fri 27/04/2018

Reviews

4.48 Psychosis, Royal Opera, Lyric Hammersmith review - despairing truth in song and speech

David Nice

Depression, with or without psychotic episodes, is a rare subject for drama or music theatre - and with good reason: the sheer unrelenting monotony of anguish and self-absorption is hard to reproduce within a concentrated time-span.

Absolute Hell, National Theatre review - high gloss show saves over-rated classic

Aleks Sierz

Rodney Ackland must be the most well-known forgotten man in postwar British theatre. His legend goes like this: Absolute Hell was originally titled The Pink Room, and first staged in 1952 at the Lyric Hammersmith, where it got a critical mauling. The Sunday Times’s Harold Hobson said that the audience “had the impression of being present, if not at the death of talent, at least at its very serious illness”.

The Marriage of Figaro, English Touring Opera...

Richard Bratby

The Fates did not want theartsdesk to review English Touring Opera’s new production of The Marriage of Figaro. The Beast from the East intervened to...

The Prudes, Royal Court review - hilarious but...

Aleks Sierz

Playwright Anthony Neilson has always been fascinated by sex. I mean, who isn’t? But he has made it a central part of his career. In his bad-boy in-...

Strictly Ballroom: The Musical, Piccadilly...

Matt Wolf

A much tinkered-with show needs to go back to the drawing board, if this latest iteration of Strictly Ballroom: The Musical is any gauge. Having...

The Split, BBC One, review - Abi Morgan’s densely packed divorce drama

Jasper Rees

Nicola Walker is the real deal in a hectic family law saga

Matthias Goerne, Seong-Jin Cho, Wigmore Hall review - slow and slower Strauss

Sebastian Scotney

A disappointingly one-geared Lieder recital

Kathleen Turner: Finding My Voice, The Other Palace review - a familiar name in freshly exciting form

Matt Wolf

The screen and stage star invents herself anew, this time in song

God of War review - action adventure epic sets new standards

Steve O'Rourke

Father-son adventure is a slick and gorgeous spectacle

Westworld, Series 2, Sky Atlantic review - big trouble in synthetic paradise

Adam Sweeting

Apocalypse looms as androids go on the rampage

Taryn Simon: An Occupation of Loss, Islington Green review - divine lamentation

Sarah Kent

A journey to the underworld in song

Flo and Joan, Soho Theatre review - sisters in satirical harmony

Veronica Lee

Musical comedy with complex rhymes

The Deminer review - life on the edge in Iraq

Owen Richards

One man risks literal life and limb in this fascinating war documentary

LSO, Rattle, Barbican review - incandescent swansongs by Mahler and Tippett

David Nice

The London Symphony Orchestra's supreme soundsmith on top form

The Woman in White, BBC One review - camp Victoriana

Katherine Waters

Wilkie Collins's Gothic whodunnit gets a florid treatment for telly

Ed Byrne, Touring review - the perils of modern fatherhood

Veronica Lee

Personal but not self-indulgent

Wang, RSNO, Oundjian, Usher Hall, Edinburgh review - percussion sets Shostakovich's 'Leningrad' ablaze

Miranda Heggie

Music Director pairs two very different Russian works in his final season

Martin Gayford: Modernists & Mavericks review - people, places and paint

Katherine Waters

Utterly human account of the painters of London over the 30 years since 1945

Reissue CDs Weekly: New York Dolls

Kieron Tyler

'Personality Crisis' is a frequently wonderful collection of what New York’s finest did not originally release

Ibragimova, Tiberghien, Wigmore Hall review – light, bright and melodic Brahms

Gavin Dixon

Sensitive but dynamic playing perfectly conveys the music’s carefree spirit

Rasheeda Speaking, Trafalgar Studios review - unsettling comedy, thorny racism

Tom Birchenough

Bravura performance from Tanya Moodie in sharp new American drama of racial discord

Home From Home, BBC One review - Johnny Vegas as everyman hero

Veronica Lee

Gentle class-divide sitcom

theartsdesk on Vinyl: Record Store Day Special 2018

Thomas H Green

RSD 2018 vinyl reviews of Snapped Ankles, Undertones, LUMP, Fleet Foxes, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Sparks, Miles Davis, Yazoo and more

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society review - artery-furring whimsy

Jasper Rees

Lily James seeks postwar secrets in a Channel Islands weepie

Bat Out of Hell, Dominion Theatre review - the Meat Loaf musical returns, batty as ever

Marianka Swain

The booming behemoth is right at home in We Will Rock You’s old digs

True Horror, Channel 4 review - a Ronseal approach to ghost stories

Owen Richards

New anthology based on real accounts provides the scares and not much else

Roy Orbison In Dreams Hologram, Eventim Apollo review - it's a gig, Jim, but not as we know it

Russ Coffey

A virtual Big O takes us back to the future

Andsnes, LPO, Jurowski, RFH review - dazzling symphonic contrasts, plus oddities

David Nice

Stunning articulation in generous helpings of Stravinsky with Shostakovich and Debussy

Funny Cow review - Maxine Peake is stellar

Veronica Lee

Fictional biopic portrays the comedy circuit from a bygone age

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