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Streetcar. One word is enough to conjure an icon. Tennessee Williams’s finest play, written in the 1940s, is about a fallen woman trying to salvage her reputation before madness overwhelms her. All its horror and tension rely on the Victorian code that

My Night with Reg, Donmar Warehouse, London

The spectre of Aids lurks in the shadows in this touching and superbly acted revival of Kevin Elyot’s delicately crafted 1994 play

My Night With Reg review fine revival for caustic study of gay manners

Donmar Warehouse, LondonKevin Elyot's breakthrough 1994 piece is well played, catching the secret fears and surface buoyancy of a group of companions 'His subject was the longing for love': Kevin Elyot obituary Continue reading...

Review: Old Times (Theatre by the Lake, Keswick)

Stephen Longstaffe thinks Old Times still has the power to grip the audience.

The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes, Arcola Theatre, review: 'psychological unravelling'

This is a worthwhile addition to the dossier of theatrical material on the Iraq war, says Dominic Cavendish

The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes review clever but unconvincing

Arcola, LondonThis tale of an Iraqi man's identity crisis in Britain is audacious but fails to ring entirely true Continue reading...

Review – Diary of a Nobody – Rough Haired Pointer at The King’s Head

It’s depressing to go to a show based on a literary classic and find yourself wiggling in your seat, going, “But I just don’t get it!” It’s even more depressing when said show is not just an original adaptation, but is transferring from another

Review: Much Ado About Nothing (Lion and Unicorn Theatre)

An imaginative adaptation of Much Ado that's packed with action and fizzing with powerful emotions

Much Ado About Nothing , Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London

Lion and Unicorn Theatre, London: The intimate Lion and Unicorn's Much Ado imposes itself on its in-the-round audience like a boisterous teenager: admirable for its energy and irreverence but exasperating for an adolescent lack of subtlety. Read the full

The Secret Garden review ingenious design in an alfresco setting

Grosvenor Park Open Air theatre, ChesterKate Saxon's adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel boasts heart, charm and a thoroughly convincing cast Continue reading...