Joseph Guyton, centre, and Eric Greene, right, in 'Khovanskygate: A National Enquiry'
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Khovanskygate: A National Enquiry, Freedom Tent, Birmingham

Graham Vick’s Mussorgsky adaptation casts a potent spell

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‘If the femme fatale indicates female power, then the present age isn’t doing too well’
‘Research may disprove what we think we know but artists are used to living with risk’
Joshua McGuire in 'Privacy'
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Privacy, Donmar Warehouse, London

James Graham’s play tackles a big subject with wit and invention

John Hollingworth and Rachael Stirling in 'An Intervention'
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An Intervention, Palace Theatre, Watford

Mike Bartlett’s tight play puts friendship under the spotlight

Neil Patrick Harris in 'Hedwig & the Angry Inch'
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Belasco Theatre, New York

Neil Patrick Harris takes the flamboyant title role

Joyce DiDonato in 'La Cenerentola'
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La Cenerentola, Metropolitan Opera, New York

Joyce DiDonato sings with casual brilliance in Rossini’s opera

Oxana Kardash as Myrtha in the Stanislavsky Ballet's 'Giselle'
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Giselle, La Sylphide, The Little Mermaid, Stanislavsky Theatre, Moscow

The Stanislavsky Ballet is giving the Bolshoi a run for its money

'Momentum' (2011) by Lorna Simpson

Deutsche Börse Photography Prize

Diverse offerings make this year’s exhibition a must-see

Diana Damrau as Violetta and Francesco Demuro as Alfredo. Photo: Catherine Ashmore

La traviata, Royal Opera House, London

Diana Damrau delivered drama with truly unbuttoned force

Mark Padmore and Camilla Tilling

Johannes-Passion, Easter Festival, Baden-Baden, Germany

Peter Sellars tells the Passion story as a narrative for every age

Antony Sher as Falstaff and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal in ‘Henry IV Part 1’
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Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Antony Sher’s excellent Falstaff is at the heart of this revival