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Peter Quantrill
Sunday, 21 July 2019
In cricket, timing is everything. Played a fraction early and that silky cover drive finds a batsman out to lunch as the ball cannons into his stumps. Too late and it dribbles...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 21 July 2019
“As much as I love New York City, it’s all too obvious that Cleveland is about to become the musical focal point that the Big Apple has been on and off since the beginning of the...
Matt Wolf
Saturday, 20 July 2019
Robert Holman’s 1986 Bush Theatre play – seen most recently in London at the Donmar Warehouse in 2012 – makes for a beautifully acted curio of a film that, intriguingly, boasts...
Gavin Dixon
Saturday, 20 July 2019
A new commission, a Romantic tone poem and a choral spectacular – standard fare for the First Night of the Proms. Traditionally, the First Night sets out the themes for the season...
Graham Fuller
Saturday, 20 July 2019
In Tell It to the Bees, sex is aberrant unless it’s conducted by a straight married couple. Since Annabel Jankel’s low-key drama is set in a grim Scottish mill town in 1952, you...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 20 July 2019
 Stewart Goodyear: Callaloo, Piano Sonata; Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue Stewart Goodyear (piano), Chineke! Orchestra/Wayne Marshall (Orchid Classics)Callaloo is Stewart...
Russ Coffey
Saturday, 20 July 2019
The first thing you notice about Guesswork is the sound. Or rather, what's missing: there are none of the usual...
Boyd Tonkin
Friday, 19 July 2019
Die Zauberflöte rarely attracts the plain cooks of the operatic world. Mozart’s farewell opera chucks so many highly-spiced...
Adam Sweeting
Friday, 19 July 2019
One of the most memorable moments in Ron Howard’s documentary about Luciano Pavarotti is one of its earliest scenes. It’s a...
Sarah Kent
Friday, 19 July 2019
The City of London is an ecological disaster. Around Bank, Mansion House and Cannon Street there’s scarcely a green leaf to...
Tom Birchenough
Friday, 19 July 2019
French director Agnès Varda looks back over a cinematic career of seven decades in this a richly moving film farewell,...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 19 July 2019
Club music has its own micro-universe, with its own rules, jargon, and fans. It also has globe-trotting stars most people...
Nick Hasted
Thursday, 18 July 2019
The cynicism of this film’s existence squeezes all the feeling from it. It approaches cherished childhood memories of the...
Thursday, 18 July 2019
It's been much the same trajectory over the past few years for many of us: look through the Proms prospectus, feel a bit...
Florence Hallett
Thursday, 18 July 2019
Sculpture is as much a part of Yorkshire as cricket and a decent cup of tea, with the “sculpture triangle”, comprising four...
Saskia Baron
Thursday, 18 July 2019
This gothic yarn set in 1850s Snowdonia stars Maxine Peake as Elen. She’s left alone with two young daughters to manage...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
“All this evil and dark crap was supposed to be fun,” complains exasperated Norwegian black metal overlord Euronymous,...
Katie Colombus
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
I guess the thing with jazz is, you never quite know where you stand with it. The endless, drifting circular loops of sound...
Veronica Lee
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
It’s hard to convey in an age of equal marriage and gender fluidity the impact that k.d. lang’s Ingénue had when it was...

★★ THE LION KING A technological triumph doesn't touch the heart

★★★ YORKSHIRE SCULPTURE INTERNATIONAL New festival seals bid to be Britain's home of sculpture

PICK OF THE BBC PROMS 2019 Our critics choose highlights from the next eight weeks

★★★ PAVAROTTI Ron Howard's portrait of the fabled tenor leaves his inner life unexamined

★★★ LORDS OF CHAOS Unpleasant yet humorous account of heavy metal's darkest true story

★★ GWEN Period film underuses Maxine Peake & gives starring role to rainy Welsh hills instead

★★★★ THE NIGHT OF THE IGUANA, NOEL COWARD THEATRE Clive Owen and Lia Williams burn bright

★★★★★ K.D.LANG, BRIGHTON DOME Superb revival of classic album

disc of the day

CD: Lloyd Cole - Guesswork

The veteran singer-songwriter shows it's never too late for a change

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The Day We Walked on the Moon, ITV review - it was 50 years ago to the day

You've heard it all before, but this was an entertaining ride

8 Days: To the Moon and Back, BBC Two review - intimate peek at life in lunar capsule

Insightful doco-drama combines re-enactments with real cockpit audio


Tell It to the Bees review - taboo love in 1950s Scotland

A woman doctor changes the lives of a struggling factory worker and her young son

Pavarotti review - enjoyable but superficial survey of a superstar

Ron Howard's portrait of the fabled tenor leaves his inner life unexamined

Varda by Agnès review - a richly moving film farewell

Her wonderful personality to the fore, Agnès Varda shares her life and work

new music

Reissue CDs Weekly: Peter Laughner

Major box-set tribute to the important American underground catalyst

CD: Lloyd Cole - Guesswork

The veteran singer-songwriter shows it's never too late for a change

CD: Hot Since 82 - 8-track

Successful DJ-producer fires out a brain bubblebath for the initiated


Prom 1, BBCSO, Canellakis review - space-age First Night

Programme lacks logic, but choral spectacular opens the season in style

Classical CDs Weekly: Stewart Goodyear, Nielsen, Weinberg

Cross-cultural pianism, analogue treasures from the Decca vault, and a powerful Russian symphony

Pick of the BBC Proms 2019

Our classical music/opera reviewers choose their favourites from the next eight weeks


Die Zauberflöte, Glyndebourne Festival review – high jinks in the Grand Mozart Hotel

Some delicious singing cuts through fanciful upstairs-downstairs frolics

Pavarotti review - enjoyable but superficial survey of a superstar

Ron Howard's portrait of the fabled tenor leaves his inner life unexamined

Pick of the BBC Proms 2019

Our classical music/opera reviewers choose their favourites from the next eight weeks


The Night of the Iguana, Noël Coward Theatre review - Clive Owen and Lia Williams burn bright
Star cast deliver a terrific revival of Tennessee Williams's last masterpiece
The Best Plays in London
What to see where and until when: theartsdesk's stage tips
Equus, Trafalgar Studios review - passionate intensity
Lean and hungry brilliance in Ned Bennett's production of Peter Shaffer


Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras, Sadler's Wells review - storming opening to flamenco festival

Sara Baras confirms flamenco as a dynamic and innovative force

Mari review - bittersweet drama with flair

Unusual mash-up of styles creates a strangely compelling film

The Mother, QEH review - Natalia goes psycho

Osipova is mesmerising in bleak dance-drama about maternal mental health


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!

An eclectic line-up spanning music, theatre, dance, visual art, film, comedy, literature and spoken word could be yours with boutique hotel and exquisite meals included

World War Z review - bloodthirsty fun with the zombie apocalypse

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

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