sat 21/05/2022

Reviews

MØ, Heaven, London review - snappy, sexy and energized

Thomas H Green

“I live to survive another heartache/I live to survive another mistake,” roars a sold-out Heaven. It’s a new song but everyone seems to know it. It’s not MØ’s most famous song but is the bluntest monster banger of the night, crunching four-to-the-floor club-pop that brooks no argument. It’s the last of the set (prior to an encore) and MØ is now a perspiring ball of energy.

Top Gun: Maverick review - Tom Cruise defies age and gravity

Adam Sweeting

Only 36 years later, Tom Cruise is back with his eagerly-awaited Top Gun sequel (it was delayed a couple of years by Covid), and there are loyal legions of fans out there desperate to see it. The original, some say, in some way helped to “define” the 1980s, grossing $360m and spinning off a monster multi-platinum soundtrack album, headlined by Berlin’s cheesy synthetic megaballad “Take My Breath Away”.

The Father and the Assassin, National Theatre...

Heather Neill

The young Indian man stepping towards us on the vast Olivier stage is unremarkable enough, slight and boyish in manner. When he speaks he is direct,...

I Get Knocked Down, Brighton Festival review -...

Thomas H Green

One effect of the film I Get Knocked Down, a playfully constructed journey around the life of Chumbawamba vocalist Dunstan Bruce, is to remind that...

Berrut, ECO, Guzzo, Cadogan Hall review -...

Bernard Hughes

I came for the Schubert and it didn’t disappoint. Which was good, as the Mozart and Stravinsky did, a little. I came to know Schubert’s Fifth...

The Innocents review - they're just playing

Harry Thorfinn-George

A Norwegian tale of kids doing what kids do, sinisterly

The House of Shades, Almeida Theatre review - Anne-Marie Duff blazes in Beth Steel's excoriating new drama

Rachel Halliburton

Inter-generational story from a Northern mining town melds naturalism and tragedy

Grease, Dominion Theatre review - a super night out, great songs well sung and spectacular dancing

Gary Naylor

Crowdpleaser pleases crowd: this High School musical delivers what its audience wants

Tallies, Old Blue Last review - Canadian quintet rejuvenates indie prototypes

Kieron Tyler

Toronto outfit transcends its influences

The Essex Serpent, Apple TV+ review - tradition and superstition versus the march of progress

Adam Sweeting

The battle of ideas comes to the East Coast in exquisitely shot treatment of Sarah Perry's novel

Charli XCX, O2 Academy, Glasgow review - sweat-drenched pop amid feverish atmosphere

Jonathan Geddes

The singer's commanding presence overcame a slick production

Vortex review – an old couple's road to nowhere

Graham Fuller

Gaspar Noé's unflinching depiction of dementia's merciless grip

The Great Escape 2022, Brighton review - sunshine, queues, and thrilling new bands

Caspar Gomez

theartsdesk's intrepid duo spend a day trawling the multi-venue seaside festival for musical kicks

The Breach, Hampstead Theatre review - profoundly uncomfortable work that burns like ice

Rachel Halliburton

Naomi Wallace's writing is brave and uncompromising

Ozark, Series 4 Part 2, Netflix review - crumbling consciences and a last stand

David Nice

No spoilers, hopefully: farewell to this superbly-acted corruption saga

Vondráček, LSO, Tilson Thomas, Barbican review - mixed messages

Gavin Dixon

Fine detail in Liszt and Mahler, but drama was lacking

Andy Zaltzman, Soho Theatre review - satire on the hoof

Veronica Lee

Setting the world to rights, one joke at a time

Dandy, BBC Philharmonic, New, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review - energy and fierce attention

Robert Beale

Gustav and Alma Mahler, and pictorial music, are linked in a fascinating programme

Music Reissues Weekly: 999 - A Punk Rock Anthology

Kieron Tyler

Entry point compilation into the band who ‘seem to have lost control’

Julius Caesar, Shakespeare's Globe review - the Bard buried in bad choices

Gary Naylor

Intrusive 21st century agenda and dismal staging waste an opportunity

Transgressive Records showcase, The Great Escape, Brighton review - five acts offer intriguing pop alternatives

Thomas H Green

Let's Eat Grandma, The Waeve, Mykki Blanco and more set the south coast a-buzz

The Patient Gloria, Brighton Festival review - an electric exploration of the control and manipulation of women

Katie Colombus

Laying bare the authority and entitlement of misogyny

The Staircase, NOW review - addictive dramatisation of real-life murder investigation

Adam Sweeting

Colin Firth visits the dark side as suspected killer Michael Peterson

Fidelio, Insula Orchestra, Barbican review - truth and justice brought to light

Boyd Tonkin

Sturdy singing and human drama enrich a fuss-free staging of Beethoven's only opera

Mavra/Pierrot Lunaire, Linbury Theatre review - operatic madness tempered with plenty of method

Alexandra Coghlan

A collision of musical worlds makes for an intriguing double-bill

Everything Everywhere All at Once review - brace yourself

Saskia Baron

Pick 'n' mix assortment of martial arts, sci fi, family drama, and existential angst

Osborne, Hallé, Elder, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review - an eclectic mix

Robert Beale

Glory in conclusion of Manchester's Vaughan Williams symphonies cycle

The Quiet Girl review - finding a home away from home

Markie Robson-Scott

Colm Bairéad's beautiful, understated film is faithfully adapted from Claire Keegan's novella

Brandon Wardell, Soho Theatre review - US comic wings it

Veronica Lee

UK debut show is disjointed and uneven

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