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Sebastian Scotney
Monday, 16 July 2018
"Homeward Bound – the Farewell Tour", they were calling it. But with a show this strong, nobody would complain if that farewell were to turn out at some point not to be absolutely...
David Nice
Monday, 16 July 2018
How do you go about co-ordinating a spectacular like this, the first ever BBC Young Musicians' Prom? With 23 brilliant soloists from clarinettist Michael Collins, not even the...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 16 July 2018
So it’s back to London’s Bishop Street police station for a third series of screenwriter Chris Lang’s cold case saga. The understated rapport of lead duo DI Cassie Stuart (Nicola...
Javi Fedrick
Monday, 16 July 2018
Hailing from Canada and born from the ashes of cult indie heroes Women (the band responsible for that chiming Calgary guitar sound), Preoccupations haven’t let up since their...
Matthew Wright
Monday, 16 July 2018
This is Drake’s account of his astrological sign, the only one to be represented in multiple forms: an eagle and phoenix as well as the poisonous creepy-crawlie. (At an unwieldy...
Boyd Tonkin
Sunday, 15 July 2018
On new year’s day in 2013, Guy Stagg set out to walk alone from Canterbury to Jerusalem. He planned this journey, which would take ten months, cross 11 countries and cover 5500km...
Nick Hasted
Sunday, 15 July 2018
Father Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) calls himself one of God’s lonely men. The term given to Paul Schrader’s anti-heroes since...
David Nice
Sunday, 15 July 2018
Valiant Opera Holland Park, always taking up the gauntlet for Italian operas which should mostly never be staged again....
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 15 July 2018
Music from Sudan is overshadowed by the country’s recent history. At the end of June 1989, Colonel Omar al-Bashir assumed...
Matt Wolf
Saturday, 14 July 2018
There's surprising and then there's The Lehman Trilogy, the National Theatre premiere in which a long-established director...
Gavin Dixon
Saturday, 14 July 2018
The First Night of the Proms is always a tricky one to programme, bringing together themes of the season, perhaps a new work...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 14 July 2018
Mozart: Piano Concertos nos 12 and 13, Double Concerto in Eb Marie-Pierre Langlamet and Joan Rafaelle Kim (harps), Varian...
Aleks Sierz
Saturday, 14 July 2018
Britain is rightly proud of its record on multiculturalism, but whenever cross-cultural couples are shown on film,...
Stephen Walsh
Saturday, 14 July 2018
Much as I love Strauss’s Ariadne in its final form, I have a sneaking nostalgia for the original version (attached to...
Ellie Porter
Saturday, 14 July 2018
This woozy, seductive slice of gothic Americana is the Canadian quartet’s first album in six years, a swampy follow-up to...
Owen Richards
Friday, 13 July 2018
How well do you know the person you love? Are they someone completely different when you’re not around? This is the central...
Heather Neill
Friday, 13 July 2018
It's been raining in Regent's Park. On a balmy summer evening during a prolonged dry spell – perfect for outdoor theatrics...
Tom Birchenough
Friday, 13 July 2018
Carla Simón’s debut feature Summer 1993 is a gem of a film by any standards, but when you learn that its story is based...
Graham Rickson
Friday, 13 July 2018
You come to Christopher Ian Smith’s New Town Utopia expecting a damning indictment of post-war British planning. But while...
 

★★★★★ GUY STAGG, THE CROSSWAY A gripping pilgrimage through faith and doubt

★★★ PROM 1, BBCSO, ORAMO Spectacular First Night of the Proms

★★ ALKALINE, PARK THEATRE Female friendship comedy drama is occasionally bright, but lacks plot and depth

★★★★★ KEEPING FAITH This summer's watercooler drama

★★★★★ ARIADNE AUF NAXOS, LONGBOROUGH FESTIVAL Strauss's chamber masterpiece brilliantly staged, finely played and sung

★★★★ THE LEHMAN TRILOGY, NATIONAL THEATRE A newly-minimalist Sam Mendes guides an expert cast to sublime heights

disc of the day

CD: Drake - Scorpion

Rap star's 25-track epic: streaming triumph or editing disaster?

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tv

Unforgotten, Series 3, ITV review - death on the M1

Detectives Stuart and Khan are back to tackle another long-buried mystery

Keeping Faith, BBC One review - this summer's watercooler drama

New BBC Wales drama promises to grip from opening episode

Picnic at Hanging Rock, BBC One review - camp girls' school gothic

Natalie Dormer leads a rebooted adaptation of the contemporary Australian classic

film

First Reformed - faith fights the eco-apocalypse

Hawke and Seyfried search for divine light in Paul Schrader's austere parable

Summer 1993 review - the tenderest fabric of childhood

Aching sensitivity and directorial magic in an outstanding Catalan debut

DVD: New Town Utopia

Off-beat celebration of post-war British town planning

new music

Paul Simon, BST Hyde Park review - still sprightly after 76 years

Powerful and wide-ranging performance from one of the all-time songwriting greats

Preoccupations, The Haunt, Brighton review - energetic set struggles to win over audience

Four-man post-punk machine try to whip up a storm in reluctant seaside venue

CD: Drake - Scorpion

Rap star's 25-track epic: streaming triumph or editing disaster?

classical

Prom 3, BBC Young Musician at 40 review - multi-layered birthday cake

Fabulous foursomes, five Gershwinistas and tziganery offer three-quarters perfection

Prom 1, BBCSO, Oramo review – spectacular First Night of the Proms

Dynamic but sensitive Holst, multi-media show high on spectacle but low on substance

Classical CDs Weekly: Berio, Maderna, Mozart, Matthew Gee

Two imaginative discs of transcriptions, plus spills and thrills from a top trombonist

opera

Isabeau, Opera Holland Park review - Mascagni's lumpy Godiva-ride rarity

Fine singing and playing can't quite sell a hoary slice of awkward medievalism

Ariadne auf Naxos, Longborough Festival review - appetising energy and wit

Strauss's chamber masterpiece brilliantly staged, finely played and sung

Alzira / The Daughter of the Regiment, Buxton Festival review – thundering good tunes

Early Verdi opera proves there’s life in the young dog yet, Plus a Californian Donizetti

theatre

The Lehman Trilogy, National Theatre review - an acting tour de force
A newly-minimalist Sam Mendes guides an expert cast to sublime heights
Alkaline, Park Theatre review - faith, friendship and failure
Female friendship comedy drama is occasionally bright, but lacks plot and depth
As You Like It, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre review - love among the bucolic hippies
Earnest environmental messages underpin celebratory, musically gleeful Shakespeare

dance

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The Sleeping Beauty, London Coliseum review - a triumph for English National Ballet

Kenneth MacMillan's timeless staging brings out the best in ENB

Michael Chance on continuing opera in Hampshire: 'good people like to work with good people'

The countertenor turned impresario launches a second season of The Grange Festival

comedy

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gaming

Jurassic World Evolution review - manage a dinosaur theme park and make a killing

A comprehensive management sim where you feed the exhibits, the punters and your bank balance

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Detroit: Become Human review – a robot story with real heart

A big budget interactive story where your decisions can flip the script

visual arts

The Best Exhibitions in London

From Murillo to Monet and beyond: our favourite shows to see now

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, V&A review - appearances aren't everything

Sumptuous exhibition prioritises image over artist

diep~haven 2018 review - a missed connection?

Curiously apolitical festival of contemporary art at a ferry crossing

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