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David Nice
Tuesday, 19 February 2019
Ripeness is sometimes all. 80-year-old Martin Sherman's recent play, receiving its UK premiere at canny Park Theatre, says more about gay history in 100 selective minutes than The...
Boyd Tonkin
Tuesday, 19 February 2019
The arc of Daniil Trifonov’s reputation has soared and then, to some ears, stalled in a familiar modern way. Russian Wunderkind pianist bags a sackful of competition trophies (...
Matt Wolf
Tuesday, 19 February 2019
Against the grimmest of backdrops, generosity and even grace can be possible. That's the eternally uplifting message of Come From Away, the surprise Broadway musical hit about the...
Veronica Lee
Tuesday, 19 February 2019
Sheeps, the sketch comedy threesome, had never really gone away but when they performed Live and Loud Selfie Sex Harry Potter at the Edinburgh Fringe last year after a...
Heather Neill
Tuesday, 19 February 2019
Remembering meeting Harley Granville Barker when casting him as Marchbanks in Candida, Shaw described the 23-year-old as, "altogether the most distinguished and incomparably the...
Mark Kidel
Tuesday, 19 February 2019
Back in 2017, The Foo Fighters did a surprise pre-Glastonbury gig at Frome’s Cheese & Grain, a rather soulless shed near the equally soulless Westway Shopping Centre. So much...
Joseph Walsh
Tuesday, 19 February 2019
As journalists and critics were enjoying the unseasonably balmy weather in Berlin at the 69th Film Festival, all were...
Kieron Tyler
Tuesday, 19 February 2019
Lyrics such as “are we hunting for life among misery, Satan have pity on my long distress” and “we’re on a ship of fools,...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 18 February 2019
It’s 1945 and World War Two is nearly over. Somewhere in England, Fiona Symonds (“Feef” to her friends) is training to be a...
David Nice
Monday, 18 February 2019
It seems an almost indecent luxury to have heard two top mezzos in just over a week with so much to express, backed up by...
Matt Wolf
Monday, 18 February 2019
A musicals-intensive season gets off to a wan start with 9 to 5, a retooled West End version of a 2009 Broadway flop based...
Katherine Waters
Monday, 18 February 2019
Ellida (Pia Tjelta) has a choice to make, the outcome of which will bind her future to her past or her present, each...
David Nice
Monday, 18 February 2019
British concert audiences now know and love one great Lithuanian, among the most communicative and individual conductors in...
Saskia Baron
Monday, 18 February 2019
Is there an algorithm for writing this review? There seems to have been one used to create Baptiste, a spin-off...
Owen Richards
Monday, 18 February 2019
Compared to Scotland, Welsh independence has yet to hit the mainstream. The idea has been mostly supported by the Welsh-...
Guy Oddy
Monday, 18 February 2019
Beth Jeans Houghton’s world seems to have been characterised by an over-supply of half-empty, small glasses of late –...
Marina Vaizey
Sunday, 17 February 2019
This is an astonishing book: in its breadth, depth and detail and also in its almost palpable, and sometimes unpalatable,...
Graham Rickson
Sunday, 17 February 2019
Stravinsky acknowledged that his orchestra for The Rite of Spring was a large one because Diaghilev had promised him extra...
Markie Robson-Scott
Sunday, 17 February 2019
A Tana French crime novel is never just a thriller. Probably more acclaimed in the USA than the UK (she gets rave reviews in...
 

THE RITE OF SPRING/GIANNI SCHICCHI, OPERA NORTH Unlikely, satisfying pairing

★★★★ TANA FRENCH: THE WYCH ELM A lucky man and his downfall

★★★ A PRIVATE WAR Rosamund Pike burns with passion in well-meaning biopic

★★ TRAITORS, CHANNEL 4 Cold War thriller fails to reach room temperature

★★ BAPTISTE, BBC ONE Detective from 'The Missing' gets his own hand-me-down show

★★★ THE LADY FROM THE SEA, PRINT ROOM Engrossing UK-Norwegian production

★★★★★ ELĪNA GARANČA, MALCOLM MARTINEAU, WIGMORE HALL Towards transcendence

REISSUE CDS WEEKLY: MANCHESTER - A CITY UNITED IN MUSIC Thought-provoking compendium dedicated to the northern musical powerhouse

