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Demetrios Matheou
Friday, 24 May 2024
In the way of Batman being overshadowed by his villains, in his last outing, Mad Max: Fury Road, the erstwhile hero of George Miller’s dystopian action series had to take a...
Adam Sweeting
Friday, 24 May 2024
It was – let’s see – 63 years ago today that Brian Wilson taught the band to play. Fabled for their resplendent harmonies and ecstatic hymning of the sun-kissed California dream,...
Tom Carr
Friday, 24 May 2024
If there is one positive of the past decade, it must be the growing openness with mental health and wellbeing. Whether in the films we watch or music we listen to, there is much...
Tom Birchenough
Thursday, 23 May 2024
There’s a fierce, dark energy to the Globe’s new Richard III that I don’t recall at that venue for a fair while. The drilled cast dances seemed more frenzied, and there are more...
Bernard Hughes
Thursday, 23 May 2024
Like his baggy white suit, pitched somewhere between Liberace and Colonel Sanders, Pavel Kolesnikov’s playing was spotless at the Wigmore Hall last night. It comprised two very...
Aleks Sierz
Thursday, 23 May 2024
It’s often said that contemporary American playwrights are too polite, too afraid of giving offence. But this accusation can’t be levelled at Stephen Adly Guirgis, whose dramas –...
Thomas H Green
Thursday, 23 May 2024
Isobel Campbell has maintained a consistent career on the fringes of popular music for three decades. She's made a home in...
Nick Hasted
Wednesday, 22 May 2024
Anita Pallenberg was a vital presence in the Stones’ most vital years. Her bright eyes and hungry mouth betrayed a ferocious...
Helen Hawkins
Wednesday, 22 May 2024
From New York’s Public Theater, the venue that nurtured Hamilton, comes another estimable pocket musical, Passing Strange....
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 22 May 2024
He’s not the kind of actor who has paparazzi following him around Beverly Hills or staking out his yacht in St Barts, but...
Kieron Tyler
Wednesday, 22 May 2024
The final track of Samana’s third album is titled “The Preselis,” after the west Welsh mountain range – the place...
Caspar Gomez
Tuesday, 21 May 2024
If the weather’s good TGE Beach is a grand start to a day. As it sounds, it’s a purpose-built seafront space to the east of...
Veronica Lee
Tuesday, 21 May 2024
The most striking thing about the 1976 documentary (restored and re-released by the BFI) is just how polite Billy Connolly...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 20 May 2024
The previous incarnation of Ian Rankin’s Scottish detective on ITV starred, in their contrasting styles, John Hannah and Ken...
Boyd Tonkin
Monday, 20 May 2024
Better (much better, indeed) late than never. The Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique should have given their cycle of...
Rachel Halliburton
Monday, 20 May 2024
Five years after it first clattered onto the Glyndebourne stage, André Barbe and Renaud Doucet’s visually exuberant Die...
Robert Beale
Monday, 20 May 2024
It’s probably a bit early to be getting misty-eyed about the approaching end of Sir Mark Elder’s time as music director of...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 20 May 2024
Clinton Baptiste – clairvoyant, medium and psychic – first appeared briefly as a character in Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights on...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 19 May 2024
Original pressings of Love And Poetry sell for up to £2,800. Copies of the August 1969 debut album by Andwellas Dream can...

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★★★★ REBUS, BBC ONE Revival of Ian Rankin's Scottish 'tec hits the jackpot

★★★★ ALBUM: SAMANA - SAMANA Hypnotic psychedelic folk from the Welsh valleys

'I THINK OF HER AS A PROTO-PUNK: DOCUMENTARIST SVETLANA ZILL ON ANITA PALLENBERG The co-director considers her revelatory account of the Stones' muse of mayhem

★★★★ THE GREAT ESCAPE FESTIVAL 2024, BRIGHTON Checking out gigs by Being Dead, Kneecap, Pip Blom, Looking Glass Alice and more

★★★★ PASSING STRANGE, YOUNG VIC Giles Terera excels leading a livewire cast in an irreverent look at Black identity

