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Graham Rickson
Tuesday, 12 November 2019
Karel Zeman’s Invention for Destruction and The Fabulous Baron Munchausen are dizzying romps, whereas Journey to the Beginning of Time, made in 1955, is disarmingly...
David Nice
Monday, 11 November 2019
So much was fresh and exciting about Michael Tilson Thomas's years as the London Symphony Orchestra's Principal Conductor (1988-1995; I don't go as far back as his debut, the 50th...
Jasper Rees
Monday, 11 November 2019
A bit like all those people on the home front in 1940 (but only a little bit), we sit and nervously wait for news. Is World on Fire (BBC One) still listed among the living? Or...
Gavin Dixon
Monday, 11 November 2019
The London Philharmonic’s Isle of Noises, a year-long festival dedicated to music of the British Isles, drew towards its close with this programme of Butterworth, Elgar and Walton...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 11 November 2019
Jack Dee has made a career out of being a grumpy old man, even though he started on the comedy circuit in 1986 when he was 25. Back then, his dour, seen-it-all-and-not-impressed...
Monday, 11 November 2019
Between 1991 to 2012, Belorussian journalist and oral historian Svetlana Alexievich travelled the countries that constituted the former USSR conducting interviews with the “the...
India Lewis
Monday, 11 November 2019
Gillian Wearing’s Arena documentary Everything is Connected (BBC Four) is a quietly innovative biography of an author whose...
Howard Male
Monday, 11 November 2019
Last month this Western Saharan singer-songwriter stood on stage at London’s Jazz Café and turned the venue into a hallowed...
Boyd Tonkin
Sunday, 10 November 2019
In September 1944, a heavily pregnant Resistance activist in the north of German-occupied Italy was arrested on a visit to...
Judith Webster
Sunday, 10 November 2019
Music resonates with everyone. It plays a powerful and evocative role in people’s lives; it punctuates our memories and...
Jessica Payn
Sunday, 10 November 2019
Visceral, gaudy, alien, otherworldly to the point of being almost improbably imaginative, the nudibranch serves as an...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 10 November 2019
“It's Gonna Take a Miracle” just missed out on a mainstream US Top 40 placing after The Royalettes issued it as a single in...
Jasper Rees
Saturday, 09 November 2019
Is there anything Tim Minchin cannot do? He sings his own songs, plays hot bar-room piano and tells jokes about the...
Chris Harvey
Saturday, 09 November 2019
Ólafur Arnalds is almost secretly huge. Millions adore the melancholy beauty of the Icelandic composer’s music, yet his name...
Robert Beale
Saturday, 09 November 2019
Everyone’s doing Weinberg now, or so it seems. The Polish-born composer who became a close friend of Shostakovich was...
Katherine Waters
Saturday, 09 November 2019
In 1922 Hussein Abdel-Rassoul, a water boy with Howard Carter’s archaeological dig in the Valley of the Kings, accidentally...
Tom Birchenough
Saturday, 09 November 2019
You react differently to Meeting Gorbachev knowing that the film’s subject was on occasions brought to its interviews from...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 09 November 2019
 Weinberg: 24 Preludes Gidon Kremer (violin) (Accentus)Weinberg wrote this set of 24 instrumental numbers in 1969...
Tim Cumming
Saturday, 09 November 2019
There’s plenty going on in Ronnie Wood’s world, with Mike Figgis’ feature documentary, Somebody Up There Likes Me, a mini...

★★★★ RONNIE WOOD - MAD LAD A fitting tribute to Chuck Berry from a disciple and an adept

★★★★ URIOSTE, CHINEKE! ORCHESTRA, EDUSEI, QEH Precious gem catches light

★★★★ ÓLAFUR ARNALDS PRESENTS OPIA, SOUTHBANK CENTRE Mini festival produces strange delights

★★★★★ CAROLINE MOOREHEAD: A HOUSE IN THE MOUNTAINS Uplifting and horrifying stories of the Italian Resistance and its heroines

★★★★★ TIM MINCHIN, EVENTIM APOLLO Fabulous triumph of rhyme and reason

★★★★ THE GOOD LIAR McKellen and Mirren play dark conman games in an uncompromising thriller

disc of the day

DVD/Blu-ray: Journey to the Beginning of Time

Enchanting dino-flick from a pioneering Czech director

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World on Fire, BBC One, series finale review - may this fine war drama fight on

Peter Bowker's ambitious series ended on a cliffhanger, with viewers waiting to learn its fate

Arena: Everything is Connected - George Eliot's Life, BBC Four review - innovative film brings the Victorian novelist into the present

Artist Gillian Wearing captures Eliot’s life and legacy through the voices of the common man (and woman)


DVD/Blu-ray: Journey to the Beginning of Time

Enchanting dino-flick from a pioneering Czech director

Meeting Gorbachev review - Werner Herzog offers a swansong tribute

Engaging documentary portrait becomes a moving meditation on history

The Good Liar review - the grey pound dipped in acid

McKellen and Mirren play dark conman games in an uncompromising thriller

new music

CD: Aziza Brahim - Sahari

A feminine take on desert rock from the Saharawi refugee camps in Algeria

Reissue CDs Weekly: Yesterday Has Gone - The Songs of Teddy Randazzo

Recognition for the bold American musical stylist

Ólafur Arnalds presents OPIA, Southbank Centre review - many strange delights

Mini festival produces strange delights – and a tree for all


Roméo et Juliette, LSO, Tilson Thomas, Barbican review - surprisingly sober take on Berlioz epic

'MTT' celebrates his 50th anniversary with a top orchestra, but the panache has gone

Williams, LPO, Alsop, RFH review - sleek lines and pastoral tones

Power and precision in all-British programme, but the music retains its poetry

Music for Youth's Judith Webster: '91% of the young people we work with are from state schools'

As their big Albert Hall Proms approach, MFY's CEO explains the essentials


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

Two outstanding leads make for a memorable concert-staging

The Mask of Orpheus, English National Opera review - amorphous excess

Daniel Kramer's camp carnival defuses any focus in Birtwistle's bruising score

Don Pasquale, Royal Opera review - fun and frolics in stylish new production

Bryn Terfel shines but Olga Peretyatko soars in Donizetti's charming comedy


The Taming of the Shrew, Barbican review - different but still problematic
Gender changes provide a new perspective on the balance of power
Shadows, Coronet Theatre review - talking heads in the void
Multimedia haunting from Norwegian company De Utvalgte in Jon Fosse's theatre-poem
The Antipodes, National Theatre review - mysterious and gently momentous
Annie Baker's latest will divide opinion but reward devotees


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

Win a Luxury Weekend for Two to Celebrate Brighton Festival!

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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

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

The Best Exhibitions in London

The capital's best exhibitions now

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