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Reviews

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Palace Theatre

Matt Wolf

Harry Potter lives to see another day. The Hogwarts wizard has made his stage debut in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a two-part play that pushes JK Rowling’s world-beating franchise beyond the realm of fiction and film to embrace live action: the bespectacled boy has become an angsty grown-up, and London theatre is much the richer for it.But are these characters really three-dimensional? The answer is a resounding yes, if a moist-eyed audience following Sunday’s final curtain is any gauge...

Don Quixote, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House

Jenny Gilbert

Exactly 60 years have passed since this company made its first London visit, an unlikely triumph of art over geopolitics. For 1956 was the year Britain was rocked by the Suez crisis and the year the Soviet Union invaded Hungary. British spies Burgess and Maclean had surfaced behind the Iron Curtain after five years on the run and distrust between London and Moscow was acute. Until their plane landed, it was touch and go that the Bolshoi’s London season would happen at all.But it did, giving the...

Naked Attraction, Channel 4

Jasper Rees

Remember Sex Box? Perhaps you were wisely watching paint dry that night instead. Sex Box was part of Channel 4’s ongoing commitment to making the...

The Kingdom, Three Choirs Festival, Gloucester

Stephen Walsh

The last time but one that the Three Choirs Festival was in Gloucester the main offering was Elgar’s oratorio The Kingdom, and there’s a kind of...

FEWS, Prince Albert, Brighton

Thomas H Green

The indie scene isn’t currently enjoying a peak period but FEWS’ debut album, Means, which came out a couple of months back, makes as close a case...

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

Prom 5: Missa Solemnis, BBCPO, Noseda

Peter Quantrill

An exhilarating assault on Beethoven's spiritual testament

Becca Stevens Band, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Matthew Wright

Sensational performance from Lauren Laverne's Wonder Woman

Imagine... Danger! Cornelia Parker, BBC One

Marina Vaizey

The artist who destroys things in order to create new ones

Some Girl(s), Park Theatre

Marianka Swain

Neil LaBute's masochistic odyssey is sporadically thought-provoking

Pokémon Go

Stuart Houghton

Game or viral phenomenon? Who cares - let's go hunting

Chevalier

Jasper Rees

Greek masculinity is tested in wry, weird maritime comedy

The Golden Dragon, Music Theatre Wales, Buxton Festival

Richard Bratby

Peter Eötvös's new opera finds a world in a grain of egg fried rice

The Secret Agent, BBC One

Adam Sweeting

Joseph Conrad swamped in melodrama and turgid music

Jenůfa, Longborough Festival Opera

Stephen Walsh

Janáček's happy-ending tragedy is powerfully moving despite untidy details

Ragnar Kjartansson, Barbican Art Gallery

Sarah Kent

Fact and fiction coalesce in work by an artist born into an acting dynasty

Prom 3: Crowe, OAE, Cleobury

Bernard Hughes

Fauré and Haydn masses combined tradition with modern interpretation

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