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Jenny Gilbert
Thursday, 21 September 2017
Of the many good reasons for seeing Akram Khan’s 2016 remake of Giselle – his work is often a headline event, for one – the most compelling is the company performing it. English...
Matt Wolf
Thursday, 21 September 2017
A spate of tennis-themed films gets off to a vivid if incomplete start with Borg/McEnroe, which recreates the run-up to the Wimbledon Men's Final in 1980 with often-thrilling...
Jasper Rees
Thursday, 21 September 2017
That the countryside is a dump where all good things come to a dead end is hardly a new punchline. There are plenty of novels and memoirs, and indeed newspaper columns, about...
Javi Fedrick
Thursday, 21 September 2017
The Horrors have always had a penchant for churning out pop-tinged gems, and on V, with help from Adele/Coldplay/Florence and the Machine producer Paul Epworth, they’ve applied...
Liz Thomson
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
As pretty much everything but a plague of locusts is visited upon this grim old world, an evening in the company of Neil Sedaka is the greatest of pick-me-ups. At the Royal Albert...
David Nice
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Has Hackney ever seen or heard such a spectacle – a full Hungarian orchestra taking up most of the Empire stalls to complete the semi-circle of a relatively empty stage? And did...
Dylan Moore
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Port Talbot (population 38,000) is a town on the south Wales coast famous for two things: steel and actors. The birthplace...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Take one off-the-wall spoof spy thriller that becomes an unexpected hit. Add a bunch of gratuitous guest stars (mostly...
Tom Birchenough
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
A decade after his masterpiece, The Tree of Wooden Clogs, won the 1978 Palme d’Or at Cannes, Italian director Ermanno Olmi...
Aleks Sierz
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
Documentary theatre has a poor reputation. It’s boring in form, boring to look at (all those middle-aged men in suits), and...
Veronica Lee
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
She’s only 30, but Mae Martin has been at this comedy lark for a long time. By her own admission she was a rather strange...
Matthew Wright
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
Caressing the microphone, and gazing into the audience with winsome, soulful sincerity, tousled auburn locks glistening in...
Guy Oddy
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
Luciferian Towers, the third album since Canadian oddballs Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s 2011 reunion, is an instrumental...
Peter Quantrill
Monday, 18 September 2017
For his monster concerts in 1840s Paris, Berlioz took pride in assembling and marshalling a "great beast of an orchestra"....
Marina Vaizey
Monday, 18 September 2017
Magnum was founded just after the war in 1947 as a co-operative that ensured both the quality of its members, and their...
Florence Hallett
Monday, 18 September 2017
If only a modest fuss is being made about the rare and prestigious loan currently residing in Trafalgar Square, it could be...
Robert Beale
Monday, 18 September 2017
The first two one-acters in Opera North’s season called The Little Greats were unveiled on Saturday. There are six in all,...
Will Rathbone
Monday, 18 September 2017
Thebes Land returns to the Arcola Theatre as part of the wider CASA Latin American Theatre Festival, following a short 2016...
Sebastian Scotney
Monday, 18 September 2017
“Keep here your watch, and never part.” There was a strong symbolism of standing and singing together in the last moments of...
Liz Thomson
Monday, 18 September 2017
Recorded in Rhinebeck, upstate New York, the ninth album in Josh Ritter’s 18-year career strikes many moods, from the manic...
 

★★★★ MADS MATHIAS, PIZZA EXPRESS JAZZ CLUB Danish jazz singer belies romantic appearance with tight and complex performance

★★★★★ CINEMA THROUGH THE EYE OF MAGNUM, BBC FOUR French documentary about the agency's film work sheds light on James Dean and Marilyn Monroe

★★ KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE The curse of the sequel strikes again

★★★★ MAE MARTIN, SOHO THEATRE Dry storytelling about an obsessional life

★★★★ OSLO, NATIONAL THEATRE Award-heavy American play about the Oslo Accords is highly entertaining

GRENFELL TOWER BENEFIT CONCERT, CADOGAN HALL Stellar line-up for a vital cause

★★★★ LA DAMNATION DE FAUST, LSO, RATTLE, BARBICAN Adrenaline levels still running high for the second instalment of #ThisisRattle

disc of the day

CD: The Horrors - V

Giving their darkness an extra production polish proves a good thing for Southend's finest

