mon 18/06/2018

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David Nice
Monday, 18 June 2018
Who would have thought, when Phyllida Lloyd's Donmar Julius Caesar opened to justified fanfare, that two more Shakespeare masterpieces would be sustained no less powerfully within...
Sebastian Scotney
Monday, 18 June 2018
All those pranks, set-ups, fake letters and disguises, they just keep coming thick and fast in Verdi’s Falstaff. The score has irresistible energy and momentum. The composer made...
Owen Richards
Monday, 18 June 2018
Despite the Welsh repute for singing, the Festival of Voice in Cardiff has always been more than just music. Indeed, on the Friday evening, Welsh/Cornish pop enigma Gwenno was...
Russ Coffey
Monday, 18 June 2018
Scorpions stepped on stage wearing leather jackets and shades, and launched straight into "Going Out With a Bang". For a band who, only a few short years ago, were tempted by...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 18 June 2018
Perfectly timed, in theory, for the advent of #MeToo and Hollywood’s post-Weinstein era, this girl-power redesign of the Ocean franchise has lined up a turbo-charged cast and then...
Graham Rickson
Monday, 18 June 2018
Peer at the small print and it’s clear that Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill is actually a spruced-up repackaging of a show originally devised by Gene Lerner and arranger Newton...
Katie Colombus
Monday, 18 June 2018
There is a real festival ambience to this quintessentially English field-gig, set amidst the stunning forests of Bedgebury...
Kieron Tyler
Monday, 18 June 2018
How great is Uniform Distortion? As great as Greg Sage’s Straight Ahead or Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s Ragged Glory or...
Marina Vaizey
Sunday, 17 June 2018
Here you will find Babe Paley, Slim Keith, CZ Guest, Gloria Guinness, Lee Radziwill, Marella Agnelli, the stylish leaders of...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 17 June 2018
The Rose Garden didn’t linger in the bright lights but for those inclined towards harmony pop their name resonates due to...
Rachel Halliburton
Saturday, 16 June 2018
Anna Deavere Smith contains multitudes. As the solo performance artist recounts the testimonies she has selected from the...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 16 June 2018
 The Secret Mass: Choral works by Frank Martin and Bohuslav Martinů Danish National Vocal Ensemble/Marcus Creed (OUR...
Owen Richards
Saturday, 16 June 2018
It took Soulwax 12 years to release 2017’s From Deewee, a triumphant one take clash of live drums and electronic wizardry....
David Nice
Friday, 15 June 2018
Striking it lucky with a successful new opera is a rare occurrence, though every company has a duty to keep on trying. The...
Jasper Rees
Friday, 15 June 2018
Oscar Wilde did not have a dignified departure. As soon as he died, his body began to emit a river of fluids from various...
Roger Neill
Friday, 15 June 2018
The well-known portrait of New Zealand’s greatest writer, Katherine Mansfield, is exactly 100 years old on 17 June 2018 (...
David Nice
Friday, 15 June 2018
"Get those creatures off the stage, or I won't answer for what I'll do". The exclamation of the Prima Donna in the backstage...
Guy Oddy
Friday, 15 June 2018
For their 15th studio album, The Orb have decided to sidestep the more techno-influenced sounds of their two previous albums...
Tom Birchenough
Thursday, 14 June 2018
There was a lovely moment at the beginning of this Panorama where David Dimbleby was chatting to a schoolgirl – not just any...
 

★★★★ THE HAPPY PRINCE Wilde at heart

CLASSICAL CDS WEEKLY Martin, Marti, Vivaldi and 4 Girls 4 Harps forensically scrutinised

★★★★ KELLEIGH GREENBERG-JEPHCOTT: SWAN SONG Of Truman and his high society ladies: a voyeuristic but fascinating first novel

★★★★ PANORAMA: PUTIN'S RUSSIA WITH DAVID DIMBLEBY, BBC ONE Jolly football weather... As the World Cup kicks off, a sober - and sobering - insight into the host country today

★★★★ NOTES FROM THE FIELD, ROYAL COURT Sobering report from the frontline of race

