Reviews: Brief Encounter / This is Elvis

Reviews: Brief Encounter / This is Elvis

Brief Encounter ★★★★ By Peter May Emma Rice may have ruffled some feathers during her time as artistic director over at the Shakespeare’s Globe, but here she resurrects one of her older shows, which became a debut hit ten years ago. This production of Noel Coward’s infamous movie from 1938 excels at being a beautiful […]

The cover is washed out, but the music shines brightly

The cover is washed out, but the music shines brightly

Yvonne Lyon Metanoia (Yvonnelyonmusic.com)   It’s a real shame that the cover of this disc is so washed out (intentionally retro?), because the music inside is a lot brighter. It starts off with the vibrant, mandolin-driven “Where the Poor Find Gold,” and while she doesn’t explicitly point to where that is, those who know of […]

The search for a ‘safe celestial place’

The search for a ‘safe celestial place’

Phantom Thread (dir. Paul Thomas Anderson, cert. 15) recreates the atmosphere of a 1950s haute couture salon in London, starring Daniel Day-Lewis. He plays Reynolds Woodcock, a fashion designer dedicated to his craft to the point of obsession, and making a muse and model of Alma (Vicky Krieps), a waitress at a hotel near his […]

CD of the Week

CD of the Week

Steve Hackett Wuthering Nights: Live in Birmingham (Inside Out) Given that this live album partly celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Genesis album Wind and Wuthering, it’s hard to think of a better title than ‘Wuthering Nights,’ but there’s much about this package that is hard to beat: band, set list, sound and vision are just […]

A joyful celebration of family life

A joyful celebration of family life

Coco (dir. Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina, cert. PG) is a great animated film from Pixar, even though the “day of the dead” theme may not suit all children and obviously doesn’t match any traditional understanding of the afterlife. Miguel (voiced by Anthony Gonzalez) is a young Mexican boy whose passion for music stems from his […]

Review: Jennifer Saunders returns to the theatre in amusing Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan

Review: Jennifer Saunders returns to the theatre in amusing Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan

  Lady Windermere’s Fan ★★★ By Peter May There is good reason for seeing Lady Windermere’s Fan and that is for National treasure Jennifer Saunders. She brings freshness and a cheeky vibe to this Oscar Wilde classic. Her pal from Absolutely Fabulous days, Kathy Burke directs this version of Wilde’s arthritic society comedy drama, which […]

Could this be the film of the year already?

Could this be the film of the year already?

We may already have the year’s best film. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (cert. 15) is a superb achievement from British writer-director Martin McDonagh, whose previous features were In Bruges (2008) and Seven Psychopaths (2012). The trailer – unusually sprinkled with four-letter words – has created its own hype, but it barely touches the depths of […]

Pinocchio at the National Theatre – review

Pinocchio at the National Theatre – review

Pinnochio ★★★★ By Peter May When this new musical opened last month, the National Theatre must have thought Christmas had come early. For the first time ever Disney has granted permission for its beloved 80-year-old story to be given the stage treatment – complete with five of the original songs. However this version is rather […]

The return of a Christmas family favourite

The return of a Christmas family favourite

The Snowman By Peter May Like the Coca Cola advert and Mariah Carey’s infamous Christmas jingle, there are many pop culture institutions that sum up the festive period. The Snowman will surely resonate with most, even if it is simply the original cartoon on which this stage show is based upon. Twenty years have passed since it was first […]

Theatre Review: The Exorcist is devilishly good fun

Theatre Review: The Exorcist is devilishly good fun

**** By Peter May   It’s one of the most respected horror films of all time and one of the most successful too. Originally released in 1973, The Exorcist has rarely been bettered in the following 44 years in terms of terror but can those thrills and chills translate to the stage? The answer is a […]

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