Theatre’s plague year

A delicate ecosystem has been disrupted. The effects are dire

Infectious enthusiasms

Hard times on stage—and off it

Honour and courage

Tom Stoppard’s roots and Caryl Churchill’s dystopia

Special affects

The National finds a niche in staging literary adaptations while Shakespeare returns to school in the Donmar's Teenage Dick

Pulling the trigger

The Royal Shakespeare Company tames the Shrew

Jane Austen plus Doctor Who

A play based on the unfinished The Watsons has a familiar setting but takes a turn into existential crisis

Ibsen perplexed

Why modernise old plays when their message is already topical?

Verbal warfare

State of the nation plays like 1980s-set Hansard now have to compete with extraordinary real life drama

Playing the Wall game

Ella Hickson’s new play is a clever—and technically inventive—portrayal of East Germany in the 1960s

Miller’s tales and Nordic gloom

Willy Loman is back in town, still pursuing the American dream, while Ibsen’s unhappy ghosts return too

An autumn note

“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”

An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens