Halfway through the first half of Maxine Peake’s Hamlet she pulls a strip from the tape holding down the floor covering and pulls it up. Beneath the Michelangelo overlaid circle and square are revealed patchy paint-patched floorboards. What is normally kept covered beneath the propriety of a Renaissance court is to be stripped bare.
This stripped-down version of Verdi's opera is inspired, says Rupert Christiansen
As Hamlet, Maxine Peake has integrity, says Dominic Cavendish, but this production isn't fully rounded
Dame Judi Dench calls for the revival of regional theatre companies to provide a stepping stone for aspiring young actors, saying financial barriers currently prevent many from succeeding in the industry
Emma Thompson speaks of her nerves and "nausea" as she returns to the London stage for the first time in 25 years for Sweeney Todd
The original star of Miss Saigon recalls her whirlwind rise to fame 25 years ago
This roaming performance piece evoked the natural drama of its Snowdonian setting, says Tom Wicker