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Veronica Lee
Friday, 23 March 2018
Simon Evans, at 52, is far too young to be a grumpy old man, but he’s doing his best to prepare for the role, with this amusingly dyspeptic show about the ageing process, and how...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 23 March 2018
The last we heard of US duo Daphne & Celeste was 18 years ago, when they made their name with three hits, notably the nursery rhyme, playground chant bitch-offs “U.G.L.Y.” and...
Aleks Sierz
Thursday, 22 March 2018
In the same week that Arinzé Kene’s Misty, a play that passionately questions the clichés of plays about black Britons (you know, gun crime, knife crime and domestic abuse), Black...
Adam Sweeting
Thursday, 22 March 2018
The mystery remains of why they keep tucking away The Good Fight on More4, as they did with its illustrious predecessor The Good Wife. No disrespect to 4’s ancillary channel – now...
Marina Vaizey
Thursday, 22 March 2018
There is a jaguar in the house. Aged five days, and having been rejected by her mother, Maya has arrived from the wildlife park where she was born for hand-rearing by Giles Clark...
Matthew Bourne
Thursday, 22 March 2018
Nobody deserves the title of New Adventures “legend” more than Scott Ambler; nobody is remembered more affectionately – the generosity of spirit, the many kindnesses, the fierce...
Jasper Rees
Thursday, 22 March 2018
Steven Soderbergh has always been capable of a big Hollywood moment – Magic Mike, Oceans etc. But much of his filmography...
Jenny Gilbert
Thursday, 22 March 2018
Sean Holmes is artistic director of the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, yet his revival of this seminal Irish play has taken two...
Florence Hallett
Thursday, 22 March 2018
Painted in ice-cream shades punctuated with vivid red, the series of portraits made by Picasso in the early weeks of 1932...
Bernard Hughes
Thursday, 22 March 2018
I left this concert a bit depressed, but not because of anything I heard: rather, by the conservatism of London concert-...
Joe Muggs
Thursday, 22 March 2018
The death of “world music” is a wonderfully reassuring thing. That is to say, with every year that passes, it becomes less...
Matt Wolf
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
No, this isn't the large-scale Kander and Ebb musical, which opened in 1992 in London before transferring for a sizable run...
Matt Wolf
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
It's long been a theatrical given, especially in musicals, that characters need to be seen to change: a climactic duo in the...
Sarah Kent
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
The American artist, Joan Jonas is one of the pioneers of performance art. Now 82, she is being honoured with a Tate Modern...
Barney Harsent
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
Jack White isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. Whether it’s launching a record player into space to play Carl Sagan’s “A...
Aleks Sierz
Tuesday, 20 March 2018
You could call it an absence of yellow. Until very recently British theatre has been pretty poor at representing the stories...
Peter Culshaw
Tuesday, 20 March 2018
The packed crowd at the Jazz Café was fired up by a sizzling samba soul band led by Kita Steuer on bass and vocals, singing...
Alexandra Baraitser
Tuesday, 20 March 2018
It was always my dream to be an artist but I never expected to be a curator. Graduates considering vocations in critical and...
Tom Birchenough
Tuesday, 20 March 2018
The Bulgarian co-directing duo of Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov proved their skill with the scalpel in slicing...
Matt Wolf
Monday, 19 March 2018
Shakespeare's death-laden play is alive and well and breathing with renewed force in Hackney, the last British stop for an...

