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The Wolf from the Door Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, Royal Court, London

Theatre  Rory Mullarkey’s tricky new play contains passages which are rallying, angry and necessary, but it also seems wedded to an absurdist mode of expression which ends up undermining its raw, odd energy.

Ghost From a Perfect Place Arcola, London

Theatre  Written in 1994, the brittle themes and violent action of Philip Ridley’s play shocked audiences and divided critical opinion while cementing ‘in-yer-face’-style theatre with contemporary audiences.

Forbidden Broadway Vaudeville Theatre, London

Theatre  In New York, Forbidden Broadway always stands consciously (and sometimes self-consciously) on the sidelines, throwing potshots at its illustrious targets from the safety of a perch Off-Broadway.

Xerxes Coliseum, London

Opera  Nicholas Hytner’s Oliver award-winning 1985 production of Handel’s Xerxes has aged well, if it’s aged much at all.

Midsummer Songs New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

Theatre  Peter Rowe and Ben Goddard have concocted a heart-warming theatrical treat about a 25-year university reunion in a cottage in the middle of Wales, featuring some fine songwriting (this is a play with music, not a musical).

Watching the Living Greenwich Theatre, London

Theatre  Creating work that is genuinely scary on stage is always tricky, but this production of two of Daphne Du Maurier’s short stories engenders chills of disquiet and even the first prickles of dread.

Over the Rainbow, The Eva Cassidy Story Bristol Hippodrome

Theatre  Tradition has it that it is the fate of painters only to find fame once they are dead - particularly if their death is a tragic one.

The Play That Goes Wrong Duchess Theatre, London

Theatre  It’s hardly an original idea: the spectacle of plays going wrong have long provided comic delight from Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Michael Frayn’s Noises Off, but seldom has a theatrical evening been so utterly and entirely sustained by it.

These Are Your Lives Yard Theatre, London

Theatre  A verbatim script made up of interviews and film dialogue spoken by Tom Cruise is the basis for this surreal cross-examination of celebrity culture, fame, and the modern man.

Rigoletto Royal Opera House, London

Opera  This is the seventh revival of a staging that threatens to become as much of a fixture as was Jonathan Miller’s English National Opera production.