thu 06/05/2021

Reviews

Points of Departure, Brighton Festival 2021 review - Ray Lee's harbour-based sound art impresses

Thomas H Green

They stand in a row, nine of them, in a long, strange corridor between rows of stacked, palleted, planked wood and the red brick wall of an endless warehouse. Nine tripods, each two humans high, with a spinning helicopter head, double-ended by conical horns that emanate a gentle angelic howling or lower end drone-hums.

Rachel Whiteread: Internal Objects, Gagosian Gallery review - apocalyptic sheds

Markie Robson-Scott

Sheds have flourished in lockdown: they’ve always been places to escape to and in the past year, when spruced up as home offices, even more so. They’re also emblems of isolation.

BBC Young Musician 2020 Finale, BBC Four review...

David Nice

“You have to be careful you’re not judging the piece,” cautioned a pearl-necklaced Nicholas Daniel, great oboist and winner of the 1980 BBC Young...

Being Mr Wickham, Original Theatre Company online...

Laura De Lisle

It wasn’t Jane Austen’s subtlest move, naming her roguish soldier George Wickham. As countless GCSE English teachers have patiently read in...

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Adam Sweeting

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Money, Southwark Playhouse online review - ethical dilemmas for the Zoom generation

Rachel Halliburton

A vivid and credible production that is also limited by its form

Mark Watson's Carpool Comedy Club, the Hop Farm review - strong kick-off to 2021 live comedy

Veronica Lee

Kent venue provided picturesque backdrop

Tarantula, Southwark Playhouse online review – spine-tingling love and trauma

Aleks Sierz

Philip Ridley’s new monologue is a dazzling masterclass in storytelling

Reissue CDs Weekly: Northern Soul's Classiest Rarities Volume 7

Kieron Tyler

Once again, the essential series comes up with the goods

Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation review - genius dogged by disappointment

Matt Wolf

Empathic documentary honours two literary legends

Intergalactic, Sky One review - lovely CGI, shame about the drama

Adam Sweeting

Cosmic jailbreak yarn struggles to convince

Psappha, Phillips, Hallé St Peter’s, Manchester online review - Turnage world premiere

Robert Beale

New music specialists mark 30 years of enterprise and dedication

Comedy podcasts round-up 5: politics, relationships and spoofery

Veronica Lee

Chatty women and happy couples

The Artist's Wife review - uninspired portrait of dementia in the Hamptons

Markie Robson-Scott

An artist's wife rediscovers her own creativity: Lena Olin and Bruce Dern star

Viewpoint, ITV review - the perils of the peeping tom police

Adam Sweeting

Who's watching whom in DC Young's surveillance operation?

Booth, Nash Ensemble, Wigmore Hall online review - contemporary music programme lacks diversity

Bernard Hughes

Excellent playing and singing can’t disguise the absence of variety

Connolly, Middleton, Leeds Lieder online review - epic voyage on a luxury vessel

Boyd Tonkin

Lavish late-Romantic seascapes with a first-rate crew

Kate Lebo: The Book of Difficult Fruit review - a rich, juicy delight

Jessica Payn

Essays on tricky and fascinating fruits, food and medicine, pain and care

Line of Duty, Series 6, Episode 6, BBC One review - the pace accelerates for AC-12's final countdown

Adam Sweeting

Apocalypse soon as the end of the line looms

Oscars 2021: Sluggish, yes, but some surprises too

Matt Wolf

Hopkins and McDormand pull last-minute upsets in pared-down ceremony

Brian Elias Focus Day, Concert 1, Wigmore Hall online review - portrait of the artist in miniature

Alexandra Coghlan

Young artists deliver a compelling composer showcase

Black Bear review - unexpected knotty treat

Owen Richards

Plaza delivers a career-best performance in rug-pulling drama

The Winter's Tale, RSC, BBC Four review - post-war poise colours a solid production

Tom Birchenough

Overcoming lockdown challenges, a broadcast first for Stratford

Album: Teenage Fanclub‎ - Endless Arcade

Kieron Tyler

Line-up changes are no obstacle to sustained excellence

Reissue CDs Weekly: Spiritualized - Lazer Guided Melodies

Kieron Tyler

Jason Pierce and co’s first album reappears

Greig, I Fagiolini online review - poetry and music to redeem a damaged world

Bernard Hughes

Voces8 spring festival marks Earth Day by 'Re-Wilding the Wasteland'

Michael Spitzer: The Musical Human review - charting our age-old relationship with music

Jon Turney

The futility of capturing music with words shows in this beguiling attempt at “big history”

The Importance of Being Earnest online review - Oscar Wilde updated for the Nando's generation

Veronica Lee

Yasmeen Khan's spoof has a big heart

Mare of Easttown, Sky Atlantic review - Kate Winslet shines in finely-drawn Pennsylvania mystery

Adam Sweeting

Tangled secrets in a dirty old town

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