thu 26/05/2022

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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 alternative, science-based history of dinosaurs and their...
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 became one of the biggest bands in the world in the...
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 touch with its foundations in World War Two submarine...
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 Broadway musical is based, was something of a Trojan...
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 to perform the wider chamber music repertoire, normally...
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, Cambridge-based company Menagerie were told that their...
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...
Graham Rickson
Tuesday, 24 May 2022
Parallel Mothers unfolds at a daringly slow pace, and there are moments in the first half of Pedro Almodóvar’s 2021 drama...
Sarah Kent
Monday, 23 May 2022
Cornelia Parker’s early installations are as fresh and as thought provoking as when they were made. Her Tate Britain...
Sebastian Scotney
Monday, 23 May 2022
“I suppose you’re going to ask all the usual questions...?” When Keith Jarrett was interviewed by Alyn Shipton for the very...
Aleks Sierz
Monday, 23 May 2022
Theatre is slowly recovering from the effects of the pandemic, and many shows which were cancelled because of the first...
Tim Cumming
Monday, 23 May 2022
As break-up albums go, Heidi Talbot’s new set knocks that tightly wound ball of heartbreak, separation and release into the...
David Nice
Sunday, 22 May 2022
Interesting for the history of music, but not for music? Passing acquaintance with Ethel Smyth’s The Wreckers, a grand opera...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 22 May 2022
“Touched by Rodin in a Paris Museum” is a 14-minute consideration of exactly what its title says: the impact of encountering...
Saskia Baron
Saturday, 21 May 2022
One of the more heartwarming images in the news recently has been seeing Ukrainian refugees being welcomed by their eastern...
Mert Dilek
Saturday, 21 May 2022
First staged in 2018, Bartlett Sher’s Lincoln Center Theater production of My Fair Lady is London’s latest import...
Graham Fuller
Saturday, 21 May 2022
Terence Davies’s Benediction is a haunting but uneven biopic of the World War I poet Siegfried Sassoon and a drama about the...

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

★★★★ BENEDICTION Terence Davies leavens his sombre Sassoon biopic with Wildean badinage

★★★★★ BLU-RAY: PARALLEL MOTHERS Multi-layered meditation on truth, honesty & friendship

★★★★ THE WRECKERS, GLYNDEBOURNE No masterpiece, but vividly sung and played

★★★ LOTUS BEAUTY, HAMPSTEAD THEATRE DOWNSTAIRS Uneasy mix of comedy and tragedy

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

★★★★ HEIDI TALBOT - SING IT FOR A LIFETIME A keeper of a break-up album

★★★★ ALYN SHIPTON: ON JAZZ - A PERSONAL JOURNEY Digging jazz deeply & musically

disc of the day

Album: Def Leppard - Diamond Star Halos

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


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


DVD/Blu-ray: Parallel Mothers

Multi-layered meditation on truth, honesty, and friendship

Benediction review - the world's worst wounds

Terence Davies leavens his sombre biopic of Siegfried Sassoon with Wildean badinage

new music

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

Album: Heidi Talbot - Sing it for a Lifetime

A keeper of a break-up album


Wigmore Soloists, Wigmore Hall review - superb Janáček

A new group starting to make its stylish and confident mark

theartsdesk at the Dresden Music Festival - orchestral abundance in a spectacular setting

The Saxon city’s world-famous orchestras front and centre in a full programme of events

Berrut, ECO, Guzzo, Cadogan Hall review - Schubert with a smile

Sparkling symphony makes up for a slightly lacklustre concerto


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

'How that music was created remains to me a complete mystery': John Tomlinson on fellow Lancastrian Harrison Birtwistle

The great bass remembers the composer who wrote two roles with his voice in mind


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
Bliss, Finborough Theatre review - bleak but tender
Fraser Grace adapts a Russian story of love and survival in a world turned upside-down
Lotus Beauty, Hampstead Theatre Downstairs review – uneasy mix of comedy and tragedy
Tamasha play about a Punjabi family-run salon could do with a makeover


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

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