fri 20/10/2017


The Death of Stalin review - dictatorship as high farce

Nick Hasted

Like Steptoe and Son with ideological denouncements, Stalin’s Politburo have known each other too long.

Kenneth MacMillan, Royal Opera House review - a sprite proves merciless

Hanna Weibye

There are different ways of celebrating a great artist’s legacy, and I suppose they have to coexist. One approach is raptly to admire his or her acknowledged masterpieces, the equivalent of making straight for Guernica or the Mona Lisa.

Nick Mulvey, De La Warr Pavilion review - a band...

Thomas H Green

British singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey’s new album, Wake Up Now, is one of the year’s finest. However, there’s a moment on the single “Myela”, a...

Kerry Godliman, Touring review - affable and down...

Veronica Lee

Kerry Godliman is such an affable and down-to-earth onstage presence that when she talks about whether she should move now that her area has upped...

The Lady from the Sea, Donmar Warehouse review -...

David Nice

What a profoundly beautiful play is Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea. It stands in relation to the earlier, relatively confined A Doll’s House, Ghosts...

Angela Hewitt, Wigmore Hall review – Bach Partitas shine and sing

Bernard Hughes

Piano recital of unassuming mastery speaks deep musical truths

The End of Hope, Soho Theatre review - initially bold but not quite enough

Katherine Waters

Darkly comic two-hander opens daringly and goes nowhere

Venus in Fur, Theatre Royal Haymarket review - pain and pleasure in a starry two-hander

Marianka Swain

It's Fifty Shades of Auditioning in this tricksy erotic comedy

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Tate Modern review – funny, moving and revelatory

Sarah Kent

Not Everyone Will Be Taken into the Future: the artist who came in from the cold and met his soulmate

Albion, Almeida Theatre, review – Victoria Hamilton’s epic performance

Aleks Sierz

Doctor Foster writer explores Englishness with enormous metaphoric zeal

Chris Packham: Asperger's and Me, BBC Two review - 'like an alien from another planet'

Marina Vaizey

How the nature broadcaster copes with life on the spectrum

A Woman of No Importance, Vaudeville - Eve Best is superb as a woman scorned

Veronica Lee

Dominic Dromgoole's Oscar Wilde seasons opens with a winner

George Michael: Freedom, Channel 4 review - just a supersized commercial?

Adam Sweeting

Much-anticipated official documentary fails to deliver

Ensemble InterContemporain, Pintscher, RFH review - a visit from the gentle ghost of Boulez

Peter Quantrill

Two modernist masterpieces suspend the rules of time and space

Dina review - a poignant treat

Owen Richards

Sundance documentary winner is a rewarding study of love and the human spirit

Jonas Kaufmann: Tenor for the Ages, BBC Four review - a musical megastar with sword and shortbread

Jessica Duchen

John Bridcut's portrait is beautifully made, but gives little away beyond the public laughter

The World's Wife, Wales Millennium Centre, Weston Studio review - the power and frustration behind the throne

Stephen Walsh

Stunning one-woman show telling male genius where it gets off

Mat Ewins, Soho Theatre review - multimedia show with twists in the tale

Veronica Lee

Not just an entertaining Indiana Jones spoof

Niall Ferguson: The Square and the Tower review - of groups and power

Marina Vaizey

Meditations vertical and horizontal on history and politics, control and communication

Lucy Worsley's Nights at the Opera, BBC Two review - there's anti-elitism, and there's infantilism

Jasper Rees

The poshies' art form explained by use of the dressing-up box and the toy box

Reissue CDs Weekly: The Residents

Kieron Tyler

'80 Aching Orphans': the ultimate entry point into the eyeball-headed musical nonconformists

Beginning, National Theatre review - assured, intimate, but short of surprises

Sam Marlowe

David Eldridge's wry-warm two-hander on the unsexy side of singledom

A Celebration of Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Northern Ballet review - a brave and worthy tribute

Hanna Weibye

An ambitious triple bill honouring great British choreographer

LFF 2017: Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool / Professor Marston and the Wonder Women reviews - stellar turns by Annette Bening and Rebecca Hall

Saskia Baron

Two fascinating true stories of iconic women told with not quite enough flair

BBCSO, Brabbins, Barbican review - commanding vistas of earth and sea

Gavin Dixon

Inspired coupling of works by Birwistle and Vaughan Williams, both superlatively done

The Seagull, Lyric Hammersmith review – is Lesley Sharp's Irina a sex addict?

Ismene Brown

Chekhov's classic bird updates entertainingly, even if lopsidedly, as a play for today

LFF 2017: Mindhunter / My Generation - Fincher comes to Netflix, Caine does Swinging London

Adam Sweeting

The Feds get scientific, plus Michael Caine's Sixties revolution

Loving Vincent review - Van Gogh biopic of sorts lacks language to match its visuals

Matt Wolf

Artistry aplenty jostles cloth-eared writing in painstaking hagiography

The Pretenders, Brighton Dome review - phone-free and feisty

Thomas H Green

Chrissie Hynde's outfit revel in punky Americana to good effect


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