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Jessica Duchen
Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Goethe’s Die Leiden des junges Werthers (The Sorrows of Young Werther) was a vital spark in the ignition of the German romantic movement. The story of a young man driven to...
Demetrios Matheou
Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Three women decide to take over their husbands’ criminal activities, proving more than a match for the men who dominate the underworld. If this outline of The Kitchen ...
Matt Wolf
Wednesday, 18 September 2019
The work isn't finished on Big, if this stage musical of the beloved 1988 Tom Hanks film is ever to, um, make it big. A Broadway flop in 1996 where it was among the last shows...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 18 September 2019
This new legal comedy is based on a well-received book by Alex McBride, but the transition from print to the BBC Two screen hasn’t been an unalloyed success. It stars Will Sharpe...
Tom Birchenough
Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Alexander Zeldin continues his devastating analysis of modern Britain in this culminating play of a (very loose) trilogy that started with 2014’s Beyond Caring, followed by...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 18 September 2019
If you’re a farmer who works round the clock to feed sheep, milk cows and so forth, how on earth do you make time to find a partner and reap a harvest of marital bliss? Well you...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Renée Zellweger already has strong musical cinema form, Her role as Roxie Hart in Chicago garnered her second Oscar...
Gavin Dixon
Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Kasper Holten left a mixed bag of productions behind at Royal Opera when he left in 2017, but the best of them - though not...
Veronica Lee
Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Rob Brydon, Lee Mack and David Mitchell are the host and team captains respectively of Would I Lie to You?, the long-running...
Ellie Porter
Monday, 16 September 2019
You might think that being first on the bill with a half-hour slot at 1.15pm would be an affront to a band who’d had a 12-...
Jessica Duchen
Monday, 16 September 2019
While the Proms were ringing out the old season, the Wigmore Hall ushered in the big celebration of 2020: the 250th...
David Nice
Monday, 16 September 2019
Any festival would be proud and honoured to end with the great Elisabeth Leonskaja playing the last three Beethoven piano...
Katie Colombus
Monday, 16 September 2019
For a band mostly known as a brilliantly ludicrous cocktail of other’s people’s sound-styles, the Simulation Theory tour is...
Gavin Dixon
Monday, 16 September 2019
Simon Rattle has a knack for unearthing large-scale orchestral works that pack a punch. Olivier Messiaen’s Éclairs sur l’Au-...
Nick Hasted
Monday, 16 September 2019
Pere Ubu are much like The Fall in their dauntless explication of one man’s vision, and commitment to an individual, primal...
Mark Kidel
Monday, 16 September 2019
It is a truth perhaps not quite but almost universally accepted that Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, beloved of GSCE...
Thomas H Green
Monday, 16 September 2019
One question springs immediately to mind on hearing that Romesh Ranganathan’s new stand-up show, The Cynic’s Mixtape, is...
Thomas H Green
Monday, 16 September 2019
Swedish singer Tove Lo appeared at a time when female physical sexuality was being used as a raw, blunt weapon in pop, when...
Gavin Dixon
Sunday, 15 September 2019
The BBC put social and ethnic diversity at the heart of this Last Night programme. The concert opened with a new work, by...
 

★★★ BRYDON, MACK AND MITCHELL, PORTSMOUTH GUILDHALL Family-friendly fun

★★★ DON GIOVANNI, ROYAL OPERA Laid-back Lothario

★★★★★ BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL WEEKEND, WIGMORE HALL Leonskaja crowns all

★★★★ BBC RADIO 2 LIVE IN HYDE PARK Pet Shop Boys, Westlife and Status Quo deliver the hits

disc of the day

CD: Renée Zellweger - Judy

The film star does a fine job interpreting a host of Garland classics

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tv

Love in the Countryside, BBC Two review - reaping a harvest of marital bliss?

Sara Cox's dating game for rural singletons is more fun than it ought to be

Temple, Sky 1 review - down in the tube station at midnight

Mark Strong leads powerful cast in fascinating medical thriller

film

The Kitchen review – more gangsters' molls taking over the reins

Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elizabeth Moss star in female-led crime thriller

For Sama review - besieged, bombed, and defiant in Syria

A young mother's video diary captures the daily horror of the civil war

Phoenix review - Norwegian family tragedy with an autobiographical slant

Mesmerising child performers but Camilla Strøm Henriksen's debut doesn't quite deliver

new music

CD: Renée Zellweger - Judy

The film star does a fine job interpreting a host of Garland classics

BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park review – Pet Shop Boys, Westlife and Status Quo deliver the hits

Cheery nostalgia is the name of the game at this annual crowdpleaser

Muse, 02 review - bombastic Brit-rock with a sci-fi theme

Instrumental genius and a brilliantly ludicrous cocktail of styles

classical

Beethoven Festival Weekend, Wigmore Hall review 1 - sparkle and charisma versus creative overkill

A peerless opening recital is followed by some curatorial oddities

Beethoven Festival Weekend, Wigmore Hall review 2 - total mastery in tone and depth

Perfect sonorities from ensembles, profundity from the peerless Elisabeth Leonskaja

LSO, Rattle, Barbican Hall review – visions of the beyond

Serene meditations from Messiaen, energised by the joyous sound of birdsong

opera

Werther, Royal Opera review - shadows and sunsets from an unreconstructed romantic

Massenet's opera shines bright, notwithstanding a slightly clunky hero

Don Giovanni, Royal Opera review - laid-back Lothario

Revival cast variable, but Erwin Schrott delivers as the would-be seducer

theatre

Big the Musical - sweet if wildly overstretched
Onetime Broadway flop has more charm in London but still needs work
Faith, Hope & Charity, National Theatre review - a grim compassion
Rich in empathy, dramatically raw, Alexander Zeldin's bleak study of society on the edge

dance

Alvin Ailey, Programme C review - black, beautiful, brilliant

America's No.1 rounds off its triumphant visit with a diddly-doo-wop

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Sadler's Wells review - Still more Revelations

America's favourite dance ticket shows us how it's done

Matthew Bourne's Romeo and Juliet, Sadler's Wells review - heart-stopping drama

The plot isn't perfect, but this bad romance still packs a punch

comedy

Romesh Ranganathan, Brighton Dome review - transgressive, edgy and very likeable

The TV favourite hits the ground running at the start of his Cynic's Mixtape tour

gaming

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

Foragers of the Foreshore - London's mudlarks on show

The director of Totally Thames introduces this year's festival, including an exhibition of mudlarks and their finds

Artists in Amsterdam, Dulwich Picture Gallery review - a slight but evocative sketch

Amsterdam was Europe's economic hub in the 17th century, a fact reflected in its art

Edinburgh Festival 2019 reviews: Below the Blanket / Samson Young: Real Music

Two Edinburgh shows meld music, sound and visual art to beguiling effect

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