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Tuesday, 19 June 2018
Are you a young blogger, vlogger or writer in the field of the arts, books and culture? If so, we've a competition for you to enter.The Hospital Club’s annual h.Club100 awards...
Peter Culshaw
Tuesday, 19 June 2018
Many of us recognise that rather striking modernist building in Cromwell Gardens near South Kensington tube, having seen it on the way to the V&A or perhaps a Prom at the...
Gavin Dixon
Tuesday, 19 June 2018
John Eliot Gardiner was 75 in April, and to celebrate, the Barbican Centre staged a weekend devoted to his favourite composer. Gardiner himself provided the backbone of the event...
Mark Kidel
Tuesday, 19 June 2018
Force of Evil is much more than a stunning film noir classic: it’s first and foremost a film about money and power and their tragic power of attraction. Set in the world of the...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
 

★★★★ BERLIN TO BROADWAY WITH KURT WEILL, OPERA NORTH Life as a cabaret

★★★★ SCORPIONS / MEGADETH, O2 ARENA By turns lavish, silly and exhilarating

★★★★★ JULIUS CAESAR, BBC FOUR Electrifying TV launch of all-women Shakespeare trilogy

★★ OCEAN'S 8 Half-cocked caper - all-female cast can't revive flagging franchise

★★★ FALSTAFF, GARSINGTON OPERA Musically strong, but updating the action has consequences

★★★★ 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

Blu-ray: Force of Evil

Abraham Polonsky’s 1948 film noir assaults the American Dream

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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

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Ocean's 8 review – half-cocked caper

All-female cast can't revive flagging franchise

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Ismaili a Go-Go: How the Aga Khan funded a music renaissance

Musical extravaganza focusing on enigmatic Central Asia comes to the Royal Albert Hall

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

classical

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Bach Weekend, Barbican review - vivid and vibrant celebrations

John Eliot Gardiner’s mini cantata pilgrimage alongside world-class recitals

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

opera

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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

theatre

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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

dance

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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

comedy

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Sarah Kendall, Soho Theatre review - a superb storyteller

Australian stand-up muses on the lottery of life

gaming

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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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visual arts

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'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

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