sat 28/05/2022

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Gary Naylor
Saturday, 28 May 2022
Playwrights return to classical myths for two main reasons – to shine a light on how we live today and because they're bloody good yarns.Marina Carr's re-telling of ...
Christina McMaster
Saturday, 28 May 2022
In 2020, during a gentle easing of lockdown restrictions, I was asked to play for the Culture Clinic sessions at Kings Place, a creative initiative where small groups of up to six...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 28 May 2022
 Jugendstil: Music by Mahler and Schoenberg Beatrice Berrut (piano) (La Dolce Volta)“Is transcription betrayal?” asks pianist Beatrice Berrut in her booklet essay....
Kieron Tyler
Saturday, 28 May 2022
Crispy Moon is a musical kaleidoscope encompassing free-jazz skronk, Japanese folk melodies, Krautrock insistence, echoes of Recurring-era Spacemen 3, South African percussion...
Sebastian Scotney
Friday, 27 May 2022
For die-hard Juliette Binoche fans – don’t cross us, we get angry – Between Two Worlds is heaven. The French star hardly ever leaves the screen during the film’s 106 minutes. It...
David Nice
Friday, 27 May 2022
Words and situations are one-dimensional, but the music is chameleonic, if not profound, and crafted with a master’s hand. What to do about Saint-Saëns’s Biblical hokum? In...
Rachel Halliburton
Friday, 27 May 2022
Boris Johnson was of course not the first British leader to engineer a split with Europe for personal gain. This strikes you...
Markie Robson-Scott
Friday, 27 May 2022
In Maltese-American Alex Camilleri’s debut feature, it’s a case of follow the swordfish. This terrifically atmospheric,...
Rojbîn Arjen Yigit
Friday, 27 May 2022
In this best-selling Korean novella, recently translated into English by Jamie Chang, Kim Hye-jin offers us the perspective...
Nick Hasted
Friday, 27 May 2022
Nouvelle Vague directors have grown to seem more diverse than bonded, a golden generation linked by extreme...
Adam Sweeting
Thursday, 26 May 2022
With Jurassic World: Dominion due in June, which will mark the end of the “Jurassic” movie franchise, here’s Apple TV’s...
Joe Muggs
Thursday, 26 May 2022
This album starts and ends so brilliantly. It kicks off with a salvo of three tracks that remind you exactly why Def Leppard...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 25 May 2022
The challenge for the makers of Das Boot is to keep finding new ways to move the show forwards and outwards without losing...
Marianka Swain
Wednesday, 25 May 2022
The 2001 Reese Witherspoon-starring film Legally Blonde, upon which Heather Hach, Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin’s peppy...
Sebastian Scotney
Wednesday, 25 May 2022
Wigmore Soloists is such a good idea, and still at an early stage of its development. The group brings together top players...
Laura De Lisle
Wednesday, 25 May 2022
When Bliss, a new play adapted from an Andrei Platonov short story by Fraser Grace, made its debut in Russia in early 2020,...
Gavin Dixon
Wednesday, 25 May 2022
Dresden is filled with music at this time of year. The Dresden Music Festival runs through May and early June, with concerts...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 25 May 2022
While Britpop was a retrogressive media construct, Oasis were a genuine socio-musical phenomenon (albeit also retrogressive...
Miranda Heggie
Tuesday, 24 May 2022
After two years of Covid-affected performances – even though there was a full season last year – Glyndebourne's annual...


