The text has always been a painful exploration of the destructive potential of intense passion. But Carrie Cracknell's beautiful and revolutionary production has turned it into something altogether more devastating; here, Hester's desire to die is induced by the fact that she is a woman who cannot be contained by the time in which she was born.
Jessie Thompson is the HuffPost UK blogs editorial assistant.
Lola Arias has brought together real British and Argentinian veterans from the Falklands War, and created a piece that not only bears witness to their devastating experiences of a bloody, nasty, and contentious war, but enables us to see healing happen before our very eyes.
05/06/2016 20:13 BST
Ben, the protagonist of Jesse Eisenberg's play, might feel familiar. He's a rich white dude who wants to be an artist, but actually spends most of his time getting stoned in an apartment bought for him by his dad.
03/06/2016 18:49 BST
I'm sometimes a bit behind when it comes to the cultural scene. I've still never seen <em>Game of Thrones</em> and it took me ages to listen to Beyonce's new album. And I am genuinely about 400 years late to the party when it comes to <em>Romeo and Juliet</em>, which is apparently quite a famous play. It was such a relief that I was able to rectify this philistine-y oversight thanks to dreamboat theatre overlord Sir Kenneth Branagh...
26/05/2016 16:40 BST
The play is framed around the five stages of drowning, which are described to us in forensic detail as each new act begins. Inside each act, inside Ophelia's room, we gradually see her fighting back against a life in which women are supposed to be grateful when they are lovebombed by sociopaths.
20/05/2016 10:40 BST
This<em> Doctor Faustus</em> is absurdly showy, flamboyant, always daring itself on to do something even more outrageous. What a show to see if all you had on your agenda was popping down to see Kit Harington in his boxers.
26/04/2016 08:32 BST
I'll name you two things that are very pricey but integral to you not falling apart as a human being. One is therapy. The other is theatre... I can't help but feel like one is a bit like the other sometimes, and if you go to the Royal Court this month you can see two plays which are like an a very intense, cathartic, exhausting (but GOOD) workout for your soul.
19/04/2016 08:29 BST
It's obvious from Hardman's tweets that she thought more than once about whether to draw attention to the incident, and quite deliberately didn't mention the MP's name. She spoke carefully, flagging up unacceptable sexist behaviour rather than encouraging a personal attack on the individual that said it.
14/04/2016 12:19 BST
Leo Butler's play takes a day in austerity Britain and zooms in on one boy. Kind of like a condensed episode of 24, except here Jack Bauer is a marginalised teen called Liam. He's not picking off terrorists; he's w*nking on to trees.
13/04/2016 13:00 BST
I had good A Level results. I'd worked part time whilst I was at school. I was even voted the class president of our GCSE citizenship project where we promised to eradicate poverty in Africa. I was employable and I was going to beat the system.
08/04/2016 15:32 BST
His play People Places and Things is taking the West End by storm.
29/03/2016 18:06 BST
Kenneth Branagh is actually on ketamine in this play. I mean not actually, he's doing acting, but one of the characters has cruelly injected his character's bum with horse tranquiliser and it's safe to say he struggles. His trousers fall down a lot. He does funny voices. And he does lots of cuddling on the bed with Rob Brydon. And it's hilarious.
29/03/2016 17:01 BST
People want to know because learning about the creative process of artists and writers is fascinating, and it's also a reminder that all great work starts somewhere and changes and grows. That's why it's genuinely such a joy that Grayson Perry has published parts of his sketchbooks from throughout his career...
21/03/2016 17:00 GMT
I actually felt a bit bewildered by <em>The Maids</em>. It's about two maids who are obsessed with their employer to the extent that they will dress up in her clothes and pretend to be her, but also hate her so much that they want to poison her tea. I will no longer be drinking any more tea made for me by my co-workers.
07/03/2016 08:30 GMT
If <em>Cleansed</em> has crossed your radar and you're not a nerdy stage-botherer on the regs like me, it's probably because of the news stories about walkouts and people fainting in the theatre. Or it might be because you're aware of the fact that Kane killed herself at the age of 28. But the sensationalism around her work is white noise.
24/02/2016 16:31 GMT
The second series of <em>Happy Valley</em>, where the relentlessly awesome Sarah Lancashire plays a police officer who has had the s*** beaten out of her but still sometimes goes out with a hat on, confirms Sally Wainwright as creating some of the most watchable TV we have.
21/02/2016 23:23 GMT
If <em>Yen</em> is trying to tell us one thing, it is that people become brutalized by a system that neglects them, but we can all have a chance if someone or something can remind us that we're not invisible, that we do have something to offer the world.
01/02/2016 08:50 GMT
Caryl Churchill's latest play, <em>Escaped Alone</em>, is magnificent. It has all the qualities that mark her out as the greatest living playwright - it's funny, it's complicated, and it's sinister. But what's also important is that this is a play about four women in their 70s, sitting in a garden. It's revolutionary.
29/01/2016 10:07 GMT
If, as Milo believes, he has been unverified for his comments online, this is a victory for anyone who has watched social media descend into a cesspit of vulgar misogyny and savage provocation. It's a hugely positive step towards dealing with online trolls by making a conscious decision to refuse to legitimise them.
09/01/2016 14:32 GMT