Peter Pan, National Theatre, London — ‘Poignancy and fun’

A rich, nuanced production that brings out the bittersweet tone in JM Barrie’s play

The Life of a Song: ‘Not Fade Away’

Buddy Holly’s 1958 performance inspired the young Mick Jagger to form his own band

Salome, Metropolitan Opera, New York — review

Jürgen Flimm’s production is silly, but there are substantial musical compensations

Dear Evan Hansen, Music Box Theatre, New York — ‘Heart-rending’

Blending tears and laughter, this teenage suicide musical is an improbable success

Sleeping Beauty, Hackney Empire, London — review

It’s not quite up to Hackney’s high standards, but this panto is still loud and lively

The Seven Acts of Mercy, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, UK

A Caravaggio painting is at the heart of this urgent drama of social iniquities

Skepta, Alexandra Palace, London — ‘Stomping’

The grime star’s show on his home territory celebrated his cussed independence

Trois Grandes Fugues, Maison des Arts de Créteil, France — review

Three top-flight choreographers set contrasting dances to a knotty work by Beethoven

El Niño, Barbican, London — ‘Burning intensity’

John Adams conducted his opera-oratorio with a composer’s authority

Manon Lescaut, Schiller Theater, Staatsoper Berlin — ‘Undemanding’

Relocated to 1920s Hollywood, the production is busy and colourful but not challenging

Buried Child, Trafalgar Studios, London — ‘Withering’

Sam Shepard’s dysfunctional family drama from 1978 could scarcely feel more topical

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