wed 24/05/2017

Reviews

Woyzeck, Old Vic review - John Boyega’s thrillingly powerful triumph

Aleks Sierz

Welcome back, John Boyega. Less than a decade ago, he was an unknown budding British stage actor, then he took off as a global film star thanks to his role as Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens after his debut in Attack the Block, the comedy sci-fi flick.

Sebestyén, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Fischer, RFH

Sebastian Scotney

This was a very fine concert indeed, plus a lot more. The first half was a very carefully planned series of unveilings around the theme of Béla Bartók and Hungarian folk music, the second an overwhelming performance of his Duke Bluebeard’s Castle.

McLaren review - illuminating portrait of New...

Adam Sweeting

We’ve recently seen how Formula One heroes Ayrton Senna, Niki Lauda and James Hunt can become box office gold, in the form of Senna and Rush. Roger...

Tristan & Yseult, Brighton Festival review -...

Veronica Lee

Tristan & Yseult has become something of a calling card for Kneehigh, which was founded in 1980 and is now the unofficial National Theatre of...

London Vocal Project, Jon Hendricks review -...

Peter Quinn

Almost 50 years since he started working on it, and following its world premiere in New York in February, it was a huge thrill to hear Jon Hendricks...

It Was Fifty Years Ago Today! review - without a little help from their friends

James Woodall

Absence of original music undermines Sgt. Pepper and Beyond documentary

Injustice 2 review - the even better sequel

Steve O'Rourke

A superhero soap opera with more twists and turns than a Netflix 12-parter

The Gabriels, Brighton Festival review - hilarious drama in the shadow of Trump

Nick Hasted

Richard Nelson's Election Year in the Life of One Family is a sprawling Chekhovian saga

Hipermestra / La Traviata, Glyndebourne

Ismene Brown

Baroque opera debuts in Isis imagery - how does that work? Plus Verdi revival

Meow Meow's Souvenir, Brighton Festival review – subversive but evocative new song-cycle

Bella Todd

Post-modern cabaret star plays mischief with the ghosts of Brighton’s historic Theatre Royal

Colm Tóibín: House of Names review - bleakly beautiful twilight of the gods

Boyd Tonkin

A daring, and triumphant, return to the Oresteia

Reissue CDs Weekly: Shel Talmy

Kieron Tyler

Conscientious collection shows more to the producer than his work with The Kinks and The Who

Highlights from Photo London 2017 - virtual reality meets vintage treasure

Bill Knight

Our resident photographer rummages through a mixed bag

Richard III review - Greg Hicks gruesomely impressive as power-crazed ruler

Jenny Gilbert

Arch machination and misogyny in its hero lift an otherwise under-nuanced production

Inversion review - acutely observed drama of Tehran family strife

Tom Birchenough

Iranian independent film about the complications of a woman's independence

Y Tŵr, MTW, Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Stephen Walsh

Fine new chamber opera in Welsh proves singing not dead in the land of song

m¡longa, Brighton Festival review - sensual tango explosion

Thomas H Green

Sidi Larbi Charkaoui's tribute to the Argentine dance exudes vibrancy and dexterity

Yasmine Hamdan, Scala review - sultry, epic and doom-laden

Peter Culshaw

Lebanese indie star dreamily balances Orient and Occident

Three Girls, BBC One review - drama as shattering public enquiry

Jasper Rees

Truthful acting earns audience trust for a story of catastrophic institutional failure

Symphonic Dances, Royal Ballet review - a truly interesting creation

Hanna Weibye

New Scarlett creation shines in a musical mixed bill

Lettice and Lovage, Menier Chocolate Factory review - Peter Shaffer's star vehicle sags

Matt Wolf

Felicity Kendal follows with difficulty where Maggie Smith once gloriously led

Kempf, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Simonov, Cadogan Hall

David Nice

Rachmaninov war horse becomes prize thoroughbred in a riveting interpretation

No Dogs, No Indians, Brighton Festival review – poor production shoulders too big a task

Bella Todd

World premiere of Siddhartha Bose's new play empties seats by packing too much in

Kat and Alfie: Redwater, BBC One review – 'EastEnders' spinoff suffers from no fixed identity

Adam Sweeting

Can the 'EastEnders' couple survive without the Albert Square life support system?

A Time to Live, BBC Two review - an exquisite legacy

Veronica Lee

Sue Bourne's remarkable documentary produces laughter as well as tears

Jeremy Hardy, Brighton Festival review - expert raconteur shows political bite

Thomas H Green

Radio 4 regular's conversational style masks a passionate pin-sharp topicality

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword review - Guy Ritchie's deadly weapon

Jasper Rees

Mockney auteur takes a mallet to English myth with misbegotten action comedy

Visual art at Brighton Festival - disturbing, playful, but ultimately rudderless

Mark Sheerin

A depleted art strand lacks direction

Life of Galileo, Young Vic review - shared-experience Brecht is powerful, timely

Heather Neill

Reason versus dogma under the stars: Joe Wright goes in-the-round

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