sat 21/01/2017

Reviews

Top Trumps, Theatre 503

Matt Wolf

There's an irony to be found in the fact that America's 45th president is already abolishing any and all things to do with the arts even as his ascendancy looks set to provide catnip to artists to a degree not seen since the heyday of Margaret Thatcher.

Mørk, Bergen Philharmonic, Gardner, Cadogan Hall

Gavin Dixon

The Bergen Philharmonic recently appointed Edward Gardner as its Chief Conductor – ENO’s loss is Bergen’s gain. He is contracted to 2021, so this is the start of a long relationship. On the strength of this concert, the London leg of a UK tour, it is an ideal match.

Lockwood Kipling, Victoria & Albert Museum

Marina Vaizey

From India, here is a hoard of what really looks like treasure, much of it emerging into the light of day after decades, if not a century. Jewellery...

T2 Trainspotting

Adam Sweeting

"This had better not be shite, Danny," was the warning delivered to director Danny Boyle from his cast, amazingly reunited from the original...

LSO, Rattle, Barbican

Peter Quantrill

Symphony is a word carrying heavy historical baggage. It’s understandable when composers dig for inspiration elsewhere. All the same, Mark-Anthony...

Jackie

Markie Robsonscott

One brief shining moment that was known as Camelot: how the Kennedy legacy was born

Winter Solstice, Orange Tree Theatre

Aleks Sierz

New play about the cultivated face of fascism is fascinating if flawed

Lion

Tom Birchenough

A very different passage to India in moving family drama starring Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel

Picnic at Hanging Rock, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

David Kettle

Terror of the brutal rawness of nature in Malthouse Theatre's masterful stage adaptation

Meet the Trumps: From Immigrant to President, Channel 4

Jasper Rees

Donald Trump's dodgy morals were inherited from his forebears. Here's how

Summerfield, Jackson, Riches, Classical Opera, Page, Wigmore Hall

David Nice

Three outstanding singers and an early Mozart revelation focus on 1767

War in the Sunshine, Estorick Collection

Clem Hitchcock

Rediscovered paintings and photographs show wartorn Italy through British eyes

La Traviata, Royal Opera

Alexandra Coghlan

Latest revival of Richard Eyre's war horse is full of youthful energy and passion

The Last Supper, BBCSSO, Brabbins, City Halls, Glasgow

David Kettle

A thrilling renaissance for Birtwistle's ritualistic religious opera

Mr Swallow - Houdini, Soho Theatre

Veronica Lee

Daft escapist fun from bumbling spoof performer

Bavouzet, BBCPO, Collon, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Robert Beale

A new mirror on Ravel, left-hand piano virtuosity and subtle Shostakovich

Le Grand Macabre, LSO, Rattle, Barbican

David Nice

Demi-staging of Ligeti's apocalypse-maybe hits hard but misses the wit and brio

Sunday Book: James Lee Burke - The Jealous Kind

Liz Thomson

The heavyweight champ returns to conclude his trilogy

Reissue CDs Weekly: Roy Acuff

Kieron Tyler

Hefty box set dedicated to the King of Country Music is a lesson in the history of American music

Written on Skin, Royal Opera

Alexandra Coghlan

This contemporary classic only gets better with each hearing

Sound of Musicals with Neil Brand, BBC Four

Marina Vaizey

The magic swirling trip from the Edwardian musical to the Broadway blockbuster

Manchester by the Sea

Jasper Rees

Casey Affleck is quietly immense in Kenneth Lonergan's powerful study of loss

Wish List, Royal Court Theatre

Aleks Sierz

New play about casual work is thinly written and lacks drama

Hardenberger, CBSO, Nelsons, Symphony Hall Birmingham

Richard Bratby

Old fires rekindled in Bruckner and Maxwell Davies

Giselle, English National Ballet, London Coliseum

Hanna Weibye

Cojocaru and Hernández delicious in perfect heritage production

Hospital, BBC Two

Jasper Rees

Unmissable insight into the inner workings of the biggest, sickest patient of them all

Live by Night

Adam Sweeting

Ben Affleck's Prohibition gangster caper is less than the sum of its parts

The Kite Runner, Wyndhams Theatre

Jenny Gilbert

Adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's bestseller is not built to soar

Gavin Turk, Newport Street Gallery

Sarah Kent

He poses as Sid Vicious, Elvis, Warhol and Pollock. Will the real Gavin Turk stand up?

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