thu 16/09/2021

Reviews

Is God Is, Royal Court review – blister, flare and burn, baby, burn

Aleks Sierz

God is a tricky one. Or should that be One? And definitely not a He. So when she says take revenge, then vengeance is definitely not only hers, but ours too.

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain review - visually arresting biopic

Joseph Walsh

On its surface, a biopic of a late-Victorian artist starring big British talents including Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrea Riseborough and Claire Foy, sounds like typical awards fare for this time of year.

Duran Duran, O2 Institute, Birmingham review – an...

Guy Oddy

Incredibly it’s now 40 years since the release of Duran Duran’s debut album. To mark this event, the remaining members of the band’s classic line-up...

Our Future in Your Hands, Peckham School Choirs,...

David Nice

What a way for the Multi-Story Orchestra, conductor Christopher Stark and composer Kate Whitley to celebrate 10 years of pioneering activity in...

Album: The Eivind Aarset 4-Tet - Phantasmagoria,...

Kieron Tyler

Phantasmagoria, or A Different Kind of Journey instantly sets its controls for an excursion into the interstellar void between gaseous and solid...

Michael Janisch Band, Ronnie Scott's review - jazz's ace of bass makes a welcome return

Tim Cumming

The American bassist was joined onstage by some of the finest talents in British jazz

Rigoletto, Royal Opera review - routine clouds the best in this season opener

David Nice

Orchestra and chorus pass with flying colours, but tradition weighs heavy elsewhere

The Lost Leonardo review - an incredible tale as gripping as any thriller

Sarah Kent

The machinations of the art market laid bare

Last Night of the Proms, BBC review - a feast of unusual morsels in a traditional wrapper

Christopher Lambton

15 composers and more in the latest take on a worldwide phenomenon

Olga Koch, Soho Theatre review - personal, political and playful

Veronica Lee

What nationality and belonging mean

Schumacher, Netflix review - authorised version of the life of an F1 legend

Adam Sweeting

Portrait of German race ace doesn't dig deep enough

Devieilhe, Tharaud, Wigmore Hall review - French soprano attracts young audience

Sebastian Scotney

Debussy brings joy...and disappointment

The Memory of Water, Hampstead Theatre review – uneasy tragi-comedy

Aleks Sierz

Sombre revival of Shelagh Stephenson’s 1996 classic about three sisters

Reissue CDs Weekly: Goldie & the Gingerbreads - Thinking About The Good Times

Kieron Tyler

How a New York band became an essential part of the British Sixties pop boom

The North Water, BBC Two review - a terrible voyage into the great beyond

Adam Sweeting

Director Andrew Haigh brings cinematic heft to this bloody whaling odyssey

Shorta review - Danish police drama

Saskia Baron

First-time film-makers' ambitious tale of police trapped in the ghetto

St Matthew Passion, Arcangelo, Cohen, BBC Proms review – journey to the end of night

Boyd Tonkin

Bach's great Gospel tragedy crowns a Proms season of hope and healing

The Barber of Seville, Welsh National Opera review - back to work in an old banger

Stephen Walsh

Some excellent singing struggling with a weary production and an unhelpful translation

Proms Festival Orchestra, Wigglesworth, BBC Proms review - brilliant work in progress, perfect Adagietto

David Nice

Freelance musicians prove an army of generals, marshalled by a great British conductor

Frozen, Theatre Royal Drury Lane review - twinkling spectacle with a sincere drama at its heart

Marianka Swain

The stage version of the beloved animation looks set to become a West End staple

The Collini Case review - it might be legal, but that doesn't mean it's justice

Adam Sweeting

Tense courtroom drama probes Germany's Nazi legacy

Leopards, Rose Theatre, Kingston review - a no-thrill thriller about sex and power

Ismene Brown

When the trousers come off and the handcuffs go on, the climax is the sexual politics lecture

Blade Runner, Avex Ensemble, Symphony Hall, Birmingham review - synths synced to screen

Miranda Heggie

Ridley Scott's masterpiece screened with a live performance of Vangelis's score

The Champion of Auschwitz review - Polish movie based on a boxer's memoir

Saskia Baron

Classically filmed feature focuses on the experience of non-Jewish prisoners

Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act, Orange Tree Theatre review - a blast from the past with lessons for today

Gary Naylor

Forty-nine years on, Fugard's anger has lost none of its ferocity

Nadine Shah, Winterstoke Sun Shelter, Ramsgate review - a thrilling return in a stunning venue

Kathryn Reilly

The sultry South Tyneside siren dazzles above the waves

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, RLPO, Hindoyan, BBC Proms review - wood magic and swashbuckling show-offs

David Nice

The cellist meditates, the Liverpudlian orchestra lets rip with its lively new chief conductor

Claire-Louise Bennett: Checkout 19 review - coming to life

Daniel Lewis

A genre-bending novel about reading, living, writing and returning

Second Spring review - intriguing film about a woman with an unusual form of dementia

Markie Robson-Scott

Andy Kelleher's luminous debut feature is shot on the last of Fuji film stock

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