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David Nice
Wednesday, 24 April 2019
On one level, it's about Biblically informed good and evil at sea, in both the literal and the metaphorical sense. On another, the love that dared not speak its name when Britten...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 24 April 2019
Suede finish “Sabotage”. It’s a mid-paced, elegant number set off by swirling, circling central guitar. Frontman Brett Anderson hangs from his microphone stand on the left apron...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 24 April 2019
Nicôle Lecky’s one woman show Superhoe has added fire to the reputation of an already fast-rising actress and writer. Based around Sasha, a Plaistow girl who aspires to pop...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 24 April 2019
With the knife crime epidemic seemingly raging out of control, and the government at its clueless worst as it stumbles around hoping for a quick fix, here was a look at a possible...
Aleks Sierz
Wednesday, 24 April 2019
Superstar Sally Field has come to town. With two academy awards and countless other accolades, the actor who played Forrest Gump's mother and dozens of other roles, from Frog to...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 24 April 2019
This final episode of BBC Four's Looking for Rembrandt, exploring the life and work of the Netherlands’ greatest painter, was a mini-masterpiece in itself. We rejoined the story...
Guy Oddy
Wednesday, 24 April 2019
Bad Religion have been making politically aware, high-speed, melodic punk rock for throwing yourself around with glorious...
David Thompson
Tuesday, 23 April 2019
"One talks, the other doesn’t" is about as crude a description as could be of the Swedish masterpiece, Persona. Profoundly...
Florence Hallett
Tuesday, 23 April 2019
Either side of a doorway, framing a view of Turner’s The Evening Star, c. 1830 (Main picture), Sean Scully’s Landline Star,...
Thomas H Green
Tuesday, 23 April 2019
Pet Shop Boys are never shy of producing stylishly conceived fan mementos. Coming not long after Faber & Faber’s...
Kathryn Reilly
Monday, 22 April 2019
Sleaford Mods are livid. About everything. But then, aren’t we all? If any single voice could represent this particularly...
Steve O'Rourke
Monday, 22 April 2019
Based on the 2006 book of the same name, and set in the same universe as the 2013 film adaptation, World War Z follows...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 22 April 2019
A brain tumour isn't usually the subject of a comedy show but Britney, written and performed by comedy duo Charly Clive and...
Tom Birchenough
Monday, 22 April 2019
Robert Guediguian has spoken of the influence of Chekhov on The House by the Sea (Le Villa), and the shadow of the Russian...
Katherine Waters
Sunday, 21 April 2019
By fifteen Ummulbanu Asadullayeva — or Banine, to call her by the name under which she wrote and translated — had already...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 21 April 2019
Torso Hell tells the story of an American soldier whose limbs were blown off in Vietnam. Amazingly, he and his buddies...
Asya Draganova
Sunday, 21 April 2019
In the End, the final album by Limerick band the Cranberries arrives three decades after they first formed and just over a...
Alexandra Coghlan
Saturday, 20 April 2019
Whips, scourges, sinews, blood and pus: where Bach’s two Passions lament from a contemplative distance, Handel’s plunges...
David Nice
Saturday, 20 April 2019
While Bach's and Handel's Passions have been driving thousands to contemplate suffering, mortality and grace, this elegy for...
 

★★★★ DVD: THE HOUSE BY THE SEA Chekhovian motifs abound in wistful French drama

★★ SEA STAR, SEAN SCULLY AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY The latest encounter between a living artist and the national collection

★★★★ SLEAFORD MODS, DREAMLAND, MARGATE Musical news from broken Brexit land

★★★ WORLD WAR Z Chainsawing the brain-eaters as you battle against the tide of the undead

★★★★★ BANINE: DAYS IN THE CAUCASUS Autobiography of an unusual childhood in Baku

★★★★ BRITNEY, SOHO THEATRE Finding the funny in a brain tumour

disc of the day

CD: Bad Religion - Age of Unreason

Melodic hardcore punk for the Age of President Tiny Hands

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tv

Run for Your Life, ITV review - giving the nation's youth a sporting chance

Can sport be a secret weapon in the battle against gangs and knife crime?

Looking for Rembrandt, BBC Four review - painter's biog is a mini-masterpiece

Tim Niel's three-part series delivers a richly rewarding climax

Climate Change: The Facts, BBC One review - how much reality can humankind bear?

What's driving climate change and how long we have to do something about it

film

Obituary: Bibi Andersson 1935-2019

David Thompson pays tribute to one of cinema's most enduring icons

DVD: The House by the Sea

Chekhovian motifs abound in wistful French drama of family readjustments

Red Joan review - Judi Dench can't lift lumbering espionage drama

Trevor Nunn serves up a clunky slice of history

new music

Suede, Brighton Dome review - Brett Anderson gives it full frontman chutzpah

Nineties guitar pop juggernaut seasons hits old and new with a hefty dose of charisma

CD: Bad Religion - Age of Unreason

Melodic hardcore punk for the Age of President Tiny Hands

DVD/Blu-ray: Pet Shop Boys - Inner Sanctum

Royal Opera House concert film is lively but primarily for hardcore fans

classical

Brockes-Passion, AAM, Egarr, Barbican review - fleshly Handel for our earthbound times

Neglected oratorio offers a seasonal alternative to Bach

Classical CDs Weekly: Gabriel Jackson, Lansing McLoskey, 12 Ensemble

Two new choral works and a disc of contemporary string music

opera

Billy Budd, Royal Opera review - Britten's drama of good and evil too much at sea

Peerless protagonist among a crew sometimes lost on an infinite stage

SS Mendi: Dancing the Death Drill, Isango Ensemble, Linbury Theatre - evocative and essential lyric theatre

Compelling fantasia about black South Africans drowned in a World War One disaster

Faust, Royal Opera review - fusty Gounod still dances

Lively conducting and a last-minute replacement keep this hellish cabaret on its toes

theatre

10 Questions for actress and playwright Nicôle Lecky
The rising star of stage and screen talks grime, feminism, sex work, Nicki Minaj and SENSE8
All My Sons, Old Vic review - starry but disappointingly uneven
Arthur Miller's classic family drama has one outstanding performance - and one dud
SS Mendi: Dancing the Death Drill, Isango Ensemble, Linbury Theatre - evocative and essential lyric theatre
Compelling fantasia about black South Africans drowned in a World War One disaster

comedy

Britney, Soho Theatre review - finding the funny in a brain tumour

Duo tell a true story with invention and verve

Tommy Tiernan, Shepherd's Bush Empire review - playful and poetic

Star of Derry Girls on sex, religion and politics

Angela Barnes, Blackheath Halls review - a pessimist turning the tables

From the personal to the political in gag-filled show

gaming

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

Anthem review - singing praises? More like a cautious nod

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

visual arts

Sea Star: Sean Scully, National Gallery review - analysing past masters

The latest encounter between a living artist and the national collection

Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now, Gagosian Gallery review - old master, new ways

One of the most mysterious paintings ever made inspires an exploration of the self-portrait

Edvard Munch: Love and Angst, British Museum review - compassion in the age of anxiety

Norway's greatest painter revealed as a master printmaker

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