sat 16/12/2017

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Graham Rickson
Saturday, 16 December 2017
 Bach: Magnificat in E flat, Missa in F Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists/John Eliot Gardiner (SDG)John Eliot Gardiner first recorded Bach’s joyous Magnificat in the...
Thomas H Green
Saturday, 16 December 2017
Liam Gallagher is a great rock star. However, he often comes across as not a likeable person. He’s called himself “a cunt” on more than one occasion. But he bleeds inarticulate...
Aleks Sierz
Friday, 15 December 2017
Refugees, it is said, have no nationality – they are all individuals. This new docu-drama, deftly put together by theatre-makers Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson, is a sombre account...
David Benedict
Friday, 15 December 2017
From Nicholas Hytner and Alan Bennett’s wonderfully nostalgic version of The Wind in the Willows through Coram Boy, the international smash hit War Horse and beyond, the National...
Marina Vaizey
Friday, 15 December 2017
What was it about the privileged male Victorian/Edwardian British writer that led to such a fantastical outpouring of books for children that were to embed themselves so...
Matt Wolf
Friday, 15 December 2017
The city of love provides a backdrop for marital discord and worse in Belleville, Amy Herzog's celebrated Off Broadway play now receiving a riveting British premiere at the Donmar...
Adam Sweeting
Friday, 15 December 2017
For the third and allegedly final time, we hasten back to the Kent coast for another outbreak of cross-Channel crime. Not...
Veronica Lee
Friday, 15 December 2017
It raised some eyebrows when Al Murray announced he was to make his pantomime debut – top comics rarely make that crossover...
Robert Beale
Friday, 15 December 2017
The Royal Northern College of Music’s production of Massenet’s Cendrillon has a particularly strong professional production...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 15 December 2017
In the seven years since N.E.R.D last had an album out, Pharrell Williams’ profile, which was already massive, has achieved...
Katherine Waters
Thursday, 14 December 2017
The familiar doesn’t have to get old. Last night at the Coliseum there were children in the boxes, adults in the circle and...
William Ward
Thursday, 14 December 2017
Even more than some of Shakespeare’s other histories, Julius Caesar inevitably offers itself to “topical interpretation”, a...
Jasper Rees
Thursday, 14 December 2017
This week we were all meant to be gripped by a bunch of ancient geezers nicking diamonds in Hatton Gardens. The postponement...
Jenny Gilbert
Thursday, 14 December 2017
If this play really were “A Debate in One Sitting” as its author called it in 1909, it would have sunk without trace. “Talk...
Thomas H Green
Thursday, 14 December 2017
For the past few years my Album of the Year has leapt out at me, craved attention, stood out from the competition. With no...
David Nice
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Director Richard Jones watched all 156 episodes of The Twilight Zone as research for this Almeida production. I've never...
Helen Wallace
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
An icy, wet wind snuck under the door of house number 8 in Fournier Street, where Uri Caine, bundled in coat and woolly hat...
Tom Birchenough
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Is there a key to “infinite variety”? The challenge of Cleopatra is to convey the sheer fullness of the role, the sense that...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
The music business is about to disappear on holiday wholesale and we won’t see hide nor hair of it until mid-January. There’...
Javi Fedrick
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
In March, Bristol’s Idles drove up and down the country, leaving painfully small quantities of their debut album Brutalism...

★★★★ THE NUTCRACKER, ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET A thoroughly enchanting performance

★★★★ JULIUS CAESAR, RSC, BARBICAN Roman bromance plays straight

★★★★★ MARK PADMORE, MITSUKO UCHIDA, WIGMORE HALL A 'Winterreise' of sensitivity and subtly shaded emotion

THE ARTS DESK ON VINYL 35: Christmas 2017 Special with Pink Floyd, Mariah Carey, ELO & more

★★★★★ THE TWILIGHT ZONE, ALMEIDA THEATRE From hokum to humanity

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CD: N.E.R.D - No_One Ever Really Dies

Pharrell's trio of marauders return firing on all cylinders

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The Tunnel: Vengeance, Sky Atlantic review - entente not-so-cordiale

Return of the Franglais cops, battling unscrupulous people-traffickers

Bancroft, ITV review - Sarah Parish's very cold case

Bonkers procedural steers clear of reality

The best TV to watch this week

What's on and where to find it


The Prince of Nothingwood review - come for the man, stay for the country

Documentary on Afghanistan’s leading film director is an interesting but frustrating affair

DVD: A Journey Through French Cinema

A film-lover's hymn to French movies: Bertrand Tavernier’s 'Voyage à travers le cinéma français'

Stronger review - Oscar-worthy straight talk and tough love

Jake Gyllenhaal as a Boston Marathon bomb non-victim, in superb romance

new music

Liam Gallagher, Brighton Centre review - a rip-roaring sing-along

Mixing half Oasis, half new stuff, the younger Gallagher cannot and doesn't fail

CD: N.E.R.D - No_One Ever Really Dies

Pharrell's trio of marauders return firing on all cylinders

Albums of the Year 2017: Nick Mulvey - Wake Up Now

Also a year when Katy Perry suddenly hit one out of the park


Classical CDs Weekly: Christmas CDs, part 2

High-flying trumpets, department stores and civil war: six more of this year's best seasonal releases

Schumann Street, Spitalfields Festival review - illumination on a winter's night

More than a snoop around East End town houses: 'Dichterliebe' in startling focus

Mark Padmore, Mitsuko Uchida, Wigmore Hall review - direct and uncompromising Schubert

A 'Winterreise' of sensitivity and subtly shaded emotion


Cendrillon, RNCM, Manchester review - magic and spectacle

Triumph for director Olivia Fuchs in Massenet’s version of Cinderella

Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Royal Opera review - one tenor, two samey brutes

Bryan Hymel's strong-man double-act outshone by Elīna Garanča's Santuzza

I, Object review - this operatic double-bill delivers just a single hit

A bright new talent and a tired old bore make for uneasy bedfellows


The Jungle, Young Vic review - physically and emotionally challenging
New play about refugee camp life in Calais is a grueling docu-drama
Pinocchio, National Theatre review - boy puppet lifts off, eventually
Look no strings: long-nosed cartoon character is humanised by a magical staging
Belleville, Donmar Warehouse review - prickly and unnerving
Imogen Poots and James Norton in terrific form as American expats living on the edge


Bolshoi's controversial Nureyev ballet opens – to ovations and bans

Creator Kirill Serebrennikov, under house arrest, denied permission to see his own ballet

The Nutcracker, Royal Ballet review - superb start to the festive dance season

Tchaikovsky's grand and gorgeous classic gets the five-star treatment


Star Wars Battlefront II review - an opportunity missed

The force is less strong with this one

Call of Duty: WWII review - war is an unpleasant business

The veteran franchise returns for another bout of epic war games

visual arts

From Life, Royal Academy review - perplexingly aimless

A lacklustre account of a defining practice in western art

The Best Exhibitions in London

Soviet art, Cézanne, Harry Potter and more: our favourite shows to see now

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