'Tis the season to be jolly… a sentiment embraced on stages up and down the country, as theatrical fare gives way for a month to the bonkers British tradition of pantomime. And no role more exemplifies panto's silliness, naughtiness and good-hearted festive cheer than the dame.
Hundreds of families with autistic children are enjoying pantomimes for the first time this Christmas, as a growing number of theatres offer “relaxed” performances of their seasonal shows.
Nina Raine's revived play about the NHS is still tense and unflinching, says Dominic Cavendish
Paul Miller directs a witty, spirited and timely revival of Shaw's first play (premiered in 1892) – a subversive comedy about the perennial problem of housing in London and the immorality of the buy-to-let classes.
Dominc Cavendish welcomes this heartfelt revival of Thomas Dekker's 17th-century city comedy
Film and stage actress Billie Whitelaw has died peacefully, aged 82, her son confirms
Even Natalia Osipova can’t always defy gravity. Making her debut in The Royal Ballet’s production of Don Quixote, the Russian star fell after a soaring leap. Though she finished the act with impressive dash, she had to pull out of the rest of the show. Young Akane Takada stepped in for the last two acts, dancing with superb assurance.