mon 25/05/2015

Reviews

Margaret Atwood and Graeme Gibson, Corn Exchange, Brighton

Nick Hasted

Margaret Atwood’s Forties childhood was spent knocking around the Canadian backwoods with her forest entomologist, proto-ecologist dad, and it shows. Interviewed alongside her husband Graeme Gibson on the Brighton Festival’s closing night, the international literary prizes, like the gushing reverence with which she’s introduced by Festival director Ali Smith and received by the sell-out crowd, seems to have made little impression. This is a modest, earthy, dryly witty and straight-talking...

1945: The Savage Peace, BBC Two

Tom Birchenough

“Enjoy the war, for the peace will be savage,” was apparently a macabre joke circulating in the German military towards the end of World War Two. Peter Molloy’s searing documentary, 1945: The Savage Peace, showed us just how prescient it would prove, charting the cruelties that would follow the end of conflict. Man’s inhumanity to man would continue long after the war itself had formally ended.It showed itself in many different forms of vengeance and reprisal. Soviet troops advancing on Berlin...

Perspectives: War Art with Eddie Redmayne, ITV

Marina Vaizey

The country is groaning under the weight of commemorations, exhibitions, publications and programmes all marking significant anniversaries of World...

King Lear, Northern Broadsides, Touring

Ismene Brown

Jonathan Miller’s new King Lear is rustic to its core, spoken in broad Northern accents, and the whole production could be packed onto a travelling...

Tetzlaff, LSO, Harding, Barbican

Alexandra Coghlan

With Kavakos, Faust, Shaham and Skride already been and gone, and Jansen, Ehnes, Bell and Ibragimova still to come, the LSO’s International Violin...

Carmen, Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Gavin Dixon

Fresh revival with strong cast and dynamic conducting from Jakub Hrůša

Kozhukhin, BBCSO, Oramo, Barbican

David Nice

Kaleidoscope of fascinating scores circa 1925 crowns superlative Nielsen anniversary series

Carleen Anderson: A Tribute to Sarah Vaughan, Theatre Royal, Brighton

Nick Hasted

Honouring a jazz icon in sometimes challenging, sometimes thrilling style

Reissue CDs Weekly: The Damned

Kieron Tyler

Admirably succinct entry point into first five years of Brit-punk pioneers

Mark Knopfler, O2 Arena

Russ Coffey

Prolific musical craftsman gives a tantalising reminder of his former self

Classical CDs Weekly: Bach, Shostakovich, Henrik Schwarz

Graham Rickson

Baroque delights, controversial cantatas and contemporary dance music

The New Girlfriend

Nick Hasted

A touching transvestite romcom from François Ozon

Poliuto, Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Alexandra Coghlan

Donizetti gets Glyndebourne's season off to a sober and psychological start

Benjamin Clementine, Theatre Royal, Brighton

Thomas H Green

One man, one woman, on piano and cello, wow Brighton into silence

Cat's Eyes live score for The Duke of Burgundy, Brighton Dome

Bella Todd

Horrors frontman's side project soundtrack Peter Strickland's S&M masterpiece

Peter Pan, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Marianka Swain

Eloquent wartime reimagining of Barrie's play is a magical experience

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Simon Munk

A beautifully detailed fantasy world to lose yourself in

Corin Sworn: Max Mara Art Prize for Women, Whitechapel Gallery

Sarah Kent

Impostors and stolen identities explored in an installation inspired by the Commedia dell’Arte

McQueen, St James Theatre

Matt Wolf

An excellent Stephen Wight can't salvage torpid bioplay

Carmen, English National Opera

David Nice

Broad brushstrokes and big voices in Calixto Bieito's pacey but half-cooked Bizet

The Joey Arias Experience, Theatre Royal, Brighton

Matthew Wright

Iconic New York cabaret singer is witty, tender, and very rude

As You Like It, Shakespeare's Globe

Marianka Swain

Warmly traditional Shakespeare needs more theatrical magic

L'Oublié(e)/The Forgotten, Brighton Dome

Thomas H Green

Conceptual French production that revels in the hallucinatory

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Kieron Tyler

Style over substance in the supposed 'first Iranian vampire Western'

How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, RFH

Matt Wolf

Frank Loesser musical classic is charming, funny... and long

Flavia Coelho, Rich Mix

Peter Culshaw

Brazil's latest big-haired export knocks it out of the park live

Nina Conti, Theatre Royal, Brighton

Thomas H Green

Wonderfully funny evening with a comedian-ventriloquist at the top of her game

Edmund de Waal: I Placed a Jar, Brighton Festival

Florence Hallett

The ceramic artist and author talks about pots, words and the burden of memory

Parsifal, CBSO, Nelsons, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Peter Quantrill

Much-loved music director begins his long goodbye with Wagner's ritual drama

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