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Reviews

The Unknown Soldier, Infra, Symphony in C, Royal Ballet, review - WWI ballet honours obscure tragedy

Jenny Gilbert

Pity fatigue is a risk for any artwork marking the anniversary of the 1918 Armistice. There can’t have been a man or woman in the Royal Opera House on Tuesday night who hadn’t already read, watched, or otherwise had their fill of the horrors of the Western Front and the never-ending debate over the futility of it all.

Summer and Smoke, Duke of York's Theatre review – Patsy Ferran's remarkable performance

Rachel Halliburton

This production of Tennessee Williams’ neglected classic, Summer and Smoke, arrives from the Almeida into the West End with five-star plaudits for its pitch-perfect performances and pressure-cooker intensity.

Orphy Robinson’s Astral Weeks, London Jazz...

Peter Quinn

After failing to make the charts on its release 50 years ago this month, Astral Weeks has long since passed into pop mythology, its unique amalgam of...

Dietrich: Natural Duty, Wilton's Music Hall...

David Nice

Getting the look right is half the battle: in that, Peter Groom's one-time-Captain Marlene Dietrich is a winner from the start. The looks at the...

The English Concert, Bicket, Wigmore Hall review...

Gavin Dixon

It’s Christmas already at Wigmore Hall. Or advent at least – this concert of Bach Advent cantatas was presented by the English Concert without...

Fallout 76 review - how to wreck a perfectly good legacy with one messy game

Steve O'Rourke

When home runs go horribly wrong

Kyungso Park, Near East Quartet, Purcell Room review - hot Korean contemporary

Tim Cumming

Culture clash as K-Music meets the EFG London Jazz Festival with spectacular results

My Brilliant Friend, Sky Atlantic review - rich revelations of childhood

Tom Birchenough

Elena Ferrante's wonderful world brought to the screen with marvellous care and subtlety

Gary Numan, Royal Albert Hall review - the best night of his life

Chris Harvey

No 'Cars', but the ageless electropop pioneer is still in the driving seat

Jessie Cave, Soho Theatre review - compelling confessional storytelling

Veronica Lee

A broken relationship examined with raw wit

Louis Theroux's Altered States: Choosing Death, BBC Two review - profound and moving

Marina Vaizey

Empathy and humanity from Theroux in a powerful documentary about life's conclusion

EFG London Jazz Festival, first weekend review - Jeff Goldblum a jazz musician?

Sebastian Scotney

Bill Frisell mesmerised, Bobby McFerrin enchanted

Trpčeski, RLPO, Petrenko, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall review - one composer, many views

Glyn Môn Hughes

Brahmsfest brings a big spectacular from a dream team

Florence + The Machine, Genting Arena, Birmingham review - flying the flag for a hopeful future

Guy Oddy

Florence Welch takes her hippy schtick back on the road with new tunes front and centre

Siberia review - Keanu Reeves's duff Russian mission

Tom Baily

Crime thriller gets lost in the wilderness

Daša Drndić: Belladonna review - a tragicomic journey into Europe's darkness

Boyd Tonkin

The visionary Croatian novelist, who died in June, has won Warwick University's Women in Translation prize

War Requiem, English National Opera review - a striking spectacle, but oddly unmoving

Alexandra Coghlan

A sober and dignified production fails to add value to Britten's score

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald review - mischief not quite managed

Joseph Walsh

Convoluted mythology stops second Potter prequel from flying

Kolesnikov, BBCSO, Brabbins, Barbican review - rethought masterpiece, stolid rarity

David Nice

Uninspired Ethel Smyth Mass follows standing ovation for vivacious Tchaikovsky

Natalie Palamides, Soho Theatre - challenging show about consent

Veronica Lee

Deft and witty examination of a difficult subject

Simon Boccanegra, Royal Opera review - a timely revival of Verdi's political music-drama

Alexandra Coghlan

Moshinsky's classic production still serves up the visual goods

Our Classical Century, BBC Four review - enthusiasm and delight

Marina Vaizey

From the trenches to the jazz age, Sir Lenny embarks on an enthralling musical journey

Macbeth, Shakespeare's Globe review - sexually-charged production draws power from the shadows

Rachel Halliburton

A daring counterintuitive reading proves richly rewarding

Suspiria review - kindly, slow-motion grand guignol

Nick Hasted

Horror shocker remade with heartfelt emotion

Hadestown, National Theatre review - new folk musical is hotter than hell

Marianka Swain

An alternative take on a classic myth produces sizzling results

The Ballads of Child Migration, St James's Church, Clerkenwell review - into the heart of darkness

Liz Thomson

A chronicle of Britain's long and shameful history of child migration in a moving song cycle

Pinters Three and Four, Harold Pinter Theatre review - double bill boasts double acts to treasure

Matt Wolf

The Pinter season continues, this time in largely comic form

Thibaudet/Batiashvili/Capuçon Trio, Barbican review – a supergroup to savour

Boyd Tonkin

Three solo stars come together in ego-free harmony

War Horse, National Theatre review - still touching after all these years

Tim Cornwell

International sensation stirs the heart anew in its return home

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