‘The Shoemaker’s Holiday’ with, from left, Joel McCormack, David Troughton and Michael Hodgson
©Alastair Muir

The Shoemaker’s Holiday, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK — review

A patchy revival of Thomas Dekker’s 1599 comedy

Alex Waldmann and Rebecca Collingwood in ‘Widowers’ Houses’
©Richard Hubert Smith

Widowers’ Houses, Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond-upon-Thames, UK — review

Shaw’s early comedy about slum landlords still resonates

The operatic version of ‘The Long Christmas Dinner’
©Jito Lee

The Long Christmas Dinner, Alice Tully Hall, New York — review

An unexpectedly successful double-header concocted by Leon Botstein

Hope Boykin (centre) in ‘Odetta’
©Steve Wilson

‘Odetta’, Alvin Ailey, New York

What makes the singer such a promising subject and soundtrack for dance theatre is the drama in her renditions

Nicole Scherzinger in 'Cats'
©Alessandro Pinna

Cats, London Palladium — review

The singing-and-dancing moggies are prowling again in the West End

Rebecca Trehearn and Rosalie Craig in ‘City of Angels’
©Johan Persson

City of Angels, Donmar Warehouse, London — review

A smart blend of past and present, fact and fiction

Cameron Scoggins and T.R. Knight in ‘Pocatello’
©Jeremy Daniel

Pocatello, Playwrights Horizons, New York — review

A skilfully woven drama about a restaurant threatened with closure

From left, Anemone Valcke, Verona Verbakel and Karolien De Bleser in 'Sirens'
©Ronny Werelaers

Sirens, Soho Theatre, London — review

A refreshingly frank piece about sexism and misogyny

'Golem'
©Bernhard Müller

Golem, Young Vic Theatre, London — review

A bleak, delightful dramatisation of the tale of a clay man

Corey Claire Annand and Valentina Golfieri in 'The Little Match Girl'
©Phil Conrad

The Little Match Girl, Sadler’s Wells, London — review

An inventive, absorbing piece of family theatre from Arthur Pita

Ellington at Christmas, The Apollo, New York — review

A celebration of jazz and classical — as well as prayer and sin

Répétition, Théâtre de Gennevilliers, Paris — review

Pascal Rambert’s monologues bring together four acting luminaries

An American in Paris, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris — review

This ambitious Franco-American co-production is a triumph

Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Barbican, London — review

A mature and beautifully detailed production

Carmen, Théâtre du Rond-Point, Paris — review

Dada Masilo’s version fills the stage with rumbustious energy

The Nutcracker, Coliseum, London — review

The presence of Alina Cojocaru was the evening’s reward

Edward Scissorhands, Sadler’s Wells, London

Choreographer Matthew Bourne is on autopilot here

Treasure Island, National Theatre, London

Bryony Lavery’s production awakens the inner runaway in all of us

The Christmas Truce, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

It may offer a somewhat confected version of events, but Phil Porter’s play is still very moving

La Clemenza di Tito, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris

The singers bloom despite some directorial silliness

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