Aladdin (Dancehouse, Manchester)
By Kristy Stott

The Dancehouse Theatre's family pantomime returns

The Shoemaker's Holiday (Swan Theatre, RSC)

Following his acclaimed RSC debut, Phillip Breen returns to direct Dekker's city comedy of class, conflict and cobblers in love

Slava's Snowshow (Southbank Centre)
By Jane Martin

With stunning visual effects and plenty of snow, this dreamlike show is like nothing you've seen before

Usagi Yojimbo (Southwark Playhouse)

Hai-yah! Comic-book heroics are brought to life in this sporadically exciting show

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