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Kafka's Dick review Alan Bennett's one-liners come thick and fast

In David Grindley's revival, this absurd take on literary lives builds up a strong comic momentum.

England & Other Stories by Graham Swift all human life is here

A sharp, beautiful collection that investigates life's milestones and the meaning of Englishness.

Blue Mind review one man's hymn to the power of water

Philip Hoare submerges himself in an unusual antidote to modern, stressed-out living.

Slow Club review Rebecca Taylor's gutsy voice silences the room

The 100 Club, LondonThe pop-baiting indie duo's Northern Soul-flavoured anthems benefit from Taylor's huge, soaring voice Slow Club: Complete Surrender review powered by heartache and ambitionWhen critics credit bands for exploring a more mature direction

Slow Club review Rebecca Taylor's gutsy voice silences the room

The 100 Club, LondonThe pop-baiting indie duo's Northern Soul-flavoured anthems benefit from Taylor's huge, soaring voice Slow Club: Complete Surrender review powered by heartache and ambitionWhen critics credit bands for exploring a more mature direction

In Lambeth review Blake v Paine in lively imaginary encounter

In this well-acted revival, the poet and the philosopher face off in a slow-moving but stimulating debate.

The Elephantom review the show goes off like a fireworks display

It's 15 minutes before there is an Elephantom in the room but the party animals are worth the wait in this fast-paced show.

Carrie Cracknell: why my Medea needed some killer moves

Infidelity, revenge, infanticide the Greek tragedy Medea has it all. Or does it? The director of the National Theatre's new production explains why it had to have dance choreographed by Lucy Guerin.

Kazimir Malevich: prisoner, revolutionary, suspected spy artist

The many lives of Malevich are all in his paintings, now on show in a fascinating retrospective at Tate Modern.

Shutters review US triple bill focused on women lacks cohesion

These plays on American women's lives and history lack spark, except for Trifles, understated and poignant, from 1916.