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'
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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'
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Bolshoi Ballet, Lincoln Center Festival, New York

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

Pieter Symonds and Carlos Acosta in 'Derrumbe'
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Cubanía, Royal Opera House, London

Carlos Acosta’s mixed programme was indeed mixed in quality

Joshua Beamish and Wendy Whelan in 'Restless Creature'
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Restless Creature, Linbury Studio Theatre, London

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

Helen McCrory as Medea
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Medea, National Theatre (Olivier), London

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

Zak Resnick and Derrick Baskin in 'Piece of my Heart'
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Piece of My Heart, Signature Center, New York

A musical about songwriter Bert Berns offers scattered pleasures

Joshua McGuire and Jessie Buckley in 'Amadeus'
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Amadeus, Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, West Sussex, UK

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

San Francisco Ballet in Liam Scarlett’s ‘Hummingbird’
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San Francisco Ballet, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris

The relentlessly creative company is presenting 18 short ballets

From left: Nigel Havers, Cherie Lunghi, Rosalind Ayres, Christine Kavanagh, Martin Jarvis, Niall Buggy and Siân Phillips. Photo: Nigel Norrington
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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

Saisons Russes, Coliseum, London

Three well-intentioned but unlikely takes on Diaghilev ballets

Perseverance Drive, Bush Theatre, London

A Barbadian family drama fraught with friction and dysfunctionality

Brasil Brasileiro, Sadler’s Wells, London

The music is the best thing in this flashily efficient evening

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