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Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 19 January 2021
The oeuvre of M Night Shyalaman has tended to veer between unsettling creepiness and sometimes hilarious misfires, but, working as Executive Producer with screenwriter Tony...
Daniel Lewis
Tuesday, 19 January 2021
One of the finer episodes in Raven Leilani’s startling debut (which contains an embarrassment of fine episodes) comes about halfway through, when Edie, our young, struggling black...
Tom Birchenough
Tuesday, 19 January 2021
Catalan director Albert Serra’s interest in late 18th century France is well established – his previous film was The Death of Louis XIV – but the title of his new one has precious...
Miranda Heggie
Monday, 18 January 2021
Another year, another lockdown. Though I have little doubt this was not the way most us of hoped to start 2021, we can at least be grateful that we’re not suffering quite the same...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 18 January 2021
Or, What The Durrells Did Next. Writer Simon Nye, writer/director Roger Goldby and star Keeley Hawes are all veterans of ITV’s Corfu-based fantasy, and while Finding Alice...
Liz Thomson
Monday, 18 January 2021
The tears of a clown is a familiar enough metaphor – a cliché, perhaps – and as an image it adorns the sleeve of the latest album by Mike Rosenberg, better known as Passenger, the...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 17 January 2021
The First Generation 1965–1974 is a 35-CD box set dedicated to the blues maven and propagator John Mayall. As well as the...
Mark Kidel
Sunday, 17 January 2021
Volker Schlöndorff’s brilliant adaptation of Günter Grass’s 1959 novel The Tin Drum hasn’t aged one bit: just as the book...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 16 January 2021
 Janáček: The Cunning Little Vixen, Sinfonietta Lucy Crowe, Gerald Finley, Sophia Burgos London Symphony Orchestra and...
Kathryn Reilly
Saturday, 16 January 2021
What’s all this? Female voices, guitars, a song lasting over four minutes… harmonies? Have Britain’s savviest social...
Sebastian Scotney
Friday, 15 January 2021
Cerys Matthews is a best-selling author, award winning DJ and multi-million selling musician, singer, reciter... and...
Matt Wolf
Friday, 15 January 2021
Noel Coward's 1941 comedy was one of the theatrical casualties of the first lockdown last March in a Richard Eyre-directed...
Robert Beale
Friday, 15 January 2021
Jonathan Bloxham makes his debut as conductor with the Hallé Orchestra in the third of the Hallé’s Winter Season concerts on...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 15 January 2021
When the concept album first properly took flight, in the late 1960s, before it became slave to the bloated artifice of prog...
Tom Birchenough
Thursday, 14 January 2021
Veteran Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky has gone back to his beginnings for his latest film. The real-life events on...
Graham Fuller
Thursday, 14 January 2021
The Night Porter depicts the consuming sadomasochistic love affair of an SS officer, Max (Dirk Bogarde), and the Catholic...
Joseph Walsh
Wednesday, 13 January 2021
In 1964, Cassius Clay, NFL superstar Jim Nathaniel Brown, soul legend Sam Cooke and political firebrand Malcolm X gathered...
Tim Cumming
Wednesday, 13 January 2021
Back in 2013, the London-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist launched the first of a trilogy of albums...
David Nice
Tuesday, 12 January 2021
Born in exigency at the end of the First World War and soon kiboshed by the Spanish flu, The Soldier’s Tale as originally...
 

★★★★★ BLU-RAY: THE TIN DRUM A dark and comic vision of Germany's past

★★ PASSENGER - SONGS FOR THE DRUNK AND BROKEN HEARTED Former Brighton busker lacks hidden depths

★★★ FINDING ALICE, ITV Keeley Hawes leads a strong cast in no particular direction

★★★★ GILLAM, HALLE, BLOXHAM, HALLE ONLINE Turbulence, calm, and long, slow melodies 

CLASSICAL CDS WEEKLY An arboreal opera, two Soviet symphonies and rare English string music

10 QUESTIONS FOR CERYS MATTHEWS Thoughts on an album which places poets centre-stage

disc of the day

Blu-ray: Liberté

On 'libertinage': Albert Serra’s improvisaton of 18th century debauchery is painful in every sense

tv

Servant, Apple TV+ review - shocks, shivers and black humour in missing-baby saga

M Night Shyalaman's drama is fascinating and confounding

Finding Alice, ITV review - thriller, comedy or melodrama?

Keeley Hawes leads a strong cast in no particular direction

Spiral, Series 8, BBC Four review - dark days in the City of Light

Final series of the show that's more than just a 'policier'

film

Blu-ray: Liberté

On 'libertinage': Albert Serra’s improvisaton of 18th century debauchery is painful in every sense

Blu-ray/DVD : The Tin Drum

A dark and comic vision of Germany's past

Blithe Spirit review - cloth-eared Coward

Judi Dench tries, but Coward adaptation still tanks

new music

Album: Passenger – Songs for the Drunk and Broken Hearted

Former Brighton busker lacks hidden depths

Reissue CDs Weekly: John Mayall - The First Generation

Massive box-set tribute to the important British musical visionary

Album: Sleaford Mods - Spare Ribs

A searing scream in the face of Boris, the virus and the shit show that is 2020s Britain

classical

Apartment House, Wigmore Hall online review - introspective music for isolated times

Serene lockdown listening in three concerts dedicated to Morton Feldman

Classical CDs: Janáček, Myaskovsky, Prokofiev, John Wilson

An arboreal opera, two Soviet symphonies and some rarely heard English string music

Gillam, Hallé, Bloxham, Hallé online review - music of poetry

Turbulence, calm, and long, slow melodies in a concert commemorating 2020

opera

Best of 2020: Opera

With no touching from mid-March onwards, this art-form was hard hit - but ingenuity ruled

Royal Opera Christmas Concert online review – pajama party around the Nutcracker tree

Vivacious opera and cheesy carols under the lively baton of Mark Wigglesworth

theatre

Peter Pan: The Audio Adventure review - the perfect bedtime story
Sharon D Clarke and Olivia Colman sparkle in delightful radio play in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital
Best of 2020: Theatre
Out of pandemic-driven chaos and confusion came moments of clarity - and "Blindness"

dance

Best of 2020: Dance

In a perilous year, bright ideas and perseverance sometimes prevailed

The Nutcracker: an end-of-year obituary

It's been a rough ride for the seasonal cash cow. Here's how ballet companies coped

The Seven Deadly Sins, Opera North online review - viscerally thrilling

Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht's indictment of capitalism in a vibrant new production

comedy

Comedy podcasts round-up 2: from home and abroad

Lively chat, masterful spoofing and behind-the-scenes fun

Best of 2020: Comedy

Outdoor venues and podcasts to the rescue

Comedy podcasts round-up 1: from home and abroad

Conversation, fun facts and jokes

Books

Raven Leilani: Luster - portrait of the artist as a black millennial woman

Diamond-cut debut catches every glint of our modern malaise

Mark Fisher: Postcapitalist Desire - The Final Lectures review - imagining the alternative

An eye-opening exploration of the relationship between capitalism and desire

Julia Bell: Radical Attention review - a clear rendering of our withering attention spans

Bell’s essay is timely and insightful, but how radical can small acts really be?

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