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Tom Birchenough
Thursday, 18 April 2019
Chimerica is a stage-to-screen adaptation that has certainly kept up with the times. When it opened at the Almeida back in 2013 – a West End transfer followed, along with an...
Marianka Swain
Thursday, 18 April 2019
For her swansong, departing Donmar Artistic Director Josie Rourke goes Swinging Sixties in this stylish but flawed revival of the Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields and Neil Simon musical...
Nick Hasted
Thursday, 18 April 2019
Mel Gibson’s vile drunken rants a decade ago, his 63 years and the price of both inform his role as cop Brett Ridgeman. Writer-director S. Craig Zahler won’t comment. But as...
Lisa-Marie Ferla
Thursday, 18 April 2019
How to put a full-stop on an over 50 year recording career? For multiple Music Hall of Fame-rs The O’Jays, the answer includes a party track penned by Bruno Mars, a reworked 60s...
Adam Sweeting
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Great, a new drama not by the Williams brothers. Instead it’s Dan Sefton’s second iteration of his medical thriller Trust Me, last seen in 2017 starring Jody Whittaker. Since she’...
Demetrios Matheou
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Isabelle Huppert is famed for the chilly intensity of many of her performances, and a willingness to mine all manner of darkness and perversity – her recent, award-laden turn in...
David Nice
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Expect no cliches about toreador pianism. Red-earth flamboyance is not Javier Perianes' style, and the seven dances he...
Aleks Sierz
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
About a year ago, director Rebecca Frecknall electrified this venue with an award-winning revival of Tennessee Williams's...
Sebastian Scotney
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
John Mayall keeps up one hell of a touring schedule for an 85-year-old. Last night's early set at Ronnie Scott's was the...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
When poetic London MC Loyle Carner first appeared a couple years ago he was hailed for his fresh take on UK hip hop....
Jasper Rees
Tuesday, 16 April 2019
Pre-publicity for Back to Life has been all about its stablemate. This new six-part comedy comes from the same producers who...
Sebastian Scotney
Tuesday, 16 April 2019
How do we want our fleeting, precious, close-up glimpses of the royals to be? Do we want the mystique, the aura, glamour and...
Florence Hallett
Tuesday, 16 April 2019
What are we to make of the two circles dustily inscribed in the background of Rembrandt’s c.1665 self-portrait? In a...
Thomas H Green
Tuesday, 16 April 2019
“I don’t know if I’m going to recognise any of it,” I say to my accomplice as we drain a couple of light ales amid the sea...
Mark Kidel
Tuesday, 16 April 2019
Billy Wilder’s co-writing collaboration with IAL Diamond encompassed comedy masterpieces such as Some Like it Hot, The...
Boyd Tonkin
Monday, 15 April 2019
Great conductors, like efficient auto engines, apply a lot of torque – they can use a little energy to achieve great surges...
Owen Richards
Monday, 15 April 2019
“Our attendees are a select group, but we have a connection,” remarked Damon Albarn at the end of The Good, the Bad &...
Sebastian Scotney
Monday, 15 April 2019
There is increasing urgency, commitment and assuredness about the way Laura Mvula performs her music. The context for her...
Robert Beale
Monday, 15 April 2019
John Wilson conducted Vaughan Williams’ Fifth Symphony with the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester just over a year ago with...

★★★ GRETA Isabelle Huppert goes full psycho in eccentric stalker thriller

★★★ THREE SISTERS, ALMEIDA THEATRE Middle of the road with flashes of magic

★★★★ TRUST ME, SERIES 2, BBC ONE Hospital killer chiller

★★★★ JAIVER PERIANES, QEH Not a Spanish fire-eater but a world-class poet

★★★★ JOHN MAYALL, RONNIE SCOTT'S The legend on his own terms

★★★★ LOYLE CARNER - NOT WAVING, BUT DROWNING British MC lays his heart on the line for album number two

disc of the day

CD: The O'Jays - The Last Word

Philadelphia Sound leading lights call time on their own terms

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Chimerica, Channel 4 review - fake news, true drama

Added Trump: Lucy Kirkwood’s play takes a revisionary path to the screen

Trust Me, Series 2, BBC One review - hospital killer chiller

Beware the angel of death stalking the wards

Back to Life, BBC Three review - Daisy Haggard finds laughs in prison release

Comedy from Fleabag producers introduces another damaged woman seeking redemption


Dragged Across Concrete review - Mel Gibson's hard-boiled high

S. Craig Zahler takes the Lethal Weapon buddy cop movie to hell

Greta review – Isabelle Huppert goes full psycho in eccentric stalker thriller

Neil Jordan directs the great French actress, as a widow obsessed with Chloë Grace Moretz's lonely New Yorker

Blu-ray: One, Two, Three

Zany Cold War comedy plays at vertiginous speed

new music

CD: The O'Jays - The Last Word

Philadelphia Sound leading lights call time on their own terms

John Mayall, Ronnie Scott's review – the legend on his own terms

Support act Jim Mullen playing better than ever

CD: Loyle Carner - Not Waving, But Drowning

British MC lays his heart on the line for album number two


Javier Perianes, QEH review - not a Spanish fire-eater but a world-class poet

Chopin and Debussy imagined afresh, Falla not quite set ablaze

Philharmonia, Blomstedt, RFH review - gravity and grace

A masterclass in quiet authority from the veteran Swede

Ehnes, BBC Philharmonic, Wilson, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review - contrasts from the 1930s

Walton’s Violin Concerto makes a deep impact alongside angst-ridden Vaughan Williams


Faust, Royal Opera review - fusty Gounod still dances

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

Franco Fagioli, Il Pomo d’Oro, Birmingham Town Hall review - flair and flamboyance

Virtuoso countertenor shines in music from Handel and his contemporaries

The Pilgrim’s Progress, RNCM, Manchester review – a theatrical triumph

Re-imagining Bunyan’s story as a parable of the First World War


Sweet Charity, Donmar Warehouse review - Sixties style over substance
Design dominates in Josie Rourke's farewell production
Three Sisters, Almeida Theatre review - middle of the road with flashes of magic
Chekhov classic from the team behind the West End hit Summer and Smoke
The Best Plays in London
What to see where and until when: theartsdesk's stage tips


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

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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