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Tom Birchenough
Tuesday, 15 October 2019
David Greig’s reimagining of Stanisław Lem’s 1961 novel has brought a masterpiece of intellectual science fiction back to its philosophical core. Over the concentrated two hours...
David Nice
Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Verdi, Elgar, Janáček, John Adams - just four composers who achieved musical transcendence to religious texts as what convention would label non-believers, and so have no need of...
Jenny Gilbert
Tuesday, 15 October 2019
This programme of three short works is all about influence, specifically the supposed cross currents between ballet and contemporary dance in the latter half of the 20th century....
Aleks Sierz
Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Sabrina Mahfouz is a British-Egyptian writer who has explored issues of Muslim and British identity in various formats. Her work includes poetry, fiction, anthologies and...
David Nice
Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Two hours' drive from Tbilisi over a beautiful mountain pass, lushly wooded on the descent, the Tsinandali Estate has been central to Georgia's wine-growing district of Kakheti...
Nick Hasted
Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Time passes slowly and remorselessly in The Irishman. Though its much remarked de-ageing technology lets us glimpse Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro) executing German POWs aged 24,...
Mark Kidel
Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Foals, the band with a trademark sound characterised by the African-style intricate interplay of rhythm rather than lead...
Boyd Tonkin
Monday, 14 October 2019
You seldom expect to feel the breath of apocalypse and the terror of the grave amid the modestly rationalist architecture...
Lisa-Marie Ferla
Monday, 14 October 2019
It’s an easy joke to suggest that James Arthur needs an editor. By this point, the 31-year-old singer is almost as famous...
Liz Thomson
Sunday, 13 October 2019
For visitors to New York, it’s all about Manhattan, its 23 square miles of skyscraper-encrusted granite instantly familiar,...
Sarah Kent
Sunday, 13 October 2019
Every now and then a book comes out that can change lives. If a survey like this had appeared when I was a student at the...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 13 October 2019
The temptation with the 20th anniversary reissue of Ḣ-Camp Meets Lo-Fi (Explosion Picture Score) is to look for traces of...
Joe Muggs
Saturday, 12 October 2019
If there was ever a documentary that needed you to have good speakers on your TV setup – or good headphones if you're...
Aleks Sierz
Saturday, 12 October 2019
True stories, even in a fictional form, have the power to grip you by the throat, furiously shake your body and then give...
Kieron Tyler
Saturday, 12 October 2019
“I had my first inter-racial relationship.” Moments after walking on stage and before the first song, PP Arnold is...
Stephen Walsh
Saturday, 12 October 2019
Considering that Janáček’s Vixen is, among other things, an allegory of the passing and returning years, it’s appropriate...
Adam Sweeting
Saturday, 12 October 2019
While recent motor racing movies have been built around superstar names like Ayrton Senna and James Hunt, the protagonists...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 12 October 2019
 Ed Lyon - 17th Century Playlist Ed Lyon (tenor), Theatre of the Ayre (Delphian)Lutenist Elizabeth Kenny describes this...
Kieron Tyler
Saturday, 12 October 2019
Spaghetti Western guitar, rumbling bass, a rattling keyboard pulse and an unyielding forward thrust combine to delineate...

★★★ ELF LYONS, KOMEDIA, BRIGHTON Bonkers, brilliant and a bit of bare bum

★★★★★ THE CUNNING LITTLE VIXEN, WELSH NATIONAL OPERA Janáček’s life cycle comes up fresh and inspiring after four decades

CLASSICAL CDS WEEKLY Baroque songs, guitar quintets and a recital from a young Bulgarian violinist

★★★★ MARK LANEGAN BAND - SOMEBODY'S KNOCKING Growling auteur continues his purple period with an album of winningly dark pop

★★★ LFF 2019: LE MANS '66 Matt Damon, Christian Bale and the Ford Motor Company go to war

★★★★★ STUDIO 17: THE LOST REGGAE TAPES, BBC FOUR The inside story of the evolution of reggae

