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Measure for Measure, Young Vic

Demetrios Matheou

If one definition of Shakespeare’s problem plays is that they can’t easily be categorised in the canon, being neither tragedy nor comedy, then that issue is swept aside by this radical Young Vic production. In the hands of director Joe Hill-Gibbins, Measure for Measure is incontrovertibly a comedy, careering between satire and feverish farce.After the Globe’s, this is the second rowdy presentation of the play this year; there’s clearly something in the air. But Hill-Gibbins’ modern-dress...

Sweeney Todd, Welsh National Opera

Stephen Walsh

If nothing else, Stephen Sondheim’s best-known work will put you off pies; it will put you off barbers; and it may in the end put you off Sondheim. Popular though it seems to be with planners and programmers, it’s sluggish and heavy going as drama and thin gruel as music: three hours of clever musical patter, repetitive orchestral mechanisms, and slinky variations on the “Dies irae”. When you’ve seen one throat-slitting, one human pie-bake, you’ve seen them all. And when you’ve heard the Ballad...

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Matthew Wright

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Unforgotten, ITV

Jasper Rees

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Emma Simmonds

Denis Villeneuve is at the helm and Emily Blunt at the fore of a brutal narco-war thriller

Doctor Foster, Series Finale, BBC One

Veronica Lee

Gripping melodrama reaches its conclusion

Eventide, Arcola Theatre

Sam Marlowe

Evocation of rudderless rural lives is beautifully staged

Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind, Rainbow, Birmingham

Guy Oddy

Evergreen punk blues man unveils his new band and tears the place down

Raven Girl/Connectome, Royal Ballet

Jenny Gilbert

Plot holes gape, but Wayne McGregor's story ballet is still a visual and aural feast

Goya: The Portraits, National Gallery

Fisun Güner

So much drama and emotion - an exhibition that pulses with life

Red Army

Tom Birchenough

Outstanding documentary on ice hockey and politics charts changing mood of Russia

Barbarians, Central St Martins

Veronica Lee

Barrie Keeffe's work still has resonance nearly 40 years on

The Father, Wyndham’s Theatre

Aleks Sierz

Well-deserved West End transfer for Florian Zeller’s powerful portrait of dementia

The Celts: Blood, Iron, and Sacrifice, BBC Two

Marina Vaizey

Lowering skies and endless storms in exploration of Celtic culture, history

Turner Prize 2015, Tramway, Glasgow

Fisun Güner

Will the house renovators win? Or is it the Turner Prize that needs a makeover?

The Wars of the Roses, Rose Theatre, Kingston

Heather Neill

The landmark Hall/Barton Shakespeare trilogy receives a welcome revival

From Darkness, BBC One

Adam Sweeting

Is there room for another TV cop tormented by the past?

Johnston, RLPO, Petrenko, Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

Glyn Môn Hughes

Massed Liverpool musicians climb Richard Strauss's mountain with aplomb

Belcea String Quartet, Wigmore Hall

Sebastian Scotney

Passionate Bartók, but misplaced bravura in Beethoven and Haydn

Kiss Me, Kate, Opera North

Graham Rickson

Brushed up Shakespeare in a sizzling new production

Squeeze & John Cooper Clarke, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Guy Oddy

New Wave veterans add Country and Western vibes and come up smiling

Total Immersion: Henryk Górecki, Barbican

Gavin Dixon

The Polish composer well served by excellent performances but let down by poor programming

Reissue CDs Weekly: The City

Kieron Tyler

Despite the band credit, the classic ‘Now That Everything’s Been Said’ is Carole King’s first solo album

Valhalla, Theatre 503

Aleks Sierz

Award-winning new play about scientific ethics is compelling and thought-provoking

Salome, Bournemouth SO, Karabits, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Richard Bratby

Lise Lindstrom steals the show as a sensual Strauss anti-heroine in concert

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Graham Rickson

Great contemporary Americana, English piano music and electro-acoustic sounds from Glasgow

Medea, Almeida Theatre

David Nice

Strong performances, but Rachel Cusk's riff on myth doesn't come close to Euripides


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