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Reviews

Miles Jupp, London Palladium

Veronica Lee

Miles Jupp starts by telling he’s trying to fathom the kind of comic he should be, after he overheard a comment by an audience member at a show on his previous tour: he was nice, the man proffered, but what he said had taken him by surprise. So should Jupp now be full and malice and predictable?

Hansel and Gretel, Opera North

Graham Rickson

Opera North’s updated version of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel takes place in what looks like a down at heel Leeds housing estate, the titular siblings shown filming the story using simple domestic props and back projections. Quite how the impoverished pair have acquired a high end video camera isn’t made clear; presumably the assorted boxes of Christmas decorations scattered around Giles Cadel’s spare set fell off the back of the same lorry.

Speech & Debate, Trafalgar Studios

Matt Wolf

There's something to be said for encountering a playwright fresh out of the starting gate. Since his debut play Speech & Debate premiered Off...

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Liz Thomson

Yiyun Li’s fiction comes garlanded in praise from authors and journals that don’t ladle it out carelessly, so it feels almost churlish to cavil over...

Reissue CDs Weekly: George Jones

Kieron Tyler

In May 1956, the Texan label Starday issued a wild rockabilly single by Thumper Jones. Its top side, the kinetic “Rock It”, was primal, uncontrolled...

Tanita Tikaram, Barbican

Matthew Wright

Generous show balances onstage charm with songs full of barbs and doubts

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Thomas H Green

Ultimate record reviews covering every style imaginable

It’s Only the End of the World

Tom Birchenough

Xavier Dolan's compelling family reunion drama stars Léa Seydoux and Marion Cotillard

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Young Vic

Alexandra Coghlan

Shakespeare's comedy gets bogged down in this messy production

The Swingers, Channel 4

Jasper Rees

In Dutch it was called 'The Neighbours'. Does the translated title deliver?

Twelfth Night, National Theatre

Alexandra Coghlan

Tamsin Greig leads a superb cast in this giddy take on Shakespeare's classic comedy

America After the Fall, Royal Academy

Alison Cole

Revelatory portrayal of the artistic response to the Great Depression

The Girls, Phoenix Theatre

Matt Wolf

The, ahem, ladies do what they can with a show at once overfamiliar and overlong

Roots, BBC Four

David Nice

Kunta Kinte and his family rivet attention again in well-cast, finely filmed miniseries

Patriots Day

Jasper Rees

Mark Wahlberg stars in solid, pacy but unquestioning account of the Boston bombings

Mirjam Mesak, Kristiina Rokashevich, St Bartholomew the Great

David Nice

Impeccable musicianship and stylish programming from two young Estonians

Juan Diego Flórez, Vincenzo Scalera, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Richard Bratby

Quiet smiles outweigh high Cs in a recital of two distinct halves

Lost in France

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Nostalgic music documentary gets a hero's welcome at Glasgow Film Festival

Low Level Panic, Orange Tree Theatre

Aleks Sierz

Revival of 1980s feminist comedy is more curiosity than classic

School Play, Southwark Playhouse

Will Rathbone

Debut play makes strong and worthwhile points but lacks depth

The Halcyon, Series 1 Finale, ITV

Mark Sanderson

In which some scores are settled and the Luftwaffe takes a hand

The Wild Party, The Other Palace

Marianka Swain

Gin, skin and sin in a scorching production of a slight musical

Storyville: Life, Animated, BBC Four

Saskia Baron

Insightful documentary about an autistic young man connecting with the world through Disney animations

Aimard, Philharmonia, Salonen, RFH

Gavin Dixon

Unearthed Stravinsky is a revelation, while Ligeti and Ravel dazzle

SS–GB, BBC One

Adam Sweeting

Len Deighton dramatisation depicts the terrors of enemy occupation

Isabelle Faust, Alexander Melnikov, Wigmore Hall

David Nice

Out-of-body sequences in a shimmering, restless programme with Fauré at its heart

Sniper Elite 4

Steve O'Rourke

Life through a long-range lens

Sunday Book: Jake Arnott - The Fatal Tree

Matthew Wright

Delicious, heart-breaking romp through the 1720s underworld

Reissue CDs Weekly: Bizarre

Kieron Tyler

A respectful acknowledgment of Estonia’s post-independence musical pioneers

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