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Juliet Stevenson says her fears about playing Hamlet’s mother were allayed by Robert Icke’s rich and passionate production

From June 19 to 25, Refugee Week is back with arts and educational events around the country to raise awareness and hope for a better way of dealing with the ongoing crisis, and Islington and Hackney are no exceptions

It’s taken two years for Nikolai Foster’s production of Annie to transfer from Leicester’s Curve to the West End. It’s a pity it wasn’t sooner.

Despite its ambition and having plenty of potential resonance, Common is dense and wilfully bewildering with little space for development

Rylance and fellow actor Kika Markham will perform dramatic readings from texts which question embedded notions about war, and offer a fresh take on history that might point an end to the conflicts of today.

At its heart is an examination of how people embrace competitive outrage and offence, seeming to go out of their way to pose as holier than though and just that bit more PC than the next person.

The free projects, The Committee and You, Me, The World and Hackney, are running for the first time this summer for 15 to 19 at Hub67

John Boyega stars in Jack Thorne’s version of Georg Büchner’s play about a young soldier driven to madness and murder, but a clichéd script does a disservice to issues surrounding veteran mental health

With RSC regular Greg Hicks in the title role, the interpretation highlights the interplay between hollow political promises and cruel reality.

Despite it happening in one of London’s smallest venues, the premiere of Mark Weinman’s Dyl will be on my list of Big Theatre Moments of 2017

BRIDGET GALTON talks to Charlotte Josephine, a writer exploring where our desire to shame others with vengeful sexual images comes from in Blush at the Soho Theatre

Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane Russell Tovey star in Tony Kushner’s flawed state of the nation masterpiece, which proves a prescient play for our troubled times

This production honours its taboo-ridden intent in a thought-provoking, challenging fashion

The Almeida’s digital series stars Ian McKellen, Fiona Shaw and Ashley Walters, with insight from Caitlin Moran and some of London’s next generation of leaders

Danny Ash and Kayla Lomas-Kirton talk about getting into the spirit of circus with Stufish’s latest production, Soho

BRIDGET GALTON talks to a comic trying to reverse our negative image of clowning

Rita Kalnejais set her romance, This Beautiful Future, now showing at The Yard Theatre, on the backdrop of Collaboration Horizontale

In this crisp revival of Martin Crimp’s bleak 1993 satire, director Lyndsey Turner hones in on the hypocrisies inherent in the Hollywood studio system

Frances Barber talks about the bitter rivalry between Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein, on show at The Park Theatre

Ivo Van Hove’s stage adaptation of Visconti’s film misses the mark and opts for effects that are avant-garde for the sake of it, leaving characters undeveloped

There are many pitfalls to dusting down old material and presenting it anew.

Damien Lewis and Sophie Okonedo both shine in Edward Albee’s story about a man who falls in love with a goat

Simon Callow, Matt Berry, Simon Bird, Tom Rosenthal, Charlotte Ritchie and Lily Cole talk to Zoe Paskett about working on the 70s comedy classic at Trafalgar Studios

Cressida Carré offers an intriguing provocation with her all-female revival of Laura Wade’s portrait of entitled white male excess

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s extraordinary true story of how a satirical magazine was produced in the trenches of WW1

Set on the Suffolk coast where she grew up, Tallulah Brown’s new play has universal as well as local connotations

Luke Hallgarten grew up in Golders Green and attended Hampstead Garden Suburb primary and King Alfred’s before running away to join the circus

BRIDGET GALTON talks to director Cressida Carré about women taking on the male elite in her all female production of Posh, coming to the Pleasance Theatre

Set in the Second World War in a sleepy Devon village, the poignant comedy follows George and an eccentric cast as they take on Henry V.

Lourdes Faberes plays Tamburlaine while five actors (one man and four women, all of British-Asian descent) tackle multiple roles in a stylish venture with a minimal set

With no props, a minimal backdrop of neon strips and some sparely used house music interspersing the stories, the focus in Luke Davies’ swift production is Cash’s talent as a master wordsmith

Chinglish at the Park Theatre and Tamburlaine at the Arcola are two current productions giving the stage to some of the capital’s best East Asian acting talent

Forget blockbusters Beauty and the Beast, X Men or Lord of the Rings – fringe theatre is where it’s at, as Sir Ian McKellen steps in to offer support.

Lee Mack’s Maitre Jacques smacks the audience between the eyes with cute, wry asides that break the fourth wall, but the relentlessness of the quips from all participants is an exhausting experience

Former Eastender Michelle Collins stars as warm-hearted Gina, a nurse in her late forties with an addiction to painkillers who, following her husband’s stroke, now cares for him full-time

As she prepares to play a cocksure teen, BRIDGET GALTON talks to an actor whose career was launched in a tough role at Hampstead Theatre

Edward Albee’s 1962 marital warfare masterpiece has been magnificently revived by James Macdonald, exchanging blousy melodrama for taut, psychologically plausible theatre

Atomic anticipation greeted the return of bad boy of ballet and dance virtuoso Sergei Polunin to the Sadler’s Wells stage last night.

Co-director of Hackney Showroom, Sam Curtis Lindsay, talks to Zoe Paskett about their second anniversary and a festival celebrating joyful protest

Daniel Radcliffe and Joshua McGuire are loveable in Stoppard’s indulgent play but David Haig is a stupendous presence

It is bold to produce four hours of Shakespeare, but Hamlet is a story that can’t be rushed. That said, four hours is a long time – the guy next to me couldn’t hack it; he was gone in the first interval

This grief-infused Shakespearean comedy often tends towards the melancholy, but Simon Godwin’s madcap, gender-bending, cheerfully queer version rediscovers the mirth.

While low on plot, the 1927 source, a scandalous poem by Joseph Mclure March, provides the basis of a nuanced look at racial tensions and social aspirations

Running Wild returns, bigger and better than before. Zoe Paskett hears the story behind it from author Michael Morpurgo and the creative team

With an energetic cast and brilliant choreography, this production is a well crafted piece of theatre, but it falls short of asking the right questions

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