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Dora Neill
Monday, 14 June 2021
Drawing is the cornerstone of artistic practice, but is often overshadowed by "higher" forms of visual art, such as painting and sculpture. When we walk into an art gallery, we...
Helen Hawkins
Monday, 14 June 2021
Limbo, in Jack Thorne’s latest play, is a room lined ceiling-high with drawers, a sort of morgue rebooted as a vast filing system. It apparently provides comfy accommodation for...
David Lan
Monday, 14 June 2021
In June 2001 the London Festival of International Theatre brought Amir Nizar Zuabi’s Alive from Palestine to the Royal Court Theatre for one performance. The Guardian said, “How...
Lydia Bunt
Monday, 14 June 2021
I’m one of the women in the pages of Elinor Cleghorn’s new history of the female body, Unwell Women: A Journey Through Medicine and Myth in a Man-Made World. I’ve dealt with...
Liz Thomson
Monday, 14 June 2021
Back in dark days of the first lockdown when she was birthing her new album, Joan Armatrading was the subject of a TV documentary called, not surprisingly, Me, Myself, I, a...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 13 June 2021
In its first issue of 1979, Melody Maker included an article by Jon Savage on a Los Angeles band named Screamers. “They're ambitious, talented and they want it all NOW,” he wrote...
Mark Kidel
Sunday, 13 June 2021
The German director Robert Wiene is best known for The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari (1920), perhaps the most influential piece...
Maria Aberg
Saturday, 12 June 2021
When theatres in the UK closed last March, I found myself in a vacuum. Having been a freelance theatre director for over 15...
Jenny Gilbert
Saturday, 12 June 2021
The Royal Albert Hall – 150 years old this year and with a commemorative £5 coin to prove it – is a great  space for...
Adam Sweeting
Saturday, 12 June 2021
Lupin isn’t really about the fictional character it’s named after (the gentleman thief Arsène Lupin, created in 1905 by...
Sebastian Scotney
Saturday, 12 June 2021
Expectations are high with Julian Lage; they always have been. The guitarist is one of the special ones: born on Christmas...
David Nice
Friday, 11 June 2021
In the beginning, 38 years ago, came a career-making Mahler Third Symphony for Esa-Pekka Salonen in his first concert with...
Tom Baily
Friday, 11 June 2021
Florian Zeller: the name might not be familiar in the world of cinema. But watch this space. His stage play Le Père was...
Adam Sweeting
Friday, 11 June 2021
Fans of Bob Odenkirk’s work in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul will be delighted to see him taking centre stage in Ilya...
Richard Bratby
Friday, 11 June 2021
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra believes that its current post-lockdown summer series features the largest...
Markie Robson-Scott
Friday, 11 June 2021
Comedian Rachel Sennott stars as Danielle, a conflicted, bisexual twenty-something college student who's taking money she...
Joe Muggs
Friday, 11 June 2021
Well this is bleak. Seven studio albums, three live albums, two compilation albums, one remix album, three EPs, 33 singles,...
Adam Sweeting
Thursday, 10 June 2021
They all laughed when the streaming service Britbox declared that it wanted to become a sort of UK-orientated Netflix,...
Veronica Lee
Thursday, 10 June 2021
Mark Thomas comes on stage unannounced. It's not a show of humility – rather, he told us, amused at his own mistake, that...

★★★★★ THE FATHER Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman star in gripping dementia drama

REISSUE CDS WEEKLY: SCREAMERS First-ever official release from the Los Angeles art-punks

★★★★ LUPIN, PART 2 , NETFLIX Master of disguise versus racists and lies

★★★ BRITISH BALLET CHARITY GALA, ROYAL ALBERT HALL Darcey Bussell rallies all eight UK major dance companies to fete their survival

★★★★ BOSTRIDGE, CBSO, SEAL, SYMPHONY HALL BIRMINGHAM Malcom Arnold's Fifth Symphony shoots for the stars

★ MAROON 5 - JORDI A startingly bleak journey into the heart of giga-success


Lupin, Part 2, Netflix review - master of disguise versus racists and lies

Second coming of crowd-pleasing French drama hits virtuoso high notes

The Beast Must Die, Britbox review - a crime story which plumbs psychological depths

Jared Harris seizes centre stage in Isle of Wight-based mystery

Time, BBC One review - grim and gritty study of life behind bars by Jimmy McGovern

Sean Bean and Stephen Graham find themselves in different kinds of prison


Blu-ray: The Hands of Orlac (Orlacs Hände)

A little-known masterpiece of Austrian expressionist cinema

The Father review - gripping dementia drama

Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman star in Florian Zeller's Oscar-winning film adaptation

Nobody review - Bob Odenkirk reinvents himself as all-action dynamo

Blood-splattered thriller keeps it taut, tense and tight

new music

Album: Joan Armatrading - Consequences

More love and affection

Reissue CDs Weekly: Screamers - Demo Hollywood 1977

Important first-ever official release from the Los Angeles art-punks

Album: Julian Lage – Squint

A protean talent, but a feel of work in progress


Uchida, Philharmonia, Salonen, RFH review - Bach to the future

The conductor as beguiling composer between arrangements and a Beethoven concerto

Bostridge, CBSO, Seal, Symphony Hall Birmingham review - large and live

Malcolm Arnold's Fifth Symphony shoots for the stars in a programme of British rarities

Grosvenor, RSNO, Chan, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall online review - too big for the small screen

Polish modernism flanks Benjamin Grosvenor in Chopin's First Piano Concerto


La traviata, Opera Holland Park review – a revival in rude health

Rodula Gaitanou's production roars back with splendid singing and emotional conviction

Eugene Onegin, Garsington Opera review - choral and orchestral opulence for Tchaikovsky

How much we've missed in a year is exemplified in aspects of this hit-and-miss show


After Life, National Theatre review - thanks for the memories
Intriguing, inventive play from Jack Thorne and Headlong
Extract: David Lan's As If By Chance
Adventures in Palestine from the memoir of the former artistic director of the Young Vic
First Person: Director Maria Aberg on drawing fresh inspiration for the future
The theatre-maker sets out her stall for an ambitious, pan-European venture


British Ballet Charity Gala, Royal Albert Hall review - a celebration of sorts

Darcey Bussell rallies all eight UK major dance companies to fete their survival

Balanchine and Robbins, The Royal Ballet review - style and substance

A dazzling company tribute to America's two greatest choreographers


Mark Thomas, Soho Theatre review - new state-of-the-nation show

Post-Brexit Britain under the spotlight

Josie Long, Brighton Festival 2021 review - giddy post-lockdown spin on pregnancy-based show

Delayed for a year, Long's 2019 Edinburgh Fringe success finally makes it to Brighton


Extract: David Lan's As If By Chance

Adventures in Palestine from the memoir of the former artistic director of the Young Vic

Elinor Cleghorn: Unwell Women review – misunderstanding and misdiagnosis

Tracking the medical narratives that surround and often suppress women’s bodies

Ed Miliband: Go Big - How to Fix Our World review - reasons to hope

Ed Miliband shows us where Britain has gone wrong and how we could put it right

visual arts

Pre-Raphaelites: Drawings & Watercolours, Ashmolean Museum review - a rich array

Some of Britain's most popular artists highlight the importance and beauty of drawing

The Making of Rodin, Tate Modern review - surrealist tendencies

The sculptor is recast as a proto-modernist in a show focused on works in plaster


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