Ronak Patani and Zubin Varla in ‘Dara'
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Dara, National Theatre (Lyttelton), London — review

Drama set in 17th-century India raises issues that resonate today

Culture columns

Masterpiece of Caravaggio 'The Cardsharps' ©Getty
Intellectual property law does not seem to help much when it comes to the arts
English nursing reformer Florence Nightingale (1820 - 1910), who became the first woman to receive the Order of Merit for her tireless efforts during the Crimean War. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images) ©Getty
Exploring the basement treasure-house where recordings of Florence Nightingale and other rarities are stored
From left, Forbes Masson, James McAvoy and Paul Leonard in 'The Ruling Class'
©Johan Persson

The Ruling Class, Trafalgar Studio 1, London — review

James McAvoy is both charming and chilling in this revival

Tango Fire's 'Flames of Desire'

Tango Fire, Peacock Theatre, London — review

The Argentine dance troupe present an irresistibly brazen display

Peter Brötzmann, Hamid Drake, William Parker, Café Oto, London — review

Ferocious energy and exemplary musicianship from the jazz trio

Richard Alston Dance Company in 'Nomadic'
©Alastair Muir

Richard Alston Dance Company, Sadler’s Wells, London — review

One of the great dance companies celebrates its 20th anniversary

Dalibor Jenis and Diana Damrau in 'Lucia di Lammermoor'
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Lucia di Lammermoor, Bavarian State Opera, Munich — review

The 17th-century love story is transported to 1950s America

From left, Pip Donaghy, Martin Hutson and Mike Grady in 'Taken at Midnight'
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Taken at Midnight, Theatre Royal Haymarket, London — review

The true story of a German lawyer who took on the Nazis

Elin Rombo and Jeremy Carpenter in ‘Written on Skin'
©Markus Garder

Written on Skin, Royal Swedish Opera, Stockholm — review

George Benjamin’s opera is given a stunning Scandinavian premiere

Geoffrey Streatfeild and Julian Ovenden in 'My Night With Reg'
©Johan Persson

My Night with Reg, Apollo Theatre, London — review

A deserved West End transfer for Kevin Elyot’s poignant drama

Thiago Soares and Marianela Núñez in 'Onegin'
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Onegin, Royal Opera House, London — review

An uneven performance was lit up by Marianela Núñez’s Tatiana