sat 03/12/2016

Reviews

Buried Child, Trafalgar Studios

Jenny Gilbert

What stroke of prescience brought two Sam Shepard plays to London in the very month America voted for Trump? The kind of people we’re learning to call the disenfranchised have been Shepard’s focus for the last 40 years, and now they’re global news. In Fool for Love (which there’s still time to catch at the pop-up venue Found III) he exposed the grubby truth behind the working-class alpha-male ideal.

Classical CDs Weekly: Prokofiev, Daniel Röhn, Ayreheart

Graham Rickson

Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (Complete) Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra / Vasily Petrenko (Lawo Classics)

This House, Garrick Theatre

Ismene Brown

This House arrives in the West End with magic timing - a comedy about the farcical horrors of being a government with a wafer-thin majority,...

Sully: Miracle on the Hudson

Nick Hasted

The pilot and the sniper have a lot in common for Clint Eastwood. In his previous US blockbuster, American Sniper, Chris Kyle’s cool shooting under...

The Little Matchgirl, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Tom Birchenough

For anyone disposed to treat the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse as hallowed ground – and such issues have gained much currency at the Globe recently...

The Unknown Girl

Saskia Baron

Subtle Belgian noir about a doctor haunted by a young woman's death

The Missing, Series 2 Finale, BBC One

Adam Sweeting

Gloom-drenched odyssey reaches miserable conclusion

Chi-Raq

Markie Robsonscott

All singing, all dancing: Spike Lee puts a gloss on gang violence in Chicago

Das Rheingold, Hallé, Elder, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Robert Beale

Consummate 'preliminary evening' of the Ring from a master Wagnerian

Rillington Place, BBC One

Mark Sanderson

Reginald Christie's Notting Hill murders revisited with horror and black humour

Snowden

Adam Sweeting

Patriot, spy, hero or traitor? Oliver Stone directs Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Uchida, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, RFH

Bernard Hughes

British pianist successfully follows a tried and tested recipe

Tom Allen, Soho Theatre

Veronica Lee

Intricately constructed tale about suburbia

Douglas, LSO, Søndergård, Barbican

Gavin Dixon

Russian classics energised by clean lines and precise textures

Alice's Adventures Under Ground, Barbican

David Nice

Gerald Barry's crazy velocity berserks both 'Alice' books in rude style

MPs: Behind Closed Doors, Channel 5

Barney Harsent

Constituents come off best in a fly-on-the-wall documentary about their representatives

Time Locker

Stuart Houghton

Is this top-down 2D endless run & gun game a timeless classic?

Total Immersion: Richard Rodney Bennett, Barbican

Sebastian Scotney

This 'completely natural musician' would have enjoyed this tribute for his 80th year

Swan Lake/Loch na hEala, Sadler’s Wells

Jenny Gilbert

Agony meets ecstasy in radical Irish take on the ballet

Conceal/Reveal, Russell Maliphant Company, Messums Barn

Ismene Brown

Modern dance finds a serene new home in a 13th-century tithe barn

Sunday Book: Lynne Truss - The Lunar Cats

Matthew Wright

Ambitious historical comedy featuring an evil kitten

Reissue CDs Weekly: Mose Allison, Georgie Fame

Kieron Tyler

Celebration of an influential blues-jazz innovator is complemented by a career-spanning box set dedicated to an acolyte

The Brits Who Designed the Modern World, BBC Two

Marina Vaizey

Great inventors, though not such a great programme

Nice Fish, Harold Pinter Theatre

Marianka Swain

Mark Rylance is waiting for cod-ot in this absurdist trifle

Portrait of the Artist, The Queen's Gallery

Marina Vaizey

A rich history of art through painters' eyes

Walliams & Friend, BBC One

Jasper Rees

Little Britain star returns to sketch comedy with a new guest every week

Classical CDs Weekly: Elgar, Mahler, Georges Prêtre

Graham Rickson

Three hefty box sets, each one a winner

Autechre, Royal Festival Hall

Joe Muggs

How do the daddies of electronica deal with a concert hall?

The Damned, Brighton Dome, 2016

Thomas H Green

Forty years on from their arrival, can Brit punk's originators still cut it?

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