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'
Editor's Blog: 10 theatre resolutions for 2015
At a time when many are vowing to head for the gym, here's an alternative to-do list for the next 12 months
Matt Trueman: Why Birdman is wrong to blast critics
Alejandro González Iñárittu's new film is scathing about critics, but it gets it all wrong. The best criticism takes courage, says Matt Trueman
Opera review of the year
Our opera editor takes a personal look back at the UK scene in 2014
Guest Blog: The recipe for a perfect pantomime
By Emily Wood
'An unshaven, belching, legs akimbo hobnail boot-wearing bloke in a dress is what we're looking for'
Michael Coveney: Globe goes to war with RSC as Rupert Everett celebrates an anniversary
Dominic Dromgoole has criticised international subsidy of the RSC, while Rupert Everett and Colin Firth have been in reflective mood
Michael Coveney: Cats changed British theatre forever despite teething troubles
As Cats prepares to re-open in the West End after a 12 year hiatus, our chief critic reflects on the show's bumpy beginnings
Michael Coveney: Maggie blip at the BFI while Bendy signs on for Soho
The BFI's season of Maggie Smith films got off to a faltering start this week
Opera - when directors rule
The phenomenon known in German as Regietheater should be celebrated, not vilified
Michael Coveney: Ding dong merrily in panto and classic kids' shows
'I'm unrepentant in my love of pantomime, the greatest theatrical genre we have'