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Jasper Rees
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Have we passed peak Hatton Garden? It’s now four years since a gang of old lags pulled off the biggest heist of them all. They penetrated a basement next door to a safe-deposit...
Thomas H Green
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Primal Scream have played in this city, in the recent past, at the 4,500 capacity Brighton Centre but tonight they’re in a venue which holds well under 400. A bananas atmosphere...
Maxime Pascal
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Stockhausen stands alongside Monteverdi and Beethoven as a composer who exploded the understanding of his art. Stockhausen deeply changed the relationship between space, time and...
Katherine Waters
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
There are children screaming in a nearby playground. Their voices rise and fall, swell and drop. Interspersed silences fill with the sound of running, the movement and cacophony...
Joseph Walsh
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Director Asif Kapadia's documentary on the controversial 1980s sporting legend Diego Maradona premiered at Cannes this week, and there's something unsatisfying about the fact it...
Marina Vaizey
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Is there some tongue-in-cheek irony in BBC Two starting a five-part biographical documentary on Margaret Thatcher this Monday? Mrs Thatcher was Britain’s first female Prime...
Graham Fuller
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
The Woman in the Window (1944) was the first of the two riveting film noirs in which Fritz Lang directed Edward G Robinson...
Demetrios Matheou
Monday, 20 May 2019
WARNING - CONTAINS SPOILERS! And so it’s over. Eight years of thrilling, fantastical, often emotionally devastating, in some...
Russ Coffey
Monday, 20 May 2019
Musical odd couples don't come much stranger than Sting and Shaggy. Last night, at the Roundhouse, that didn't stop the...
Peter Quantrill
Monday, 20 May 2019
Mid-career, moving ever further away from composing for concert platform and church towards the stage, Berlioz found himself...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 20 May 2019
In 2010, Maxine Peake starred in The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister, but this new dramatisation of Lister’s life has...
Joseph Walsh
Monday, 20 May 2019
This year, Cannes has been adamantly defending traditional cinema, with more than a few jibes at Netflix (who remain persona...
Nick Hasted
Monday, 20 May 2019
Much of Rokia Traoré’s set on Saturday night comprised folk songs about Mali’s warrior kings, connecting with her country’s...
Saskia Baron
Monday, 20 May 2019
This is a toothsome treat for Sunday nights and one of those rare occasions when the BBC has got hold of the kind of nifty...
Saskia Baron
Monday, 20 May 2019
This is a real passion project; British filmmaker Andy Dunn spent years building up a relationship with the late American...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 20 May 2019
Al Murray's Pub Landlord character has been around since the mid-1990s. As such, it's a wonder that Murray has managed to...
Nick Hasted
Monday, 20 May 2019
Martial arts mayhem, Shaolin philosophy, a tribe of masked hip hop warriors emerging from the mist of Staten Island, a...
Russ Coffey
Monday, 20 May 2019
Some say that every successful rock star's career can be divided into three phases. First comes the youthful exuberance....
Katie Colombus
Sunday, 19 May 2019
Once the self proclaimed poster girl for mental illness, Ruby Wax has evolved her stand up act, because, as she puts it, “...

★★★ RUBY WAX, BRIGHTON FESTIVAL 2019 How to remain real in an inhuman world

★★★★ LA DAMNATION DE FAUST, GLYNDEBOURNE Bleak and compelling makeover

★★★★ STING AND SHAGGY, ROUNDHOUSE Wilfully uncool and irrepressibly good fun

★★★ THOMAS HARRIS: CARI MORA Hannibal's creator returns with a mixed bag of horrors

★★★★ GAME OF THRONES, SERIES 8 FNALE, SKY ATLANTIC Who will sit on the Iron Throne?

★★★★ GENTLEMAN JACK, BBC ONE Suranne Jones swashbuckles in Sally Wainwright's dramatisation

★★★ AL MURRAY AS THE PUB LANDLORD, SKEGNESS Ageing character offers little new on Brexit

disc of the day

Blu-ray: The Woman in the Window

Fritz Lang conjures a homicide that enmeshes a timid professor with another man's slinky mistress

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Hatton Garden, ITV review - ancient burglars bore again

The infamous pensioners' heist doesn't improve on a fourth telling

Thatcher: A Very British Revolution, BBC Two review - demolishing the boys' club

Charting the irresistible rise of Britain's first female Prime Minister

Game of Thrones, Sky Atlantic, Series 8 Finale review – who will sit on the Iron Throne?

HBO’s epic saga ends a controversial final season on a high


Cannes 2019: Diego Maradona review - entertaining but skin-deep

Asif Kapadia concludes his trilogy of tragic idols with mixed results

Blu-ray: The Woman in the Window

Fritz Lang conjures a homicide that enmeshes a timid professor with another man's slinky mistress

Cannes 2019: Too Old to Die Young - nightmarish LA noir

'Neon Demon' director Nicolas Winding Refn turns to TV with Miles Teller

new music

Primal Scream, The Haunt, Brighton review - up-close, short, raucous and sweaty

Frenetic small-scale gig by the large-scale rock'n'roll band

Sting and Shaggy, Roundhouse review - wilfully uncool and irrepressibly good fun

An unexpectedly boombastic evening from pop's most unlikely partnership

Rokia Traoré: Dream Mandé: Bamanan Djourou, Brighton Festival 2019 review – traditions soar free

Rokia Traoré takes Mali's music on a slow dance to transcendence


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

Benjamin Grosvenor, Barbican review - virtuosity at its classiest

The British pianist shines bright in subtle Schumann and old-school Liszt


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

Phaedra, Linbury Theatre review - from confusing passion to blazing afterlife

Henze's near-death experience gives this skewed mythology extraordinary life


First Person: Ellen McDougall on finding the commonality in the American classic 'Our Town'
The director explains what drew her to the season-opener this summer at the Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park
Gravity & Other Myths: Backbone, Brighton Festival 2019 review - eyeboggling and very human circus show
Australian troupe dazzle with balletic acrobatics, stunning precision and teamwork
salt., Royal Court review - revisiting the Atlantic slave trade
One woman's journey to explore the slave trade is both personal and provocative


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

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

Mitten wir im Leben sind, De Keersmaeker, Queyras, Rosas, Sadler's Wells review - Bach-worthy genius

Outwardly austere, inwardly vibrant life-and-death journey through the six Cello Suites


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

An evening of laughs alongside real lessons in mindfulness and neurology

Andy Hamilton, Brighton Festival 2019 review - gently amusing night of reminiscence

Comedy writing perennial spends an evening answering audience questions


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

The Lego Movie 2 Videogame review - everything is not awesome

Few fresh ideas means this movie adaptation treads the same old ground

visual arts

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

Duds and gems in mixed show of paintings and sculptures

58th Venice Biennale review - confrontational, controversial, principled

Forcefully curated biennale which can overwhelm artists, sometimes purposefully

Cathy Wilkes, British Pavilion, Venice Biennale review - poetic and personal

Deeply personal sculptural installation muses on different generations of women and passing time

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