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Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 28 November 2021
Signs of irrevocable change materialised in December 1965. On Wednesday the 8th, a new band named The 13th Floor Elevators debuted live at The Jade Room in Austin, Texas. Band...
Bill Knight
Saturday, 27 November 2021
Paris Photo 2021 was a wonderful show. Back after the pandemic it was moved to the Grand Palais Éphémère, a temporary structure built to host major art exhibitions while the Grand...
David Nice
Saturday, 27 November 2021
Dara McAnulty’s Diary of a Young Naturalist (14 at the time of writing) is a total vision, effortlessly poetic where the likes of Rober Macfarlane sometimes seem to strive for...
Adam Sweeting
Saturday, 27 November 2021
Based fairly closely on Sally Wainwright’s 2009 ITV series Unforgiven, The Unforgivable replaces the former’s star Suranne Jones with Sandra Bullock and has airlifted the action...
Guy Oddy
Saturday, 27 November 2021
When those cold winter nights start closing in, there is really only two choices for facing up to the unpleasantness that this brings. Stay at home, batten down the hatches, whack...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 27 November 2021
 Brahms: Symphony No. 4, MacMillan: Larghetto for Orchestra Pittsburgh Symphony, Manfred Honeck (Reference Recordings)Brahms 4 originally opened with four bars of soft wind...
Joe Muggs
Saturday, 27 November 2021
Alejandra Ghersi – Arca – is one of the most influential musicians on the planet in the last decade. Even aside from working...
Rachel Halliburton
Friday, 26 November 2021
Words flow like water in TS Eliot’s Four Quartets, shimmering with allusion, swirling and eddying with the ideas and...
Robert Beale
Friday, 26 November 2021
Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé were making something of a statement in this concert. Gone was the extended platform, gone the...
Gary Naylor
Friday, 26 November 2021
Four years and a Broadway run on from its Old Vic debut, director Matthew Warchus and writer,Jack Thorne are still throwing...
Tim Cumming
Friday, 26 November 2021
Adams has long been Robert Plant’s guitarist in bands including the Sensational Space Shifters, as well as working with...
Adam Sweeting
Thursday, 25 November 2021
A caption tells us that while filming the Beatles at Twickenham Film Studios in January 1969 for a planned TV broadcast,...
Aleks Sierz
Thursday, 25 November 2021
After all the tides of monologue plays have ebbed, British new writing is now paddling in the pools of state-of-the-nation...
Jenny Gilbert
Thursday, 25 November 2021
Not so long ago, a few decades at most, anyone with a passing interest in dance knew what “modern” looked like. It was...
Joseph Walsh
Thursday, 25 November 2021
Back in 2013, Gina Gershon chewed up the scenery in the daytime movie House of Versace. Focusing on the murder of Gianni...
Thomas H Green
Thursday, 25 November 2021
Jason Isbell is a bigger noise on the other side of the Atlantic than he is in the UK but his last three albums have,...
Alexandra Coghlan
Thursday, 25 November 2021
“Am I myself?” At the tangled centre of Shakespeare’s comedy of two pairs of identical twins, servant Dromio asks the...
Cheryl Frances-Hoad
Wednesday, 24 November 2021
 In the darkness my dreams are interruptedI see the blackbird in my mind and the whirring of my brain beginsScenes...
Kieron Tyler
Wednesday, 24 November 2021
Initially, it’s about the voice. Thirteen seconds into the first track, it arrives: close-to disembodied, delivering lyrics...
 

