Arts

More mesmerising than it should be – Disney+'s The Beatles: Get Back reviewed

4 December 2021 9:00 am

My late friend Alexander Nekrassov loathed the Beatles, which I used to think was a wantonly contrary position akin to…

Nostalgic, episodic and Joanna Hogg-ish: Hand of God reviewed

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Hand of God is the latest film from Paolo Sorrentino, the Italian filmmaker who won an Oscar with The Great…

In defence of the earworm

4 December 2021 9:00 am

That strain again… it’s the morning after the concert and one tune is still there, playing in the head upon…

The National has become the graveyard of talent: Manor, at the Lyttelton, reviewed

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Somewhere in the wilds of England a stately home is collapsing. Rising floodwaters threaten the foundations. Storms break over the…

A soulful man with a blistering voice: Sipho, at Studio 9294, reviewed

4 December 2021 9:00 am

When I were a lad — back when you could buy the entire back catalogue of the Fall for thruppence…

Meet climber, photographer and filmmaker extraordinaire Jimmy Chin

4 December 2021 9:00 am

Jimmy Chin is part Bear Grylls, part David Attenborough: he both climbs snow, ice and rock and films other mountaineers doing it too, writes Theo Zenou

As You Like It

27 November 2021 9:00 am

As You Like It is middle Shakespeare, probably lateish 1590s. It’s not one of the earlier happy comedies like the…

The quiet radicalism of the Chieftains

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Pop quiz time: which act was named Melody MakerGroup of the Year in 1975? The answer is not, as you…

It was cheap schlock then, and it's expensive schlock now: Adele's 30 reviewed

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Grade: C The problem I have is that I thought she was pretty awful before — when she was just…

Eddie Izzard is so bad I'm hoping he gets dismembered: Sky's The Lost Symbol reviewed

27 November 2021 9:00 am

If it weren’t for this job I sometimes wonder whether I’d even bother watching TV at all. This mood strikes…

Worth seeing for Lady Gaga but little else: House of Gucci reviewed

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Ridley Scott’s House of Gucci has been much anticipated. The cast is stellar. It’s based on a luscious, true story…

40 per cent sublime, 60 per cent ridiculous: ENO's The Valkyrie reviewed

27 November 2021 9:00 am

It’s the final scene of The Valkyrie and Wotan is wearing cords. They’re a sensible choice for a hard-working deity:…

It's amazing how little insight Paul McCartney has into the Beatles' genius

27 November 2021 9:00 am

The Paul people are out in force these days. A New Yorker profile, a book and a new documentary have…

Guilt-free hilarity: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at Charing Cross Theatre reviewed

27 November 2021 9:00 am

World-class sex bomb Janie Dee stars in a fabulously silly revival of the American comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha…

His final paintings are like Jackson Pollocks: RA's Late Constable reviewed

27 November 2021 9:00 am

On 13 July 1815, John Constable wrote to his fiancée, Maria Bicknell, about this and that. Interspersed with a discussion…

The forgotten story of the pioneering surgeon who healed disfigured airmen

27 November 2021 9:00 am

Lloyd Evans on a musical that tells the story of the pioneering maverick whose methods for treating disfigured second world war airmen revolutionised plastic surgery

Don’t forget the motor city

20 November 2021 9:00 am

No Sudden Move, Directed by Steven Soderbergh, Streaming on Amazon Prime

Sean Connery

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Anyone who cares about the theatre should rush to see Kendall Feaver’s Wherever She Wanders which Griffin Theatre Company is…

The art and science of Fabergé

20 November 2021 9:00 am

From quartz to quince: Daisy Dunn on the art and science of Fabergé

Benedict Cumberbatch is spectacular: The Power of the Dog reviewed

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog could also be called The Power of Benedict Cumberbatch, as he’s so spectacular.…

One of many soul acts looking back 50 years and doing very good business: Black Pumas, at the Roundhouse, reviewed

20 November 2021 9:00 am

No musician ever went bust overestimating the public desire to hear classic soul. Slapping on a Motown backbeat has revived…

Some jolly TV artifice and a rare moment of authenticity: C4’s Miriam and Alan – Lost in Scotland reviewed

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Thanks to Covid, the days are gone — or at least suspended — when a TV travel programme meant a…

A gem that should be released online: Park Theatre’s Abigail’s Party reviewed

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Mike Leigh’s classic, Abigail’s Party, has been revived under the direction of Vivienne Garnett. The script is a guilty secret…

Decent dream pop: Beach House’s Once Twice Melody reviewed

20 November 2021 9:00 am

Grade: B+ Everything these days devolves to prog — and not always very good prog. Where once synths were vastly…

The supreme pictures of the Courtauld finally have a home of equal magnificence

20 November 2021 9:00 am

When the Courtauld Gallery’s impressionist pictures were shown at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris in 2019, the Parisian public…