilton (Victoria Palace)

Black is the Colour of My Voice (Watermans Art Centre)

Reputation (The Other Palace, Studio) *

Terror at the Sweet Shop (The Other Palace, Studio)

Friendsical (Ashcroft Theatre, Fairfield Halls)

Soho Cinders (Charing Cross Theatre) *

Zombies – the Musical (showcase at The Other Palace, Studio) *

Big – the Musical (Dominion Theatre)

Amelie (The Hexagon, Reading)

Tokyo Rose (New Diorama)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Union Theatre)

Shida (The Vaults)

Call Me Fury (Hope Theatre)

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole (Ambassadors Theatre)

What Girls Are Made Of (Soho Theatre) *

Preludes (Southwark Playhouse, Large)

Falsettos (The Other Palace) *

The Feeling (The Other Palace, Studio) *

9 to 5 (Savoy Theatre)

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (London Palladium)

Closer to Heaven (Above the Stag)

Once On This Island (Southwark Playhouse, Large)

Queen of the Mist (Charing Cross Theatre) *

The Bridges of Madison County (Menier Chocolate Factory)

The Worst Witch (Vaudeville Theatre) *

The View UpStairs (Soho Theatre)

200 Years Later: Jane Austen’s Sanditon (The Other Palace, Studio)

Merrily We Roll Along (LAMDA, Linbury Studio)

Jesus Christ Superstar (Barbican Theatre)

On Your Feet (London Coliseum)

Bare: a Pop Opera (The Vaults) *

The Light in the Piazza (Royal Festival Hall)

After Dark (Finborough Theatre)

Operation Mincemeat (New Diorama)

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Southwark Playhouse, Little)

Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (Union Theatre) *

Man of La Mancha (London Coliseum)

The Book of Mormon (Prince of Wales)

Dead Dog in a Suitcase (Lyric Hammersmith)

Side Show (Questors Playhouse)

Fanny and Stella (Above the Stag) *

Sweet Charity (Donmar Warehouse)

Little Miss Sunshine (Arcola Theatre 1)

The King and I (Opera House, Manchester)

Broken Wings (The Other Palace) *

Bed Peace: the Battle of Yohn and Joko (Cockpit Theatre) *

Hair the Musical (New Wimbledon Theatre) *

Violet (Charing Cross Theatre)

The American Clock (Old Vic)

Showstopper! (The Other Palace)

Waitress (Adelphi)

Come From Away (Phoenix)

Caroline, or Change (Playhouse)

Songs for Nobodies (Ambassadors Theatre)

Fiddler on the Roof (Menier Chocolate Factory)

Six (Arts Theatre)

Aspects of Love (Southwark Playhouse, Large)

Matilda the Musical (Cambridge Theatre)

Dreamgirls (Savoy Theatre)

Hadestown (National Theatre, Olivier)


War Horse (National Theatre, Lyttelton)

Mythic (Charing Cross Theatre)

Twelfth Night (Young Vic)

Company (Gielgud Theatre)

Wise Children (Old Vic)

Eugenius (The Other Palace)

Wasted (Southwark Playhouse)

Sylvia (Old Vic)

The King and I (London Palladium)

Knights of the Rose (Arts Theatre) *

Chess (London Coliseum)

Tina – the Musical (Aldwych Theatre)

Barnum (Menier Chocolate Factory)


Big Fish (The Other Palace)

Girl From the North Country (Old Vic)

Follies (National Theatre, Olivier)

42nd Street (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane)

Carousel (London Coliseum)

An American in Paris (Dominion Theatre)

Honeymoon in Vegas (London Palladium) *

She Loves Me (Menier Chocolate Factory)


The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre, Olivier)

Disney’s Aladdin (Prince Edward Theatre)

The Go-Between (Apollo Theatre) *

Show Boat (New London Theatre)

Sunset Boulevard (London Coliseum)

Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds (Dominion Theatre)

Beautiful – the Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre)

Sunny Afternoon (Harold Pinter Theatre)

Guys and Dolls (Savoy Theatre)

2015 (National Theatre)

Sunset Boulevard (Bridewell Theatre)

Dusty (Charing Cross Theatre)

Follies (Royal Albert Hall)

Sweeney Todd (London Coliseum)

Gypsy (Savoy Theatre)


Forbidden Broadway (Vaudeville Theatre)

Here Lies Love (National Theatre, Dorfman)

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane) *

Miss Saigon (Prince Edward Theatre)


Dear World (Charing Cross Theatre)


The Magistrate (National Theatre)

Scrooge (London Palladium)

Sweeney Todd (Adelphi Theatre)

Master Class (Vaudeville Theatre)

Legally Blonde (Savoy Theatre)

Dreamboats and Petticoats (Playhouse Theatre)


End of the Rainbow (Richmond Theatre)

South Pacific (Barbican Centre)

Ghost – the Musical (Piccadilly Theatre)

Road Show (Menier Chocolate Factory)

Blink Again! (Above the Stag Theatre, Victoria) *