fri 12/08/2022

Reviews

Prom 34, Soltani, BBC Philharmonic, Ollikainen review - journeys into inner worlds

Boyd Tonkin

Proper music tells stories just about itself, the stern pedagogues insist; it doesn’t (or anyway shouldn’t) paint descriptive pictures of places and people. Well, maybe not – but it was hard to banish all thoughts of geography, even of biography, at the Proms as the BBC Philharmonic under Eva Ollikainen travelled from Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s chthonic Iceland to Sibelius’s composite Italy-Finland by way of the intensely subjective journey embodied in Elgar’s Cello Concerto.

Shetland, Series 7, BBC One review - Douglas Henshall is back for the last time as Jimmy Perez

Adam Sweeting

The last couple of series of Shetland (BBC One) brought the previously much-loved series alarmingly close to shark-jumping territory, converting the remote and thinly-populated Shetland archipelago into a war zone teeming with people-trafficking gangs, murderers and drug dealers. Can Series 7 restore some sanity?

Eiffel review - sensuous secret history

Nick Hasted

This is a romantic historical epic with elan, giving sensual immediacy to a fanciful secret history of the Eiffel Tower, here inspired by a forbidden...

Edinburgh Fringe 2022 reviews: Temping / Work.txt

David Kettle

Temping, Assembly George Square Studios ★★★★Sarah Jane is away in Hawaii. But don’t worry – she’s left plenty of instructions for your day temping in...

Nope review - more a nope than a yep

Demetrios Matheou

Writer/director Jordan Peele’s first two features were horror films with bells on, their genuinely creepy chills accompanied by sharp, satirical...

Edinburgh Fringe 2022 reviews: Afghanistan Is Not Funny / Yippee Ki Yay / Eh Up, Me Old Flowers!

Veronica Lee

War as entertainment, Die Hard as an epic poem, and a potted biography

Edinburgh Fringe 2022 reviews: Every Word was Once an Animal / Tim Crouch: Truth’s a Dog Must to Kennel

David Kettle

Theatre about theatre? There's plenty of it at the Fringe: here are two fine examples

Rusalka, Edinburgh International Festival 2022 review - sumptuous rendition of a watery fable

Christopher Lambton

Total triumph for replacement water-nymph Elin Pritchard

Edinburgh Fringe 2022 reviews: Kiri Pritchard-McLean / Lou Sanders / Snort

Veronica Lee

Exploring Welsh identity; rollerskating diaries; New Zealand improv

Prom 31, Alder, Ulster Orchestra, Rustioni review - a summer night's dream

Boyd Tonkin

Romantic favourites served with flair and care

All of Us, National Theatre review - revelatory, but problematic

Aleks Sierz

Francesca Martinez’s debut play about disability politics entertains - and frustrates

Edinburgh Fringe 2022 reviews: Colin Hoult / Nick Helm / Susie McCabe

Veronica Lee

A sad adieu, a pandemic experience and the awfulness of hen dos

Gustav Metzger: Earth Minus Environment, Kestle Barton review - an illuminating glimpse of a visionary activist-artist

Mark Hudson

Ecological dirty-realism plus mass-media overload in an idyllic Cornish setting

Edinburgh Fringe 2022 reviews: The Last Return / Psychodrama / Exodus

David Kettle

Three shows at the Traverse take in gritty realism and no-holds-barred farce

theartsdesk at the Bayreuth Festival Ring 2022 - a jumbled mess of ideas, some of them compelling

Gavin Dixon

A Tarantino-style Ring cycle offers many inspired scenes, but little coherence or depth

Edinburgh Fringe 2022 reviews: Kathy and Stella Solve a Murder! / Hiya Dolly!

Veronica Lee

A musical whodunnit and an ovine origin story

Prom 27, Dinnerstein, National Youth Orchestra, Gourlay review - colour symphonies

Boyd Tonkin

A luscious musical tour with the cream of young players

Burn, Edinburgh International Festival 2022 review - bold, risky, sometimes baffling

David Kettle

Strong constituent parts in Alan Cumming's Burns dance show - but do they add up?

Utopia, Limited, National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company review - bounded rapture

Richard Bratby

Savoy turkey almost flies, in a spirited new staging

Edinburgh Fringe 2022 reviews: Boy / Intruder|Intruz

David Kettle

Two shows at Summerhall explore issues of identity - though with contrasting outcomes

Edinburgh Fringe 2022 reviews: Les Dawson: Flying High / Boris III

Veronica Lee

'World king' as a young man; and a comedy legend

Music Reissues Weekly: The Movers - Vol. 1 1970-1976

Kieron Tyler

Unstoppable South African groove machine gets another day in the sun

Nightclubbing: The Birth of Punk Rock in NYC review - cheap thrills

Nick Hasted

Chasteningly mundane history of punk venue Max's, plus Sid Vicious' last stand

South Pacific, Sadler's Wells review - strong singing in Daniel Evans's fast-paced production

Helen Hawkins

After a hard-hitting 'Oklahoma!', the latest Rodgers & Hammerstein revival stays on the sunnier side

Edinburgh Fringe 2022 reviews: Tiff Stevenson / Seann Walsh / Rosie Holt

Veronica Lee

The world's biggest and best arts festival begins

The Tempest, Shakespeare's Globe review - occasional gales of laughter drown out subtlety

Gary Naylor

If you think a fat man wearing yellow swimming trunks is funny, you're on the right island

Give Them Wings review - down but not out in Darlington

Graham Fuller

Daniel Watson and Toyah Willcox shine as a disabled man and his doughty mam

Our Eternal Summer review - tragedy taps authentic teenage emotions in Marseille

Sebastian Scotney

Innocence ends abruptly for a group of school leavers in Emilie Aussel's promising directorial debut

theartsdesk on Vinyl 72: Blondie, Joe Meek, Asha Puthli, Minions, Prince, Horse Meat Disco and more

Thomas H Green

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