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More than sixty years after it was written, Shelagh Delaney's play of maternal neglect and female resilience rings true across the decades

The Doctor Foster screenwriter has taken on the "challenge" of writing a Christmas play for adults that offers hope and redemption

James McAvoy gives a performance of blazing intensity in a radical updating of the French tragi-comedy about a rapier wit with a huge nose

Back for a third year, the Old Vic's magical joyful and socially conscious version of Dickens' indestructible morality tale is worth the candle

Familar tale of a boy hoping to make his fortune in London is given a resonant old school makeover in Windrush era postwar London - with lashings of fun

Eerie magic and slapstick fun jostle, mostly successfully, in an inventive retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's wintry fairytale

Clunky chess metaphors and antidramatic matches make this tale of the East West 70s world championships a long hard slog

Contemporary circus veterans bring their most accessible family friendly show yet to the Chalk Farm venue that is their 'spiritual home'

Warm-hearted, eco-friendly take on the classic fairytale has an inventive set and a touching note of forgiveness

North London actor Frances Marshall plans to take winter dips in the Heath ponds to ready herself for her role as The Snow Queen

The Crouch End Players are marking a decade of community spirited am-dram with a panto of Robin Hood

Not enough jokes or jeopardy in Jude Christian's PC reworking of Panto tropes

Hampstead parish church curate Ayla Lepine will be climbing every mountain as a singing Abbess when the Hampstead Players take on Rodgers and Hammerstein's well-loved musical

Ahead of their latest residency at the Archway venue, Ivan Stott from Hiccup Theatre company explains what makes a good children's show

A stand off between Stalin and Russian poet Anna Akhamatova is brought to compelling life in Olivia Olsen's humane exploration of creativity and courage

Cold war tensions erupt as a chess game becomes a proxy battle between east and west ideology in Tom Morton-Smith's psychological thriller

A hugely enjoyable, lusty gender swap prdouction fails to shed fresh light on Shakespeare's problematic play of coersive control

In 1995 Women Against Rape and the English Collective of Prostitutes joined forces to bring England's first private prosecution for the assaults on two sex workers, now a play tells the story of their fight

Miriam Margolyes stands out as vicious wheelchair bound Nell in a dysfunctional violent relationship with her inadequate son

Nearly £750,000 has been awarded to the two venues by Arts Council England to fund new seating and upgrade performance and foyer spaces

A fresh, hilarious and gender-blind modern take on Shakespeare's classic comedy of love and trust

A new production of Macbeth inspired by German expressionism and the modern horror genre takes to the Theatro Technis stage next week.

A bulging sub-plot and unrestrained touches of soapy melodrama undermine a vivid window on India's gender politics - inspired by Ibsen's Ghosts

Indian playwright Anupama Chandrasekhar examines sexual violence and her country's deep patriarchal roots through the prism of Ibsen's Ghosts

Drama about the Edwardian scandal of a diet regime that killed patients fails to explore either motivations or echoes with modern health crazes

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