sat 02/03/2024

Reviews

Lisa Frankenstein review - a bitchy trawl through the high-school horror movie back catalogue

Helen Hawkins

Diablo Cody’s biggest screenwriting hit was 2007’s Juno, a larky but tender story of teenage pregnancy. She’s gone back to high school for her latest, Lisa Frankenstein, which focuses on another troubled teen. This one has goth looks accessorised with an axe.

Standing at the Sky's Edge, Gillian Lynne Theatre review - heartwarming Sheffield musical arrives in the West End

Jane Edwardes

Can there be anyone from Sheffield who has not seen Standing at the Sky’s Edge, possibly several times?

Anna Reid: A Nasty Little War - The West's...

Hugh Barnes

During the Cold War, US presidents often claimed that the West and the Soviet Union had never fought one another directly. This observation made...

Der fliegende Holländer, Royal Opera review -...

Rachel Halliburton

The shadow of Nosferatu hangs heavily over Tim Albery’s powerfully austere staging of Wagner’s opera of desire and damnation, which returns to the...

Cruel Intentions, The Other Palace review -...

Gary Naylor

Transgression was so deliciously enticing. Back in the Eighties when I saw Les Liaisons Dangereuses in the West End on three occasions, life was...

Hallé, Elder, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review - Bruckner is back

Robert Beale

Dramatic Eighth Symphony is Hallé music director’s first reading

The Magic Flute, English National Opera review - return of an enchanted evening

Boyd Tonkin

Simon McBurney's dark pantomime casts its spell again

The Human Body, Donmar Warehouse review - Keeley Hawes and Jack Davenport excel in an intriguing staging

Helen Hawkins

Lucy Kirkwood’s latest mixes the birth of the NHS with a Brief Encounter-ish romance

Red Island review - Madagascar miniatures

James Saynor

An undemanding study of the post-colonial French

Nachtland, Young Vic review - German black comedy brings uneasy humour and discomfiting relevance

Gary Naylor

Something to laugh at and plenty to think about in a tonally inconsistent 90 minutes

Cable Street, Southwark Playhouse review - engaging new musical in an impressive staging

Helen Hawkins

The rise of fascism in the 1930s East End is given a human face

Colin Currie Quartet, Wigmore Hall review - toccatas for triangles and teacups

Bernard Hughes

Scintillating virtuosity from world-leading percussion quartet

Andy Parsons, Touring review - reasons to be cheerful...

Veronica Lee

...Even if the country's falling apart

Out of Season, Hampstead Theatre review - banter as bullying

Aleks Sierz

New comedy about masculinity and music is predictable and clumsy

'Migrations' String Quartet Weekend, National Concert Hall, Dublin review - memorials and masterpieces

David Nice

Five of the best respond magisterially to a programme focused on war and displacement

Drive to Survive, Season 6, Netflix review - F1 documentary overtaken by events

Adam Sweeting

Real-life dramas in the paddock were too late to make the cut

Shifters, Bush Theatre review - love will tear us apart again

Aleks Sierz

New play about love and memory is exquisitely written and beautifully acted

Così fan tutte, Welsh National Opera review - relevance reduced to irrelevance

Stephen Walsh

School for lovers not much help to the singers

Driving Mum review - a dark comedy that has you laughing out loud

Sarah Kent

A son fulfils his mother’s wishes and stifles his own

Manon Lescaut, English Touring Opera review - a nightmare in too many ways

Boyd Tonkin

Grotesque staging sabotages Puccini's breakthrough tragedy

The Merchant of Venice 1936, Criterion Theatre review - radical revamp with a passionate agenda

Helen Hawkins

Tracy-Ann Oberman turns Shylock into a heroic Jewish anti-fascist

RSNO Chorus, Doughty, Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh review - breaking out in anniversary Bruckner

Simon Thompson

A motet and a mass sometimes needed more focus, but a rare suite proved a delight

Album: The Bevis Frond - Focus on Nature

Kieron Tyler

Further confirmation that Nick Saloman is one of the UK’s great musical stylists

Music Reissues Weekly: Blank Generation, Just Want To Be Myself

Kieron Tyler

Fresh looks at North American and UK punk

Wicked Little Letters review - sweary, starry film is mostly strange

Matt Wolf

Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley re-team, this time as warring neighbours

Sánchez, National Symphony Orchestra, Martín, National Concert Hall, Dublin review - Spanish panache

David Nice

Flamenco song and dance matched to orchestral brilliance brings heat to a freezing city

Sargent and Fashion, Tate Britain review - portraiture as a performance

Sarah Kent

London’s elite posing dressed up to the nines

Uproar, Rafferty, Royal Welsh College, Cardiff review - a rare spring in the new music step

Stephen Walsh

Tight planning and high professionalism make for a consistently enjoyable concert

The Big Life, Stratford East review - musical brings the joy and honours the past

Gary Naylor

Revived 20 years on, this Windrush musical lands differently, but is still wonderfully entertaining

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