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Muppet power! RSC uses puppet legends for My Neighbour Totoro staging
The RSC’s version of the Japanese classic has smashed box office records – before the curtain’s even gone up. We meet the Jim Henson puppeteers bringing Studio Ghibli’s beloved fluffy monsters to life

Chris Wiegand

28, Jun, 2022 @1:39 PM

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The week in classical: Samson et Dalila; Lise Davidsen & Freddie De Tommaso with James Baillieu
Strength comes in many forms in the Royal Opera’s revelatory new Samson et Dalila; and two star singers in the ascendant hit all the high notes

Fiona Maddocks

04, Jun, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Jeremy Denk review – Well-Tempered Clavier is reshaped and illuminated afresh
Playing Bach’s mammoth work from memory, the US pianist brought wit, insights and lightness of touch

Flora Willson

25, May, 2022 @11:09 AM

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Our Time on Earth review – ear-splitting obstacle course of barmy solutions to the climate crisis
Whether pondering dinner with pests, reinventing myself as a vegetable or being deafened by a waterfall that sounded like industrial machinery, this hectic show made me want to flee

Adrian Searle

24, May, 2022 @1:50 PM

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The week in classical: Leipzig Gewandhaus/ Nelsons; Scottish Chamber Orchestra/ Manze
The earth all but moved as Andris Nelsons and the mighty Gewandhaus brought their Strauss Project to London

Fiona Maddocks

14, May, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Leipzig Gewandhaus/Nelsons review – exquisite and thrilling Strauss from a great orchestra
Andris Nelsons’ detailed approach to Strauss creates a stunning, opulent sound although at points the drama the music needed was lacking

Tim Ashley

10, May, 2022 @11:03 AM

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The week in classical: Don Pasquale; Holst’s Sāvitri
The charms of Donizetti’s comic opera continue to elude, while a Holst rarity shines in an elegant fusion of music and movement

Fiona Maddocks

07, May, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Age of Rage review – ancient Greek tragedy explodes into our times
While the emotional complexities remain, Van Hove’s high-octane makeover featuring unrelenting pyrotechnics and riveting performances is a visual epic

Arifa Akbar

06, May, 2022 @2:25 PM

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Black Ballet; Royal Ballet review – a mixed bag and beauty in motion
The dancers shone in a double bill to mark 20 years of Cassa Pancho’s company, while at Covent Garden Kyle Abraham’s new work was suffused with longing

Sarah Crompton

03, Apr, 2022 @8:00 AM

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‘Two years ago it was impossible’: how tech turns dance into a multisensory fantasy
From the Barbican in London to shopping centres around the country, audiences can become part of sophisticated new XR dance spectaculars – diving into Lewis Carroll’s imagination or an extravagant ballroom

Lyndsey Winship

01, Apr, 2022 @1:18 PM

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Pollution back at illegal levels on former ‘zero-emissions street’ in London
Experimental ban on petrol and diesel vehicles on Beech Street near Barbican ended in September

Damien Gayle

28, Mar, 2022 @1:09 PM

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Total Immersion: Frank Zappa review – a suitably eclectic day-long tribute
From a film Q&A punctuated by musicians in the audience to barnstorming performances by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Guildhall students, this was a stunning celebration of his orchestral works

John Lewis

20, Mar, 2022 @1:24 PM

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