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The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes Arcola Theatre, London

Theatre  Based on a short story by Baghdad-born Hassan Blasim, this play draws our attention to the daily devastation suffered by Iraqis post Saddam Hussain.

The Story Giant Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis

Theatre  Big, bold and just a little scary, this production of Brian Patten’s well-loved book has all the right ingredients to intrigue and entertain.

Bouncers Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool

Theatre  Originally intended as a last-minute stopgap when a planned production was dropped from last summer’s programme, Bob Eaton’s Liverpool-angled adaptation of John Godber’s ever-popular comedy has turned out to be an example of one surprise success breeding another instant hit.

Push London Coliseum

Dance  Although they were made separately, the three solos and one duet that comprise Push are so beautifully integrated that they appear to be a single work, exploded to reveal their individual intricacies.

The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London

Theatre  Since its original Broadway opening in 1935, critics have debated whether Porgy and Bess (composed by George Gershwin, lyrics co-written by his brother Ira and the show’s librettist DuBose Heyward) should be described as an opera or musical.

A Streetcar Named Desire Young Vic Theatre, London

Theatre  There is a thrilling restlessness to Benedict Andrews’ production of this American classic.

Alice - The Musical The Savill Garden, Windsor Great Park

Theatre  Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland provides a wealth of entertaining, unusual characters and situations to equal any Christmas pantomime, and the Cambridge Touring Theatre embraces this to create an enchanting children’s musical.

A Bright Room Called Day Southwark Playhouse, London

Theatre  Set in Germany in the early 1930s, Tony Kushner’s play depicts the fall of the Weimar Republic and the rise of Hitler through the filter of Reagan’s America.

The Comedy of Errors Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Theatre  Keswick Theatre set designer Martin Johns gives the cast a headstart in this colourful, mirthful production of Comedy of Errors, with a stunning set that wins the hearts of the audience before a word is even uttered.

Memories of August 1914 City Centre, Liverpool

Theatre  A grandmother giant who walks with a stick as high as an elephant’s eye and carries a head full of First World War memories; her 18-ft Little Girl companion who travels along Lime Street on top of an old car; a massive black dog called Xolo - an unlikely tall trio for telling the story of the Liverpool Pals battalions who volunteered for service in 1914 perhaps?.