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Reviews

Uncle Vanya, Harold Pinter Theatre review - a superlative company achievement

Tom Birchenough

Uncle Vanya must surely be the closest, the most essential of Chekhov’s plays, its cast – just four main players who are caught up in its fraught emotional action, and four who are essentially support – a concentrated unit even by the playwright's lean standards.

The Personal History of David Copperfield review – top-drawer Dickens

Demetrios Matheou

Armando Iannucci’s move away from the contemporary political satires that made his name, first signalled by his bold, uproariously brilliant Death of Stalin, continues apace with a Dickens adaptation that feels quietly radical.

Matt Forde, Soho Theatre review - Brexit and...

Veronica Lee

Matt Forde sets out his stall in Brexit: Pursued by a Bear from the first line: “We meet in diabolical circumstances.” These aren't good times, he...

The Welkin, National Theatre review - women'...

Aleks Sierz

History plays should perform a delicate balancing act: they have to tell us something worth knowing about the past, that foreign country where they...

The Grudge review - non-stop shocks wear out...

Adam Sweeting

The 18-year-old Japanese horror hit Ju-On (The Grudge) was remade once before, as – yes – The Grudge (2004), with Sarah Michelle Gellar. Now it's re-...

Scenes with Girls, Royal Court review - feminist separatism 2.0

Aleks Sierz

New play about female friendship is refreshingly original and dazzlingly exciting

Miloš Karadaglić, Birmingham Town Hall review - flashy and fierce, with exquisite detail

Miranda Heggie

Triumphant solo performance from virtuoso guitarist

Chris Packham: 7.7 Billion People and Counting, BBC Two review - is it too late to get population growth under control?

Adam Sweeting

Campaiging naturalist surveys the damage we're inflicting on our overcrowded planet

Crazy Delicious, Channel 4 review - the most ridiculous cooking programme on TV ?

Adam Sweeting

Heston Blumenthal's culinary deities encourage crackpot foodism

Album: Ruby Turner – Love Was Here

Sebastian Scotney

Go and hear Ruby Turner perform live

You Stupid Darkness!, Southwark Playhouse review - an intriguing muddle

Matt Wolf

Overlong Sam Steiner play needs clarity to go with its compassion

English National Ballet 70th Anniversary Gala, Coliseum review - a fine celebration

Sue Gaisford

ENB raises a toast to its past and future in an evening of nostalgia and high style

Bach Sunday with the Suzukis, RAM / Appl, AAM, Milton Court review - father, son and Holy Ghost

David Nice

From the grandest beginnings of the B Minor Mass at lunchtime to solo cantatas at night

The Outsider, Sky Atlantic review - double trouble in small-town Georgia

Adam Sweeting

The terror mounts in gripping Stephen King adaptation

Blomfield, Philharmonia, Salonen, RFH review - sounds of a troubled truce

Boyd Tonkin

Three idiosyncratic works tell one story of the world in 1945

Celtic Connections 2020, Glasgow review - fine feast of Scottish music

Miranda Heggie

Global traditions come together in Scotland's annual musical melting pot

Beethoven Discovery Day, Batiashvili, LSO, Rattle, Barbican review – reassessing a rarity

Gavin Dixon

Soloists, chorus and orchestra shine in a rarely heard oratorio

Onegin, Royal Ballet review - vivid and intelligent dance drama

Nadine Meisner

The production may feel old-fashioned, but Cranko's graphic dance images still have power to startle

Rags: The Musical, Park Theatre review - a timely, if predictable, immigrant tale

Marianka Swain

Current events lend urgency to this historical work

Mahler's Eighth, CBSO, Gražinytė-Tyla, Symphony Hall Birmingham review - a symphony of 600

Richard Bratby

A rite of spring as a great orchestra launches its centenary year in epic style

Flo & Joan, Soho Theatre review - entertaining wit and whimsy

Veronica Lee

Musical duo say Bros 'inspired' the show

Ilya Kaminsky: Deaf Republic - silence as 'a soul's noise'

Jessica Payn

Deafness as dissent deftly entangles with commentary on our collective failures to speak and act

Reissue CDs Weekly: The Beloved - Where It Is

Kieron Tyler

Charming collection of what the electro house-popsters were up to before the hits

Jeet Thayil: Low – grief’s seedy distractions

Daniel Lewis

Fine writing on low living but where’s the outsider appeal?

A Hidden Life review - Nazism stoically refused

Nick Hasted

Terrence Malick's raptures find solid ground in a forgotten stand against fascism

Cobra, Sky 1 review - entertaining mix of political mischief and cosmic chaos

Adam Sweeting

Robert Carlyle's Tory prime minister battles internal and external crises

Currie, Jordan, NCO, Stoller Hall, Manchester review - major marimba music

Robert Beale

Tales of mystery and imagination from the 21st century and beyond

Deborah Orr: Motherwell review - memoir, but so much more

India Lewis

A complex study of a family, childhood, and a town transformed

Les Misérables, Sondheim Theatre review - join in our crusade

Aleks Sierz

New blood courses through the West End's longest-running musical

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