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Swans, courtiers and national dancers sway and flow with shared refinement

Holy Warrior at The Globe

Holy Warriors, Shakespeare's Globe, review: Fantastically ambitious

A brave, prodigious and rewarding experience

Spoiling at the Traverse Theatre

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Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Opera House: Soaring stars rescue a stale hero

They’re terrific, but they’re working with, and sometimes against, a very dated production

BalletBoyz the Talent 2013 in Russell Maliphant's Fallen

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The BalletBoyz’ Roundhouse shows are an end and a beginning: London’s last chance to see the admired double bill of Serpent and Fallen, plus a sneak preview of material from Young Men, the company’s next show.

Porgy and Bess by Gershwin at the Regent Park Open Air Theatre

Porgy and Bess, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, review: Gloriously sung Gershwin

The hairs on the back of your neck stand to attention so repeatedly during Timothy Sheader's gloriously sung production that they are quite worn out by the end (and this is the streamlined version of the original yet!).

Selva Rasalingam (KevinKhaled Al Hamrani) & Nabil Elouahabi (Carlos) in The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes

The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes, Arcola Theatre, review: Witty and rawly topical

When he was the artistic director of the Tricycle, Nicolas Kent was renowned for the creative tenacity with which he kept the heat turned up on the issue of Iraq – not least in the tribunal show that put Tony Blair (in absentia) in the dock for war crimes.  Now as a freelance again after many years, Kent is in no mind to let go of the subject. 

Diana Vishneva and Vladimir Shklyarov in Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet, Royal Opera House, ballet review: An explosive yet creaking production

Stellar cast work with, and sometimes against, a very dated production

Gillian Anderson stars as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire, Young Vic, review: Gillian Anderson gives shatteringly powerful performance

Actress plunges right into the distraught nervous system of Blanche DuBois' disintegration

Zoe Brough (Iris) and Stanley Townsend (Sims) in 'Nether'

The Nether, Royal Court Theatre, review: Deeply disturbing and provocative

Bravo to Vicky Featherstone for an authentically challenging piece

Dan Parr as Carl Jackson and Francesca Zoutewelle as Goldie in Britannia Waves The Rules by Gareth Farr

Britannia Waves the Rules, Royal Exchange studio, review: A transfixing performance

A seaside sandpie is scattered across the stage with a single violent kick at the start of Gareth Farr’s scream-of-rage of a play Britannia Waves the Rules.

Coppelia at The Coliseum

Coppelia, London Coliseum, review: Warm and bright

Coppélia is classical ballet at its bounciest, complete with clockwork toys, a resolute and stroppy heroine and a tuneful Delibes score. English National Ballet’s happy revival sails along, given an extra boost by Danish guest star Alban Lendorf.

A scene from the first Prom, 2014

Prom 1: The Kingdom, Prom 2: China Philharmonic - review

The beginning of the 2014 BBC Proms season was also the end of an era, as Roger Wright officially ended his time in charge. Rather than go out with fanfares however, Wright’s final night was all muted glow and quiet nostalgia.

Mathew Baynton (Gus) & Elizabeth Berrington (Marie)

Holes, Arcola Tent, review: Mathew Baynton in an ill-timed plane-crash comedy

Beautifully observed dialogue with nowhere to go

A scene from Shakespeare in Love at the Noel Coward Theatre

Shakespeare in Love, Noel Coward Theatre, review: Deliciously funny and absurd

Moments of sheer stage poetry are mixed with effervescent fun

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