tue 27/02/2024

Reviews

Out of Season, Hampstead Theatre review - banter as bullying

Aleks Sierz

One island off the coast of Spain has more cultural oomph than all the rest put together. I’m talking about Ibiza, the sun-soaked, music-happy and drug-friendly paradise for anyone in their roaring luved-up twenties who wants a break that will fry their minds – and imprinting them with memories of sun, sex and ecstasy for years to come.

'Migrations' String Quartet Weekend, National Concert Hall, Dublin review - memorials and masterpieces

David Nice

It was chance that the National Concert Hall’s weekend of quartet events featuring responses to war and refugees should coincide with the second anniversary of Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine. By late Saturday morning thousands of Ukrainians and friends had processed beneath our windows on Merrion Square with the usual array of flags and heartfelt banners; at 2.30pm we were listening to a Syrian poet’s words about devastation and displacement as set to music by Jonathan Dove.

Drive to Survive, Season 6, Netflix review - F1...

Adam Sweeting

When the first season of Drive to Survive launched on Netflix in 2019, it was greeted with suspicion by some in the Formula One paddock. But with its...

Shifters, Bush Theatre review - love will tear us...

Aleks Sierz

For the past ten years, Black-British playwrights have been in the vanguard of innovation in the form and content of new writing. I’m thinking not...

Così fan tutte, Welsh National Opera review -...

Stephen Walsh

We can’t do without Così fan tutte; it’s an irresistible masterpiece. But it’s a thorn in the flesh of modern directors, who struggle to find the "...

Driving Mum review - a dark comedy that has you laughing out loud

Sarah Kent

A son fulfils his mother’s wishes and stifles his own

Manon Lescaut, English Touring Opera review - a nightmare in too many ways

Boyd Tonkin

Grotesque staging sabotages Puccini's breakthrough tragedy

The Merchant of Venice 1936, Criterion Theatre review - radical revamp with a passionate agenda

Helen Hawkins

Tracy-Ann Oberman turns Shylock into a heroic Jewish anti-fascist

RSNO Chorus, Doughty, Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh review - breaking out in anniversary Bruckner

Simon Thompson

A motet and a mass sometimes needed more focus, but a rare suite proved a delight

Album: The Bevis Frond - Focus on Nature

Kieron Tyler

Further confirmation that Nick Saloman is one of the UK’s great musical stylists

Music Reissues Weekly: Blank Generation, Just Want To Be Myself

Kieron Tyler

Fresh looks at North American and UK punk

Wicked Little Letters review - sweary, starry film is mostly strange

Matt Wolf

Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley re-team, this time as warring neighbours

Sánchez, National Symphony Orchestra, Martín, National Concert Hall, Dublin review - Spanish panache

David Nice

Flamenco song and dance matched to orchestral brilliance brings heat to a freezing city

Sargent and Fashion, Tate Britain review - portraiture as a performance

Sarah Kent

London’s elite posing dressed up to the nines

Uproar, Rafferty, Royal Welsh College, Cardiff review - a rare spring in the new music step

Stephen Walsh

Tight planning and high professionalism make for a consistently enjoyable concert

The Big Life, Stratford East review - musical brings the joy and honours the past

Gary Naylor

Revived 20 years on, this Windrush musical lands differently, but is still wonderfully entertaining

Marx in London, Scottish Opera review - the humour of history made manifest

Miranda Heggie

A capital production of an unexpectedly comic opera

Hir, Park Theatre review - incendiary production for Taylor Mac's rich absurdist family drama

Helen Hawkins

Felicity Huffman, heading a superb cast, is a force of nature

Memory review - love, dementia and truth

Markie Robson-Scott

Michel Franco directs Jessica Chastain and Peter Sarsgaard in a complex, painful love story

Samuel Takes a Break... in Male Dungeon No. 5 after a long but generally successful day of tours, The Yard Theatre review - funny and thought-provoking

Gary Naylor

'We don't use the word slave round here' - 21st century tourism skewered

King Lear, Almeida Theatre review - Danny Sapani dazzles in this spartan tragedy

Mert Dilek

Yaël Farber presents Shakespeare’s blistering play with bravura

Bill Bailey: Thoughtifier, Brighton Centre review - offbeat adventures with a whirling, erudite mind

Thomas H Green

Bailey's fusion of studied musicality and off-the-wall wordplay remains one-of-a-kind

Hadestown, Lyric Theatre review - soul-stirring musical gloriously revamps classical myths

Mert Dilek

Tony-winning production lands in the West End with an astounding cast

Tom Chatfield: Wise Animals review - on the changing world

Jon Turney

A compelling account of how we use technology – and how it uses us

An Enemy of the People, Duke of York's Theatre - performative and predictable

Matt Wolf

Matt Smith gives his all in unyielding adaptation of Ibsen morality play

Double Feature, Hampstead Theatre review - with directors like these, who needs enemies

Demetrios Matheou

John Logan peers behind the scenes of the film world to muse on the icky relationship between life and art

Zineb Sedira: Dreams Have No Titles, Whitechapel Gallery review - a disorientating mix of fact and fiction

Sarah Kent

An exhibition that begs the question 'What and where is home?'

The Way, BBC One review - steeltown blues

Adam Sweeting

Michael Sheen's ode to Port Talbot stretches credulity

Dance for Ukraine Gala, London Palladium review - a second rich helping of international dancers

Helen Hawkins

Ivan Putrov's latest gala was a satisfying mix of stars and young hopefuls

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