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Boyd Tonkin
Sunday, 31 May 2020
Some things really never change. After a blatant cheat perpetrated by a well-connected lout, one of the humblest pilgrims in Matthew Kneale’s band reminds us that “rich folks’...
Daniel Baksi
Sunday, 31 May 2020
Moyra Davey’s biographical note, included in Fitzcarraldo Editions’ copy of Index Cards, describes “a New York-based artist whose work comprises the fields of photography, film...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 31 May 2020
Ghana was visited by two British musicians in the early Eighties. One was Mick Fleetwood, who recorded the Visitor album in Accra during January and February 1981. The other was...
Charlie Stone
Sunday, 31 May 2020
Keiichiro Hirano’s A Man has all the trappings of a gripping detective story: a bereaved wife, a dead man whose name belongs to someone else, mysterious coded letters, a lawyer...
India Lewis
Sunday, 31 May 2020
For the average female millennial, Greta Gerwig’s Little Women is the perfect film to watch in lockdown. Brought up on Winona Ryder’s Jo March, then Gerwig’s Frances Ha in...
Graham Fuller
Saturday, 30 May 2020
The Vast of Night’s premise scarcely guarantees originality. Non-science-fiction buffs scoping Amazon’s film listings will probably move on quickly when they learn it’s about two...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 30 May 2020
 Korngold: Violin Concerto, String Sextet Andrew Haveron (violin), RTÉ Concert Orchestra/John Wilson, Sinfonia of...
Florence Hallett
Saturday, 30 May 2020
Salvador Dalí’s house at Portlligat on the Costa Brava is straight out of the pages of a lifestyle magazine, its sunbaked...
Mark Kidel
Saturday, 30 May 2020
Bab L’Bluz are a Franco-Moroccan band, They’re the latest in a succession of musicians - going back to the pioneers Nass El...
Rachel Halliburton
Friday, 29 May 2020
There is a line of argument that – unfairly – blames playwright James Graham for Dominic Cummings. Would Cummings, some...
Owen Richards
Friday, 29 May 2020
Have you ever visited a destination you saw on film, only to realise it’s not quite how you imagined? Filled with tourists,...
David Nice
Friday, 29 May 2020
In an atmosphere of uncertainty created by a government desperate to boost the economy despite the COVID-19 infection rate...
Veronica Lee
Friday, 29 May 2020
Since Donald Trump's election as US President in 2016, I imagine satirists have slowly lost the will to live – as nothing...
Graham Fuller
Friday, 29 May 2020
The Uncertain Kingdom is a VOD anthology of 20 short films, 10 directed by women, comprising a tapestry of life in – and, in...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 29 May 2020
Lady Gaga proclaimed by Tweet that her sixth album represents her “absolute love of electronic music”. Chromatica features...
Matt Wolf
Thursday, 28 May 2020
The live-ness of theatre seems further away with every passing week, but at least the art form itself lives on to tantalise...
David Nice
Thursday, 28 May 2020
This is as close as we’re going to come now to the real festival experience. The enviably well-funded Bergen International...
Jasper Rees
Thursday, 28 May 2020
Larry Kramer, who has died at the age of 84, was the Solzhenitsyn of AIDS who indomitably reported from the gay gulags of...
Joseph Walsh
Thursday, 28 May 2020
Nisha Ganatra’s musical dramedy, penned by first time screenwriter Flora Greeson, isn’t going to win any prizes for...

★★★★ THIS HOUSE, NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME Timely revival of brilliant House of Commons drama

★★ ALBUM: LADY GAGA - CHROMATICA A few treats sprinkled amongst stock club-pop

★★★ THE UNCERTAIN KINGDOM Twenty short films shine a light on Blighty right now

★★ SPACE FORCE, NETFLIX Fails to launch

★★★★ KRABI, 2562 Documentary and fiction combine in an unusual guided tour

LARRY KRAMER: 'I THINK ANGER IS A WONDERFULLY USEFUL EMOTION' Remembering the AIDS activist who wrote The Normal Heart and the screenplay for Women in Love

CLASSICAL MUSIC/OPERA DIRECT TO HOME 13 Piano marathons and string masterclasses

disc of the day

DVD: Little Women

A fresh new adaptation is a fantasy in clothes and feminism


Space Force, Netflix review - fails to launch

Steve Carell's new sitcom is short on laughs

Larry Kramer: 'I think anger is a wonderful useful emotion'

Remembering the AIDS activist who wrote The Normal Heart and the screenplay for Women in Love

Unprecedented, BBC Four review - perspectives on the pandemic

Playwrights find different ways to approach an unfathomable crisis


DVD: Little Women

A fresh new adaptation is a fantasy in clothes and feminism

The Vast of Night review - perfectly paranoid

Up above aliens hover – but there are scarier threats to Americans closer to home

Krabi, 2562 review - a trance-like visitation

Documentary and fiction combine in an unusual guided tour

new music

Reissue CDs Weekly: Edikanfo - The Pace Setters

The reappearance of the Brian Eno-produced Ghanaian band’s sole album

Album: Bab L'Bluz - Nayda

Healing music for troubled times

Album: Lady Gaga - Chromatica

The latest from the pop superstar has a few treats sprinkled amongst stock club-pop


Classical CDs Weekly: Korngold, Gabriel Prokofiev, Barbara Hannigan

Concertos and chamber music, plus an opera production from conception to performance

Classical music/Opera direct to home 13 - piano marathons and string masterclasses

Igor Levit meditates on Satie for 20 hours, while Nicola Benedetti educates with joy

Andsnes, Eriksmoen and friends, Bergen International Festival online review - from Mozart to Widmann

Youth and experience perfectly blended in three outstanding chamber concerts


Classical Music/Opera direct to home 12 - partying at a distance

Festivals cope with live online events and past fare

The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh, Dutch National Opera, OperaVision review - fairy-tale good and evil made real

Rimsky-Korsakov's myth resonates in the highest musical and production standards

Avoiding meltdown from lockdown: Michael Chance on The Grange Festival's strategy for survival

The countertenor and mastermind of a major summer opera event weighs up the future


This House, National Theatre at Home review – timely revival of brilliant House of Commons drama
James Graham acutely perceives the obsessions and motivations of our times
Theatre Lockdown Special 7: Party politics and a Broadway titan or two
Early James Graham joins various Broadway legends, Irving Berlin and Jerry Herman amongst them
Larry Kramer: 'I think anger is a wonderful useful emotion'
Remembering the AIDS activist who wrote The Normal Heart and the screenplay for Women in Love


'If they had been any closer my face would have misted up': filming 'Men at the Barre'

The director Richard Macer had exclusive access to the male stars of the Royal Ballet. He describes what he discovered

The Thread, Sadler's Wells Digital Stage review - Greek folk and contemporary unite

Russell Maliphant breathes fresh life into Hellenic tradition

Palermo, Palermo review - free to view Pina

The Pina Bausch Foundation releases the first in a projected series of digital recordings


Desiree Burch, Soho Theatre On Demand review - fantastical storytelling

California comic on Burning Man, sex, race – and LSD

Lockdown Comedy 2: where to get your laughs this week

Live stand-up recordings and podcasts

Jerry Seinfeld, Netflix review - not bad for a swansong

US comic says this may be his last stand-up show


Rage 2 review – garish but great post-apocalyptic shooter

Challenge The Authority in this 'Mad Max on mushrooms' renegade romp

World War Z review - bloodthirsty fun with the zombie apocalypse

Chainsawing the brain-eaters as you battle against the tide of the undead

The Lego Movie 2 Videogame review - everything is not awesome

Few fresh ideas means this movie adaptation treads the same old ground

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