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Tom Teodorczuk
Monday, 27 September 2021
When Brendan Coyle, playing a modestly magnetic widower and sales rep called John in this revival of Conor McPherson's 2004 play Shining City, first appears on stage, he...
Alfred Quantrill
Monday, 27 September 2021
Here comes the bride. True to Kero Kero Bonito’s unique musical and visual style, a chaotic but masterfully executed fusion of Japanese kawaii culture, kaleiodoscopic synth and...
Boyd Tonkin
Monday, 27 September 2021
Music in London has faced down plagues, puritans, philistines and planners over the four centuries spanned by the Aurora Orchestra’s season-opener at Kings Place on Saturday. This...
Saskia Baron
Monday, 27 September 2021
It’s well worth tracking down one of the September 29 special cinema screenings of Ric Burns' lovingly made documentary portrait of the writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks, or...
Mark Kidel
Monday, 27 September 2021
Catherine Graindorge is a Belgian violinist and composer. Her second album explores the collateral damage of Covid: the dark sounds she produces have a strange beauty but barely...
David Nice
Sunday, 26 September 2021
British opera’s attempted answer to The Magic Flute, and its presentation as the opening gambit of Edward Gardner’s eminent position as principal conductor of the London...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 26 September 2021
Looking for answers to what qualifies an album for a makeover and its attendant return to record shop racks can cause heads...
Gary Naylor
Saturday, 25 September 2021
Much has happened in the five years since your reviewer braved the steep rake at The Other Palace and saw The Last Five...
Markie Robson-Scott
Saturday, 25 September 2021
This is the story of a boy and a building. Sixteen-year-old Youri (newcomer Alseni Bathily) lives, with his telescope, in...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 25 September 2021
 Anthony Collins: Complete Decca Recordings (Decca Eloquence)Born in 1893, Anthony Collins began his musical career as...
Joe Muggs
Saturday, 25 September 2021
There’s a strand of music that a friend of mine once referred to as “Caveman Electronics”, which snakes through the decades...
Boyd Tonkin
Friday, 24 September 2021
If a standard-sized recital hall can be a lonely place for a solo violinist, playing an auditorium of Barbican dimensions...
Jenny Gilbert
Friday, 24 September 2021
If a new ballet can be doomed by the weight of expectation, then Creature didn’t stand a chance. First scheduled to appear...
Theartsdesk
Friday, 24 September 2021
Few singers really change your life. Norman Bailey did that for me [writes David Nice of theartsdesk]. The occasion wasn't...
Guy Oddy
Friday, 24 September 2021
For those not familiar with the murkier corners of British rock music history, Barry Adamson was a significant player in...
Graham Fuller
Friday, 24 September 2021
An entertaining but undernourished industrial-domestic neo-noir set in South Wales,The Ballad of Billy McCrae depicts the...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 24 September 2021
Amon Tobin is hard to pin down. His music has mutated over the years. He initially fitted in with Ninja Tune’s late-Nineties...
Harry Thorfinn-George
Thursday, 23 September 2021
Neo Jessica Joshua, better known as Nao, has been consistently putting out good – often excellent – music since...
Gary Naylor
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
We’re in an agreeable drawing room with an author, Charles Condomine, who is looking forward to having a bit of fun with a...
 

★★★ THE LAST FIVE YEARS, GARRICK THEATRE Jason Robert Brown's semi-autobiographical show gets a West End upgrade 

 ★★★★ THE MIDSUMMER MARRIAGE, LPO, GARDNER, RFH Tippett's cornucopia fitfully shines

 

★★★★ CAMP SIEGFRIED, OLD VIC The banality of evil, brilliantly served up

★★★★ GAGARINE Cité of dreams: hazy cosmic jive in a Paris banlieue

REISSUE CDS WEEKLY Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating in Space; Super Furry Animals - Rings Around the World

CLASSICAL CDS Lieder, folk song and a neglected conductor receiving his due

★★★★★ MIXING IT UP, HAYWARD GALLERY Anything goes, from paint on canvas to toothpaste and hair gel under plexiglass

