sat 27/05/2017

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Thomas H Green
Saturday, 27 May 2017
Helmut Geir has been around the block multiple times but, like an electro-sonic Batman, always pops up just when he’s needed. Never much moved by fads, the Bavarian DJ-producer...
Guy Oddy
Saturday, 27 May 2017
There are not many bands who are obtuse enough to begin a gig with a 45 minute unrecorded song, especially when they are preparing to go their separate ways at the end of the tour...
Jasper Rees
Friday, 26 May 2017
Playwrights have long migrated to the small screen in search of better pay and room to manoeuvre. Most don’t leave it as long as Conor McPherson, who was perhaps cushioned from...
Will Rathbone
Friday, 26 May 2017
Matt Hartley's personal take on London's housing crisis returns to the Hampstead Theatre's studio space downstairs and is sure to hit audiences where, so to speak, they live....
Saskia Baron
Friday, 26 May 2017
It takes real skill to make a film about a desperate Syrian refugee and a dour middle-aged Finn reinventing himself and turn it into the warmest, most life-enhancing film I’ve...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 26 May 2017
While the 36 records reviewed below run the gamut of Wreckless Eric to Democratic Republic of the Congo Afro-electronica, this month there’s also a special, one-off section for...
Adam Sweeting
Friday, 26 May 2017
There are great sportsmen, and on top of those there’s a handful of phenomena. Sachin Tendulkar is one of the latter, a...
Tom Birchenough
Friday, 26 May 2017
With some re-releases, the fascination is not only discovering the work of a director, but also the environment and context...
Alexandra Coghlan
Thursday, 25 May 2017
The Globe’s artistic director Emma Rice has made no secret of her desire to go out with a bang, in this, the final season of...
Adam Sweeting
Thursday, 25 May 2017
In the dog-eat-dog world of White Gold it’s 1983, when greed was about to become good and (as the show’s creator Damon...
David Nice
Thursday, 25 May 2017
Men playing boys playing girls, women and men, all female parts convincingly falsettoed and high musical standards as...
Mark Kidel
Thursday, 25 May 2017
The river of sound from Mali never stops flowing. War in the Sahara and the constant threat of Jihadists haven’t stopped the...
Aleks Sierz
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Welcome back, John Boyega. Less than a decade ago, he was an unknown budding British stage actor, then he took off as a...
Sebastian Scotney
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
This was a very fine concert indeed, plus a lot more. The first half was a very carefully planned series of unveilings...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
We’ve recently seen how Formula One heroes Ayrton Senna, Niki Lauda and James Hunt can become box office gold, in the form...
Veronica Lee
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Tristan & Yseult has become something of a calling card for Kneehigh, which was founded in 1980 and is now the...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
It’s a tricky business, approaching comedy on a day when a national tragedy has just occurred. Comedian and broadcaster Adam...
Barney Harsent
Wednesday, 24 May 2017
Initially released to coincide with Record Shop Day (we’re in the UK so yes, it’s a shop, thanks very much), we’re a little...
Thomas H Green
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Brighton is getting a bit above itself tonight. There’s a weird full moon atmosphere in the Theatre Royal, even though it’s...
Peter Quinn
Tuesday, 23 May 2017
Almost 50 years since he started working on it, and following its world premiere in New York in February, it was a huge...
 

★★★★★ SEBESTYEN, BUDAPEST FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA, FISCHER, RFH Unforgettable Hungarians, including the magical presence of a great folk singer

★★★ THE MIKADO, RICHMOND THEATRE Familiar company faces can't quite compensate for an odd choice of setting

★★★ McLAREN Director Roger Donaldson revisits the career of a motorsport icon

★★★ IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY! Absence of original music undermines Sgt. Pepper and Beyond documentary

★★★★ MEOW MEOW'S SOUVENIR, BRIGHTON FESTIVAL Post-modern cabaret star plays mischief with the ghosts of Brighton’s historic Theatre Royal

