fri 19/04/2019

Reviews

Climate Change: The Facts, BBC One review - how much reality can humankind bear?

Katherine Waters

Peer down the glassy dark and you’ll see them. White bubbles trapped in the frozen lake which appear to be rising to the surface. Look through the permafrost this way and you’re seeing into the past: as the ice melts, gas which was captured and stored tens of thousands of years ago when woolly mammoths and sabre-toothed cats stalked Alaska is released into the atmosphere. Each slick of melt water is another decade returning to the rivers.

Tommy Tiernan, Shepherd's Bush Empire review - playful and poetic

Veronica Lee

Tommy Tiernan is something of an institution in his native Ireland, as a stand-up comic, newspaper columnist, sometime chat-show host and full-time controversialist. Now his appearance as Da Gerry in Channel 4's Derry Girls has brought him to a wider audience – both geographically and generationally – and deservedly so.

Loro review – hedonism must have an end

David Nice

"Them" - the "loro" of the title (with a further play on “l’oro”, gold) - denotes the mostly sleazy opportunists willing to use and be used by "him...

Get The Blessing, Hare & Hounds, Birmingham...

Guy Oddy

Get The Blessing are a band whose music never fails to conjure up images of someone like Steve McQueen driving along a coastal Californian road,...

Chimerica, Channel 4 review - fake news, true...

Tom Birchenough

Chimerica is a stage-to-screen adaptation that has certainly kept up with the times. When it opened at the Almeida back in 2013 – a West End transfer...

Sweet Charity, Donmar Warehouse review - Sixties style over substance

Marianka Swain

Design dominates in Josie Rourke's farewell production

Dragged Across Concrete review - Mel Gibson's hard-boiled high

Nick Hasted

S. Craig Zahler takes the Lethal Weapon buddy cop movie to hell

Trust Me, Series 2, BBC One review - hospital killer chiller

Adam Sweeting

Beware the angel of death stalking the wards

Greta review – Isabelle Huppert goes full psycho in eccentric stalker thriller

Demetrios Matheou

Neil Jordan directs the great French actress, as a widow obsessed with Chloë Grace Moretz's lonely New Yorker

Javier Perianes, QEH review - not a Spanish fire-eater but a world-class poet

David Nice

Chopin and Debussy imagined afresh, Falla not quite set ablaze

Three Sisters, Almeida Theatre review - middle of the road with flashes of magic

Aleks Sierz

Chekhov classic from the team behind the West End hit Summer and Smoke

John Mayall, Ronnie Scott's review – the legend on his own terms

Sebastian Scotney

Support act Jim Mullen playing better than ever

Back to Life, BBC Three review - Daisy Haggard finds laughs in prison release

Jasper Rees

Comedy from Fleabag producers introduces another damaged woman seeking redemption

Bebel Gilberto, Union Chapel review - less effort, more transcendence, please

Sebastian Scotney

The support act, Venezuelan singer Luzmira Zerpa, strongly impressive, too

Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now, Gagosian Gallery review - old master, new ways

Florence Hallett

One of the most mysterious paintings ever made inspires an exploration of the self-portrait

Terry Riley & Gyan Riley, The Old Market, Hove review - gently pleasing evening of improvisation

Thomas H Green

Familial pairing slowly move from avant-jazz to somewhere further out

Philharmonia, Blomstedt, RFH review - gravity and grace

Boyd Tonkin

A masterclass in quiet authority from the veteran Swede

The Good, the Bad & the Queen, Great Hall, Cardiff review - a jolly big knees-up

Owen Richards

The return of Britain's most understated supergroup

Love Supreme, Roundhouse review - Laura Mvula's defiant confidence tops the bill

Sebastian Scotney

An impressively broad and mostly enjoyable mix of music

Ehnes, BBC Philharmonic, Wilson, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review - contrasts from the 1930s

Robert Beale

Walton’s Violin Concerto makes a deep impact alongside angst-ridden Vaughan Williams

Frans de Waal: Mama's Last Hug review - animal feelings

Marina Vaizey

Enlightening insight into animals' emotional and social worlds

Reissue CDs Weekly: Marvin Gaye - You’re The Man

Kieron Tyler

Essential archive trawl, but not the unreleased album it’s touted as

A German Life, Bridge Theatre review - Maggie Smith triumphs again

Aleks Sierz

This memoir of a Berlin secretary in the Nazi era is the theatre event of the year

Rock Island Line: The Song That Made Britain Rock, BBC Four review - the early dawn of Britpop

James Woodall

Billy Bragg travels back through the primeval swamps of skiffle and beyond

Oumou Sangaré, Earth review - the new Mama Africa takes her crown

Peter Culshaw

For the 15th anniversary of top world music label, the Malian singer goes African classical

Faust, Royal Opera review - fusty Gounod still dances

David Nice

Lively conducting and a last-minute replacement keep this hellish cabaret on its toes

Hellboy review - vivid monster mash

Nick Hasted

Very English, very pulpy reboot for a super-demon

Sigrid, PRYZM Kingston review - unassuming, energetic and melodic

Russ Coffey

The Norwegian chanteuse thrills fans at an intimate venue

theartsdesk on Vinyl: Record Store Day Special 2019

Thomas H Green

RSD 2019 featuring reviews of releases U2, Desmond Dekker, Sunn O))), John Otway and more

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