★★★★★ BLACK DICE - MOD PROG SIC The raw electronic trio get to the hub of things

★★★★ NICOLA BENEDETTI, BARBICAN From Bach to the Highlands via New Orleans

disc of the day

Album: Catherine Graindorge - Eldorado

Ambient reflections on lockdown and death

tv

Thomas Hardy: Fate, Exclusion and Tragedy, Sky Arts review – too much and not enough

Programme does its best to shine a light on the bleak Wessex writer

Schumacher, Netflix review - authorised version of the life of an F1 legend

Portrait of German race ace doesn't dig deep enough

The North Water, BBC Two review - a terrible voyage into the great beyond

Director Andrew Haigh brings cinematic heft to this bloody whaling odyssey

film

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life review - a complex portrait of a complex man

Occasionally reverential documentary about the British neurologist

Gagarine review - hazy cosmic jive in a Paris banlieue

Cité of dreams: Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh's glowing debut feature

The Ballad of Billy McCrae review - beware the quarryman's beautiful daughter

Welsh neo-noir packs a nasty punch but falls short

new music

Kero Kero Bonito, Heaven review - euphoric bubblegum

Feel-good electropop taking on climate change and visions of peace

Album: Catherine Graindorge - Eldorado

Ambient reflections on lockdown and death

classical

Iestyn Davies, Aurora Orchestra, Collon, Kings Place review - Elizabethans and extraterrestrials

Four centuries of London's musical life anchored by a star counter-tenor

Classical CDs: Lieder, folk song and a neglected conductor receiving his due

Box sets of German songs and vintage orchestral treats, plus ethnomusicology, lively piano duets and lots of foxtrots

Nicola Benedetti, Barbican Hall review – from Bach to the Highlands via New Orleans

A bold solo voyage through three centuries of violin virtuosity

opera

The Midsummer Marriage, LPO, Gardner, RFH review – Tippett’s cornucopia shines in fits and starts

The central act is pure genius, but undramatic flaws glare in a naked concert performance

'Rest now, you God': remembering bass-baritone Norman Bailey (1933-2021)

Greatest of Wagnerians remembered by four fellow-singers and two conductors

The Magic Flute, Royal Opera review - all but a guarantee of a great night out

Opera's classiest pantomime looks better than ever in this handsome revival

theatre

The Last Five Years, Garrick Theatre review - bittersweet musical treat gets West End upgrade
Flaws remain, but audiences will lap up the melodies, singing and storyline
Blithe Spirit, Harold Pinter Theatre review - an amusing, if dated, revival of the Coward classic
Jennifer Saunders delivers a fine turn as the celebrated Madame Arcati

dance

Creature, English National Ballet, Sadler's Wells review - bombastic and unreadable

Akram Khan over-reaches in his latest big project for ENB

Hofesh Shechter Company, Double Murder, Sadler's Wells review - a well-intentioned but misjudged double bill

After the killing spree, a warm group hug. How to send an audience home feeling numb

Beauty Mixed Programme, Royal Ballet review - no dancers? No problem

The company's 90th anniversary celebration triumphs over setbacks

comedy

Blithe Spirit, Harold Pinter Theatre review - an amusing, if dated, revival of the Coward classic

Jennifer Saunders delivers a fine turn as the celebrated Madame Arcati

Anuvab Pal, Soho Theatre review - Empire and Bollywood collide

Shaggy dog story with some history thrown in

Books

Barry Adamson: Up Above the City, Down Beneath the Stars review - the post-punk colossus spills his guts in a raw style

The tale of a Manchester childhood, Magazine, the Bad Seeds and surviving heroin

Thomas Hardy: Fate, Exclusion and Tragedy, Sky Arts review – too much and not enough

Programme does its best to shine a light on the bleak Wessex writer

Colson Whitehead: Harlem Shuffle review - period piece speaks to the present

The 'Underground Railroad' novelist lets his hair down with a hardboiled crime piece devoted to 60s Harlem

visual arts

Mixing it Up, Hayward Gallery review - a glorious celebration of diversity

Anything goes, from paint on canvas to toothpaste and hair gel under plexiglass

Helen Frankenthaler: Radical Beauty, Dulwich Picture Gallery review - adventures in print

A fresh look at the American painter's reimagining of woodcut

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