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Rock the Ballet at Peacock Theatre

Rock the Ballet, Peacock Theatre, review: 'The wrong kind of bad'

Rock the Ballet isn’t just a failure as dance, it’s a letdown as cheesy pop fun

Carlos Acosta plays Romeo in the Royal Albert Hall's in the round production

Romeo and Juliet, Royal Albert Hall, review: Carlos Acosta dances with ardent clarity

Stellar performances rise above the bustle of English National Ballet’s Romeo and Juliet, staged in the round at the Royal Albert Hall. While Derek Deane’s production keeps scenery and dancers in constant motion, Tamara Rojo’s Juliet burns and soars, matched by Carlos Acosta’s tender Romeo.

The Confessions of Gordon Brown, Ambassadors theatre, review

It’s dawn, and Gordon Brown is looking back over his career before his staff even arrive for a 6am meeting. Protestant work ethic? Not half. And that’s just one element of the former Labour leader that writer Kevin Toolis puts under the microscope in this one-man play.

Jack McMullen (Piotr), Anthony Calf (Nikolai) and Seth Numrich (Bazarov) in Fathers and Sons

Fathers and Sons, Donmar Warehouse, review: Seth Numrich returns to London stage

Having excelled as a Tennessee Williams flaky golden-boy-turned gigolo in Sweet Bird of Youth last year, American actor Seth Numrich returns to the London stage now as the brilliant student nihilist, Bazarov, the portent of revolutionary change in Turgenev's great 1862 novel of generational conflict.

The Roof, Doon Street Car Park, London - theatre review

Twenty years ago, the great Japanese director Yukio Ninagawa used the idea of the video game as a metaphor for the questings of Ibsen's Peer Gynt, played by Michael Sheen.  You knew what Ninagawa wanted it to mean but the execution was muddled and a bit perfunctory.

Hermione Gulliford (Vivienne) and Tom Rhys Harries (Ralph) in Hotel

Hotel, The Shed, National Theatre, review

Privileged dysfunctional families are to Polly Stenham what daffodils were to Wordsworth.  You don't brace yourself for shocks reminiscent of Sarah Kane's Blasted, another piece set in a hotel room.  At the start of her fourth play and National Theatre debut, we seem to be in familiar Stenham territory.  A rich, damaged couple have just arrived with their posh, precocious kids at a remote luxury resort off the coast of Kenya.

Kevin Spacey plays civil rights lawyer Clarence Darrow at the Old Vic

Clarence Darrow, Old Vic, theatre review: Kevin Spacey plays the perfect advocate

Spacey gives a mordant, open-hearted performance as civil rights lawyer

The Last Train to Scarborough, currently playing at Scarborough's Stephen Joseph Theatre

The Last Train to Scarborough, Stephen Joseph Theatre, review

When will prime time television wake up to the charms of steam detective Jim Stringer?

Jamie Ballard and Laura Rees star in 'In the Vale of Health'

In the Vale of Health, Hampstead Theatre, review: Mounted with extraordinary flair

We are used to cycles of ingeniously interlocking plays – such as Alan Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests, a trilogy in which the events of a weekend are depicted from three distinct vantage points. 

Natalia Osipova in Alastair Marriott's Connectome

Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, dance review: Connectome, The Dream and The Concert

Elegant Connectome remains the quiet one in a lively triple bill in London

Jack Holden as Joe Bonham in Johnny Got His Gun

Johnny Got His Gun, Southwark Playhouse, theatre review: 'Harrowingly poignant'

Jack Holden delivers a stunning tour de force as young US soldier Joe Bonham

Clive Wood and Eve Best as Antony and Cleopatra in Jonathan Munby's production, playing at Shakespeare's Globe in London from 17 May to 24 August 2014

Antony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare's Globe, theatre review: 'Exquisitely understated'

Clive Wood and Eve Best tackle two of Shakespeare's leading roles

A scene from 'A Human Being Died That Night'

A Human Being Died That Night, Hampstead Theatre, review

This 80-minute piece is unmissable

Bakersfield Mist, Duchess Theatre, review

In Polly Teale's slick English premiere of this Stephen Sachs two-hander, Kathleen Turner returns to the London stage as a character based on the real-life Teri Horton, an uneducated former truck driver who bought a splatter painting as a joke-present for three bucks from a junk shop only to discover that she might be sitting on a priceless Jackson Pollock.

Sian Reese-Williams and Philip Martin Brown in Alan Bennett's 'Enjoy'

Enjoy, Yorkshire Playhouse, theatre review

It all starts off cosily enough but it isn’t all chips and shop-bought cakes

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