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Owen Richards
Saturday, 25 May 2019
Blessed with a red sunset and an adoring crowd, Noel Gallagher brought life to the ruins of Cardiff Castle. With support from fellow 90s alumnus Gaz Coombes, and Wales’s...
Veronica Lee
Saturday, 25 May 2019
They’re back and they’re looking and sounding good – and Spice Girls mania took over Dublin’s city centre for several hours before their concert yesterday. Hotels were booked out...
Joseph Walsh
Saturday, 25 May 2019
It has been ten years since Canadian auteur Xavier Dolan first debuted I Killed My Mother at the Cannes Film Festival. A decade on he returns in competition with a title that...
Liz Thomson
Saturday, 25 May 2019
Was it imagination or did The Waterboys’ audience at London’s Roundhouse, invited to sing along to “The Nearest Thing to Hip”, really sing extra-loud and lustily on the line “in...
Demetrios Matheou
Saturday, 25 May 2019
Chilean Dominga Sotomayor’s third feature is a beautifully crafted example of the kind of Latin drama that is slow-burn and sensorial, conveying emotion through gestures and looks...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 25 May 2019
 Bartók: Complete String Quartets Quatuor Diotima (Näive)Technical infallibility is now a non-negotiable when it comes to Bartók's six fiendishly difficult string quartets....
Tim Cumming
Saturday, 25 May 2019
Soundwalk Collective is a multi-disciplinary audio-visual collective founded by Stephan Crasneanscki, a musical psycho-...
Boyd Tonkin
Friday, 24 May 2019
By some strange alignment of the stars, Peter Sellars’s staged version of Orlando di Lasso’s Lagrime di San Pietro (Tears of...
Saskia Baron
Friday, 24 May 2019
Rocketman opens with its hero in flamboyant stage costume stomping into a drab group therapy session. Pulling the sparkling...
Owen Richards
Friday, 24 May 2019
Oh Sees have long been touted of as the perfect festival band. Their racuous, high-tempo rock'n'roll always riles up the...
Jenny Gilbert
Friday, 24 May 2019
The first surprise is that this hasn’t been done before. The poems that comprise TS Eliot’s Four Quartets are so embedded...
Joseph Walsh
Friday, 24 May 2019
Like Snowpiercer before it, Bong Joon-ho’s rage-fuelled satire Parasite puts class inequality squarely in its sights. This...
Veronica Lee
Friday, 24 May 2019
Most people know Emily Atack from The Inbetweeners, where she played Charlotte, the object of Will's desire. More recently,...
Mark Kidel
Friday, 24 May 2019
Anatole Litvak’s The Night of the Generals (1967), beautifully restored here to 4K, is a tortuous and at times entertaining...
Nick Hasted
Thursday, 23 May 2019
Rokia Traoré’s passage through this year’s Brighton Festival has been central, binding it to her Malian identity in a series...
Boyd Tonkin
Thursday, 23 May 2019
You seldom hear a Champions League-level roar of approval at the Wigmore Hall. Last night, though, Igor Levit drew a throaty...
Joseph Walsh
Thursday, 23 May 2019
Moments before Quentin Tarantino’s blistering, outrageous work screened at Cannes, a message was delivered on behalf of the...
Rachel Halliburton
Thursday, 23 May 2019
Mammon and Yahweh are the presiding deities over an epic enterprise that tells the story not just of three brothers who...
Tom Baily
Thursday, 23 May 2019
Next up in Disney’s parade of live-action revamps is: yes, Aladdin. The other recent re-dos – Cinderella, Beauty and the...
 

