sat 30/04/2016


Son of Saul

Saskia Baron

In the world of the concentration camp, clothes or the lack of them sealed your fate. What you wore marked out your role; whether it was the blue-gray Waffen SS uniform, a doctor’s grubby white coat, the striped suits given to slave-workers, or your own clothes from your former life. The first images of Son of Saul are a soft blur of figures in a distant wood, but walking swiftly to camera and into sharp focus is one man, Saul Auslander (Géza Röhrig). He’s wearing an overcoat with a big red...

Il Vologeso, Classical Opera, Cadogan Hall

David Nice

A mere 10 minutes in to this concert performance of an 18th century delight by Neapolitan Niccolò Jommelli, you knew the form to expect for the rest of the evening. Ian Page's Classical Orchestra kicked off with bracing rhythmic vitality from the start, and sounded super-bright in Cadogan acoustics so ideal for their forces. Then three of the main singers quickly showed their total classiness – the others were not to disappoint – with vivid continuo support led by the best in the business,...

Tharaud, CBSO, Volkov, Symphony Hall Birmingham

Richard Bratby

Left, alone, Hans Abrahamsen’s new piano concerto for the left hand, swirls out of the darkness to a jagged motor rhythm. Piano and orchestra clash...

Line of Duty, Series 3 Finale, BBC Two

Jasper Rees

At last, after three series, Line of Duty delivered a denouement that felt like a satisfying jackhammer to the solar plexus. In the first series the...

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Thomas H Green

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Florence Hallett

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Glennie, Ticciati, O/Modernt Kammarorkester, Kings Place

David Nice

Percussion and strings, contemporary and Tchaikovsky, brilliantly interwoven

The Iliad, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

David Kettle

A fast-moving, thoughtful Homer adaptation marks Mark Thomson's last production in charge of the Lyceum

Elegy, Donmar Warehouse

Aleks Sierz

New drama which explores brain science and female relationships is a bit too slight

Mary Beard's Ultimate Rome: Empire without Limit, BBC Two

Marina Vaizey

How did all the roads in the ancient world end up leading to Rome?

Golden Years

David Kettle

Gentle comedy about elderly bank-robbers ends up reconfirming the very cliches it sets out to challenge

Tannhäuser, Royal Opera

Gavin Dixon

Superior cast elevates revival of Albery’s serviceable production

The Fall, The Garage

Tim Cumming

An evening of unearthly delights with the Wise Ol' Man of rock'n'roll


Ed Owen

After 'Dallas Buyers Club' and 'Wild', Jean-Marc Vallée rebuilds another life, with Jake Gyllenhaal

Travels with My Aunt, Chichester Festival Theatre

Bella Todd

Patricia Hodge is 70 years young as she globe-trots through musical adaptation of Graham Greene

Show Boat, New London Theatre

Matt Wolf

Iconic musical sails into the West End

Captain America: Civil War

Adam Sweeting

Rousing romp from the Marvel universe is funny, sad, satirical and spectacular

Doctor Faustus, Duke of York's Theatre

Marianka Swain

Jamie Lloyd's contemporary take is crowded, lurid and weightless

Kings of War, Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Barbican

David Nice

Ivo van Hove's lucid, searing distillation of five Shakespeare history plays

Louis Theroux: Drinking to Oblivion, BBC Two

Adam Sweeting

Sympathetic documentary throws new light on a woefully familiar topic

Atkins, SCO, Knussen, Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

David Kettle

A baffling ending to an extrovert evening of (mostly) music since 1945

Arena: All the World's a Screen – Shakespeare on Film, BBC Four

Mark Sanderson

How the Bard has become part of our collective movie memory

Unamplifire Festival, The Master Shipwright's Palace, Deptford

Tim Cumming

The Nest Collective celebrates a decade of the best in folk and world music

Don Giovanni / Pia de' Tolomei, English Touring Opera

Richard Bratby

Mozart meets Schnitzler, and a Donizetti premiere strikes gold

Ratchet & Clank

Steve O'Rourke

Spit and polish trumps bodge it and scarper

Shakespeare 400 Gala, LPO, Jurowski, RFH

David Nice

The Bard in words and music from Mendelssohn to Adès, steered by the best

Reissue CDs Weekly: Close to the Noise Floor

Kieron Tyler

Thrilling celebration of the UK’s early indie-synth mavericks

Sicily: Culture and Conquest, British Museum

Alison Cole

For centuries, invading armies, migrants and merchants have shaped the art of Italy's southern outpost: can an exhibition do it justice?

Bruckner 6, OAE, Rattle, RFH

Peter Quantrill

Having a ball with a Cinderella symphony


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