Every production is rated by our reviewer out of 100.
Then, a star rating is assigned according to the following criteria:
5 stars. Between 90 and 100. Outstanding. Remarkable.
4 stars. Between 70 and 90. Distinctive and high quality.
3 stars. Between 30 and 70. Worthwhile
2 stars. Between 10 and 30. Lacking in some respects
1 star. Between 0 and 10. Curious or dire or both.
Occasionally, a reviewer might consider a production was off the scale (either bad or good) and award 0 or 6 stars accordingly. This is not likely to be a regular occurrence.
In our experience, a large proportion of productions are worthwhile in some way – hence, the bracket for 3 stars being the widest.
For the purposes of the site, we will regard The West End as including these theatres in the technical “Theatreland”:
Adelphi Theatre, Aldwych Theatre, Ambassadors Theatre, Apollo Theatre, Apollo Victoria Theatre, Arts Theatre, Cambridge Theatre, Criterion Theatre, Dominion Theatre, Duchess Theatre, Duke of York’s Theatre, Fortune Theatre, Garrick Theatre, Gielgud Theatre, Harold Pinter Theatre, Her Majesty’s Theatre, London Palladium, Lyceum Theatre, Lyric Theatre, New London Theatre, Noël Coward Theatre, Novello Theatre, Palace Theatre, Peacock Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Piccadilly Theatre, Playhouse Theatre, Prince Edward Theatre, Prince of Wales Theatre, Queen’s Theatre, Savoy Theatre, Shaftesbury Theatre, St James Theatre, St Martin’s Theatre, Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Theatre Royal Haymarket, Trafalgar Studios, Vaudeville Theatre, Victoria Palace Theatre, Wyndham’s Theatre.
together with these leading companies:
The Almeida Theatre, the Barbican Theatre, the Donmar Warehouse Theatre, the Globe Theatre, the Hampstead Theatre, the National Theatre, the Old Vic, the Open Air Theatre , the Royal Court Theatre and the Young Vic.
Other venues in the Greater London Area will be considered under the heading “London”.