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The Smartest Giant in Town review: Fairy tale return for theatre

The much-loved children’s theatre’s opening show is a joy


Yomi Ṣode interview: Unpacking the experience of Black grief

The poet, writer and performer explains how his deeply personal new play is part of a larger story


After Life review: A lightweight return from the National Theatre

Jack Thorne’s adaptation of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s cult 1998 Japanese film feels like a downbeat show to come back with for the National


The best London theatre opening in 2021 that you can book now

Theatres can now reopen - and these are the shows you can book to see this summer


The Sun, the Moon, and the Stars review: a solo tour de force

Dipo Baruwa-Etti’s play about a woman haunted by the ghost of her murdered twin is compellingly performed by Kibong Tanji


The Death of a Black Man by Alfred Fagon at Hampstead Theatre - review

Dawn Walton’s production gives a sense of just how shocking and radical Fagon’s play must have felt upon its debut in the 70s


The Money: This game show is only as engaging as the players

A show that gives away real cash has the potential to be great - but it’s only as good as its participants, finds Abha Shah


All the world’s a stage: the Globe’s stewards on reopening the doors

Get thee to the Globe! Three of Shakespeare’s Globe volunteer stewards on the thrill of welcoming audiences back into the theatre


It’s good to be back in the West End as theatre finally reopens

It was (almost) business as usual for our Arts Correspondent as the West End finally reopened


La Clemenza di Tito at the Royal Opera House review: a euphoric return

This tale of a viral outbreak of plotting and backstabbing followed by a new era of harmony was a good start to the ROH’s new season


Michael Sheen reading Dylan Thomas has us ready for theatre’s return

The actor reads Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night to mark Dylan Thomas Day


Soho’s sexiest venue - the iconic Windmill Theatre returns

It introduced the first nude showgirls to London, now the famous Windmill Theatre is embarking on another chapter in its adventurous life


Encore! How Opera Holland Park is rebuilding after the pandemic

A sexy new auditorium, a fabulous new season and a lot more space, all under that iconic canopy (but maybe bring an extra jumper)


James Graham puts political pundits centre stage at the Young Vic

The playwright’s work will accompany Cush Jumbo’s Hamlet and a new piece by Ben Okri


Helen McCrory tribute: ‘One of the great actors of her generation’

As the worlds of stage and screen mourn the effervescent star, our chief theatre critic looks back on a career - and life - that positively blazed


Denise Gough: Difficult women are still seen as unpalatable on TV

The actress on her new role in ITV thriller Too Close, her hopes for the return of theatre and taking on the biggest franchise in the galaxy


Why teen movies are the queen bees of musical theatre

Heathers the Musical is returning to the West End this summer... how very


Romeo and Juliet review: Heartfelt, pared-back and profoundly sad

The National Theatre has created a thing of beauty with this star-studded mix between a play and a film


A new Antigone: Lisa Dwan on misogyny and why we need new stories

As her new project with Colm Tóibín airs on BBC Four, the actress reflects on the atmosphere that made her want to rethink an iconic character


The best theatre, dance, comedy and classical music to stream online

Missing your theatre fix? We’ve rounded up the best shows to watch online


Meet the theatre pioneers shaking up the stage

When actress Gala Gordon and producer Isabella Macpherson established Platform Presents they wanted to redress the balance in theatre. They weren’t expecting a pandemic to make some changes of its own. Nick Curtis meets the women pivoting to transform London’s West End


Royal Ballet’s Kevin O’Hare: ‘We won’t shy away from diversity issues’

The company’s director acknowledges that coming out of the pandemic is an opportunity to make much-needed change

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Empty chairs, empty stages: a year of London’s closed theatres

This time last year, the PM told theatres to close their doors. Nick Curtis charts a choppy year for the capital’s stages


The Band Plays On at Sheffield Crucible review: a musical lifeline

With music from the likes of Arctic Monkeys and Jarvis Cocker, this show of monologues is both bracing and uplifting


How Giles Terera turned Soho coming back to life into a song cycle

Theatre star Giles Terera watched London under lockdown from his window - and wrote a musical response