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Reviews

Ridley Road, BBC One review - Jewish community fights Nazi nightmare in 1960s London

David Nice

Neo-Nazis held a Trafalgar Square rally under the banner "Free Britain from Jewish Control" in the year of my birth; I had no idea until I watched Ridley Road. Most of us know about the Battle of Cable Street in 1936, but, until now, next to nothing about the Jewish resistance against fascist Colin Jordan and his gang of thugs, some of them cynically recruited from borstals and children’s homes, 17 years after the end of the Second World War.

The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Lyric Hammersmith review - matchless revival of a contemporary classic

Helen Hawkins

“You can’t kick a cow in Leenane without some bastard holding a grudge for 20 years,” sighs Pato Dooley (Adam Best) prophetically; he has already started making his escape from that particular Galway village, doing lonely stints on London building sites.

Bernstein Double Bill, Opera North review -...

Graham Rickson

Leonard Bernstein’s one-act opera Trouble in Tahiti enjoyed a relatively trouble-free gestation, at least compared to his other stage works. Its...

Clements Prize, Conway Hall review - newly-...

Bernard Hughes

The Conway Hall in London has hosted chamber music concerts since it was built in 1929, and for 40 years this included a composition prize, in...

Music Reissues Weekly: Fire - Father's Name...

Kieron Tyler

Between August 1966 and November 1967, The Syn played 36 shows at London’s high-profile Marquee Club. In June and September 1967 they issued two...

The Dante Project, Royal Ballet review - a towering achievement

Jenny Gilbert

A stupendous score by Thomas Adès powers this inspiring undertaking

The Cherry Orchard, Windsor Theatre Royal review - Tolstoy meets Mrs Two Soups

Ismene Brown

Ian McKellen's scene-stealing is not the only reason to see Chekhov's comedy

Macbeth, Almeida Theatre review – vivid, but much too long

Aleks Sierz

Saoirse Ronan makes her UK stage debut in Yaël Farber’s testosterone-fest

Manic Street Preachers, Brighton Dome review - solid gig occasionally explodes to another level

Thomas H Green

Politically literate Welsh pop-rockers still have fire in their bellies

Tamestit, LSO, Ticciati, LSO St Luke's review - viola as chameleon, palpitating Brahms

David Nice

Razor-sharp Walton complements an airborne, detailed account of a great symphony

White Noise, Bridge Theatre review - provocative if not always plausible

Matt Wolf

Suzan-Lori Parks has tweaked her Off Broadway play to mixed results

Romeo and Juliet, Birmingham Royal Ballet & Royal Ballet review - a storming start to the season

Jenny Gilbert

Half a century on MacMillan's R&J is still the business

Maximo Park, Saint Luke's and the Winged Ox, Glasgow - indie veterans still have fire in their bellies

Jonathan Geddes

A new line-up and album seems to have rejuvenated the artful rockers

Karine Polwart, Birmingham Town Hall Review: Expertly crafted modern folk

Miranda Heggie

the Karine Polwart Trio return to Brum with a mix of old and new music

Mary Wellesley: Hidden Hands review - passion in the parchment

Boyd Tonkin

Medieval manuscripts and their forgotten artist-authors come to life

Don Pasquale, Glyndebourne Tour review - winning comeback for a sturdy veteran

Boyd Tonkin

Sweet spots abound in Donizetti's much-loved sugar-daddy romp

The Velvet Underground review - Todd Haynes tunnels through band history

Saskia Baron

Ingeniously composed documentary portrait, with John Cale the definitive star

Marcin Wicha: Things I Didn’t Throw Out review - the stories told by stacks of stuff

Anna Parker

Connecting a mother's helpless love of things with questions of presence and personhood

Jonathan Franzen: Crossroads review - can goodness ever be its own reward?

Markie Robson-Scott

The first volume of Franzen's new family saga leaves you wanting more

Two-Piano Gala, Kings Place review - five pianists, two pianos, too many pieces

Bernard Hughes

Captivating Mozart and Schubert offset by note-heavy Ravel and Rachmaninov

Jason Manford, London Palladium review - lockdown laughs and feelgood fun

Veronica Lee

Worth the wait for this Covid-affected tour

Reissue CDs Weekly: Psychedelic Soul - Produced By Norman Whitfield

Kieron Tyler

First-ever overview of the storied producer and songwriter

Gabriela Montero, Kings Place review - improvising to a Chaplin classic is the icing on a zesty cake

David Nice

Grabbing the audience and never letting go at the start of the London Piano Festival

Sarah Hall: Burntcoat review - love after the end of the world

India Lewis

Beautiful lives of loss, in a pandemic close to our own

Bavouzet, Manchester Camerata, Takács-Nagy, Stoller Hall, Manchester review - together again

Robert Beale

A great partnership returns to public Mozart recording project

The Midnight Bell, New Adventures, Sadler's Wells review - dance theatre at its most compelling

Jenny Gilbert

Matthew Bourne hits his stride in an engrossing picture of lovelessness in 1930s London

The Mirror and the Light, Gielgud Theatre review - nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition

Ismene Brown

Third time round, Hilary Mantel self-adapts, and eviscerates, her novel on stage

Metamorphoses, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse review - punchy, cleverly reworked classic

Rachel Halliburton

Any figure in Roman mythology today would be at the pointy end of cancel culture

theartsdesk at the Two Moors Festival - birdsong, gongs and nocturnes in Dartmoor churches

David Nice

In tune with the natural wonders of Devon's high places, musicians excel

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