Is Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew inherently misogynistic? Particularly with its treatment of spirited Kate, the Shrew of the title, who is starved and mentally tormented (gaslighting long before Patrick Hamilton, Ingrid Bergman or Donald Trump).
There's something in the water with The Beggar's Opera at the moment. Lazarus Theatre's new, modern-dress, 80-minute version at Brockley Jack Studio Theatre is the third major London presentation of the story of womanising highwayman Macheath this year.
Are there any stage taboos left? John Ford's 17th-century romantic thriller 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, centring on an incestuous relationship between a brother and sister, is one of the most controversial in the classical canon. Does it still have the power to shock?
What's the difference between political theatre and theatre about politics? Can theatre be a catalyst for real change? Do right-wing political perspectives get a fair hearing onstage or is theatre the preserve of the left-wing?
A couple of weeks ago, as part of the ongoing Hamlet hysteria, I was amazed that such an apparent uproar was caused by director Lyndsey Turner's experimenting with the placement of the play's most famous soliloquy, "To be or not to be".
Since I got back from my month of remote working in Mallorca, I’ve been lucky