The Life of the Party (Menier Chocolate Factory)
By Rosie Bannister · 2 Jun 2014

The celebration of Andrew Lippa's work doesn't disappoint

Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare's Globe)
By Maxwell Cooter · 30 May 2014

Jonathan Munby's production, starring Eve Best and Clive Wood, is a clear and powerful interpretation

Shady Business (tour – Stevenage)
By Anne Morley-Priestman · 30 May 2014

Crooked people walk in crooked ways. It's not enough to run a crime empire efficiently – you have to control the people it involves.

Dialogues des Carmélites (Royal Opera House)
By Mark Valencia · 30 May 2014

Poulenc's opera of faith, grace and martyrdom in post-revolutionary France reaches Covent Garden in a minimal yet powerful staging by Robert Carsen

John Ferguson (Finborough Theatre)
By Sarah Marsh · 29 May 2014

St John Irvine's 1915 drama receives a welcome and timely revival

A Human Being Died That Night (Hampstead Theatre)
By Giles Cole · 29 May 2014

Nicholas Wright's adaptation of Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela's book is "concise, succinct and gripping"

A Bunch of Amateurs (Newbury)
By Judi Herman · 28 May 2014

The writing partnership of Ian Hislop and Nick Newman goes back 30 years to their school days and it shows in this wonderfully warm and witty stage adaptation of their 2008 film.

Enjoy (West Yorkshire Playhouse)
By Ron Simpson · 28 May 2014

James Brining's revival of Alan Bennett's 1980 play suggests the work "improves as the years pass"

Bakersfield Mist (Duchess Theatre, West End)
By Michael Coveney · 28 May 2014

Kathleen Turner and Ian McDiarmid star in the European premiere of Stephen Sachs' provocative two-hander

Johnny Got His Gun (Southwark Playhouse)
By Jane Martin · 27 May 2014

This harrowing memoir from a dismembered soldier is a fitting contribution to the First World War centenary