Quality Street review – JM Barrie's bittersweet romcom is a treatViaduct theatre, Halifax Shakespeare meets Richard Curtis in the play that gave its name to the chocolates, carried by boisterous performances and sweet-wrapper chic
'Vagina is not a rude word': the scientist fighting to empower women, one word at a time. Twenty years ago, Catherine Blackledge’s history of the vagina The Story of V broke boundaries. As it is reissued, she talks about anasryma as activism and why we lie about the clitoris
Message in a Bottle review – Sting soundtracks a blistering hip-hop tale of refugees. Peacock theatre, London A compelling cast pour their hearts into Kate Prince’s jukebox tale of civil war, trafficking and three siblings separated as refugees
Pass Over review – fiercely relevant and compelling. Kiln, LondonAntoinette Nwandu’s powerful absurdist urban tragedy sees two black homeless men – cowed by the ever-present threat of police brutality – pursue their own American dream
Amnesty by Aravind Adiga review – a migrant’s tale. A Sri Lankan migrant in Sydney agonises over whether to tell the police about a murder and risk deportation
iPhones and iPads boast such a wide selection of games, it can be quite overwhelming for any new device owner. Thankfully, there are plenty of great free games ready for you to download right now. Take a look at this list of 15 of the very best the App Store has to offer. This list includes games that are completely free, not just trials of paid games. Some may include microtransactions, but the games themselves are free to download.1. Silly Sausage in Meat Land This colourful, zany iOS game plays like a surreal twist on Snake. In it, players use touch controls to guide a stretchy dog through twisty, obstacle-laden levels that start off simple enough but soon become fiendishly challenging.
'It's about German guilt': Why The Tin Drum still divides audiencesThe stage version of Günter Grass’s 1959 novel is set to open in London – with its ‘unbearable’ protagonist and tales of Nazi collaboration, it’s as controversial as ever
When Time Stopped by Ariana Neumann review – an extraordinary Holocaust story. The remarkable history of how a Jewish survivor hid in plain sight at the heart of the Third Reich is uncovered by his daughter
Antisocial by Andrew Marantz review – America's online extremistsA compelling account of how far-right firestarters helped ‘the world’s most gifted media troll’ to become the US president
To the American public, Jack London was one of the most romantic figures of the early 20th century. To his eldest daughter Joan, though, the famous author of The Sea-Wolf, White Fang and The Call of the Wild was a man of “relentless calculating cruelty”.In her posthumous memoir Jack London and his Daughters, Joan, who died in 1971 at 70, was still scarred by correspondence she received from her father in February 1914. He ended his letter with a brutal message. “If I were dying I should not care to have you at my bedside,” London wrote. “A ruined colt is a ruined colt, and I do not like ruined colts.” Joan was just 13 at the time. By then, London was the highest-paid writer in America, receiving 10,000 fan letters a year, many of which were in praise of what he called his “crackerjack dog book”.
Carnegie Medal longlist gives classics a fresh spin. From a modern Moby-Dick to a stepsister’s take on Cinderella, the UK’s top children’s book prize highlights stories of ‘hope, discovery and understanding’
A Number review – Caryl Churchill's clone fable counts cost of progressBridge theatre, London Roger Allam plays a father with multiple versions of the same son in a drama that feels like an early noughties Black Mirror
Natalie Portman's husband denies signing letter backing fired ballet directorChoreographers Benjamin Millepied and William Forsyth deny signing letter demanding director’s return after dismissal for pregnancy discrimination
National Theatre boss denies being part of ‘left-of-centre elite’Rufus Norris rebuffs Downton creator Julian Fellowes’ claim that NT is in a cultural bubble
Should the Harvey Weinstein jury really be forbidden to review books?. The movie mogul’s lawyers sought to discharge one trial juror over books she had read, which is a court role for reading habits I have not seen before
This week, PlatinumGames re-released its decade-old favourites Bayonetta and Vanquish, packaged together in one remastered bundle for the PS4 and Xbox One. Bayonetta has already been re-released in various incarnations several times over the past 10 years; the body has never had a chance to grow cold. For many current-generation console players, however, this is the chance to experience the games for the first time – and they’ve never seemed so polished.In Bayonetta, you control the title character – a gun-brandishing witch – who is engaged in a conflict between the forces of heaven and hell. The story is violent, camp, and so swaggeringly sacreligious that it’s easy to ignore the cringe-inducing dialogue. Everything in Bayonetta exists to serve the game’s subversive sense of style, and its punchy, deceptively compicated hack-and-slash gameplay.
Top 10 random encounters in literatureLandmark meetings in Dickens and Joyce, and textual collisions in surrealism and poetry, remind us how central surprise is to the best writing
Independence Square by AD Miller review – thriller in post-Soviet UkraineFrom Kiev to London by way of Greeneland … the Booker-shortlisted author’s protagonist searches for answers
The Crying Book by Heather Christle review – why do we weep?A personal examination of tears – what causes them, why we cry – which takes in biological science, relationship break-up, poetry and Donald Trump
Capital and Ideology by Thomas Piketty review – if inequality is illegitimate, why not reduce it?The celebrated French economist is back with an ambitious and optimistic work of social science, which argues that inequality always relies on ideology
'It's really special': the ballet company shaking up the world of danceBy hiring a diverse range of dancers, the directors of Complexions Contemporary Ballet are working to change tired stereotypes