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Jasper Rees
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
A few years ago Abi Morgan was everywhere. For the cinema she scripted Shame, The Iron Lady, The Invisible Woman and Suffragette. On television she adapted Birdsong and created...
Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Some critics complain that Westworld is too complicated for its own good, and you can see their point. Even on a basic level, it’s an exploration of the nature and potential of...
Sarah Kent
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
What a superb location for a performance! The flats on the north-east corner of Islington Green back onto a crummy atrium from which a staircase leads down to a vaulted, concrete...
Veronica Lee
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Flo and Joan are sisters (Nicola and Rosie Dempsey: they have borrowed their stage names from their nan and her sister) and you may have recently seen them on television...
Owen Richards
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Major Fakhir is a deminer, responsible for disarming hundreds of mines around Mosul every week. His American counterparts know him by a different title: Crazy Fakhir, a man who...
David Nice
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
The touch is not always light here. Swathes of clunking, cliché-ridden English dialogue threaten to make the star-crossed lovers look ridiculous, and one of them (Elliott Gould)...
David Nice
Monday, 23 April 2018
Why would any conductor resist Mahler's last great symphonic adventure? By which I mean the vast finale of his Tenth...
Katherine Waters
Monday, 23 April 2018
The BBC excels at a very particular kind of drama, namely one where production values overawe dramatic content. Its version...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 23 April 2018
Ed Byrne is a worried parent. Thankfully his two young sons are hale and hearty, but he is concerned he may be bringing up a...
Miranda Heggie
Monday, 23 April 2018
Featuring two Russian composers, the two halves of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s programme could hardly have been...
Thomas H Green
Monday, 23 April 2018
There’s a regular problem with techno albums. The DJ-producers who make them are usually so deeply embedded in club techno...
Katherine Waters
Sunday, 22 April 2018
Back in the early Sixties Lucian Freud was living in Clarendon Crescent, a condemned row of houses in Paddington which were...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 22 April 2018
Playing Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom on 8 September 1974, the New York Dolls opened their first set of the evening with...
Gavin Dixon
Saturday, 21 April 2018
The Brahms violin sonatas make a perfect spring evening recital. The Second and Third were inspired by a summer retreat, but...
Tom Birchenough
Saturday, 21 April 2018
Conflict and comedy can be unpredictable bedfellows, and Chicago playwright Joel Drake Johnson’s 2014 play occasionally...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 21 April 2018
Hans Abrahamsen String Quartets No. 1-4 Arditti String Quartet (Winter & Winter)The opening section of Danish composer...
Veronica Lee
Saturday, 21 April 2018
Home From Home, written by newcomers Chris Fewtrell and Simon Crowther, first saw life as a pilot in the BBC’s Landmark...
Tim Cumming
Saturday, 21 April 2018
Willie Nelson turned 85 at the end of April, a few days after releasing his latest album and a rare set of self-penned new...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 20 April 2018
Record Store Day 2018 – Saturday April 21 – is upon us. It should really be Record Shop Day 2018 as this is the UK but let’s...
 

★★★ THE WOMAN IN WHITE, BBC ONE Wilkie Collins's Gothic whodunnit gets a florid treatment

★★★★ MARTIN GAYFORD: MODERNISTS & MAVERICKS People, places and paint

★★★★ LSO, RATTLE, BARBICAN Incandescent swansongs by Mahler and Tippett

★★★★ ED BYRNE, TOURING The perils of modern fatherhood

★★★★★ CD: WILLIE NELSON - LAST MAN STANDING Still standing tall, in late, great mode

10 QUESTIONS FOR COURTNEY PINE Pioneering solo artist hails the community of jazz

CLASSICAL CDS WEEKLY Hans Abrahamsen, Lully, Strauss, Duo Jatekok

★★★ RASHEEDA SPEAKING, TRAFALGAR STUDIOS Bravura performance from Tanya Moodie in sharp new American drama of racial discord

★★★ THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY Lily James seeks postwar secrets in a Channel Islands weepie

disc of the day

DVD/Blu-ray: The Touch

Bergman's typically individual take on a difficult affair has flashes of vintage brilliance

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tv

The Woman in White, BBC One review - camp Victoriana

Wilkie Collins's Gothic whodunnit gets a florid treatment for telly

film

The Deminer review - life on the edge in Iraq

One man risks literal life and limb in this fascinating war documentary

DVD/Blu-ray: The Touch

Bergman's typically individual take on a difficult affair has flashes of vintage brilliance

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society review - artery-furring whimsy

Lily James seeks postwar secrets in a Channel Islands weepie

new music

CD: Oliver Way - From The Shadows

Detroit Grand Pubah goes solo with promising results

Reissue CDs Weekly: New York Dolls

'Personality Crisis' is a frequently wonderful collection of what New York’s finest did not originally release

CD: Willie Nelson - Last Man Standing

Still standing tall: Willie Nelson in late, great mode

classical

LSO, Rattle, Barbican review - incandescent swansongs by Mahler and Tippett

The London Symphony Orchestra's supreme soundsmith on top form

Wang, RSNO, Oundjian, Usher Hall, Edinburgh review - percussion sets Shostakovich's 'Leningrad' ablaze

Music Director pairs two very different Russian works in his final season

Ibragimova, Tiberghien, Wigmore Hall review – light, bright and melodic Brahms

Sensitive but dynamic playing perfectly conveys the music’s carefree spirit

opera

DVD/Blu-ray: Bergman's The Magic Flute

Pretty start, heart of darkness: the greatest of all opera films now available to UK viewers

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Royal Opera review - bleak rigour and black comedy still cast a spell

Eva-Maria Westbroek returns on top form as Shostakovich's lethally bored housewife

Bernstein's MASS, RFH review - polymorphousness in excelsis

Vibrant diversity in this ever-topical 'theatre piece for singers, players and dancers'

theatre

Rasheeda Speaking, Trafalgar Studios review - unsettling comedy, thorny racism
Bravura performance from Tanya Moodie in sharp new American drama of racial discord
Bat Out of Hell, Dominion Theatre review - the Meat Loaf musical returns, batty as ever
The booming behemoth is right at home in We Will Rock You’s old digs
Tina, Aldwych Theatre review - new Tina Turner bio-musical is simply OK
Powerhouse Adrienne Warren is the saving grace of a show that plays it safe

dance

Voices of America, English National Ballet review - a punchy programme of contemporary ballet

Forsythe commission is a romping, swaggering joy of a piece

Classical CDs Weekly: Lūcija Garūta, Dag Wirén, Ruby Hughes

20th century discoveries from Latvia and Sweden, plus a tribute to Handel's favourite soprano

gaming

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?

visual arts

The Best Exhibitions in London

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

Monet and Architecture, National Gallery review - a revelation in paint

The king of the blockbuster seen in a new light

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