Boa (Trafalgar Studios) - 'Harriet Walter is immaculate'
By Jimmy Kelly

Husband and wife Guy Paul and Dame Harriet Walter star in Clara Brennan's play

Scuttlers (Royal Exchange) - 'atmospheric and tangible'

Rona Munro's new play centres on Manchester's original gangs

The Life and Times of Fanny Hill (Bristol Old Vic) - Caroline Quentin oozes star quality
By Kris Hallett

Caroline Quentin leads the cast of April De Angelis's play

The Absence of War (Sheffield Crucible) - impeccably acted and elegantly staged

Headlong's production of David Hare's 1993 play is playing at the Sheffield Crucible before embarking on a UK tour

Educating Rita (Liverpool Playhouse) - 'enchanting'
By Carole Baldock

Gemma Bodinetz's revival marks the 35th anniversary of Willy Russell's classic two-hander

Oh What A Lovely War (Tour) - 'engaging and lively revival'
By Jimmy Kelly

Terry Johnson's production embarks on a tour

Gods and Monsters (Southwark Playhouse) - revealing portrait of James Whale

Ian Gelder is a 'tour de force' in Russell Labey's new biographical play

How to Hold Your Breath (Royal Court) - Maxine Peake stars in Brechtian fable

Zinnie Harris's poetic new play premieres, directed by Vicky Featherstone

Jefferson's Garden (Watford Palace) - Wertenbaker explores America's roots

'Wertenbaker is particularly good on the forces of history; the way complex events become black-and-white and ambiguous ideas ossify'