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Alfred Hickling

Krapp's Last Tape review Richard Wilson echoes Stockhausen

Crucible, Sheffield The dark set and amplification of Wilson's voice serves as a reminder that Beckett's play is one of the earliest examples of a sound installation The great irony of going to see Richard Wilson in Krapp's Last Tape is that you almost

Dead Dog in a Suitcase review madcap mastery and jukebox hijinks

Swapping 18th-century street ballads for ska and dubstep, Kneehigh's reworking of The Beggar's Opera is bright, bold and curiously timeless.

Götterdämmerung review – belt-and-braces Wagner

The sheer sound-pressure levels attained exemplified that this project has principally been the orchestra's triumph.

Dawn French: Thirty Million Minutes review less standup gig than public atonement

There's tragedy at the core of French's roly-poly persona – yet the place she finds herself in appears to be a good one.

Fallout by Sadie Jones review on the fringe

Alfred Hickling applauds a febrile and emotive tale of human relationships and radical theatre Sadie Jones's debut novel, The Outcast , featured a harrowing scene in which a 10-year-old boy witnesses his mother's drowning but is powerless to prevent it

Annie Get Your Gun review Jason Donovan leads a mild-west romp

Despite a superlative onstage orchestra and a sharp-shooting Emma Williams as Annie, this revisionist rendition lacks swagger.

Shame and the Captives by Thomas Keneally review

Keneally's ingenuity comes to the fore in this compelling fictionalised account of how Japanese PoWs staged a breakout in New South Wales.

La Bohème, Opera North review – veteran production still holds up well

With its homage to the silver screen, Opera North's revival offers a fine showcase for young singers

Monday's Child review a dementia drama that is never depressing

A young girl and her grandmother are spending the afternoon together in the garden.

Not the Worst Place review a family drama of thwarted dreams

South Wales writer Sam Burns studied in Swansea and now lives partly in Rajasthan, where she has a share in a camel.