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Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 25 February 2020
“Everybody lies,” says property developer Tony to his PA and secret lover Natalie. “Even your mum probably.” And of course he’s not wrong.Sarah Williams’s drama, showing over four...
Graham Rickson
Tuesday, 25 February 2020
Though set in a handsomely-realised 1912, many of The Winslow Boy’s period details seem disconcertingly contemporary, from aggressive tabloid journalists doorstepping an...
Jenny Gilbert
Tuesday, 25 February 2020
It’s common to see the term “vanity project” applied to self-produced shows by ballet stars, but Alina – the first such London venture by Alina Cojocaru – was quite the opposite...
Ariana Neumann
Monday, 24 February 2020
It was during my first week at Tufts University in America, when I was 17, that I was told by a stranger that I was Jewish. As I left one of the orientation talks, I was...
Matt Wolf
Monday, 24 February 2020
This latest musical theatre exercise in “geek chic” has been an American phenomenon: a show propelled by social media that developed a rabid fan base taking it all the way to...
Joseph Walsh
Monday, 24 February 2020
There’s an undeniable romance to mid-'90s New York. Absent of the chirp of mobile phones, or the swirl of social media, it comes across as a more halcyon age, closer to the...
Sarah Kent
Monday, 24 February 2020
The exhibition starts on the Barbican’s lift doors, which are emblazoned with photographs from the show. They include one of...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 24 February 2020
The comic book of Locke and Key, written by Joe Hill (son of horror writer Stephen King) and illustrated by Gabriel...
Tim Cumming
Monday, 24 February 2020
Recent politics surround the EU and nationhood, fantasies of Irish Sea bridges and trading borders more porous than...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 24 February 2020
It has been seven years since Alexei Sayle last toured, with radio shows and books detaining him elsewhere, but he's back...
Joe Muggs
Monday, 24 February 2020
Around the turn of the millennium, when Dan Snaith started releasing music – initially as Manitoba, then Caribou, and...
Boyd Tonkin
Sunday, 23 February 2020
Some menus never change. In 1910, the Loyal British Waiters Society came into being, prompted by “xenophobic resentment at...
Daniel Baksi
Sunday, 23 February 2020
With the publication of her first work, Waiariki (1975), Patricia Grace became the author of the first ever collection of...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 23 February 2020
For record buyers, Bona Rays left limited evidence for their existence. One single was issued by the aptly named Mystery...
Joe Muggs
Sunday, 23 February 2020
Grimes is hilarious. For all the grandiose conceptualism, apocalyptic visions, high tech sonic manipulation, outré costumes...
David Nice
Saturday, 22 February 2020
In Beethoven anniversary year, there are three ways to enhance our ongoing concert dialogues with the composer beyond the...
Adam Sweeting
Saturday, 22 February 2020
Apparently network executives initially reacted with alarm to the premise of Hunters, Amazon’s new big-ticket series chiefly...
Jonathan Geddes
Saturday, 22 February 2020
As Gaz Coombes noted around the halfway point of Supergrass’s Barrowland set “the last time we were here it was to say...
Markie Robson-Scott
Saturday, 22 February 2020
“It’s cool to see a car crash or a gunshot wound, it’s exciting.” Emergency medical technician Juan Ochoa, 17, loves his...
 

★★★★ AIMARD, GÜRZENICH-ORCHESTER KÖLN, ROTH, RFH Beethoven as avant-gardist

★★★★ HUNTERS, AMAZON PRIME Pacino's commanding performance anchors unusual hybrid

★★★★ SUPERGRASS, BARROWLAND, GLASGOW Nostalgic reunion proves greatest hits stand test of time

CLASSICAL CDS WEEKLY Beethoven, Bruckner and Notice Recordings' cassettes

★★★★ A NUMBER, BRIDGE THEATRE A dream team dazzles anew

★★★ MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE, PEACOCK THEATRE A hiphop singalong

disc of the day

DVD/Blu-ray: The Winslow Boy

Outstanding Rattigan adaptation, superbly cast and directed

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tv

Flesh and Blood, ITV review - Vivien's new love affair throws a cat among the family pigeons

Francesca Annis and Imelda Staunton in a twisty drama of secrets and lies

Locke & Key, Netflix review - comic book adaptation struggles to find its focus

Teenage coming-of-age saga meets dimension-jumping fantasy

Hunters, Amazon Prime review - bringing God's justice to Nazis in America

Al Pacino's commanding performance anchors this unusual hybrid

film

DVD/Blu-ray: The Winslow Boy

Outstanding Rattigan adaptation, superbly cast and directed

Berlinale 2020: My Salinger Year review - 70th edition of the festival opens in style

Sigourney Weaver channels Meryl Streep in Falardeau's charming feature

Midnight Family review - a thrilling documentary set in Mexico City

Luke Lorentzen's intimate film tells the inside story of a family and their private ambulance service

new music

Imagining Ireland, Barbican review - raising women's voices

Imelda May heads an eclectic line-up to reimagine an Ireland beyond the old patriarchies

CD: Caribou - Suddenly

The Canadian psyche-pop genre fuser further hones his craft

Reissue CDs Weekly: Bona Rays

Lost British punk from 1978 hits the racks for the first time

classical

Aimard, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Roth, RFH review - Beethoven as avant-gardist

Only connect: works up to two centuries apart meet and argue in vital programming

Classical CDs Weekly: Beethoven, Bruckner, Notice Recordings

Definitive box sets of sonatas and symphonies, plus striking new music from a US independent label

Andsnes, Mahler Chamber Orchestra Soloists, Wigmore Hall review - conversations with Mozart

The Norwegian pianist and friends show us the Austrian master in sunlight and shadow

opera

Luisa Miller, English National Opera review - Verdi in translation makes a stylish comeback

Musical splendours peak in a tenor aria to die for and a moving last act

theartsdesk Q&A: soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn

Returning to ENO to sing Verdi's Luisa Miller, a great singer-actor reflects

Les vêpres siciliennes, Welsh National Opera review - spectacular, silly, but some great music

Verdi's reluctant grand opera colourfully staged, brilliantly played, unevenly sung

theatre

Be More Chill, The Other Palace review - more exhausting than enlightening
American theatre phenomenon pushes buttons aplenty to diminishing effect
A Number, Bridge Theatre review - a dream team dazzles anew
Roger Allam and Colin Morgan refashion Caryl Churchill's contemporary classic
Pass Over, Kiln Theatre review - fierce critique of racist brutality
Waiting for Godot meets Exodus in American drama about Black Lives Matter

dance

Alina, Sadler's Wells review - I think therefore I dance

An unusual hybrid show gives a glimpse into the mind of a great ballerina

Message in a Bottle, Peacock Theatre review - a hiphop singalong

A show that brings streetdance and the songs of Sting to bear on the refugee crisis is far too jolly

The Cellist/Dances at a Gathering, Royal Ballet review - A grand love affair with a cello

The relationship between a great musician and her instrument, vividly imagined in dance

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

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