Peter de Jersey and Rory Kinnear in 'The Threepenny Opera'. Photo: Richard H. Smith
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The Threepenny Opera, National Theatre (Olivier), London — ‘Still salient’

Brecht and Weill’s musical is performed with mordant relish

Sarawanee Tanatanit in 'Tristan & Isolde'. Photo: GTG/Gregory Batardon
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Tristan & Isolde — Salue pour moi le monde!, Les Gémeaux, Sceaux, France — ‘Stunning’

Dance version of Wagner’s opera is a work of painterly strokes

Duncan Macmillan, Text Katie Mitchell, Director Leo Warner, Director of Photography Finn Ross, Video Lizzie Clachan, Sets Sussie Juhlin-Wallen, Costumes Melanie Wilson, Sound Paul Clarke, Music Jack Knowles, Lighting

The Forbidden Zone, Barbican, London — ‘Stunning, sombre’

An overwhelming piece of theatre about war and weaponry

Struan Leslie
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Interview: choreographer Struan Leslie

The movement director on his work for this year’s Aldeburgh Festival

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Romeo and Juliet, Garrick Theatre, London — review

Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespearean revival shows a sprinkling of ideas for individual moments

Gabriel Byrne
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Gabriel Byrne: confessions of a contender

The Tony Awards Best Actor nominee talks to Max McGuinness about success, prizes and Catholic guilt

Vondie Curtis Hall in 'The Total Bent'. Photo: Joan Marcus
©Joan Marcus

The Total Bent, Public Theater, New York — ‘Stilted’

Memorable music cannot redeem this meandering, clunky show

Sarah Alexander in 'The Mother'. Photo: Robert Workman
©Robert Workman

A View from Islington North, Arts Theatre, London — ‘Acid sideswipe’

Five short plays present an enjoyable satire on British politics

Ian Gelder in 'Human Animals'. Photo: Helen Maybanks
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Human Animals, London — ‘Earnest eco-fable’

Stef Smith’s play is packed with incident but goes nowhere

Gweneth-Ann Rand, centre, in '4.48 Psychosis'. Photo: Stephen Cummiskey
©Stephen Cummiskey

4.48 Psychosis, Lyric Hammersmith, London — ‘Unhinged and chilling’

Sarah Kane’s bleak vision is well served by Philip Venables’ opera

Incognito, New York City Center — review

Nick Payne’s play about the brain and consciousness is stimulating

Kenny Morgan, Arcola Theatre, London — ‘Deft and witty’

New drama explores the real-life tragedy behind a Rattigan play

Jane Eyre, Cast, Doncaster, UK — ‘Vibrant dance drama’

A textbook example of dance storytelling from Northern Ballet

Hadestown, New York Theatre Workshop

A musical Orpheus and Eurydice set in the Depression-era South

Blue/Orange, Young Vic: ‘Scintillating’

A play about two psychiatrists debating the fate of a patient

King John, Rose Theatre, Kingston upon Thames, UK — review

Trevor Nunn lets Shakespeare’s play speak for itself

Running Wild, Regent’s Park, London — review

Animals so eye-catching they risk eclipsing the eco message

Hot and sweaty at the ballet

A taboo-breaking work on ballet sex is all set to take on new life at Covent Garden

Casey Nicholaw is musical comedy’s go-to guy

‘Aladdin’s’ director-choreographer on the importance of breaking with tradition

The Invisible Hand, Tricycle Theatre, London — ‘Fiendishly clever’

This kidnapping drama delves deep into different belief systems

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