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Reviews

Prom 3, CBeebies: A Musical Trip to the Moon review - a celebration of the Apollo 11 landing

Gavin Dixon

This year’s Proms for children were entitled “Off to the Moon”, and audiences were invited on a musical space voyage to mark the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. The format was a mix of orchestral music, kids’ programmes on big screens and CBeebies presenters keeping the show rolling.

Helen Schjerfbeck, Royal Academy review - watchful absences and disappearing people

Katherine Waters

Light creeps under the church door. Entering as a slice of burning white, it softens and blues into the stone interior, seeming to make the walls glow from the inside. Beneath the lintel, a milder slot of sun pours upwards. To the right, a plain column, only half in the composition, supports an arch which merges with the back wall, disappearing against its horizontal plane. The chapel is empty but its stillness feels peopled. Here, absence is watchful.

Lights, Camera, Malta!, BBC Concert Orchestra,...

Owen Richards

With sapphire blue waters, year-round sun and architecture that spans centuries and cultures, it’s little wonder than Malta is a favourite location...

Prom 2, Bell, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Hrůša...

Boyd Tonkin

Eighty years ago this summer, Neville Chamberlain’s indifference to the peoples of Czechoslovakia – “a quarrel in a far away country between people...

Vic Marks: Original Spin review - trouble in...

Peter Quantrill

In cricket, timing is everything. Played a fraction early and that silky cover drive finds a batsman out to lunch as the ball cannons into his stumps...

Reissue CDs Weekly: Peter Laughner

Kieron Tyler

Major box-set tribute to the important American underground catalyst

Gossip, SWG3, Glasgow - a reunion tour worth celebrating

Lisa-Marie Ferla

Dance-punk trio bring pre-Pride party vibes to Glasgow

Prom 1, BBCSO, Canellakis review - space-age First Night

Gavin Dixon

Programme lacks logic, but choral spectacular opens the season in style

Tell It to the Bees review - taboo love in 1950s Scotland

Graham Fuller

A woman doctor changes the lives of a struggling factory worker and her young son

Die Zauberflöte, Glyndebourne Festival review – high jinks in the Grand Mozart Hotel

Boyd Tonkin

Some delicious singing cuts through fanciful upstairs-downstairs frolics

Pavarotti review - enjoyable but superficial survey of a superstar

Adam Sweeting

Ron Howard's portrait of the fabled tenor leaves his inner life unexamined

Beuys' Acorns, Bloomberg Arcade London review – not much to look at, but important all the same

Sarah Kent

An installation that could make a difference

Varda by Agnès review - a richly moving film farewell

Tom Birchenough

Her wonderful personality to the fore, Agnès Varda shares her life and work

The Lion King review - a dazzling photocopy

Nick Hasted

A technological triumph doesn't touch the heart

Yorkshire Sculpture International review - Hepworth and Moore loom large

Florence Hallett

A new festival seals Yorkshire's bid to be Britain's home of sculpture

Gwen review - gothic horror set in north Wales

Saskia Baron

Period film underuses Maxine Peake and gives starring role to rainy Welsh hills instead

Boogarins, Jazz Cafe review - psychedelic hues and Brazilian grooves

Katie Colombus

A trippy conversation where the psyche-pop-rock doesn't get lost in translation

k.d.lang, Brighton Dome review - superb revival of classic album

Veronica Lee

Iconic Ingénue revisited after 25 years

The Night of the Iguana, Noël Coward Theatre review - Clive Owen and Lia Williams burn bright

Aleks Sierz

Star cast deliver a terrific revival of Tennessee Williams's last masterpiece

The Day We Walked on the Moon, ITV review - it was 50 years ago to the day

Adam Sweeting

You've heard it all before, but this was an entertaining ride

Inside the Social Network: Facebook's Difficult Year, BBC Two review - how big can it get?

Adam Sweeting

A force for good or Big Brother in the making?

CD: The Flaming Lips – King’s Mouth

Owen Richards

An audacious and charming conceptual fantasy album

Equus, Trafalgar Studios review - passionate intensity

Tom Birchenough

Lean and hungry brilliance in Ned Bennett's production of Peter Shaffer

Tao of Glass, Royal Exchange, Manchester review - brilliant, enchanting tales fascinate

Robert Beale

Phelim McDermott's show about the bits that were left over

Elbow and New Order, Lucca Summer Festival review – a meeting of Mancunian minds?

Kathryn Reilly

Much-loved bands at the opposite end of the pop spectrum magic up a spectacular night

Whitewash, Soho Theatre review - a wild-at-heart linguistic joy-ride

Rachel Halliburton

Energetic two-hander offers a sparky portrait of a transforming city

Django Bates Belovèd Trio, Evan Parker, Wigmore Hall review – a one-off or a premiere?

Sebastian Scotney

The best was left until the end

Don Giovanni, Longborough Festival Opera review - Mozart in the urinal

Stephen Walsh

Coarsened, disembowelled and only quite well sung

Bob Dylan and Neil Young, BST Hyde Park review - flat-out brilliant and strangely compelling

Russ Coffey

The Godfather of Grunge knocks it out of the park, while Uncle Bob serves up more challenging fare

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