• Wagner: The Valkyrie Royal Opera House, London review

    Just leave the Ring to sparkle: The Valkyrie at the Royal Opera House By David Mellor Published: 11:37 EDT, 8 October 2012 | Updated: 12:23 EDT, 8 October 2012 Wagner: The Valkyrie Royal Opera House, London Rating: The remains of my Royal Opera House Ring turned out to be only… Read the rest → “Wagner: The Valkyrie Royal Opera House, London review”

  • Jake Bugg: Jake Bugg review: Debut album is almost too good to be true

    A teenager in love –with the Fifties: Jake Bugg’s debut album is almost too good to be true By Tim De Lisle Published: 11:23 EDT, 8 October 2012 | Updated: 12:20 EDT, 8 October 2012 Jake Bugg: Jake Bugg. Mercury, out October 15 Rating: Plenty of noise has been made… Read the rest → “Jake Bugg: Jake Bugg review: Debut album is almost too good to be true”

  • Pre-Raphaelites Victorian Avant-Garde at the Tate Britain review

    Victorians let their hair down: Pre- Raphaelites released at Tate Britain By Philip Hensher Published: 11:01 EDT, 8 October 2012 | Updated: 11:26 EDT, 8 October 2012 Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde at the Tate Britain. Until January 13 Rating: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood were an extraordinary bunch. They took their place in… Read the rest → “Pre-Raphaelites Victorian Avant-Garde at the Tate Britain review”

  • Grieving Sean can still elevator our spirits

    Grieving Sean can still elevator our spirits By Mark Wareham for The Mail on Sunday Published: 11:11 EDT, 24 September 2012 | Updated: 11:11 EDT, 24 September 2012 Sean Hughes, Life Becomes Noises (On tour from Oct 2nd)                Rating: What happens when a comedian who became the youngest winner of… Read the rest → “Grieving Sean can still elevator our spirits”

  • One-man show crowded with a cast from Dickens

    One-man show crowded with a cast from Dickens By Georgina Brown Published: 10:53 EDT, 24 September 2012 | Updated: 10:53 EDT, 24 September 2012 The Mystery Of  Charles Dickens (Playhouse Theater, London)          Rating: Gusto: Callow embodies Dickens You’ve probably forgotten, what with the Olympics and all, that 2012 also marks… Read the rest → “One-man show crowded with a cast from Dickens”

  • Bob Dylan: The big strumback

    Stormin’ Bob’s big strumback By David Bennun Published: 12:02 EDT, 10 September 2012 | Updated: 12:43 EDT, 10 September 2012 Bob Dylan, Tempest (Columbia)                                             Rating: Intriguing: Bob Dylan’s new release is an ‘old fashioned LP that would be best served by pausing to flip it over’ By the mid-Nineties, Bob… Read the rest → “Bob Dylan: The big strumback”

  • A hearty meal for gourmets

    A hearty meal for gourmets By David Mellor Published: 11:15 EDT, 10 September 2012 | Updated: 11:15 EDT, 10 September 2012 Rating: Stephen Hough calls his extremely generous, 79-minute, 17-item French Album ‘a sort of musical dessert shopping cart’, but that sells it short. It’s much more of a festive… Read the rest → “A hearty meal for gourmets”

  • Jumpy review: Growing pains that will make your heart bleed

    Growing pains that will make your heart bleed By Georgina Brown Published: 10:53 EDT, 10 September 2012 | Updated: 11:01 EDT, 10 September 2012 Jumpy (Duke of York’s Theater)                                             Rating: Jagged edges: Tamsin Greig and Bel Powley as mother and daughter in Jumpy Tamsin Greig’s Hilary has hit 50 and… Read the rest → “Jumpy review: Growing pains that will make your heart bleed”

  • Legend ticks all the boxes

    Legend ticks all the boxes By David Mellor Published: 13:23 EDT, 3 September 2012 | Updated: 13:23 EDT, 3 September 2012 Rating: Such is the recording companies’ desperation for turnover, there’s a glut of new bargain CD boxes. Lovers of British music can  now get the complete recorded legacy, on… Read the rest → “Legend ticks all the boxes”

  • Office romance lifts us out of a slump

    Office romance lifts us out of a slump By Robert Gore-langton Published: 13:08 EDT, 3 September 2012 | Updated: 13:08 EDT, 3 September 2012 Cornelius (Finborough Theater, London) Rating: A bright, forgotten gem by  J. B. Priestley unseen since 1935, Cornelius is set in the London office of aluminum importers… Read the rest → “Office romance lifts us out of a slump”