Lily Sacofsky, left, and Amanda Drew in 'Three Days in the Country'
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Three Days in the Country, National Theatre (Lyttelton), London

Patrick Marber’s Turgenev adaptation is a masterly piece of work

James Lecesne in 'The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey'
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The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, Westside Theatre, New York

James Lecesne shines in this one-man show about a missing teenager

Laura Pitt-Pulford, centre, as Milly
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Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Open Air Theatre, Regent’s Park, London

A production that plays up the musical’s comedy and warmth

Pete Shenton, centre, in 'Hercules: A Dance Cabaret for All Ages'

Hercules: A Dance Cabaret for All Ages, Peacock Theatre, London

A comic, family-friendly retelling of the ancient Greek tale

Michelle Dorrance's 'The Blues Project' at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, New York. Credit: Darial Sneed
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The Blues Project, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, New York

A tap show that explores contemporary culture as well as history

Anne-Marie Duff and Carey Mulligan in the film ‘Suffragette’, written by Abi Morgan
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Abi Morgan: ‘I can’t not be a feminist’

The writer’s play ‘Splendour’ and film ‘Suffragette’ portray women on the front line of political change

Charles Edwards
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Richard II, Shakespeare’s Globe, London

The right balance is struck for a Globe production of this underrated history play

Cubanía, Royal Opera House, London

Upcoming dance performances

Sylvie Guillem: Life in Progress, Cubanía and The Car Man

Tim Grayburn and Bryony Kimmings in ‘Fake it ’til you Make it’
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Theatre and poetry at Latitude Festival

Artists explored personal, political and social contracts

Ballet Folklórico de México
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Ballet Folklórico de México, London Coliseum

The show’s visual appeal is immediate: coloured silk flounces and natty Charro suits

Ubu Roi, Gerald W. Lynch Theater, New York — review

Jarry’s play is transposed to a modern-day French family setting

A Hero of Our Time, Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow — review

An innovative adaptation of Mikhail Lermontov’s 1840 novel

Mack & Mabel, Chichester Festival Theatre, West Sussex, UK

Michael Ball stars as the silent moviemaking giant Mack Sennett

Antigona, West Park Presbyterian Church, New York

A powerful marriage of Greek tragedy and flamenco

Ardani 25 Dance Gala, Coliseum, London

Arthur Pita’s ‘Facada’ was the highlight of a mixed programme

The Car Man, Sadler’s Wells, London

Matthew Bourne’s tragedy is sharper than ever

‘What’s It All About?’, Menier Chocolate Factory, London

A jukebox musical with a twist and a great deal of charm

Avignon’s nude direction for Shakespeare

A controversial ‘Lear’ set the tone at this year’s festival

Scenes From an Execution, Atlantic Stage 2, New York — review

Jan Maxwell is at her best as an iconoclastic 16th-century painter

The Mentalists, Wyndham’s Theatre, London — review

Richard Bean’s drama is sharply funny and acutely observant