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Aleks Sierz
Tuesday, 20 March 2018
You could call it an absence of yellow. Until very recently British theatre has been pretty poor at representing the stories of Chinese and East Asian people, and even of British...
Peter Culshaw
Tuesday, 20 March 2018
The packed crowd at the Jazz Café was fired up by a sizzling samba soul band led by Kita Steuer on bass and vocals, singing along to a production line of hits, complete with...
Alexandra Baraitser
Tuesday, 20 March 2018
It was always my dream to be an artist but I never expected to be a curator. Graduates considering vocations in critical and curatorial practice went to the Royal College of Art...
Matt Wolf
Monday, 19 March 2018
Shakespeare's death-laden play is alive and well and breathing with renewed force in Hackney, the last British stop for an RSC touring Hamlet that moves on from London to the...
Alexandra Coghlan
Monday, 19 March 2018
Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: A Reimagining – it’s not a title that trips off the tongue. Nor one, frankly, that inspires much excitement, with its clunky functionality and on-trend...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 19 March 2018
When ITV scheduled this new series of The Durrells for mid-March, they probably didn’t imagine it would coincide with the return of the Beast from the East, with its blizzards and...
Robert Beale
Monday, 19 March 2018
Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel is a ‘"fairytale opera" (its composer’s description), and yet one characteristic...
Jasper Rees
Monday, 19 March 2018
To Belgium for the latest continental instalment of murder really rather unpleasant. 13 Commandments, yet another crime...
Thomas H Green
Monday, 19 March 2018
Three years ago The Vaccines’ last album, English Graffiti, received a mixed response. It appeared to be a stab at moving...
Mark Kidel
Sunday, 18 March 2018
All the great sociologists, in the tradition of Georg Simmel, Max Weber and others, are on a mission. They cannot help...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 18 March 2018
This column last encountered Cocteau Twins in 2015 when the compilation The Pink Opaque and the Tiny Dynamine/Echoes in a...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 18 March 2018
Although its opening minute suggests one of Can’s Ethnological Forgery Series tracks, Jungle? Quelle Jungle? quickly sets...
David Nice
Saturday, 17 March 2018
You don't have to be a good director to manage the artistic side of an opera house. Daniel Kramer arrived at ENO and boosted...
Katherine Waters
Saturday, 17 March 2018
Hot on the heels of International Women’s Day come three monologues written, directed and produced by women showing at...
Nick Hasted
Saturday, 17 March 2018
Mary Magdalene’s story hasn’t suddenly become the second greatest ever told, despite its radical expansion here. Garth Davis...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 17 March 2018
 Visions of Prokofiev Lisa Batiashvili (violin), Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Yannick Nézet-Seguin (DG)Buried beneath...
Liz Thomson
Saturday, 17 March 2018
Oh dear. After a bumpy couple of years which included an all-too-public arrest for domestic violence to which he pleaded...
Hanna Weibye
Friday, 16 March 2018
The Royal Ballet last night presented an evening of Bernstein-scored ballets, two of them premieres by Wayne McGregor and...
Sarah Kent
Friday, 16 March 2018
Sometimes you come across an artwork that changes the way you see the world. Tacita Dean’s film portrait of the American...
David Nice
Friday, 16 March 2018
When a great musician pulls out of a concerto appearance, you're usually lucky if a relative unknown creates a replacement...

★ CD: DON MCLEAN - BOTANICAL GARDENS A most unstarry night

★★ LA TRAVIATA, ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA Into a vortex of ineptitude

★★★★ WAKE, BIRMINGHAM OPERA COMPANY Giorgio Battistelli's ambitious operatic parable

★★★ BERNSTEIN TRIPLE BILL, ROYAL BALLET Epic ambitions unfulfilled

★★★ ANNIHILATION, NETFLIX Girl-power cast can't send Alex Garland's Earth-in-peril saga into orbit

★★★★ MARY MAGDALENE Stripped-back, rigorously human reimagining of Jesus and his female disciple

disc of the day

CD: The Vaccines - Combat Sports

Lively return to their trademark sound for one of Britain's breakout guitar bands

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The Durrells, Series 3, ITV review - a winter warmer from Corfu

Take a load off with some Mediterranean escapism

13 Commandments, Channel 4 review - murder most Flemish

Belgian crime drama from Walter Presents borrows the plot of 'Seven'

Annihilation, Netflix review - not quite a sci-fi masterpiece

Girl-power cast can't send Alex Garland's Earth-in-peril saga into orbit


Mary Magdalene review - potent, feminist revisionism

Stripped-back, rigorously human reimagining of Jesus and his female disciple

The Square review - stylish, brilliantly acted satire

Ruben Östlund's Oscar-nominated assault on polite Swedish society

Blu-ray: Henri-Georges Clouzot - Le Corbeau, Quai des Orfèvres, La Prisonnière

Striking trio from the French master of eroticism and violence

new music

Tim Maia tribute, The Jazz Café review - the Brazilian wild soul legend revival continues

Tribute to funky Brazilian soul star steams up a freezing London night

CD: The Vaccines - Combat Sports

Lively return to their trademark sound for one of Britain's breakout guitar bands

Reissue CDs Weekly: Cocteau Twins

Spiffy upgrades of the sonic sorcerers' 'Head Over Heels' and 'Treasure'


Classical CDs Weekly: Prokofiev, Philip Sawyers, Andrew Matthews-Owen

Russian violin concertos, plus two discs of contemporary music

Faust, LSO, Gardiner, Barbican review - Schumann as never before

An elusive violin concerto reassessed in victory for a misunderstood orchestral master

Ruthless Jabiru, King's College London / Arditti Quartet, Wigmore Hall review - delicate, dedicated modernism

Australians in refugee-themed concert, radical new sounds from avant-garde veterans


Hansel and Gretel, RNCM, Manchester review – an urban dream

Beautiful singing, orchestral warmth and ingenious re-imagining of the fairytale opera

La traviata, English National Opera review - into a vortex of ineptitude

Daniel Kramer digs a grave for musical-theatre possibilities

Wake, Birmingham Opera Company review - power to the people

The chorus is the real star in Giorgio Battistelli's ambitious operatic parable


The Great Wave, National Theatre review - moving epic of global loss
Brilliant, and epic, new thriller about Japanese citizens abducted by North Korea
Hamlet, RSC, Hackney Empire review - Paapa Essiedu's winning Dane
RSC's touring Hamlet is well worth catching anywhere en route


Bernstein triple bill, Royal Ballet review - epic ambitions unfulfilled

Composer outshines McGregor, Scarlett and Wheeldon in centenary tribute

Macbeth, Wilton's Music Hall review - incisive and thrilling dance theatre

Mark Bruce Company's wordless take on the Scottish Play is stunning

Giselle, Royal Ballet review - beautiful dancing in a production of classic good taste

Perfect storytelling through dance from Marianela Nuñez and excellent supporting cast


Metal Gear Survive review - staying alive shouldn't be such a slog

Bring out your wild side in this strange survivalist simulation

EA Sports UFC 3 review - the art of fighting has never looked so good

Why bob and weave when you can ground and pound?

Best of 2017: Games

Quality nearly matches quantity

visual arts

Victorian Giants, National Portrait Gallery review - pioneers of photography

Artistic searches, technical advances fuel the discoveries of the Victorian age

Murillo: The Self-Portraits, National Gallery review - edged with darkness

Exquisite exhibition prompted by Murillo's two self-portraits considers what can survive time's wreckage

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