Kate Kellaway

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

The Children Act by Ian McEwan review a masterly balance between research and imagination

Ian McEwan's 13th novel, about a beleaguered high court judge, is his best since On Chesil Beach Robert McCrum talks to Ian McEwanAs one begins an Ian McEwan novel this is his 13th one feels an immediate pleasure in returning to prose of uncommon clarit

Black Country review Liz Berry's impressive first collection of poems

Combining the grace of a bird in flight with sparing use of West Midlands dialect, Liz Berry's poems show warmth and maturityBlack Country is an extraordinary debut and rooted in place. When you close the book, you can still see the Black Country in your

Man at the Helm by Nina Stibbe review an outlandish winner

Her brilliantly funny memoir Love, Nina may seem a hard act to follow. But Nina Stibbe's first novel is even better.