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Adam Gillen as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Christopher Godwin as Baron Gottfriedvan Sweite, Marc Brenner


National Theatre at Olivier Theatre, National Theatre

Serge (Ncuti Gatwa), Paul Samuel White

The Claim

Luke Emery at Shoreditch Town Hall

Olivia Beardsley as Sibyl, Gareth Bennett-Ryan as Elyot, Helen Keeley as Amanda, Paul Sandys as Victor, Sheila Burnett

Private Lives

London Classic Theatre at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford

Molly Chesworth as Josie and George Parker as Teddy, Scott Rylander


The Watermill Theatre and Sarah Loader for Snapdragon Productions at The Watermill Theatre Newbury

Phoebe Pryce (Adele), Tibu Fortes (Hamidullah), Asif Khan (Dr Aziz), Idil Sukan

A Passage to India

A Royal and Derngate Northampton and Simple8 co-production at Royal and Derngate, Northampton

Sigma, Gandini Juggling


Gandini Juggling at Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells

Jeremy Beck and Rebecca Noelle Brinkley, Todd Cerveris

Hindle Wakes

Mint Theater Company at Clurman Theatre, Theatre Row, New York



Cirque du Soleil at Royal Albert Hall

Vittorio Grigolo as Cavaradossi, Ken Howard


Metropolitan Opera at Metropolitan Opera House, New York

Jack Condon as Les and James Craze as Mike, Alex Brenner


Atticist Productions at King's Head Theatre

Oriana Page, Poppy Read and Justin Campbell, Hannah Ellison

Wild Life FM

Campo Arts Centre (Ghent), Unicorn Theatre, Norfolk & Norwich Festival in association with Gessnerallee Zürich at Unicorn Theatre (Weston Theatre)

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