The RSC's daring choice for this year's Christmas extravaganza eschews a repeat popular favourite like Matilda or a rollicking adventure like last year's Robin Hood but presents a dramatic adaptation of the late Russell Hoban's undeservedly neglected 1969 children's novel.
Rats are deeply maligned characters, according to Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.
An excellent one-man version of the classic Dickens seasonal story
The book of Kiss Me Kate was penned by librettist Bella Spewack and her husband Sam, who shared a turbulent marriage.
The British premiere of the musical Sweet Smell Of Success is an emotional roller coaster guaranteed to keep you spellbound for the evening.
The West End revival of Lionel Bart's Oliver! played to packed houses when it opened in 2009 due, in part, to the casting being decided through the BBC's reality show I'd Do Anything.
Boxing is of course associated with violence but Beautiful Burnout manages to capture the grace of the controversial sport in Bryony Lavery's latest play.
Sometimes it's useful being the barbarian at the gate. This "outsider" role has been imposed on British east Asians by top-ranking arts institutions for far too long, so don't blame us when we warm to it.
"Of all human struggles there is none so treacherous and remorseless as the struggle between the artist man and the mother woman," opined George Bernard Shaw in Man And Superman. That quote precedes the text of this new play by Morna Pearson in a production by Orla O'Loughlin.