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

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

From left: Joe Paulik, Gabriel Brown and Maureen Anderman in 'Love & Money'
©Joan Marcus

Love & Money, Signature Theatre, New York — review

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

Members of Nouveau Théâtre Populaire in 'Oedipus the King'. Photo: Roxane Kasperski
©Roxane Kasperski

Nouveau Théâtre Populaire festival, Fontaine-Guérin, France

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

George Anton in ‘Paul Bright’s Confessions of a Justified Sinner’

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

George Anton’s solo turn is gripping throughout

Sankofa Danzafro, with William Camilo Perlaza Micolta (front left), at Battery Dance Festival. Photo: Darial Sneed
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Evening of Colombian Dance, New York

From folk dance to diasporic African and Latinised hip-hop

The New York City premiere of "Informed Consent" at Primary Stages by Deborah Zoe Laufer and directed by Liesl Tommy. The play features Pun Bandhu, Tina Benko, Jesse J. Perez, DeLanna Studi, and Myra Lucretia Taylor.

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

Interview: David Charles Abell

The conductor on bringing scholarship to the world of musicals

Edinburgh Fringe, various venues — review

Several of this year’s shows tackle the notion of personal agency

Swan Lake, London Coliseum

The ballet’s poetry was absent in an unshakeably efficient production

BalletX, Joyce Theater, New York

A plane crash is the unlikely inspiration for a surreal ballet

My Children! My Africa!, Trafalgar Studios, London

An intimate portrayal of apartheid-era trauma