ROMEO AND JULIET at Bristol Hippodrome

★★★★☆ It is not hard to see why a tale of youngsters in opposition to an oppressive older generation might have appealed to Rudolf Nureyev, and it is his interpretation of Romeo and Juliet that we see in this English National Ballet production . . . it is Jurgita Dronina’s Juliet that is the outstanding performance of the evening. She is utterly captivating.

AS YOU LIKE IT at Oxford Playhouse

★★★★☆ There’s something about going to see one of Shakespeare’s comedies that is just so satisfying. You always know exactly what you’re going to get . . . All in all, this is a perfect play for a bit of escapism, so if you have a free evening this week, come in out of the cold Oxford night, and lose yourself in the magical Forest of Arden – it’ll do you good.

THE WIPERS TIMES at Cheltenham Everyman

★★★★★ Originally shot as a television film, the stage version of The Wipers Times recounts the story of Captain F J Roberts and the men under his command who, happening upon a printing press in a bombed out building in Ypres, decided to produce a satirical trench magazine.

SUNSET BOULEVARD at Birmingham Hippodrome

★★★★★ For those unfamiliar with the story, this is a musical theatre presentation of a 1950’s movie in the genre of a film noir. We are taken from a death scene in a Beverley Hills mansion back in time to where the origins of the crime began . . . Ria Jones gave a masterclass performance as Norma Desmond, owning every scene with polished stagecraft, dark charisma and a mighty vocal.

UP DOWN MAN at Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol

★★★★★ Written and directed by Brendan Murray, Up Down Man is funny, informative, quirky and, at times, very moving. It has the power to make you re-examine your own ideas about a whole range of issues around inclusivity and the rights of those who are seen as different from ourselves.

(sorry) at The Door at Birmingham Rep

★★★★☆ Productions like (sorry) are a theatrical triumph. Although at times the comedic side of the writing doesn’t quite land, it is nevertheless a great example of how truthful theatre can move an audience, leaving me feeling insignificant, yet simultaneously optimistic.