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Veronica Lee
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Film buffs who are also tennis fans (there must be quite a few of us who fit in that particular Venn diagram) will love this quirky and experimental documentary by Julien Faraut,...
Lisa-Marie Ferla
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
At its best, the music of Glasgow band Honeyblood often sounded like a girl gang you weren’t cool enough to be a part of - making the news that singer-guitarist Stina Tweeddale...
Aleks Sierz
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Stasiland is a fascinating mental space. As a historical location, the former East Germany, or GDR, is the archetypal surveillance state, in which each citizen spies on each other...
Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Persistent depression is debilitating and terrifying, as Alastair Campbell illustrated vividly in this punchily-argued film. We first saw him looking like a disturbed, miserable...
Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
It’s remarkable that this meandering observational documentary about the five square mile airport west of London has stretched to a fifth series. Heathrow may have 77,000 staff...
Jasper Rees
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Have we passed peak Hatton Garden? It’s now four years since a gang of old lags pulled off the biggest heist of them all. They penetrated a basement next door to a safe-deposit...
Thomas H Green
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Primal Scream have played in this city, in the recent past, at the 4,500 capacity Brighton Centre but tonight they’re in a...
Maxime Pascal
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Stockhausen stands alongside Monteverdi and Beethoven as a composer who exploded the understanding of his art. Stockhausen...
Katherine Waters
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
There are children screaming in a nearby playground. Their voices rise and fall, swell and drop. Interspersed silences fill...
Joseph Walsh
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Director Asif Kapadia's documentary on the controversial 1980s sporting legend Diego Maradona premiered at Cannes this week...
Marina Vaizey
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Is there some tongue-in-cheek irony in BBC Two starting a five-part biographical documentary on Margaret Thatcher this...
Graham Fuller
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
The Woman in the Window (1944) was the first of the two riveting film noirs in which Fritz Lang directed Edward G Robinson...
Demetrios Matheou
Monday, 20 May 2019
WARNING - CONTAINS SPOILERS! And so it’s over. Eight years of thrilling, fantastical, often emotionally devastating, in some...
Russ Coffey
Monday, 20 May 2019
Musical odd couples don't come much stranger than Sting and Shaggy. Last night, at the Roundhouse, that didn't stop the...
Peter Quantrill
Monday, 20 May 2019
Mid-career, moving ever further away from composing for concert platform and church towards the stage, Berlioz found himself...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 20 May 2019
In 2010, Maxine Peake starred in The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, but this new dramatisation of Lister’s life has...
Joseph Walsh
Monday, 20 May 2019
This year, Cannes has been adamantly defending traditional cinema, with more than a few jibes at Netflix (who remain persona...
Nick Hasted
Monday, 20 May 2019
Much of Rokia Traoré’s set on Saturday night comprised folk songs about Mali’s warrior kings, connecting with her country’s...
Saskia Baron
Monday, 20 May 2019
This is a toothsome treat for Sunday nights and one of those rare occasions when the BBC has got hold of the kind of nifty...
 

★★★ RUBY WAX, BRIGHTON FESTIVAL 2019 How to remain real in an inhuman world

★★★ AL MURRAY AS THE PUB LANDLORD Ageing character offers little new on Brexit

★★★ THOMAS HARRIS: CARI MORA Hannibal's creator returns with a mixed bag of horrors

★★★★ STING AND SHAGGY, ROUNDHOUSE Wilfully uncool and irrepressibly good fun

★★★★ GAME OF THRONES, SERIES 8 FNALE, SKY ATLANTIC Who will sit on the Iron Throne?

★★★★ GENTLEMAN JACK, BBC ONE Suranne Jones swashbuckles in the new Sally Wainwright

★★★★ LA DAMNATION DE FAUST, GLYNDEBOURNE Bleak and compelling makeover

disc of the day

CD: Honeyblood - In Plain Sight

Stina Tweeddale goes solo on tricksy third album

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tv

Heathrow: Britain's Busiest Airport, ITV review - 80 million passengers but not much action

Fifth season of meandering documentary gets off to an uneventful start

Hatton Garden, ITV review - ancient burglars bore again

The infamous pensioners' heist doesn't improve on a fourth telling

film

Cannes 2019: Diego Maradona review - entertaining but skin-deep

Asif Kapadia concludes his trilogy of tragic idols with mixed results

Blu-ray: The Woman in the Window

Fritz Lang conjures a homicide that enmeshes a timid professor with another man's slinky mistress

new music

CD: Honeyblood - In Plain Sight

Stina Tweeddale goes solo on tricksy third album

Primal Scream, The Haunt, Brighton review - up-close, short, raucous and sweaty

Frenetic small-scale gig by the large-scale rock'n'roll band

Sting and Shaggy, Roundhouse review - wilfully uncool and irrepressibly good fun

An unexpectedly boombastic evening from pop's most unlikely partnership

classical

First Person: Liam Byrne on bringing Versailles to the City's 'Culture Mile'

The viola da gamba player on pleasures at the Barbican's free Sound Unbound festival

Classical CDs Weekly: Mahler, Schumann, Tamara Stefanovich

Austro-German symphonies and a multinational piano recital

Benjamin Grosvenor, Barbican review - virtuosity at its classiest

The British pianist shines bright in subtle Schumann and old-school Liszt

opera

First Person: Conductor Maxime Pascal on Stockhausen at the Southbank Centre

The man in control of a cosmic opera tonight on its visionary German composer

La Damnation de Faust, Glyndebourne review – bleak and compelling makeover

Berlioz's Romantic Everyman seen in a sobering light

Phaedra, Linbury Theatre review - from confusing passion to blazing afterlife

Henze's near-death experience gives this skewed mythology extraordinary life

theatre

ANNA, National Theatre review - great thriller, shame about the tone
Intriguing Cold War thriller is thoroughly immersive, but lacks a convincing sense of history
First Person: Ellen McDougall on finding the commonality in the American classic 'Our Town'
The director explains what drew her to the season-opener this summer at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
Gravity & Other Myths: Backbone, Brighton Festival 2019 review - eyeboggling and very human circus show
Australian troupe dazzle with balletic acrobatics, stunning precision and teamwork

dance

Within the Golden Hour/Medusa/Flight Pattern, Royal Ballet review - the company shows its contemporary face

Osipova is astonishing as ever, but Medusa the ballet misses its mark

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Mitten wir im Leben sind, De Keersmaeker, Queyras, Rosas, Sadler's Wells review - Bach-worthy genius

Outwardly austere, inwardly vibrant life-and-death journey through the six Cello Suites

comedy

Ruby Wax, Brighton Festival 2019 review - how to be human

An evening of laughs alongside real lessons in mindfulness and neurology

Andy Hamilton, Brighton Festival 2019 review - gently amusing night of reminiscence

Comedy writing perennial spends an evening answering audience questions

gaming

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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

The Lego Movie 2 Videogame review - everything is not awesome

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

visual arts

Anish Kapoor, Lisson Gallery review - naïve vulgarity and otherworldly onyx

Duds and gems in mixed show of paintings and sculptures

58th Venice Biennale review - confrontational, controversial, principled

Forcefully curated biennale which can overwhelm artists, sometimes purposefully

Cathy Wilkes, British Pavilion, Venice Biennale review - poetic and personal

Deeply personal sculptural installation muses on different generations of women and passing time

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