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Reviews

London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Ono, Barbican review - feet on the ground, eyes to the skies

David Nice

We have John Eliot Gardiner to thank for an unconventional diptych of Czech masterpieces in the London Symphony Orchestra's current season. He had to withdraw from last night's concert - he conducts Dvořák's Cello Concerto and Suk's "Asrael" Symphony on Thursday - but his replacement, Kazushi Ono, was no second-best.

Pre-Raphaelite Sisters, National Portrait Gallery review – a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes

Sarah Kent

Focusing on twelve women who played a key role in the lives of Pre-Raphaelite painters like Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Everett Millais and William Holman Hunt, this timely exhibition begins with a whimper and ends with a bang. First up at the National Portrait Gallery is Effie Gray whose marriage to art critic, John Ruskin was annulled after six years for non-consummation.

Miklós Perényi, Dénes Várjon, Wigmore Hall review...

Sebastian Scotney

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Cyrano, Bristol Old Vic review – comedy with...

Mark Kidel

Tom Morris’s production of Cyrano starts with a procession of nuns, some of them bearded, chanting verses from the medieval mystic Hildegarde of...

Lungs, Old Vic review - deluxe casting and slick...

Sam Marlowe

Playing our monarch and her husband in The Crown has made actors Claire Foy and Matt Smith into TV drama royalty, so reuniting the pair onstage...

Hot Chip, Barrowland, Glasgow review - dancefloor kings keep the party going

Jonathan Geddes

Londoners were in sublime form promoting their new album

John le Carré: Agent Running in the Field review - fake news, Brexit and Cold war echoes

Marina Vaizey

Masterly spy writer's latest is a sharply contemporary thriller

Spiral, Series 7, BBC Four review - hard-hitting return of our favourite French cop show

Adam Sweeting

Crime, slime and real-life issues in a de-glamourised Paris

Reissue CDs Weekly: The Kinks - Arthur or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire

Kieron Tyler

Box set 50th-anniversary edition is the last word on an ever-wonderful album

Hisham Matar: A Month in Siena review – memories, framed

India Lewis

A brief, luminous memoir allows space and time for reflection and the acceptance of loss

The Mask of Orpheus, English National Opera review - amorphous excess

David Nice

Daniel Kramer's camp carnival defuses any focus in Birtwistle's bruising score

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil review - fantasy follow-up falls flat

Joseph Walsh

Angelina Jolie's charms aren't enough to carry Disney sequel

Glennie, Lubbe, Ticciati, O/Modernt, Kings Place review - a Pergolesi-based dud

Bernard Hughes

Expressive Schoenberg masterpiece the best of slim pickings

Giri/Haji, BBC Two review - inspired Anglo-Japanese thriller makes compulsive viewing

Adam Sweeting

Two worlds collide after synchronous murders in London and Tokyo

[Blank], Donmar Warehouse review - strong but dispiriting

Aleks Sierz

Alice Birch's new play prioritises form over content, and is depressingly reactionary

Non-Fiction - adultery spices up digitisation drama

Graham Fuller

Sexual fidelity is as believable as the digitally derived "truth" in Olivier Assayas's latest

Ehnes, Hallé, Gabel, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review - happy unexpected discoveries

Robert Beale

Two young conductors and a master of the violin

Zombieland: Double Tap review - dead dull redo

Tom Baily

Stunted sequel fails to add to the 2009 original

Official Secrets review – powerful political thriller

Demetrios Matheou

Keira Knightley excels as the real-life GCHQ whistleblower

The Struts, O2 Forum Kentish Town review - a masterclass in pleasing an audience

Ellie Porter

There's no shortage of love for the Derby glam-rockers at this wildly entertaining show

Dariescu, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Simonov, Symphony Hall, Birmingham review - Soviet fear and loathing

Miranda Heggie

Brutal yet beautiful performance of Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony

Richard Hawley, Barrowland, Glasgow - black clad crooner's songs remain full of atmosphere and heart

Jonathan Geddes

The singer was in playful form at the Barrowland

In the Long Run, Series 2, Sky 1 review - Idris Elba's warm-hearted comedy returns

Jill Chuah Masters

An entertaining brew of culture clash, social commentary and belly laughs

The Peanut Butter Falcon review - sentimental comedy is so damn heartwarming

Saskia Baron

Heart-felt picaresque adventure about a young man with Down's Syndrome runs into clichés

Lenny Henry's Race Through Comedy, Gold review - illuminating account of TV's struggle to become multicultural

Adam Sweeting

Dudley's most famous son delivers home truths about sitcom history

Bill Frisell's Harmony, Cadogan Hall review – superb Americana

Sebastian Scotney

A great new project with voices takes in Lerner and Loewe and Bowie

Zauberland, Linbury Theatre review - an adaptation that adds much and gains nothing

Alexandra Coghlan

This topical updating of a classic song-cycle feels laboured

Chaos in the Cockpit: Flights from Hell, Channel 5 review - do we really want to watch plane-wreck TV?

Adam Sweeting

The aircraft might be ok, but there's no accounting for human error

Solaris, Lyric Hammersmith review - moving and finely cerebral

Tom Birchenough

David Greig’s dream-drama of cosmic loneliness is sci-fi at its most philosophical

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