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tv

Bad Move, ITV review - Jack Dee resettles in the middle of the road

Grumpy country comedy is long on sitcom DNA, short on originality

Cinema Through the Eye of Magnum, BBC Four review - moving pictures

French documentary about the agency's film work sheds light on James Dean and Marilyn Monroe

Black Lake, BBC Four review – Nordic blanc falls flat

Swedish ski resort thriller urgently needs some hotting up

film

Borg/McEnroe review - Wimbledon face-off is entertaining if incomplete

Shia LaBeouf is ideally cast in first of several tennis films to come

Kingsman: The Golden Circle review - too much of everything

The curse of the sequel strikes again

DVD/Blu-ray: The Legend of the Holy Drinker

In vino veritas: Rutger Hauer surprises in Ermanno Olmi's adaptation of Joseph Roth's final fable

new music

CD: The Horrors - V

Giving their darkness an extra production polish proves a good thing for Southend's finest

Neil Sedaka, Royal Albert Hall review - sparkly veteran defies the decades

A joyful evening of vintage pop classics with an old master

Mads Mathias, Pizza Express Jazz Club - honeyed yet precise

Danish jazz singer belies romantic appearance with tight and complex performance

classical

La Damnation de Faust, LSO, Rattle, Barbican review - infernal dynamite

Adrenaline levels still running high for the second instalment of #ThisisRattle

Grenfell Tower Benefit Concert, Cadogan Hall - stellar line-up for a vital cause

A message went out. And then the scale of the event started to grow...

Classical CDs Weekly: Cage, Mahler, Satie

American experimentalism, vintage recordings from a fiery conductor and more oddities from a Parisian maverick

opera

Senza Sangue/Bluebeard's Castle, Hackney Empire - uneven French-Hungarian mix

Odd casting undermines the power of Péter Eötvös's answer to Bartók's masterpiece

La Damnation de Faust, LSO, Rattle, Barbican review - infernal dynamite

Adrenaline levels still running high for the second instalment of #ThisisRattle

Pagliacci/L’enfant et les sortilèges, Opera North review - off and on with the motley

Masterpieces by Leoncavallo and Ravel launch a season of one-acters in style

theatre

We're Still Here, National Theatre Wales review - powerful protest and heartfelt theatre-making
Port Talbot steelworkers take a stand against the ravages of global capitalism
Oslo, National Theatre review - informative, gripping and moving
Award-heavy American play about the Oslo Accords is highly entertaining
Thebes Land, Arcola Theatre - meta-theatre at its most thrilling
Off West End hit returns for a deserved encore

dance

Akram Khan's Giselle, Sadler's Wells review - the migrant crisis in a ballet thriller

English National Ballet gives us the wilis, and then some

La Bayadère, Mariinsky Ballet review - a parade of delights

Russians save the best till last in lavish display of showmanship and art

Contrasts, Mariinsky Ballet review - company shows off range of its powers

Ekaterina Kondaurova the star as Russians display heritage and contemporary works at Royal Opera House

comedy

Mae Martin, Soho Theatre review - life is a drug

Dry storytelling about an obsessional life

Edinburgh Festival and Fringe 2017 reviews round-up

theartsdesk recommends the shows to catch this August

Edinburgh Fringe 2017 reviews: Ingrid Oliver / Darren Harriott / Jayde Adams

An excellent mimic, a strong debut, and a dynamic entertainer

gaming

Destiny 2 review - a worthy follow-up to the biggest game of a generation

Bigger means better for this online sci-fi shooter

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy review - absolutely beautiful and still great fun to play

When the old dog looks this good, you don’t need new tricks

Agents of Mayhem review - digital déjà vu

Crazy action wrapped up in a repetitive formula

visual arts

Rachel Whiteread, Tate Britain review – exceptional beauty

A singular vision that transforms everyday objects into extraordinary sculptures

The Best Exhibitions in London

Whiteread, Sargent, Pink Floyd and more: our favourite shows to see now

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