wed 24/02/2021

Reviews

Rachel Parris and Marcus Brigstocke's Tuesday Night Club review - daft and good-hearted

Veronica Lee

Lockdown has been mostly pants for live performers, comics included. There was that brief foray into open-air performances last summer, made even more fun by some lovely weather (although not always) – and I sincerely hope that promoters and comics will venture outdoors again this spring and summer.

Sean Shibe, Wigmore Hall online review - persuasive and poignant

Miranda Heggie

Returning to the Wigmore Hall for another socially distanced concert, Edinburgh-born guitarist Sean Shibe brought a programme of moving, often melancholy music, apt for these still locked-down times. He opened with a trio of works by John Dowland written originally for lute.

Album: Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains -...

Kieron Tyler

Frànçois Marry’s sixth album as Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains evokes warm days spent lounging in fields of clover reflecting on friendship,...

Barnes' People, Original Theatre Company...

Tom Birchenough

The four monologues that make up Barnes’ People were filmed in the grand surroundings of the Theatre Royal, Windsor, and that venue's atmospheric...

Tony and the Young Artists, Royal Opera/...

David Nice

Young performers seeking platforms for their careers have had it especially rough over the past year, most slipping through the financial-support net...

Karla Suárez: Havana Year Zero review - maths, phones and mysteries in down-at-heel Cuba

Boyd Tonkin

A smart, romantic romp through the island's darkest days

Bloodlands, BBC One review - ghosts of the Troubles return to poison the present

Adam Sweeting

James Nesbitt stars in Chris Brandon's dark and twisty thriller

Hughes, Manchester Collective, Lakeside Arts online review - creating the occasion

Robert Beale

From gentle melancholy to burning conviction in a single stream

The Color Purple - at Home, Curve online review – life-affirming musical retelling of Alice Walker's novel

Rachel Halliburton

Celie learns how to live from the strong, rebellious women she encounters

Coote, Blackshaw, Fiennes, Wigmore Hall online review – lonely hearts club band

Boyd Tonkin

Tchaikovsky songs and Russian poems harmonise in a melancholy magic

Reissue CDs Weekly: For The Good Times - The Songs Of Kris Kristofferson

Kieron Tyler

An unexpected brush with punk from the writer of ‘Help me Make it Through the Night’

Budapest Festival Orchestra, Fischer online review - Mahler movements for the fish

David Nice

What joy to see a big orchestra in action, even if this isn't all of the Seventh Symphony

Hymn, Almeida Theatre online review - highs and lows of a soulful brother bonding

Tom Birchenough

Adrian Lester and Danny Sapani in their skins in Lolita Chakrabarti’s new play

To Olivia review - Keeley Hawes rises above brainless biopic

Matt Wolf

Syrupy take on a tempestuous marriage

Music review - a few music videos cobbled together

Tom Baily

Musician Sia’s film debut uses autism as a prop for shallow song and dance routines

Sauti za Busara Festival 2021, Zanzibar review - 2500 gather to celebrate music unlocked

Simon Broughton

Cheering glimpse of a massed musical gathering of the kind we're all missing

Disc of the Day 10th Anniversary: Albums We Got Wrong

Theartsdesk

Our writers reveal the occasions when their critical faculties glitched

Framing Britney Spears, Sky Documentaries review - the rollercoaster ride of the former teen icon

Adam Sweeting

The struggle to survive the sexism and savagery of showbusiness

Pavel Kolesnikov, Wigmore Hall online review - the joyful wisdom of the Goldbergs

Peter Quantrill

A profound and playful engagement with Bach’s world in miniature

All On Her Own, Stream.Theatre online review - a vivid monologue on bereavement

Rachel Halliburton

Existential tension between actual and idealised selves

Albums of the Decade 2011-2021

Theartsdesk

Our writers explain their choices from the last ten years

Whirlybird: Live Above LA - Storyville, BBC Four review - rise and fall of the first couple of airborne TV news

Adam Sweeting

Matt Yoka's fascinating account of obsession, media madness and the price of fame

Patricia Lockwood: No One is Talking About This review - first novel goes beyond the internet

Markie Robson-Scott

You have a new memory: escaping the pull of the portal

Der Freischütz, Bavarian State Opera online review – marksmen as marketeers

Gavin Dixon

Tcherniakov’s staging heightens the psychological drama, but his feminist angle falls flat

Reissue CDs Weekly: Disco Zombies - South London Stinks

Kieron Tyler

There’s more to the arty pop-punk outfit than the racket they made

PVT CHAT review - the cam girl who loved me

Graham Fuller

Be careful what you wish for virtually...

theartsdesk on Vinyl 62: Nick Mulvey, Off The Meds, Black Keys, Kreator, Oneohtrix Point Never, Sam Cooke and more

Thomas H Green

The largest, loudest, longest reviews of music on plastic

Hansel and Gretel, Scottish Opera online - bewitching feast for ears but not eyes

David Nice

Rhian Lois and Kitty Whately excel as babes in the cheap wood of a cut-price production

Romeo and Juliet, Palace Theatre, Manchester online review - futuristic and timely

Heather Neill

Innovative technology places actors virtually on the stage

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