The Office meets heartbreaking realism in this timely look at life on zero-hours contracts, says Dominic Cavendish
Maya Plisetskaya, regarded as one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century and whose career at Russia's Bolshoi Theatre spanned more than 35 years, has died aged 89.
Three casual workers arrive for the night shift at a meat factory. There’s hard-faced Becky (Victoria Moseley), timid, dowdy Susan (Kristin Hutchinson) and Grace (Janet Etuk), forced into employment despite her rheumatoid arthritis. They join Phil (Sean O’Callaghan), the only full-time member of staff and a gentle giant type - though like all of them, he seems bruised by life.
Playing the Queen, Scott Thomas holds her own against the gilded memory of Helen Mirren, says Dominic Cavendish
We’re on the brink of discovering who our next prime minister will be, a royal princess has just been born… it seems the perfect time to revive Peter Morgan’s hit play, staging the private audiences between Queen Elizabeth II and her various prime ministers.
Can a subject be too interesting for drama? That was playwright James Phillips’s fear when he began to think about the life of the late great, fashion iconoclast Alexander McQueen. For though McQueen’s life as the East End lad who became the “bad boy of British fashion” was eventful, he worried about writing a show which delivered salaciousness, but missed the creative spark.
Michael Frayn's discourse goes astray in these miniature plays, says Jane Shilling
One of the joys of Breakin’ Convention is its sheer range. The international festival of hip hop dance goes from sharp political theatre to child-friendly workshops and the rock star glamour of Les Twins. It’s a platform for big personalities and amazing moves.