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Arts festivals of the size of the Venice Biennale are inevitably patchy. The appointed directors are hardly ever given enough time to curate and fill absolutely vast volumes of...
Penda’s Fen has so many constituent parts it could burst its seams. Almost-18 schoolboy Stephen Franklin is struggling with determining the nature of his sexuality. His school is...
Theseus was a tablet-carrying dictator, Lysander a sweet-faced asthmatic, and Peter Quince rechristened Mistress Quince in the agreeably unexpected presence of Elaine Paige: those...
It shows you just how much Kenneth MacMillan changed ballet in this country that 1960's The Invitation, with its onstage rape, sexual grooming and child abuse, can act as the...
Few TV series manage such copious, prominent and skilful trails. There was a “controversy” about doing a handbrake turn round the Cenotaph. There have been endless rumours about...
Anger and fear in Elgar, introspection in middle-period Beethoven: these are undervalued qualities in each composer’s music. Yet such moods were vividly present in two hyper-...
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Russell T Davies's revisionist Shakespeare delivers on its own, often puckish terms
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Nick Broomfield in elegiac mode holds out for history
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Impressive Russian World War II sniper story with international dimension
Full-on electropop magnificence from Canadian sister duo
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The Swedish band’s back catalogue is made widely available for the first time
Perfect depth and communication in Beethoven and Elgar
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Modern British pianism, two very English symphonies and a musical trip down the Rhine
Double bill celebrates Italy in Wales and 70 years of changing styles
Rising stars of opera shine at major Polish-based international event
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A Victorian's spectacular transgender life, bleakly and obliquely told
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A brutally efficient adaptation of Brecht and Weill's grubby classic
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Exceptional loans from New York make a familiar story sparkle with life
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MacMillan revival in a different class to anodyne offerings from McGregor and Wheeldon
Dance version is loud and brash with all the horror and none of the mystery
On his retirement tour, Cuban superstar showcases the young, and proves he's still got it