‘Like the kick of coffee in a gingerbread latte’: Hannah Greenstreet writes on Chris Bush’s Christmas show about family traditions.
A medicine cabinet of wonders: Lily Levinson writes on the themes of sickness and disease that fill Rebecca Frecknall’s take on Webster’s tragedy.
‘It’s time to wank jubilantly with a cross’: Frey Kwa Hawking writes on Breach’s exuberant retelling of the sexual adventures of a 14th century nun.
Revelling in mess: Emily Davis writes on Ell Potter and Mary Higgins’ exploration of masculinity and their relationship to it.
“Sex? Indubitably! Violence? No doubt!”: Ava Wong Davies writes a rhyming review of Jamie Lloyd’s souped up verse drama.
Set pieces: Amy Borsuk writes on a chess drama which offers a striking but dense perspective on the Cold War.
A howl of despair: Maddy Costa writes on Leah Shelton’s latex-clad, lipsync take on the myth of Pandora’s box.
‘It resembles an affably deranged birthday party’: Mert Dilek writes on Kneehigh’s riotous adaptation of Alfred Jarry’s Ubu Roi.
‘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.
Dizzying depths: Brendan Macdonald writes on Eve Leigh’s plunge into life online.
Bloody festive: Lilith Wozniak reviews a pop-culture mash-up Christmas show with flying vampires, strap-ons and Bon Jovi sing-a-longs.
Touch, crawl, jump: improvisation with toddlers, dreams and desire, Welsh language and skipping rope at Cardiff’s biennial festival of contemporary dance.