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Sci-Fi Week: Scoring the Impossible

Graham Rickson

Classical composers have always enjoyed depicting the implausible. Operas based on mythological subjects abound, creating near-impossible staging demands. Musical works based on...

Sacred Monsters, Khan/Guillem, Sadler's Wells

Hanna Weibye

There is a special poignancy to these performances of Sacred Monsters, Sylvie Guillem and Akram Khan's terrific 2006 joint show. Guillem, the former Paris Opéra étoile and Royal...

OAE, Tognetti, Queen Elizabeth Hall

David Nice

As I sat, engaged and occasionally charmed but not always as impressed as I’d been told I would be, through violinist-animateur Richard Tognetti’s lightish seven-course taster...

Don Quixote, Royal Ballet

Jenny Gilbert

The 1871 ballet that goes by the name of Don Quixote has always been a challenge to stage. Barely a tenth of its two hours-plus concerns the titular knight and his crackpot...

Stations of the Cross

Tom Birchenough

There is ice at the heart of German director’s Dietrich Brueggemann’s Stations of the Cross (Kreuzweg). Winner of this year’s Berlinale Silver Bear for best script – the director...

Dara Ó Bríain, Touring

Veronica Lee

It's always an education to see a comic – now a part of the British comedy establishment – performing a gig in his own backyard. And Dara Ó Bríain, at the Royal Theatre...

Posh People: Inside Tatler, BBC Two

Fisun Güner

It won’t come as much of a surprise to find that the staff at Tatler are a bit on the posh side – who’d have thought? – but...

Listed: Science Fiction in Videogames

Simon Munk

By far the majority of interactive art, entertainment and fiction – videogames for want of a better rubric – could be...

Saxon Court, Southwark Playhouse

Marianka Swain

Saxon Court joins the growing list of new plays tackling the economic collapse, and while lacking the creative innovation of...

Miloš Karadaglić, 'the guitar player of the people'

Adam Sweeting

Compared to grand divas, virtuoso pianists or stupendous fiddlers, legends of the classical guitar have been few in number....

Piranha Heights, Old Red Lion Theatre

Aleks Sierz

Like good wine, some plays improve with age. The first taste is sharp, and tickles the palate; further sips stimulate and...

Charles Lloyd / Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas, Barbican

Thomas Rees

It’s not easy to write about a gig when you’re still shaking with adrenaline, still less so when that gig is the grand...

Sci-Fi Week: Out of the Unknown

Tim Cumming

The lightning speed of the past, Raymond Carver once wrote. There’s no epic distance of space larger than that between the...

Robert Mitchell's 'Invocation', Queen Elizabeth Hall

Peter Quinn

Imaginatively constructed and endlessly surprising, this world premiere of the complete version of pianist Robert Mitchell's...

Concerning Violence

Tom Birchenough

In Concerning Violence Göran Hugo Olsson has created an almanac documentary drawing on material from Swedish television...

Kasse Mady Diabate, Purcell Room, Southbank Centre

Tim Cumming

Kassé Mady Diabaté is one of the great singers of West Africa, a member of Toumani Diabaté's Symmetric Orchestra and, more...

Seven days of sci-fi

Simon Munk

Welcome to the future; welcome to the ever-present now. Sci-fi is evergreen – perhaps because, unlike other fictional...

Celebrating 75 years of Blue Note, Royal Festival Hall

Peter Quinn

Paying homage to the legendary imprint that brought us 'The Finest In Jazz Since 1939', this concert on the penultimate...

The Institute of Sexology, Wellcome Collection

Sarah Kent

There is nothing erotic or titillating about The Institute of Sexology, an exhibition the Wellcome Collection plans to keep...

Reissue CDs Weekly: Jon Hassell / Brian Eno

Kieron Tyler

Jon Hassell / Brian Eno: Fourth World Vol. 1 - Possible MusicsIts opening is exotic. The music shimmers like heat haze and...

The Gospel According to the Other Mary, English National Opera

David Nice

A great creative partnership like the one between composer John Adams and director Peter Sellars can endure the occasional...

My Old Lady

Matt Wolf

An Off Broadway play that largely passed without notice in 2002 is now a movie poised to suffer the same fate,...

Kenny Barron and Dave Holland, Queen Elizabeth Hall

Thomas Rees

Though pianist Kenny Barron and bassist Dave Holland have worked with pretty much everyone else over the course of their...

Classical CDs Weekly: Arnold, Messiaen, Poulenc, Saint-Saëns

Graham Rickson

 Malcolm Arnold: Four Scottish Dances, Symphony no 3 London Philharmonic Orchestra/Malcolm Arnold (Everest)“Carefully...

