thu 23/05/2019

Reviews

Summer of Rockets, BBC Two review - pride and prejudice in 1950s Britain

Adam Sweeting

Hallelujah! At last the BBC have commissioned a Stephen Poliakoff series that makes you want to come back for episode two (and hopefully all six), thanks to a powerful cast making the most of some perceptively-written roles.

Superhoe, Brighton Festival 2019 review - a darkly vital one-woman show

Thomas H Green

Tonight comes with a caveat, delivered before proceedings begin by the one-woman show’s writer and performer Nicôle Lecky, who’s sitting in a chair centre-stage. She damaged her foot during Sunday’s matinee at the Brighton Festival, dancing about, and has since had to do the whole thing seated.

Donnerstag aus Licht, Pascal, RFH review –...

Peter Quantrill

What happens on the stage of Stockhausen’s first opera would fill a book – quite a bad novel – but the plot is simple enough. Michael grows up with a...

Mark Knopfler, Royal Albert Hall review - the...

Liz Thomson

Prufrock might have measured his life in coffee spoons but for many of us it’s rock albums, the money to buy them way back when scrabbled together...

Alastair Campbell: Depression and Me, BBC Two...

Adam Sweeting

Persistent depression is debilitating and terrifying, as Alastair Campbell illustrated vividly in this punchily-argued film. We first saw him looking...

ANNA, National Theatre review - great thriller, shame about the tone

Aleks Sierz

Intriguing Cold War thriller is thoroughly immersive, but lacks a convincing sense of history

John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection review - a fascinating oddity

Veronica Lee

Love movies, love tennis, love this

Heathrow: Britain's Busiest Airport, ITV review - 80 million passengers but not much action

Adam Sweeting

Fifth season of meandering documentary gets off to an uneventful start

Rage 2 review – garish but great post-apocalyptic shooter

Steve O'Rourke

Challenge The Authority in this 'Mad Max on mushrooms' renegade romp

Traptown, Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez, Brighton Festival 2019 review - obscure to the point of ridiculous

Katie Colombus

An uneasy and inaccessible evening of performance that searches for abstraction but gets lost in its own concept

Hatton Garden, ITV review - ancient burglars bore again

Jasper Rees

The infamous pensioners' heist doesn't improve on a fourth telling

Primal Scream, The Haunt, Brighton review - up-close, short, raucous and sweaty

Thomas H Green

Frenetic small-scale gig by the large-scale rock'n'roll band

Anish Kapoor, Lisson Gallery review - naïve vulgarity and otherworldly onyx

Katherine Waters

Duds and gems in mixed show of paintings and sculptures

Cannes 2019: Diego Maradona review - entertaining but skin-deep

Joseph Walsh

Asif Kapadia concludes his trilogy of tragic idols with mixed results

Thatcher: A Very British Revolution, BBC Two review - demolishing the boys' club

Marina Vaizey

Charting the irresistible rise of Britain's first female Prime Minister

Sting and Shaggy, Roundhouse review - wilfully uncool and irrepressibly good fun

Russ Coffey

An unexpectedly boombastic evening from pop's most unlikely partnership

La Damnation de Faust, Glyndebourne review – bleak and compelling makeover

Peter Quantrill

Berlioz's Romantic Everyman seen in a sobering light

Gentleman Jack, BBC One review - the revolutionary life of Anne Lister

Adam Sweeting

Suranne Jones shines in Sally Wainwright's swashbuckling dramatisation

Cannes 2019: Too Old to Die Young - nightmarish LA noir

Joseph Walsh

'Neon Demon' director Nicolas Winding Refn turns to TV with Miles Teller

Rokia Traoré: Dream Mandé: Bamanan Djourou, Brighton Festival 2019 review – traditions soar free

Nick Hasted

Rokia Traoré takes Mali's music on a slow dance to transcendence

What We Do In the Shadows, BBC Two review - black comedy vampire spin-off from cult movie

Saskia Baron

Squabbling neck nibblers raise the undead in spritely sitcom

Last Stop Coney Island review - the life and photography of Harold Feinstein

Saskia Baron

Affectionate documentary portrait of a neglected American pioneer of street photography

Al Murray as the Pub Landlord, Embassy Theatre Skegness review - comic pulls his punches

Veronica Lee

Ageing character has little new to say on Brexit

Ruby Wax, Brighton Festival 2019 review - how to be human

Katie Colombus

An evening of laughs alongside real lessons in mindfulness and neurology

Cannes 2019: Pain and Glory review - a dour, semi-autobiographical portrait

Joseph Walsh

Pedro Almodóvar bares all with middling results in his twenty-first feature

Thomas Harris: Cari Mora review – mayhem in Miami

Boyd Tonkin

Hannibal's creator returns with a mixed bag of horrors

Reissue CDs Weekly: Ronnie Lane

Kieron Tyler

The ‘Just For a Moment’ box set tracks what happened after Faces

Tucked review - dispiriting British drag queen drama

Saskia Baron

Danny la Rue's ghost returns to haunt Brighton's piers

Gravity & Other Myths: Backbone, Brighton Festival 2019 review - eyeboggling and very human circus show

Thomas H Green

Australian troupe dazzle with balletic acrobatics, stunning precision and teamwork

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