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Peter Sarsgaard as Hamlet at Classic Stage

Shakespeare wrote many great roles, but few, if any, rival Hamlet and King Lear in terms of complexity (and potential glory). Both roles offer meaty challenges for actors, and it is practically a rite of passage to assay at least one of them in the course of a career that includes the classics.

Into …

Shakespeare

Review: ‘Wolf Hall,’ the Stage Version, Untangles Tudor History With Relish

And now let’s settle in for a really, really good gossip.

The subject? The British royal family and its so-called friends. You wouldn’t believe the scandal they’re stirring up these days, with their love affairs and divorces and back-stabbing rivalries.

It’s chilling (and thrilling, too — admit it) …

Wolf Hall

Review: ‘Hand to God’ Features a Foul-Talking Puppet

Stand down, Inspector Javert, vengeful foe of bread-snatchers. A more formidable villain now stalks the Broadway boards, one who makes you seem about as frightening as a French pastry. His name, Tyrone, is not the scariest handle, but he’s as ruthless as any dedicated evildoer, with a spectacularly …

Puppets

Endgame review – innovation choked by Samuel Beckett's strict staging edicts

“Any production of Endgame which ignores my stage directions is completely unacceptable to me. My play requires an empty room and two small windows. The American Repertory Theater production which dismisses my directions is a complete parody of the play as conceived by me. Anybody who cares for the …

Playwrights

Royal Ballet triple bill review – falling in step with Nigel Farage

The Israeli-born choreographer Hofesh Shechter arrived in Britain in 2002. It took him a couple of years to hit his stride, but with Cult (2004), Uprising (2006) and In Your Rooms (2007) he established himself as the contemporary dance-maker you had to see. Powerful and idiosyncratically detailed, …

Nigel Farage

Ballet Dancers Leap Into Instagram, Commerce

For centuries, ballet was all about presenting its glittering, performance-ready side. Then came Instagram.

The photo-sharing app has become the go-to social-media platform for dancers of all ages. They post photos of bloody toes, mistakes in class, physical therapy and, of course, deliriously …

Instagram

L.A. Ballet delivers a classically pure 'Sleeping Beauty'

Dancing through its first nine seasons, Los Angeles Ballet has bravely tackled one rite of passage after another — not merely the major Balanchine and Bournonville choreographies that are its stylistic birthright but, increasingly, the top-of-the-list, full-length 19th century classics that can …

Los Angeles

"Die Schutzbefohlenen" im Burgtheater Wien - Werktreu, wie es geschrieben steht

"Die Schutzbefohlenen" im Burgtheater WienWerktreu, wie es geschrieben steht

Das Wiener Burgtheater bei Nacht

Mit Regisseur Michael Thalheimer kommen …

Cedar Lake Ballet to Close in June

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet was the envy of many in New York’s dance world: It had a wealthy patron who loved dance, provided good pay and benefits to its dancers, built the troupe a chic Chelsea home and almost single-handedly bore the brunt of the company’s costs.

But the perils of relying on a …

Ballet

Jessica Fyfe: no one's perfect – each dancer is beautiful in their own way

For Jessica Fyfe, it’s a dream come true. The Australian Ballet coryphée has been awarded the Walter Bourke prize, which will see her dancing with the Stuttgart Ballet and the English National Ballet in 2015 and 2016.

Brisbane-born Fyfe joined the company in 2010 as a member of the corps de ballet …

Performing Arts

How Tennessee Williams became the talk of Broadway

When the final curtain came down on the Broadway opening of The Glass Menagerie, the cast took 24 curtain calls.

Within a month of the play’s opening, VE Day brought an end to the war in Europe, and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt died. Fuelled by longing and by loss, the republic, which had …

Playwrights

My Day on a Plate: ballerina Diana Vishneva

The Russian ballet dancer loves eating caviar for breakfast and swears by cheese for her health and strength

8.15am Whether I’m with the American Ballet Theatre in New York or working in St Petersburg with the Mariinsky Theatre ballet, my routine is the same: shower, coffee, breakfast. I need a full …

Food

Review: Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance Offers New and Old

Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance, a puzzling project on paper, is proving so in performance as well. As this new venture for the Paul Taylor Dance Company, one that expands to include works by other choreographers, continued into its second week at the David H. Koch Theater, the salient contrast …

Paul Taylor

Review: ‘The Heidi Chronicles,’ With Elisabeth Moss, Opens on Broadway

Do the responsibilities that come with age inevitably erode the ideals of youth? Can women achieve the most in their careers while enjoying a fully satisfying family life? Is sadness a natural — as opposed to pathological — response to the realization that life will not bring us everything we had …

