Lauren Pattison: It Is What It Is

Lauren Pattison: It Is What It Is

Everybody loves a comeback story, and Lauren Pattison’s It Is What It Is, is an up-beat in-depth look at the ups and downs of life. 

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Westcliff High School for Boys’ drama club under the direction of Ben Jeffreys, who otherwise teaches history, first came to our atttention at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 20… 

Fin Taylor: Daddy Self-Care

Fin Taylor: Daddy Self-Care

Fin Taylor is not afraid to speak his mind, and his recent set Daddy Self-Care is proof of that. 

Harry's Christmas

Harry's Christmas

For many, Christmas is a time of togetherness and a celebration with loved ones, friends and family; yet for others it can be a seriously un-comforting occasion. 

QUEENZ: The Show with BALLS!

QUEENZ: The Show with BALLS!

Straight off the runway and onto the West End stage, the cast of Queenz: The Show with Ballz, strut their way into the Arts Theatre for a night of gender-bending, show-stopping gla… 

Wasted

Wasted

Kae Tempest’s credentials as a poet and lyricist shine through in Wasted at the Jack Studio. 

The Rocky Horror Show

The Rocky Horror Show

In this science fiction double feature, Christopher Luscombe’s adaptation of Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show is a fun, mischievous celebration of the cult classic. 

Scottish Ballet - The Snow Queen

Scottish Ballet - The Snow Queen

Magic, glitter, snowflake fairies, Jack Frosts, snow wolves and innocent love winning out, what more could you want? Circus acts, Romani travellers? A revival of its 2019 productio… 

Top Hat

Top Hat

The fabulous Mill at Sonning has revived last year’s Christmas success for another run over the festive season, It’s hard to believe that a full-scale musical like Top Hat, wit… 

Here

Here

Clive Judd’s fascinating debut play HERE won the 2022 Papatango New Writing Prize from a record 1,553 submissions. 

Grease the Musical

Grease the Musical

From hand-jiving to slicked hair, Nikolai Foster’s Grease at the Dominion Theatre is a sprint down memory lane with extra twists. 

Paddy goes to Petra

Paddy goes to Petra

Paddy (Brendan Dunlea) leads a traditional life in rural Ireland. 

From Here To Eternity

From Here To Eternity

Whilst the boys of G Company may be experiencing monotony in Hawaii, this word cannot be applied to the long-anticipated revival of Tim Rice’s and Stuart Brayson’s From Here to… 

Tammy Faye

Tammy Faye

With music and lyrics by Elton John and Jake Shears, Tammy Faye is as iconic as the woman it is about. 

Mark Watson: This Can't Be It

Mark Watson: This Can't Be It

Mark Watson is one of those people who you stop and listen to when they start speaking, whether it is from the middle of an audience, or from a stage. 

The Canterville Ghost

The Canterville Ghost

Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell’s adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost gives little away to begin with, making it difficult to know what to expect. 

Good

Good

Dominic Cooke’s new production of Good was due to arrive in October 2020 but was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Only An Octave Apart

Only An Octave Apart

It is not easy for two performers to keep an audience engaged and enthusiastic throughout a 90+ minute show with no interval. 

The Mirror Crack'd

The Mirror Crack'd

Years may pass and tastes may change, but Agatha Christie remains as fashionable as ever. 

Rehab: The Musical

Rehab: The Musical

Grant Black and Murray Lachlan Young’s Rehab is an entertaining musical that is full of potential. 

Grace Campbell: A Show About Me(n)

Grace Campbell: A Show About Me(n)

Grace Campbell is a one-woman manifesto for body, sex and mental health positivity. 

Ride

Ride

Few will perhaps have heard of Annie Londonderry, but after seeing Freya Catrin Smith and Jack Williams’ Ride, it will be practically impossible to forget the name. 

Fern Brady: Autistic Bikini Queen

Fern Brady: Autistic Bikini Queen

Fern Brady is here to speak for autistic women who happen to be hot – selflessly giving a voice to the voiceless (or just a very specific group that might not have thought to ide… 

Battle: A Modern Mystery Play

Battle: A Modern Mystery Play

Battle describes itself as a modern mystery play, and takes the audience on an intricately-plotted historical journey from 1066 to the present day: exploring how women just gather … 

Alright?

Alright?

