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Peter Quinn
Saturday, 16 November 2019
Jazz Voice unfailingly supplies a gigantic sugar-rush of auditory pleasure, and this year’s edition was no exception. Arranged, scored and conducted by the brilliant Guy Barker,...
Boyd Tonkin
Saturday, 16 November 2019
Like almost everything that it touches these days, English National Opera’s autumn season of shows rooted in the Orpheus myth has enjoyed a fairly mixed reception. The company’s...
Jasper Rees
Saturday, 16 November 2019
In Peru in 1985, Joe Simpson - then 25 - and his 21-year-old climbing partner Simon Yates were descending the remote Siula Grande, which was hard to get up but even harder to get...
Joseph Walsh
Saturday, 16 November 2019
It should come as no surprise that the writer of Side Effects and Contagion, Scott Z. Burns, is capable of directing a whip-smart drama like The Report. Known...
Katherine Waters
Saturday, 16 November 2019
My friend, let’s call her Kit, is having a rubbish time. Kat (that’s me) is too. If life’s got a flavour, it’s a shade darker than 99% cocoa. Kit and Kat are bitter. But if life...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 16 November 2019
 Donnacha Dennehy: The Hunger Alarm Will Sound/Alan Pierson, with Katherine Manley and Iarla Ó Lionáird (Nonesuch)The Great Irish Famine of 1845-1852 resulted in the deaths...
Kieron Tyler
Saturday, 16 November 2019
The contemporary context of the Netherlands’s Iguana Death Cult is clear. Their blues-edged garage rock exists in a...
Katherine Waters
Friday, 15 November 2019
For a loved one to die by suicide provokes both pain and hurt. Pain, because they are gone. Hurt, because it can feel like...
Jill Chuah Masters
Friday, 15 November 2019
Channel 4’s The Accident closed with a bang and a whimper. Jack Thorne provided a definitive answer to his series’ central...
Aleks Sierz
Friday, 15 November 2019
Theatre can touch thousands of lives. But can it compete with the success of a bestselling book? First published in 1988,...
Richard Bratby
Friday, 15 November 2019
The Beggar’s Opera: does any piece of music theatre promise more fun and deliver more tedium? Yes, it was the satirical...
Friday, 15 November 2019
Between 1991 to 2012, Belorussian journalist and oral historian Svetlana Alexievich travelled the countries that constituted...
Nick Hasted
Friday, 15 November 2019
Lady Antebellum have stayed in the mainstream country world Taylor Swift forded to full pop stardom. Beginning alongside her...
Tom Baily
Thursday, 14 November 2019
Once again the whodunit becomes the whoforgedit in the newest installment of the Britain’s Lost Masterpieces series. Host...
Boyd Tonkin
Thursday, 14 November 2019
For better or worse, because of Visconti’s classic film the Adagietto of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony now inevitably means Venice...
Demetrios Matheou
Thursday, 14 November 2019
Forty years after the classic, multi-Oscar winning Kramer v Kramer comes another divorce drama involving two young...
Marianka Swain
Thursday, 14 November 2019
It’s been 15 years since Cameron Mackintosh’s stage musical version of P. L. Travers’ Mary Poppins made its West End debut....
Demetrios Matheou
Thursday, 14 November 2019
Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke stars in this awkward but sweet Yuletide romcom as Kate, a chaotic, George Michael obsessed...
Lisa-Marie Ferla
Thursday, 14 November 2019
Of 2019’s pop culture phenomena, the critical reappraisal of Céline Dion as an international treasure is one of the most...

★★★ LADY ANTEBELLUM - OCEAN Antiseptic confessions from true country stars

★★★ THE ACCIDENT, SERIES FINALE, CHANNEL 4 Ambitious mini-series leaves many unanwered questions

★★★★ MRS PEACHUM'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MARRIAGE, MID WALES OPERA Scaled down seediness with a swing



disc of the day

CD: Iguana Death Cult - Nude Casino

Undercooked second album undersells Dutch garage-rockers

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The Accident, Series Finale, Channel 4 review - ambitious mini-series leaves many unanswered questions

Jack Thorne’s tragic drama aims to give us closure, but is hampered by flat and unconvincing characters

Gold Digger, BBC One review - Julia Ormond tackles those mid-life blues

Marnie Dickens's family drama asks if life can begin again at 60


The Report review - searing political drama

Adam Driver leads a vital takedown on 9/11's aftermath

Marriage Story review - superior weepie

Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver prove a perfect match as an imperfect couple

Last Christmas review - for the stocking, not the tree

No longer mothering dragons, Emilia Clarke comes back down to Earth as an elf

new music

Jazz Voice, Royal Festival Hall - engulfing beauty and hidden gems

EFG London Jazz Festival's opening-night gala provides dreamy reminiscences, nifty footwork and blazing energy

CD: Iguana Death Cult - Nude Casino

Undercooked second album undersells Dutch garage-rockers


Classical CDs Weekly: Donnacha Dennehy, Handel, Strauss

Historical and Biblical tragedies set to music, plus three character-driven tone poems

Wegener, LPO, Jurowski, RFH review – on the revolutionary road to Mahler

How to blow away the schmaltz, and recover the shock, of an iconic work

ECO, Zacharias, Fairfield Halls Croydon review - green-fingered Haydn

The lights are back on and burning cheerfully at south London’s new/old orchestral venue


Orphée, English National Opera review – through a screen darkly

Matters of life and death reflected in Glass and Cocteau's myth

Mrs Peachum's Guide to Love and Marriage, Mid Wales Opera review - scaled down seediness, with a swing

Toxic femininity takes centre stage in the outrageous essence of The Beggar's Opera

Der Freischütz, Barbican review - Gothic chills rooted in flesh and earth

Two outstanding leads make for a memorable concert-staging


'By the end I’d lost me': Joe Simpson, mountaineer and writer - interview
The story of Touching the Void has been told and retold. Its author explores its appeal
Touching the Void, Duke of York's Theatre review - not quite high enough
David Greig's much-lauded mountaineering story doesn't quite peak


Concerto/Enigma Variations/Raymonda Act III, Royal Ballet review - time to cheer the corps de ballet

Three revivals from the mid-Sixties allow the rank and file to shine

The deathless Alicia Alonso, in person

Remembering the woman who was Cuban ballet's legend and monster


Tim Minchin, Eventim Apollo review - fabulous triumph of rhyme and reason

Age has not withered the ginger Ninja comic, but there is an intruiging new tone

Jonathan Pie, Eventim Apollo review - spoof reporter in coruscating form

Tom Walker's creation gives a state-of-the-union lecture


Rage 2 review – garish but great post-apocalyptic shooter

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

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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

Charlotte Salomon: Life? or Theatre?, Jewish Museum London review - rallying against death

Set aside time to absorb the stunning work of this modernist painter murdered at Auschwitz

Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, Saatchi Gallery review - worth its weight?

Blockbuster artefacts in show that cares more about visitor numbers than visitor experience

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