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Aleks Sierz
Wednesday, 29 May 2024
“Welcome to motherhood, bitch!” By the time a character delivers this reality check, there have been plenty of laughs, and some much more awkward moments, in Richard Molloy’s The...
Guy Oddy
Wednesday, 29 May 2024
When the Lovely Eggs’ married duo of Holly Ross and David Blackwell took to the stage at the recently rebranded XOYO in Birmingham on Bank Holiday Monday, they looked like they...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 29 May 2024
Natasha Khan’s musical career has always explored the artier end of pop. Her latest album, her sixth and first in five years, is more akin to the soundtrack work she did with...
Aleks Sierz
Tuesday, 28 May 2024
When does creativity become mannered? When it’s based on repetition, and repetition without development. About halfway through star director Katie Mitchell’s staging of Margaret...
David Nice
Tuesday, 28 May 2024
“Saint-Saëns: The Renaissance Man” proclaimed the big screen at the first remarkable programme I attended within the 2024 Sheffield Chamber Music Festival. The same epithet could...
Sarah Kent
Tuesday, 28 May 2024
Tate Britain’s Now You See Us could be the most important exhibition you’ll ever see. Spanning 400 hundred years, this overview of women artists in Britain destroys the myth that...
Graham Rickson
Tuesday, 28 May 2024
It’s interesting to discover that sound wasn’t the norm in Japanese cinema until the mid-1930s: the huge cost of investing...
Bernard Hughes
Monday, 27 May 2024
Kudos to the Wigmore Hall for continuing to make efforts to diversify its roster of performers and repertoire. Last year I...
India Lewis
Monday, 27 May 2024
Last night’s Travels Over Feeling: The Music of Arthur Russell (a concert in part accompanying the recent publication of a...
Tim Cumming
Monday, 27 May 2024
Any Richard Thompson appearance comes with a hallmark guaranteeing quality produce – be that an album or a stage show. ...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 26 May 2024
Jon Savage's The Secret Public How The LGBTQ+ Aesthetic Shaped Pop Culture 1955-1979 accompanies the titular author/...
David Nice
Saturday, 25 May 2024
Catchy even when the lyrics are at their cheesiest, the Jerry Herman Songbook serves up a string of memorable tunes: you’ll...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 25 May 2024
 Britten: Spring Symphony, Sinfonia da Requiem, Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra London Symphony Orchestra/Sir...
Veronica Lee
Saturday, 25 May 2024
Ten years after their last tour Steve Punt and High Dennis are back on the road with We Are Not a Robot. It comes after...
Sebastian Scotney
Saturday, 25 May 2024
Brooklyn-based composer and bandleader Jihye Lee’s story really does take quite some telling. Having been an indie pop...
Demetrios Matheou
Friday, 24 May 2024
In the way of Batman being overshadowed by his villains, in his last outing, Mad Max: Fury Road, the erstwhile hero of...
Adam Sweeting
Friday, 24 May 2024
It was – let’s see – 63 years ago today that Brian Wilson taught the band to play. Fabled for their resplendent harmonies...
Tom Carr
Friday, 24 May 2024
If there is one positive of the past decade, it must be the growing openness with mental health and wellbeing. Whether in...
Tom Birchenough
Thursday, 23 May 2024
There’s a fierce, dark energy to the Globe’s new Richard III that I don’t recall at that venue for a fair while. The drilled...

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★★★ FURIOSA: A MAD MAX SAGA George Miller’s latest dystopian dust-up in the desert

★★★ PUNT AND DENNIS, THE MARLOWE, CANTERBURY Satire and sketches

★★★★ RICHARD III, SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE Michelle Terry riffs with punk bravado

CLASSICAL CDS Contemporary sounds from Norway, rediscovered American and a brass dectet

★★★ THE BEACH BOYS, DISNEY+ Heroes and villains and good vibrations

★★★ ISOBEL CAMPBELL - BOW TO LOVE Woozy, ultra laidback & sometimes delicious

'I THINK OF HER AS A PROTO-PUNK: DOCUMENTARIST SVETLANA ZILL ON ANITA PALLENBERG The co-director considers her revelatory account of the Stones' muse of mayhem

