sun 15/09/2019

Reviews

Martin Gayford: The Pursuit of Art review - devotion, distilled

Marina Vaizey

This is a book about experiences that go beyond reading about art. Martin Gayford’s 20 short essays about press trips and self-motivated travel concern meetings – in the flesh, in real time and space – with art that includes murals, sculptures and glacier waters, and with artists through interviews and studio visits.

Reissue CDs Weekly: Caravan

Kieron Tyler

Last week in central London, the Covent Garden branch of the book and music chain Fopp was selling CD sets branded as “5 Classic Albums” and “Original Album Series”. Each collected five CDs of the same number of albums. Amongst what could be picked up were collections by Kevin Ayers, Fairport Convention, Steve Hackett and Man. The asking price for each was £10.

Temple, Sky 1 review - down in the tube station...

Adam Sweeting

At first, the opening episode of Sky 1’s enticing new drama Temple looked like it was going to be mostly concerned with a heist gone wrong. A gang of...

For Sama review - besieged, bombed, and defiant...

Graham Fuller

People who idly use the phrase “it’s like living in a war zone” when considering their domestic mess should see Waad al-Kateab’s documentary For Sama...

Amsterdam, Orange Tree Theatre review -...

Matt Wolf

An excellent director makes a rare misstep with Amsterdam, in which a compelling if tricksy play is given an arch and mannered production that only...

Phoenix review - Norwegian family tragedy with an autobiographical slant

Markie Robson-Scott

Mesmerising child performers but Camilla Strøm Henriksen's debut doesn't quite deliver

Gazelle Twin, Mirth, Marvel and Maud review - sardonic folk

Katherine Waters

Gorgeously anarchic music that preaches to the converted

The Shock of the Future review - for the music nerds

Owen Richards

Retro French synth drama focuses on the music over character

Hustlers review - strip club crime pays

Nick Hasted

Jennifer Lopez exploits Wall Street's appetite for sex and drugs

Prom 72/3: Aurora Orchestra, Collon review – Berlioz not quite lost in showbiz

Boyd Tonkin

Stagey stunts but fine music in dramatised 'Symphonie fantastique'

Edwyn Collins, Concorde 2, Brighton review - enjoyable evening of tight guitar pop

Thomas H Green

The Orange Juice frontman stays mostly seated but delivers a rousing, dynamic gig

What Girls Are Made Of, Soho Theatre review - euphoric gig-theatre

Marianka Swain

Cora Bissett recalls the highs and lows of being a teenage Britpop star

Honeyland review - tipping nature's balance

Joseph Walsh

Insightful documentary on Europe's last wild beekeeper

The King of Hell’s Palace, Hampstead Theatre review - Chinese scandal freezes the blood

Aleks Sierz

New docu-drama about a distressing case of 1990s corruption and cover-up

Alvin Ailey, Programme C review - black, beautiful, brilliant

Jenny Gilbert

America's No.1 rounds off its triumphant visit with a diddly-doo-wop

Downton Abbey review – business as usual

Demetrios Matheou

The film version of the popular TV series is perfectly pleasant

Prom 71: Dunedin Consort, Butt review – Bach to the drawing-board please

Sebastian Scotney

Solo moments were all too brief

For Services Rendered, Jermyn Street Theatre review – uneven revival of 1930s drama

Laura De Lisle

A mixed bag of performances from a big cast in Somerset Maugham's anti-war play

Preludes, Southwark Playhouse review - journeying into the mind of Rachmaninoff

Marianka Swain

Dave Malloy's innovative musical immerses us in a creative crisis

A Doll's House, Lyric Hammersmith review - Ibsen tellingly transposed to colonial India

Heather Neill

Tanika Gupta's layered version launches a new era

Suicidal: In Our Own Words, Channel 5 review - why are so many men killing themselves?

Adam Sweeting

Harrowing and heartbreaking documentary in which six male mental health patients open up

Sofie Hagen, Soho Theatre review - sex weekend in Swansea, anyone?

Veronica Lee

The tricks that memories play

Prom 69: Stikhina, Czech Philharmonic, Bychkov – dark textures and powerful passions

Gavin Dixon

Distinctive sound expertly shaped by the Prague players' new conductor

Spotlight on The Troubles: A Secret History, BBC Four review - Ulster's bitter sectarian war revisited

Adam Sweeting

Meticulous and horrifying account of 30 years of terror and political chaos

CD: Metronomy - Metronomy Forever

Owen Richards

Double album finds band at both their most accessible and most challenging

The Flaming Lips, Brixton Academy review - an explosion of joy

Nick Hasted

A reminder of rock's potency

Prom 68: Goerke, Gould, RPO, Albrecht review - the art of transition

Peter Quantrill

Wagner Night at the Proms set ablaze by orchestral splendour and vocal lustre

Prom 66: In the Name of the Earth review - John Luther Adams's ambitious choral spectacular

Bernard Hughes

Massed choirs fill the Albert Hall with ecological contemplation and rattling coffee-cups

Torch Song, Turbine Theatre review - impressive return for Harvey Fierstein's seminal gay drama

Tom Birchenough

Matthew Needham in lithe drag queen form opens new London venue

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