Elisabeth Moss

Natalia Osipova in the Royal Ballet’s ‘Swan Lake’

New York has seen the sensational Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova in a wide range of ballets — but, curiously, never in the illustrious double role of Odette-Odile in “Swan Lake.” This now changes, but on screen, not onstage. Now in her second season as a principal of the Royal Ballet in London, …

Swan Lake

City Ballet Announces 2015-16 Season

World premieres: Seven. Balanchine ballets: 28. Dancers: 94. Composers danced to: 47, including Ellis Ludwig-Leone of the band San Fermin and Bryce Dessner of the National, who were commissioned to write scores.

New York City Ballet’s 2015-16 season, which was announced on Wednesday, will be a mix …

Performing Arts

Review: ‘Paint Your Wagon,’ Starring Keith Carradine, Opens at Encores!

Men in weathered woolens and suspenders roister vigorously around the stage, hungry for booze, gold and women — not necessarily in that order — in the jovial production of “Paint Your Wagon” being presented as part of the City Center Encores! series. There’s but a single gal in the gold-mining …

Wagons

‘The Tallest Tree in the Forest,’ a Play About Paul Robeson

The extraordinary life and career of Paul Robeson — the athlete, actor, singer and civil rights activist — is brought to dramatic life in “The Tallest Tree in the Forest,” written by and starring the talented actor Daniel Beaty, the author and star of “Emergence-SEE!” at the Public Theater.

Moisés …

Review: In ‘Remote New York,’ an Unseen Tour Guide Calls the Shots

I am but a member of the horde, a cipher among countless ciphers. We swarm through the city’s streets and subways, moving together like parts in a machine. We are replaceable, we are erasable, we are disposable. We will all die. Soon no one will know we existed.

That’s what a little voice kept …

Review: A Darker ‘Pinocchio’ Strays From Disney’s Wholesome Take

The truths in the retelling of “Pinocchio” now at the New Victory Theater are more contemporary than we’re used to hearing. Bearing shadows truer to Carlo Collodi’s 19th-century tale than Walt Disney’s version, this family-friendly show, from the Windmill Theater and the State Theater Company of …

Review: In ‘Running Away From the One With the Knife,’ a Suicide Pondered

Percolating coffee drips into a pot at the front of the Chocolate Factory stage. Boiling grounds are a familiar scent, burbling water a familiar sound, the sort of routine you reach for when the world seems inexplicable, unmoored.

Sarah (Juliana Francis-Kelly), a character in Aaron Landsman’s …

For Michaela DePrince, a Dream Comes True at the Dutch National Ballet

AMSTERDAM — Michaela DePrince was appearing here in the third act of Balanchine’s “Jewels” with the Dutch National Ballet on a recent evening. There were about a dozen ballerinas in bejeweled white tutus arrayed across the stage, but there she was all the way stage right in the front line: the …

Sex and Violence, Beyond the Script

In the summer of 2012 the actress Marin Ireland, a past Tony Award nominee, was dating Scott Shepherd, a fellow theater star. They were in London, preparing to perform as the title lovers in “Troilus and Cressida.” Offstage, though, they were arguing about their relationship. According to …

Nicholas Hytner at the National: the top 10 productions – in pictures

How the nation's theatre reinvented itself

What do we mean by “the nation’s theatre”? Think back just 30 or so years and the answer was probably fairly straightforward. It was Shakespeare on our main stages across the country, the big flagship companies such as the NT and the RSC, the state-of-the-nation plays by David Hare, new writing at …

Theater

Two Broadway musical imports top London theater award nominees

LONDON (Reuters) - Broadway imports "Memphis The Musical" and "Beautiful - The Carole King Musical" collected the most nominations on Monday, with nine and eight nods, respectively, for London's Olivier Awards to be announced in April.

Mark Strong and Richard Armitage both received best actor …

‘The Events’ Uses Local Choirs for Vocals, Minus a Script

Two hours before going onstage at New York Theater Workshop in “The Events,” by the Scottish playwright David Greig, Susan Glass had only a vague, fumbling-in-the-dark sense of what she and her Greenwich Village community chorus, the Glass Menagerie, were getting into.

They had, of course, been …

Theater Listings for March 6-12

Approximate running times are in parentheses. Theaters are in Manhattan unless otherwise noted. Full reviews of current productions, additional listings, showtimes and ticket information are at nytimes.com/theater. A searchable, critical guide to theater is at nytimes.com/events.

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