Tiger Country (Hampstead Theatre)
'This should be compulsory viewing both for medical students and government ministers'
Lionboy (Tricycle Theatre)
By Louise Gooding
Complicite's adaptation comes to Kilburn as part of a new UK tour
Jack and the Beanstalk (Clacton – panto)
You don't have to offer a mega-bucks spectacular at pantomime time. As this "Jack and the Beanstalk" demonstrates, an intelligent script and good costumes are enough to carry a show.
Un ballo in maschera (Royal Opera House)
The much-anticipated new production of Verdi's melodrama misses the mark
City of Angels (Donmar Warehouse)
Two decades after its London premiere, Donmar artistic director Josie Rourke revives Cy Coleman's film noir musical
The Merchant of Venice (Almeida Theatre)
Rupert Goold's celebrated production comes to London with Ian McDiarmid as Shylock
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (King's Lynn – panto)
Chris Jordan pantomimes are usually among the best of the commercial variety around. Some how "Snow White" slips below this high standard.
Jack and the Beanstalk (St Albans – panto)
Importing television stars into theatres shows may be good box-office, but it's not necessarily a recipe for pantomime success.
Cinderella (Colchester – panto)
It's a story which is capable of many variations. At the Mercury Theatre, for example, this Christmas finds orphaned Cinderella in the late 19th century.
A Christmas Carol (Old Red Lion Theatre)
By Jane Martin
Dickens' timeless tale of remorse and renewal makes an uplifting seasonal drama from Metal Rabbit