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Mark Kidel
Tuesday, 19 March 2019
1957 was a busy year for a very busy director: Ingmar Bergman made two of his most famous films The Seventh Seal and Wild Strawberries, several TV dramas, and a number of major...
Rachel Halliburton
Monday, 18 March 2019
Richard II has become the drama of our times, as it walks us through the impotent convulsions of a weak and vain leader brought down by in-fighting among his men. While the...
Sarah Kent
Monday, 18 March 2019
In The Thread Russell Maliphant attempts what, at first sight, appears a foolhardy project – the juxtaposition of contemporary and traditional Greek dance. The two genres seem...
Lisa-Marie Ferla
Monday, 18 March 2019
Every so often, an album reminds you that, done properly, the art form is more than just a collection of songs. Barely 35 minutes in length, Lucy Rose’s fourth release No Words...
Liz Thomson
Sunday, 17 March 2019
Record Store Day is now a fixture on the calendar, a key element in “the vinyl revival”, and this year – 13 April – it’s possible to buy a special Rega Planar Plus 1 Turntable,...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 17 March 2019
The US music trade weekly Cashbox chose a picture of the then-hot Diana Ross & the Supremes and Temptations joint enterprise for the cover of its 14 December 1968 issue. On...
Boyd Tonkin
Saturday, 16 March 2019
Vary the stale format of the vocal recital and all sorts of new doors open for performers and listeners alike. The only...
Katherine Waters
Saturday, 16 March 2019
There’s a wolf howl and Yxng Bane (pronounced Young Bane) jumps off a block on stage and his furry hooded coat flies open...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 16 March 2019
 Mahler: Symphony No 3 Düsseldorfer Symphoniker/Adam Fischer, with Anna Larsson (alto) (Tonhalle Düsseldorf)Mahler's...
Veronica Lee
Saturday, 16 March 2019
Ask most people what a showband is and they’ll give you a blank look. But ask any Irish person (or those born in the Irish...
Russ Coffey
Saturday, 16 March 2019
If you're familiar with The Brian Jonestown Massacre, chances are it's from the 2004 Sundance-winning rockumentary, Dig!....
Saskia Baron
Friday, 15 March 2019
Girl opens in a golden haze of sibling affection; a teenager is tickling a little boy one sunny morning in their bedroom....
David Nice
Friday, 15 March 2019
Vibrant rustic dancing to conclude the first half, a heavenly barcarolle to cast a spell of silence at the end of the second...
Adam Sweeting
Friday, 15 March 2019
Flying boldly against the #MeToo grain, Triple Frontier is a rather old-fashioned story of male buddyhood and the...
Liz Thomson
Friday, 15 March 2019
Having long been immersed in folk and world music and acoustically-oriented singer-songwriters, it’s a surprise to be given...
Veronica Lee
Friday, 15 March 2019
Ed Gamble starts the hour by telling us why his latest show is called Blizzard; he and a bunch of comic friends we stranded...
Kieron Tyler
Friday, 15 March 2019
Groove Denied’s keeper is “Ocean of Revenge”, a drifting Syd Barrett-tinged contemplation with a structural circularity and...
David Nice
Thursday, 14 March 2019
A rum cove sidles up pimping with a tatty business card offering the services of Sonyetka. Not for me, I say, pointing out...
Marianka Swain
Thursday, 14 March 2019
The grand finale of Jamie Lloyd’s remarkable Pinter at the Pinter season is this starry production of one of the writer’s...

★★★ TRIPLE FRONTIER, NETFLIX Oscar Isaac and Ben Affleck can't say no to one last big score

CLASSICAL CDS WEEKLY Exceptional Mahler, sizzling Sibelius and Simon Thacker's Svara-Kanti

★★★★ BETRAYAL, HAROLD PINTER THEATRE Tom Hiddleston anchors a bold, brooding revival

★★★★ YXNG BANE, BRIXTON ACADEMY Lit gig from star on the rise

★★★ DAVID HEPWORTH: A FABULOUS CREATION  'Sgt Pepper' took us by surprise - and ushered in a revolution

★★★ SHOWBANDS, BBC FOUR An Irish cultural phenomenon explained

disc of the day

DVD/Blu-ray: Bergman - A Year in A Life

Master and monster: the Swedish cinema maestro dissected

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Showbands, BBC Four review - an Irish cultural phenomenon explained

Ardal O'Hanlon plays the genial host of this illuminating archive documentary

Cheat, ITV review - fear and loathing in academia

Cambridge lecturer afflicted by psycho stalker and useless husband

After Life, Netflix review - Ricky Gervais's grief emoji

The comedian does death in a sitcom about a widower who can't move on


DVD/Blu-ray: Bergman - A Year in A Life

Master and monster: the Swedish cinema maestro dissected

Girl review - Belgian art-house portrait of a teenage ballerina

Danse macabre? Cannes festival favourite runs into flak on its wider release

Triple Frontier, Netflix review - war-on-drugs thriller suffers identity crisis

Oscar Isaac and Ben Affleck can't say no to one last big score

new music

CD: Lucy Rose - No Words Left

Stark and intimate songs, but there's light at the end of this tunnel

Reissue CDs Weekly: Where The Girls Are Volume Ten

The template-setting series of female-centric Sixties pop compilations bows out


Connolly, Drake, Berrington, Wigmore Hall review – between the acts

Virginia Woolf inspires a rich if distracting mix of words and music

Classical CDs Weekly: Mahler, Sibelius, Simon Thacker's Svara-Kanti

Two romantic symphonies, plus a Scots guitarist venturing east

Faust, Matthews, LSO, Haitink, Barbican review - glimpses of heaven

Nature relished in Dvořák and carefully observed in Mahler


Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Birmingham Opera Company review - searing music-theatre for all

Bloodied brides and rat-heads run amok in visceral ballroom Shostakovich

Idomeneo, English Touring Opera review – honest excellence

Strong singing and fuss-free direction do justice to Mozart's dark masterpiece

Robin Hood, The Opera Story, CLF Café review - folk hero re-imagined as Tory villain

The plot is over-stuffed, but this new opera has some riveting moments


Richard II, Sam Wanamaker Theatre review - electrifying mixed-race all-female production
Adjoa Andoh is a magnetic Richard with her hawk-like glare and vigorous swagger
10 Questions for Candice Edmunds of Theatre Company Vox Motus
The Glasgow-based artistic director talks theatre with a difference


Bon Voyage, Bob, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, Sadler's Wells review - interminable ennui

At three and a half wearisome hours, this feels like a marathon

The Rite of Spring/Gianni Schicchi, Opera North review - unlikely but musically satisfying pairing

Odd-couple double bill of Stravinsky and Puccini with plenty to delight ear and eye


The Lego Movie 2 Videogame review - everything is not awesome

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

Anthem review - singing praises? More like a cautious nod

A rocky start for a new franchise that offers potential and problems in equal measure

Crackdown 3 review - spectacular super-powered action that was great fun many years ago

Nearly a decade has passed since the last incarnation but little has changed in this stagnant shooter

visual arts

An encounter with John Richardson, Picasso's biographer who has died at 95

Picasso's definitive biographer recalls the artist he knew

Louise Bourgeois, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge review - a slender but choice selection

Representative samples cry out for the domestic setting of Jim Ede's house

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