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Marina Vaizey
Tuesday, 18 June 2019
The surprisingly touching conclusion to BBC Two’s five-part chronicle of the Thatcher years was a masterpiece of contemporary history. Congratulations to Alice Fraser the producer...
David Nice
Tuesday, 18 June 2019
Shoving a child-eating drag-queen witch into an oven can't be good for any kid's psyche. Director Timothy Sheader doesn't let us forget it in a production which nevertheless...
Katherine Waters
Tuesday, 18 June 2019
According to their mother, Luda (played by Madeleine Worrall, pictured below), each of the three sisters (pictured top) in Napoli, Brooklyn, bears ones of their father’s...
Saskia Baron
Tuesday, 18 June 2019
I’m sure there’s an anthropologist writing a thesis on American teenagers’ coming-of-age rituals as performed in movies, from American Graffiti to this year’s ...
Miranda Heggie
Monday, 17 June 2019
Having played their first concert just four years ago, the Chineke! Orchestra gave a rousing, exuberant performance for an ensemble still in its infancy. It’s a young orchestra,...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 17 June 2019
Frank Skinner walks onstage without introduction and a man in the audience gives him a friendly heckle by way of greeting. Skinner is straight on it, engaging him in a brief...
Owen Richards
Monday, 17 June 2019
Producer extraordinaire Mark Ronson has set his sights on soundtracking the summer once again, with his latest collaborative...
David Nice
Sunday, 16 June 2019
Charismatic, full of vital elan to the end, inconsistent, fitfully creative, a casually anti-semitic Conservative Catholic...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 16 June 2019
In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988–2003 was issued by Warner Bros. in October 2003. Hitting shops in time for Christmas, it...
Tim Cumming
Sunday, 16 June 2019
Willie’s new album opens with the singer calling out to all the tired old horses saved from the knackers and put out to...
Jasper Rees
Saturday, 15 June 2019
"I am amazed to be still alive. Two hours of medieval torment.” Franco Zeffirelli - who has died at the age of 96 - had...
Lisa-Marie Ferla
Saturday, 15 June 2019
They showed up with a 30+ song setlist, four costume changes and a floating platform, but the strongest moment of the...
Joseph Walsh
Saturday, 15 June 2019
There's something unsatisfying about the fact that Asif Kapadia's new documentary on the controversial 1980s sporting legend...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 15 June 2019
 Daniel Elms: Islandia (New Amsterdam Records)Composers have long taken inspiration from landscape, and much of Daniel...
Saskia Baron
Friday, 14 June 2019
The best joke in Men in Black: International happens before the film starts, when the iconic Columbia Pictures lady in a...
Roger Wright
Friday, 14 June 2019
The composition course founded more than 25 years ago at Snape by composers Oliver Knussen and Colin Matthews is in full...
Florence Hallett
Friday, 14 June 2019
Forthright and often disturbing, Francis Bacon’s “male couplings” are also ambiguous, and it is this disjunction that gives...
Katie Colombus
Friday, 14 June 2019
In a post Ed Sheeran world, with a glut of acoustic singer-songwriters like Lewis Capaldi, Tom Walker or Odell, James Bay,...
Kieron Tyler
Friday, 14 June 2019
If contemplated without a context, Loops in the Secret Society initially appears to be a bold 68-minute, double-album fusion...
 

★★★ BACKSTREET BOYS, SSE HYDRO, GLASGOW Nineties boyband showcase grown-up new material

★★★★ CD: MADONNA - MADAME X A mixed bag, but a brilliant and bonkers reinvention

ROGER WRIGHT ON OLIVER KNUSSEN Inspiring composer, conductor and mentor remembered by Snape Maltings CEO

CLASSICAL CDS WEEKLY The great sound of Hull, German violin sonatas and a tragic symphony

★★★ CATE HASTE: PASSIONATE SPIRIT The racy life of Alma Mahler pacily related

FRANCO ZEFFIRELLI 1923-2019 Recalling a two-day audience at the home of the great maestro

disc of the day

CD: Mark Ronson - Late Night Feelings

Another well-crafted record of pure pop hits

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tv

Franco Zeffirelli: 'I had this feeling that I was special'

Recalling a two-day audience at the home of the great maestro, who has died aged 96

Wild Bill, Episode 1, ITV review - an American in Lincolnshire

Rob Lowe plays top cop in goofy crime drama

film

Blu-ray: Dazed and Confused

Richard Linklater's loose-limbed portrait of American teenagers in 1976 gets a deserved re-release

Franco Zeffirelli: 'I had this feeling that I was special'

Recalling a two-day audience at the home of the great maestro, who has died aged 96

Diego Maradona review - entertaining but skin-deep

Asif Kapadia concludes his trilogy of tragic idols with mixed results

new music

CD: Mark Ronson - Late Night Feelings

Another well-crafted record of pure pop hits

Reissue CDs Weekly: R.E.M.

The surprise return of ‘In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988–2003’

CD: Willie Nelson – Ride Me Back Home

Empathic third album in a late-career trilogy from the outlaw country icon

classical

Classical CDs Weekly: Daniel Elms, Hindemith, Tchaikovsky

Hull encapsulated in sound, plus German violin sonatas and a tragic symphony

Roger Wright on Oliver Knussen: ‘his challenge to us all to remain curious lives on’

Inspiring composer, conductor and mentor remembered by Snape Maltings CEO

opera

Hansel and Gretel, ENO, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre review - into the broomstick woods

Enchanting chamber-musical score, fine balance between fairytale and horror story

Franco Zeffirelli: 'I had this feeling that I was special'

Recalling a two-day audience at the home of the great maestro, who has died aged 96

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Nevill Holt Opera review - sprinkled with musical fairy-dust

An innocent, joyful take on Britten's ambiguous fantasy

theatre

Napoli, Brooklyn, Park Theatre review - lacking substance
Actors battle with accents and a wooden script in 1960s drama set in a New York Italian immigrant neighbourhood
Franco Zeffirelli: 'I had this feeling that I was special'
Recalling a two-day audience at the home of the great maestro, who has died aged 96
While the Sun Shines, Orange Tree Theatre review - frothy, yes, up to a point
Slice of Rattigan esoterica is useful to see even as it shows its age

dance

Cinderella, English National Ballet, Royal Albert Hall review - big, bright and bankable

Christopher Wheeldon's glossy arena show suggests bigger isn't better

The Firebird triple bill, Royal Ballet review - generous programme with Russian flavour

Trio of substantial pieces offers something for everyone

San Francisco Ballet, Liang/Marston/Pita, Sadler's Wells - elemental, ethereal and kitschy, too

Visiting company mixes moods and climates in varied and variable mixed bill

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

Francis Bacon: Couplings, Gagosian Gallery review - sex and power in double figures

A small selection focuses on the painter's radical figure paintings

Kiss My Genders, Hayward Gallery review – a shambles

Important issues addressed in an exhibition that should have been so much better

The Best Exhibitions in London

The capital's best exhibitions now

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