wed 19/06/2019

Reviews

Citysong, Soho Theatre review - big writing, big heart

Aleks Sierz

Irish playwright Dylan Coburn Gray's new play won the Verity Bargate Award in 2017, and his reward is a fine production of this beautifully written account of one Dublin family over several decades. It is a light-touch epic which is partly a humorous account of ordinary people's daily lives, partly a meditation on time and partly a social history of changing attitudes to family, and to sex, over the years in Ireland.

Years and Years, Series Finale, BBC One review - soggy ending fails to inspire

Adam Sweeting

As Russell T Davies’s doomsday odyssey reached its endgame on BBC One, feisty grandma Muriel (played by indestructible Anne Reid) got to deliver the moral of the story. With the Lyons clan gathered round that now-familiar dining table, she spelt it out for them.

Thatcher: A Very British Revolution, Finale, BBC...

Marina Vaizey

The surprisingly touching conclusion to BBC Two’s five-part chronicle of the Thatcher years was a masterpiece of contemporary history....

Hansel and Gretel, ENO, Regent's Park Open...

David Nice

Shoving a child-eating drag-queen witch into an oven can't be good for any kid's psyche. Director Timothy Sheader doesn't let us forget it in a...

Napoli, Brooklyn, Park Theatre review - lacking...

Katherine Waters

According to their mother, Luda (played by Madeleine Worrall, pictured below), each of the three sisters (pictured top) in Napoli, Brooklyn,...

Goodyear, Chineke! Orchestra, Marshall, Symphony Hall, Birmingham Review - engaging and uplifting

Miranda Heggie

Joy and sparkle from this youthful band

Frank Skinner, Leicester Square Theatre - mixing some acid with the charm

Veronica Lee

Preamble to autumn tour works a treat

Cate Haste: Passionate Spirit - The Life of Alma Mahler review - a racy life pacily narrated

David Nice

The creative Viennese soclalite who obsessively nurtured masterpieces by others

Reissue CDs Weekly: R.E.M.

Kieron Tyler

The surprise return of ‘In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988–2003’

Backstreet Boys, SSE Hydro, Glasgow review - 90s boyband showcase grown-up new material

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Florida five-piece balance newness and nostalgia on DNA arena tour

Diego Maradona review - entertaining but skin-deep

Joseph Walsh

Asif Kapadia concludes his trilogy of tragic idols with mixed results

Men in Black: International review - lacklustre sequel missing original stars

Saskia Baron

One reboot too many as a new generation of alien exterminators fail to ignite

Francis Bacon: Couplings, Gagosian Gallery review - sex and power in double figures

Florence Hallett

A small selection focuses on the painter's radical figure paintings

Charlie Cunningham, Queen Elizabeth Hall review - Spanish guitar and strong songs

Katie Colombus

An endearing, intimate set of warm melodies and powerful, percussive guitar

While the Sun Shines, Orange Tree Theatre review - frothy, yes, up to a point

Matt Wolf

Slice of Rattigan esoterica is useful to see even as it shows its age

Kiss My Genders, Hayward Gallery review – a shambles

Sarah Kent

Important issues addressed in an exhibition that should have been so much better

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Nevill Holt Opera review - sprinkled with musical fairy-dust

Alexandra Coghlan

An innocent, joyful take on Britten's ambiguous fantasy

Sweat, Gielgud Theatre review - searing drama of working life

Tom Birchenough

The indelible power of Lynn Nottage’s new play confirmed in Donmar transfer

Sometimes Always Never review - small but perfectly crafted

Adam Sweeting

Bill Nighy leads an excellent cast in a tale of loss and lovely words

Wild Bill, Episode 1, ITV review - an American in Lincolnshire

Tom Baily

Rob Lowe plays top cop in goofy crime drama

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Bridge Theatre review – gender-juggling romp

Rachel Halliburton

Nicholas Hytner's vivacious 21st-century take shines like a disco glitterball

Lenny Kravitz, O2 review - gloriously joyful rock 'n' roll

Ellie Porter

Love is in the air as the rocker brings his monster tour's latest leg to a thrilling close

What's My Name: Muhammad Ali, Sky Atlantic review - why they called him The Greatest

Adam Sweeting

Portrait of the boxing legend and his place in American history

Kozhukhin, RPO, Petrenko, RFH review - more cultured than electrifying

David Nice

Brahms within bounds and smooth Strauss in a well-measured romantic double bill

We the Animals review - lyrical story of brotherly love and family trauma

Markie Robson-Scott

In his first feature film, Jeremiah Zagar adapts - and waters down - Justin Torres's autobiographical coming-out novel

Years and Years, Episode 5, BBC One review - darker and darker

Adam Sweeting

Soap opera family finds itself trapped in doomsday scenario

Big Little Lies, Series 2, Sky Atlantic review - supercharged start for new season

Adam Sweeting

Meryl Streep boosts an already formidable female cast

Bob Dylan Special - Rolling Thunder Revue, Netflix

Tim Cumming

Martin Scorsese reexamines the legendary 1975 tour

Edouard Vuillard: The Poetry of the Everyday, Holburne Museum, Bath review - dizzying pattern and colour

Marina Vaizey

An artist's world encompassed

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