sat 26/09/2020

Reviews

Sunnymead Court, Tristan Bates Theatre review - a lovely lockdown romance

Laura De Lisle

The first words of Sunnymead Court, a new play at the Tristan Bates Theatre, are ominous. “We are transitioning from human experiences to digital experiences.” Oof. Thankfully, this isn’t another gloomy lockdown drama about the evils of Zoom quizzes – it’s the story of an unlikely romance between two women who live metres from each other, but have never spoken. 

theartsdesk in Hamburg: Ghost Light - a ballet in the time of corona

Jenny Gilbert

So the Royal Ballet is to make a live comeback, for one night only, on 9 October. Fielding the entire company of 100 dancers, suitably distanced, the enterprise is being hailed as a triumph of logistics. And so it is. But the fact remains that the vast majority of its audience will be watching on a computer screen at home.

An Evening with an Immigrant, Bridge Theatre...

Aleks Sierz

When the history of British theatre’s response to COVID-19 comes to be written, the names of two men will feature prominently: Nicholas Hytner and...

Miss Juneteenth review - a ray of Texan sunshine

Owen Richards

Beauty queen pageants have long been ripe for parody, from their plastic glamour to the Machiavellian competitiveness. Miss Juneteenth opts for a...

Hold Still, National Portrait Gallery review -...

Marina Vaizey

A digital exhibition for digital times – and just right: as a reproductive medium, photographs can work brilliantly when reproduced again. Currently...

Castalian Quartet/Elizabeth Llewellyn, Simon Lepper, Wigmore Hall review - out of this world

David Nice

A young string quartet and a glorious duo take us from the earthy to the sublime

Finley, LPO, Gardner, Royal Festival Hall (p)review - special magic ready for streaming

David Nice

A privileged glimpse of a great orchestra in full flight back in a much-loved venue

Monsoon review - like something almost being said

Tom Birchenough

Developing the subtle palette of his debut 'Lilting', Hong Khaou's second feature broadens its horizons

Enola Holmes review – a new Sherlock-related franchise is afoot

Joseph Walsh

Millie Bobby Brown gives the patriarchy what-for in a charming young adult adventure

The Cheeky Chappie, The Warren Outdoors review - entertaining drama about risqué comic Max Miller

Veronica Lee

Jamie Kenna brings Brighton favourite to life

The Movies: The Seventies review - a mirror on malaise

Graham Fuller

Sky's Hollywood documentary series reaches the Watergate decade

Gillam, Miloš, Wigmore Hall review – charismatic performers, charming playing

Bernard Hughes

'Siblings' revel in the pleasure of performing live again

Naomi Klein: On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal review - an unapologetic manifesto

James Dowsett

Klein’s radical remedy for reversing climate destruction

A London Saturday with Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Pavel Kolesnikov, Samson Tsoy and friends - review

David Nice

From a Dvořák concerto debut in a Kensington church to trios in a Peckham car park

James Rebanks: English Pastoral, An Inheritance review - a manifesto for a radical agricultural rethink

India Lewis

A well-argued call for change through the lives of one family and their land

Reissue CDs Weekly: John Coltrane - Giant Steps

Kieron Tyler

60th-anniversary edition of the jazz landmark doesn’t go far enough

Bill & Ted Face the Music review - modestly delightful

Nick Hasted

The slacker time-travel double-act's cheerfully cheap return

Fidelio, Garsington Opera review - heart of darkness, light-filled liberation

David Nice

Fine singers equalled by Philharmonia soloists in revelatory chamber-music Beethoven

Picnic at the Castle review - entertaining mixed bill

Veronica Lee

Warwick Castle provides striking backdrop

Hendrix and the Spook review - a search for clarity in murky waters

Sarah Kent

A detailed account of events surrounding a famous death that leaves you none the wiser

Nocturnal review - an impossible love

Graham Fuller

A schoolgirl and a painter-decorator rush headlong into harm

Rocks review - impressively well-crafted neo-realist drama

Saskia Baron

Sarah Gavron and Theresa Ikoko’s collaboration pays off in this lovingly observed tale

GogolFest:Dream review - the best music festival of the summer?

Peter Culshaw

A socially-distanced festival of new music and head-banging Nova Opera in Kherson

Igor Levit, Wigmore Hall/Hill Quartet, Bandstand Chamber Festival review – seamlessness inside and out

David Nice

Total fluency from the great pianist and a young team already rich in wisdom

The Devil All The Time review – a test of faith in a Southern Gothic tradition

Joseph Walsh

Anthony’s Campos’ blood-drenched period tale based on Donald Ray Pollak’s novel

Alban Gerhardt, Markus Becker, Wigmore Hall review - long shadows and rich sounds

David Nice

Shostakovich's dark intensity carries over to Schumann and Beethoven

A Special School, BBC Wales review - heartwarming film about special needs education

Saskia Baron

Lovingly made and inspiring new series shows what's possible for students with special needs

Maggini Quartet/Friend, Solem Quartet, Bandstand Chamber Festival review - in harmony with nature

David Nice

More cultured beauty from outstanding musicians in the heart of Battersea Park

Extinction: The Facts, BBC One review - David Attenborough tells a devastating story

Marina Vaizey

This horrifying prognosis on the future of our planet was essential viewing

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