★★★★★ PAVEL KOLESNIKOV, WIGMORE HALL Quirky but brilliant programme finds connections

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Album: Bat For Lashes - The Dream of Delphi

Sixth album from exploratory singer-songwriter embraces motherhood but not tunes

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tv

The Beach Boys, Disney+ review - heroes and villains and good vibrations

Stylish retelling of the Beach Boys saga could use sharper teeth

theartsdesk Q&A: Eddie Marsan and the American Revolution, posh boys and East End gangsters

Versatile actor on playing John Adams opposite Michael Douglas in Apple TV+’s ‘Franklin'

Rebus, BBC One review - revival of Ian Rankin's Scottish 'tec hits the jackpot

Richard Rankin makes a compelling debut as the unorthodox Edinburgh cop

film

Blu-ray: Two Films by Yasujirō Ozu

Father/son relationships seen through the eyes of a master filmmaker

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga review - just as mad without Max

George Miller’s latest dystopian dust-up in the desert

The Beach Boys, Disney+ review - heroes and villains and good vibrations

Stylish retelling of the Beach Boys saga could use sharper teeth

new music

Album: Bat For Lashes - The Dream of Delphi

Sixth album from exploratory singer-songwriter embraces motherhood but not tunes

Album: Richard Thompson - Ship to Shore

The master and commander of misery and despair casts off into the deep once more

classical

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival 2024 review - curator Steven Isserlis spotlights masterly Fauré and Saint-Saëns

More delights in the round as Ensemble 360 is joined by very special guests

Sphinx Organization, Wigmore Hall review - black performers and composers take centre stage

A welcome spotlight on diversified repertoire, played with sincerity and humour

Classical CDs: Cowhorns, gloves and marching drums

Contemporary sounds from Norway, plus rediscovered American and a brass dectet

opera

Die Zauberflöte, Glyndebourne review - cornucopia of visual inventiveness eclipses everything else

An operatic feast for the eyes doesn't translate into conceptual satisfaction

Carmen, Glyndebourne review - total musical fusion

Production tells the story, mostly, but it’s the lead and the conductor who electrify

L'Olimpiade, Irish National Opera review - Vivaldi's long-distance run sustained by perfect teamwork

Sporting confusions and star-crossed lovers clarified by vivacious singing and playing

theatre

The Harmony Test, Hampstead Theatre review - pregnancy and parenthood
Taboo-tickling comedy about both conceiving a baby and life as empty nesters
Bluets, Royal Court review - more grey than ultramarine
Katie Mitchell’s staging of Maggie Nelson’s bestseller is neither original nor beautiful
Jerry’s Girls, Menier Chocolate Factory review - just a parade that passes by
Three talented performers in a revue that doesn’t add up to much

dance

The Winter's Tale, Royal Ballet review - what a story, and what a way to tell it!

A compelling case for ROH's ballet-friendly rebrand

All You Need Is Death review - a future folk horror classic

Irish folkies seek a cursed ancient song in Paul Duane's impressive fiction debut

MacMillan Celebrated, Royal Ballet review - out of mothballs, three vintage works to marvel at

Less-known pieces spanning the career of a great choreographer underline his greatness

comedy

DVD/Blu-ray: Billy Connolly - Big Banana Feet

The comic caught on the cusp of his fame as he tours Ireland in 1975

Clinton Baptiste, Touring review - spoof clairvoyant on great form

Character has life beyond 'Phoenix Nights'

Books

Extract: Pariah Genius by Iain Sinclair

A form-defying writer explores the troubled mindscape of a Soho photographer

Jonn Elledge: A History of the World in 47 Borders review - a view from the boundaries

Enjoyable journey through the byways of how lines on maps have shaped the modern world

Lisa Kaltenegger: Alien Earths review - a whole new world

Kaltenegger's traverses space in her thoughtful exploration of the search for life among the stars

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