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Matthew Wright
Monday, 16 July 2018
This is Drake’s account of his astrological sign, the only one to be represented in multiple forms: an eagle and phoenix as well as the poisonous creepy-crawlie. (At an unwieldy...
Adam Sweeting
Sunday, 15 July 2018
So it’s back to London’s Bishop Street police station for a third series of screenwriter Chris Lang’s cold case saga. The understated rapport of lead duo DI Cassie Stuart (Nicola...
Boyd Tonkin
Sunday, 15 July 2018
On new year’s day in 2013, Guy Stagg set out to walk alone from Canterbury to Jerusalem. He planned this journey, which would take ten months, cross 11 countries and cover 5500km...
Nick Hasted
Sunday, 15 July 2018
Father Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke) calls himself one of God’s lonely men. The term given to Paul Schrader’s anti-heroes since Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle is usefully explained by...
David Nice
Sunday, 15 July 2018
Valiant Opera Holland Park, always taking up the gauntlet for Italian operas which should mostly never be staged again. Worst was Zandonai's Francesca da Rimini, where musical...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 15 July 2018
Music from Sudan is overshadowed by the country’s recent history. At the end of June 1989, Colonel Omar al-Bashir assumed control and it became a one-party state. Shariah law was...
Thomas H Green
Sunday, 15 July 2018
Jamaican DJ/MC Popcaan, spelt to be pronounced West Indian patois-style, was discovered by dancehall kingpin (and convicted...
Matt Wolf
Saturday, 14 July 2018
There's surprising and then there's The Lehman Trilogy, the National Theatre premiere in which a long-established director...
Gavin Dixon
Saturday, 14 July 2018
The First Night of the Proms is always a tricky one to programme, bringing together themes of the season, perhaps a new work...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 14 July 2018
Mozart: Piano Concertos nos 12 and 13, Double Concerto in Eb Marie-Pierre Langlamet and Joan Rafaelle Kim (harps), Varian...
Aleks Sierz
Saturday, 14 July 2018
Britain is rightly proud of its record on multiculturalism, but whenever cross-cultural couples are shown on film,...
Stephen Walsh
Saturday, 14 July 2018
Much as I love Strauss’s Ariadne in its final form, I have a sneaking nostalgia for the original version (attached to...
Ellie Porter
Saturday, 14 July 2018
This woozy, seductive slice of gothic Americana is the Canadian quartet’s first album in six years, a swampy follow-up to...
Owen Richards
Friday, 13 July 2018
How well do you know the person you love? Are they someone completely different when you’re not around? This is the central...
Heather Neill
Friday, 13 July 2018
It's been raining in Regent's Park. On a balmy summer evening during a prolonged dry spell – perfect for outdoor theatrics...
Tom Birchenough
Friday, 13 July 2018
Carla Simón’s debut feature Summer 1993 is a gem of a film by any standards, but when you learn that its story is based...
Graham Rickson
Friday, 13 July 2018
You come to Christopher Ian Smith’s New Town Utopia expecting a damning indictment of post-war British planning. But while...
Thursday, 12 July 2018
Let's be honest, this is the least interesting Proms season on paper for years, at least in terms of adventurous repertoire...
Jasper Rees
Thursday, 12 July 2018
How many people were watching Picnic at Hanging Rock as it took its bow on BBC One? This opening episode happened to be...

PICK OF THE 2018 BBC PROMS Women composers first and last, blockbuster Bernstein

★★★★ DVD: NEW TOWN UTOPIA Off-beat celebration of post-war British town planning

'STEPPING RIGHT OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE' James Gilchrist on mixing Debussy with jazz

★★★★★ KEEPING FAITH This summer's watercooler drama

★★★★ AS YOU LIKE IT Love among the bucolic hippies

★★★★★ SUMMER 1993 The tenderest fabric of childhood

disc of the day

CD: Drake - Scorpion

Rap star's 25-track epic: streaming triumph or editing disaster?

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Unforgotten, Series 3, ITV review - death on the M1

Detectives Stuart and Khan are back to tackle another long-buried mystery

Keeping Faith, BBC One review - this summer's watercooler drama

New BBC Wales drama promises to grip from opening episode

Picnic at Hanging Rock, BBC One review - camp girls' school gothic

Natalie Dormer leads a rebooted adaptation of the contemporary Australian classic


First Reformed - faith fights the eco-apocalypse

Hawke and Seyfried search for divine light in Paul Schrader's austere parable

Summer 1993 review - the tenderest fabric of childhood

Aching sensitivity and directorial magic in an outstanding Catalan debut

DVD: New Town Utopia

Off-beat celebration of post-war British town planning

new music

Reissue CDs Weekly: Kamal Keila

With ‘Muslims and Christians’, Sudan attempts to unite Africa through music

CD: Popcaan - Forever

Rising Jamaican star sends our reviewer nuts... not in a good way

CD: Cowboy Junkies – All That Reckoning

The band returns with a woozy, occasionally shining album


Prom 1, BBCSO, Oramo review – spectacular First Night of the Proms

Dynamic but sensitive Holst, multi-media show high on spectacle but low on substance

Classical CDs Weekly: Berio, Maderna, Mozart, Matthew Gee

Two imaginative discs of transcriptions, plus spills and thrills from a top trombonist

Pick of the 2018 BBC Proms: women composers first and last, blockbuster Bernstein

Our classical and opera writers choose their favourites in prospect


Isabeau, Opera Holland Park review - Mascagni's lumpy Godiva-ride rarity

Fine singing and playing can't quite sell a hoary slice of awkward medievalism

Ariadne auf Naxos, Longborough Festival review - appetising energy and wit

Strauss's chamber masterpiece brilliantly staged, finely played and sung

Alzira / The Daughter of the Regiment, Buxton Festival review – thundering good tunes

Early Verdi opera proves there’s life in the young dog yet, Plus a Californian Donizetti


The Lehman Trilogy, National Theatre review - an acting tour de force
A newly-minimalist Sam Mendes guides an expert cast to sublime heights
Alkaline, Park Theatre review - faith, friendship and failure
Female friendship comedy drama is occasionally bright, but lacks plot and depth
As You Like It, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre review - love among the bucolic hippies
Earnest environmental messages underpin celebratory, musically gleeful Shakespeare


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The Sleeping Beauty, London Coliseum review - a triumph for English National Ballet

Kenneth MacMillan's timeless staging brings out the best in ENB

Michael Chance on continuing opera in Hampshire: 'good people like to work with good people'

The countertenor turned impresario launches a second season of The Grange Festival


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Jurassic World Evolution review - manage a dinosaur theme park and make a killing

A comprehensive management sim where you feed the exhibits, the punters and your bank balance

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Detroit: Become Human review – a robot story with real heart

A big budget interactive story where your decisions can flip the script

visual arts

The Best Exhibitions in London

From Murillo to Monet and beyond: our favourite shows to see now

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, V&A review - appearances aren't everything

Sumptuous exhibition prioritises image over artist

diep~haven 2018 review - a missed connection?

Curiously apolitical festival of contemporary art at a ferry crossing

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