Reviews

Mother Goose (Hackney Empire)

Clive Rowe stands out as he returns to Hackney Empire for the panto season

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Unicorn Theatre)
By Colin Marks

The original story that inspired Tchaikovsky's ballet is reimagined for children

Once (Phoenix Theatre)

Ronan Keating makes his theatrical debut in the stage adaptation of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová's Oscar-winning film

Howie the Rookie (Barbican Pit)
By Jane Martin

Tom Vaughan-Lowler makes Mark O'Rowe's play his own

The Gospel According to the Other Mary (London Coliseum)

Like El Niño before it, John Adams's new opera is really a staged concert piece - but it's a fine one

God Bless the Child (Royal Court)

The Royal Court Upstairs becomes a classroom for Molly Davies' new play

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Savoy Theatre)
By Jane Martin

Fleecing women and outsmarting each other, the scoundrels are still ruling the Riviera in Jerry Mitchell's slick production

Albert Herring (Upstairs at the Gatehouse)

Britten's chamber piece well served by Hampstead Garden Opera

L'elisir d'amore (Royal Opera House)

Grigolo and Terfel headline a classy revival of this Covent Garden favourite

Behind the Beautiful Forevers (National Theatre)

'A wise and witty evening that allows us to wallow in our own good fortune while enjoying the desperate plight of others, a classic and complicated privilege'