wed 20/03/2019

gaming

The Lego Movie 2 Videogame review - everything is not awesome

Few fresh ideas means this movie adaptation treads the same old ground

Anthem review - singing praises? More like a cautious nod

A rocky start for a new franchise that offers potential and problems in equal measure

Crackdown 3 review - spectacular super-powered action that was great fun many years ago

Nearly a decade has passed since the last incarnation but little has changed in this stagnant shooter

latest in today

Bach St John Passion, Les Arts Florissants, Christie, Barbic...

William Christie kicked off Passion season in London this year with a particularly sombre reading of the...

Shetland, Series 5 Finale, BBC One review - Sicario-on-Sea?

Thing is, a lot of this unpleasantness could have been avoided if DI...

The Rubenstein Kiss, Southwark Playhouse review - slick spy...

It's an ideal time to revive James Phillips's debut The Rubenstein Kiss. Since it won the John Whiting Award for...

CD: Shy FX - Raggamuffin SoundTape

Everything about this mixtape oozes confidence. It crams 12 tracks plus interludes – all produced by Andre “Shy FX” Williams ...

Schiff, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, RFH review –...

Standing next to the warm brown beast of a piano built by...

DVD/Blu-ray: Bergman - A Year in a Life

1957 was a busy year for a very busy director: ...

Richard II, Sam Wanamaker Theatre review - electrifying mixe...

Richard II has become the drama of our times, as it walks us through the impotent convulsions of a weak and vain leader brought down by in-...

classical

Bach St John Passion, Les Arts Florissants, Christie, Barbican review – sombre but engaging

An atmospheric but unfocused reading, elevated by a fine Evangelist

Connolly, Drake, Berrington, Wigmore Hall review – between the acts

Virginia Woolf inspires a rich if distracting mix of words and music

opera

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Birmingham Opera Company review - searing music-theatre for all

Bloodied brides and rat-heads run amok in visceral ballroom Shostakovich

Idomeneo, English Touring Opera review – honest excellence

Strong singing and fuss-free direction do justice to Mozart's dark masterpiece

Robin Hood, The Opera Story, CLF Café review - folk hero re-imagined as Tory villain

The plot is over-stuffed, but this new opera has some riveting moments