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Reviews

Two Billion Beats, Orange Tree Theatre review - lively, but overly idealistic

Aleks Sierz

Do the right thing! But doing the right thing isn’t easy – especially if you are a teen. And a female teen who is being pressurised by your mother and your school teacher. It takes courage to make the best decisions, it’s scary and it’s hard.

January review - the end is nigh in vampirised Bulgaria

Graham Fuller

At their best, horror movies reflect destabilisation caused by cracks in the social fabric. The crack indicated in the documentarist Andrey Paounov’s fiction debut January is the widening abyss that, one character fears, will swallow Bulgaria village by village, town by town; the entire world, he says, will eventually succumb to this state of waking death. Maybe it already has?

Leonskaja, Staatskapelle Streichquartett, Wigmore...

David Nice

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

Othello, Lyric Hammersmith review - Frantic...

Helen Hawkins

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

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

Gavin Dixon

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

Sound of the Underground, Royal Court review - loud and triumphantly proud

Aleks Sierz

New play about the queer club scene is a fabulous extravaganza

Gerhardt, BBC Philharmonic, Gernon, Bridgewater Hall, Manchester review - calm and clear conducting

Robert Beale

Maybe not perfect, but when things worked, they worked beautifully

Album: Robert Forster - The Candle and the Flame

Kieron Tyler

At an uncertain time, the former Go-Between takes stock

Music Reissues Weekly: Padang Moonrise - The Birth of the Modern Indonesian Recording Industry

Kieron Tyler

Eye-opening compilation where knowing the context is essential

The Fabelmans review - Spielberg remembers with wit and wonder

Nick Hasted

The director's early life examined with understated, almost unconscious need

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed review - superb documentary about a campaigning artist

Helen Hawkins

Nan Goldin's fight against the makers of Oxycontin is as gutsy as her work

Jansen, LSO, Noseda, Barbican review - hearts of darkness

David Nice

Pain offset by sheer beauty in communicative Beethoven, Sibelius and Prokofiev

Noises Off, Phoenix Theatre review - much revived classic farce gains in poignancy

Gary Naylor

Sure it's overly familiar, but, 40 years on, the laughs keep coming

The Last Stage review - a former prisoner returns to the death camp

Saskia Baron

The first feature film to be made in Auschwitz-Birkenau gets restored and re-released

Charlie & Stan, Wilton’s Music Hall, review - a beguiling fantasy about two silent comedy greats

Helen Hawkins

Told by an Idiot return with a celebration of silent-movie antics and daft gags

Castalian String Quartet, Wigmore Hall review - genius in works and performance

David Nice

Colossal finales by Beethoven and Britten don’t seem to tire these amazing string players

Women at War, Netflix review - contrasting stories entwine during the chaos of World War One

Adam Sweeting

Passion, intrigue and heartbreak behind the front lines

Spain and the Hispanic World, Royal Academy review - a monumental survey

Alastair Davey

The refurbishment of New York's Hispanic Society provides a unique opportunity to see its treasures

Celtic Connections: Juliette Lemoine, Orchestral Qawwali Project review - fusion of myriad musical traditions

Miranda Heggie

Scotland's premier folk festival is back with a bang

Julie Cunningham & Co, Sadler's Wells review - a fine piece of work, with added spice

Jenny Gilbert

The other Cunningham stakes out their territory in contemporary dance, and the non-binary debate

'Time Out of Mind' Revisited - a deep focus take on classic Dylan

Tim Cumming

The latest in Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series captures the creation of one of his most powerful albums

Callum Au and Claire Martin, Cadogan Hall review - 'Songs and Stories' live at last

Peter Quinn

From delicious reboots of Porter and Mitchell to newly composed Homeric delights

DVD: Oscar Peterson - Black + White

Sebastian Scotney

Barry Avrich’s documentary celebrates the music and career of the great jazz pianist

Belcea Quartet, Wigmore Hall review - a riveting new string quartet

Bernard Hughes

This Guillaume Connesson UK premiere is a fine companion to Schubert and Beethoven

Lucy Porter, Cambridge Junction review - making light of a midlife crisis

Veronica Lee

Witty take on life's woes

Music Reissues Weekly: Bob Stanley / Pete Wiggs Present Winter of Discontent

Kieron Tyler

Saint Etienne-compiled series of do-it-yourself aural postcards from post-punk’s liminal zones

Babylon review - sound and fury in silent Hollywood

Nick Hasted

Damien Chazelle's pounding tribute to Twenties cinema is a finally faltering blast

Sound Unwrapped Launch, Kings Place review - ravishing combination of ancient and modern

Rachel Halliburton

Moonscapes, drums and viola da gamba in a dizzying opening mini-festival

Alex Edelman, Menier Chocolate Factory review - London run for unmissable off-Broadway hit

Helen Hawkins

How a Jewish standup found the funny side of a roomful of white nationalists

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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

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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

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

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

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Album: Robert Forster - The Candle and the Flame

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