thu 17/10/2019

Reviews

In the Long Run, Series 2, Sky 1 review - Idris Elba's warm-hearted comedy returns

Jill Chuah Masters

Dust off the record player: Idris Elba’s Eighties comedy In the Long Run (Sky 1) has returned for a second series.

Richard Hawley, Barrowland, Glasgow - black clad crooner's songs remain full of atmosphere and heart

Jonathan Geddes

When Richard Hawley arrived onstage, he had a confession to make. “I like to talk”, he declared, before adding “and play rock n’ roll”. Both were delivered in ample supply during the ensuing performance, the black clad quiff wearing troubadour a natural fit for one of Scotland’s most famed rock n’ roll locations.

The Peanut Butter Falcon review - sentimental...

Saskia Baron

It’s an uncomfortable feeling to find oneself completely at odds with an audience in a cinema, but it happens. The recent London Film Festival...

Lenny Henry's Race Through Comedy, Gold...

Adam Sweeting

Sir Lenny Henry, PhD and CBE, is scarcely recognisable as the teenager who made his TV debut on New Faces in 1975. He’s been a stand-up comedian,...

Bill Frisell's Harmony, Cadogan Hall review...

Sebastian Scotney

“Bill Frisell is all about sound and melody and enhancing whatever context he is in.” That quote, which defines both the American guitarist’s gentle...

Zauberland, Linbury Theatre review - an adaptation that adds much and gains nothing

Alexandra Coghlan

This topical updating of a classic song-cycle feels laboured

Chaos in the Cockpit: Flights from Hell, Channel 5 review - do we really want to watch plane-wreck TV?

Adam Sweeting

The aircraft might be ok, but there's no accounting for human error

Solaris, Lyric Hammersmith review - moving and finely cerebral

Tom Birchenough

David Greig’s dream-drama of cosmic loneliness is sci-fi at its most philosophical

Bevan, The Sixteen, Genesis Sixteen, Christophers, Barbican review - MacMillan transcends again

David Nice

Thoughtful showcasing of UK and London premieres for the Scotish composer's latest

Cross Currents/Monotones II/Everyone Keeps Me, Linbury Theatre review - the Royal Ballet finds the missing link

Jenny Gilbert

In exploring the road not taken, the Royal Ballet turns up treasures old and new

A History of Water in the Middle East, Royal Court review - feminist dreams and passions

Aleks Sierz

New lecture about British imperialism is energetically engaging, but rather slender

LFF 2019: The Irishman review - masterful, unsentimental gangster epic

Nick Hasted

The whole story of a mobster's life in Scorsese and De Niro's autumnal reunion, plus 'A Hidden Life'

Verdi Requiem, LPO, Gardner, RFH review – beyond the big noise

Boyd Tonkin

The LPO's incoming chief delivers a well-defined, strong-minded interpretation

Great Women Artists review - the book we have been waiting for

Sarah Kent

Women artists put firmly on the map; an inspiring experience

Reissue CDs Weekly: Dip - Ḣ-Camp Meets Lo-Fi

Kieron Tyler

Collaboration between former Sugarcube and the evolving Jóhann Jóhannsson subverts expectations

Studio 17: The Lost Reggae Tapes, BBC Four review - a perfectly paced tale of world-shaking basslines and human frailty

Joe Muggs

The inside story of the evolution of reggae and the family that helped facilitate it

Baby Reindeer, Bush Theatre review - break, break, breaking Gadd

Aleks Sierz

Provocative one-man show about a stalker by stand-up comedian Richard Gadd is darkly exciting

PP Arnold, Islington Assembly Hall review - joy in a consummate musical setting

Kieron Tyler

The claim of being 'London’s first lady of soul' is shown to be no idle boast

The Cunning Little Vixen, Welsh National Opera review - family night in the forest

Stephen Walsh

Janáček’s life cycle comes up fresh and inspiring after four decades

LFF 2019: Le Mans '66 review - Matt Damon, Christian Bale and the Ford Motor Company go to war

