Denise Gough, foreground, as Emma in 'People, Places and Things'
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People, Places and Things, National Theatre (Dorfman), London

Denise Gough gives a superb performance in a play about addiction

Aishwarya Balasubramanian in 'Poetry, Danced'
©Darial Sneed

Poetry, Danced, Erasing Borders, Pace University, New York

This performance of Indian dance lived up to its title

Anne Jacquemin as Hariola and Alain Leclerc as Diogenes in 'Le Philosophe et la Putain'. Photo: Dominique Journet
©Dominique Journet

Le Philosophe et la putain, Théâtre 13, Paris

Jacques Rampal’s verse play is given amateurish treatment

From left: Jason Hughes as Ralph Clark, Jodie McNee as Liz Morden, Peter Forbes as Robbie Ross in 'Our Country's Good' at the National Theatre. Photo: Alastair Muir
©Alastair Muir

Our Country’s Good, National Theatre (Olivier), London

Cerys Matthews’ music lends beauty to Timberlake Wertenbaker’s play

From left: Donald Webber Jr., Chris Myers, Derrick Baskin, Daniel J. Watts, Nicholas Christopher and Ryan Quinn in 'Whorl Inside a Loop'. Photo: Joan Marcus
©Joan Marcus

Whorl Inside a Loop, Second Stage, New York

Dynamic performances elevate this multi-layered prison drama

Eelco Smits in ‘Song from Far Away,’ taken during a performance in Brazil
©Jan Versweyveld

What do dramaturgs do?

Sarah Hemming investigates the shadowy figures behind some of theatre’s biggest hits

Tracy-Ann Oberman as Isabella Blow and Stephen Wight as Lee in 'McQueen'. Photo: Specular
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McQueen, Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

In spite of a superb lead performance, the play is insubstantial

HAMLET by Shakespeare, , Writer - William Shakespeare, Director - Lyndsey Turner, Set design -Es Devlin, Lighting - Jane Cox, The Barbican, 2015, Credit: Johan Persson/
©Johan Persson

Hamlet, Barbican Theatre, London

Cumberbatch is a persuasive prince in this dynamic but bumpy staging

Sandy Grierson and Helen Mackay in 'Lanark'
©Eoin Carey

Lanark, Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

An exhilarating adaptation of Alasdair Gray’s landmark novel

Irina Kolesnikova in 'La Bayadère'
©Konstanin Tachkin

La Bayadère, St Petersburg Ballet Theatre, London Coliseum

An underpowered production of Petipa’s ballet

Love & Money, Signature Theatre, New York — review

A.R. Gurney’s drama is affectionate but ploughs a familiar furrow

Nouveau Théâtre Populaire festival, Fontaine-Guérin, France

A village in the Loire valley is home to an innovative theatre festival

Paul Bright’s Confessions of a Justified Sinner, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh — review

George Anton’s solo turn is gripping throughout

Evening of Colombian Dance, New York

From folk dance to diasporic African and Latinised hip-hop

Informed Consent, Duke Theatre, New York

Myth, science and ethics collide in a genetic researcher’s quest

Women of Troy / Captain Show-Off!, The Scoop Open Air Theatre, London

A fusion of three Euripides plays and a daft story about twins

Macbeth in Cantonese, Shakespeare’s Globe, London

A scaled-down, Cantonese version of the Scottish play

Grand Hotel, Southwark Playhouse, London

Cabaret-style musical with a fine cast and memorable numbers

Erasing Borders, Battery Dance Festival, New York

The showcase for Indian styles was danced with precise expertise

887, Edinburgh International Festival

The one-man show draws on fragments of personal and collective memory

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