★★★ TWELFTH NIGHT, SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE Emma Rice goes out with a bang

★★★★ WHITE GOLD, BBC TWO Sleaze and sharp practice in the exciting world of double glazing

★★★★ INJUSTICE 2 A superhero soap opera with more twists and turns than a Netflix 12-parter

★★★ ADAM BUXTON'S BOWIE BUG, BRIGHTON FESTIVAL The late great singer celebrated in style on a day when comedy is initially awkward

disc of the day

CD: DJ Hell - Zukunfstmusik

Stunning electronic masterpiece from Bavarian techno don

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tv

Paula, BBC Two review - Denise Gough's the real thing

Conor McPherson's thrillerish TV drama debut is lifted by star turn

White Gold, BBC Two review – rattling pace and razor-edged dialogue

Sleaze and sharp practice in the exciting world of double glazing

The best TV to watch this week

What to watch and where to find it

film

The Other Side of Hope review - Aki Kaurismäki at his tragicomic best

The great Finnish director, in possibly his last film, shows familiar humanism alongside dark comedy

Sachin: A Billion Dreams review - the incredible feats of cricket's 'Little Master'

How Sachin Tendulkar became one of the game's all-time greats

DVD/Blu-ray: Lino Brocka - Two Films

Homage to the Filipino master of social film-making

new music

CD: DJ Hell - Zukunfstmusik

Stunning electronic masterpiece from Bavarian techno don

Swans, Asylum, Birmingham

Swans’ latest line-up prepares to bow out on an almighty high

classical

Sebestyén, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Fischer, RFH

Unforgettable Hungarians, including the magical presence of a great folk singer

Classical CDs Weekly: Joubert, Mahler, Simon Thacker & Justyna Jablonska

A very English opera, an iconic song cycle, and a meeting between guitar and cello

Kempf, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Simonov, Cadogan Hall

Rachmaninov war horse becomes prize thoroughbred in a riveting interpretation

opera

The Mikado review - Sasha Regan's all-male operetta formula hits a reef

Familiar company faces can't quite compensate for an odd choice of setting

Sebestyén, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Fischer, RFH

Unforgettable Hungarians, including the magical presence of a great folk singer

Hipermestra / La Traviata, Glyndebourne

Baroque opera debuts in Isis imagery - how does that work? Plus Verdi revival

theatre

Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's Globe review - Emma Rice goes out with a bang
Shakespeare's cross-dressing comedy gets the high-seas treatment, but loses the poetry
The Mikado review - Sasha Regan's all-male operetta formula hits a reef
Familiar company faces can't quite compensate for an odd choice of setting

dance

m¡longa, Brighton Festival review - sensual tango explosion

Sidi Larbi Charkaoui's tribute to the Argentine dance exudes vibrancy and dexterity

Symphonic Dances, Royal Ballet review - a truly interesting creation

New Scarlett creation shines in a musical mixed bill

Ghost Dances: Rambert, Sadler's Wells review - vital and joyfully precise dancing

This South American triple bill is highly entertaining, but should it be?

comedy

Jeremy Hardy, Brighton Festival review - expert raconteur shows political bite

Radio 4 regular's conversational style masks a passionate pin-sharp topicality

Ricky Gervais, Touring review - chatty and relaxed riffing

Some very personal material among the edgy content

Ayesha Hazarika, Soho Theatre review - 'politics is her patch'

Former Labour adviser finds the funny in politics

gaming

Injustice 2 review - the even better sequel

A superhero soap opera with more twists and turns than a Netflix 12-parter

Prey review - environmental puzzles steal the show

In space no one can hear you... ponder a puzzle

theartsdesk at The Hospital Club

Announcing a new partnership with the most creative club in London

visual arts

Highlights from Photo London 2017 - virtual reality meets vintage treasure

Our resident photographer rummages through a mixed bag

57th Venice Biennale review - riveting and bewildering

Extreme art trek provides enough high points to justify the foot sores

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