Blithe Spirit

Tracie Bennett replaces Janie Dee in Mrs Henderson Presents
Dee, who completes her run in The Seagull at the Open Air Theatre this week, has withdrawn for personal reasons
Charles Edwards to star in Waste at the National Theatre
Edwards joins Anne-Marie Duff and Rosalie Craig who also feature in Rufus Norris' first year as artistic director
The Merchant of Venice (Royal Shakespeare Theatre, RSC)
Polly Findlay directs Patsy Ferran in her RSC debut
Communicating Doors (Menier Chocolate Factory)
Lindsay Posner's production of this rarely performed Ayckbourn play opened last night
Oliviers Preview: Let's hope for some surprises on Sunday
Looking ahead to British theatre's big night, where Davids will take on Goliaths
Exclusive: Patsy Ferran cast in RSC's Merchant of Venice
By Editorial Staff
Polly Findlay's production opens in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in May, playing in rep with Othello
Michael Coveney: Critical awards and lasting legacies
Reflections on this year's Critics' Circle Awards, and some great critics of the past
Mark Strong and Helen McCrory win at Critics' Circle Awards
This year's critics' picks also included Gypsy and King Charles III
Theatre by the Lake New Season includes Abigail's Party and The 39 Steps
Also in the new season is an adaptation of The Snow Queen and Suddenly Last Summer.