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Five reasons why Cats seems to enjoy nine lives

As tickets go on sale for the return of Cats, Dominic Cavendish explains the musical's appeal

Daytona, Theatre Royal Haymarket

When Daytona was premiered at the Park Theatre last year some of the critics went into contortions to avoid giving away the two "reveals" in Oliver Cotton's plot. The challenge remains, but can there be many potential theatregoers who haven't heard about

Beryl, West Yorkshire Playhouse

Wife. Mother. Yorkshirewoman. Cyclist. Legend. Beryl Burton was perhaps the greatest sportswoman this country has ever produced, and we ought to be ashamed of the fact that many of us will have to Google her to find out what her achievements mor


Surely after a lifetime of service to theatre, television and film Richard Wilson deserves better than to be locked in a sound proof box and spun creakily in the darkness of an overheated and airless studio theatre?

The Art of Dying review beautifully crafted meditation on death

Nick Payne's refreshingly simple three-story monologue takes us to a place none of us want to go Sometimes it's good to be reminded that theatre can be at its most effective and most layered when it employs simple storytelling. Nick Payne's monologue do

Tag wrestling in three languages: The Events stages a radical coup de theatre

The play inspired by the Anders Breivik mass shooting is mixing British, Norwegian and Austrian actors on stage to explore the forces of multicultural collision. Director Ramin Gray explains How do you keep a piece of theatre alive after 100-plus performa

The Crucible , Old Vic Theatre

Old Vic Theatre: Arthur Miller's 1950s forensic, passionate examination of personal and public morality still resonates. After All My Sons in Regent's Park and Ivo van Hove's stunning, stripped-back A View from the Bridge at the Young Vic, Yael Farber, b

Great Britain: a crude, corrosive triumph

Richard Bean's new play about phonehacking is satire at its best, says Sarah Crompton

The Crucible, Old Vic

The posters all over the Underground scream Richard Armitage. As far as they are concerned The Crucible is the finest one-man-show since Clarence Darrow. But what we get in performance is something much more thrilling (if less pin-uppable): a ferocious en