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Rachel Halliburton
Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Joe Hill-Gibbins’ uncompromising production of The Tragedy of Richard II for the Almeida hurtles through Shakespeare’s original text, stripping and flaying it so it is revealed in...
Veronica Lee
Wednesday, 19 December 2018
It's perhaps unfair to review a film through the prism of one that predates it by more than half a century, but even fans of Mary Poppins Returns (and I am one of them) can't help...
Veronica Lee
Wednesday, 19 December 2018
With the politics of hate alive and well both sides of the Atlantic, this seems a good time to revive Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori's 2003 musical, which is set in Civil Rights-...
Tom Birchenough
Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Postcards from London is a surprise. You will certainly come away from Steve McLean’s highly stylised film with a new conception of what it means to be an “art lover”, and his...
Rachel Halliburton
Tuesday, 18 December 2018
If you’re looking for a Christmas with more pagan edge than saccharine cheer, where the wolves are howling and the mythological characters are steeped in the terror and mystery of...
David Nice
Tuesday, 18 December 2018
Like the fountains that sprang up in the desert during the Holy Family's flight into Egypt - according to a charming episode in the Gospel of Pseudo-Matthew - Berlioz's new-found...
Thomas H Green
Tuesday, 18 December 2018
It’s about to begin. The final performance on the final night – and only UK date – of the European Apocalypse package...
Sebastian Scotney
Tuesday, 18 December 2018
Two successive nights, two contrasted solo keyboard recitals at the Wigmore Hall: not great for the knees but marvellous for...
Guy Oddy
Tuesday, 18 December 2018
2018 has been a quietly encouraging year for fans of music that doesn’t kowtow to mainstream norms. There were fine debut...
Matt Wolf
Monday, 17 December 2018
The Tell-Tale Heart may be the title of an 1843 short story by Edgar Allen Poe, but rest assured that Anthony Neilson's...
Tom Baily
Monday, 17 December 2018
Alex Honnold is part of a unique and often mythologised faction of the rock climbing community. To “free solo” is to climb...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 17 December 2018
Paul Merton has a lot of strings to his bow – stand-up, improv artist, historian of silent-movie-era comedy, quiz-show...
Bernard Hughes
Monday, 17 December 2018
Like a supermarket "Christmas Dinner" sandwich, cramming the delights of a full festive lunch into every bite, Epiphoni...
Matthew Wright
Monday, 17 December 2018
Matthew Bourne has been a significant experimental and collaborative presence on the scene since 2001, when he won the...
Marina Vaizey
Sunday, 16 December 2018
It is 1914 – a fateful year for assassinations, war and revolution. The fictional Erast Petrovich Fandorin, the protagonist...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 16 December 2018
In April 1973, John Peel wrote that “For my money, Tangerine Dream are the best of the Kosmische Music bands. Whenever any...
Barney Harsent
Sunday, 16 December 2018
Kosua was released only last month, but its journey began two years ago when George Thompson, aka Black Merlin, released...
Hanna Weibye
Saturday, 15 December 2018
The Matthew Bourne Swan Lake has become a classic. And – lest that word conjure up dusty tomes and a niggling sense of...
Aleks Sierz
Saturday, 15 December 2018
Wow! First, the Black Panther team took cinema by storm; now, they have conquered theatre as well. Or, at least, two of them...
 

★★★★★ ALBUMS OF THE YEAR: FARAI - REBIRTH Raging release blows away the competition

★★★★ SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY, NETFLIX The Boss hits the Great White Way

★★★★ THE CONVERT, YOUNG VIC Africa's electric cry for justice

★★★★★ MATTHEW BOURNE'S SWAN LAKE, SADLER'S WELLS Endlessly inventive update of classic Tchaikovsky production

★★★★ BORIS AKUNIN: BLACK CITY Tsarist agent extraordinaire Fandorin returns

★★★ ALADDIN, NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE Paul Merton makes his pantomime dame debut

★★★★ FREE SOLO The loneliness of the long-distance climber explored

★★★★★ EPIPHONI CONSORT, READER, ST PAUL'S Historical drama with seasonal spirit

disc of the day

DVD/Blu-ray: Postcards from London

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tv

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film

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new music

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classical

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opera

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theatre

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dance

Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake, Sadler's Wells - vivid, enchanting

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comedy

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US comic with an original take on all manner of things

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gaming

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