Sleaze and sex — plus ça change

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

Whigs, wigs and Generation Z

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

Lay on, Matilda; lay off Macbeth

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

Hytner’s Caesar hits paydirt

The National Theatre’s former director is giving it stiff competition further down the Thames

Driving home the point of Pinter

A new production of The Birthday Party emphasises its roots in the grim reality of post-war Britain

They needed to talk about Kevin

The Old Vic is tarnished by its refusal to face the truth about its former artistic director

Missed chances in war and love

A drama about the Middle East peace process and a Sondheim revival explore wasted opportunities

Grande dame and grand old man

Stockard Channing is now lighting up the London landscape that was shaped by the late Sir Peter Hall

Digging Dirty For Victory

James Graham catches the atmosphere of Sixties tabloid jounalism in his new play about Murdoch’s Sun

Unseasonal turkey

The National Theatre’s new play about Enclosure is a dud, unlike On The Town in Regent’s Park

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"