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Reviews

Gianni Schicchi/Suor Angelica, RNCM, Manchester review – music does the magic

Robert Beale

The Royal Northern College of Music’s December opera production was the useful double bill of Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi from Puccini’s Trittico.

The Double Dealer, Orange Tree Theatre review - high spirits and low morals

Matt Wolf

It's been 40 years since The Double Dealer last had a major airing (indeed, perhaps any airing) in London, so on the basis of novelty value alone, the Orange Tree's end-of-year offering is worth our attention. But as always with Restoration comedy, Congreve's 1693 story of romantic skulduggery and misalliance poses a basic problem: how do you make sense of a byzantine plot characteristic of the genre?

Mrs Wilson finale, BBC One review - stranger than...

Saskia Baron

As the priest said, "Understanding comes first, then forgiveness". Thus the rather enjoyable (if slightly overstretched) Mrs Wilson came to a not...

Thomas Adès, Wigmore Hall review - playful and...

Gavin Dixon

Janáček has been an abiding passion for Thomas Adès. As both composer and performer, Adès revels in the whimsical and the absurd, and he finds both...

Sir Cliff Richard: 60 Years in Public and in...

Adam Sweeting

It was when he was on holiday at his agreeable estate in the Algarve in August 2014 that Cliff Richard got a phone call telling him his Berkshire...

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse review - a new hope for the superhero genre

Joseph Walsh

An anarchic animated adventure with a psychedelic style and whip-smart voice cast

theartsdesk on Vinyl 45: Ian Dury, Janis Joplin, Oneohtrix Point Never, Stereolab, Charles Mingus and more

Thomas H Green

The wildest, most wide-ranging monthly record reviews out there

Hey Colossus, Centrala, Birmingham review - lighting the experimental 2018 Christmas candles

Guy Oddy

Sonic oddballs welcome in the season of goodwill and excessive drinking

Candide, LSO, Alsop, Barbican review - nearly the best of all possible...

Jessica Duchen

Bernstein centenary reaches a smashing conclusion with a flawed masterpiece

Care, BBC One review - a blunt but powerful polemic

Adam Sweeting

Jimmy McGovern asks what we're doing about caring for the elderly

Katie Melua and Gori Women's Choir, Central Hall Westminster, London, review - Georgia on her mind

Liz Thomson

A seriousness of purpose that is refreshing and engaging

The Swingles, LPO, Jurowski, RFH review – austere Stravinsky, luminous Berio

Gavin Dixon

Year-long Stravinsky festival wraps up with a diverse sixties showcase

Aladdin, Hackney Empire review - Clive Rowe returns as the Dame

Veronica Lee

Susie McKenna creates fast-paced fun in a busy mix

CD: Jessie J - This Christmas Day

Jo Southerd

High production values and some imagination in reworking of favourite Christmas songs

Barbra Streisand: Becoming an Icon 1942-1984, BBC Four review - the way she was

Adam Sweeting

The diva's journey from Brooklyn to Broadway and beyond

Reissue CDs Weekly: Unusual Sounds

Kieron Tyler

Library music compilation lacks the impact of the companion book of the same name

Mitsuko Uchida, Royal Festival Hall review - conviction and grace

Gavin Dixon

Sophisticated and fragile Schubert, delivered with exquisite beauty

Nine Night, Trafalgar Studios review - hilarity and heartbreak

Tom Birchenough

Natasha Gordon joins the company as her debut drama transfers from the National

Sophie Bevan, Philharmonia, Rouvali, RFH review - an Alpine blaze

David Nice

Generously flawed at first, the young Finn's conducting hit ever greater heights in Strauss

A Christmas Carol, Old Vic review - Dickens adaptation returns, depth and mince pies intact

Tim Cornwell

Last year's festive-season hit, re-cast, continues to enchant

The Old Man & the Gun review - sundown on Sundance

Adam Sweeting

Robert Redford's swansong is a fitting tribute to a movie legend

Doctor Faustus, Sam Wanamaker Theatre review - female Faustus reaps rich rewards

Rachel Halliburton

A deceptive lightness of tone brings new resonance to the text

True West, Vaudeville Theatre review - sizzling take on seminal Sam Shepard

Matt Wolf

Kit Harington and Johnny Flynn go hell for leather as savagery-prone siblings

Bostridge, Pappano, Barbican review - a tough but thrilling march across the battlefield

Boyd Tonkin

Tenor and pianist make intense drama out of the music of modern war

Fiddler on the Roof, Menier Chocolate Factory review - family matters in this sensitive musical revival

Marianka Swain

Trevor Nunn's intimate staging provides a soulful seasonal outing

Cypress Hill, O2 Academy, Birmingham review – OG hip-hoppers light-up

Guy Oddy

Old school ganja-gangsters set Birmingham ablaze

Hole, Royal Court review - anger is not quite enough

Aleks Sierz

Short new play from actor Ellie Kendrick is full of ferocity, but lacks originality

Hari Kondabolu, Soho Theatre review - from politics to papayas

Veronica Lee

US comic with an original take on all manner of things

The Nutcracker, Royal Ballet review - a still-magical tale of two couples

David Nice

Peter Wright's balance of story-telling and classical dance lacks only elan from the pit

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