New plays on Broadway and at the Royal Court take on gay coming of age and corporal punishment

A new play about a bereaved London Caribbean family avoids the preachiness of much contemporary drama

The Oberammergau Passion Play, put on once a decade, has been a community effort for over 400 years

George Gershwin’s masterpiece is revealed in all its splendour by ENO’s sprightly new co-production

Stephen Karam’s Broadway hit about a family at the mercy of the market resonates in London too

The American director Bartlett Sher has restaged two classical musicals with style and panache

Little theatres like the Donmar and Jermyn Street are important venues for attracting new audiences

The rap musical Hamilton reminds us that shakedowns and steamy liaisons are far from new in US politics

A Congreve classic revival and a new play tackle societal mores and the battle of the sexes 200 years apart

The hit musical is going on tour, demonstrating a success that eludes the National Theatre’s Shakespeare