sat 16/02/2019

Reviews

A Private War review - Rosamund Pike burns with passion in well-meaning biopic

Matt Wolf

The Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin lived such a fearless life that it's a shame this celluloid biopic isn't correspondingly brave.

Montero, Scottish Ensemble, Kings Place review - new music with a political edge

Bernard Hughes

The Venezuelan pianist and composer Gabriela Montero is an outspoken advocate for political change in her country, using her musical standing as a platform from which to highlight Venezuela’s "hijacking" by "forces of crimi

Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno review - cold carnal...

Mark Kidel

Abdellatif Kechiche, the Tunisian-French director, is perhaps best known for the lengthy and explicit sex scenes in La vie d’Adèle (Blue is the...

The Magic Flute, Welsh National Opera review -...

Stephen Walsh

I last saw this Magic Flute, directed by Dominic Cooke, when it was new, some 14 years ago, and I remember it mainly, I’m afraid, for its lack of...

Berberian Sound Studio, Donmar Warehouse review...

Rachel Halliburton

Two men called "Massimo" face the audience, one very tall, one very, well, minimo. The tall Massimo (Tom Espiner, pictured below) sports wavy...

The Kid Who Would Be King review - a timeless charmer

Nick Hasted

Old-fashioned values animate Joe Cornish's yearning Arthurian parable

The American Clock, Old Vic review - Arthur Miller's musical history lesson drags

Marianka Swain

Rachel Chavkin's creative revival can't quite tame this sprawling epic

Sarah Chang, Ashley Wass, Cadogan Hall review – a virtuoso's disturbing 'inner game'

Sebastian Scotney

A short yet uneven concert

All About Eve, Noel Coward Theatre review - less a bumpy night than an erratically arresting one

Matt Wolf

Gillian Anderson and a superb Lily James headline Ivo van Hove's latest celluloid deconstruction

Monteverdi Vespers, The Sixteen, Christophers, Cadogan Hall review – majesty on a modest scale

Gavin Dixon

Well-established team brings a passion for clarity and colour

Catastrophe, Channel 4, series 4 finale review - sitcom saves the best till last

Jasper Rees

Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney go out on a grief-stricken, hope-filled cliffhanger

Shetland, Series 5, BBC One review - uneven start to new season

Adam Sweeting

Dismembered bodies, drugs and sex-trafficking... in Shetland?

Jellyfish review - life on the edge in Margate

Owen Richards

Powerful character work makes this British indie worth watching

theartsdesk on Vinyl 47: The Beta Band, Ry Cooder, The Cardigans, Sgt. Pepper goes jazz and more

Thomas H Green

The most wide-ranging monthly record reviews on Planet Earth

The Price, Wyndham's Theatre review - David Suchet stands supreme

Tom Birchenough

Powerful production of Arthur Miller's play of fraternal discord, past pain

Akhnaten, English National Opera review - still a mesmerising spectacle

Alexandra Coghlan

ENO's most successful contemporary opera ever makes a triumphant return

Grosvenor, Doric String Quartet, Milton Court review – a night to remember

Jessica Duchen

Pianist and strings shine in extraordinarily atmospheric Chopin and Fauré

Endeavour, Series 6, ITV review - reassuringly accomplished return of the brainy copper

Adam Sweeting

Dexterous detection and psychological insights in satisfying season opener

Schumann Series 3 & 4, LSO, Gardiner, Barbican review - upstanding brilliance

David Nice

Energetic symphonies cycle concludes, with top soloists in Mendelssohn and Beethoven

Don McCullin, Tate Britain review - beastliness made beautiful

Sarah Kent

The darkest, most compelling exhibition you are ever likely to see

Un ballo in maschera, Welsh National Opera review - opera as brilliant self-parody

Stephen Walsh

Middle-period Verdi watchable, listenable and sometimes laughable

The Good Person of Szechwan, Pushkin Drama Theatre, Barbican review - slick Russian Brecht

David Nice

Musically strong, if persistent, this production has a star protagonist

La Damnation de Faust, Hallé, Elder, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review - 'concert opera' indeed

Robert Beale

Vivid choral and orchestral sounds in a thrilling account of Berlioz masterpiece

David Bowie: Finding Fame, BBC Two review - the most touching instalment of Francis Whately's trilogy

Howard Male

Bowie’s long and slow climb to the top gets the documentary it deserves

Safe Harbour, Series Finale, BBC Four review - too much message, not enough drama

Adam Sweeting

Australian refugee saga reaches a soggy climax

Reissue CDs Weekly: Kankyō Ongaku

Kieron Tyler

Delightful and illuminating dive into Japanese ambient, environmental and new age music

All Is True review - all's well doesn't end well in limp Shakespeare biopic

Matt Wolf

Kenneth Branagh leads a celluloid lesson in hagiography

Rachvelishvili, ROH Orchestra, Pappano, Royal Opera House review - perfect night and day

David Nice

Georgian diva is the diamond in a Russian imperial crown

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part review - everything's still awesome

Saskia Baron

Clever scriptwriting, jam-packed gags and top-notch animation wins the day one more time

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