sun 30/04/2017

Reviews

Sunday Book: Nicholas Hytner - Balancing Acts

Jasper Rees

After the first preview of Mike Leigh’s play Two Thousand Years at the National Theatre, a young Guardian reporter accosted an audience member for his view of the play. The audience member gave his name as Nigel Shapps, his age as 42, his background as Jewish, and his opinion that it was one of the most brilliant things he’d ever seen.

Richard Long: Earth Sky, Houghton Hall

Florence Hallett

“I’m a great opportunist,” says Richard Long, a statement that for all its economy brims with contradictions and possibilities. While his sculptures made in wild and far-flung places often look stumbled-upon, incidental, his method is so careful and considered, each gesture so meticulously planned, that opportunism seems hardly the word for it.

Reissue CDs Weekly: Honeybeat

Kieron Tyler

Compilations of Sixties girl group or girl-pop sides are innumerable but Honeybeat: Groovy 60s Girl-Pop is promoted on the basis of the rarity of...

Mayerling, Royal Ballet review - 'every...

Hanna Weibye

Sure, there are things not to like about Kenneth MacMillan's Mayerling. Confusing plot. Plethora of characters. Unsympathetic (anti-)hero. Borderline...

The Treatment, Almeida Theatre, review -...

Aleks Sierz

Playwright Martin Crimp’s 1993 satirical epic, The Treatment, is a fabulous work, but it’s rarely revived. Although much of his back catalogue –...

Brian Johnson's A Life on the Road review – ripping yarns of rock'n'roll

Adam Sweeting

Veteran rockers reminisce riotously on Sky Arts

Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare's Globe review - 'too much brouhaha'

Tom Birchenough

There's vigour and violence, comedy too, but Daniel Kramer's production disappoints

in vain, London Sinfonietta, Lubman, Royal Festival Hall

Alexandra Coghlan

Haas's contemporary classic speaks louder than ever in the current political climate

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 review - complacent, tedious, cynical

Saskia Baron

Sequel to the smash hit of 2014 boasts star cameos but lacks some of the original sparkle

The Good Fight review - 'flawless writing and acting'

Veronica Lee

Legal drama spin-off is as superlative as its precursor

The Promise review - genocide reduced to melodrama

Adam Sweeting

Noble intentions don't do justice to historical horrors

City of Glass, Lyric Hammersmith review - ‘thrilling and enthralling Paul Auster adaptation’

Aleks Sierz

Masterpiece of writer's 'New York Trilogy' is visually amazing, intellectually satisfying on stage

Janina Fialkowska, Wigmore Hall

Gavin Dixon

Sensitive and supple readings get to the heart of Chopin

Lady Macbeth review - 'memorably nasty'

Nick Hasted

Feminist psychosis in 19th-century Northumberland

Heal the Living review - 'lots of emotion, not enough life'

Markie Robson-Scott

A heart transplant goes horribly right in Katell Quillévéré’s third feature

Obsession, Barbican review - Jude Law on serious form in Ivo van Hove's latest

Jenny Gilbert

Cultish staging of the Visconti film disappoints

Doctor Atomic, BBCSO, Adams, Barbican

David Nice

Gerald Finley reprises his tormented nuclear scientist in electrifying company

Chris Ofili, National Gallery

Florence Hallett

Weaving with water: a tribute to Trinidad, the Old Masters and Mario Balotelli

The Exterminating Angel, Royal Opera

Peter Quantrill

A savage new conversation piece lives up to its distinguished source

Little Boy Blue review – 'the sum of all fears'

Adam Sweeting

Skilful ITV dramatisation of real-life murder story

Caetano Veloso and Teresa Cristina, Barbican

Peter Culshaw

Veteran Brazilian idol and new samba star warm up the Barbican

Stoller Hall Opening, Chetham's School of Music, Manchester

Robert Beale

New performance venue christened with a high-spirited weekend

Tamestit, LSO, Roth, Barbican

Gavin Dixon

Gently radical readings, elevated by spellbinding viola virtuosity

Sunday Book: Donna Leon - Earthly Remains

Liz Thomson

A busman's holiday for Commissario Brunetti

Reissue CDs Weekly: Brinsley Schwarz

Kieron Tyler

Last gasp album by the pub rock legends shows how Nick Lowe leapfrogged punk

Nuclear War, Royal Court review - ‘deeply felt and haunting’

Aleks Sierz

Simon Stephens' new play about loss offers an unusually experimental and immersive experience

The Philanthropist, Trafalgar Studios review - 'Simon Callow's direction is underpowered'

Veronica Lee

Revival of Christopher Hampton's academic satire lacks energy

Unforgettable review - forgettable film

Demetrios Matheou

Sadly only the women are to blame for a risible thriller

Kim, Hallé, Elder, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Robert Beale

A new British symphony is born, surrounded by lashings of romantic style

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