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Bouncers Theatre Royal, Wakefield

Theatre  Some three decades on and John Godber’s Bouncers still has a relevance and power despite its specifically 1980s setting.

Dara Lyttelton, National Theatre, London

Theatre  This adaptation of a play originally performed by Ajoka Theatre in Pakistan deals with an important, timely subject: the beginnings of the philosophical differences within Islam.

Between King’s Head, London

Theatre  Following sell-out performances at both the Edinburgh and Brighton festivals in 2013, then a brief stint at the King’s Head last year, Between returns to the venue for this limited run.

Sign of the Times Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Theatre  Modern theatre can have a lot of glitzy embellishments: spectacular lighting displays, moving sets, moments of dazzling audio-visual enhancement, explosions, dry ice, trap doors and all sorts of slick tricks which can wow an audience.

Hello/Goodbye Hampstead Theatre, London

Theatre  Peter Souter’s would-be romantic comedy does itself no favours.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland BA Musical Theatre Showcase 2015 Criterion, London

Student Showcase  A truly dynamic graduation showcase from the students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, highlighting the value of quadruple-threat talent.

Mixed bill - Rejoice in the Lamb, Burning, Nomadic, Madcap Sadler’s Wells, London

Dance  New dance in the past decade has been dominated by choreographers who mix styles, with, for example, Russell Maliphant splicing ballet, modern dance and capoeira, Hofesh Shechter combining middle eastern forms with contemporary moves, and Akram Khan and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui synthesising Indian kathak with European street dance.

Taken at Midnight Theatre Royal Haymarket, London

Theatre  Mark Hayhurst’s fascinating and intelligent play - which premiered in Chichester in October - makes a smooth transition into the West End.

Educating Rita The Mill at Sonning

Theatre  Aside from an incongruous mix of props such as a laptop, 35mm slide projector and a paper model of Shakespeare’s Globe, as well as a few subtle script changes, there is little to fault in Sonning’s production of Educating Rita.

Teechers Wilde Theatre, South Hill Park, Bracknell

Theatre  Blackeyed Theatre, known for its acclaimed, challenging productions, has produced some great stuff in the past 10 years as one of Berkshire’s premier mid-scale touring companies.

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