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Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 19 May 2024
Original pressings of Love And Poetry sell for up to £2,800. Copies of the August 1969 debut album by Andwellas Dream can sometimes also be found for £700, a relative bargain in...
Robert Beale
Saturday, 18 May 2024
There’s a sense of cheerful abandon about Manchester Camerata’s Mozart concerts with Jean-Efflam Bavouzet and Gábor Takács-Nagy that is hard to resist.So it wasn’t exactly the...
Guy Oddy
Saturday, 18 May 2024
Always looking dapper and always sounding cool, Barry Adamson is a man who nevertheless seems to be perpetually of another time. Giving off the vibes of a one-man Rat Pack with a...
David Nice
Friday, 17 May 2024
It’s what you dream of in opera but don’t often get: singers feeling free and liberated to give their best after weeks of preparation with a master conductor. Glyndebourne Music...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 17 May 2024
Before reviewing The Great Escape, we must first deal with the elephant in the room. Or, in this case, the room that’s crushing the elephant, like the trash compactor in the first...
Adam Sweeting
Friday, 17 May 2024
There are many definitions of bravery, and taking on the challenge of embodying John Cleese as Basil Fawlty in Cleese’s own stage adaptation of Fawlty Towers would undoubtedly be...
Sebastian Scotney
Friday, 17 May 2024
In many ways, Laufey’s emotionally charged, sold-out Royal Albert Hall debut was a masterclass. The Chinese-Icelandic...
Adam Sweeting
Friday, 17 May 2024
What with the likes of Sexy Beast, Layer Cake, The Hatton Garden Job and the oeuvre of Guy Ritchie, the British gangster...
Tim Cumming
Friday, 17 May 2024
So Billie Eilish’s new album has had its worldwide midnight release, dropping at midnight wherever you are kiddos, and taken...
Bernard Hughes
Thursday, 16 May 2024
The sixteen voices of the Dunedin Consort raided the large store of music inspired by the Song of Songs and the sonnets of...
Demetrios Matheou
Thursday, 16 May 2024
It’s unusual for a play to be revived with its original director and star, let alone a decade after they premiered the piece...
Guy Oddy
Thursday, 16 May 2024
Let’s put our cards firmly on the table here. I am a big fan of Bruce Robinson’s cinematic masterpiece about two out-of-work...
Veronica Lee
Thursday, 16 May 2024
For fans of a certain age the name Jack Docherty will always be associated with a very good run of chat shows on Channel 5;...
Thomas H Green
Thursday, 16 May 2024
It’s a long way to the middle. Jack Savoretti has worked hard to get there. He’s grafted. His first album, 2007’s Between...
Markie Robson-Scott
Wednesday, 15 May 2024
Two women were best friends at school but they haven’t seen each other in years. One is an uptight divorcée, the other a...
Graham Fuller
Wednesday, 15 May 2024
A visually dazzling, fiercely acted psychological drama with a manic comic edge, Hoard channels an 18-year-old South...
Miranda Heggie
Wednesday, 15 May 2024
It’s hard to imagine that The Arches – a string of stylish glass-fronted units in prime city centre location, housing...
Nick Hasted
Wednesday, 15 May 2024
Claire Denis’ 1988 debut is a sensual madeleine to her Cameroonian childhood, with its taste of termites on butter, sound of...
Boyd Tonkin
Tuesday, 14 May 2024
Programme notes for Mahler’s monumental symphonies will often blithely chat about the works’ epic struggle between life and...

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★★★★ HOARD A star is born amid the muck and squalor of Luna Carmoon's directorial debut

★★★★ COOTE, LSO, TILSON THOMAS, BARBICAN A great, ailing conductor rises to Mahler's mightiest challenge

★★★★ JACK DOHERTY, SOHO THEATRE Warm and witty childhood memoir

★★★ CONCHUR WHITE, ST PANCRAS CHURCH Northern Irish troubadour pushes forward

★★ JACK SAVORETTI - MISS ITALIA Singer embraces family history with an album of Italian pop

★★★★ CHOCOLAT Claire Denis' African debut is a nostalgic yet unsparing look at colonial life

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Album: Barry Adamson - Cut to Black

The coolest Mancunian returns with a lesson in style

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film

Bermondsey Tales: Fall of the Roman Empire review - dirty deeds done dirt cheap

Michael Head's gangland drama is a bit of a dog's breakfast

Two Tickets to Greece review - the highs and lows of a holiday from hell

Laure Calamy, Olivia Côte and Kristin Scott Thomas star in a silly French comedy

Hoard review - not any old rubbish

A star is born amid the muck and squalor of Luna Carmoon's ambitious directorial debut

new music

Music Reissues Weekly: Andwella - To Dream

How a cult psychedelic band laid the ground for a massive Demis Roussos hit

Album: Barry Adamson - Cut to Black

The coolest Mancunian returns with a lesson in style

classical

Bavouzet, Manchester Camerata, Takács-Nagy, Stoller Hall, Manchester review - fun with abandon

Approaching the final goal of ‘Mozart, made in Manchester’

Dunedin Consort, Mulroy, Wigmore Hall review - songs of love old and new

First-rate chamber choir explore contemporary and Renaissance approaches to amour

Coote, LSO, Tilson Thomas, Barbican review - the triumph of life

A great, ailing conductor rises to Mahler's mightiest challenge

opera

Carmen, Glyndebourne review - total musical fusion

Production tells the story, mostly, but it’s the lead and the conductor who electrify

L'Olimpiade, Irish National Opera review - Vivaldi's long-distance run sustained by perfect teamwork

Sporting confusions and star-crossed lovers clarified by vivacious singing and playing

Remembering conductor Andrew Davis (1944-2024)

Fellow conductors, singers, instrumentalists and administrators recall a true Mensch

theatre

Fawlty Towers: The Play, Apollo Theatre review - lightning strikes twice
John Cleese's sitcom masterpiece makes seamless transition to the stage
People, Places and Things, Trafalgar Theatre review - a scintillating shot in the arm
Duncan MacMillan’s riotous reflection on addiction and recovery returns

dance

The Winter's Tale, Royal Ballet review - what a story, and what a way to tell it!

A compelling case for ROH's ballet-friendly rebrand

All You Need Is Death review - a future folk horror classic

Irish folkies seek a cursed ancient song in Paul Duane's impressive fiction debut

MacMillan Celebrated, Royal Ballet review - out of mothballs, three vintage works to marvel at

Less-known pieces spanning the career of a great choreographer underline his greatness

Books

Extract: Pariah Genius by Iain Sinclair

A form-defying writer explores the troubled mindscape of a Soho photographer

Jonn Elledge: A History of the World in 47 Borders review - a view from the boundaries

Enjoyable journey through the byways of how lines on maps have shaped the modern world

Lisa Kaltenegger: Alien Earths review - a whole new world

Kaltenegger's traverses space in her thoughtful exploration of the search for life among the stars

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