sun 25/06/2017

Reviews

Brenda Maddox: Reading the Rocks review - the revelations of geology

Marina Vaizey

Reading the Rocks has a provocative subtitle, “How Victorian Geologists Discovered the Secret of Life”, indicating the role of geology in paving the way to an understanding of the evolution of our planet as a changing physical entity that was to eventually support ever-evolving forms of life: but this is not so much revealtion of a secret, more a

Reissue CDs Weekly: Shelleyan Orphan

Kieron Tyler

Considering Shelleyan Orphan, Melody Maker said “someone’s been smearing themselves in art…were they artists or did they just wallow in shit?” While the late Eighties’ British music press often made assertions to seek attention, slagging off a band because they sought to follow their own path is, with hindsight, rich given that roughly contemporary cover stars such as Chakk and Set The Tone dealt in music so precisely fixed in the moment they now sound as dated as Sheena Easton’s eff

John Man: Amazons review - the real warrior women...

Mark Kidel

As Wonder Woman hits screens worldwide, the publication of a book that explores the myth and reality of the Amazon seems timely. The latest of John...

Souvenir review – Huppert does deadpan like...

Nick Hasted

Isabelle Huppert isn’t just here for the nasty things in life. Her rape non-victim in Elle was one of the most iconoclastic performances even she’s...

Gloria, Hampstead Theatre review – pretty glorious

Matt Wolf

As with life, so it is in art: in the same way that one can't predict the curve balls that get thrown our way, the American playwright Branden Jacobs...

The Book of Henry review - staggeringly awful

Saskia Baron

Dazzlingly inept movie starring Naomi Watts that doesn't know what genre it belongs in

Terror, Lyric Hammersmith review – more gimmick than drama

Aleks Sierz

Audience participation cannot save a trial that suffocates in abstraction

Who Should We Let In? Ian Hislop on the First Great Immigration Row, review – how history repeats itself

Barney Harsent

The Private Eye editor's eye-opening examination of our attitudes to immigration, past and present

Otello, Royal Opera review — Kaufmann makes a pretty Moor

Ismene Brown

New production of Verdi's tragedy is a trial to look at - and heaven to listen to

Hampstead review - Diane Keaton deserves better and so does London

Matt Wolf

Wince-making romcom is pretty but preposterous

National Gallery of Ireland review - bigger and better

Marina Vaizey

Dublin celebrates the reopening of its refurbished art gallery with Vermeer

theartsdesk on Vinyl 29: The Beatles, Kraftwerk, Sikth, ESG, Alice Coltrane and more

Thomas H Green

The most wide-ranging record reviews out there

Bat Out of Hell, Coliseum review - Jim Steinman's rockin' dystopia hits the stage

Adam Sweeting

It's opera, but not as we know it

Chance, Universal review – Hugh Laurie is reborn as a film-noir shrink

Adam Sweeting

Dr House finds a new home in San Francisco

Ensemble InterContemporain, Wigmore Hall

Gavin Dixon

Eccentricity inspires colour, nuance and slapstick from young composer Matteo Franceschini

Hir, Bush Theatre review – transgender home is sub-prime

Aleks Sierz

New American satire about families only occasionally hits the mark

Ripper Street, BBC Two, Series 5 review – apocalypse looms in Victorian Whitechapel

Adam Sweeting

Not so much a police series as a laboratory of lost souls

The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger review - voyages round a giant

Sarah Kent

Four very different films create an intimate portrait of an influential man

Kiss Me, Trafalgar Studios review - Richard Bean two-hander is affecting if slight

Will Rathbone

Onetime National Theatre hit-maker offers a decided change-of-pace

Supersonic Festival 2017, Birmingham

Guy Oddy

From meditative to psychotic and back again on the hottest weekend of the year

Murdered For Being Different, BBC Three review - unbearable but unmissable

Jasper Rees

Sophie Lancaster, killed for being a goth, is at the heart of the online channel's latest real-life dramatisation

David Sedaris: Theft By Finding review - comic literary talent of historic value

Matthew Wright

Humorist shares the first draft of his autobiographical experiences

Reissue CDs Weekly: Lynn Castle

Kieron Tyler

Previously unheard Sixties recordings by goth-tinged singer-songwriter reveal a one-off talent

Andrew O'Hagan: The Secret Life review – troubling tales from the online underground

Boyd Tonkin

Shifting selves in the internet's twilight zone

Guns N' Roses, London Stadium review - venue almost ruins night of glory

Russ Coffey

The Not in This Lifetime reunion tour rolls into town

Hamlet, Harold Pinter Theatre review - dislocatingly fresh makeover

Alexandra Coghlan

Robert Icke finds new truths in old words in this captivating production starring Andrew Scott

Pelléas et Mélisande, Garsington Opera review - brilliant but frustrating

Stephen Walsh

Masterpiece of communication failure beautifully played and designed but impassively staged

Tristan & Yseult, Shakespeare's Globe review - terrific visual and musical élan

Jenny Gilbert

Emma Rice bows out in riotous style - Shakespeare would have cheered her

Gifted review - genius in the family genes

Demetrios Matheou

'Captain America' Chris Evans flexes some different muscles in an atypical family drama

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