Take That: Kid Carpet’s Christmas show takes place in a giant ornament nicked from Gary Barlow.
The Wild Wild West: Dermot Bolger’s one-man play explores the life of a beloved Dublin eccentric.
Bizarre, challenging and strangely compelling: Sally Hales reviews the Royal Court’s alternative take on Christmas theatre.
Disarmingly virtuosic: Seiriol Davies’ Edinburgh musical sensation transfers to London.
What should one expect of a play subtitled ‘a queer epic’? Hailey Bachrach reviews Hal Coase’s interweaving of four historical love stories.
Joy and darkness: Lilith Wozniak on the periodically uncomfortable charms of Emma Rice and Joel Horwood’s family show.
Fate, will and loss: Brendan Macdonald reviews the staging of a lesser known work by J. M. Barrie.
Dicking about: Exeter Northcott’s panto is a triumphant traditional treat.
Dancing feet: Nancy Harris’ Hans Christian Andersen adaptation brims with “barely suppressed sorrow and heartbreak”.
Sweet and sour: Jessica Leen’s new play sounds great, but regresses into petty drama.
“Like those Christmas selections that come in an actual tin with some of the biscuits so posh they warrant their own silver foil.”
Bigger isn’t always better: Francesca Peschier is underwhelmed by the humbug prince.
A manifesto, a rebellion, a cry for help: Rohanne Udall reviews Vincent Dance Theatre’s exploration of masculine identities.
D’Oh! The Simpsons is all that’s survived in Anne Washburn’s bold “post-electric” play.
Festive ugliness: Alice Saville on Hackney’s take on the thorniest of panto plots.