King Charles III is a “what if” play. Mike Bartlett’s counterfactuals may be improbable but they do entertain

Versailles trots out Keynes’s tired arguments while 1984 mistakes Winston Smith for Edward Snowden

Tom Hiddleston was the latest big-screen heart-throb to bring Shakespeare to his adoring fans

It was a fine year for the Bard, with David Tennant, Rory Kinnear and Jude Law impressing, but there was far more than just Shakespeare

Henry Goodman is outstanding as Arturo Ui, the German playwright’s terrifying caricature of Hitler

Vicky Featherstone’s first outing as artistic director of the Royal Court is tiresome and intolerably preachy

Lucy Kirkwood’s absorbing and visually ambitious Chimerica ranks as one of the year’s best plays

Peter Nichols’s Passion Play is a trifle dated, but it may make you wonder anxiously where your other half is

Robert Whelan’s history of the Theatre Royal indulges in a bit of frippery, but otherwise artfully and humorously tells the 350-year long story of West-End drama

The West End’s latest box office hits specialise in existential angst and domestic backstabbing