fri 29/07/2016

Reviews

Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Theatre Royal Haymarket

Sam Marlowe

Think of Holly Golightly, and it’s more than likely that the face you’re picturing is Audrey Hepburn’s. And, while this adaptation by Richard Greenberg of Breakfast at Tiffany's is much closer to Truman Capote’s novella, it doesn’t have an ounce of the appeal of Blake Edwards’ famous film. Directed by antiseptic efficiency in a Leicester Curve production by Nikolai Foster, it’s numbingly dull  – a dreary, inert tale of brittle, dislikeable people, inhabiting a tastefully designed bubble...

Kommilitonen, Welsh National Youth Opera, Barry

Stephen Walsh

What happened was this. I found my way, not without difficulty, to the Barry Memo Arts Centre, got my ticket, had a chat with the librettist, stopped to order an interval drink, then turned round to discover that the entire audience had disappeared, as if eliminated by a Star Wars de-atomizer, or whatever those things are called. Two or three of us ran outside, looked this way and that, and after a few panic-stricken minutes tracked down the audience, who had gone right round the building in a...

Rotterdam, Trafalgar Studios

Aleks Sierz

How many genders are there? The simplistic answer is two, but if you really think that then it’s time to go to the back of the class. In recent years...

Masters of the Pacific Coast: The Tribes of the...

Marina Vaizey

The American northwest is gorgeous: endless lakes, limitless ocean, mountains, forests, overwhelming blue skies in deepest summer, mists and of...

The Commune

Nick Hasted

Stretching relations till they snap is Thomas Vinterberg’s abiding theme. In his iconoclastic, Dogme 95-instigating youth, accusations of incest and...

Béatrice et Bénédict, Glyndebourne

David Nice

Vin ordinaire all round in what should be a sparking if undramatic caprice

The Plough and the Stars, National Theatre

Aleks Sierz

Revival of Sean O’Casey’s modern classic is relevant, but a bit sombre

Half A Sixpence, Chichester Festival Theatre

Bella Todd

The Tommy Steele musical gets a triumphant, banjo-rehabilitating refresh

Prom 15: Chen, BBCSO, BBCSC, Davis

Alexandra Coghlan

Mixed-bag Prom yields strong young soloist but some weak choral singing

Detroit: Techno City, Institute of Contemporary Arts

Joe Muggs

A tiny glimpse of history kicks off a huge party

Jason Bourne

Adam Sweeting

Bourne to run (and run and run)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Palace Theatre

Matt Wolf

Does the continuing story of JK Rowling's witches and wizards work its magic onstage?

Don Quixote, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House

Jenny Gilbert

The Russians are back, marking 60 years since they first took London by storm

Naked Attraction, Channel 4

Jasper Rees

New dating game in which contestants compete in their birthday suits

The Kingdom, Three Choirs Festival, Gloucester

Stephen Walsh

Elgar yet again at the Three Choirs and as gloriously blurred as ever

FEWS, Prince Albert, Brighton

Thomas H Green

Rising Sweden-based indie sorts take their buzzy debut album on the road

Prom 13: London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, Jurowski

David Nice

No-fuss Beethoven Ninth may be the most radical of all

theartsdesk on Vinyl: Volume 19 - Sisters of Mercy, Peter Gabriel, Solomun and more

Thomas H Green

Everything from Emerson, Lake & Palmer to cutting edge techno reviewed on plastic

Saddam Goes to Hollywood, Channel 4 / Keith Richards: The Origin of the Species, BBC Two

Adam Sweeting

Drunkenness and debauchery with Oliver Reed in Saddam Hussein's Iraq

Prom 11: Wilson, Creswell, BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, Wigglesworth

David Nice

High artistry and deep heartbreak in Wagner and Tippett

Reissue CDs Weekly: Bitori, Space Echo

Kieron Tyler

An eye-opening look at the Cape Verde’s fusion of West African and Brazilian musical styles

Prom 9: Feola, Le Cercle de l'Harmonie, Rhorer

David Nice

Vivacious Italian soprano and first clarinet excel in Mozart and Mendelssohn

William Eggleston Portraits, National Portrait Gallery

Sarah Kent

The American who made colour photography an art form

Classical CDs Weekly: Bruckner, Mahler, Nielsen, Schnittke

Graham Rickson

Austrian sacred music, a memorable live concert from Manchester and Russian violin sonatas

The BFG

Matt Wolf

Mark Rylance lends moments of the sublime to standard issue Spielberg

Jesus Christ Superstar, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre

Alexandra Coghlan

A classic musical reborn for a contemporary audience

Winifred Knights, Dulwich Picture Gallery

Marina Vaizey

A forgotten Slade alumnus restored to prominence

Cinderella, Ratmansky/Australian Ballet, London Coliseum

Hanna Weibye

Serious choreography and lush design make this Surrealist fairytale a visual treat

Star Trek Beyond

Adam Sweeting

Jokes and derring-do in a galaxy far, far away

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