 

PIRANHA HEIGHTS, OLD RED LION THEATRE Excitingly relevant revival of Philip Ridley’s 2008 play about sibling rivalry and feral teenagers

DVD: MOOD INDIGO A subterranean film about the factory of the self

MILOS KARADAGLIC, 'THE GUITAR PLAYER OF THE PEOPLE' How the man from Montenegro put the classical guitar in the spotlight

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THE OTHER MARY, ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA Grace and pain stunningly interwoven in Adams's rich score and Sellars's luminous staging

CHARLES LLOYD/JOE LOVANO AND DAVE DOUGLAS, BARBICAN A jazz festival finale of rare brilliance

POSH PEOPLE: INSIDE TATLER, BBC TWO Entertaining enough, but this three-parter is about as vapid as its subject

disc of the day

CD: Fini Bearman - Porgy & Bess

Compelling arrangements breath new life into classic material

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We Made It

We Made It: Beardyman's Beardytron_5000mkIV

Ground-breaking improviser on the live composing kit he's had built from scratch

We Made It: Sub Pac Inventor John Alexiou

Meet the Canadian inventor changing the way you experience music

We Made It: Make-up Artist Nina Pratley

The art of faces, from Formula 1 groupies to alien armies

film

Sci-Fi Week: Scoring the Impossible

How can music express the unimaginable?

Stations of the Cross

Austere German drama of extreme religion packs a bleak punch

DVD: Mood Indigo

A subterranean film about the factory of the self

tv

Posh People: Inside Tatler, BBC Two

Entertaining enough, but this three-parter is about as vapid as its subject

Sci-Fi Week: Out of the Unknown

At last: the cult 1960s science fiction series finally comes to DVD

new music

CD: Fini Bearman - Porgy & Bess

Compelling arrangements breath new life into classic material

Charles Lloyd / Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas, Barbican

A jazz festival finale of rare brilliance

Robert Mitchell's 'Invocation', Queen Elizabeth Hall

An exciting new chapter in award-winning artist's development

classical

Sci-Fi Week: Scoring the Impossible

How can music express the unimaginable?

OAE, Tognetti, Queen Elizabeth Hall

Australian live-wire violinist leads classical and romantic string music with varying success

Miloš Karadaglić, 'the guitar player of the people'

How the man from Montenegro put the classical guitar in the spotlight

opera

The Gospel According to the Other Mary, English National Opera

Grace and pain stunningly interwoven in Adams's rich score and Sellars's luminous staging

L'Elisir d'Amore, Royal Opera

The sun shines out of Vittorio Grigolo's behind in a strong revival of Laurent Pelly's production

Daphnis et Églé/La Naissance d'Osiris, Les Arts Florissants, Christie, Barbican

Baroque music and dance illuminate each other in one-off period recreation performance

theatre

Saxon Court, Southwark Playhouse

Brassy office comedy recalls the early days of financial crisis

Piranha Heights, Old Red Lion Theatre

Excitingly relevant revival of Philip Ridley’s 2008 play about sibling rivalry and feral teenagers

God Bless the Child, Royal Court Theatre

New play about education is a gripping satire with a cast of bright eight-year-olds

visual arts

The Institute of Sexology, Wellcome Collection

On the men and women who spent their lives researching sex

Imagine... Anselm Kiefer, BBC One

Entertaining but two-dimensional, Alan Yentob's account glosses over the artist's flaws

Gallery: Honoré Daumier and Paula Rego - a conversation across time

One was driven by a sense of social injustice, the other by a fascination with stories that hint at psychological disturbance

dance

Sacred Monsters, Khan/Guillem, Sadler's Wells

Dance approaches religious experience in the hands of two truly magnificent artists

Don Quixote, Royal Ballet

Carlos Acosta's sunny romp of a production returns, with improvements

Triptych, Rambert, Sadler's Wells

Great dancers in long programme of new work by Baldwin, Jeyasingh and Page

comedy

Dara Ó Bríain, Touring

Irish comic is on cracking form on home turf

Noel Fielding, Eventim Apollo

Surreal fun from a delightfully playful comic

John Bishop, Touring

Short on jokes but long on charm

gaming

Listed: Science Fiction in Videogames

Nearly all videogames are fantastical, but few are interestingly fantastical

Far Cry 4

Roam free in the mountain paradise of this first-person shooter. Perhaps too free…

Assassin's Creed: Unity

The French Revolution makes for a stunning backdrop to free-roaming stealth action.

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