Matt Trueman: Turn off Twitter and go to the theatre
Amidst the constant barrage of breaking news, social media and emails, theatre can offer a sanctuary
Michael Coveney: Critical awards and lasting legacies
Reflections on this year's Critics' Circle Awards, and some great critics of the past
Mark Valencia: Trying times for English National Opera
Britain's second opera company is having a bad week, after its departing chairman accused the artistic director of losing £10million
Matt Trueman: Rufus Norris is subtly creating a National Theatre for everyone
Norris, who announced his inaugural season last week, wants his National to speak to the nation
Guest Blog: Damon Albarn musical should seal lasting legacy for MIF director
By Mandy Martinez
Albarn's musical, directed by Rufus Norris, opens Alex Poots' final festival as Manchester International Festival artistic director
Michael Coveney: Rufus Norris's National - fresh meat or cold potatoes?
'In the admirable rush to be all things to all men in the name of diversity and inclusivity, the danger is you lose sight of what you really want to do'
Guest Blog: 'Oppenheimer's is a story we should all know better'
By Tom Morton-Smith
Tom Morton-Smith's new play at the RSC centres on the physicist credited as being the 'father of the atomic bomb'
Matt Trueman: How modern mimes have converted the cynics
Despite a continuing association with white face and berets, mime is cool again
Notes from New York: Catching up with Sting and looking ahead to School of Rock
By Bethany Rickwald
Also, remembering when Hugh Jackman gave the shirt off his back for charity
Matt Trueman: Twenty years on, can Blasted still shock?
'To shock, a play needs to be, at some level, an unknown quality... We arrive braced for Blasted, steeled against its savagery'