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Reviews

Lammermuir Festival 2017 review - rich and deeply rewarding

David Kettle

Increasingly, the Lammermuir Festival is – one audience member whispered conspiratorially to me – what East Lothian music lovers are switching to alongside the Edinburgh International Festival. It’s insidious to compare, of course – but still, you can see the attraction.

The Child in Time, BBC One review - lost in translation

Adam Sweeting

Apparently this is the first time an Ian McEwan novel has been dramatised for television, but whether The Child in Time was the best choice for that singular honour is open to question.

Oedipe, LPO, Jurowski, RFH review - Enescu's...

David Nice

It’s official: Romanian master George Enescu’s four-act Greek epic lives and breathes as a work of transcendent genius. It took last year’s Royal...

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Thomas H Green

September and October see a deluge of new releases. Everybody and their aunt puts out an album as autumn hits, so theartsdesk on Vinyl appears this...

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Robert Beale

Juanjo Mena memorably began his tenure as chief conductor at the BBC Philharmonic with a Mahler symphony (the Second), and chose to enter his seventh...

Roddy Doyle: Smile review - return of the repressed

Boyd Tonkin

A Dublin journey through memory leads down into buried trauma

Reissue CDs Weekly: Ducks Deluxe

Kieron Tyler

The pub rocker's albums resurface to raise questions about whether 1977 was the year of punk

Claire Tomalin: A Life of My Own review - the biographer on herself

Marina Vaizey

A life in literature, literature in life - a story of blessings as well as sadness

On Body and Soul review - terrible beauty, and beasts

Tom Birchenough

Slaughterhouse love: this year's Berlinale Golden Bear winner tells a wintry tale

Jasper Johns, Royal Academy review - a master of 50 shades

Marina Vaizey

'Something resembling truth': the master mark-maker transforms the familiar into the exotic

Wings, Young Vic review - Juliet Stevenson goes high and low

David Nice

Arthur Kopit's poetic drama about post-stroke aphasia and facing up to death astounds

The Tallis Scholars, Phillips, Cadogan Hall review - intimacy in late Renaissance music

Gavin Dixon

A diverse and vibrant tour of Italian choral music

Ramona Tells Jim, Bush Theatre, review – kooky, teenage heartbreak

Aleks Sierz

Heartwarming new play about young love is good fun, if a bit slender

Reger Cello Suites, Richard Harwood, Malling Abbey review - Bach with a dash of acid

David Nice

A revelation of solo-cello masterpieces resounds in a fascinating convent church

Stravinsky Ballets, LSO, Rattle, Barbican review - the big three burn with focused energy

David Nice

Perfect teamwork in miracles of song, rhythm and colour

Basquiat: Boom for Real, Barbican review - the myth explored

Sarah Kent

Appraising the graffiti artist whose paintings fetch over $100 million at auction

Trouble in Mind, The Print Room review - Tanya Moodie is a treat to watch

Tom Birchenough

Alice Childress’s groundbreaking 1955 drama played with panache

Akram Khan's Giselle, Sadler's Wells review - the migrant crisis in a ballet thriller

Jenny Gilbert

English National Ballet gives us the wilis, and then some

Borg/McEnroe review - Wimbledon face-off is entertaining if incomplete

Matt Wolf

Shia LaBeouf is ideally cast in first of several tennis films to come

Bad Move, ITV review - Jack Dee resettles in the middle of the road

Jasper Rees

Grumpy country comedy is long on sitcom DNA, short on originality

Neil Sedaka, Royal Albert Hall review - sparkly veteran defies the decades

Liz Thomson

A joyful evening of vintage pop classics with an old master

Senza Sangue/Bluebeard's Castle, Hackney Empire - uneven French-Hungarian mix

David Nice

Odd casting undermines the power of Péter Eötvös's answer to Bartók's masterpiece

We're Still Here, National Theatre Wales review - powerful protest and heartfelt theatre-making

Dylan Moore

Port Talbot steelworkers take a stand against the ravages of global capitalism

Kingsman: The Golden Circle review - too much of everything

Adam Sweeting

The curse of the sequel strikes again

Oslo, National Theatre review - informative, gripping and moving

Aleks Sierz

Award-heavy American play about the Oslo Accords is highly entertaining

Mae Martin, Soho Theatre review - life is a drug

Veronica Lee

Dry storytelling about an obsessional life

Mads Mathias, Pizza Express Jazz Club - honeyed yet precise

Matthew Wright

Danish jazz singer belies romantic appearance with tight and complex performance

La Damnation de Faust, LSO, Rattle, Barbican review - infernal dynamite

Peter Quantrill

Adrenaline levels still running high for the second instalment of #ThisisRattle

Cinema Through the Eye of Magnum, BBC Four review - moving pictures

Marina Vaizey

French documentary about the agency's film work sheds light on James Dean and Marilyn Monroe

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