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Equus

Equus

Peter Shaffer | Cambridge Arts Theatre | Directed by Ned Bennett

A striking and violent image dominates the imagination of the audience in this complex and disturbing play: six horses have been wilfully blinded with steel spikes. Why would anyone commit such a brutal act?

Edmond de Bergerac

Edmond de Bergerac

Alexis Michalik | Birmingham Repertory Theatre | Directed by Roxana Silbert

French theatre phenomenon premieres at The Birmingham Rep.

The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

William Shakespeare | RSC, Stratford | Directed by Justin Audibert

Matriarchy replaces patriarchy in this vision of an upturned world of gender power relations. More info

The Life I Lead

The Life I Lead

James Kettle | Birmingham Rep | Directed by Didi Hopkins and Selina Cadell.

Miles Jupp delivers a crisp and poised performance in this one man show about the life of Mary Poppins actor David Tomlinson. More info

When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other

When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other

Martin Crimp | National Theatre | Directed by Katie Mitchell.

Martin Crimp’s new play, which had it’s world premiere on the National Theatre’s Dorfman stage last month, is billed as a shocking and explosive exploration of sex, desire and violence. More info

Gently Down The Stream

Gently Down The Stream

Martin Sherman | Park Theatre, Finsbury Park | Directed by Sean Mathias.

This three-hander explores some of the huge social and political changes in gay lives through a tender inter-generational love story. It is a powerful and timely reminder that the freedoms of contemporary gay life were not “ever thus”. More info

As You Like It

As You Like It

William Shakespeare | RSC, Stratford | Directed by Kimberley Sykes.

Rosalind, the banished lovesick cross-dresser in ‘As You Like It’, is one of the great female roles in Shakespeare. Lucy Phelps rises to the challenge, delivering an enchanting and love-affirming central performance in the latest production of this wonderfully strange romantic comedy to hit Stratford. More info

Avenue Q

Avenue Q

Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx | New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingam | Directed by Cressida Carre.

We’re a long way from Sesame Street in this most adult of musicals. Puppet sex. Casual racism. Porn. What’s not to love about the shocking hit comedy musical Avenue Q? More info

Blue/Orange

Blue/Orange

Joe Penhall | Birmingham Repertory Theatre | Directed by Daniel Bailey.

If any art form can poke people into exploring sensitive and difficult topics, it’s theatre. ‘Blue/Orange’, the curiously titled revival currently playing at The Rep in Birmingham, does just that. More info

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Simon Callow