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Studio 17: The Lost Reggae Tapes, BBC Four review - a perfectly paced tale of world-shaking basslines and human frailty

The inside story of the evolution of reggae and the family that helped facilitate it

The Capture, BBC One, series finale review - nimble drama alive with twists

Ben Chanan's paranoid what-if surveillance thriller goes out on another question

Doing Drugs for Fun, Channel 5 review - why the cocaine trade is no laughing matter

Blissfully ignorant Brits collide with crushing home truths in Colombia


LFF 2019: Le Mans '66 review - Matt Damon, Christian Bale and the Ford Motor Company go to war

Battle of the race aces, plus 'The Aeronauts', 'Greed' and 'The Exorcist' revisited

Gemini Man review - high-concept, high-tech Zen weirdness

Ang Lee's baffled action effort, with surplus Will Smiths

The Day Shall Come review – Homeland Security satire lacks bite

Chris Morris' new comedy highlights the absurdity of the War on Terror

new music

CD: Foals - Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 2

Intelligent pop with poetry and heart

CD: James Arthur - You

Pop delinquent grows up on extended third album

Reissue CDs Weekly: Dip - Ḣ-Camp Meets Lo-Fi

Collaboration between former Sugarcube and the evolving Jóhann Jóhannsson subverts expectations


Bevan, The Sixteen, Genesis Sixteen, Christophers, Barbican review - MacMillan transcends again

Thoughtful showcasing of UK and London premieres for the Scotish composer's latest

theartsdesk at the Tsinandali Festival: young Caucasians join hands and instruments

World-class chamber players and young orchestras on a Georgian country estate

Verdi Requiem, LPO, Gardner, RFH review – beyond the big noise

The LPO's incoming chief delivers a well-defined, strong-minded interpretation


The Cunning Little Vixen, Welsh National Opera review - family night in the forest

Janáček’s life cycle comes up fresh and inspiring after four decades

Orpheus in the Underworld, English National Opera review – ENO goes to hell

Offenbach's sparkling operetta is well sung, but this production is dead on arrival

The Silver Lake, English Touring Opera review - shadows of the Weimar twilight

A welcome resurrection of Kurt Weill's sombre farewell to Germany


Solaris, Lyric Hammersmith review - moving and finely cerebral
David Greig’s dream-drama of cosmic loneliness is sci-fi at its most philosophical
A History of Water in the Middle East, Royal Court review - feminist dreams and passions
New lecture about British imperialism is energetically engaging, but rather slender
Baby Reindeer, Bush Theatre review - break, break, breaking Gadd
Provocative one-man show about a stalker by stand-up comedian Richard Gadd is darkly exciting


Cross Currents/Monotones II/Everyone Keeps Me, Linbury Theatre review - the Royal Ballet finds the missing link

In exploring the road not taken, the Royal Ballet turns up treasures old and new

Dada Masilo's Giselle, Sadler's Wells review - bold, brutal, unforgiving

Startling cultural retread of the romantic ballet, set in a South African village

Manon, Royal Opera House review - splendid start to the season

MacMillan's 'dirty little diamond digger' proves her worth yet again


Elf Lyons, Komedia, Brighton review - bonkers, brilliant and a bit of bare bum

An endearing personal journey into why guinea pigs hate their loving, attentive owners

Rob Beckett, St David's Hall, Cardiff review - a mixed bag of observations

Scattergun approach yields both killer lines and tame misses

DVD: Do Not Adjust Your Set / At Last The 1948 Show

What the Pythons did first: the remnants of two iconic 1960s shows, restored with respect


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

Rembrandt's Light, Dulwich Picture Gallery review - a film-maker out of time?

A novel collaboration between curators and cinematographer Peter Suschitzky

Gauguin Portraits, National Gallery review - me, myself and I

The French artist didn't revolutionise portraiture, he was too interested in himself


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