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Five star review for English National Ballet’s showcase of American dance

“Perhaps only in Britain could one succeed in writing a thriller about the weather,” observed David Haig who both wrote and stars in this little-known true story about D-Day.

The Tricycle Theatre re-opens in September with a brand new name and an “ambitious” adaptation of Zadie Smith’s Willesden-set novel White Teeth.

New play Boots follows two women’s effect on each other’s lives. Zoe Paskett talks to playwrights Jessica Butcher from Clapton and Sacha Voit from Camden and actor Illona Linthwaite

CircusFest sees performers from Kentish Town to Palestine taking part in a feast of contemporary circus at The Roundhouse

Sharon D Clarke’s formidable Caroline inhabits a basement laundry that she compares to hell or being underwater. Trudging between washer and dryer, she wonders how she wound up so tired and downtrodden at 39

The story sees Turner Prize-winning YBA artist Simon Dykes wake up after a wild night of drugs, booze and sex to find himself and his girlfriend have become apes, running at the Arcola until April 21

An 85-year-old former amateur boxer who kept his sexuality a secret for decades is to take to the stage as a drag queen.

Bridget Galton finds a chilling version of The Scottish play lacks poetry and the supernatural

Paapa Essiedu won the 2016 Ian Charleson Award for his performance in Hamlet. Set in modern day state influenced by Ghana, the acclaimed RSC production is revived at the Hackney Empire. How does it feel to be back playing Shakespeare’s Dane?

Despite some good committed acting I found it hard to engage with a piece that at times wanted to be a comedy, then a tragedy then changed its mind and veered off to be a pantomime

The play is overstuffed with Margaret’s funny and perceptive quotes but knitting them into a dialogue that can be sustained for ninety minutes has proved hard

Playwright Tom Stutchfield tells the packed audience that the play is based on his discovery of correspondence written by his great grandfather, Spencer

Bridget Galton enjoys a comedy about heartless money hungry private equity fund managers featuring a sharp performance by Hayley Atwell

What if you are Vienna’s official court composer and a disrespectful upstart arrives, seduces your star pupil, blows raspberries at authority and makes your best work sound mediocre?

Since the play’s first outing, representations of the East End have become two-a-penny in mainstream popular culture but director Jessica Lazar doesn’t shy away from tropes that play up caricature and nostalgia

On February 2-3 . the annual festival returns, showcasing the best in dance this year

Sheldon Harnick is best known for penning the lyrics to Fiddler on the Roof, but the 93-year-old collaborated with composer Jerry Bock on another Broadway musical about a Jewish family with five offspring

Flexible fleas, amazing ants. and a trio of clownish insects, who spar, fall in love and play pranks on each other, and us

For pure spectacle, and immersion in an alternative dreamlike theatrical world, it’s hard to beat

Imelda Staunton and Derek Jacobi are also at the Kilburn High Road venue to fundraise towards the renovation project

Richard Jones delivers a hypnotic production. It’s very much an ensemble effort as a cast of nine actors present storylines in the show’s trade-mark heightened style

At times it was impossible to hear the dialogue as members of the audience were crying with laughter

Cell Mates, the spy story famous for its star Stephen Fry vanishing mid-run, gets its first revival since 1995 at Hampstead Theatre

This is wholesome, traditional, uplifting, entertaining and highly recommended

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