The Invention of Love Theatre Royal, Haymarket
Tom Stoppard's witty, heartbreaking fantasia on the twin passions of AE Housman: scholarship and an unavailable heterosexual friend.
Love Upon the Throne National Theatre of Brent
The Charles and Diana story (well, up to the divorce) presented by the NTB (all two of them). Very funny and oddly touching.
Kafka's Dick Piccadilly Theatre
Spiriting Kafka to suburban England, Alan Bennett's hilarious romp survives some peculiar casting in Peter Hall's revival.
A powerful pairing of two Racine tragedies: Diana Rigg and Toby Stephens are excellent as the mother and son in both.
Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs Hampstead Theatre
Denis Lawson's superbly amusing cast are in no way eclipsed by screen heartthrob Ewan McGregor, who brings complexity to the central role.
... AND BEYOND
Twelfth Night Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
Perfectly thought-through production by Michael Grandage evokes an Illyria where storms rage as much within as without.
Richard III RSC, Cardiff New Theatre
Charismatic Robert Lindsay limps rings round the other characters in Elijah Moshinsky's gripping production.
The Seagull West Yorkshire Playhouse
Jude Kelly's new company, headed by Ian McKellen and Claire Higgins, kicks off with this Chekhov classic in a tempting season which will include The Tempest.
Our Country's Good Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds
Max Stafford-Clark's inspiring revival of the Timberlake Wertenbaker classic about a penal colony and the power of theatre.
The Norman Conquests Theatr Clwyd
Alan Ayckbourn's masterly, immensely elaborate comic trilogy is revived by Terry Hands.Reuse content