The Father
©Simon Annand

The Father, Wyndham’s Theatre, London

A devastating and brilliant portrait of Alzheimer’s from the inside

Gabriel Dufay in 'Journal d’une apparition'. Photo: Vladimir Vatsev
©Vladimir Vatsev

Journal d’une apparition, Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris — review

A dreamy adaptation of surrealist poet Robert Desnos’ work

From left: Joely Richardson, Timothy Walker, Alex Waldmann, Geoff Leesley and Michael Xavier in ‘The Wars of the Roses’. Photo: Mark Douet
©Mark Douet

The Wars of the Roses, Rose Theatre, Kingston

Trevor Nunn’s marathon production of Shakespeare’s dynastic plays

'La Musica' at Young Vic Theatre with Sam Troughton and Emily Barclay. Photo: David Sandison
©David Sandison

La Musica, Young Vic, London

An uncomfortable close-up of a divorcing couple

Cast and Kate Fleetwood in 'Medea'. Photo: Marc Brenner
©Marc Brenner

Medea, Almeida Theatre, London

Kate Fleetwood is a forbidding Medea in Rachel Cusk’s adaptation

From left: Andrew Pugsley, Lucy Trodd, Ruth Brat, Phillip Pellew and Justin Brett in ‘Showstopper! The Improvised Musical’. Photo: Geraint Lewis
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Showstopper! The Improvised Musical, Apollo Theatre, London

Dylan Emery and Adam Meggido’s ensemble create musicals on the hoof

Chéri, Linbury Studio Theatre, London

The May-December love tragedy is an excellent vehicle for its 52-year-old star

Conor McPherson’s ‘The Night Alive’

Dublin Theatre Festival makes the familiar fresh

From mashed-up Chekhov to new Irish comedies, this year is alive with a spirit of re-evaluation

Fagin (played by Elhami Amin) with Oliver (Fadi Al Assal) kneeling to his right, and the Artful Dodger (Ibrahim Omran) to Fagin’s left, in the sold-out performance
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The first Arabic production of ‘Oliver!’

‘Please sir, I want some more!’ Charlotte Eagar on staging a sell-out production of the classic musical with a cast of Syrian refugee children in Jordan

Sara Mearns and Tyler Angle The Blue of Distance (World Premiere) Choreography by: Robert Binet Fala Gala 2015 New York City Ballet Credit Photo: Paul Kolnik
©Paul Kolnik

New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center, New York

New York City Ballet opens its season with high-fashion collaborations

Farinelli and the King, Duke of York’s Theatre, London

Mark Rylance is superb in a study of two men caged by their conditions

Spring Awakening, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York

Deaf West Theater’s musical production is elegant but elusive

Tipping the Velvet, Lyric Hammersmith, London

The adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel runs the gamut from Sapphic to socialist

Genesis, Sadler’s Wells, London

Choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui collaborates with Yabin Wang

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Coliseum, London

Mark Wigglesworth’s inaugural ENO production is a blockbuster

Millepied / Robbins / Balanchine, Paris Opera Ballet, Palais Garnier

Benjamin Millepied revolutionises the Paris Opera Ballet ensemble

Hecuba, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK

Marina Carr’s reimagining of queen Hecuba’s myth falls flat

Nell Gwynn, Shakespeare’s Globe, London

A witty, vivacious portrait of the king’s mistress

Henry V, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK

Gregory Doran mounts a royally intelligent production at the RSC

Theatre: Drama and bass

A new wave of pop stars are composing for the stage