Kate Kellaway

God Bless the Child review – entertaining satire of formulaic teaching

The kids are more than all right in this marvellous send-up of positive thinking in a primary school.

Sylvia Garland’s Broken Heart review - Helen Harris’s study of family turmoil

The friction between a man’s wife and his mother is brought vividly to life in this divorce dramaSylvia Garland’s Broken Heart is the first novel Helen Harris has written for more than a decade (she wrote several much-praised books in her 20s and 30s)

An Aviary of Small Birds review – a beautiful, painful, pitch-perfect debut

The stillbirth of Karen McCarthy Woolf’s son is the powerful emotional core of this deft, unsentimental collectionPoetry collections tend to be miscellaneous. They say: all change here, please as one alights from one poem and steps into the next – thi

The Old Vic: The Story of a Great Theatre from Kean to Olivier to Spacey review how a temperance hall became a theatrical landmark

Women of God and stage greats all have a part to play in Terry Coleman's captivating history of the robust Old Vic.

2071 review a lecture poised between the alarming and soporific

Royal Court, LondonKatie Mitchell directs this powerful riposte to all climate-change deniers. If only some drama had been injected into it too.

Who Do We Think We Are? review true stories set to a backdrop of war

An international cast share their own moving, first-hand accounts of Vietnam, Nagasaki and Treblinka.

The Witch of Edmonton review is it a comedy or a tragedy?

Outstanding performances from a cast led by Eileen Atkins, but the play is a case of too many playwrights spoiling the plot.

Memphis: the Musical review a love song to Memphis

Beverley Knight and Killian Donnelly head the terrific London cast of the Tony-winning musical.

Rising Ground: A Search for the Spirit of Place review Philip Marsdens love letter to Cornwall

A thought-provoking exploration of Cornish lives and landscapes has an affinity with the work of Richard Mabey and Simon ArmitageThere must be a moment in many a travellers life when there is a sudden awareness that the unexplored place as deserving of a

Anna Nicole review an abject story told indecently well

Royal Opera House, LondonUncompromising production and an excellent cast bring the right balance of pathos, intelligence and vulgarity to this real-life operaMark-Anthony Turnages Anna Nicole, making a comeback to the ROH (its premiere was in 2011), is op