sun 13/06/2021

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Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 13 June 2021
In its first issue of 1979, Melody Maker included an article by Jon Savage on a Los Angeles band named Screamers. “They're ambitious, talented and they want it all NOW,” he wrote...
Mark Kidel
Sunday, 13 June 2021
The German director Robert Wiene is best known for The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, perhaps the most influential piece of expressionist cinema. He's not as well known as Murnau or Lang...
Maria Aberg
Saturday, 12 June 2021
When theatres in the UK closed last March, I found myself in a vacuum. Having been a freelance theatre director for over 15 years, I was used to busy – juggling a hectic schedule...
Jenny Gilbert
Saturday, 12 June 2021
The Royal Albert Hall – 150 years old this year and with a commemorative £5 coin to prove it – is a great  space for many kinds of spectacle but has done few favours for...
Adam Sweeting
Saturday, 12 June 2021
Lupin isn’t really about the fictional character it’s named after (the gentleman thief Arsène Lupin, created in 1905 by French writer Maurice Leblanc), but about Assane Diop, who’...
Sebastian Scotney
Saturday, 12 June 2021
Expectations are high with Julian Lage; they always have been. The guitarist is one of the special ones: born on Christmas Day (1987)...appearing with Carlos Santana at age seven...
David Nice
Friday, 11 June 2021
In the beginning, 38 years ago, came a career-making Mahler Third Symphony for Esa-Pekka Salonen in his first concert with...
Tom Baily
Friday, 11 June 2021
Florian Zeller: the name might not be familiar in the world of cinema. But watch this space. His stage play Le Père was...
Adam Sweeting
Friday, 11 June 2021
Fans of Bob Odenkirk’s work in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul will be delighted to see him taking centre stage in Ilya...
Richard Bratby
Friday, 11 June 2021
The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra believes that its current post-lockdown summer series features the largest...
Markie Robson-Scott
Friday, 11 June 2021
Comedian Rachel Sennott stars as Danielle, a conflicted, bisexual twenty-something college student who's taking money she...
Joe Muggs
Friday, 11 June 2021
Well this is bleak. Seven studio albums, three live albums, two compilation albums, one remix album, three EPs, 33 singles,...
Adam Sweeting
Thursday, 10 June 2021
They all laughed when the streaming service Britbox declared that it wanted to become a sort of UK-orientated Netflix,...
Veronica Lee
Thursday, 10 June 2021
Mark Thomas comes on stage unannounced. It's not a show of humility – rather, he told us, amused at his own mistake, that...
Lisa-Marie Ferla
Thursday, 10 June 2021
At no point in their near-30-year career have “shy” or “retiring” been adjectives you could apply to Garbage - and yet, on...
Sarah Kent
Wednesday, 09 June 2021
A fun film about finance – really? From the very first frame I was hooked on this can-do documentary; it’s that good. A...
Jenny Gilbert
Tuesday, 08 June 2021
People often ask why it is that in ballet there are different casts on different nights, a practice alien to opera, musicals...
Christopher Lambton
Tuesday, 08 June 2021
By chance, I started watching this streamed concert shortly after hearing a live BBC broadcast of the Philharmonia playing...
Robert Beale
Tuesday, 08 June 2021
Did you wonder what all those creative musicians and artists did when they couldn’t perform in public last winter? Some of...

★★★★ NOBODY Bob Odenkirk reinvents himself as all-action dynamo

★★★★ UCHIDA, PHILHARMONIA, SALONEN, RFH Bach to the future

★★★★ SHIVA BABY Trapped in a Jewish family gathering

★★★★ BOSTRIDGE, CBSO, SEAL, SYMPHONY HALL BIRMINGHAM Malcom Arnold's Fifth Symphony shoots for the stars

★ MARRON 5 - JORDI A startingly bleak journey into the heart of giga-success

★★★★★ THE FATHER Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman star in gripping dementia drama

disc of the day

Blu Ray: The Hands of Orlac (Orlacs Hände)

A little-known masterpiece of German expressionist cinema


Lupin, Part 2, Netflix review - master of disguise versus racists and lies

Second coming of crowd-pleasing French drama hits virtuoso high notes

The Beast Must Die, Britbox review - a crime story which plumbs psychological depths

Jared Harris seizes centre stage in Isle of Wight-based mystery

Time, BBC One review - grim and gritty study of life behind bars by Jimmy McGovern

Sean Bean and Stephen Graham find themselves in different kinds of prison


Blu Ray: The Hands of Orlac (Orlacs Hände)

A little-known masterpiece of German expressionist cinema

The Father review - gripping dementia drama

Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman star in Florian Zeller's Oscar-winning film adaptation

Nobody review - Bob Odenkirk reinvents himself as all-action dynamo

Blood-splattered thriller keeps it taut, tense and tight

new music

Reissue CDs Weekly: Screamers - Demo Hollywood 1977

Important first-ever official release from the Los Angeles art-punks

Album: Julian Lage – Squint

A protean talent, but a feel of work in progress

Album: Maroon 5 - Jordi

A startlingly bleak journey into the heart of giga-success


Uchida, Philharmonia, Salonen, RFH review - Bach to the future

The conductor as beguiling composer between arrangements and a Beethoven concerto

Bostridge, CBSO, Seal, Symphony Hall Birmingham review - large and live

Malcolm Arnold's Fifth Symphony shoots for the stars in a programme of British rarities

Grosvenor, RSNO, Chan, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall online review - too big for the small screen

Polish modernism flanks Benjamin Grosvenor in Chopin's First Piano Concerto


La traviata, Opera Holland Park review – a revival in rude health

Rodula Gaitanou's production roars back with splendid singing and emotional conviction

Eugene Onegin, Garsington Opera review - choral and orchestral opulence for Tchaikovsky

How much we've missed in a year is exemplified in aspects of this hit-and-miss show


First Person: Director Maria Aberg on drawing fresh inspiration for the future
The theatre-maker sets out her stall for an ambitious, pan-European venture
The Death of a Black Man, Hampstead Theatre review - blistering theatre with an unflinching vision
Uncomfortable truths beneath the poisoned patter in revival of Alfred Fagon's 1975 play


British Ballet Charity Gala, Royal Albert Hall review - a celebration of sorts

Darcey Bussell rallies all eight UK major dance companies to fete their survival

Balanchine and Robbins, The Royal Ballet review - style and substance

A dazzling company tribute to America's two greatest choreographers


Mark Thomas, Soho Theatre review - new state-of-the-nation show

Post-Brexit Britain under the spotlight

Josie Long, Brighton Festival 2021 review - giddy post-lockdown spin on pregnancy-based show

Delayed for a year, Long's 2019 Edinburgh Fringe success finally makes it to Brighton


Ed Miliband: Go Big - How to Fix Our World review - reasons to hope

Ed Miliband shows us where Britain has gone wrong and how we could put it right

Nichola Raihani: The Social Instinct review - the habits of co-operation

A book that goes the way of most evolutionary psychology texts

Kylie Whitehead: Absorbed review - boundary-blurry, darkly funny debut

Body horror portrait delves deep into questions of anxiety and identity

visual arts

The Making of Rodin, Tate Modern review - surrealist tendencies

The sculptor is recast as a proto-modernist in a show focused on works in plaster


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