SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE by Norman, , Writer – Marc Norman, Screenplay – Tom Stoppard, Director – Declan Donnellan, Designer – Nick Ormerod, Choreography – Jane Gibson, Lighting – Neil Austin, The Noel Coward Theatre, London, 2014, Credit: Johan Persson

Shakespeare in Love, Noël Coward Theatre, London

Lee Hall’s adaptation of the 1998 film is a love letter to theatre

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Maria Alexandrova in the Bolshoi Ballet's 'Don Quixote'
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Bolshoi Ballet, Lincoln Center Festival, New York

A vital reminder that ‘same old’ sometimes means forever young

Michael Marcus and Martin Bassindale in 'Two Gentlemen of Verona'
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Two Gentlemen of Verona, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK

This early Shakespeare work is awkward but spirited

Violinist Daniel Rowland at the Kuhmo Festival
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Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, Finland

A remote lakeside town hosts a remarkable event

Pieter Symonds and Carlos Acosta in 'Derrumbe'
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Cubanía, Royal Opera House, London

Carlos Acosta’s mixed programme was indeed mixed in quality

Joshua Beamish and Wendy Whelan in 'Restless Creature'
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Restless Creature, Linbury Studio Theatre, London

Wendy Whelan’s gifts were squandered in this programme of duets

Helen McCrory as Medea
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Medea, National Theatre (Olivier), London

Helen McCrory’s Medea conjures up a spirit of savage hopelessness

Maria Ylipää in ‘Kullervo’
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Kullervo, Savonlinna Opera Festival, Finland

A Finnish classic, superbly sung and beautifully played

Zak Resnick and Derrick Baskin in 'Piece of my Heart'
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Piece of My Heart, Signature Center, New York

A musical about songwriter Bert Berns offers scattered pleasures

Valery Gergiev conducts the World Orchestra for Peace at the Proms
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World Orchestra for Peace, BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

Mahler’s Sixth Symphony was attacked with unremitting brutality