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An American in Paris review - 'stagecraft couldn't be slicker'

Jenny Gilbert

What’s in a yellow dress? Hope over experience? Reckless confidence? This is a legitimate question when the second big cross-Atlantic people-pleaser hoves into view featuring a girl in a frock of striking daffodil hue. It doesn’t take a degree in semiotics to translate this. Forget the bad stuff, people. C’mon, get happy.

The First Commandment, Classical Opera, St John’s Smith Square

Peter Quantrill

Isn’t it funny? You wait ages for an opera by an eleven-year-old and then two turn up at once. The world’s feature journalists descended on Vienna at Christmas for a new take on Cinderella by Alma Deutscher. What they heard, for what it’s worth, was a precocious, glittery pastiche of Classical manners. Last night was the real deal.

Love in Idleness, Menier Chocolate Factory

Tom Birchenough

What's in a name? Terence Rattigan’s Love in Idleness is a reworking of his 1944 play Less Than Kind (never staged at the time, it was first produced...

The Lost City of Z

Jasper Rees

Percy Fawcett: does the name ring a bell? He ought by rights to sit in the pantheon of boys’ own explorers alongside Cook and Ross, Parry and...

Puerto Rico: Island of Enchantment – Natural...

Marina Vaizey

The soothing voice of David Attenborough narrated this cautionary tale, which is improbably heading not for a happy ending but a happy new beginning...

SS–GB, Series Finale, BBC One

Adam Sweeting

It was the Germans wot won it

Reissue CDs Weekly: Chuck Berry

Kieron Tyler

Fabulous collection shows how one man’s music helped change the world

Roman Tragedies, Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Barbican

David Nice

Acting becomes being in Ivo van Hove's six-hour Shakespeare epic

The Salesman

Matt Wolf

Iranian Oscar winner pays attention, and then some, to Arthur Miller

Crystal Pite, Flight Pattern, Royal Ballet

Hanna Weibye

Extraordinary première by Canadian choreographer explores refugee experience through dance

Bryars and Reich, London Philharmonic Orchestra, RFH

Bernard Hughes

Excitement and emotion in an evening of minimalist classics

The Last Kingdom, Series 2, BBC Two

Adam Sweeting

Ninth century Nordic noir rides again

Michelangelo & Sebastiano, National Gallery

Florence Hallett

Exceptional loans redeem poor display in a tale of two Renaissance masters

Personal Shopper

Saskia Baron

Film noir? Ghost story? Olivier Assayas and Kristen Stewart flit compellingly between genres

Partenope, English National Opera

David Nice

Everyone in this Handel revival makes froth seem stylish and effortless

Midnight Sun, Sky Atlantic

Mark Sanderson

Multinational mayhem inside the Arctic Circle

Andreas Scholl, Accademia Bizantina, Barbican

Alexandra Coghlan

Newly discovered works got a bit lost in the fuss and fog of this performance

The American Dream: Pop to the Present, British Museum

Marina Vaizey

Sixty years of print-making makes for a thrilling all-American portrait

Maurizio Pollini, RFH

Gavin Dixon

The old Pollini magic shines through despite ailing technique

Stepping Out, Vaudeville Theatre

Veronica Lee

Maria Friedman's revival of frothy comedy

Project Polunin, Sadler's Wells

Katie Colombus

Can ballet's bad boy live up to the hype?

theartsdesk in Bergen: Questions upon questions at Borealis Festival

Joe Muggs

The sublime, the ridiculous and the brain-cleansing in the bracing North Sea air

Big Little Lies, Sky Atlantic

Adam Sweeting

Murder and social one-upmanship in paradise

Madonnas and Miracles: The Holy Home in Renaissance Italy, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Alison Cole

Lovely, scholarly, multi-sensory insight into domestic Italy 500 years ago

A Dark Night in Dalston, Park Theatre

Aleks Sierz

Michelle Collins stars in haunting account of belief and loneliness

Beauty and the Beast

Veronica Lee

Disney's lavish modern reboot still enchants

War Child, Channel 4

Jasper Rees

Harrowing, uplifting documentary follows resourceful refugee children fleeing wars to reach Germany

The Miser, Garrick Theatre

Tom Birchenough

Molière at full throttle: Griff Rhys Jones and Lee Mack appeal

Romeo and Juliet, West Yorkshire Playhouse

Graham Rickson

Shakespeare with added smartphones

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