mon 18/06/2018

Reviews

Ocean's 8 review – half-cocked caper

Adam Sweeting

Perfectly timed, in theory, for the advent of #MeToo and Hollywood’s post-Weinstein era, this girl-power redesign of the Ocean franchise has lined up a turbo-charged cast and then not given them anything very interesting to do.

Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill, Opera North, City Varieties Music Hall - life as a cabaret

Graham Rickson

Peer at the small print and it’s clear that Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill is actually a spruced-up repackaging of a show originally devised by Gene Lerner and arranger Newton Wayland, about whom Opera North’s programme tells us nothing. The cabaret-style production’s two halves take us neatly through Weill’s career, the linking narrative divvied out among the 11-strong cast in a manner that suggests a primary school class assembly. But it works handsomely.

Paloma Faith, Bedgebury Pinetum review - positive...

Katie Colombus

There is a real festival ambience to this quintessentially English field-gig, set amidst the stunning forests of Bedgebury Pinetum as part of the...

Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott: Swan Song review -...

Marina Vaizey

Here you will find Babe Paley, Slim Keith, CZ Guest, Gloria Guinness, Lee Radziwill, Marella Agnelli, the stylish leaders of society, gorgeous,...

Reissue CDs Weekly: The Rose Garden

Kieron Tyler

The Rose Garden didn’t linger in the bright lights but for those inclined towards harmony pop their name resonates due to the quality of their sole...

Notes From the Field, Royal Court review - sobering report from the frontline of race

Rachel Halliburton

Anna Deavere Smith shines her singular light on American inequality and systemic injustice

CD: Soulwax - Essential

Owen Richards

Belgian beat maestros return with a different approach

Mamzer Bastard, Royal Opera, Hackney Empire review - inert Hasidic music-drama

David Nice

Sludgy orchestral lines and ungainly word-setting in Na'ama Zisser's new opera

The Happy Prince review - Wilde at heart

Jasper Rees

Rupert Everett's spirited and humane homage to Oscar is worth the long wait

Panorama: Putin's Russia with David Dimbleby, BBC One review - jolly football weather

Tom Birchenough

As the World Cup kicks off, a sober - and sobering - insight into the host country today

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Donmar Warehouse review - Lia Williams makes an iconic role her own

Matt Wolf

Familiar title is reinvigorated afresh in a startling revival

The Ciambra review - supremely effective storytelling

Owen Richards

'This Is England' meets 'Gomorrah' in one boy’s passage into manhood

Get Shorty, Sky Atlantic review - Elmore Leonard meets Tarantino

Mark Sanderson

Sex, sleaze and violence as gangland comes to Hollywood

theartsdesk at Download Festival 2018: three days of metal mayhem

Theartsdesk

Guns'n'Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Avenged Sevenfold and many more

theartsdesk at the Leipzig Bach Festival: a cantata blockbuster

Stephen Walsh

Gardiner, Suzuki, Koopman and Rademann offer a musical and historical revelation

Machinal, Almeida Theatre review - descending into darkness

Matt Wolf

Lesser-known American classic exerts a clinical fascination

City of Ghosts review - chilling but inspiring report on Syria's citizen journalists

David Kettle

Quietly masterful and harrowing documentary on undercover reportage in Raqqa

Acis and Galatea, English National Opera, Lilian Baylis House review - Handel for the hashtag generation

Alexandra Coghlan

This insta-update is hard to 'like'

Monogamy, Park Theatre review - Janie Dee in dark family drama

Aleks Sierz

New comedy about a celebrity chef sometimes sizzles, but leaves a bad taste

Roscoe, BBC Philharmonic, Mena, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review - a scenic send-off

Robert Beale

Spanish sunshine in an operatic farewell to orchestra’s departing chief

Giulio Cesare, Glyndebourne review - no weak link

Sebastian Scotney

Glyndebourne at its best just got better

Isabelle Huppert reads Marquis de Sade, Queen Elizabeth Hall review - virtue twinned with vice

Rachel Halliburton

Isabelle Huppert brings her customary rigour to some notorious writings

Un ballo in maschera, Grange Park Opera review – singing out against the American grain

Boyd Tonkin

High-concept Yankee Verdi benefits from some Old World style

Studio 54 review - boogie wonderland

Jasper Rees

Documentary revisits the most celebrated discotheque of them all

Hidden, BBC Four review - a death in Snowdonia

Adam Sweeting

A strong start from the heir to 'Hinterland'

Robert Gordon: Memphis Rent Party review - a fast-moving Mississippi anthology

Sebastian Scotney

An engaging cast of characters from Memphis' musical past

Reissue CDs Weekly: Gene Clark

Kieron Tyler

Significant first-time release of demos recorded after the singer-songwriter left The Byrds

Taylor Swift, Etihad Stadium, Manchester review - pop perfection on epic scale

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Here be serpents - and songs about her feelings

Julie, National Theatre review - vacuous and unilluminating

Matt Wolf

Vanessa Kirby leads superfluous update that is a lot more Stenham than Strindberg

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