★★★★ JOAN JONAS, TATE MODERN Elusive beauty from the pioneer of performance art 

★★★ JACK WHITE - BOARDNG HOUSE REACH flashes of occasional brilliance in a bold experiment

★★★★ HANSEL AND GRETEL, RNCM, MANCHESTER Beautiful singing, orchestral warmth

★★★★★ VIVALDI'S THE FOUR SEASONS, SAM WANAMAKER PLAYHOUSE beguilingly beautiful show from the UK's most exciting puppeteers

★★★★ THE GREAT WAVE, NATIONAL THEATRE REVIEW Moving epic of global loss

★★★ 13 COMMANDMENTS, CHANNEL 4 Murder most Flemish

disc of the day

CD: Daphne & Celeste - Daphne & Celeste Save the World

Unexpectedly off-the-wall comeback album from pop girls of yesteryear

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The Good Fight, Series 2, More4 review - the longer they do it, the better it gets

Public perils and private passions as the scintillating legal saga returns

Big Cats About the House, BBC Two review - irresistible feline-human bonding

When a jaguar comes to stay... Wildlife television goes domestic

The Durrells, Series 3, ITV review - a winter warmer from Corfu

Take a load off with some Mediterranean escapism


Unsane review - Claire Foy in bonkers horror satire

Steven Soderbergh takes a wild pop at insurers and stalkers

DVD: Glory

Second film from accomplished Bulgarian directing duo adds dark comedy to repertoire

Mary Magdalene review - potent, feminist revisionism

Stripped-back, rigorously human reimagining of Jesus and his female disciple

new music

CD: Daphne & Celeste - Daphne & Celeste Save the World

Unexpectedly off-the-wall comeback album from pop girls of yesteryear

CD: Baloji - 137 Avenue Kaniama

Congolese-Belgian singer-songwriter rolls continents and decades into a singular vision

CD: Jack White – Boarding House Reach

The former White Stripe shows flashes of occasional brilliance in a bold experiment


Donohoe, LPO, Orozco-Estrada, RFH review – wit aplenty in rare Stravinsky

Creative programming deserved a better audience turn-out

Classical CDs Weekly: Prokofiev, Philip Sawyers, Andrew Matthews-Owen

Russian violin concertos, plus two discs of contemporary music

Faust, LSO, Gardiner, Barbican review - Schumann as never before

An elusive violin concerto reassessed in victory for a misunderstood orchestral master


Hansel and Gretel, RNCM, Manchester review – an urban dream

Beautiful singing, orchestral warmth and ingenious re-imagining of the fairytale opera

La traviata, English National Opera review - into a vortex of ineptitude

Daniel Kramer digs a grave for musical-theatre possibilities

Wake, Birmingham Opera Company review - power to the people

The chorus is the real star in Giorgio Battistelli's ambitious operatic parable


Black Men Walking, Royal Court review - inspiring and exhilarating
Yorkshire hikers reclaim the English countryside - and their identities
Sir Matthew Bourne remembers Scott Ambler 1960-2018 – 'A prince among men'
New Adventures Artistic Director's tribute to his core collaborator and star performer
The Plough and the Stars, Lyric Hammersmith review - trenchant reimagining of Irish classic
O'Casey's injunction to love thy neighbour above thy country hits home in timely update


Sir Matthew Bourne remembers Scott Ambler 1960-2018 – 'A prince among men'

New Adventures Artistic Director's tribute to his core collaborator and star performer

Bernstein triple bill, Royal Ballet review - epic ambitions unfulfilled

Composer outshines McGregor, Scarlett and Wheeldon in centenary tribute

Macbeth, Wilton's Music Hall review - incisive and thrilling dance theatre

Mark Bruce Company's wordless take on the Scottish Play is stunning


Metal Gear Survive review - staying alive shouldn't be such a slog

Bring out your wild side in this strange survivalist simulation

EA Sports UFC 3 review - the art of fighting has never looked so good

Why bob and weave when you can ground and pound?

Best of 2017: Games

Quality nearly matches quantity

visual arts

Picasso 1932: Love Fame Tragedy, Tate Modern review - a diary in paint?

Biography prevails in a compelling account of the artist's year of wonders

Joan Jonas, Tate Modern review - work as elusive as it is beautiful

The pioneer of performance art who disguises her presence

The Best Exhibitions in London

From Charles I's collection to modern marginal lives in photography: our favourite shows to see now

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