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David Nice
Monday, 05 December 2016
Second and third times lucky: after the migraine-inducing multimedia overload of Peter Sellars's premiere production of El Niño, first seen in London in 2003 and subsequently...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 05 December 2016
As an old Sixties lefty brought up on paranoia-infused thrillers like The Parallax View or All the President's Men, Oliver Stone loves ripping open great American conspiracies....
Sarah Kent
Monday, 05 December 2016
The nine artists in this exhibition mainly paint large, eye-catching canvases; yet the most arresting image on show is a tiny, rather tentative picture of an unprepossessing man...
Guy Oddy
Monday, 05 December 2016
Live albums can be tricky beasts, often characterised by large excruciating dollops of self-congratulation and self-indulgence, and are only to be recommended to the most hardcore...
Boyd Tonkin
Sunday, 04 December 2016
In this, his final book, the late German author and Nobel literature laureate tells us that he used to disgust his children with offal-heavy dishes rooted in the peasant fare of...
Jasper Rees
Sunday, 04 December 2016
Sam Shepard came to live in London in 1971, nursing ambitions to be a rock musician. When he went home three years later, he was soon to be found on the drumstool of Bob Dylan's...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 04 December 2016
Pictured above is Sweden’s Ralph Lundsten. He might look like a guru or mystic but is actually a multi-disciplinary artist...
Thomas H Green
Sunday, 04 December 2016
Jean-Michel Jarre sometimes doesn’t receive the credit due to him from electronic music buffs. Whereas Kraftwerk, Tangerine...
Jenny Gilbert
Saturday, 03 December 2016
What stroke of prescience brought two Sam Shepard plays to London in the very month America voted for Trump? The kind of...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 03 December 2016
 The three suites which Prokofiev extracted from his ballet Romeo and Juliet are skilfully put together, but they’re a...
Ismene Brown
Saturday, 03 December 2016
This House arrives in the West End with magic timing - a comedy about the farcical horrors of being a government with a...
Liz Thomson
Saturday, 03 December 2016
The 37th studio album from the man dubbed “the godfather of grunge” is raw, down and dirty-sounding – like many of the...
Heather Neill
Friday, 02 December 2016
The cry "Let's pretend" must have been heard often when J M Barrie played with the Llewelyn Davies boys in Kensington...
Nick Hasted
Friday, 02 December 2016
The pilot and the sniper have a lot in common for Clint Eastwood. In his previous US blockbuster, American Sniper, Chris...
Tom Birchenough
Friday, 02 December 2016
For anyone disposed to treat the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse as hallowed ground – and such issues have gained much currency at...
Saskia Baron
Friday, 02 December 2016
The Dardennes brothers' latest tale from the grim streets of the industrial suburb of Liège in Belgium is another quietly...
Nick Hasted
Friday, 02 December 2016
This story drops down the rabbit-hole so fast, you doubt it’ll ever hit bottom. Kiwi TV presenter David Farrier’s human...
Adam Sweeting
Thursday, 01 December 2016
Anyone hoping for a few laughs and a nice bit of catharsis after enduring the eight unstintingly miserable episodes of The...
Markie Robsonscott
Thursday, 01 December 2016
“This is an emergency. Homicides in Chicago, Illinois have surpassed the death toll of American special forces in Iraq.”...
Kelly Hunter
Thursday, 01 December 2016
“I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space, Were it not that I have bad dreams…” 2016, with...
 

TURNER PRIZE 2016, TATE BRITAIN This year's shortlist is as eccentric as it is divergent, and the winner is announced today

SULLY: MIRACLE ON THE HUDSON Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks are the right men for an epic of understated heroism

CD: JEAN-MICHEL JARRE – OXYGENE 3 40 years on, the French synth maestro's greatest hit blooms into a trilogy

PETER PAN, NATIONAL THEATRE Sally Cookson brilliantly reinvents a Christmas favourite to hook in all ages

WHEN SAM SHEPARD WAS A LONDONER The great American playwright, back in the West End with 'Buried Child', spent three formative years in London. Those who were there remember

CLASSICAL CDS WEEKLY: PROKOFIEV, DANIEL RÖHN, AYREHEART A great ballet score gets a definitive reading, a nostalgic violin recital, and an American quartet tackle the hits of the English Renaissance

disc of the day

CD: Public Service Broadcasting – Live At Brixton

South London neo-psychedelicists beef up their sound for a celebratory homecoming gig

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tv

The Missing, Series 2 Finale, BBC One

Gloom-drenched odyssey reaches miserable conclusion

Rillington Place, BBC One

Reginald Christie's Notting Hill murders revisited with horror and black humour

MPs: Behind Closed Doors, Channel 5

Constituents come off best in a fly-on-the-wall documentary about their representatives

film

Snowden

Patriot, spy, hero or traitor? Oliver Stone directs Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Sully: Miracle on the Hudson

Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks are the right men for an epic of understated heroism

The Unknown Girl

Subtle Belgian noir about a doctor haunted by a young woman's death

new music

CD: Public Service Broadcasting – Live At Brixton

South London neo-psychedelicists beef up their sound for a celebratory homecoming gig

Reissue CDs Weekly: The Microcosm

Astounding, ground-breaking exploration of the ‘visionary music of Continental Europe’

CD: Jean-Michel Jarre - Oxygene 3

40 years on, the French synth maestro's greatest hit blooms into a trilogy

classical

El Niño, LSO, Adams, Barbican

Light and darkness perfectly balanced in a great oratorio music-drama

Classical CDs Weekly: Prokofiev, Daniel Röhn, Ayreheart

A great ballet score gets a definitive reading, a nostalgic violin recital, and an American quartet tackle the hits of the English Renaissance

Uchida, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, RFH

British pianist successfully follows a tried and tested recipe

opera

El Niño, LSO, Adams, Barbican

Light and darkness perfectly balanced in a great oratorio music-drama

Das Rheingold, Hallé, Elder, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Consummate 'preliminary evening' of the Ring from a master Wagnerian

Alice's Adventures Under Ground, Barbican

Gerald Barry's crazy velocity berserks both 'Alice' books in rude style

theatre

When Sam Shepard was a Londoner
The great American playwright, back in the West End with 'Buried Child', spent three formative years in London. Those who were there remember
Buried Child, Trafalgar Studios
Ed Harris gives a masterclass in Sam Shepard's gothic family drama
This House, Garrick Theatre
Sharp Seventies political farce comes suddenly bang up to date

dance

Swan Lake/Loch na hEala, Sadler’s Wells

Agony meets ecstasy in radical Irish take on the ballet

Conceal/Reveal, Russell Maliphant Company, Messums Barn

Modern dance finds a serene new home in a 13th-century tithe barn

The Nutcracker, Royal Ballet

Christmas classic is never disappointing - and these principals always winning

comedy

Tom Allen, Soho Theatre

Intricately constructed tale about suburbia

The Catherine Tate Show Live, Eventim Apollo

Go on, have a guess. Terrific live tour of sketch show favourites

Susan Calman, Soho Theatre

Feelgood stand-up with a political punch

gaming

Time Locker

Is this top-down 2D endless run & gun game a timeless classic?

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Infinite warfare but finite fun

Titanfall 2

Robot Wars goes up a notch

visual arts

Painters’ Painters, Saatchi Gallery

An invigorating look at a medium that not only refuses to die, but invites continual reinvention

'Before punk, there was Rauschenberg'

As a major retrospective opens at Tate Modern, musician and producer Justin Adams reflects on his lifelong love of an American great

Portrait of the Artist, The Queen's Gallery

A rich history of art through painters' eyes

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