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Reviews

Linck & Mülhahn, Hampstead Theatre review - problems as well as pleasures

Aleks Sierz

With the total loss of its Arts Council funding, Hampstead Theatre’s future as a specialist new writing venue is in doubt. But before anything drastically changes, the playwrights and plays developed by Roxanna Silbert, who was edged out as artistic director in December last year, are still coming through.

Eliza Carthy and The Restitution, Barbican review - folk at its finest

India Lewis

Eliza Carthy has been busy, as she always has. Recording various albums with various artists during the pandemic, her show with her band, The Restitution (and many others), at the Barbican on Saturday, was well stuffed with music, musicians, laughter, familial connections and celebrations. 

Fabienne Verdier, The Song of the Stars (Le chant...

Mark Kidel

I have wanted to visit the Musée Unterlinden in Colmar for many years: the home of Matthias Grünewald’s masterpiece, the Isenheim Altarpiece (1512-...

The Damnation of Faust, LPO, Gardner, RFH review...

Boyd Tonkin

No work gives its listeners such pleasure on the way to hell (and back) as Berlioz’s rule-busting “dramatic legend”, The Damnation of Faust. It...

Saint Omer review - exile and erasure

Nick Hasted

Saint Omer is a psychological and sociological mystery, unpicking the enigma of Laurence (Guslagie Malanda), a French Senegalese woman who drowned...

The Cunning Little Vixen, Opera North review - magic of a classic staging

Robert Beale

A real ensemble effort in Janáček’s cartoon-based tale of nature and human nature

Smoke, Southwark Playhouse review - dazzling Strindberg update

Gary Naylor

The perils of navigating power relations when sexual tension is all but tangible

Music Reissues Weekly: The Senders - All Killer No Filler

Kieron Tyler

A gap in the story of punk-era New York is plugged

Fauda, Season 4, Netflix review - Israeli terrorism thriller gets darker and dirtier

Adam Sweeting

Fourth time around, the human cost is becoming too much to bear

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish review - thrilling adventure with Antonio Banderas

Veronica Lee

Computer-animated fun

Titus Andronicus, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse review - notorious play hits and misses

Gary Naylor

Tricksy staging distracts and disappoints

The Whale review - Brendan Fraser stars in a fat suit

Markie Robson-Scott

Darren Aronofsky's stagey, sentimental portrait of a dying, obese man

Philharmonia, Hrůša, RFH review - total brilliance in Bartók, Dvořák and Strauss

David Nice

No singing Salome, but this was still a firebrand of a concert

2:22 A Ghost Story, Lyric Theatre review - Cheryl makes an impressive stage debut

Helen Hawkins

Danny Robins' clever play gains a creditable star turn in its fifth run

EO review - lyrical tale of a donkey's odyssey

Saskia Baron

Jerzy Skolimowski takes the audience on an incredible journey

Tannhäuser, Royal Opera review - true goodness triumphs in the end

David Nice

Lise Davidsen's fully-realised Elisabeth is no pallid virgin in this mixed revival

Northern Winter Beat 2023 review - Panda Bear, Sonic Boom and Širom amongst the highlights in Denmark’s north

Kieron Tyler

Agreeable Aalborg accommodates a festival integral to its environment

You Resemble Me review - complex portrait of a troubled young woman

Saskia Baron

Egyptian-American journalist Dina Amer's directorial debut, drawn from life

Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons Lemons, Harold Pinter Theatre review - cool cast chills the drama

Aleks Sierz

West End transfer for Sam Steiner’s fringe classic does the play no favours

Two Billion Beats, Orange Tree Theatre review - lively, but overly idealistic

Aleks Sierz

Sonali Bhattacharyya’s coming-of-age drama returns with a new cast

January review - the end is nigh in vampirised Bulgaria

Graham Fuller

A chilling post-Soviet folk horror allegory set in bleak midwinter

Leonskaja, Staatskapelle Streichquartett, Wigmore Hall / Secret Byrd, St Martin-in-the-Fields review - genuine versus theatrical

David Nice

Brahms illuminated, Byrd rather more obliquely showcased

Othello, Lyric Hammersmith review - Frantic Assembly's high-energy take on the Moor

Helen Hawkins

Shakespeare's tragedy as a tight thriller, with its racist elements fully exposed

Ólafsson, LPO, Gardner, RFH review - spirit of delight

Gavin Dixon

A curate's-egg turn from the Icelandic pianist in Schumann followed by magisterial Elgar

Sound of the Underground, Royal Court review - loud and triumphantly proud

Aleks Sierz

New play about the queer club scene is a fabulous extravaganza

Gerhardt, BBC Philharmonic, Gernon, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review - calm and clear conducting

Robert Beale

Maybe not perfect, but when things worked, they worked beautifully

Album: Robert Forster - The Candle and the Flame

Kieron Tyler

At an uncertain time, the former Go-Between takes stock

Music Reissues Weekly: Padang Moonrise - The Birth of the Modern Indonesian Recording Industry

Kieron Tyler

Eye-opening compilation where knowing the context is essential

The Fabelmans review - Spielberg remembers with wit and wonder

Nick Hasted

The director's early life examined with understated, almost unconscious need

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