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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 I honestly doubt they’re that much posher than, say,...

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 described as science fiction or fantasy. Very little of what...

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 work like Clare Duffy’s Money: The Game Show at...

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. Once you've ticked off Segovia, Julian Bream and John...

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 impress, but the rich full flavour is only apparent after...

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...

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...

Tomasz Stanko, Barbican

Peter Culshaw

If you were to wander in off the streets and catch this band randomly you would be amazed to find such accomplished...

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...

Mike Nichols, 1931-2014

Matt Wolf

He was at home with screen newcomers like Dustin Hoffman and Cher and knew how to handle such old pros as Richard Burton and...

We Made It: Beardyman's Beardytron_5000mkIV

Matthew Wright

Beardyman, aka Darren Foreman, began his musical career as a beatboxer, becoming in 2006 and 2007 the first performer to win...

John McLaughlin / Hedvig Mollestad, Royal Festival Hall

Matthew Wright

John McLaughlin made history at the Royal Festival Hall 25 years ago when he recorded a superb album featuring Indian...

 

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

KASSE MADY DIABETE, PURCELL ROOM, SOUTHBANK CENTRE Hypnotic acoustic Malian grooves for the closing day of the EFG London Jazz Festival

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

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

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

ROBERT MITCHELL'S 'INVOCATION', QUEEN ELIZABETH HALL An exciting new chapter in award-winning artist's development

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

disc of the day

CD: Fini Bearman - Porgy & Bess

Compelling arrangements breath new life into classic material

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This year's festival promises further encounters with the strange and new
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It divided a city, but the Wall produced great stories and songs, dramas and films. We pick our favourites

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

DVD: Mood Indigo

A subterranean film about the factory of the self

Sci-Fi Week: Scoring the Impossible

How can music express the unimaginable? Attempts in the science fiction genre...

Concerning Violence

Frantz Fanon’s decolonization seen through 1970s Swedish television Africa archives

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

Miloš Karadaglić, 'the guitar player of the people'

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

Sci-Fi Week: Scoring the Impossible

How can music express the unimaginable? Attempts in the science fiction genre...

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

Colourful British orchestral music, organ showstoppers and an avian-inspired piano premiere

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

Triptych, Rambert, Sadler's Wells

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

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

Dancing Cheek to Cheek, BBC Four

Len Goodman and Lucy Worsley trot gently through dance history

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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