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Edinburgh Festival and Fringe 2017 reviews round-up

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Wondering what on earth to choose between as you tramp the streets of the festival? These are our highlights so far.STANDUPAthenu Kugblenu, Underbelly Med Quad ★★★ Strong debut hour of political and identity comedy

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power review - Al Gore's urgent update

Demetrios Matheou

When An Inconvenient Truth won the best documentary Oscar 10 years ago, the film’s success marked two significant events: a positive turning point in the campaign to avert environmental catastrophe; and the resurrection of the

Edinburgh Festival 2017 reviews: Meet Me at Dawn...

David Kettle

 Meet Me at Dawn ★★★★★ Edinburgh-based playwright Zinnie Harris is the subject of a particular focus at this year’s Edinburgh International...

The Hitman's Bodyguard - potty-mouthed,...

Saskia Baron

No cliché is left unturned in this odd-couple action comedy. Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson are the salt ‘n’ pepper rival bad-boys on the run....

King Lear, Shakespeare's Globe - Nancy...

Alexandra Coghlan

Every play is a Brexit play. This much we have learnt in the year since the referendum. But in Nancy Meckler’s hands the Globe’s new King Lear...

No More Boys and Girls, BBC Two – baby steps lead to great leaps for children

Barney Harsent

A classroom becomes the first battleground for one doctor's war on gender bias

Edinburgh Fringe 2017 reviews: Hannah Gadsby / Suzi Ruffell / Ivo Graham / Athena Kugblenu

Veronica Lee

A possible valediction, class concerns, feeling the privilege, and millennial politics

Edinburgh Festival 2017 review: Andreas Haefliger

David Kettle

A recital that was both frustrating and visionary from the Swiss-born pianist

The Majority, National Theatre review – a minority interest

Aleks Sierz

New play about democracy is entertaining, but a bit too tricksy

Edinburgh Fringe 2017 reviews: Pike St / Box Clever / Sugar Baby

David Kettle

Comedy, tragedy and a whole lot more at Paines Plough's pop-up Roundabout

Quest review - intimate documentary about a north Philly community

Markie Robson-Scott

Jonathan Olshefski's film takes us into the heart of an African-American family

Edinburgh Fringe 2017 reviews: Tom Allen / Cally Beaton / Lauren Pattison / Trumpageddon

Veronica Lee

A happy anniversary, neural pathways, an assured debut, and a deflated Trump

Proms 37 / 38 review: Latvian Radio Choir, Gavrylyuk, BBCSSO, Dausgaard - numinous Rachmaninov triptych

David Nice

Symphony, concerto, chants and Vespers combine for a vintage night at Royal Albert Hall

Edinburgh Fringe 2017 reviews: Kiri Pritchard-McLean / Dad's Army Radio Hour / Elliot Steel

Veronica Lee

Unlikely subject matter for gags, an old favourite revived, and one for the millennials

Final Portrait review - utterly convincing portrayal of an artist at work

Sarah Kent

Geoffrey Rush is the spitting image of Giacometti in Stanley Tucci's fly-on-the-wall portrait

Fred Vargas: The Accordionist review - intriguing Gallic sleuthing yarn

Marina Vaizey

The latest in 'The Three Evangelists' series is as quirky as ever

I Know Who You Are, series finale, BBC Four review - gripping, but no one to root for

Jasper Rees

The mystery of Juan Elías and Ana Saura is resolved, but there's plenty more to sort out. Contains spoilers

Reissue CDs Weekly: Noise Reduction System

Kieron Tyler

Essential round-up of mainland Europe’s mid-Seventies to mid-Eighties musical boundary pushers

Edinburgh Festival 2017 review: The Divide

David Kettle

Alan Ayckbourn's vast dystopian fantasy feels cosy rather than alarming

Proms 34 & 35 review: Oklahoma!, John Wilson Orchestra - music triumphs, words and drama suffer

David Nice

Lopsided results in faithful reconstruction of Rodgers and Hammerstein's groundbreaker

La Bayadère, Mariinsky Ballet review - a parade of delights

Hanna Weibye

Russians save the best till last in lavish display of showmanship and art

Prom 33 review: Davidsen, Gerhardt, BBC Philharmonic, Storgårds - Nordic music glowing with colour

Alexandra Coghlan

A thoughtful mixed programme from one of the BBC's most exciting conductors

A Ghost Story review - spellbinding vision of life, death and time

Markie Robson-Scott

Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara star, but director David Lowery lets the sheet do the talking

theartsdesk on Vinyl 31: Psychic TV, Kendrick Lamar, Brian Eno, Stan Getz and more

Thomas H Green

The most diverse record reviews out there

Tom of Finland review - engaging biopic of gay pioneer

Tom Birchenough

From darkest Helsinki to sunny California, the story of the artist who created a distinctive gay subculture

Edinburgh Fringe 2017 reviews: Tiff Stevenson / Jarlath Regan / Urzila Carlson

Veronica Lee

The politics of beauty, the comedy of organ donation and big laughs from the southern hemisphere

Contrasts, Mariinsky Ballet review - company shows off range of its powers

Hanna Weibye

Ekaterina Kondaurova the star as Russians display heritage and contemporary works at Royal Opera House

Edinburgh Fringe 2017 reviews: Adam / Eve / Nassim

David Kettle

Three compelling shows on identity - gender and otherwise - at the Traverse Theatre

Citizen Jane review - portrait of a New York toughie

Markie Robson-Scott

BBC Four documentary on the remarkable Jane Jacobs, scourge of New York town planners

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