The Roaring Girl, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

The season takes its name from Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker’s Jacobean comedy (c1610) centred on Moll Cutpurse

Chris O’Dowd and Leighton Meester in ‘Of Mice and Men’

Of Mice and Men, Longacre Theatre, New York

The signature themes of John Steinbeck’s novel – the loneliness of the migrant worker, the yearning for land of one’s own – have not abated

©Morne van Zyl and Brett Bailey

A dictator for all seasons

Verdi in 90 minutes; ‘Macbeth’ in the Congo: director talks about his unusual postcolonial vision

Michael Slattery as the Madwoman in ‘Curlew River’

France’s festival of Britten

The composer’s music resonates far and wide in Lyon


Rodin, Coliseum, London

Boris Eifman weilds his choreographic sledgehammer

Patricia Hodge and Caroline Quentin in 'Relative Values'
©Donald Cooper

Relative Values, Harold Pinter Theatre, London

The attraction lies in the production and cast, rather than the play

Bavarian State Ballet in 'Choreartium'
©Wilfried Hösl

Ballettwoche (Ballet Week), Nationaltheater, Munich

A showcase for the work of Bavarian State Ballet director Ivan Liška

From left, Keith Bartlett, Lindsey Campbell, Diana Quick, Kirsty Bushell and Jo Stone-Fewings in 'The Big Meal'
©Simon Annand

The Big Meal, HighTide Festival, Suffolk, UK

A dark, challenging but brilliant family drama

Novosibirsk Ballet's 'Pulcinella'
©Evgeniy Ivanov

Golden Mask Festival, Moscow

The most original offerings came from beyond the Urals

'A View From the Bridge' at the Young Vic
©Jan Versweyveld

A View From the Bridge, Young Vic, London

A puzzling but striking production of Arthur Miller’s play

Lac, Coliseum, London

Subtitled ‘After Swan Lake’, this is a sorry production

Almeida and ‘Chimerica’ star in Oliviers

North London venue features in eight winning categories

The Winter’s Tale, Royal Opera House, London

A skilful dance-theatre adaptation by Christopher Wheeldon

‘I’m trying not to be rude’

Director Graham Vick talks about morality, money and opera

King Charles III, Almeida Theatre, London

A brilliant, provocative piece of drama that asks an audience to consider together the nature of power

Bullets Over Broadway, St James Theatre, New York

Woody Allen’s stage musical is extremely well crafted

Three Sisters, Southwark Playhouse, London

Chekhov’s drama is updated to the present day – with mixed results

Birdland, Royal Court Theatre, London

Simon Stephens’ drama launches another amoral ogre

A Small Family Business, National Theatre (Olivier), London

A well-paced production of Alan Ayckbourn’s 1987 farce

Let the Right One In, Apollo Theatre, London

This vampire tale is a tender love story between two outsiders