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Veronica Lee
Friday, 24 May 2019
Most people know Emily Atack from The Inbetweeners, where she played Charlotte, the object of Will's desire. More recently, she found new fans as the runner-up on 2018's I'm a...
Mark Kidel
Friday, 24 May 2019
Anatole Litvak’s The Night of the Generals (1967), beautifully restored here to 4K, is a tortuous and at times entertaining mash-up of the July 1944 plot to kill Hitler and the...
Nick Hasted
Thursday, 23 May 2019
Rokia Traoré’s passage through this year’s Brighton Festival has been central, binding it to her Malian identity in a series of gigs. This hands-on Guest Director’s pulsing Afro-...
Boyd Tonkin
Thursday, 23 May 2019
You seldom hear a Champions League-level roar of approval at the Wigmore Hall. Last night, though, Igor Levit drew a throaty collective bark of appreciation from the audience...
Joseph Walsh
Thursday, 23 May 2019
Moments before Quentin Tarantino’s blistering, outrageous work screened at Cannes, a message was delivered on behalf of the director, asking reviewers to avoid spoilers. It’s easy...
Rachel Halliburton
Thursday, 23 May 2019
Mammon and Yahweh are the presiding deities over an epic enterprise that tells the story not just of three brothers who founded a bank but of modern America. Virgil asked his Muse...
Tom Baily
Thursday, 23 May 2019
Next up in Disney’s parade of live-action revamps is: yes, Aladdin. The other recent re-dos – Cinderella, Beauty and the...
Katherine Waters
Thursday, 23 May 2019
Manga, the Japanese art of the graphic novel, took its modern form in the 1800s. Illustrated stories already had a long...
Thomas H Green
Thursday, 23 May 2019
Unfortunately, it’s now reached the point where it’s impossible to mention Morrissey without politics overshadowing music....
Katie Colombus
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Maya Angelou’s iconic poem Still I Rise is a good starting point for many things in life. But it’s a particularly good...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Hallelujah! At last the BBC have commissioned a Stephen Poliakoff series that makes you want to come back for episode two (...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Tonight comes with a caveat, delivered before proceedings begin by the one-woman show’s writer and performer Nicôle Lecky,...
Peter Quantrill
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
What happens on the stage of Stockhausen’s first opera would fill a book – quite a bad novel – but the plot is simple enough...
Liz Thomson
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Prufrock might have measured his life in coffee spoons but for many of us it’s rock albums, the money to buy them way back...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Persistent depression is debilitating and terrifying, as Alastair Campbell illustrated vividly in this punchily-argued film...
Aleks Sierz
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Stasiland is a fascinating mental space. As a historical location, the former East Germany, or GDR, is the archetypal...
Veronica Lee
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Film buffs who are also tennis fans (there must be quite a few of us who fit in that particular Venn diagram) will love this...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
It’s remarkable that this meandering observational documentary about the five square mile airport west of London has...
Steve O'Rourke
Wednesday, 22 May 2019
Rage 2 is a wacky Dayglo-infused post-apocalyptic world filled with various different factions who, for one reason or...
 

★★★★ SUPERHOE, BRIGHTON FESTIVAL 2019 A darkly vital one-woman show

★★★★ SUMMER OF ROCKETS, BBC TWO Pride and prejudice in 1950s Britain

★★ HEATHROW: BRITAIN'S BUSIEST AIRPORT, ITV 80 million passengers but not much action

★★★★ MARK KNOPFLER, ROYAL ALBERT HALL The Sultan's return

★★★ ANNA, NATIONAL THEATRE Great thriller, shame about the tone

★★★★ JOHN MCENROE: IN THE REALM OF PERFECTION A fascinating oddity

★★★★ ALISTAIR CAMPBELL: DEPRESSION AND ME, BBC TWO Is there an alternative to a life on anti-depressants?

★★★★ DONNERSTAG AUS LICHT, PASCAL, RFH Indulgent genius at work

★★★★ RAGE 2 Garish but great post-apocalyptic shooter

disc of the day

Blu-ray: The Night of the Generals

Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif star in pedestrian Nazi-infested 1960s murder mystery

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tv

Summer of Rockets, BBC Two review - pride and prejudice in 1950s Britain

Real-life experiences make Stephen Poliakoff's Cold War drama ring true

Heathrow: Britain's Busiest Airport, ITV review - 80 million passengers but not much action

Fifth season of meandering documentary gets off to an uneventful start

film

Blu-ray: The Night of the Generals

Peter O’Toole and Omar Sharif star in pedestrian Nazi-infested 1960s murder mystery

Cannes 2019: Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood review - sun-soaked black comedy

25 years after Pulp Fiction's Cannes premiere, Tarantino wrestles with one of Hollywood's most notorious moments

Aladdin review - live-action remake in classic Disney mould

Will Smith has the only magic in update of 1992 animation

new music

CD: Morrissey - California Son

An often ear-pleasing covers album, but from a singer who urgently needs an artistic statement that clarifies his worldview

Mark Knopfler, Royal Albert Hall review - the Sultan's return

Dire Straits' frontman hits the road for what he says will be his last tour.

classical

Igor Levit, Wigmore Hall review – full-spectrum Bach from a prodigious talent

The Russian-born Berliner delivers gripping pianistic theatre

First Person: Liam Byrne on bringing Versailles to the City's 'Culture Mile'

The viola da gamba player on pleasures at the Barbican's free Sound Unbound festival

Classical CDs Weekly: Mahler, Schumann, Tamara Stefanovich

Austro-German symphonies and a multinational piano recital

opera

Donnerstag aus Licht, Pascal, RFH review – indulgent genius at work

Me, myself and I on stage: the trinity of Stockhausen, Michael and Jesus

First Person: Conductor Maxime Pascal on Stockhausen at the Southbank Centre

The man in control of a cosmic opera tonight on its visionary German composer

La Damnation de Faust, Glyndebourne review – bleak and compelling makeover

Berlioz's Romantic Everyman seen in a sobering light

theatre

Superhoe, Brighton Festival 2019 review - a darkly vital one-woman show
Nicôle Lecky's raw, persuasive play about sex work, social media and female empowerment
ANNA, National Theatre review - great thriller, shame about the tone
Intriguing Cold War thriller is thoroughly immersive, but lacks a convincing sense of history

dance

Tribe//Still I Rise, Brighton Festival 2019 review - an evening of poetic movement

Convincing choreography based on the poetry of Maya Angelou

Traptown, Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez, Brighton Festival 2019 review - obscure to the point of ridiculous

An uneasy and inaccessible evening of performance that searches for abstraction but gets lost in its own concept

Within the Golden Hour/Medusa/Flight Pattern, Royal Ballet review - the company shows its contemporary face

Osipova is astonishing as ever, but Medusa the ballet misses its mark

comedy

Ruby Wax, Brighton Festival 2019 review - how to be human

An evening of laughs alongside real lessons in mindfulness and neurology

gaming

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

visual arts

Manga, British Museum review - stories for outsiders

Enormous exhibition on the Japanese art of graphic stories

The Best Exhibitions in London

The capital's best exhibitions now

Anish Kapoor, Lisson Gallery review - naïve vulgarity and otherworldly onyx

Duds and gems in mixed show of paintings and sculptures

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