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Reviews

The Exterminating Angel, Royal Opera

Peter Quantrill

"But is any of this normal?," asks poor Beatriz at the end of Act One. Of course not. She and 14 other grand creatures are crossing the space of an aristocratic drawing-room from which, they are coming to realise, there is no escape. At the same time, it’s completely normal. This is opera.

Little Boy Blue review – 'the sum of all fears'

Adam Sweeting

Turning the real-life murder of an 11-year-old boy into a four-part TV drama carries obvious risks (might it be exploitative, sick or in bad taste, for instance?), but judging by this opening episode of Little Boy Blue (ITV), screenwriter Jeff Pope has skilfully walked the line.

Caetano Veloso and Teresa Cristina, Barbican

Peter Culshaw

Caetano Veloso is a unique figure in world popular music. As bright as the likes of David Byrne and Brian Eno, but also a genuine pop star, beloved...

Stoller Hall Opening, Chetham's School of...

Robert Beale

The opening of a new concert hall offers two options for opinionizing: the venue itself – or the performances in it? Review the acoustics – or the...

Tamestit, LSO, Roth, Barbican

Gavin Dixon

François-Xavier Roth is a distinctive presence at the podium. He is short and immaculately attired, and first appearances could lead you to expect a...

Sunday Book: Donna Leon - Earthly Remains

Liz Thomson

A busman's holiday for Commissario Brunetti

Reissue CDs Weekly: Brinsley Schwarz

Kieron Tyler

Last gasp album by the pub rock legends shows how Nick Lowe leapfrogged punk

Nuclear War, Royal Court review - ‘deeply felt and haunting’

Aleks Sierz

Simon Stephens' new play about loss offers an unusually experimental and immersive experience

The Philanthropist, Trafalgar Studios review - 'Simon Callow's direction is underpowered'

Veronica Lee

Revival of Christopher Hampton's academic satire lacks energy

Unforgettable review - forgettable film

Demetrios Matheou

Sadly only the women are to blame for a risible thriller

Kim, Hallé, Elder, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Robert Beale

A new British symphony is born, surrounded by lashings of romantic style

Queer British Art 1861-1967, Tate Britain

David Nice

A vital selective history in images, but is much of it great art - and does it matter?

Whisper House, The Other Palace review - 'a delicately calibrated human story struggling to be heard'

Jenny Gilbert

Scary? Not this ghost-story rock musical, sadly

Ayesha Hazarika, Soho Theatre review - 'politics is her patch'

Veronica Lee

Former Labour adviser finds the funny in politics

theartsdesk on Vinyl: Record Store Day Special 2017

Thomas H Green

Reviews of Record Store Day vinyl exclusives, including Uriah Heep, Bochum Welt, Jaco Pastorius and Swet Shop Boys

Clash review - 'a nation in crisis'

Adam Sweeting

Inside view of the aftermath of Egypt's Arab Spring

Broadchurch review - the final reckoning

David Benedict

Farewell to the nation's favourite hinges on surprise

Their Finest review - undone by feeble female characterisation

Saskia Baron

Disappointing drama about the British cinema business during World War Two

Homeland review - 'worryingly prescient'

Adam Sweeting

Something is rotten in the State of the Union

Maigret's Night at the Crossroads review - 'more straight faces from Rowan Atkinson'

Jasper Rees

A quiet rural instalment for Simenon's psychological sleuth

Sunday Book: Jo Nesbo - The Thirst

Jasper Rees

The 11th case for Harry Hole is well worth sinking your teeth into

Reissue CDs Weekly: The Vibrators

Kieron Tyler

Whether punk or not, new box set of the opportunistic pop-rockers comes up with the goods musically

Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble, Green Door Store, Brighton

Javi Fedrick

Ex-Stereolab artiste hits the stage late but still impresses

The Handmaiden review - 'opulently lurid'

Nick Hasted

Park Chan-wook's sensual reimagining of Sarah Waters' intricate lesbian thriller

Dvořák Requiem, BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, Bělohlávek, Barbican

David Nice

Fascinating, desolate, fragmentary at first, this setting eventually hits the heights

Guerrilla review – 'it takes itself fantastically seriously'

Adam Sweeting

Racism and revolution in 1970s London

Pink Martini, Brighton Dome

Thomas H Green

American miniature jazz orchestra give a boisterous night's entertainment

The Sense of an Ending review – an enigmatic journey through the past

Adam Sweeting

Jim Broadbent shines in adaptation of Julian Barnes novel

Guards at the Taj, Bush Theatre review - ‘powerful but ethically troubling’

Aleks Sierz

New writing venue reopens with a play about another architectural marvel

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