★★★ JUSTIN ADAMS & MAURO DURANTE - STILL MOVING Genre-crossing duo on breakout set

★★★★ FOUR QUARTETS, HAROLD PINTER THEATRE Brilliant Fiennes breathes air and physicality into Eliot's work

★★★★ PAST PRESENT, LINBURY THEATRE Historic, but very much alive

★★ A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE OLD VIC  Immersive Dickens not quite a Christmas cracker

★★★ THE BEATLES: GET BACK, DISNEY+ 1969 revisited in Peter Jackson's three-part documentary

★★★ GILTBURG, HALLÉ, ELDER, BRIDGEWATER HALL, MANCHESTER Back to glorious normal?

disc of the day

Album: Arca - KICK ii / KICK iii / KICK iiii

Gothic darkness, ultrapop, high art, street music and haughty aloofness collide

tv

The Beatles: Get Back, Disney+ review - 1969 revisited in Peter Jackson's three-part documentary

Eight hours of vintage Fab Four footage may be a trifle excessive

Death of England: Face to Face, National Theatre at Home review - anti-racist trilogy ends with a bang

Roy Williams and Clint Dyer bring their monologue sequence to a triumphant conclusion

Dopesick, Disney+ review - the harrowing inside story of America's OxyContin scandal

How corporate greed rode roughshod over regulatory oversight

film

The Unforgivable review - Sandra Bullock gets stuck in a doom-struck rut

Movie version of Sally Wainwright TV thriller can't live up to its potential

House Of Gucci review – gloriously gawdy trash

Ridley Scott’s latest is a hot mess of cod accents and daytime drama, yet watchable

DVD/Blu-ray: Belleville Rendezvous

Idiosyncratic, lovable French animation, newly reissued

new music

Album: Arca - KICK ii / KICK iii / KICK iiii

Gothic darkness, ultrapop, high art, street music and haughty aloofness collide

classical

Scenes from the Wild, Morgan, CLS, Paterson, Southwark Cathedral review - a cornucopia of the seasons

Cheryl Frances-Hoad's 90-minute song cycle should be a winner when the words emerge

Classical CDs: Weak heartbeats, bell foundries and French froth

An epic German symphony, American song and Gallic wind music

Giltburg, Hallé, Elder, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review - back to glorious normal?

Adventure and attractiveness in plenty with a master of Rachmaninov

opera

The Valkyrie, English National Opera review - fitfully flickering flames

Consistently fine orchestra, singing from strong to strenuous, clear but patchy staging

The Cunning Little Vixen, CBSO, Gražinytė-Tyla, Symphony Hall Birmingham review - nature, large as life

Janáček's natural wonder goes large, in a supercharged concert staging

Macbeth, Royal Opera review - bloody, bold, and resolute

A strong ensemble for Verdi’s tragedy, but Simon Keenlyside dominates

theatre

A Christmas Carol, The Old Vic review - not quite a festive-season cracker
Stephen Mangan's Scrooge learns his lesson in imbalanced Dickens adaptation
Manor, National Theatre review – ambitious, but unconvincing
Moira Buffini’s state-of-the-nation, climate-change play runs into the doldrums

dance

Past Present, Linbury Theatre review - historic, but very much alive

Yorke Dance Project premieres the final work of Robert Cohan

Ballet Black, Linbury Theatre review - an essential part of the landscape

Twenty years on, the pity is that it's still necessary for this excellent company to exist

Curated by Carlos, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Sadler's Wells review - a star turn

Carlos Acosta and Alessandra Ferri show the young things how it's done

comedy

Alfie Brown, Soho Theatre review - a contrarian on great form

Mental health and male privilege examined

Ahir Shah, Soho Theatre review - lockdown laid bare

Disappointing show feels like a work in progress

Milk and Gall, Theatre 503 review - motherhood in the age of Trump

No-holds-barred comedy lays bare the unsentimental side of parenting

Books

Lucie Elven: The Weak Spot review - a cryptic modern fable

This study in manipulation asks what happens when our weaknesses are weaponised

Sarah Moss: The Fell review - a dark night on the hills

What happens when you go missing in a pandemic?

Claire Tomalin: The Young H.G. Wells review – days of the comet

How did a poor, weedy kid from Bromley conquer the world's imagination?

visual arts

Paris Photo 2021 review - a moveable feast

Paris Photo returns, in a new temporary home

'A nun destroyed my tent': artist Kate Daudy talks about NFTs, refugees, and having her work thrown out with the trash

The artist's first 'Non-Fungible Token' goes live as part of a new online exhibition

Waste Age, Design Museum review - too little too lame

How to create a false sense of security

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