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.
There is a thrilling restlessness to Benedict Andrews’ production of this American classic.
Baroque opera used to be regarded as a specialist taste, but it can be extremely immediate in its impact when done well.
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.
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.
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.
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?.
There’s plenty to commend in this four-hander adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s popular children’s book.
After eight seasons at Hammersmith’s Riverside Studios, the experimental opera festival Tete a Tete has relocated to Central Saint Martins and Kings Place.
Holland Park returns to its verismo period specialism with this 1902 romantic tragedy by Cilea, presented here in a new staging by Martin Lloyd-Evans.
Declan Donnellan’s stage adaptation of the Oscar-laden 1998 film - in which Judi Dench famously acquired a best supporting actress award for her eight-minute turn as Queen Elizabeth I - is carried by its not inconsiderable charms.
Tom Basden’s Holes takes the plot of TV’s Lost and splices it with Lord of the Flies: the writer, a BBC favourite, strands three conference organisers and a teenager on an island, and invites us to watch them disintegrate.
With a successful history of actor/musician productions, including Sunset Boulevard and last year’s Witches of Eastwick, the Watermill is stepping back in time to present this popular musical featuring an Oscar-winning score by Sammy Fain.
The popularity of athleticism, and so-called ‘bra and knicker ballets’ - where the dancers wear little more than underwear - has sidelined many traditional productions; Coppelia is one refugee of this trend.
Wendy Whelan presents four collaborative duets, which she performs with each choreographer.