The Independent’s reviewer concludes the year’s best – and worst – films
This programme shows off the Cuban star’s charisma, charm and still formidable technique.
Barack Obama was so wowed by his monster hit ‘Hamilton’ that he saw it twice. Meet the Tony Award winner whose hip-hop-inspired shows have redefined the musical
Instead of relaxing the rules for one performance, how about treating parents like adults
It's hilarious – as is Joe Bannister's enchanting performance as Orlando
'This is a working tool for the arts community to evaluate and improve what’s in place'
John Nathan joins the double act on a trip down memory lane
Above all, in its very different way, it strikes me as being in the grand tradition of Black Snow
A £7.7m Broadway show of the 1944 French novella flopped, with critics complaining the production was too 'squeaky clean'
As a new, entirely improvised musical comes to London, Gillian Orr meets the cast for a masterclass and discovers her inner tightrope walker – metaphorically speaking
Long before they created Joey, the equine hero of ‘War Horse’, Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones used puppets to tell the stories of their native South Africa. On the eve of the London revival of ‘Ubu and the Truth Commission’, Boyd Tonkin meets the pair pulling the strings
The comedy is divine, but the images of love and loss are achingly human
Perfectly attuned production earns its five stars despite arguably a terrible mishap with plot and tone towards the end
The work of Brian Friel unquestionably places him in the great tradition of Irish theatre, with a dramatic landscape as distinctive as those of his 20th century predecessors O’Casey and Beckett. Many of his plays travelled widely beyond Ireland, and some – the haunting monologue -structured Faith Healer, Translations and his worldwide success, Dancing at Lughnasa – will surely survive as classics.
Founder of Belarussian underground theatre questions why there is 'so much fear' in UK about 'provocative' work
The Wolf Hall actor's Philippe V is wrong-footlingly whimsical but buffeted with gusts of violent paranoia