Shakespeare in Love (Noel Coward Theatre)
By Michael Coveney · 23 Jul 2014 · London, West End

The Oscar-winning film imagining the Bard as a young romantic hero flourishes on stage

Life's a Gatecrash (Greater Manchester Fringe Festival)
By Dave Cunningham · 23 Jul 2014 · Manchester

Terry Hughes' debut play is a tense and disturbing thriller

Der Rosenkavalier (Royal Albert Hall)
By Simon Thomas · 23 Jul 2014 · London

Glyndebourne's five-star triumph is repeated at the BBC Proms

The Two Gentlemen of Verona (RSC)

Simon Godwin's entertaining production makes a claim for this early comedy to return to the RSC's repertoire

Medea (NT Olivier)
By Michael Coveney · 22 Jul 2014 · London, West End

Helen McCrory gives a powerful performance in the title role of Carrie Cracknell's production

This Was A Man (Finborough Theatre)
By Alison Goldie · 21 Jul 2014 · London, Off-West End

Belinda Lang's production of Noel Coward's formally banned play could do with a retelling

Amadeus (Chichester Festival Theatre)
By Maxwell Cooter · 21 Jul 2014 · Chichester

Rupert Everett puts in a powerhouse performance as Salieri as the Festival Theatre reopens

Norma (Holland Park)
By Mark Valencia · 20 Jul 2014 · London

Bellini's bel canto classic in an arid staging, saved by some great singing

Natural Affection (Jermyn Street Theatre)
By Giles Cole · 18 Jul 2014 · London, Off-West End

William Inge's play opened last night at the Jermyn Street Theatre

The Tempest (Cockpit Theatre)
By Helen Macdonald · 18 Jul 2014 · London, Off-West End

Tree Folk Theatre's Tempest is charming Shakespeare with a twist