Patrick Withey gives a delightfully engaging and endearing performance as the troubled 15-year-old in Black Hound Productions’ Alright!, which has absolutely nothing to do with C… 

2 Guys, 3 Drams: The Ultimate Live Blues and Whisky Experience

2 Guys, 3 Drams: The Ultimate Live Blues and Whisky Experience

Felipe Schrieberg and Paul Archibald return to the Fringe this year in an act that delivers a whisky-soaked night of tremolo and bass that walks through the annals of blues classic… 

Wonderville

Wonderville

Central London has been deprived of a venue that regularly hosts nights filled with Cabaret and Magic for some time. 

Appraisal

Appraisal

We’ve all been there! That sense of recognition permeates the room during Tim Marriott’s latest play Appraisal. 

Tempus Fugit: Troy and Us

Tempus Fugit: Troy and Us

The Greeks knew a lot about war and told great tales of heroism, victory and defeat. 

Ghost Quartet by Dave Malloy

Ghost Quartet by Dave Malloy

Smashing Cabinets Theatre’s adaptation of Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet is ghost-like and haunting, confusing at times, but generally falls somewhere between the mysteriousness o… 

Horsepower

Horsepower

Not all shows have clarity of meaning or purpose yet they still retain a certain charm. 

Beautiful Nothing

Beautiful Nothing

All that glitters is not gold, a message that is incredibly clear in Em Oliver’s Beautiful Nothing. 

Spit Me Out

Spit Me Out

Slap ‘N’ Tickle Theatre Company, founded in 2020 by East 15 Acting School alumni, has created a fabulously entertaining piece of devised theatre that explores sensitive issues … 

A Wilde Life

A Wilde Life

Chevron Theatre’s A Wilde Life is absolutely hypnotic, hinting at a time of debauchery and a glamour that has long since passed. 

Artorigus

Artorigus

There is a distinctly medieval feel to Ross Stephenson’s Artorigus from the start, despite its modern trappings. 

Matilda Jr the Musical

Matilda Jr the Musical

Based on Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s novel, Matilda tells the story of a precocious five-year-old girl who loves books, hates bullies, and is revealed to have telekinetic p… 

DNA by Dennis Kelly

DNA by Dennis Kelly

The Year 12 girls from Wycombe Abbey school in High Wycombe under the direction of Phoebe Francis have created a fine production of DNA by Dennis Kelly. 

Drag Queen Wine Tasting

Drag Queen Wine Tasting

As I take my seat in Mono Restaurant for Drag Queen Wine Tasting, I’m immediately struck by how professional everything looks. 

Splinters

Splinters

Judy Seall’s Splinters is a strangely warm gothic Victorian tale, a warmth that emanates from the bonds between the members of the cast. 

Jazz Emu: You Shouldn't Have

Jazz Emu: You Shouldn't Have

Have you ever considered how much easier it would be to stop trying to be a nice person and just be a dick to everyone? You will after watching this show. 

Polly Peculiar

Polly Peculiar

Polly Peculiar, at Greenside Nicholson Square, is a joy from beginning to end: the sort of play that under normal circumstances you might not be tempted to see. 

Green Knight

Green Knight

Where are the knights of yesteryear? A masterclass in barebones storytelling, Debbie Cannon’s one-woman Green Knight has us spellbound. 

Exodus

Exodus

As we come into nearly eight years of rule of the UK Government by the Conservative Party – or 12 Years depending on your feelings for the Liberal Democrats – we have seen a ri… 

The Richard Osman Fan Club

The Richard Osman Fan Club

After airing nearly 2,000 episodes since it was first broadcast in 2009, Pointless has become a regular family favourite and made a nationwide star out of its intelligent and amiab… 

Rebel

Rebel

Two contrasting elements combine to make Rebel into a spectacular show ideally suited to the vast tent that is Underbelly’s Circus Hub on the Meadows. 

Starship Improvise

Starship Improvise

Combining the improvisation talents of Mischief Comedy, Austentatious, and Showstopper!, Starship Improvise is a blast out of this world, filled with moments of hilarity and creati… 

The Little Iceberg Musical

The Little Iceberg Musical

Before audiences step foot into the SpaceUK’s Annexe, a tune from a nearby keyboard drifts out of the theatre and floats down the hall to greet the audience. 

Heroin to Hero

Heroin to Hero

There are many rags-to-riches stories around but probably not another that follows a young heroin addict’s journey from death’s door to the gates of Buckingham Palace. 

Runners

Runners

“You can disappear into the timelessness of motion. 

