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Michael Arditti
Sunday, 25 March 2018
From the myths of the Old Testament to the miracles of the New, the Bible has been as much a source of inspiration to writers, artists and composers as it has to theologians and...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 25 March 2018
The press ad for Spirit’s debut album wasn’t shy. “Five came together for a purpose: to blow the sum of man’s musical experience apart and bring it together in more universal...
Tim Cumming
Saturday, 24 March 2018
I first saw Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker at the Green Note in Camden before they’d had a record out. The room was packed and they were brilliant, their own songs mixed with...
Miranda Heggie
Saturday, 24 March 2018
The Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s final season concert conducted by Robin Ticciati, who leaves his post as chief conductor of the SCO for the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin,...
Saskia Baron
Saturday, 24 March 2018
I Got Life!, originally released in France as Aurore, is a lovely, funny low-budget comedy that should definitely appeal to female movie-goers with a fondness for quirky, feisty...
Liz Thomson
Saturday, 24 March 2018
There were empty seats at Cadogan Hall on Thursday night which was a crying shame, for Beth Nielsen Chapman was in town and she played a wonderful set, full of warmth and charm...
Jasper Rees
Saturday, 24 March 2018
Perhaps it’s fitting that Donald Crowhurst should once more find himself in a race. Even more aptly, it’s a race against...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 24 March 2018
Axel Borup-Jørgensen: Marin Danish National Symphony Orchestra/Thomas Sôndergård (OUR Recordings)The physical effort...
Thomas H Green
Saturday, 24 March 2018
Manchester trio The Longcut’s latest album, their third, comes nearly a decade after their last one, but is rife with ideas...
Tom Birchenough
Friday, 23 March 2018
Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu offers up mystery aplenty in his new film The Third Murder, enigma and riddle too. He...
Aleks Sierz
Friday, 23 March 2018
In the same week that Arinzé Kene’s Misty, a play that passionately questions the clichés of plays about black Britons (you...
Adam Sweeting
Friday, 23 March 2018
The mystery remains of why they keep tucking away The Good Fight on More4, as they did with its illustrious predecessor The...
Laura De Lisle
Friday, 23 March 2018
Arinzé Kene is having a bit of a moment. He won an Evening Standard Film Award for The Pass opposite Russell Tovey in 2016,...
Marina Vaizey
Friday, 23 March 2018
There is a jaguar in the house. Aged five days, and having been rejected by her mother, Maya has arrived from the wildlife...
Veronica Lee
Friday, 23 March 2018
Simon Evans, at 52, is far too young to be a grumpy old man, but he’s doing his best to prepare for the role, with this...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 23 March 2018
The last we heard of US duo Daphne & Celeste was 18 years ago, when they made their name with three hits, notably the...
Matthew Bourne
Thursday, 22 March 2018
Nobody deserves the title of New Adventures “legend” more than Scott Ambler; nobody is remembered more affectionately – the...
Jasper Rees
Thursday, 22 March 2018
Steven Soderbergh has always been capable of a big Hollywood moment – Magic Mike, Oceans etc. But much of his filmography...
Jenny Gilbert
Thursday, 22 March 2018
Sean Holmes is artistic director of the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, yet his revival of this seminal Irish play has taken two...
Florence Hallett
Thursday, 22 March 2018
Painted in ice-cream shades punctuated with vivid red, the series of portraits made by Picasso in the early weeks of 1932...

