Michael Billington

Behind the Beautiful Forevers review – a triumph for David Hare and Meera Syal

Meticulously detailing the endless grind of Mumbai slum life helps this spirited adaptation of Katherine Boo’s award-winning reportage avoid any danger of quaintness.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers review – a triumph for David Hare and Meera Syal

Olivier, LondonMeticulously detailing the endless grind of Mumbai slum life helps this spirited adaptation of Katherine Boo’s award-winning reportage avoid any danger of quaintness• A spotlight on Mumbai’s invisible poorWhen Katherine Boo’s book a

The Shape of the Table review David Edgars power play proves prophetic

Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first play in the Iron Curtain trilogy gets an excellent revival.

Made in Dagenham review brassy Gemma Arterton musical lacks passion

Directed by Rupert Goold, this stage version of the film suffers from its caricatures, relentless jokiness and functional score.

First Episode review what impresses is the sexual and emotional candour

Terence Rattigans Oxford-set first play captures the hedonistic irresponsibility of privileged pre-war student life.

Coolatully review touching tale of tough times in rural Ireland

Finborough theatre, London With its echoes of Brian Friel and Conor McPhersons The Weir, this prizewinning play paints a plausible picture of the modern Celtic twilight Continue reading...

The Witch of Edmonton review superbly textured lead performance

If the quality of Rowley, Dekker and Fords 1621 attack on society is open to debate, Eileen Atkins multifaceted turn as the witch is a resounding success.

Tis Pity Shes a Whore review naked passion illuminated by candlelight

John Ford’s unsettling Renaissance incest drama is lent a subtle urgency by fine acting and direction.

Sunny Afternoon review: a heady celebration of the Kinks and Ray Davies

Neatly allows the songs to grow out of the story, and perfectly captures Ray Daviess mix of bloody-mindedness and innocence.

The Wild Duck review revision serves up 80 minutes of potted Ibsen

Simon Stone's compressed and clever Australian version aims to capture the essence of Ibsens greatest tragicomedy, but where's the irony?