Mark Lawson

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

Ibsen perplexed

Why modernise old plays when their message is already topical?

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"