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Reviews

Ariadne auf Naxos, Opera Holland Park - stylish staging, world-class singing

David Nice

"When the new god approaches, we surrender, struck dumb". Especially if, for the singer of those words, popular entertainer Zerbinetta, the “new god” takes the shape of same-sex love.

theartsdesk on Vinyl 41: Kali Uchis, Orange Goblin, Kirsty MacColl, Walton, Miss Red and more

Thomas H Green

Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the street. To vinyl. Only theartsdesk on Vinyl doesn’t just cover music for dancing, it covers every style of music imaginable (with a good showing for pop this month).

Prom 5, Pelléas et Mélisande, Glyndebourne review...

Stephen Walsh

What a fabulous score Pelléas et Mélisande is, and what a joy to be able to hear it in a concert performance without the distraction of some over-...

Who Is America?, Channel 4 review - sudden return...

Adam Sweeting

Cunningly kept under wraps until the last moment, Sacha Baron Coen’s new show is a timely reminder of his gift for trampling the boundaries of good...

Prom 4, Simpson, BBCPO, Mena review - terrific...

Bernard Hughes

The fourth Prom of this season featured only two contrasting pieces, pitching the unabashed joyfulness and good humour of Lindberg’s Clarinet...

End of the Pier, Park Theatre review - thought-provoking play about comedy and race

Veronica Lee

Les Dennis is superb as a washed-up comic

Proms at...Cadogan Hall 1, Perianes, Calidore String Quartet review - mysteries and revelations

David Nice

The strange adventures of composer Caroline Shaw sit perfectly alongside Schumann

Paul Simon, BST Hyde Park review - still sprightly after 76 years

Sebastian Scotney

Powerful and wide-ranging performance from one of the all-time songwriting greats

Prom 3, BBC Young Musician at 40 review - multi-layered birthday cake

David Nice

Fabulous foursomes, five Gershwinistas and tziganery offer three-quarters perfection

Unforgotten, Series 3, ITV review - death on the M1

Adam Sweeting

Detectives Stuart and Khan are back to tackle another long-buried mystery

Preoccupations, The Haunt, Brighton review - energetic set struggles to win over audience

Javi Fedrick

Four-man post-punk machine try to whip up a storm in reluctant seaside venue

Guy Stagg, The Crossway review – a gripping pilgrimage through faith and doubt

Boyd Tonkin

This beautifully written quest for healing and meaning offers no facile uplift

First Reformed - faith fights the eco-apocalypse

Nick Hasted

Hawke and Seyfried search for divine light in Paul Schrader's austere parable

Isabeau, Opera Holland Park review - Mascagni's lumpy Godiva-ride rarity

David Nice

Fine singing and playing can't quite sell a hoary slice of awkward medievalism

Reissue CDs Weekly: Kamal Keila

Kieron Tyler

With ‘Muslims and Christians’, Sudan attempts to unite Africa through music

The Lehman Trilogy, National Theatre review - an acting tour de force

Matt Wolf

A newly-minimalist Sam Mendes guides an expert cast to sublime heights

Prom 1, BBCSO, Oramo review – spectacular First Night of the Proms

Gavin Dixon

Dynamic but sensitive Holst, multi-media show high on spectacle but low on substance

Alkaline, Park Theatre review - faith, friendship and failure

Aleks Sierz

Female friendship comedy drama is occasionally bright, but lacks plot and depth

Ariadne auf Naxos, Longborough Festival review - appetising energy and wit

Stephen Walsh

Strauss's chamber masterpiece brilliantly staged, finely played and sung

Keeping Faith, BBC One review - this summer's watercooler drama

Owen Richards

New BBC Wales drama promises to grip from opening episode

As You Like It, Regent's Park Open Air Theatre review - love among the bucolic hippies

Heather Neill

Earnest environmental messages underpin celebratory, musically gleeful Shakespeare

Summer 1993 review - the tenderest fabric of childhood

Tom Birchenough

Aching sensitivity and directorial magic in an outstanding Catalan debut

Picnic at Hanging Rock, BBC One review - camp girls' school gothic

Jasper Rees

Natalie Dormer leads a rebooted adaptation of the contemporary Australian classic

Mavis Staples, Union Chapel review - grand gospel dame still doin' it at 79

Ellie Porter

Engaging birthday party gig for the civil rights activist and rhythm & blues perennial

Incredibles 2 review - worship these superheroes

Saskia Baron

Brad Bird's long awaited follow-up to his cult kids' film pulls out all the stops

Alzira / The Daughter of the Regiment, Buxton Festival review – thundering good tunes

Robert Beale

Early Verdi opera proves there’s life in the young dog yet, Plus a Californian Donizetti

Pin Cushion review - a twisted fable of daydreams and bullies

Owen Richards

Childlike fantasies and quirky visuals mask a dark heart in creative Brit flick

Sharp Objects, Sky Atlantic review - Amy Adams battles her demons

Adam Sweeting

Gillian Flynn adaptation is a dark and deadly Southern Gothic drama

Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana and Steve Winwood, BST Hyde Park review - the Clapton faithful in their droves

Sebastian Scotney

65,000 fans see three rock heroes

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