★★★ DVD/BLU-RAY: BILLY CONNOLLY - BIG BANANA FEET The comic caught on the cusp of his fame as he tours Ireland in 1975

★★★ CLINTON BAPTISTE, TOURING Spoof clairvoyant on great form

disc of the day

Album: Twenty One Pilots - Clancy

Pop-rock duo close their long-running narrative with aplomb

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tv

The Beach Boys, Disney+ review - heroes and villains and good vibrations

Stylish retelling of the Beach Boys saga could use sharper teeth

theartsdesk Q&A: Eddie Marsan and the American Revolution, posh boys and East End gangsters

Versatile actor on playing John Adams opposite Michael Douglas in Apple TV+’s ‘Franklin'

Rebus, BBC One review - revival of Ian Rankin's Scottish 'tec hits the jackpot

Richard Rankin makes a compelling debut as the unorthodox Edinburgh cop

film

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga review - just as mad without Max

George Miller’s latest dystopian dust-up in the desert

The Beach Boys, Disney+ review - heroes and villains and good vibrations

Stylish retelling of the Beach Boys saga could use sharper teeth

'I think of her as a proto-punk': documentarist Svetlana Zill on Anita Pallenberg

The co-director considers her revelatory account of the Stones' muse of mayhem

new music

Album: Twenty One Pilots - Clancy

Pop-rock duo close their long-running narrative with aplomb

Album: Isobel Campbell - Bow to Love

The Scottish singer's latest is woozy, ultra laidback and sometimes delicious

Album: Samana - Samana

Hypnotic psychedelic folk from the Welsh valleys

classical

Kolesnikov, Wigmore Hall review - celestial navigation through a cabinet of wonders

Quirky but brilliant programme finds connections between unlikely bedfellows

Hough, Hallé, Elder, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review - affection and adventure

Sir Stephen Hough’s piano concerto receives its European premiere

opera

Die Zauberflöte, Glyndebourne review - cornucopia of visual inventiveness eclipses everything else

An operatic feast for the eyes doesn't translate into conceptual satisfaction

Carmen, Glyndebourne review - total musical fusion

Production tells the story, mostly, but it’s the lead and the conductor who electrify

L'Olimpiade, Irish National Opera review - Vivaldi's long-distance run sustained by perfect teamwork

Sporting confusions and star-crossed lovers clarified by vivacious singing and playing

theatre

Richard III, Shakespeare's Globe review - Michelle Terry riffs with punk bravado
A female cast rips into toxic masculinity in a rebalanced treatment of villainy
Between Riverside and Crazy, Hampstead Theatre review - race, religion and rough justice
Stephen Adly Guirgis’s Pulitzer-Prize winner finally makes it to London
Passing Strange, Young Vic review - exuberant pocket musical with a thoughtful core
Giles Terera excels leading a livewire cast in an irreverent look at Black identity

dance

The Winter's Tale, Royal Ballet review - what a story, and what a way to tell it!

A compelling case for ROH's ballet-friendly rebrand

All You Need Is Death review - a future folk horror classic

Irish folkies seek a cursed ancient song in Paul Duane's impressive fiction debut

MacMillan Celebrated, Royal Ballet review - out of mothballs, three vintage works to marvel at

Less-known pieces spanning the career of a great choreographer underline his greatness

comedy

DVD/Blu-ray: Billy Connolly - Big Banana Feet

The comic caught on the cusp of his fame as he tours Ireland in 1975

Clinton Baptiste, Touring review - spoof clairvoyant on great form

Character has life beyond 'Phoenix Nights'

Jack Docherty, Soho Theatre review - warm and witty childhood memoir

Former chat show host on his David Bowie obsession

Books

Extract: Pariah Genius by Iain Sinclair

A form-defying writer explores the troubled mindscape of a Soho photographer

Jonn Elledge: A History of the World in 47 Borders review - a view from the boundaries

Enjoyable journey through the byways of how lines on maps have shaped the modern world

Lisa Kaltenegger: Alien Earths review - a whole new world

Kaltenegger's traverses space in her thoughtful exploration of the search for life among the stars

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