disc of the day

CD: Susanna & The Brotherhood of Our Lady - Garden of Earthly Delights

Hieronymus Bosch inspires a creepy commentary on present times

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tv

Traitors, Channel 4 review - Cold War thriller fails to reach room temperature

Battling Stalin's secret infiltration of Whitehall

Catastrophe, Channel 4, series 4 finale review - sitcom saves the best till last

Sharon Horgan and Rob Delaney go out on a grief-stricken, hope-filled cliffhanger

film

69th Berlin Film Festival round-up - what a banal Berlinale

Usually thoughtful festival has a distinctly off year with a programme of shoulder-shrugging cinema

Q&A Special: Actor Bruno Ganz on playing Hitler

The Swiss actor, who has died aged 77, was the first to play the Führer in a lead role in German

A Private War review - Rosamund Pike burns with passion in well-meaning biopic

A risk-loving journalist is remembered via a safe-seeming film

new music

Lau, Cheese & Grain, Frome review - the dangerous charm of electronica

Folk giants brought down by electronic monster

CD: Susanna & The Brotherhood of Our Lady - Garden of Earthly Delights

Hieronymus Bosch inspires a creepy commentary on present times

Yes is More: Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon, Tramshed - utterly convincing

Welsh independence gig brings positivity and power to a growing movement

classical

Elīna Garanča, Malcolm Martineau, Wigmore Hall review - towards transcendence

Perfect expression and technique in Schumann, Wagner and Mahler

Ek, CBSO, Gražinytė-Tyla, Symphony Hall, Birmingham review - epics of sea and land

Mirga pairs a Lithuanian late-romantic tone poem and familiar Grieg in an unusual context

opera

The Rite of Spring/Gianni Schicchi, Opera North review - unlikely but musically satisfying pairing

Odd-couple double bill of Stravinsky and Puccini with plenty to delight ear and eye

The Magic Flute, Welsh National Opera review - charming to hear, charmless to look at

Mozart's pantomime about Nature and Reason stuck in a box

Brighton Festival 2019 launches with Guest Director Rokia Traoré

The south-coast's arts extravaganza reveals its 2019 line-up

theatre

Gently Down the Stream, Park Theatre review - gay history sifted for compact drama
Martin Sherman has the excellent Jonathan Hyde telling true tales
Come From Away, Phoenix Theatre review - a necessary corrective to our traumatic times
9/11-themed musical crosses the Atlantic, its capacious heart intact
Agnes Colander, Jermyn Street Theatre review - Naomi Frederick shines in 'new' Granville Barker
A rediscovered early work by a giant of 20th century theatre focuses on a woman's struggle for independence

dance

The Rite of Spring/Gianni Schicchi, Opera North review - unlikely but musically satisfying pairing

Odd-couple double bill of Stravinsky and Puccini with plenty to delight ear and eye

Brighton Festival 2019 launches with Guest Director Rokia Traoré

The south-coast's arts extravaganza reveals its 2019 line-up

Swan Lake, English National Ballet, London Coliseum review - a solid, go-to production

Traditional stagings don't come much more satisfying than Derek Deane's for ENB

comedy

Brighton Festival 2019 launches with Guest Director Rokia Traoré

The south-coast's arts extravaganza reveals its 2019 line-up

Adam Riches Is The Guy Who..., Drink, Shop & Do review - super-suave Lothario on the prowl

Immersive show examines male-female engagement in the #MeToo era

gaming

Battlefield V review - WWII on an epic scale

The veteran series returns for another ambitious tour of duty

Red Dead Redemption 2 review - the cowboy drama makes a triumphant return

An ambitious Wild West odyssey that matches epic scale with benchmark skill

visual arts

Don McCullin, Tate Britain review - beastliness made beautiful

The darkest, most compelling exhibition you are ever likely to see

Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory review, Tate Modern - plenty but empty

A major retrospective of the French post-impressionist is huge, but unilluminating

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