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Thomas H Green
Tuesday, 23 April 2019
Pet Shop Boys are never shy of producing stylishly conceived fan mementos. Coming not long after Faber & Faber’s hardback collection of Neil Tennant’s lyrics, this four disc...
Kathryn Reilly
Monday, 22 April 2019
Sleaford Mods are livid. About everything. But then, aren’t we all? If any single voice could represent this particularly bewildering era, it would be Jason Williamson’s. Outraged...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 22 April 2019
A brain tumour isn't usually the subject of a comedy show but Britney, written and performed by comedy duo Charly Clive and Ellen Robertson, is just that. It's “the true story of...
Steve O'Rourke
Monday, 22 April 2019
Based on the 2006 book of the same name, and set in the same universe as the 2013 film adaptation, World War Z follows groups of survivors of a zombie apocalypse in the cities of...
Tom Birchenough
Monday, 22 April 2019
Robert Guediguian has spoken of the influence of Chekhov on The House by the Sea (Le Villa), and the shadow of the Russian dramatist, particularly The Cherry Orchard, can...
Katherine Waters
Sunday, 21 April 2019
By fifteen Ummulbanu Asadullayeva — or Banine, to call her by the name under which she wrote and translated — had already lived more than most of us will in a lifetime. She’d...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 21 April 2019
Torso Hell tells the story of an American soldier whose limbs were blown off in Vietnam. Amazingly, he and his buddies...
Asya Draganova
Sunday, 21 April 2019
In the End, the final album by Limerick band the Cranberries arrives three decades after they first formed and just over a...
Alexandra Coghlan
Saturday, 20 April 2019
Whips, scourges, sinews, blood and pus: where Bach’s two Passions lament from a contemplative distance, Handel’s plunges...
David Nice
Saturday, 20 April 2019
While Bach's and Handel's Passions have been driving thousands to contemplate suffering, mortality and grace, this elegy for...
Miranda Heggie
Saturday, 20 April 2019
For the final instalment of their three Matthew Passions this Holy Week, Ex Cathedra gave a large scale performance of Bach’...
Matt Wolf
Saturday, 20 April 2019
The decades-long stage relationship between Judi Dench and Trevor Nunn translates to surprisingly little with Red Joan. This...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 20 April 2019
 Gabriel Jackson: The Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ Emma Tring (soprano), Guy Cutting (tenor), Choir of Merton...
Russ Coffey
Friday, 19 April 2019
Indie-rock sure ain't what it used to be. These days boys-with-guitars sound no less manufactured than actual boy...
Lisa-Marie Ferla
Friday, 19 April 2019
This year, says Gary Barlow, marks 30 years since five boys walked into a room in Manchester and auditioned for what would...
Katherine Waters
Friday, 19 April 2019
Peer down the glassy dark and you’ll see them. White bubbles trapped in the frozen lake which appear to be rising to the...
Veronica Lee
Friday, 19 April 2019
Tommy Tiernan is something of an institution in his native Ireland, as a stand-up comic, newspaper columnist, sometime chat...
David Nice
Friday, 19 April 2019
"Them" - the "loro" of the title (with a further play on “l’oro”, gold) - denotes the mostly sleazy opportunists willing to...
Guy Oddy
Friday, 19 April 2019
Get The Blessing are a band whose music never fails to conjure up images of someone like Steve McQueen driving along a...
 

CLASSICAL CDS WEEKLY Jackson's Passion, McLoskey's Zealot Canticles and brilliance from 12 Ensemble

★★★★ BROCKES-PASSION, BARBICAN Neglected oratorio offers a seasonal alternative to Bach

★★ RED JOAN Judi Dench can't lift lumbering espionage drama

★★★★ CLIMATE CHANGE: THE FACTS, BBC ONE How much reality can humankind bear?

THEARTSDESK Q&A: BANANARAMA The indestructible girl group on singing, clubbing, post-punk, Lemmy, George Michael and much more

★★★★ TAKE THAT, SSE HYDRO, GLASGOW Capes and cameos in 30th anniversary spectacular

disc of the day

DVD/Blu-ray: Pet Shop Boys - Inner Sanctum

Royal Opera House concert film is lively but primarily for hardcore fans

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tv

Climate Change: The Facts, BBC One review - how much reality can humankind bear?

What's driving climate change and how long we have to do something about it

Chimerica, Channel 4 review - fake news, true drama

Added Trump: Lucy Kirkwood’s play takes a revisionary path to the screen

Trust Me, Series 2, BBC One review - hospital killer chiller

Beware the angel of death stalking the wards

film

DVD: The House by the Sea

Chekhovian motifs abound in wistful French drama of family reassessments

Red Joan review - Judi Dench can't lift lumbering espionage drama

Trevor Nunn serves up a clunky slice of history

Loro review – hedonism must have an end

Toni Servillo brilliant again as Sorrentino’s singular Berlusconi

new music

DVD/Blu-ray: Pet Shop Boys - Inner Sanctum

Royal Opera House concert film is lively but primarily for hardcore fans

Sleaford Mods, Dreamland, Margate review - musical news from broken Brexit land

Williamson and Fearn prove they're the band Britain needs in these difficult times

Reissue CDs Weekly: Terry Allen

‘Pedal Steal + Four Corners’: outstanding collection of the Texas-born polymaths’s aural plays

classical

Brockes-Passion, AAM, Egarr, Barbican review - fleshly Handel for our earthbound times

Neglected oratorio offers a seasonal alternative to Bach

Classical CDs Weekly: Gabriel Jackson, Lansing McLoskey, 12 Ensemble

Two new choral works and a disc of contemporary string music

opera

SS Mendi: Dancing the Death Drill, Isango Ensemble, Linbury Theatre - evocative and essential lyric theatre

Compelling fantasia about black South Africans drowned in a World War 1 disaster

Faust, Royal Opera review - fusty Gounod still dances

Lively conducting and a last-minute replacement keep this hellish cabaret on its toes

Franco Fagioli, Il Pomo d’Oro, Birmingham Town Hall review - flair and flamboyance

Virtuoso countertenor shines in music from Handel and his contemporaries

theatre

SS Mendi: Dancing the Death Drill, Isango Ensemble, Linbury Theatre - evocative and essential lyric theatre
Compelling fantasia about black South Africans drowned in a World War 1 disaster
Sweet Charity, Donmar Warehouse review - Sixties style over substance
Design dominates in Josie Rourke's farewell production
Three Sisters, Almeida Theatre review - middle of the road with flashes of magic
Chekhov classic from the team behind the West End hit Summer and Smoke

comedy

Britney, Soho Theatre review - finding the funny in a brain tumour

Duo tell a true story with invention and verve

Tommy Tiernan, Shepherd's Bush Empire review - playful and poetic

Star of Derry Girls on sex, religion and politics

Angela Barnes, Blackheath Halls review - a pessimist turning the tables

From the personal to the political in gag-filled show

gaming

World War Z review - bloodthirsty fun with the zombie apocalypse

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

The Lego Movie 2 Videogame review - everything is not awesome

Few fresh ideas means this movie adaptation treads the same old ground

Anthem review - singing praises? More like a cautious nod

A rocky start for a new franchise that offers potential and problems in equal measure

visual arts

Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now, Gagosian Gallery review - old master, new ways

One of the most mysterious paintings ever made inspires an exploration of the self-portrait

Edvard Munch: Love and Angst, British Museum review - compassion in the age of anxiety

Norway's greatest painter revealed as a master printmaker

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