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Thomas H Green
Friday, 20 May 2022
“I live to survive another heartache/I live to survive another mistake,” roars a sold-out Heaven. It’s a new song but everyone seems to know it. It’s not MØ’s most famous song but...
John Tomlinson
Friday, 20 May 2022
It has been a difficult couple of years for us in the world of opera, losing several of our most respected and admired colleagues who have inspired us over several decades. The...
Adam Sweeting
Friday, 20 May 2022
Only 36 years later, Tom Cruise is back with his eagerly-awaited Top Gun sequel (it was delayed a couple of years by Covid), and there are loyal legions of fans out there...
Heather Neill
Friday, 20 May 2022
The young Indian man stepping towards us on the vast Olivier stage is unremarkable enough, slight and boyish in manner. When he speaks he is direct, even cheeky: he wants us to...
Liz Thomson
Friday, 20 May 2022
I have to confess, it’s a long time since I’ve thought about the Nitty Gritty Dirty Band and a new album serves as a reminder of how good they were, and are. Formed in Long Beach...
Thomas H Green
Thursday, 19 May 2022
One effect of the film I Get Knocked Down, a playfully constructed journey around the life of Chumbawamba vocalist Dunstan Bruce, is to remind that socio-political rage was once...
Bernard Hughes
Thursday, 19 May 2022
I came for the Schubert and it didn’t disappoint. Which was good, as the Mozart and Stravinsky did, a little. I came to know...
Harry Thorfinn-George
Thursday, 19 May 2022
The Innocents made a splash at Cannes in 2021 and it’s easy to see why. The Norwegian supernatural thriller, ...
Graham Fuller
Thursday, 19 May 2022
The first film rendering of Christopher Isherwood’s experiences in early 1930s Berlin, I Am a Camera has been restored and...
Rachel Halliburton
Wednesday, 18 May 2022
Anne-Marie Duff blazes across the stage like a meteorite in Beth Steel’s excoriating drama about the changes sweeping...
Gary Naylor
Wednesday, 18 May 2022
Barry Gibb was at the considerable peak of his era-defining songwriting powers when he provided the song that played over...
Kieron Tyler
Wednesday, 18 May 2022
Toronto’s Tallies have acknowledged their fondness for Aztec Camera, The Smiths and The Sundays. Add Cocteau Twins into the...
Harry Thorfinn-George
Wednesday, 18 May 2022
Swedish singer Lykke Li has called her new album Eyeye “her most intimate work to date”. In regard to Lykke Li’s music, this...
Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 17 May 2022
Sarah Perry’s 2016 bestseller The Essex Serpent has been described as “a novel of ideas”, which almost sounds like a warning...
Jonathan Geddes
Tuesday, 17 May 2022
“This town makes me sweat”, declared Charlotte Aitchison at one point in this set, as she took a brief breather between...
Graham Fuller
Tuesday, 17 May 2022
Life, opined Thomas Hobbes, is “nasty, brutish, and short”. In Gaspar Noé’s Vortex it’s not short enough for a dementia-...
Tom Carr
Tuesday, 17 May 2022
Since their 2010 debut, Man Alive, Everything Everything have dissected the various structures of human relationships, from...
Caspar Gomez
Monday, 16 May 2022
My friend George claims to have nightmares about The Great Escape. In them he’s standing in an endless queue, never reaching...
Rachel Halliburton
Monday, 16 May 2022
Jude is the kind of girl that no-one would want to mess with – she can dance like a demon to Eric Clapton, skewer an ego in...
 