Disenchanted: A Cabaret of Twisted Fairy Tales

Disenchanted: A Cabaret of Twisted Fairy Tales

There’s always two sides to every story, even fairy tales. 

Little Women

Little Women

Broadway, here we come! The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s production of Little Women is astonishingly professional, from the high quality costumes and stage setting to the ph… 

End without Days

End without Days

Cool with underlying passion and deceptively simple choreography by New Yorker/San Franciscan Stephen Pelton, End Without Days gets under your skin. 

Little Parts Hunts a Baby-Daddy

Little Parts Hunts a Baby-Daddy

How do clowns get pregnant? There is no obvious punch line for Little Parts, a clown who has always been pregnant, yet who is not sure if she’ll ever give birth. 

ASSISTED

ASSISTED

Intellectual writing, well elaborated characters and compelling themes of control in human and non-human relationships make Assisted at Surgeons' Hall a rewarding and entertain… 

Aidan Goatley: Tenacious

Aidan Goatley: Tenacious

Aidan Goatley is not jealous of Romesh Ranganathan. 

The Funny Thing About Death

The Funny Thing About Death

There are very few taboo subjects left these days, but the one that will eventually come to us all still leaves many people uncomfortable. 

Taiwan Season: See You

Taiwan Season: See You

See You is must see. 

Manhood

Manhood

Let me tell you about Ryan. 

The Zoo Story by Edward Albee

The Zoo Story by Edward Albee

A simple concept: Peter reading on his usual park bench is approached by Jerry, a bizarre young man full of questions and stories. 

Arthur Smith: My 75 Years at the Edinburgh Fringe

Arthur Smith: My 75 Years at the Edinburgh Fringe

There are some things as regular at the Fringe as Biblical downpours and overpriced street food. 

Sugar

Sugar

After a year away, Mabel Thomas brings her acclaimed show Sugar back to the Fringe, this time in person. 

Unseen Shepard

Unseen Shepard

What if the characters you created in your plays were to come to life and challenge the lives and circumstances you created for them?Unseen Shepard finds Pulitzer Prize-winning pla… 

Playing God

Playing God

Many of us will have known someone like Meg. 

Trudy Carmichael Presents: The Improvised One-Woman Show!

Trudy Carmichael Presents: The Improvised One-Woman Show!

Forget your troubles and let Las Vegas lounge legend Trudy Carmichael (along with her astounding accompanist) entertain you in her daring one-of-a-kind immersive musical event! Eve… 

Almost Instinct Almost True

Almost Instinct Almost True

How to remember the hermit of Hull? Almost Instinct, Almost True may refuse us anabsolute answer, but with moments of lyricism, connection and surprising political relevance, it as… 

Richard Pulsford: A Bit More Rich

Richard Pulsford: A Bit More Rich

Stand up is a challenging format at the best of times - but the one-liner comedian often seems to be the ultimate masochist in a field where self-inflicted pain is surely part of t… 

The Single Lady

The Single Lady

Lauren Brewer and Will Geraint Drake’s The Single Lady is a musical extravaganza, giving Elizabeth I the same treatment that Hamilton did to the Founding Fathers. 

A Highly Suspect Murder Mystery

A Highly Suspect Murder Mystery

A Highly Suspect Murder Mystery is an interactive Shakespeare-based whodunnit where the audience (with help from the cast) is tasked with solving the murder. 

Love and Sex on the Spectrum

Love and Sex on the Spectrum

It’s four years since George Steeves brought his Magic 8 Ball show to Edinburgh, winning the heart and mind of at least this reviewer with such an honest, bold theatrical collage… 

Reuben Kaye: The Butch is Back

Reuben Kaye: The Butch is Back

If you want to discover – or further explore – cabaret, you couldn’t do better than to start with Reuben Kaye. 

Aliya Kanani: Where You From, From?

Aliya Kanani: Where You From, From?

“Excuse me sir, would you mind if I gave this gentleman the free seat beside you?” says a keen and kind Aliya Kanani before the beginning of her sold-out show. 

Milo Edwards: Voicemail

Milo Edwards: Voicemail

Filled with classically and subtly nihilistic British humour, Milo Edwards’ Voicemail is full of intelligent and thought provoking commentary that turns Mash House into a safe sp… 

Paradok Platform

Paradok Platform

Billed as a ‘queer manifesto against Grindr’, Looking for Fun is one of the new plays showcased at the Paradok Platform. 

