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Lisa-Marie Ferla
Monday, 27 May 2019
Nothing brings home the difference between sequencing an album and sequencing a live show like going to see a classic album played in its entirety. And Manic Street Preachers’...
Rachel Halliburton
Monday, 27 May 2019
Our Town was written shortly before World War Two about a small town in America in the years leading up to World War One, yet it makes its extraordinary impact by focusing its...
Boyd Tonkin
Monday, 27 May 2019
As one half of British politics convulsed into a deeper spasm of suicidal fury, it came almost as a relief to hear a great Anglo-Italian conductor lead an impassioned Roman...
Sebastian Scotney
Monday, 27 May 2019
The sheer scale of the Mariah Carey phenomenon is truly astounding. Since the release of her first album in 1990, she has now clocked up worldwide album sales of over 200 million...
Jessica Duchen
Monday, 27 May 2019
Expectations ran high for this final concert in Benjamin Grosvenor’s Barbican/Milton Court series, especially after the magic he and the Doric Quartet wrought in their February...
Chris Harvey
Monday, 27 May 2019
Back in 2001, after the release of their debut album This Is It, The Strokes weren’t just the most fashionable band in the world, they were also regarded as the group that could “...
Nick Hasted
Monday, 27 May 2019
Haley Fohr’s disquiet at the “wildly outmoded” sexual politics of this notorious 1923 Wilde adaptation led her to cut its...
Guy Oddy
Monday, 27 May 2019
Richard Hawley’s eighth solo album, Further is, like so many of his previous discs, a masterclass in good taste and relaxed...
Boyd Tonkin
Sunday, 26 May 2019
My first, beguiling taste of Hiromi Kawakami’s fiction came when, in 2014, I and my fellow-judges shortlisted Strange...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 26 May 2019
Debates about whether 1964’s Marnie presaged Alfred Hitchcock’s downslide as a force will run and run. It is however certain...
Mark Kidel
Sunday, 26 May 2019
Yousou N’Dour has come a long way from his cassettes with Super Etoile de Dakar, that wild mbalax energy, fed by the clatter...
Owen Richards
Saturday, 25 May 2019
Blessed with a red sunset and an adoring crowd, Noel Gallagher brought life to the ruins of Cardiff Castle. With...
Veronica Lee
Saturday, 25 May 2019
They’re back and they’re looking and sounding good – and Spice Girls mania took over Dublin’s city centre for several hours...
Joseph Walsh
Saturday, 25 May 2019
It has been ten years since Canadian auteur Xavier Dolan first debuted I Killed My Mother at the Cannes Film Festival. A...
Liz Thomson
Saturday, 25 May 2019
Was it imagination or did The Waterboys’ audience at London’s Roundhouse, invited to sing along to “The Nearest Thing to Hip...
Demetrios Matheou
Saturday, 25 May 2019
Chilean Dominga Sotomayor’s third feature is a beautifully crafted example of the kind of Latin drama that is slow-burn and...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 25 May 2019
 Bartók: Complete String Quartets Quatuor Diotima (Näive)Technical infallibility is now a non-negotiable when it comes...
Tim Cumming
Saturday, 25 May 2019
Soundwalk Collective is a multi-disciplinary audio-visual collective founded by Stephan Crasneanscki, a musical psycho-...
Boyd Tonkin
Friday, 24 May 2019
By some strange alignment of the stars, Peter Sellars’s staged version of Orlando di Lasso’s Lagrime di San Pietro (Tears of...

REISSUE CDS WEEKLY: BERNARD HERRMANN The music for Hitchcock's 'Marnie' gets a revelatory reissue

★★★★ THE WATERBOYS, ROUNDHOUSE Energetic delights from Burns and Yeats to Mick Jones

★★★★ SPICE GIRLS, CROKE PARK, DUBLIN Older, wiser and absolutely fabulous

★★★ TOO LATE TO DIE YOUNG Beautifully crafted Chilean coming-of-age story

★★★★★ IGOR LEVIT, WIGMORE HALL Full-spectrum Bach from a prodigious talent

★★★★ NOEL GALLAGHER'S HIGH FLYING BIRDS, CARDIFF CASTLE Ex-Oasis icon tops an excellent day of music

disc of the day

CD: Richard Hawley - Further

South Yorkshire’s King of Cool takes it easy

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Summer of Rockets, BBC Two review - pride and prejudice in 1950s Britain

Real-life experiences make Stephen Poliakoff's Cold War drama ring true

Heathrow: Britain's Busiest Airport, ITV review - 80 million passengers but not much action

Fifth season of meandering documentary gets off to an uneventful start


Haley Fohr: Salomé, Brighton Festival 2019 review – potently camp debauch

Infamous Wilde silent film adaptation scored live and reconsidered

Cannes 2019: Matthias & Maxime review - a gently charming new drama

Xavier Dolan shows a new level of maturity with his tale of male friendship and more

Too Late To Die Young review - an absorbing, Chilean coming-of-age

The idealism of a green community holds little allure for a teen on the brink of adulthood

new music

Manic Street Preachers, Usher Hall, Edinburgh review - 20th anniversary tour lets underrated songs shine

Welsh wordsmiths ring in the old as 'This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours' turns 20

Mariah Carey, Royal Albert Hall review – fervent worshippers in Mariah-heaven

A multi-tasking superstar as well as a restless creative spirit

The Strokes, All Points East Festival review - let them entertain you

The New York quintet returned after four years, and brought their hits


Classical CDs Weekly: Bartók, Bruckner, Busoni

Hungarian string quartets, a late romantic symphony and an epic piano concerto

Los Angeles Master Chorale, Gershon, Sellars, Barbican review – embodiments of remorse

Grandeur, and fussiness, in Peter Sellars' staging of a choral masterwork


Donnerstag aus Licht, Pascal, RFH review – indulgent genius at work

Me, myself and I on stage: the trinity of Stockhausen, Michael and Jesus

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


Superhoe, Brighton Festival 2019 review - a darkly vital one-woman show
Nicôle Lecky's raw, persuasive play about sex work, social media and female empowerment


Four Quartets, Barbican Theatre review - ultimate stage poetry

TS Eliot's poems staged with dance and music are a revelation

Tribe//Still I Rise, Brighton Festival 2019 review - an evening of poetic movement

Convincing choreography based on the poetry of Maya Angelou

Traptown, Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez, Brighton Festival 2019 review - obscure to the point of ridiculous

An uneasy and inaccessible evening of performance that searches for abstraction but gets lost in its own concept


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

An evening of laughs alongside real lessons in mindfulness and neurology


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

Manga, British Museum review - stories for outsiders

Enormous exhibition on the Japanese art of graphic stories

The Best Exhibitions in London

The capital's best exhibitions now

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

Duds and gems in mixed show of paintings and sculptures

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