fri 22/03/2019

Reviews

La forza del destino, Royal Opera review - generous voices, dramatic voids

David Nice

When "Maestro" Riccardo Muti left the Royal Opera's previous production of Verdi's fate-laden epic, disgusted by minor changes to fit the scenery on the Covent Garden stage, no-one was sorry when Antonio Pappano, the true master of the house then only two years into his glorious reign, took over.

Pose, BBC Two review - transgender goes mainstream

Markie Robson-Scott

NYC, 1987. AIDS is ravaging the city, Reagan’s in power, Trump is in his tower. The American dream is available - to some. And for some of those to whom it’s not, there’s the world of balls, vogueing and competing for trophies. If your family has kicked you out for being gay or trans, the balls are a place where you can strike a pose, find acceptance and make your legendary mark.

Minding the Gap review – profound musings on life

Owen Richards

Where would you go for a devastating study on the human condition? The home movies of teenage skaters would be very low down on that list. But most...

Emilia, Vaudeville Theatre review - shouting for...

Aleks Sierz

Emilia Bassano Lanier is not a household name. But maybe she should be. Born in 1569, she was one of the first women in England to publish a book of...

Downstate, National Theatre review -...

Matt Wolf

"Some monsters are real," notes a retribution-minded wife (Matilda Ziegler) early in Downstate, Bruce Norris's beautiful and wounding play that has...

The White Crow review - gripping depiction of the brilliance of Nureyev

Adam Sweeting

A portrait of the artist as an arrogant, ruthlessly ambitious young genius

Mike Nelson, The Asset Strippers, Tate Britain review – exhilarating reminder of industrial might

Sarah Kent

A stirring elegy to Britain's industrial past

The Bay, ITV, review - Broadchurch goes north

Jasper Rees

Morven Christie plays a detective with a naughty secret in a Morecambe murder case

The Bay at Nice, Menier Chocolate Factory review - David Hare talkfest takes intermittent wing

Matt Wolf

Penelope Wilton and Ophelia Lovibond face off in revival of little-known 1986 play

Bach St John Passion, Les Arts Florissants, Christie, Barbican review – sombre but engaging

Gavin Dixon

An atmospheric but unfocused reading, elevated by a fine Evangelist

Shetland, Series 5 Finale, BBC One review - Sicario-on-Sea?

Adam Sweeting

Unflappable Jimmy Perez solves murderous North Sea crime wave

The Rubenstein Kiss, Southwark Playhouse review - slick spy drama doesn't quite come together

Laura De Lisle

Excellent performances aren't enough to cover the holes in this fictionalised account of the Rosenbergs

Schiff, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, RFH review – antique kit, modern sounds

Boyd Tonkin

Instrumental time-travels rejuvenate a Romantic trio

Richard II, Sam Wanamaker Theatre review - electrifying mixed-race all-female production

Rachel Halliburton

Adjoa Andoh is a magnetic Richard with her hawk-like glare and vigorous swagger

The Thread, Russell Maliphant & Vangelis, Sadler’s Wells review – an inspiring marriage of old and new

Sarah Kent

Divergent worlds made to co-exist with apparent ease

David Hepworth: A Fabulous Creation review - how vinyl soothed our souls and defined our being

Liz Thomson

'Sgt Pepper' took us by surprise - and ushered in a revolution

Reissue CDs Weekly: Where The Girls Are Volume Ten

Kieron Tyler

The template-setting series of female-centric Sixties pop compilations bows out

Connolly, Drake, Berrington, Wigmore Hall review – between the acts

Boyd Tonkin

Virginia Woolf inspires a rich if distracting mix of words and music

Yxng Bane, Brixton Academy review - all the fam on stage

Katherine Waters

Lit gig from star on the rise

Showbands, BBC Four review - an Irish cultural phenomenon explained

Veronica Lee

Ardal O'Hanlon plays the genial host of this illuminating archive documentary

Girl review - Belgian art-house portrait of a teenage ballerina

Saskia Baron

Danse macabre? Cannes festival favourite runs into flak on its wider release

Faust, Matthews, LSO, Haitink, Barbican review - glimpses of heaven

David Nice

Nature relished in Dvořák and carefully observed in Mahler

Triple Frontier, Netflix review - war-on-drugs thriller suffers identity crisis

Adam Sweeting

Oscar Isaac and Ben Affleck can't say no to one last big score

Loreena McKennitt, Royal Albert Hall review - making Celtic connections

Liz Thomson

A magical musical mystery tour

Ed Gamble, The Stand review - amiable hour touching on personal issues

Veronica Lee

Opening show of 2019 Glasgow Comedy Festival

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, Birmingham Opera Company review - searing music-theatre for all

David Nice

Bloodied brides and rat-heads run amok in visceral ballroom Shostakovich

Betrayal, Harold Pinter Theatre review - Tom Hiddleston anchors a bold, brooding revival

Marianka Swain

Jamie Lloyd locates the radical soul of a classic work

Under the Silver Lake review - fascinating LA noir folly

Nick Hasted

An indulged director shoots for the moon in a seriously shallow conspiracy thriller

Admissions, Trafalgar Studios review - topical and whiplash-smart

Matt Wolf

Alex Kingston stars in darkly comic Off Broadway transfer

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