thu 16/08/2018

Reviews

The Guardians review - beautifully crafted drama

Saskia Baron

A slow tracking shot over the gassed corpses of soldiers, their masks having failed the ecstasy of fumbling, opens The Guardians. This French art house film would perhaps have been better served by the English title The Caretakers; it's closer to the original French meaning and would have made it less likely to be confused with a superhero movie.

Prom 44, Gringytė, CBSO, Morlot review - eloquently sculpted Gallic riches

David Nice

This should have been the third much-anticipated Prom of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's inspiring communicator-in-chief Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. She's now on maternity leave.

Prom 43, Batiashvili, West-Eastern Divan...

Boyd Tonkin

The days are long gone when a Proms gig by Daniel Barenboim and his West-Eastern Divan Orchestra felt like a life-changing visitation by a major...

On the Edge, Channel 4, review - fast and furious...

Jasper Rees

Television drama is living through a golden age, yes, but one thing mainly absent from the vast choice available on terrestrial and streaming...

Edinburgh Fringe 2018: Luisa Omielan/ Brennan...

Veronica Lee

Luisa Omielan ★★★★Luisa Omiela, a confirmed party girl, is the first to admit she used to hate politics, and had difficulty in working out the...

Prom 42, Buniatishvili, Estonian Festival Orchestra, Järvi review – bright lights from the North

Boyd Tonkin

A first-rate ensemble wrenches beauty from the abyss

Edinburgh Festival 2018 reviews: Nigel Slater's Toast / Status

David Kettle

Two superb - and very different - examinations of what defines our identity

Prom 40, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Bell review - tea-time treats with wit and dash

Boyd Tonkin

Who needs a conductor with a leader-soloist of this calibre?

Prom 39, West Side Story, Wilson review - best heard on the radio

Sebastian Scotney

This concert version must be experienced on its own terms

Edinburgh Festival 2018 reviews: Daughter / Huff / First Snow/Première Neige

David Kettle

Toxic masculinity and reflections on identity at the Fringe's newest venue

Edinburgh Fringe 2018 reviews: Ari Shaffir/ Ashley Blaker/ Janeane Garofalo

Veronica Lee

More from the world's biggest and best arts festival

Reissue CDs Weekly: A Kaleidoscope of Sounds

Kieron Tyler

Superb collection of ‘Psychedelic & Freakbeat Masterpieces’

Prom 37, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Pappano review – order, and delight, out of chaos

Boyd Tonkin

Sir Antonio encourages his Romans to make the most of cosmic, and human, drama

Little Shop of Horrors, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre review - monstrously entertaining

Marianka Swain

A blooming marvellous revival of a classic musical

Edinburgh Festival 2018 review: Zimerman, LSO, Rattle - fizzing chemistry

David Kettle

Bernstein, Dvořák and Janáček made for an odd if ultimately majestic concert

Aristocrats, Donmar Warehouse review - fresh but uneven

Aleks Sierz

Anti-naturalistic revival of Brian Friel's elegiac tribute to the Catholic nobility is oddly unemotional

Edinburgh Fringe 2018 reviews: Alex Edelman/ Jayde Adams/ Kieran Hodgson

Veronica Lee

More from the world’s biggest and best arts festival

Homos, or Everyone in America, Finborough Theatre review - a complex pattern of glee and profundity

Tom Birchenough

Jordan Seavey's picture of New York gay life is as moving as it is witty

Edinburgh Festival 2018 reviews: Underground Railroad Game / On the Exhale

David Kettle

Racial politics and gun culture dissected in two provocative shows at the Traverse

The Negotiator review - Jon Hamm shines in Beirut-based thriller

Adam Sweeting

Treacherous Middle East spy games from Jason Bourne screenwriter

Prom 34, Matthews, BBC Philharmonic, Mena - Anglo-American mixed bag

David Benedict

Walton, Copland, Britten, Barber in a 20th-century transatlantic assortment

Prom 33, Schultz, Reuter, BBCSO, Farnes review - powerful Brahms Requiem

Bernard Hughes

Choral classic paired with contemporary work of colour and theatricality

Edinburgh Festival 2018 reviews: Coriolanus Vanishes / Check Up: Our NHS at 70 / A Sockful of Custard

David Kettle

Cycles of abuse, a health service polemic and a celebration of silliness

Silk Road (How To Buy Drugs Online), Trafalgar Studios review - Geordie chancer comes of age

Aleks Sierz

New monologue about drug dealing on the Dark Web is well written if a bit slight

Prom 31, Barnatan, Minnesota Orchestra, Vänskä - American classics take centre-stage

Bernard Hughes

Overly safe choices of repertoire and tempos make for a slightly tame evening

Proms at...Cadogan Hall 4, Connolly, Middleton review - perfect partnering in the unfamiliar

David Benedict

Songs about sleep keep the audience wide awake

Edinburgh Fringe 2018 reviews: Catherine Bohart / Norris & Parker / Pelican

Veronica Lee

Opening on the fringe at the world's biggest and best arts festival

Proms 29 / 30, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Dausgaard review - Bach Brandenburgs and beyond

Sebastian Scotney

Strong instrumental soloists provided some highlights in a long day

Prom 28, National Youth Orchestra, Benjamin review - micro-music from a mega-band

Boyd Tonkin

Agility and accuracy as well as firepower from the well-led teenage army

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