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Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 16 June 2019
In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988–2003 was issued by Warner Bros. in October 2003. Hitting shops in time for Xmas, it mixed hits like “Everybody Hurts”, “Man on the Moon” and “...
Jasper Rees
Saturday, 15 June 2019
"I am amazed to be still alive. Two hours of medieval torment.” Franco Zeffirelli - who has died at the age of 96 - had spent the day having a lumbar injection to treat a sciatic...
Lisa-Marie Ferla
Saturday, 15 June 2019
They showed up with a 30+ song setlist, four costume changes and a floating platform, but the strongest moment of the Backstreet Boys’ tour was when they dispensed with all of...
Joseph Walsh
Saturday, 15 June 2019
There's something unsatisfying about the fact that Asif Kapadia's new documentary on the controversial 1980s sporting legend Diego Maradona has a two-word title. It would have...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 15 June 2019
 Daniel Elms: Islandia (New Amsterdam Records)Composers have long taken inspiration from landscape, and much of Daniel Elms’ absorbing Islandia is rooted in the ambience,...
Saskia Baron
Friday, 14 June 2019
The best joke in Men in Black: International happens before the film starts, when the iconic Columbia Pictures lady in a toga whips out a pair of familiar dark glasses. It’s a...
Roger Wright
Friday, 14 June 2019
The composition course founded more than 25 years ago at Snape by composers Oliver Knussen and Colin Matthews is in full...
Florence Hallett
Friday, 14 June 2019
Forthright and often disturbing, Francis Bacon’s “male couplings” are also ambiguous, and it is this disjunction that gives...
Katie Colombus
Friday, 14 June 2019
In a post Ed Sheeran world, with a glut of acoustic singer-songwriters like Lewis Capaldi, Tom Walker or Odell, James Bay,...
Kieron Tyler
Friday, 14 June 2019
If contemplated without a context, Loops in the Secret Society initially appears to be a bold 68-minute, double-album fusion...
Matt Wolf
Thursday, 13 June 2019
Terence Rattigan completists, and count myself among them, will leap at the chance to see a rare production courtesy the...
Sarah Kent
Thursday, 13 June 2019
Kiss My Genders may not claim to be a survey, yet it seems perverse to mount an exhibition of work by LGBTQ artists who...
Alexandra Coghlan
Thursday, 13 June 2019
“For I have found Demetrius like a jewel. Mine own, and not mine own.” Mine own and not mine own. This idea of...
Tom Birchenough
Thursday, 13 June 2019
There’s a joke early on in Sweat, Lynn Nottage’s superlative drama about American working lives, in which a lively bar-room...
Adam Sweeting
Thursday, 13 June 2019
A starring role for Scrabble is one of the things that sets this small-scale but deceptively affecting film apart. Writer...
Veronica Lee
Thursday, 13 June 2019
Madonna is the queen of reinvention and Madame X, her 14th studio album, marks another new brilliant, bonkers chapter in her...
Tom Baily
Wednesday, 12 June 2019
All is not well in Boston, Lincolnshire. Unemployment, immigration concerns, Brexit frustration, and the highest murder rate...
Rachel Halliburton
Wednesday, 12 June 2019
Nicholas Hytner’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Bridge Theatre is a feat of exuberant brilliance, a gender-juggling romp...
Ellie Porter
Wednesday, 12 June 2019
“Lenny’s coming! Lenny’s coming!” When the lights go down at the O2 tonight, it’s not just the small child behind us who’s...

