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Monday, June 15, 2020

A monologue about a bee trying to learn how to act human is part of a project to let families and flatmates perform their own pandemic dramas

The Big House’s Ballad of Corona V will limit audience members to six per scene with social distancing for actors and spectators

Sir Ian McKellen, Mandeep Dhillon, Joseph Fiennes, Sir Derek Jacobi, Lennie James, Alex Lawther, Miriam Margoyles, Lesley Manville and Elaine Page are among the names backing #ForTheLoveOfArts.

Plymouth Point by immersive theatre specialists Swamp Motel sees Zoom players following online clues scattered across the internet to find a missing woman

Podcast chats between artistic director Rupert Goold and the likes of Smith, Tobias Menzies and Indira Varma are keeping the memory of theatre alive during lockdown

The Islington actor and writer and husband Ian Hallard have “put their money where their mouth is” to back the King’s Head Theatre’s £100,000 emergency fund.

Actors including Simon Callow are backing the Finsbury Park venue’s bid to survive the pandemic and thrive once more as a community hub

The renowned Islington puppet theatre uploads storytime and puppet-making videos online and asks for donations to stay afloat

Islington’s famous pub theatre has closed its doors but is running interactive lunchtime play clubs, performances and Q&As with staff members

JW3 and Hampstead Theatre have dipped into their archive of events and performances to offer entertainment for those stuck at home

Timeless classics are set to captivate audiences as Disney on Ice presents Magical Ice Festival at London’s iconic SSE Arena in Wembley.

Enjoyable farcical thriller sees multi-tasking Tom York take on plenty of costume changes in an ingeniously convoluted plot

A dynamic staging of Lynn Nottage’s play about the “de-industrial revolution” of an American city is a character-driven drama with social commentary

Black humour and menace offer shades of Pinter in a serious play which dramatises the plight of one asylum seeker navigating the Home Office’s hostile bureacracy

Belsize Park comic David Mitchell makes an affable Bard with writers block and a pressing need for a hit in Ben Elton’s sublimely silly Jacobean romp

Tom Stoppard’s possibly final play about a Jewish family living through troubled times in early 20th Century Vienna has a cumulative power that leaves you awed and tearful

Al Blyth makes an assured thought-provoking debut about privacy versus security and the perils of surveillance culture

A timely return for Mike Bartlett’s incisive, stirring Brexit play which examines faultlines of class and town versus country through one woman’s nostalgia for a garden

A timely play about privacy and AI raises interesting questions but is too short to realise its potential

Stu McLoughlin of Living Spit Theatre explains how their ‘hysterical historical’ show sees him play all six of the Tudor monarch’s wives while strumming a guitar

As part of a five-day run of a new comedy production, a special “traffic light” performance (single, in a relationship or ‘it’s complicated’) will be staged on Valentine’s Day.

An adaptation of E.M Forster’s novel, A Passage to India opens at Stoke Newington’s Tower Theatre next week. Here, director Simona Hughes talks about her vision for the play

South Africans John Kani and Antony Sher are superb in a two hander that excavates the wounds of Apartheid and the pain of growing old

The trade off between security and liberty is tested in Al Blyth’s spy thriller about GCHQ intelligence officers running surveillance on an investigative journalist

Politically charged ‘gig theatre’ mashes up grime rap with a fable about a working class black boy who wins a private school scholarship is raw, vital, sometimes crass, but keeps you hooked

Julie Tsung’s intriguing set up playing on false memory and the supernatural is undermined by poor structure, inadequate design and a deflated ending

The boys behind the ‘goes wrong’ hits have mostly pulled off a new trick mindmelding their slapstick with geniunely dazzling magic from Penn & Teller

As he prepares to open his latest West End show The Prince of Egypt, the Wicked and Godspell composer and lyricist appears at the Finsbury Park Venue to raise funds for a production of RAGS The Musical

Most of the opportunities to tell this epic story of Shackleton’s 1914 expedition have been missed in this trudge through the snow.

Joyful anarchy, circus skills and riotous humour combine to create a glorious night of misrule at the Chalk Farm arts venue

Rosalind Blessed has entered 2020 at great pace. As many of us reluctantly judder back in to our daily routines, she’s about to bring not one but two of her plays to the Old Red Lion Theatre, where they’ll run concurrently throughout January.

Aerial theatre company creates an acclaimed inter-generational circus show that explores complex human relationships with performers ranging from age 13-60

If Disney has taught us anything over the decades it’s to dream big and be inspired – and Disney on Ice 100 Years of Magic! does exactly that.

Relive the magic of Frozen and timeless Disney classics this Christmas and New Year as Disney on Ice 100 Years of Magic! comes to the O2 London.

With a sensitive score, fantastic costumes and a splendid cast, Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes is a triumph of pure, unadulterated magic.

Rebecca Frecknall’s updated minimalist revenge tragedy has buckets of blood and a memorable performance by Lydia Wilson.

More than sixty years after it was written, Shelagh Delaney’s play of maternal neglect and female resilience rings true across the decades

James McAvoy gives a performance of blazing intensity in a radical updating of the French tragi-comedy about a rapier wit with a huge nose

Eerie magic and slapstick fun jostle, mostly successfully, in an inventive retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s wintry fairytale

Carlos Acosta, 46, has retired from classical ballet but the former Royal Ballet star retains his devoted fans who want to glimpse (in Rooster) their hero before he takes over as director of Birmingham Royal Ballet in January 2020.

A stand off between Stalin and Russian poet Anna Akhamatova is brought to compelling life in Olivia Olsen’s humane exploration of creativity and courage

A hugely enjoyable, lusty gender swap prdouction fails to shed fresh light on Shakespeare’s problematic play of coersive control

Miriam Margolyes stands out as vicious wheelchair bound Nell in a dysfunctional violent relationship with her inadequate son

A fresh, hilarious and gender-blind modern take on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of love and trust

When the titular Vassa, matriarch of the squabbling family in Mike Bartlett’s adaptation of Maxim Gorky’s Vassa Zheleznova, screams ‘Enough!’ during a blazing exchange in Act Three, it is a declaration shared by the audience.

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