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Adam Sweeting
Monday, 21 May 2018
There was a time when Hugh Grant was viewed as a thespian one-trick pony, a floppy-haired fop dithering in a state of perpetual romantic confusion. But things have changed. He was...
Adam Sweeting
Sunday, 20 May 2018
Not the least startling element of Bishop Michael Curry’s house-rockin’ sermon at the royal nuptials was his quotation from the old spiritual “There is a balm in Gilead”....
Marina Vaizey
Sunday, 20 May 2018
An Irishman who spent more than half a century in London and then Devon, and a prolific writer – nearly 20 novels and novellas, some 20 collections of short stories in varying...
Stephen Walsh
Sunday, 20 May 2018
Puccini’s heroines and the rough treatment he hands out to them have come in for plenty of opprobrium over the years. But just occasionally they fight back on his behalf in the...
Tom Birchenough
Sunday, 20 May 2018
Ian McEwan has said that he decided to adapt his 2007 novel On Chesil Beach for the screen himself at least partly because he did not want anyone else to do so (with earlier works...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 20 May 2018
African Scream Contest 2 opens with a burst of distorted guitar suggesting a parallel-world response to The Chambers Brothers’ “Time Has Come Today”. Then, the song beds in and a...
Liz Thomson
Sunday, 20 May 2018
To readers of newspapers and magazines, the name Clancy Sigal will be very familiar, probably as a film reviewer. Addicted...
Thomas H Green
Sunday, 20 May 2018
The welcome to Glasgow audio-visual artist Robbie Thomson’s performance engenders a hefty sense of anticipation. It’s almost...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 20 May 2018
Loner’s opening track “More of the Same” lyrically tracks being at a party where “everyone’s well dressed with a perfect...
Hanna Weibye
Saturday, 19 May 2018
A new Swan Lake at the Royal Ballet is a once-in-a-generation event. Liam Scarlett, choreographer of the production that...
David Nice
Saturday, 19 May 2018
Yes, she sang, with her trademark artistry from the very first notes – four numbers, including a duet with daughter Jacqui...
Bill Knight
Saturday, 19 May 2018
Photo London seems much better this year, mainly because I am at last able to find my way around the labyrinthine Somerset...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 19 May 2018
 Bernstein: On the Waterfront Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Christian Lindberg (BIS)There's much to enjoy in...
Thomas H Green
Saturday, 19 May 2018
When a 49-year-old Welsh jazz’n’folk singer decides to make it her business to cover songs ranging from Drake’s “Hotline...
Tom Birchenough
Friday, 18 May 2018
There’s a distinct feeling of back to basics to this opening double bill at the Globe under the theatre’s new Artistic...
David Nice
Friday, 18 May 2018
Let's face it, Robert "Cabinet of Dr Caligari" Wiene's 1926 film loosely based on Strauss and Hofmannsthal's 1911 "comedy...
Sarah Kent
Friday, 18 May 2018
This weekend the Royal Academy (R.A) celebrates its 250th anniversary with the opening of 6 Burlington Gardens (main picture...
Saskia Baron
Friday, 18 May 2018
What would have happened to Leon Vitali if as a schoolboy he had gone to see that other 1968 hit sci-fi movie, Barbarella...
Nick Hasted
Friday, 18 May 2018
Spielberg’s prequel to All the President’s Men was filmed at speed, and aimed squarely at the press-hating Trump, not the...
 

★★★★ THE ROSENKAVALIER FILM, OAE, PATERSON, QEH Silent-era muddle expertly accompanied

★★★★ ELIZABETH, BARBICAN Royal romance under scrutiny

KATE LINDSAY ON STRAUSS The American mezzo, singing Octavian in 'Der Rosenkavalier' tonight, talked about her first Glyndebourne role in 2013

★★★ AS YOU LIKE IT / ★★★★ HAMLET, SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE Leaner ensemble emphasis

★★★★ EFFIGIES OF WICKEDNESS, GATE THEATRE Sleek cabaret conceals desolation

THEARTSDESK ON VINYL 39 Pink Floyd, Liines, Black Sabbath, Daniel Avery, Elvis Presley & more

★★★★ THE NEW ROYAL ACADEMY AND TACITA DEAN, LANDSCAPE Brave beginning to new era

★★★★ FILMWORKER Fascinating documentary about Stanley Kubrick's righthand man, Leon Vitali

disc of the day

CD: Caroline Rose - Loner

US singer-songwriter lays on the sass too thickly

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tv

A Very English Scandal, BBC One review - making a drama out of a crisis

Tragedy and farce in glittering recreation of the Jeremy Thorpe saga

Innocent, ITV review - David Collins wants his life back

Wronged husband and father battles to make it right

film

On Chesil Beach review - perfect playing in a poignant Ian McEwan adaptation

Never such innocence again: Saoirse Ronan excels in a film of very British reserve

The Rosenkavalier film, OAE, Paterson, QEH review - silent-era muddle expertly accompanied

Superb salon-orchestra playing redeems Strauss's lazy work on a meandering silent film

Filmworker review - a life dedicated to Stanley Kubrick

Totally devoted to the master; a fascinating documentary about Kubrick's righthand man Leon Vitali

new music

Reissue CDs Weekly: African Scream Contest 2

No-filler compilation of grooves from Benin

Robbie Thomson XFRMR, Brighton Festival review - lightning strikes out

Tesla electricty-based show doesn't engage as it might in other circumstances

CD: Caroline Rose - Loner

US singer-songwriter lays on the sass too thickly

classical

Classical CDs Weekly: Bernstein, Bruckner, Schmitt

Americana from Merseyside, plus Austrian sacred music and fascinating French rarities

The Rosenkavalier film, OAE, Paterson, QEH review - silent-era muddle expertly accompanied

Superb salon-orchestra playing redeems Strauss's lazy work on a meandering silent film

Chopin's Piano, Tiberghien, Kildea, Brighton Festival review - mumbled words, magical music

French pianist runs the gamut of colour and expression, but the framework's shaky

opera

Madama Butterfly, Glyndebourne review - perverse staging, outstanding cast

Puccinian pathos takes on tragic colouring thanks to a gifted soprano from Moldova

The Rosenkavalier film, OAE, Paterson, QEH review - silent-era muddle expertly accompanied

Superb salon-orchestra playing redeems Strauss's lazy work on a meandering silent film

Lessons in Love and Violence, Royal Opera review - savage elegance never quite glows red-hot

An operatic lesson that brands itself on mind and ear if not, perhaps, on your heart

theatre

As You Like It / Hamlet, Shakespeare’s Globe review - ensemble emphasis sets a leaner style
Michelle Terry's new company ups gender fluidity, charts new directions
Life and Fate / Uncle Vanya, Maly Drama Theatre, Theatre Royal Haymarket review - the greatest ensemble?
Stunning detail from Lev Dodin's company in desperate tragedy and human comedy

dance

Swan Lake, Royal Ballet review - beautiful, heartfelt

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

Elizabeth, Barbican review - royal romance under scrutiny

Words and music form an equal alliance with dance to probe the love life of the Virgin Queen

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

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gaming

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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

Highlights from Photo London 2018 - something old, something new

Apps, augmented reality and Henry Fox Talbot rub shoulders at London's annual photo festival

The New Royal Academy and Tacita Dean, Landscape review - a brave beginning to a new era

From an institution known for excellent exhibitions to a hub of learning and debate

David Shrigley/Brett Goodroad, Brighton Festival review - showcases puncturing the medium's pretence

An exhibition and an event that both seem keen to democratise the artistic process

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