Two contrasting productions of Shakespeare prove that the plays can still be made to work for us

Dr Johnson, the greatest writer of critical prose in the English language, was able to impart to his readers both human nature in general, and the character of Englishness in particular

The London stage is both winner and loser from super-celebrity casting

‘Have you, like me, secretly felt in certain locales that you have been parachuted behind enemy lines?’

Ronald Harwood’s plays tackle the thorny issue of great artists accused of collaborating with the Nazis

Two musicals – Spring Awakening and A Little Night Music – have been rapturously received. Can so many be wrong?

Political power and its abuses are the central concerns of three fine new productions: England People Very nice, Burnt by the Sun and King Lear

A British production of a Japanese work, Shun-kin is a near-perfect triumph

Philip French, who has died aged 82, was the doyen of British film criticism. In 2009, in the run-up to the Oscars, he discusses the demise of cinema as an art form with Standpoint‘s critic Peter Whittle and editor Daniel Johnson