★★★★ CD: BALOJI - 137 AVENUE KANIAMA Congolese-Belgian singer-songwriter rolls continents and decades into a singular vision

★★★ DONOHOE, LPO, OROZCO-ESTRADA, RFH Wit aplenty in rare Stravinsky

★★★ PICASSO 1932, TATE MODERN Compelling account of the artist's year of wonders


★★★★ THE THIRD MURDER Cryptic, elusive Japanese killing mystery offers no easy answers

★★★★ BIG CATS ABOUT THE HOUSE, BBC TWO Irresistible feline-human bonding

★★★★ BLACK MEN WALKING, ROYAL COURT Inspiring and exhilarating

★★★★ SIMON EVANS, SOHO THEATRE Modern politics laid bare

★★★★★ THE GOOD FIGHT, SERIES 2, MORE4 The longer they do it, the better it gets


disc of the day

CD: Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker - Seedlings All

Songs of emotional maturity from the art-folk duo

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The Good Fight, Series 2, More4 review - the longer they do it, the better it gets

Public perils and private passions as the scintillating legal saga returns

Big Cats About the House, BBC Two review - irresistible feline-human bonding

When a jaguar comes to stay... Wildlife television goes domestic

The Durrells, Series 3, ITV review - a winter warmer from Corfu

Take a load off with some Mediterranean escapism


I Got Life! review - fresh French comic realism

An enchanting portrait of middle-aged women refusing to grow old

Crowhurst review - plucky indie wins race with rival

The low-budget indie bests the recently released film about the same maritime disaster

The Third Murder review - unpacking a crime enigma

Cryptic, elusive Japanese killing mystery offers no easy answers

new music

Reissue CDs Weekly: Spirit

‘It Shall Be, The Ode & Epic Recordings’ is an essential overview of a terrific band

CD: Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker - Seedlings All

Songs of emotional maturity from the art-folk duo

Beth Nielsen Chapman, Cadogan Hall review - Nashville chats

Writer of hits for Willie Nelson and Waylon Jenning goes on a musical tour through the years


Classical CDs Weekly: Borup-Jørgensen, Mahler, Philippe Grisvard & Johannes Pramsohler

An amazing Danish musical seascape, moving Mahler, French baroque violin exhumations

Donohoe, LPO, Orozco-Estrada, RFH review – wit aplenty in rare Stravinsky

Creative programming deserved a better audience turn-out


Hansel and Gretel, RNCM, Manchester review – an urban dream

Beautiful singing, orchestral warmth and ingenious re-imagining of the fairytale opera

La traviata, English National Opera review - into a vortex of ineptitude

Daniel Kramer digs a grave for musical-theatre possibilities

Wake, Birmingham Opera Company review - power to the people

The chorus is the real star in Giorgio Battistelli's ambitious operatic parable


Black Men Walking, Royal Court review - inspiring and exhilarating
Yorkshire hikers reclaim the English countryside - and their identities
Misty, Bush Theatre review - powerful meditation on how we tell stories
Arinzé Kene writes and stars in a witty, hard-hitting play about race and culture in modern London
Sir Matthew Bourne remembers Scott Ambler 1960-2018 – 'A prince among men'
New Adventures Artistic Director's tribute to his core collaborator and star performer


Sir Matthew Bourne remembers Scott Ambler 1960-2018 – 'A prince among men'

New Adventures Artistic Director's tribute to his core collaborator and star performer

Bernstein triple bill, Royal Ballet review - epic ambitions unfulfilled

Composer outshines McGregor, Scarlett and Wheeldon in centenary tribute

Macbeth, Wilton's Music Hall review - incisive and thrilling dance theatre

Mark Bruce Company's wordless take on the Scottish Play is stunning


Metal Gear Survive review - staying alive shouldn't be such a slog

Bring out your wild side in this strange survivalist simulation

EA Sports UFC 3 review - the art of fighting has never looked so good

Why bob and weave when you can ground and pound?

Best of 2017: Games

Quality nearly matches quantity

visual arts

The Best Exhibitions in London

From Charles I's collection to modern marginal lives in photography: our favourite shows to see now

Picasso 1932: Love Fame Tragedy, Tate Modern review - a diary in paint?

Biography prevails in a compelling account of the artist's year of wonders

Joan Jonas, Tate Modern review - work as elusive as it is beautiful

The pioneer of performance art who disguises her presence

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