'THAT BRICK RED FROCK WITH FLOWERS EVERYWHERE' How Anne Estelle Rice painted Katherine Mansfield 100 years ago

disc of the day

CD: Jim James - Uniform Distortion

My Morning Jacket man’s fourth solo album is his best so far

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tv

Julius Caesar, BBC Four review - electrifying TV launch of all-women Shakespeare trilogy

Harriet Walter and Jade Anouka are the superlative opposite poles in a perfect ensemble

Panorama: Putin's Russia with David Dimbleby, BBC One review - jolly football weather

As the World Cup kicks off, a sober - and sobering - insight into the host country today

Get Shorty, Sky Atlantic review - Elmore Leonard meets Tarantino

Sex, sleaze and violence as gangland comes to Hollywood

film

Ocean's 8 review – half-cocked caper

All-female cast can't revive flagging franchise

The Happy Prince review - Wilde at heart

Rupert Everett's spirited and humane homage to Oscar is worth the long wait

The Ciambra review - supremely effective storytelling

'This Is England' meets 'Gomorrah' in one boy’s passage into manhood

new music

Scorpions/ Megadeth, O2 Arena review - by turns lavish, silly and exhilarating

The Stone Free Festival serves up an improbable mix of speed-metal and German soft-rock

Paloma Faith, Bedgebury Pinetum review - positive pop in a woodland setting

A magical, festival-vibe gig in a beautiful forest glade

CD: Jim James - Uniform Distortion

My Morning Jacket man’s fourth solo album is his best so far

classical

Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill, Opera North, City Varieties Music Hall review - life as a cabaret

Informative, entertaining trot through a composer's life and work

Classical CDs Weekly: Martin, Martinů, Vivaldi, 4 Girls 4 Harps

Unaccompanied choral music, baroque concertos and a harp quartet

theartsdesk at the Setúbal Music Festival 2018: youth leads the way

Community spirit infusing high-level events in a Portuguese port

opera

Falstaff, Garsington Opera review - Sir John under pressure

Musically strong, but updating the action has consequences

Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill, Opera North, City Varieties Music Hall review - life as a cabaret

Informative, entertaining trot through a composer's life and work

Mamzer Bastard, Royal Opera, Hackney Empire review - inert Hasidic music-drama

Sludgy orchestral lines and ungainly word-setting in Na'ama Zisser's new opera

theatre

Julius Caesar, BBC Four review - electrifying TV launch of all-women Shakespeare trilogy
Harriet Walter and Jade Anouka are the superlative opposite poles in a perfect ensemble
English, Festival of Voice, Wales Millennium Centre review – lost in language
Unique interactive performance explores the privilege of mother tongue
Notes From the Field, Royal Court review - sobering report from the frontline of race
Anna Deavere Smith shines her singular light on American inequality and systemic injustice

dance

The Sleeping Beauty, London Coliseum review - a triumph for English National Ballet

Kenneth MacMillan's timeless staging brings out the best in ENB

Michael Chance on continuing opera in Hampshire: 'good people like to work with good people'

The countertenor turned impresario launches a second season of The Grange Festival

Swan Lake, Royal Ballet review - beautiful, heartfelt

Liam Scarlett and John Macfarlane's new version of the classic takes wings

comedy

Sarah Kendall, Soho Theatre review - a superb storyteller

Australian stand-up muses on the lottery of life

Danny Baker, Touring review - boy, can he talk

Radio personality gives it the verbals

gaming

Detroit: Become Human review – a robot story with real heart

A big budget interactive story where your decisions can flip the script

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God of War review - action adventure epic sets new standards

Father-son adventure is a slick and gorgeous spectacle

visual arts

'That brick red frock with flowers everywhere': painting Katherine Mansfield

Anne Estelle Rice painted the New Zealand writer 100 years ago, spinning a tale of love, friendship and artistic kinship

Hidden Door Festival, Edinburgh - transforming spaces

Now in its fifth year, this celebration of vibrant art in disused buildings is better than ever

The Best Exhibitions in London

From Murillo to Monet and beyond: our favourite shows to see now

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