wed 21/02/2018

Reviews

Frozen, Haymarket Theatre review - star cast explores the reality of evil

Aleks Sierz

Whatever the weather, this week is Frozen. On Broadway, the Disney musical of that name begins previews, but let’s let that go. In the West End, our Frozen has no Elsa, no Anna and no glittery gowns. Although it does have plenty of ice imagery.

Working with Weinstein, Channel 4 review - portrait of a predator

Saskia Baron

While this well-crafted documentary chose to open with footage of the stars and glitz of the American awards ceremonies, the focus of Working with Weinstein (Channel 4) was almost entirely on Harvey Weinstein’s involvement over more than 30 years in

Dead Man Walking, Barbican review - timely and...

Alexandra Coghlan

You have to wonder why it has taken this long. Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking premiered in San Francisco back in 2000 and has since been performed...

Mum, BBC Two, series 2 review - Lesley Manville...

Jasper Rees

This week brings a tale of two comedies. Both half-hour sitcoms are about widowed mothers with grown-up sons still at home. Each woman has an...

Explore Ensemble, EXAUDI, St John's Smith...

Helen Wallace

This was an evening of silence and shadow, a chill, moonlit meditation, where each sound demanded forensic attention. Enter the world of Luigi Nono...

Hold the Sunset, BBC One, review - this is an ex-sitcom

Jasper Rees

John Cleese and Alison Steadman star in the exhumation of long-lost genre

Flight, Scottish Opera review - poignant and powerful, this production soars

Miranda Heggie

Opera Holland Park's 2015 staging flies north of the border

Troy: Fall of a City, BBC One review - soapification of the Trojan War

Adam Sweeting

Classical myth reborn as low-voltage melodrama

Mick Herron: London Rules review - hypnotically fascinating, absolutely contemporary

Marina Vaizey

The Slow Horses save the day in the fifth Jackson Lamb thriller

Reissue CDs Weekly: The Choir

Kieron Tyler

The legendary Cleveland band’s unreleased 1969 album is revealed as one of the Sixties’ best

Kaufmann, Damrau, Deutsch, Barbican review - bliss, if only you closed your eyes

Alexandra Coghlan

More ham than a butcher's window, but when the music is this good it scarcely matters

Angry, Southwark Playhouse review – wondrously roaring Ridleyland

Aleks Sierz

Six monologues about extreme emotions offer trips to outer space and dystopia

Girls & Boys, Royal Court review - Carey Mulligan is stunningly brilliant

Aleks Sierz

Dennis Kelly’s remarkable new monologue is a terrific experience

Lady Bird review - Greta Gerwig's luminous coming-of-age movie

Markie Robson-Scott

An uncynical and beautifully observed directorial debut

Mark Dion: Theatre of the Natural World, Whitechapel Gallery review - handsome installations

Sarah Kent

The artist as explorer manqué

Black Panther review - more meh than marvellous

Saskia Baron

The Marvel movie made by black talent takes itself too seriously

Trauma, ITV, review - surgically imprecise revenge drama

Jasper Rees

Great performances by John Simm and Adrian Lester, but Mike Bartlett's in too much of a hurry

Emil Nolde: Colour Is Life, National Gallery of Ireland review - boats, dancers, flowers

Katherine Waters

Comprehensive overview of neglected German Expressionist with a troubling past

The York Realist, Donmar Warehouse review - a miniaturist masterpiece

Matt Wolf

Pitch-perfect Peter Gill revival surpasses its original

The Shape of Water review - love in a Cold War climate

Adam Sweeting

Guillermo del Toro's creature-feature fable is a fine romance

Iolanthe, English National Opera review - bright and beautiful G&S for all

David Nice

Cal McCrystal's pretty, hilarious show should delight young and old alike

Collateral, BBC Two review - a lecture or a drama?

Adam Sweeting

David Hare's state of the nation address, disguised as a crime thriller

Weilerstein, Czech Philharmonic, Netopil, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review - drama and feeling

Robert Beale

Like their homeland’s beer: rich, mellow and full of character and body

EA Sports UFC 3 review - the art of fighting has never looked so good

Steve O'Rourke

Why bob and weave when you can ground and pound?

McMafia, Series finale, BBC One review - the last bite is the cruellest

Tom Birchenough

Credibility stretched? Empathy lost? James Norton goes back to his Russian roots, bloodily

Un ballo in maschera, Opera North review - decent, no more

Graham Rickson

Dramatically muddled, musically satisfying account of a Verdi masterpiece

Hannah Gadsby, Soho Theatre review - misogyny explored

Veronica Lee

Straight-talking comic takes no prisoners

Kendrick Lamar, Manchester Arena review - Kung-Fu Kenny sets the stage alight

Javi Fedrick

Blistering set manages to marry the rapper’s religious faith with martial arts and pyrotechnics

Roma Agrawal: Built review - solid love

Katherine Waters

The stories behind feats of engineering, told with conviction

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