sun 22/04/2018

Reviews

Martin Gayford: Modernists & Mavericks review - people, places and paint

Katherine Waters

Back in the early Sixties Lucian Freud was living in Clarendon Crescent, a condemned row of houses in Paddington which were gradually being demolished around him. The neighbourhood was uncompromisingly working class and to his glee his neighbours included characters from the seamier side of the criminal world.

Reissue CDs Weekly: New York Dolls

Kieron Tyler

Playing Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom on 8 September 1974, the New York Dolls opened their first set of the evening with three cover versions. Muddy Waters’ “Hoochie Coochie Man” was followed by The Shangri-Las’ “(Give Him a) Great Big Kiss” and Otis Redding’s “Don’t Mess With Cupid”. They were acknowledging that blues, girl group records and soul were integral to who they were.

Ibragimova, Tiberghien, Wigmore Hall review –...

Gavin Dixon

The Brahms violin sonatas make a perfect spring evening recital. The Second and Third were inspired by a summer retreat, but all three are light,...

Rasheeda Speaking, Trafalgar Studios review -...

Tom Birchenough

Conflict and comedy can be unpredictable bedfellows, and Chicago playwright Joel Drake Johnson’s 2014 play occasionally risks overstretching itself...

Home From Home, BBC One review - Johnny Vegas as...

Veronica Lee

Home From Home, written by newcomers Chris Fewtrell and Simon Crowther, first saw life as a pilot in the BBC’s Landmark Sitcom Season in 2016, the...

theartsdesk on Vinyl: Record Store Day Special 2018

Thomas H Green

RSD 2018 vinyl reviews of Snapped Ankles, Undertones, LUMP, Fleet Foxes, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Sparks, Miles Davis, Yazoo and more

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society review - artery-furring whimsy

Jasper Rees

Lily James seeks postwar secrets in a Channel Islands weepie

Bat Out of Hell, Dominion Theatre review - the Meat Loaf musical returns, batty as ever

Marianka Swain

The booming behemoth is right at home in We Will Rock You’s old digs

True Horror, Channel 4 review - a Ronseal approach to ghost stories

Owen Richards

New anthology based on real accounts provides the scares and not much else

Roy Orbison In Dreams Hologram, Eventim Apollo review - it's a gig, Jim, but not as we know it

Russ Coffey

A virtual Big O takes us back to the future

Andsnes, LPO, Jurowski, RFH review - dazzling symphonic contrasts, plus oddities

David Nice

Stunning articulation in generous helpings of Stravinsky with Shostakovich and Debussy

Funny Cow review - Maxine Peake is stellar

Veronica Lee

Fictional biopic portrays the comedy circuit from a bygone age

Occupied, series 2, Sky Atlantic review - political conflicts looking all too actual

Mark Sanderson

Jo Nesbo’s neo-Cold War drama of Russia vs the rest - aka truth vs lies - resumes

Angela Barnes, Soho Theatre review - history with great gags

Veronica Lee

Cold War buff with a weird obsession

Stephen: The Murder That Changed A Nation, BBC One review - ‘He was a cool guy and everybody loved him’

Katherine Waters

New three part documentary marks 25 years since the murder of Stephen Lawrence

Tina, Aldwych Theatre review - new Tina Turner bio-musical is simply OK

Marianka Swain

Powerhouse Adrienne Warren is the saving grace of a show that plays it safe

Monet and Architecture, National Gallery review - a revelation in paint

Marina Vaizey

The king of the blockbuster seen in a new light

The Queen's Green Planet, ITV review - right royal arboreals

Marina Vaizey

Gentle cliché met gentle cliché, but this film was charming, and the concept is fabulous

Instructions for Correct Assembly, Royal Court review - Jane Horrocks in Middle England 'Westworld'

Aleks Sierz

New sci-fi drama about suburban perfection lacks the necessary human touch

Lifeline, Channel 4 review - Spanish sci-fi drama on speed

Jasper Rees

'Walter Presents' what-if transplant drama from Madrid hits the accelerator pedal

Obsidian Tear / Marguerite and Armand / Elite Syncopations, Royal Opera House review - an evening of high-performance mismatch

Jenny Gilbert

Fine dancing, but these three ballets have nothing to say to each other

Philharmonia, Salonen, RFH review – cosmic perspectives

Gavin Dixon

Unsuk Chin explores man’s relation to the universe in new oratorio

Daliso Chaponda, Touring review - uneven but entertaining

Veronica Lee

Britain's Got Talent finalist on first UK tour

Barbara Ehrenreich: Natural Causes review - counterintuitive wisdom on the big issues

Marina Vaizey

From challenging medical myths to making sense of the great unknowns, a bravura perspective

Reissue CDs Weekly: Brian James

Kieron Tyler

First solo album from the former Damned and Lords of the New Church man is a blast

Amy Sackville: Painter to the King review - portrait of the artist in shadow and light

Boyd Tonkin

A novel about Velázquez that does justice to his genius – and his mystery

The Moderate Soprano, Duke of York's Theatre review - love and opera with a flinty edge

David Nice

Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll serve David Hare's iron fist in velvet glove to perfection

Voices of America, English National Ballet review - a punchy programme of contemporary ballet

Hanna Weibye

Forsythe commission is a romping, swaggering joy of a piece

Igor Levit, Wigmore Hall review – music for the ages

Gavin Dixon

New work for Rzewski’s 80th a puzzling affair but performed with dedication and authority

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