The Weir, Royal Court, Duke of York's
Ghost stories recounted in a rural Irish bar give way to genuine horror in Conor McPherson's humane masterpiece, beautifully directed by Ian Rickson.
Profound and fascinating Michael Frayn play about science and morality and the mysteries of human motivation.
Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Cottesloe
Tim Supple's joyously inventive staging of Salman Rushdie's fatwa- influenced fable.
Diana Rigg and Jonathan Kent continue their formidable partnership in this powerful new Ted Hughes version of Racine's incomparable tragedy.
Mr Puntila and his Man, Matti, Almeida
Comedy duo The Right Size are perfect casting in this very funny revival of Brecht's play about a schizophrenic landowner and his chauffeur.
... AND BEYOND
The Inventor of Love, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford
Tom Stoppard's superb fantasia on the two lifelong passions of AE Housman: scholarship and an unavailable heterosexual friend.
School for Scandal, Royal Shakespeare, Stratford
The award-winning combo of director Declan Donnellan and designer Nick Ormerod make their RSC debut with Sheridan's classic bitchfest.
Guiding Star, Everyman, Liverpool
New play by Jonathan Harvey explores the survivor's guilt still haunting the hero and destroying his family nine years after Hillsborough.
The Talented Mr Ripley, Palace, Watford
It's not just Mr Ripley who's talented. Playwright Phyllis Nagy adapts the novel by Patricia Highsmith. A fascinating conjunction of sensibilities.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Harrogate Theatre
Swan-song for John Retallack as director of Oxford Stage Company which, under him, has produced some of the freshest touring Shakespeare around.Reuse content