★★★★ WHAT'S MY NAME: MUHAMMAD ALI, SKY ATLANTIC Why they called him The Greatest

★★★★★ SWEAT, GIELGUD THEATRE The indelible power of Lynn Nottage’s new play confirmed

★★★★ CD: MADONNA - MADAME X A mixed bag, but a brilliant and bonkers reinvention

★★★ KISS MY GENDERS, HAYWARD Important issues addressed, but a shambles nevertheless

★★★★  A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, NEVILL HOLT OPERA Britten sprinkled with fairy-dust

★★★★ SOMETIMES ALWAYS NEVER Bill Nighy leads an excellent cast in a tale of loss & lovely words

disc of the day

CD: Jane Weaver - Loops in the Secret Society

Perplexing mash-up of the sonic adventurer’s last two albums

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Franco Zeffirelli: 'I had this feeling that I was special'

Recalling a two-day audience at the home of the great maestro, who has died aged 96

Wild Bill, Episode 1, ITV review - an American in Lincolnshire

Rob Lowe plays top cop in goofy crime drama

What's My Name: Muhammad Ali, Sky Atlantic review - why they called him The Greatest

Portrait of the boxing legend and his place in American history


Franco Zeffirelli: 'I had this feeling that I was special'

Recalling a two-day audience at the home of the great maestro, who has died aged 96

Diego Maradona review - entertaining but skin-deep

Asif Kapadia concludes his trilogy of tragic idols with mixed results

Men in Black: International review - lacklustre sequel missing original stars

One reboot too many as a new generation of alien exterminators fail to ignite

new music

Reissue CDs Weekly: R.E.M.

The surprise return of ‘In Time: The Best of R.E.M. 1988–2003’

Backstreet Boys, SSE Hydro, Glasgow review - 90s boyband showcase grown-up new material

Florida five-piece balance newness and nostalgia on DNA arena tour

Charlie Cunningham, Queen Elizabeth Hall review - Spanish guitar and strong songs

An endearing, intimate set of warm melodies and powerful, percussive guitar


Classical CDs Weekly: Daniel Elms, Hindemith, Tchaikovsky

Hull encapsulated in sound, plus German violin sonatas and a tragic symphony

Roger Wright on Oliver Knussen: ‘his challenge to us all to remain curious lives on’

Inspiring composer, conductor and mentor remembered by Snape Maltings CEO

Kozhukhin, RPO, Petrenko, RFH review - more cultured than electrifying

Brahms within bounds and smooth Strauss in a well-measured romantic double bill


Franco Zeffirelli: 'I had this feeling that I was special'

Recalling a two-day audience at the home of the great maestro, who has died aged 96

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Nevill Holt Opera review - sprinkled with musical fairy-dust

An innocent, joyful take on Britten's ambiguous fantasy

Porgy and Bess, Grange Park Opera review - good versus evil in Catfish Row

A fine new production of Gershwin's opera, if in the most incongruous of opera houses


Franco Zeffirelli: 'I had this feeling that I was special'
Recalling a two-day audience at the home of the great maestro, who has died aged 96
While the Sun Shines, Orange Tree Theatre review - frothy, yes, up to a point
Slice of Rattigan esoterica is useful to see even as it shows its age
Sweat, Gielgud Theatre review - searing drama of working life
The indelible power of Lynn Nottage’s new play confirmed in Donmar transfer


Cinderella, English National Ballet, Royal Albert Hall review - big, bright and bankable

Christopher Wheeldon's glossy arena show suggests bigger isn't better

The Firebird triple bill, Royal Ballet review - generous programme with Russian flavour

Trio of substantial pieces offers something for everyone

San Francisco Ballet, Liang/Marston/Pita, Sadler's Wells - elemental, ethereal and kitschy, too

Visiting company mixes moods and climates in varied and variable mixed bill


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

An evening of laughs alongside real lessons in mindfulness and neurology


Rage 2 review – garish but great post-apocalyptic shooter

Challenge The Authority in this 'Mad Max on mushrooms' renegade romp

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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

Francis Bacon: Couplings, Gagosian Gallery review - sex and power in double figures

A small selection focuses on the painter's radical figure paintings

Kiss My Genders, Hayward Gallery review – a shambles

Important issues addressed in an exhibition that should have been so much better

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The capital's best exhibitions now

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