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Matt Trueman

Royal Court play explores virtual online world of paedophile fantasy

In Jennifer Haley's play, adults adopt child avatars to enact fantasies of illicit sex – raising issues around freedom of expression and the pernicious influence of explicit material.

This Was a Man, Finborough Theatre, review: 'not remotely salacious'

Noel Coward's once-banned play about adulterous aristocrats is spoiled by an abrupt ending, says Matt Trueman

Perseverance Drive, Bush Theatre, review: 'profound'

Robert Soans's religious drama is worth persevering with, says Matt Trueman.

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

Billy Liar, Royal Exchange, Manchester, review: missing the anger

This production lets Keith Waterhouse's iconic anti-hero, Billy Fisher, off the hook, says Matt Trueman

Khandan (Family), Birmingham Repertory Theatre, review: 'universal'

Leaving past controversies behind, Gupreet Kaur Bhatti's latest play is a beautifully nuanced, Indian family drama, says Matt Trueman.

Enjoy, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, review: 'needs sticking with'

James Brining's production of Alan Bennett's Enjoy is a mongrel play, stitched together like Frankenstein's monster, but is smart too, says Matt Trueman

Donkey Heart

When a country has changed as radically and as rapidly Russia, you can read its history through a single family.

Johnny Got His Gun: adapting the 'unstageable' anti-war novel

Director David Mercatali and actor Jack Holden explain how Dalton Trumbo's blistering diatribe has been brought to the stage After being hit by a shell towards the end of the first world war, Joe Bonham wakes from a coma to slowly deduce his situation. He

Waiting for Godot, Arcola Theatre, review: 'larky'

This version of Beckett's classic is good fun but lacks any deep sense of despair, says Matt Trueman