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Tom Birchenough

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Something in the Air, Jermyn Street Theatre review - evocative London mood music

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Meeting Gorbachev review - Werner Herzog offers a swansong tribute

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Mad House, Ambassadors Theatre review - David Harbour is magnificent in Theresa Rebeck's family drama

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Jitney, Old Vic review - a directorial delight

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Lava, Soho Theatre review - silences, secrets and lies

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'Daddy' A Melodrama, Almeida Theatre review - production exuberance carries a new play of promise

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The Fever Syndrome, Hampstead Theatre review - ambitious family drama falls short

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Peggy For You, Hampstead Theatre review - comedic gold, and a splinter of ice, from Tamsin Greig

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Measure for Measure, Sam Wanamaker Theatre review - this problem play is a delight

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A Merchant of Venice, Playground Theatre review - Shylock supreme in a pared-down production

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'Night, Mother, Hampstead Theatre review - despair in sotto-voce

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The Winter's Tale, RSC, BBC Four review - post-war poise colours a solid production

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A Splinter of Ice, Original Theatre Company online review - Graham Greene and Kim Philby are friends reunited

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Blu-ray: I Was at Home, But...

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Blu-ray: Beginning

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A Midsummer Night's Dream, SHAKE Festival livestream review - a star turn from Luisa Omielan makes this 'Bottom's Dream'

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Two Billion Beats, Orange Tree Theatre review - lively, but...

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January review - the end is nigh in vampirised Bulgaria

At their best, horror movies reflect destabilisation caused by cracks in the social fabric. The crack indicated in the documentarist Andrey...

Album: Lisa O'Neill - All of This Is Chance

Lisa O’Neill is a part of the new wave of Irish contemporary folk artists, one that encompasses the likes of Lankum, Ye Vagabonds...

Leonskaja, Staatskapelle Streichquartett, Wigmore Hall / Sec...

It’s dangerous to claim a sense of absolute rightness about a musical performance; that could mean no more than responding to an interpretation...

Othello, Lyric Hammersmith review - Frantic Assembly's...

Frantic Assembly’s Othello, originally co-developed with the Lyric in 2008, is back in its third iteration, and it’s still not...

Blu-ray: The War Trilogy - Three Films by Andrzej Wajda

Watching these harrowing films in rapid succession allows us to watch a great...

Ólafsson, LPO, Gardner, RFH review - spirit of delight

This concert was advertised as the completion of an Elgar symphony cycle, though in the absence of the reconstructed Third, that meant the second...

Sound of the Underground, Royal Court review - loud and triu...

Ever been to a queer club? You know, drag cabaret night at Madame Jojo’s, or the Black Cap or Her Upstairs. No? Well, not to worry – the...

Gerhardt, BBC Philharmonic, Gernon, Bridgewater Hall, Manche...

Ben Gernon’s calm and clear way of conducting an orchestra (something he once told me he’d observed in the work of his mentor, Colin Davis) is...

Album: Robert Forster - The Candle and the Flame

Reflections on how the past relates to now suffuse The Candle and the Flame. The album’s closing track is “When I Was a Young Man.” When...