Martin Handley explores current attitudes to the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan.
Deborah Bull explores ballet music in late Victorian London, at the music hall theatres.
Brian Conley on what its like to be in panto when the season has ended.
Mat Fraser meets the former showgirls coming out of retirement and getting back on stage.
On music hall, Dennis Potter, and playing a Panto Dame for the first time.
Melvyn Bragg discusses why revenge tragedy was so popular with Elizabethan theatre goers.
Actress Dillie Keane chooses the musical duo Gilbert and Sullivan.
Punchdrunk, YouMeBumBumTrain, and other immersive theatre companies under the microscope.
Are touring musicals stealing regional theatre's audience?
Barry Cryer hears how recordings are restored so that music hall stars can be heard again.
He's behind you! Anna Jones meets the pantomime farmers.
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Roman satire.
Robert McCrum goes in search of Shakespeare in 21st-century America.
Miranda Sawyer explores the magic of the school nativity play.
Marie-Louise Muir unpicks the intricacies of Irish satire.
1916: Tanks capture the public imagination, but the comforts of home are shattered by war.
Melvyn Bragg examines whether the ancient genre of tragedy has a place in our own time.
Stan Stennett recreates the British variety theatre's heyday.