★★★★★ THE LEHMAN TRILOGY, PICCADILLY THEATRE Stunning chronicle of determination & dollars

★★★★★ CANNES 2019: ONCE UPON A TIME... IN HOLLYWOOD Sun-soaked black comedy

★★★ ROCKETMAN Elton John musical settles old scores and pulls out all the stops

★★★★★ OH SEES, TRAMSHED, CARDIFF Revelations from chameleonic San Francisco rockers

★★★★ LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE, GERSHON, SELLARS Embodiments of remorse

★★★★★ FOUR QUARTETS, BARBICAN TS Eliot's poems staged with dance & music are a revelation

★★★★ SUMMER OF ROCKETS, BBC TWO Pride and prejudice in 1950s Britain

disc of the day

CD: Soundwalk Collective with Patti Smith - The Peyote Dance

Peyote, poetry and a voyage to the otherworld with Patti Smith

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tv

Summer of Rockets, BBC Two review - pride and prejudice in 1950s Britain

Real-life experiences make Stephen Poliakoff's Cold War drama ring true

Heathrow: Britain's Busiest Airport, ITV review - 80 million passengers but not much action

Fifth season of meandering documentary gets off to an uneventful start

film

Cannes 2019: Matthias & Maxime review - a gently charming new drama

Xavier Dolan shows a new level of maturity with his tale of male friendship and more

Too Late To Die Young review - an absorbing, Chilean coming-of-age

The idealism of a green community holds little allure for a teen on the brink of adulthood

Rocketman review - fabulous musically but a tad miserable too

Elton John settles old scores and pulls out all the stops

new music

Spice Girls, Croke Park Dublin review - uncomplicated fun

Older, wiser - and absolutely fabulous: Spice World 2019 kicks off deliriously

The Waterboys, Roundhouse review - energetic delights

From Burns and Yeats to Mick Jones - an eclectic dialectic

classical

Classical CDs Weekly: Bartók, Bruckner, Busoni

Hungarian string quartets, a late romantic symphony and an epic piano concerto

Los Angeles Master Chorale, Gershon, Sellars, Barbican review – embodiments of remorse

Grandeur, and fussiness, in Peter Sellars' staging of a choral masterwork

Igor Levit, Wigmore Hall review – full-spectrum Bach from a prodigious talent

The Russian-born Berliner delivers gripping pianistic theatre

opera

Donnerstag aus Licht, Pascal, RFH review – indulgent genius at work

Me, myself and I on stage: the trinity of Stockhausen, Michael and Jesus

First Person: Conductor Maxime Pascal on Stockhausen at the Southbank Centre

The man in control of a cosmic opera tonight on its visionary German composer

La Damnation de Faust, Glyndebourne review – bleak and compelling makeover

Berlioz's Romantic Everyman seen in a sobering light

theatre

Superhoe, Brighton Festival 2019 review - a darkly vital one-woman show
Nicôle Lecky's raw, persuasive play about sex work, social media and female empowerment
ANNA, National Theatre review - great thriller, shame about the tone
Intriguing Cold War thriller is thoroughly immersive, but lacks a convincing sense of history

dance

Four Quartets, Barbican Theatre review - ultimate stage poetry

TS Eliot's poems staged with dance and music are a revelation

Tribe//Still I Rise, Brighton Festival 2019 review - an evening of poetic movement

Convincing choreography based on the poetry of Maya Angelou

Traptown, Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez, Brighton Festival 2019 review - obscure to the point of ridiculous

An uneasy and inaccessible evening of performance that searches for abstraction but gets lost in its own concept

comedy

Ruby Wax, Brighton Festival 2019 review - how to be human

An evening of laughs alongside real lessons in mindfulness and neurology

gaming

Rage 2 review – garish but great post-apocalyptic shooter

Challenge The Authority in this 'Mad Max on mushrooms' renegade romp

Win a Luxury Weekend for Two to Celebrate Brighton Festival!

An eclectic line-up spanning music, theatre, dance, visual art, film, comedy, literature and spoken word could be yours with boutique hotel and exquisite meals included

World War Z review - bloodthirsty fun with the zombie apocalypse

Chainsawing the brain-eaters as you battle against the tide of the undead

visual arts

Manga, British Museum review - stories for outsiders

Enormous exhibition on the Japanese art of graphic stories

The Best Exhibitions in London

The capital's best exhibitions now

Anish Kapoor, Lisson Gallery review - naïve vulgarity and otherworldly onyx

Duds and gems in mixed show of paintings and sculptures

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