★★★★ LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, GLYNDEBOURNE Superb music making against the backdrop of a sumptuous Sevillian set

★★★★ KIM HYE-JIN: CONCERNING MY DAUGHTER Korean novel has room for complication

★★★★ MØ, HEAVEN The Danish pop star plays a tight set to a devoted partisan crowd

★★★★ PREHISTORIC PLANET, APPLE TV+ David Attenborough presents life on earth, 66 million years ago: technology brings dinosaurs to life in microscopic detail

★★★★ LUZZU Bureaucracy and the boat: real-life fishermen excel in this debut feature

★★★★ DAS BOOT, SERIES 3, SKY ATLANTIC Submarine warfare finds new horizons

★★★★ BLU-RAY: TWISTING THE KNIFE Miasmic guilt: Claude Chabrol skewers the bourgeoisie

★★★★ CORNELIA PARKER, TATE BRITAIN The most interesting artist of our time

disc of the day

Album: Yama Warashi - Crispy Moon

Our nearest celestial neighbour inspires former Zun Zun Egui mainstay


Das Boot, Series 3, Sky Atlantic review - submarine warfare finds new horizons

Look out U-boats, Commander Swinburne is coming for you

The Essex Serpent, Apple TV+ review - tradition and superstition versus the march of progress

The battle of ideas comes to the East Coast in exquisitely shot treatment of Sarah Perry's novel


Between Two Worlds review - Juliette Binoche, maid in France

Juliette Binoche determinedly takes on the gig economy

Luzzu review - a Maltese fisherman struggles with modernity

Bureaucracy and the boat: real-life fishermen excel in this debut feature

Blu-ray: Twisting the Knife - Four Films by Claude Chabrol

Miasmic guilt as a French master skewers the bourgeoisie

new music

Album: Yama Warashi - Crispy Moon

Our nearest celestial neighbour inspires former Zun Zun Egui mainstay

Album: Def Leppard - Diamond Star Halos

Sheffield's glam-metal master craftsmen can still deliver... mostly

Album: Liam Gallagher - C'Mon You Know

Lots of big-sounding sonic detail but a lack of great songs on the latest from Liam


First Person: Christina McMaster - seeking musical cures for modern malaise

Lying down and listening; a pianist and healer contemplates her work

Classical CDs: Forests, mountains, cowbells and cushions

Contrasting landscapes, vibrant chamber music and revolutionary oboe repertoire

Wigmore Soloists, Wigmore Hall review - superb Janáček

A new group starting to make its stylish and confident mark


Samson et Dalila, Royal Opera review - from austerity to excess, with visual rigour and aural beauty

Peerless mezzo and conductor, promising tenor at the heart of this hard-to-stage hybrid

Le nozze di Figaro, Glyndebourne review - fabulous singing and a classy production

Superb music making against the backdrop of a sumptuous Sevillian set

The Wreckers, Glyndebourne review - no masterpiece, but vividly sung and played

Blowsy, intriguing grand opera by Ethel Smyth has full theatrical impact


Girl on an Altar, Kiln Theatre review - machismo, murder and motherhood in mesmerising myth
Marina Carr's angry, poetic take on Clytemnestra's story is delivered in all its gory glory
Henry VIII, Shakespeare's Globe review - unashamedly vulgar take on our last split with Europe
A ten-foot golden phallus is launched from the musicians’ gallery
Legally Blonde, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre review - a joyous Gen-Z musical makeover
Lucy Moss puts the 'camp' into campus with her riotous, inclusive revival


Classical CDs: Toyshops, begging gods and a good year for Austrian music

Classical piano music, French symphonies and a big box of ballets

Dance for Ukraine, London Coliseum, online review - a gala to remember

Swiftly-assembled charity effort demonstrates dancers' engagement with the world

The Weathering/Solo Echo/DGV, Royal Ballet review - the dancer as chameleon

Strong one-act works by Kyle Abraham and Crystal Pite show the dancers at their adaptive best


Andy Zaltzman, Soho Theatre review - satire on the hoof

Setting the world to rights, one joke at a time

Brandon Wardell, Soho Theatre review - US comic wings it

UK debut show is disjointed and uneven

Stratagem With Alan Partridge, touring review - he's back as a lifestyle guru

Steve Coogan's creation doesn't quite hit the spot


Kim Hye-jin: Concerning My Daughter review - room for complication

A mother’s enveloping love is tested against her desire for conformity

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