wed 28/09/2022

Reviews

This England, Sky Atlantic review - how Boris's No 10 got Covid wrong

Helen Hawkins

From underneath the messy ash-white thatch of hair, a strange mooing suddenly issues: Sir Kenneth Branagh is wrestling with Boris Johnson’s odd way of saying the “oo” sound. It’s a brave attempt but ultimately a bit wayward, rather like the drama series Branagh is starring in, This England, Michael Winterbottom’s six-part reconstruction of Boris’s early days as PM, Covid, lockdown and all. 

Kim Noble, Soho Theatre review - final part of trilogy about loneliness

Veronica Lee

A dead pigeon. A dead squirrel. A dead fox. Lots of maggots – very much alive. I might be describing your worst nightmare (throw in a rat or two and it would be very close to mine) but this array of wildlife forms an important part in Kim Noble's latest show, Lullaby for Scavengers. I warn you, it takes a strong stomach to sit through it – and I have to confess I had to shield my eyes at several points. The show comes with a content warning for a reason.

Savala Nolan: Don't Let It Get You Down...

Hannah Hutchings-Georgiou

Liminal: a word that conjures thresholds and between states. Caught between three languages – the adjective is a borrowing from the Latin that enters...

In Front of Your Face review - a day in the life

Nick Hasted

Twenty-four hours in the life of a Korean woman, Sangok (Lee Hyeyoung), are caught in scenes which feel like real time in Hong Sangsoo’s latest....

Purcell's Playhouse, Bevan, Barokksolistene...

David Nice

“What about the communication with the audience?” asked violinist and impresario Bjarte Eike in his First Person piece for theartsdesk. “How can a '...

Hallyu! The Korean Wave, V&A review - frenetic but fun

Sarah Kent

Learn how to succeed, South Korean style, right across the cultural board

Bronwyn Adcock: Currowan review - a fire foretold, a warning delivered

Harriet Mercer

Stories of surviving Australia’s worst bushfire

Igor Levit, Wigmore Hall review - titanic talent shows his lighter side

Rachel Halliburton

Dazzling range in mastery of tone and technique

Marina Abramović: Gates and Portals, Modern Art Oxford and Pitt Rivers Museum review - transcendence lite

Sarah Kent

The grandmother of performance art induces deep breathing and a slow heartbeat

Aida, Royal Opera review - dour but disciplined

David Nice

Uniformly good cast, idiomatic conducting, production rigidly consistent in khaki

The Big Moon, Oran Mor, Glasgow review - partying prevails despite band's bad luck

Jonathan Geddes

The quartet's pop and indie blend was in fine fettle

Gurrelieder, LPO, Gardner, RFH review - everything in place, but still something’s missing

David Nice

Schoenberg's epic of love, death, afterlife and earthly regeneration sold a bit short

Music Reissues Weekly: Bill Nelson's Red Noise - Art / Empire / Industry - The Complete Red Noise

Kieron Tyler

After putting Be-Bop Deluxe to bed, the Yorkshire maverick moves forward

Am I Being Unreasonable?, BBC One review - comedy thriller delivers the gags

Veronica Lee

Daisy May Cooper's new show is promising, looking set to get darker

The Wonderful World of Dissocia, Theatre Royal Stratford East review - wild trip gets a welcome revival

Gary Naylor

A woman confronts her neuroses in a phantasmagorical world full of fun and fear

Juniper review - a classic role for Charlotte Rampling

Sebastian Scotney

A grandmother in New Zealand faces up to death, a grandson to life

Don’t Worry Darling review - dystopian thriller dries up in the desert

Demetrios Matheou

The fabulous Florence Pugh can't rescue Olivia Wilde's disappointing sophomore effort

Silent Land review - an inconvenient death mars their holiday

Graham Fuller

Tense drama about Polish vacationers who forgot to pack moral responsibility

Clutch, Bush Theatre review - new comedy-drama passes its test

Gary Naylor

After a strong start, newly commissioned play takes a wrong exit from the roundabout

Crossfire, BBC One review - pacy and nail-biting, the holiday from hell

Helen Hawkins

Keeley Hawes gets caught up in a tense but heartless thriller

Leonskaja, Staatskapelle Streichquartett, Wigmore Hall review - Brahms the chameleon

David Nice

Every quick-change nuance in the first two Piano Quartets transcendentally realised

Winslow Homer: Force of Nature, National Gallery review - dump the symbolism and enjoy the drama

Sarah Kent

Hot topics like slavery and colonialism given the ambiguous treatment

Bloody Oranges review - a gruesome and gruelling French social satire

Sebastian Scotney

Jean-Christophe Meurisse's grisly comedy overplays its hand

Dunedin Consort, Butt, Lammermuir Festival review - majestic Mozart at St Mary’s Haddington

Simon Thompson

Star sopranos steal the show in a C Minor Mass of magisterial power

Bright Half Life, Kings Head Theatre review - ups and downs of a tender lesbian love affair

Helen Hawkins

Tanya Barfield reconstructs a simple plot as an absorbing puzzle

Music Reissues Weekly: The Best of Roxy Music

Kieron Tyler

What was on CD two decades ago reappears on vinyl

Funny Pages review - comic-book confidential

Nick Hasted

Safdies associate's queasily comic study of a teenage cartoonist

The Makropulos Affair, Welsh National Opera review - complexity realised brilliantly on the stage

Stephen Walsh

Janáček’s collisions spark an evening of powerful conflict

Handbagged, Kiln Theatre review - triumphant revival of Moira Buffini's comedy

Helen Hawkins

Mrs Thatcher and Elizabeth II slug it out again in this 2013 classic

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