‘Gasps and coos’: John Murphy writes on the careful craft and gentleness of a Grimm’s Tale for young children.
‘A glimpse of what the world could look like if everything were simpler and the people were kinder’: Emily Davis wells up at Hackney Empire’s Windrush-inspired pantomime.
Successful parenting: James Varney writes on the obsessive drive of Rose, the vaudeville troupe manager-mother of Gypsy.
Found in translation: Crystal Bennes on the bizarre pleasures of Pu Songling’s classical Chinese fables, adapted for the stage by Grid Iron.
Bloody festive: Lilith Wozniak reviews a pop-culture mash-up Christmas show with flying vampires, strap-ons and Bon Jovi sing-a-longs.
Real plastic trees: James Varney writes on Chanje Kunda’s conversational, autobiographical show about trying to move past trauma.
Andrew Edwards writes on the “exhilaration and fear-induced defecation” of Jian Yi’s ambitious, visually rich multimedia fusion of Butoh and live art.
‘A stumble off the path, into a crack in the ground’: Emily Davis writes on a new adaptation of Knut Hamsun’s book and the politics of the decision to programme it.
Shaft of light: Louise Jones writes on the ‘futile, gripping’ intensity of Athol Fugard’s seldom-produced two-hander.
A faltering take-off: Lilith Wozniak reviews a haltingly staged sci-fi promenade show from National Theatre of Wales and Hijinx Theatre.
An incoherent world: Hailey Bachrach writes on an episodic staging of Elena Ferrante’s wildly successful bestsellers.
Who’s in the picture: Aniqah Choudhri writes on a dance adaptation of Maya Angelou’s poem which glosses over the issue of race.
Living in a teenage dream: in this dialogue review, Rose Johnstone and Alice Saville chat about 90s nostalgia, commercialised wokeness, and the weird world of the 21st century jukebox musical.
A glorious vision: Ava Wong Davies writes on the wintry magic of Sally Cookson’s Narnia story.
‘Shakespearean civil war as Tarantino-esque entertainment’: Lily Levinson writes on Sean Holmes and Ilinca Radulian’s action-packed double-bill of history plays.