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Reviews

Nolan: Australia's Maverick Artist, BBC Four review – a lust for life in all its aspects

Marina Vaizey

Reckless, unstoppable, one step ahead of everyone else, a hell of a lot of fun, utterly charming, street smart – descriptions of the artist Sidney Nolan (1917-1992) poured out from colleagues, rivals, curators, art historians and dealers, not to mention friends and family, in this persuasive film.

Van Woerkum, BBCPO, Gernon, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review - a symphony of cinema

Robert Beale

In contrast to a classic film soundtrack played live with the film, the idea in "symphonic cinema" is that the music, and its interpretation, come first. So the conductor is literally setting the pace, and to some extent the atmosphere, while the film is controlled in real time by an "image soloist", and the visuals follow the music’s lead rather than the other way round.

Daniel Sloss, Leicester Square Theatre review -...

Veronica Lee

Daniel Sloss's latest show is called X, to denote his 10th show. The Scottish comic started in comedy as a teenager in 2009 when a lot of his...

Black Lake, Series 2 Finale, BBC Four review -...

Adam Sweeting

A bunch of young-ish people stuck in a rambling house in the middle of nowhere, a hatchet-faced senior citizen guarding a hoard of murky secrets,...

Reissue CDs Weekly: Charles Mingus

Kieron Tyler

Releases dedicated to previously unisssued live recordings can be tricky. The variables at play don’t necessarily ensure that what’s in the shops is...

Mary Queen of Scots review - Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie excel

Graham Fuller

A worthy historical drama that sinks under its own weight

Bang on a Can All-Stars, Kings Place review - a kaleidoscope of vibrant sound and vision

David Nice

The six New York-based players showcase a range of eclectic commissions

Glass review - shattered Shyamalan sequel

Nick Hasted

A muted meta-superhero mess whose ambition still intrigues

Ehnes, BBCSO, Ryan Wigglesworth, Barbican review - a concert of two very different halves

Gavin Dixon

Rarely heard Schoenberg delivers compelling musical drama

Monsters and Men review - an impressive debut

Saskia Baron

Dynamic yet subtle drama on the impact of police brutality on black Americans

American History's Biggest Fibs with Lucy Worsley, BBC Four review - rewriting history in the Land of the Free

Marina Vaizey

Shining a light on the dark underbelly of America's founding myths

Murrihy, Britten Sinfonia, Elder, Barbican review – a country feast

Boyd Tonkin

Rejuvenated Brahms adorns a fine pastoral picnic

Beautiful Boy review - well-acted but a slog

Matt Wolf

Steve Carell and the astounding Timothée Chalamet can't enliven meth addict memoir

The Unreturning, Theatre Royal Stratford East review - hymn to home

Aleks Sierz

Frantic Assembly's latest is a moving meditation on war and masculinity

Winterreise, Gerhaher, Huber, Wigmore Hall review - wintry beauty

Boyd Tonkin

A peerless double-act take their latest Schubertian journey

The Daughter-in-Law, Arcola Theatre review - searing simplicity

Tom Birchenough

DH Lawrence's tragically inflected 1913 tale of family relationships powerfully told

Magnum P.I., Sky 1 review - slick and formulaic remake of Eighties original

Adam Sweeting

Jay Fernandez updates the Tom Selleck role in Hawaii-based drama

Stop and Search, Arcola Theatre review - a murky view of modern-day Britain

Tim Cornwell

Three interconnected stories struggle to add up

James Acaster, Phoenix Theatre review - a masterclass in comedy

Veronica Lee

The stand-up's show is his most personal yet

Rosenbaum's Rescue, Park Theatre review - curiously solid Jewish drama

Rachel Halliburton

Revelations that should feel toxic seem tepid

LSO, Rattle, Barbican review - Bartók dances, Bruckner sings

Gavin Dixon

Intense but deeply personal accounts of two musical monoliths

Cold Feet, Series 8, ITV review - mortality lite

Jasper Rees

The cast return once more to pull sad faces and silly faces

Approaching Empty, Kiln Theatre review - more minicab than Uber

Aleks Sierz

New play about a cab office fails to find its accelerator pedal

Fibonacci Sequence, Conway Hall review - characterful chamber music for winds

Bernard Hughes

Ensemble launches its 25th year with a sunny programme

Coming Clean, Trafalgar Studios review - Kevin Elyot play has lost the pathos if not the plot

Matt Wolf

1982 play needs sharpening in this shallow revival of a revival

The Queen of Spades, Royal Opera review - uneven cast prey to overthought concept

David Nice

Two stories painstakingly interwoven, but the dark heart of Tchaikovsky/Pushkin falters

Time Is Love/Tiempo es Amor, Finborough Theatre review - sultry yet static

Tim Cornwell

Ché Walker play provides a lively platform for the formidable Sheila Atim

Mutter, Vengerov, Argerich, Oxford Philharmonic, Papadopoulos, Barbican review - a birthday banquet

Boyd Tonkin

A young orchestra celebrates with stellar friends

Leicester Comedy Festival Gala Preview Show review - an entertaining mixed bag

Veronica Lee

Curtain-raiser to next month's offerings

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