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Reviews

Macbeth, RSC, Barbican review - tense but flawed take on Shakespeare's blood-boltered tragedy

Heather Neill

It has been said before: Macbeth's reputation for bad luck has more to do with the difficulty of bringing off a successful production than the supernatural elements in the play. Even those of us who have seen dozens of interpretations can count the number which "worked" on the fingers of one hand, and veterans still recall Trevor Nunn's 1976 production, starring Ian McKellen and Judi Dench, as a rare truly successful one.

Australian Chamber Orchestra, Tognetti, Milton Court review - brilliantly hyper-active Mozart

Boyd Tonkin

Think Glastonbury, not Salzburg. It struck me at Milton Court last night that the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s ebullient, rock’n’roll Mozart would go down a storm at the sort of music festival renowned for canvas more than canapes.

Donkeyote review - a quiet revelation

David Kettle

It’s an undeniably quirky set-up: an elderly Spanish farmer who takes it upon himself to travel to America and walk – alone – the epic, 2,200-mile...

Juliana, Nova Music Opera, St John's Smith...

Bernard Hughes

Joseph Phibbs is not the first composer to make an opera out of Strindberg’s Miss Julie, and it is not difficult to see the operatic appeal of this...

Cendrillon, Glyndebourne Tour review - too many...

David Nice

Supernatural wonders, consciously avoided in Rossini's enlightened tale of goodness rewarded La Cenerentola and unrealised by second-rank composer...

Lawson, London Sinfonietta, Kings Place Review – diverse explorations of time

Gavin Dixon

A surprise late addition from Birtwistle is the highlight of wide-ranging programme

Julian Baggini: How the World Thinks review - a whirlwind tour of ideas

Marina Vaizey

Only the world can be enough: the British thinker offers ‘A Global History of Philosophy’

Reissue CDs Weekly: The Action

Kieron Tyler

‘Shadows and Reflections’: classy box set celebration of the great, George Martin-supported Sixties band

LFF 2018: Roma review – Alfonso Cuarón’s triumphant return to Mexico

Demetrios Matheou

The Gravity director comes back down to Earth with a ravishing love letter to the women in his childhood

The Triumph of Time and Truth, Higginbottom, Kings Place review – time well spent, despite the words

Boyd Tonkin

Handel's music defeats plodding lyrics in a gem-studded rarity

LFF 2018: The Favourite review - Queen Anne's bizarre love triangle

Adam Sweeting

History re-wired in 'The Favourite', plus 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?', 'Destroyer' and Peter Jackson's Great War

Wise Children, Old Vic review - Emma Rice in fun if not quite top-flight form

Matt Wolf

Angela Carter adaptation strains to sustain its high spirits

Dogman review - Matteo Garrone takes on the mafia again

Saskia Baron

Black comedy crime caper turns very dark but never loses all its heart

A Guide For The Homesick, Trafalgar Studios review - warmly funny and deeply moving

Rachel Halliburton

Ken Urban's play is a psychological thriller crossed with a love story

LFF 2018: In Fabric review – Peter Strickland’s horror comedy is dressed to kill

Demetrios Matheou

Plus first looks at the revolting Scots of Outlaw King and tech dreamers in The Hummingbird Project

Science Fair review - big on ambition, light on rigour

David Kettle

Engaging but somewhat slight doc on the world's biggest youth science contest

Fröst, BBCSO, Oramo, Barbican review - blood, sweat and sweetness

David Nice

Sheer heart attack in Prokofiev's Sixth Symphony crowns a rich and varied programme

Company, Gielgud Theatre review - here's to a sensational musical rebirth

Marianka Swain

Marianne Elliott's gender-swapped Sondheim is a revelation

Stories, National Theatre review - comic conception capers

Aleks Sierz

Nina Raine's follow-up to her very big hit Consent is often funny but rarely deep

CBSO, Leleux, Birmingham Town Hall review - oboe extraordinaire

Richard Bratby

Who needs a baton when you've got an oboe? Charisma triumphs in Haydn and Bizet

MØ - Forever Neverland

Russ Coffey

The quirky Dane's new LP contains moments of loveliness

Smashing Pumpkins, Wembley Arena review - Corgan and company deliver the goods

Ralph Moore

Nineties alt-rockers reconstitute to shine a light on all the hits and more

There She Goes, BBC Four review - mining disability for family comedy?

Saskia Baron

Writer Shaun Pye's family experience makes for less than parental paradise

LFF 2018: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs review - Wild West tales, and Redford and Jackman

Adam Sweeting

The Coen brothers go west, old man Redford gets his gun, plus The Front Runner and Shadow

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review – less is more

Steve O'Rourke

Solo rations have been relegated from this benchmark war series

Informer, BBC One review - keeping tabs on terror

Adam Sweeting

Going underground with the Confidential Informant Programme

Measure for Measure, Donmar Warehouse review - Shakespeare twice-over packs a partial sting

Matt Wolf

Double vision as Angelo and Isabella swap roles

Barneys, Books and Bust Ups, BBC Four review - the Booker Prize at 50

Marina Vaizey

The award's half-century has brought scandals aplenty, welcome publicity pay-offs, too

The Inheritance, Noël Coward Theatre review - tangled knot of gay fairy-tale and reality

David Nice

A virtuoso ensemble justifies this youthful baggy monster's West End transfer

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