Sofie Hagen: Fat Jokes

Sofie Hagen: Fat Jokes

From dealing with video testimonies of love from superfans to the vilest of far-right vitriol that can be spat in 280 characters and all whilst dealing with the life of a comedian,… 

Marrow

Marrow

Marrow is a love letter to memory and to what makes us: us. 

Gulliver

Gulliver

Oooh, tell me stories. 

Luca Cupani: Happy Orphan

Luca Cupani: Happy Orphan

The title of this show and the sweet, open and slightly goofy face staring at you from the posters should tell you everything you need to know about this show: and stand-up Luca Cu… 

Catherine Bohart: This Isn't For You

Catherine Bohart: This Isn't For You

Despite what Catherine Bohart tells us in This Isn’t For You, she is more emotionally articulate than she gives herself credit for. 

Burn

Burn

Alan Cumming is a tour de force as ever. 

Hannah Fairweather: Just a Normal Girl Who Enjoys Revenge

Hannah Fairweather: Just a Normal Girl Who Enjoys Revenge

From exes to golf coaches, Just a Normal Girl Who Enjoys Revenge is an eloquent, biting and well-structured analysis of situations when Hannah Fairweather was right and when she wa… 

Anything Goes

Anything Goes

It’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s de-lovely - it’s the Great Depression as you don’t know it, full of the glitz, glamour and luxury of old Broadway. 

Re:ACTION: Inspired by the Album How We React and How We Recover by Jason Robert Brown

Re:ACTION: Inspired by the Album How We React and How We Recover by Jason Robert Brown

“Eagles! The eagles are coming” says Pippin Took in Lord of the Rings. 

The Actress

The Actress

During the bawdy years of Charles II’s restoration to the throne, one of his more shocking choices was to alleviate the perceived threat to the heterosexuality of female-imperson… 

Making a Murderer: The Musical

Making a Murderer: The Musical

Making A Murderer: The Musical is created by Phil Meaney, and tells the heart-wrenching story of the Avery family and the injustice they suffered at the hands of the American legal… 

Surfing the Holyland

Surfing the Holyland

Erin Hunter’s Surfing the Holyland is a dynamic and fast-paced one-woman show in which she tells the autobiographical story of her year living in Tel Aviv, the colourful cast of … 

False Start

False Start

What happens when you train for something your whole life, only to fail at the crucial moment? This question is the stimulus behind False Start, from acclaimed French-German theatr… 

Alison Spittle: Wet

Alison Spittle: Wet

The Pleasance Attic on a sunny afternoon is hot, especially sitting in a sold-out crowd. 

Boris the Third

Boris the Third

‘They all knew the person I was when they gave me the part,’ Harry Kershaw complains, words that ring hollow and true, in a prophetic sort of manner, a common feeling that we … 

Project Dictator

Project Dictator

Rhum and Clay's Project Dictator is a commentary on democracy and dictatorships, utilising different theatre genres to do so. 

We Were Promised Honey!

We Were Promised Honey!

Who is making theatre like YESYESNONO? The Manchester-based company is back with an immersive, story-telling experience. 

One of Two

One of Two

There’s significant anger in One of Two; a sense of injustice felt by a young man whose experience of the not-so-subtle cruelties and discrimination endured by disabled people is… 

The Chosen Haram

The Chosen Haram

A graduate of London’s National Centre for Circus Arts, Sadiq Ali brings humour, sensuality, and skill to this tale of boy meets boy, boy gets into the club scene and chemsex, bo… 

RuneSical

RuneSical

From Gigglemug comedy duo Sam Cochrane and Alex Prescot, Runesical is an amusing, action packed quest based on the role-palying game Runescape. 

Morgan Rees: Bi and Large

Morgan Rees: Bi and Large

As the audience arrives for Morgan Rees’ show at the Pleasance, there’s a pair of shoes sticking out behind the curtain. 

Godot is a Woman

Godot is a Woman

If Samuel Beckett is celebrated for the changing attitudes his work brought to ‘traditional’ theatre, then why do we insist on keeping his work preserved like an artefact, guar… 

Pauline

Pauline

Pauline is a one woman show, written and performed by the talented Sophie Bentinck. 

Bloody Mary: Live!

Bloody Mary: Live!

Forget everything you may know about Bloody Mary; the cocktail, the game, the queen who burned Protestants at the stake.