Adam Sweeting

Battle of the race aces, plus 'The Aeronauts', 'Greed' and 'The Exorcist' revisited

Elf Lyons, Komedia, Brighton review - bonkers, brilliant and a bit of bare bum

Katie Colombus

An endearing personal journey into why guinea pigs hate their loving, attentive owners

Gemini Man review - high-concept, high-tech Zen weirdness

Nick Hasted

Ang Lee's baffled action effort, with surplus Will Smiths

Groan Ups, Vaudeville Theatre review - adding ambition and emotion to the mix

Matt Wolf

The ever-likable Mischief Theatre's latest stretches them in new if still-unfinished ways

Rembrandt's Light, Dulwich Picture Gallery review - a film-maker out of time?

Florence Hallett

A novel collaboration between curators and cinematographer Peter Suschitzky

Either, Hampstead Theatre review - funny, ingenious investigation of gender and love

Rachel Halliburton

First-time playwright Ruby Thomas is a daring and exciting new voice

The Day Shall Come review – Homeland Security satire lacks bite

Demetrios Matheou

Chris Morris' new comedy highlights the absurdity of the War on Terror

Anna Maria Maiolino: Making Love Revolutionary, Whitechapel Gallery review – a gentle rebellion

Sarah Kent

A career that evolves from silent resistance to celebration

Assassins, Watermill Theatre, Newbury - Sondheim musical in scalding form

Matt Wolf

Sondheim's 1990 show gets more disturbingly pertinent with every revival

Black Flag, The Mill, Birmingham review – hardcore punk originators come up trumps

Guy Oddy

Greg Ginn’s crew set ears ringing and answer the doubters

newsletter

Get a weekly digest of our critical highlights in your inbox each Thursday!

Simply enter your email address in the box below

View previous newsletters

Subscribe to theartsdesk.com

Thank you for continuing to read our work on theartsdesk.com. For unlimited access to every article in its entirety, including our archive of more than 10,000 pieces, we're asking for £3.95 per month or £30 per year. We feel it's a very good deal, and hope you do too.

To take an annual subscription now simply click here.

And if you're looking for that extra gift for a friend or family member, why not treat them to a theartsdesk.com gift subscription?

latest in today

In the Long Run, Series 2, Sky 1 review - Idris Elba's...

Dust off the record player: Idris Elba’s Eighties comedy...

Richard Hawley, Barrowland, Glasgow - black clad crooner...

When Richard Hawley arrived onstage, he had a confession to make. “I like to talk”, he declared, before adding “and play rock n’ roll”. Both were...

theartsdesk Q&A: Gianandrea Noseda on conducting Mahler...

There's something about the very opening of a Mahler symphony...

The Peanut Butter Falcon review - sentimental comedy is so d...

It’s an uncomfortable feeling to find oneself completely at odds with an audience in a cinema, but it happens. The recent London Film Festival...

Lenny Henry's Race Through Comedy, Gold review - illumi...

Sir Lenny Henry, PhD and CBE, is scarcely recognisable as the teenager who made his TV debut on New Faces in 1975. He’s been a stand-up...

Bill Frisell's Harmony, Cadogan Hall review – superb Am...

“Bill Frisell is all about sound and melody and enhancing whatever context he is in.” That quote, which defines both the American guitarist’s...

Zauberland, Linbury Theatre review - an adaptation that adds...

Dichterliebe is a song-cycle full of gaps, silences, absences. Where is the piano at the start of “Ich hab’ im Traum geweinet” when the...

Chaos in the Cockpit: Flights from Hell, Channel 5 review -...

Apparently your odds of dying in a plane crash are about one in 11 million, while chances of death in a car accident are about one in 5,000....

Bevan, The Sixteen, Genesis Sixteen, Christophers, Barbican...

Verdi, Elgar, Janáček, John Adams - just four composers who achieved musical transcendence to...