Steven McRae and Federico Bonelli in Liam Scarlett's 'Frankenstein'. Photo: Bill Cooper
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Frankenstein, Royal Opera House, London — ‘Bizarre’

Liam Scarlett’s new ballet is vivid but fatally naive

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ENO unveils programme of crowd-pleasers

Opera house attempts to put ‘difficult period’ behind it

Andrew French and Sharon Duncan-Brewster in ‘Agamemnon’, part of ‘The Iphigenia Quartet’. Photo: Helen Murray
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The Iphigenia Quartet, Gate Theatre, London — ‘Imaginative’

Four plays focus and refocus on the death of Agamemnon’s daughter

Luiza Yuk and Vinicius Vieira in ‘Céu Cinzento’. Photo: Juliana Hilal

São Paulo Dance Company, Joyce Theater, New York — ‘Formulaic’

One exceptional duet stood out among the clichés

Brandon Victor Dixon and Audra McDonald in ‘Shuffle Along’. Photo: Julieta Cervantes
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Shuffle Along, New York — ‘Courageous’

A lively musical that is also a thoughtful meditation on race

Maguy Marin's 'Les applaudissments ne se mangent pas'

Maguy Marin, Paris Opera Ballet — review

Ballerinas struggle to make contemporary choreography soar

Hermione Gulliford in ‘Richard II’
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Richard II, House of Commons, London — ‘Imaginative’

A sharp, slick, modern-dress staging that mixes the concerns of Shakespeare’s play with the trappings of contemporary power

Michelle Dorrance’s dancers in ‘ETM: Double Down’
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Dorrance Dance, Joyce Theater, New York — ‘Subtly theatrical’

By turns goofy and lyrical, messy and pristine, the show is a marvel of synaesthesia

A comedy performance at Tehran's Baran Theatre

Theatres mark new stage for Iran’s young

Packed performances reveal cultural openness under Rouhani

Barbara Flynn and Zoë Wanamaker in ‘Elegy’. Photo: Johan Persson
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Elegy, Donmar Warehouse, London — ‘Affecting’

Nick Payne’s new drama explores mind, memory and identity

Protein Dance, The Place, London — ‘Tuneful if somewhat chewy’

Dance theatre piece about food is meaty, but has a scattergun approach to skewering its targets

The Herbal Bed, Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames, UK — ‘Complex and delicate’

Peter Whelan’s 1996 drama explores a Jacobean slander case

Show Boat, New London Theatre, London — ‘Revels in its exuberance’

Pioneering 1920s musical gets a masterly revival

Pablo Bronstein’s Tate Britain Commission — interview

The Argentinian artist’s piece blends performance and architecture

Doctor Faustus, Duke of York’s Theatre, London — ‘Clumsy’

Faustus’s pact with the devil gets a pointless update

Kings of War, Barbican, London — ‘A rewarding marathon’

A Dutch theatre group’s chilling dissection of power

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, Criterion Theatre, London — ‘Undeniably impressive’

An almost too silly set-up finds its way back to being funny

Dresden Semperoper Ballett, St Petersburg — ‘Neoclassical vigour’

A programme of recent work for the impressive Dance Open Festival

American Psycho, Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, New York — ‘Never truly shocks’

This jaunty musical adaptation struggles to be scary

Funny Girl, Savoy Theatre, London

A touching, open performance: a superb star turn in a show that questions what it is that makes a star

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