The Father
©Simon Annand

The Father, Wyndham’s Theatre, London

A devastating and brilliant portrait of Alzheimer’s from the inside

The Life of a Song

Still from Disney’s ‘Fantasia’ ©Photoshot/Collection Christophel
David Shire’s version of Mussorgsky’s piece was a triumph, the original music’s downbeats chiming with the disco groove
'Money (That's What I Want)' vinyl record
The tune became part of The Beatles’ repertoire and The Flying Lizards made a hit of it in 1979
Staatsoper Berlin's production of 'Die Meistersinger Von Nürnberg'

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Staatsoper Berlin, Schiller Theater

A protracted production, coarsely conducted by Daniel Barenboim

Kelly Reilly and Clive Owen in 'Old Times'. Photo: Joan Marcus
©Joan Marcus

Old Times, American Airlines Theatre, New York

Clive Owen gives a quintessentially Pinterish performance

Gabriel Dufay in 'Journal d’une apparition'. Photo: Vladimir Vatsev
©Vladimir Vatsev

Journal d’une apparition, Théâtre National de Chaillot, Paris — review

A dreamy adaptation of surrealist poet Robert Desnos’ work

Magdalena Kožená

Magdalena Kožená and Mitsuko Uchida, Wigmore Hall, London

A concert that revealed contrasting sides of the mezzo-soprano

From left: Joely Richardson, Timothy Walker, Alex Waldmann, Geoff Leesley and Michael Xavier in ‘The Wars of the Roses’. Photo: Mark Douet
©Mark Douet

The Wars of the Roses, Rose Theatre, Kingston

Trevor Nunn’s marathon production of Shakespeare’s dynastic plays

John Lydon of Public Image Ltd at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London. Photo: Redferns/Getty Images
©Redferns/Getty Images

Public Image Ltd, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

At 59, John Lydon still wields his voice as an instrument of outrage

Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke and Leigh Melrose perform 'Wozzeck' with Zurich Opera. Photo: Belinda Lawley
©Belinda Lawley

Wozzeck, Royal Festival Hall, London

Leigh Melrose holds his own in the title role of Berg’s masterpiece

'La Musica' at Young Vic Theatre with Sam Troughton and Emily Barclay. Photo: David Sandison
©David Sandison

La Musica, Young Vic, London

An uncomfortable close-up of a divorcing couple

Shao-Chia Lü conducts the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra. Photo: Yungnien Chen
©Yungnien Chen

Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, National Concert Hall, Taipei

The season opened with an organ fantasia and a premiere from Huang Ruo