★★★★ THE HOUSE OF SHADES, ALMEIDA THEATRE Anne-Marie Duff blazes in Beth Steel's excoriating new drama

★★★★ CHARLI XCX, O2 ACADEMY, GLASGOW Sweat-drenched pop amid feverish atmosphere

★★★ MAVIS STAPLES, LEVON HELM - CARRY ME HOME Good enough gospel, a little too bland

★★★★★ EVERYTHING EVERYTHING - RAW DATA FEEL Manchester indie art-rockers experiment successfully with musical AI

★★★ VONDRACEK, LSO, TILSON THOMAS, BARBICAN Detail in Liszt & Mahler, drama lacking

★★★★ TALLIES, OLD BLUE LAST Canadian quintet rejuvenates indie prototypes

★★★★★ THE ESSEX SERPENT, APPLE TV+ Tradition and superstition vs the march of progress

★ GREASE, Dominion Theatre Nostalgia for the late 1950s and late 1970s underpins an entertaining show

★★★★ VORTEX An old couple's road to nowhere

tv

The Essex Serpent, Apple TV+ review - tradition and superstition versus the march of progress

The battle of ideas comes to the East Coast in exquisitely shot treatment of Sarah Perry's novel

Ozark, Series 4 Part 2, Netflix review - crumbling consciences and a last stand

No spoilers, hopefully: farewell to this superbly-acted corruption saga

The Staircase, NOW review - addictive dramatisation of real-life murder investigation

Colin Firth visits the dark side as suspected killer Michael Peterson

film

I Get Knocked Down, Brighton Festival review - Chumbawamba singer's film is lively, funny and thought-provoking

Nineties anarcho-pop star ruminates entertainingly on what it all meant

The Innocents review - they're just playing

A Norwegian tale of kids doing what kids do, sinisterly

new music

MØ, Heaven, London review - snappy, sexy and energized

Danish pop star plays a tight set to a devoted partisan crowd

classical

Berrut, ECO, Guzzo, Cadogan Hall review - Schubert with a smile

Sparkling symphony makes up for a slightly lacklustre concerto

Vondráček, LSO, Tilson Thomas, Barbican review - mixed messages

Fine detail in Liszt and Mahler, but drama was lacking

Dandy, BBC Philharmonic, New, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review - energy and fierce attention

Gustav and Alma Mahler, and pictorial music, are linked in a fascinating programme

opera

'How that music was created remains to me a complete mystery': John Tomlinson on fellow Lancastrian Harrison Birtwistle

The great bass remembers the composer who wrote two roles with his voice in mind

Fidelio, Insula Orchestra, Barbican review - truth and justice brought to light

Sturdy singing and human drama enrich a fuss-free staging of Beethoven's only opera

Mavra/Pierrot Lunaire, Linbury Theatre review - operatic madness tempered with plenty of method

A collision of musical worlds makes for an intriguing double-bill

theatre

The Father and the Assassin, National Theatre review - Gandhi's killer puts his case in a bold, whirlwind production
Anupama Chandrasekhar argues, with humour and invention, against political extremism
The House of Shades, Almeida Theatre review - Anne-Marie Duff blazes in Beth Steel's excoriating new drama
Inter-generational story from a Northern mining town melds naturalism and tragedy
Grease, Dominion Theatre review - a super night out, great songs well sung and spectacular dancing
Crowdpleaser pleases crowd: this High School musical delivers what its audience wants

dance

Classical CDs: Toyshops, begging gods and a good year for Austrian music

Classical piano music, French symphonies and a big box of ballets

Dance for Ukraine, London Coliseum, online review - a gala to remember

Swiftly-assembled charity effort demonstrates dancers' engagement with the world

The Weathering/Solo Echo/DGV, Royal Ballet review - the dancer as chameleon

Strong one-act works by Kyle Abraham and Crystal Pite show the dancers at their adaptive best

comedy

Andy Zaltzman, Soho Theatre review - satire on the hoof

Setting the world to rights, one joke at a time

Brandon Wardell, Soho Theatre review - US comic wings it

UK debut show is disjointed and uneven

Stratagem With Alan Partridge, touring review - he's back as a lifestyle guru

Steve Coogan's creation doesn't quite hit the spot

Books

Laura Beatty: Looking for Theophrastus review - adventures in psychobiography

A portrait of Lesbos and its ‘lost’ philosopher

Emily St John Mandel: Sea of Tranquility review - time travel, pandemics and the simulation hypothesis

A compelling and charming novel but the characters are a little thin

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