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Reviews

Night Will Fall

Tom Birchenough

More than once in André Singer’s documentary Night Will Fall, his interviewees describe their experience as “looking into hell”. We hear phrases like “world of nightmare”, “utter shock”, “beyond describing” repeatedly, uttered by the first Allied soldiers to enter the German concentration camps at the end of World War Two.We, the general viewer, have had some 70 years to absorb such imagery. Night Will Fall captures the experiences of those who came upon it first – the cameramen from army...

Legends, Sky 1 / The Strain, Watch

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Let's face it, there are so many big-budget, densely plotted US TV imports around now that it seems a little hackneyed to compare them to buses - but even by those standards, scheduling the two newest ones concurrently seems a little careless. Your choice: Legends, an FBI procedural with a twist from Homeland show-runner Howard Gordon; or Guillermo del Toro's vampire virus horror The Strain.Neither premise is particularly original but Legends (***), with Sean Bean in the lead role as veteran...

Joan Baez, Royal Festival Hall

Heidi Goldsmith

The next revolution of civil disobedience is unlikely to be a ticketed event, with a sedentary congregation of grey-haired, nostalgic former hippies...

Romeo and Juliet, Victoria Baths, Manchester

Philip Radcliffe

Instead of that small well-worn stone balcony in that courtyard in Verona, picture an extended well-worn cast-iron balcony in the Victoria Baths in...

This World: Ireland's Lost Babies, BBC Two

Jasper Rees

We think we know the story. As recounted in Philomena, in the 1950s and ‘60s the Irish state and Catholic Church colluded in putting children born...

Jasper Johns: Regrets, Courtauld Gallery

Fisun Güner

A rich and multifaceted body of work that offers a modern twist on the memento mori

Doctor Scroggy’s War, Shakespeare’s Globe

Aleks Sierz

Howard Brenton’s First World War play is interesting, but not always convincing

The Murmuring/ Metheus/ Mesmerics, BalletBoyz, Linbury Studio Theatre

Hanna Weibye

New works show all-male company on top form

Ballyturk, National Theatre

Heather Neill

Enda Walsh's unsettling comedy triumphs at the Lyttelton

Hamlet, Royal Exchange, Manchester

Veronica Lee

An underwhelming production, but Maxine Peake is gripping as the young Prince

Magic in the Moonlight

Katherine McLaughlin

Emma Stone delights in Woody Allen's 1920s romantic comedy

Ghost from a Perfect Place, Arcola Theatre

Aleks Sierz

Powerful revival of Philip Ridley’s 1994 shock-fest proves that it’s a contemporary classic

Xerxes, English National Opera

Alexandra Coghlan

This vintage Handel is pretty, witty and more youthful than ever

Forbidden Broadway, Vaudeville Theatre

David Nice

Fearless foursome spoofs the poker-faced and the overblown in magnificent Menier transfer

Glue, E4

Veronica Lee

Jack Thorne's latest is a gripping whodunit set in the English countryside

Cilla, ITV

Adam Sweeting

Anodyne biog sanitises showbusiness legend

Francesca Woodman: Zigzag, Victoria Miro

Marina Vaizey

An exhibition that lends new insights and depth to the late photographer's work

The Village, Series 2 Finale, BBC One

Tom Birchenough

Gripping final episode, but is the very existence of 'The Village' threatened?

20,000 Days On Earth

Nick Hasted

Nick Cave's art is exposed in a playful, funny doc

Foo Fighters, Olympic Park

Matthew Wright

Dave Grohl's band closes Invictus Games with a seismic blast of energy and goodwill

British Art at War: Bomberg, Sickert and Nash, BBC Four

Marina Vaizey

Andrew Graham-Dixon begins an excellent trilogy about World War One artists with Paul Nash

Otello, English National Opera

Alexandra Coghlan

A dark and potent version of Verdi is David Alden at his best

Last Night of the Proms, Jansen, Williams, BBCSO, Oramo

Sebastian Scotney

Other agendas have swirled furiously around this year's Last Night

Mulatu Astatke, Royal Festival Hall

Peter Culshaw

Ethiopian lounge lizard creates a new sonic world

Down by Law

Graham Fuller

Jim Jarmusch's timeless neo-noir fairytale – and how it augured 'Only Lovers Left Alive'

Reissue CDs Weekly: Game Theory

Kieron Tyler

The first of a series of reissues paying tribute to sadly missed pop auteur Scott Miller

Blondie, O2 Academy, Birmingham

Guy Oddy

A triumphant return for the New York New Wavers

Prom 75: Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Gilbert

Alexandra Coghlan

A monumental season's close to the 2014 Proms from a great orchestra

William Tell, Welsh National Opera

Stephen Walsh

Rossini's last opera is finely done but has rather too many longueurs

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