'Rio Dance Battle' at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival

Rio Dance Battle Rennie Harris, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, New York

A contrast in styles between Rio and Philadelphia

Stanley Townsend in 'The Nether'
©Johan Persson

The Nether, Royal Court Theatre, London

An unsettling drama that challenges us to think the unthinkable

A scene from ‘Full Stop’ by Light the Fuse
©Marc Sethi

Latitude festival, Suffolk

The Latitude festival celebrates its ninth edition in Suffolk with a choice of arts performances enough to overwhelm even the most organised fan

Holy warmonger: Alexander Siddig plays Saladin
©Marc Brenner

‘Holy Warriors’, Shakespeare’s Globe, London‘

Both writer and director expertly walk the high-wire between the twin abysses of timidity and alienating partiality

Upcoming dance performances

Mariinsky Ballet, Push and Solo for Two

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE by Norman, , Writer – Marc Norman, Screenplay – Tom Stoppard, Director – Declan Donnellan, Designer – Nick Ormerod, Choreography – Jane Gibson, Lighting – Neil Austin, The Noel Coward Theatre, London, 2014, Credit: Johan Persson

Shakespeare in Love, Noël Coward Theatre, London

Lee Hall’s adaptation of the 1998 film is a love letter to theatre

Michael Marcus and Martin Bassindale in 'Two Gentlemen of Verona'
©Simon Annand

Two Gentlemen of Verona, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK

This early Shakespeare work is awkward but spirited

Maria Alexandrova in the Bolshoi Ballet's 'Don Quixote'
©Damir Yusupov

Bolshoi Ballet, Lincoln Center Festival, New York

A vital reminder that ‘same old’ sometimes means forever young

Pieter Symonds and Carlos Acosta in 'Derrumbe'
©Bill Cooper

Cubanía, Royal Opera House, London

Carlos Acosta’s mixed programme was indeed mixed in quality

Joshua Beamish and Wendy Whelan in 'Restless Creature'
©Christopher Duggan

Restless Creature, Linbury Studio Theatre, London

Wendy Whelan’s gifts were squandered in this programme of duets

Medea, National Theatre (Olivier), London

Helen McCrory’s Medea conjures up a spirit of savage hopelessness

Piece of My Heart, Signature Center, New York

A musical about songwriter Bert Berns offers scattered pleasures

Amadeus, Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, West Sussex, UK

Rupert Everett and Joshua McGuire revel in the drama’s excesses

San Francisco Ballet, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris

The relentlessly creative company is presenting 18 short ballets

The Importance of Being Earnest, Harold Pinter Theatre, London

Stage veterans become young lovers in this take on Wilde’s comedy

Upcoming dance performances

Restless Creature, Coppélia and Cubanía

Invincible, St James Theatre, London

A sharp, funny play about the class mismatch of two couples

Pageant, Davenport Theatre, New York

A beauty contest satire so good-natured that it is hard to resist

Avignon Festival, France

The event has bounced back with a new director and a more political streak

De Keersmaeker Early Works, Lincoln Center Festival, New York

These early works show a young artist progressing step by step