Jennifer Mudge (as Stephanie) and Matthew Perry (as Jack)
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The End of Longing, Playhouse Theatre, London

At root, the only message is ‘people can change’

A ‘long overdue’ debut for Sarah Kane

The playwright’s fearless work is finally set to make its debut at the National Theatre

From left, Tessa Thompson, Joshua Jackson, Mahershala Ali and Anne Son in 'Smart People'. Photo: Matthew Murphy
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Smart People, Tony Kiser Theatre, New York — ‘Lacking nuance’

A play whose characters never transcend their own stereotypes

Jared McNeill and Carole Karemera in Peter Brook’s ‘Battlefield’. Photo: Donald Cooper
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Battlefield, Young Vic, London — ‘Remarkable grace’

Peter Brook co-directs this meditation on war and its aftermath

Dada Masilo’s 'Swan Lake'. Photo: Yi-Chun Wu
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Dada Masilo’s Swan Lake, Joyce Theater, New York — ‘Bold’

The South African choreographer’s version reveals hidden layers

Viktorina Kapitonova and Alexander Jones in ‘Swan Lake’. Photo: Carlos Quezada
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Swan Lake, Opernhaus Zurich — ‘Triumphant’

Alexei Ratmansky’s ‘reconstruction’ is an overwhelming success

Paris Opera Ballet in Jerome Robbins' 'Goldberg Variations'. Photo: Benoîte Fanton
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Bel/Millepied/ Robbins, Palais Garnier, Paris

This triple bill followed Benjamin Millepied’s resignation announcement

From left, Dennis Herdman, Rachael Stirling and Jessica Baglow in ‘The Winter’s Tale’. Photo: Marc Brenner
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The Winter’s Tale, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, London — ‘Lovely, delicate’

Michel Longhurst’s production makes eloquent use of light

Claire Skinner and Georgina Rich in 'Rabbit Hole'. Photo: Manuel Harlan
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Rabbit Hole, Hampstead Theatre, London — ‘Nothing to fault, but . . . ’

David Lindsay-Abaire’s play about grief lacks a compelling story

Anne Alvaro and Audrey Bonnet. Photo: Christophe Raynaud de Lage
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Dans la solitude des champs de coton, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris — ‘Thoroughly French’

Bernard-Marie Koltès’s enigmatic 1985 play is given a new twist

Kabuki in the age of social media

Ebizō Ichikawa, heir to a theatrical dynasty, on the challenges of the dance-drama in the modern world

The Master Builder, Old Vic, London — ‘Psychological acuity’

Ralph Fiennes gives a towering performance in Ibsen’s unwieldy play

The Most Incredible Thing, New York City Ballet

Justin Peck’s first story ballet offers mere divertissements

Hong Kong’s ‘lions’ dance for prosperity

A family business limbers up for a lucky Chinese new year

National Theatre ends run of Sunday shows

Directors hoped to tap into popularity of South Bank at weekends

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, National Theatre (Lyttelton), London — ‘Pitch-perfect’

August Wilson’s play about music and race is superbly acted

Red Velvet, Garrick Theatre, London — ‘Lester’s towering performance’

A belated West End transfer for this drama about race and theatre

Much ado over Shakespeare’s buy-to-let

Documents reveal playwright to be very modern in financial affairs

Iphigenia in Splott, National Theatre, London — ‘A dramatic sucker punch’

Gary Owen’s drama veers into unexpected and fascinating territory

Escaped Alone, Royal Court Theatre, Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London — ‘Mastery’

Caryl Churchill’s new play is elliptical, enigmatic and powerful

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