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Reviews

Presumed Innocent, Apple TV+ review - you read the book and saw the movie...

Adam Sweeting

Scott Turow published his cunningly-wrought legal thriller in 1987, and Alan J Pakula’s powerful movie version, starring Harrison Ford, appeared in 1990. Enough time has elapsed, perhaps, for Apple TV’s revised version of Presumed Innocent for the streaming age.

Ashton Celebrated, Royal Ballet review - peerless delights from the master step-smith

Jenny Gilbert

Launching a four-year global project to proclaim the genius of Frederick Ashton might seem unnecessary. His work is the bedrock of what’s widely known as The English Style and rarely absent from any British ballet season, whether at the Royal Ballet (for whom he created much of it), or elsewhere.

Il Trittico, Welsh National Opera review -...

Stephen Walsh

It’s somehow typical of the Welsh National Opera I’ve known now for the best part of sixty years that it should confront its current funding...

Arcadian review - Nic Cage underacts at the end...

Nick Hasted

Benjamin Brewer’s post-apocalyptic, Nic Cage-starring creature feature finds a sombre interest in fatherhood and growing up in screenwriter Michael...

Goldscheider, Royal Orchestral Society, Miller,...

Bernard Hughes

London’s non-professional orchestra sector is an undervalued asset to the city, and deserves more attention. And so last night I went to hear the...

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Freud's Last Session review - Freud and CS Lewis search for meaning in 1939

Markie Robson-Scott

Does God exist? Anthony Hopkins as the analyst asks the questions of the Oxford don

Music Reissues Weekly: Margo Guryan - Words and Music

Kieron Tyler

Lavish box set dedicated to the jazz composer who changed tack to embrace Sixties pop

Bach's Mass in B Minor, Collegium Vocale Gent, Herreweghe, Barbican - masterful subtlety proves more intriguing than compelling

Rachel Halliburton

Mathematical elegance as an intrinsic part of Bach's devotion

Sorcery review - a tale of shapeshifting revenge

Justine Elias

A girl's righteous revenge quest combines with her native beliefs in this Chilean tale

The Moor review - Yorkshire chiller is ambitious but muddled

Harry Thorfinn-George

Despite buzz from the festival circuit, this folk horror film lacks a coherent vision

Smashing Pumpkins / Weezer, OVO Hydro, Glasgow review - double-bill of unlikely bedfellows makes a racket

Jonathan Geddes

Both 90s favourites went hard and heavy, if occasionally too bludgeoning

Àma Gloria review - small-scale triumph with a big emotional payload

Helen Hawkins

A six-year-old girl effortlessly carries this sensitively executed love story

Susquatch Sunset review - nature red in tooth and claw (albeit prosthetic)

Saskia Baron

Ambling out of the primordial swamp with no clear sense of direction

Jazz Emu, Soho Theatre review - delightfully daft musical spoof

Veronica Lee

Archie Henderson's louche creation

Wilding review - a life enhancing experience

Sarah Kent

A glorious documentary that engenders hope

Miss Julie, Park Theatre review - Strindberg's kitchen drama still packs a punch

Gary Naylor

Much adapted play gets a traditional staging fuelled by electric leads

theartsdesk at the 2024 Aldeburgh Festival - romantic journeys, cosmic hallucinations and wild stomps

David Nice

Revelation of a master baritone and a new masterpiece at the heart of a packed weekend

theartsdesk on Vinyl 84: Ibibio Sound Machine, Dave Clarke, Eliza Rose, Billy Idol, Bodega, Mui Zyu and more

Thomas H Green

The most enormous, expansive record reviews in the known universe

Girls Aloud, OVO Hydro, Glasgow review - pop queens return with poignant hit parade

Jonathan Geddes

The girl group's reunion showed their songs remain gloriously euphoric

Album: John Grant - The Art of the Lie

Kieron Tyler

The forthright US singer-songwriter sets the personal in a wider context

The Merry Widow, Glyndebourne review - fun and frolics in the Embassy

Stephen Walsh

Lehár upstaged but still triumphant

Being Mr Wickham, Jermyn Street Theatre review - the plausible, charming roué gives his version of events 30 years on

Heather Neill

Adrian Lukis revisits his disruptive character from the BBC adaptation of 'Pride and Prejudice'

Marie Curie, Charing Cross Theatre review - like polonium, best left undiscovered

Gary Naylor

Celebrated scientist is ill-served by confused and dull show imported from Seoul

Rocio Molina, Sadler's Wells Flamenco Festival review - mystery and dark magic, with a giggle

Jenny Gilbert

Annual Spanish showcase opens with a dancer intent on subversion by edgy games

Wedding Band, Lyric Hammersmith review - revelatory staging of a Black classic

Helen Hawkins

Alice Childress's 1962 play about interracial love has lost none of its richness and fire

Trpčeski, RSNO, Søndergård, Usher Hall, Edinburgh review - flash and sparkle

Simon Thompson

Pianist as both showman and collaborator in a float through Saint-Saëns

Music Reissues Weekly: Moving Away from the Pulsebeat - Post-Punk Britain 1977-1981

Kieron Tyler

Box-set collection as musically unruly as the period it documents

Riddle of Fire review - unsubtle but likeable kids' adventure flick

Justine Elias

Trio's quest for a blueberry pie spirals into backwoods peril

Rachel Parris, Leicester Square Theatre review - smart observations and satirical songs

Veronica Lee

Late Night Mash host on tour

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Freud's Last Session review - Freud and CS Lewis search...

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Album: Kehlani - CRASH

The noise in the international mainstream in recent years might be about dance-pop,...

Music Reissues Weekly: Margo Guryan - Words and Music

Late summer 1966. Jazz was Margo Guryan’s thing. She was not interested in pop music. This changed when she was played The Beach Boys’s “God Only...

Bach's Mass in B Minor, Collegium Vocale Gent, Herreweg...

There’s a masterful subtlety to Philippe Herreweghe’s interpretation of Bach’s last great choral work – it shuns blazing transcendence for a sense...

Sorcery review - a tale of shapeshifting revenge

Islands off the coast of southern Chile, to the Spanish and German settlers of the 19th century, represented the edge of the world. To the...