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Reviews

Roadkill, BBC One review - David Hare pokes under the floorboards of the Conservative party

Adam Sweeting

A lifelong socialist who has regularly written about the Labour party, playwright David Hare admits that in his career he has “rarely looked closely at the appeal of Conservative values”.

4/4, Royal Opera review – desire, loss and lunacy in four surprising acts

David Nice

Think you’ve seen enough of monologues and duets over the past few months? Watch this and reel.

Ronnie's review – fascinating story of the...

Sebastian Scotney

Ronnie Scott was a remarkable man: “Jazz Musician, Club Proprietor, Raconteur and Wit, he was the leader of our generation,” reads the memorial to...

Stephen Kovacevich, Wigmore Hall review - a...

Jessica Duchen

What do you want to do on your 80th birthday? Well, playing two of your favourite pieces of music at the Wigmore Hall is not a bad option. To...

Daniel Saldaña Paris: Ramifications review – ...

Daniel Baksi

The majority of Daniel Saldaña Paris’s latest novel spurs from a single act, committed during the height of summer, in 1994. Teresa, the mother...

Live From the Grand Hall, BAC review - strong mixed bill to start autumn season

Veronica Lee

Lockdown stories, personal woes and a bit of politics

Cooper, Aurora Orchestra, Kings Place review - a heartwarming delight

Bernard Hughes

Chamber version of Mozart concerto reveals unexpected pleasures

Reissue CDs Weekly: La Locura de Machuca

Kieron Tyler

Deep-digging exploration of the wayward Colombian label Machuca

The Other Lamb review - a surreal portrait of an abusive cult

Markie Robson-Scott

Beautiful but dull: Malgorzata Szumowska's English-language debut lacks substance

The Divine Comedy: Live from the Barbican review – thirty years of great songs

Bernard Hughes

Neil Hannon marks the anniversary with a joyful trawl through his catalogue

LFF 2020: Never Gonna Snow Again review - mystic masseur with God-like gifts

Adam Sweeting

A Polish parable, plus 'Wildfire', '200 Meters' and 'Zanka Contact'

Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Queen's Hall, Edinburgh online review – two Parisian gems

Miranda Heggie

Salon music – but only from your own salon

LFF 2020: Another Round review – a glass half empty

Demetrios Matheou

Mads Mikkelsen excels as a teacher seeking salvation in the bottom of a glass. Plus first looks at David Byrne’s American Utopia and A Common Crime

Taskmaster, Channel 4 review - comedy show makes seamless transfer

Veronica Lee

Still utterly daft and joyous

Being A Human Person review - enter the surreal world of Roy Andersson

Joseph Walsh

A captivating documentary examining the Swedish auteur on the advent of his final film

LFF 2020: Supernova review – Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth shine as couple on the road

Joseph Walsh

Harry Macqueen’s tale of love and loss, plus first looks at ‘The Painter and the Thief’, ‘Rose: A Love Story’

Time review - a stunning portait of enduring love

Owen Richards

The US prison system exposed through one family's long fight

Emily in Paris, Netflix review - addictive escapism in the City of Light

Adam Sweeting

Lily Collins shines in Darren Star's fashionable fantasy

Mariam Batsashvili, Wigmore Hall review – the serious virtuoso

Jessica Duchen

An intriguing recital from a strikingly impressive young artist

Baker, Ridout, LaFollette, Schwizgebel, Fidelio Orchestra Cafe review - fun and ferocity

David Nice

Schnittke provides a vital link between early Mahler and a Brahms masterpiece

The Royal Ballet: Back on Stage review - fireworks in the Garden

Jenny Gilbert

At long last, our premier ballet company is back in action. And it's dynamite

Dolly Alderton: Ghosts review - a love story beyond romance

India Lewis

A light but enjoyable examination of the life of the new thirty-something

Richard J Evans: The Hitler Conspiracies review – Nazi myths debunked

Boyd Tonkin

A scrupulous, timely study of the Third Reich's post-truth afterlife

Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer, Barbican Art Gallery review - mould-breaker, ground-shaker

Jenny Gilbert

A crash course in the life and times of an iconoclast and muse

Enslaved with Samuel L Jackson, BBC Two review - ambitious history of the slave trade falls short

Adam Sweeting

Noble intentions undone by loss of focus and rambling content

Quarter Life Crisis, Bridge Theatre review – slender and superficial

Aleks Sierz

Return of one-woman show about growing up is disappointingly thin

LFF 2020: One Night in Miami review - Kemp Powers's play makes the leap to the big screen

Adam Sweeting

Regina King's directing debut, plus 'Relic' and 'Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets'

Reissue CDs Weekly: Crass - The Crassical Collection

Kieron Tyler

The entire catalogue of the totemic anarcho-punk disruptors is revisited - again

Brave New World, Sky 1 review - Aldous Huxley's novel doesn't look very happy on TV

Adam Sweeting

Lame adaptation enlivened by gratuitous slaughter

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