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Reviews

Anything Goes, Barbican review - an explosion of joy

Matt Wolf

"Times have changed", we're informed in the cascadingly witty title number of the Cole Porter musical Anything Goes, now in revival at the Barbican and bringing with it a pandemic-clearing tsunami of joy.

Zola review - high-energy comic thriller tackles sex work

Saskia Baron

It’s hard to imagine a movie more of its time than Zola, as it takes on sex, race, the glamorisation of porn and the allure of the ever-online world.

Wonderville, Palace Theatre review - magic and...

Veronica Lee

Variety is a form of entertainment most usually seen on Saturday night television these days, but Wonderville is an attempt to bring it back into the...

Brauss, BBC Philharmonic, Gernon, BBC Proms...

Peter Quantrill

Two nights after the Scottish Chamber Orchestra had brought the first great E flat major symphony to the Proms – Mozart’s 39th – a serendipitous...

RhineGold, Birmingham Opera Company, Symphony...

David Nice

The love of power corrupts, the power of love falters or fails. The essence of Wagner’s Ring of the Nibelung is also what Graham Vick communicated so...

Johnston, BBCNOW, Bancroft, BBC Proms - laments and luminosity

Jessica Duchen

A finely formed programme that both mourned and celebrated

Thora Hjörleifsdóttir: Magma review - love burns in debut novel from Iceland

India Lewis

A raw examination of the destructiveness of a toxic relationship

Luisa Miller, Glyndebourne review – small-scale tragedy, big emotions

David Nice

Bold casting includes a sensational main-season debut from soprano Mané Galoyan

Changing Destiny, Young Vic review – an epic literary discovery

Aleks Sierz

A 4,000-year-old poem reopens this venue, but is more educational than dramatic

Bo Burnham: Inside, Netflix review - a masterpiece about lockdown angst

Veronica Lee

Tour de force of confessional comedy

theartsdesk at the Ryedale Festival 2021 - music returns to the moors

Miranda Heggie

A host of musical delights in the Yorkshire countryside

The Cunning Little Vixen, Longborough Festival Opera review - life, death and the menopause in the forest

Stephen Walsh

Janáček's strip cartoon engagingly directed and sung, orchestrally problematic

Reissue CDs Weekly: Tim Buckley - Merry-Go-Round at the Carousel

Kieron Tyler

Essential first-ever release of previously unheard live shows from 1968

First Night of the Proms, Hyde, BBCSO, Stasevska review - levitational ecstasies

David Nice

Finn floats and ignites a well conceived programme back in the Royal Albert Hall

The Sparks Brothers review - giddy celebration of the Mael brothers

Saskia Baron

Edgar Wright takes a break from directing actors to craft a love letter to pop

Limbo review - quiet but voluble

Matt Wolf

Story of a Syrian in Scotland packs a gentle wallop

Bagdad Café, Old Vic review - sweet but scattershot

Matt Wolf

Stage adaptation of 1987 film needs more narrative drive

theartsdesk at the Three Choirs Festival - Purcell, Gabriel Jackson and Duruflé

Stephen Walsh

Choral music loud, soft and chorus-less as the oldest festival returns

Oleanna, Arts Theatre review - Mamet on power and tragedy

Aleks Sierz

David Mamet’s most controversial play retains its explosive charge

The Most Beautiful Boy in the World review - a harrowing tale vividly told

Sarah Kent

The terrible price of stardom

Opera in Song, Opera Holland Park review – world-class singers in a brilliant recital triptych

David Nice

Baritone Julien Van Mellaerts and pianist Dylan Perez programme a winning mini-festival

The Two Character Play, Hampstead Theatre review - tender, poetic and piercingly cruel

Alexandra Coghlan

A timely return for Tennessee Williams' long-neglected play

Professor T, ITV review - whimsical tales of boffinly detection

Adam Sweeting

Ben Miller illustrates the power of mind over matter

Reissue CDs Weekly: Chris Barber - A Trailblazer's Legacy

Kieron Tyler

Fond box-set tribute to the significant British blues and jazz visionary

Off the Rails review - go for the scenery, not the script

Matt Wolf

'Mamma Mia!' wannabe features lots of Blondie but very little sense

Reclaiming Amy, BBC Two review - Winehouse family and friends remember

Liz Thomson

A great voice silenced too soon

Old review - time flies in tropical island mystery

Adam Sweeting

Alternative-reality holiday from hell is not M Night Shyamalan's finest hour

Le Comte Ory, Garsington Opera review - high musical style and broad dramatic comedy

David Nice

Rossini can take the high jinks of Cal McCrystal in a deliciously cast romp

Lava, Bush Theatre review - poetic writing, mesmerically performed

Helen Hawkins

Debut work from Benedict Lombe is a red-hot poem of protest

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