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Aleks Sierz
Monday, 06 April 2020
Artemisia Gentileschi has definitely had a hard time. Although she was an outstanding Renaissance painter in the style of Caravaggio, and the first woman to become a member of...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 06 April 2020
While not the most headline-catching show on Netflix, Ozark has been steadily accruing critical accolades (including a couple of Emmys) and a devoted audience. Perhaps this superb...
David Nice
Monday, 06 April 2020
Necessity has certainly been the mother of invention over the past  three weeks, and orchestras especially, left in the dark with no means of coming together other than...
Marianka Swain
Monday, 06 April 2020
The latest in Sadler’s Wells’ Digital Stage programme – an impressively assembled online offering to keep audiences entertained during the shutdown – is balletLORENT’s family-...
Kathryn Reilly
Monday, 06 April 2020
The scenes at flamenco legend Camarón de la Isla’s chaotic, thronged funeral which open this lovingly-made documentary give some idea of the singer’s popularity and the shock at...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 06 April 2020
Rachel Fairburn says she didn't know what to wear for the gig. She's dressed in an all-black ensemble; hotpants, animal-print boots and a feather bolero jacket. “I've come as a...
Guy Oddy
Monday, 06 April 2020
The perfect introduction to Newcastle’s mighty Pigsx7 is undoubtedly to be made in the live arena, for it’s here they...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 05 April 2020
A raga-rock circularity. Finger cymbals. A distant, etiolated female vocal. A fuggy atmosphere. A kinship with Jefferson...
Mark Kidel
Sunday, 05 April 2020
David Lynch’s second feature, his only period movie, is as good as anything else he has ever done, building on the...
Aleks Sierz
Saturday, 04 April 2020
Armchair theatre-lovers rejoice. During the lockdown, the National Theatre is streaming a selection of its past hits for...
Owen Richards
Saturday, 04 April 2020
Horror has always been a good vehicle for satire, from John Carpenter’s They Live to Jordan Peele’s Get Out. Some metaphors...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 04 April 2020
 Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas Fazil Say (Warner Classics)“This is a 605 minute piece containing 32 sonatas.” There...
Liz Thomson
Saturday, 04 April 2020
Talk about a great big melting pot! The eighth studio album by the man born 36 ago as Andrew Heissler in Bloomington,...
Veronica Lee
Friday, 03 April 2020
You may have seen Lazy Susan's excellent BBC pilot last year; now a series has been commissioned from Freya Parker and...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 03 April 2020
Netflix’s ReMastered series is one of the streaming channel’s undersung gems. Launching in 2018, when Tricky Dick and the...
David Nice
Friday, 03 April 2020
Feeling stir-crazy right now? Imagine being confined to one room with a half-crazed housekeeper, two dysfunctional kids and...
Marina Vaizey
Friday, 03 April 2020
Mirrors and windows, looking at ourselves or out into the world, reflecting the culture or making it: compare and contrast....
Kieron Tyler
Friday, 03 April 2020
Filmic. Lushness balanced with intimacy. Ren Harvieu’s follow-up to 2012’s Top Five Through The Night is crammed with wide-...
Matt Wolf
Thursday, 02 April 2020
“The whole world is just tilting at the moment,” we’re told near the end of Wild, the Mike Bartlett play from summer...

★★★★ POKEY LAFARGE - ROCK BOTTOM RHAPSODY The rocky road to redemption

★★★★ REMASTERED: TRICKY DICKY AND THE MAN IN BLACK, NETFLIX Dynamic saga of music and politics

★★★★ THE PLATFORM Netflix's new high-concept horror skewers capitalism


★★★★★  ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS, NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME The NT Live version of this masterpiece of farce is now available for free

CLASSICAL CDS WEEKLY Piano sonatas from Germany and Russia, plus a disc of string duets

disc of the day

Album: Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Viscerals

Geordie rockers sharpen up to kick out the jams


Ozark, Series 3 review, Netflix - money-laundering saga hits new heights

A superb cast and powerful writing are making this show a classic


Camarón: The Film, Netflix review – the life story of an influential and passionate cantaor

The real gypsy king lived fast, died young and changed flamenco forever

DVD/Blu Ray: The Elephant Man

A David Lynch movie as good as any

The Platform review - timely, violent and effective

New Netflix high-concept horror skewers capitalism

new music

Album: Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Viscerals

Geordie rockers sharpen up to kick out the jams

Reissue CDs Weekly: Hangman’s Beautiful Daughters

The ‘Smashed Full Of Wonder’ comp celebrates zeitgeist-sensitive Eighties Brit-combo

Album: Pokey LaFarge - Rock Bottom Rhapsody

The rocky road to redemption


Classical Music/Opera direct to home 5 - orchestral manoeuvres in the light

Filleted Bach, Beethoven and Ravel, complete anthemic Sibelius

Classical CDs Weekly: Beethoven, Prokofiev, A Tale of Two Violas

Weighty piano sonatas from Germany and Russia, plus a disc of string duets


The Turn of the Screw, Opera North, OperaVision review - claustrophobic visions of terror and beauty

Strongly-cast revival keeps the ambiguities of Henry James's ghost story in play

Le nozze di Figaro, Garsington Opera, OperaVision review - natural comedy, musical sublimity

Durable period setting enshrines perfect characterisations. Plus a Handel special

Classical music/Opera direct to home: 3 - Two Jenůfas

If you want searing music-drama, Janáček's are the place to start - but choose carefully


It’s True, It’s True, It’s True, Breach Theatre online review – a riveting watch
BBC film version of a Renaissance rape trial is resonant and completely relevant
One Man, Two Guvnors, National Theatre at Home review – bliss, utter comic bliss
NT Live version of this masterpiece of farce is now available for free
Wild, Hampstead Theatre online review - timelier than anticipated
Mike Bartlett's 2016 play chimes with our topsy-turvy times


Rumpelstiltskin, Sadler's Wells Digital Stage review - spins an engaging yarn for young audiences

balletLORENT provides a sunnier take on the the Brothers Grimm

Isadora Now, Barbican Theatre review - a little piece of history

Attempt to revive the spirit of Isadora Duncan is of academic interest, little more


Rage 2 review – garish but great post-apocalyptic shooter

Challenge The Authority in this 'Mad Max on mushrooms' renegade romp

Win a Luxury Weekend for Two to Celebrate Brighton Festival!

An eclectic line-up spanning music, theatre, dance, visual art, film, comedy, literature and spoken word could be yours with boutique hotel and exquisite meals included

World War Z review - bloodthirsty fun with the zombie apocalypse

Chainsawing the brain-eaters as you battle against the tide of the undead

visual arts

10 Questions for Irina Nalis

Multidisciplinary thinking at a multidisciplinary festival in a time of crisis

Among the Trees, Hayward Gallery review - a mixture of euphoria and dismay

Our complex relationship with trees explored to powerful effect


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