Alfred Hickling

Lamentation review CJ Sansoms new Tudor mystery

As grim as Horrible Histories and darker than Hilary Mantels novels the sixth in the Shardlake seriesCJ Sansoms sixth Tudor mystery begins with a prolonged, graphic description of the burning alive of a heretic. Sansoms regular protagonist, the humpback

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion review a geek icon returns for a so-so sequel

The Rosie Project was a bestselling romcom that became Bill Gates's favourite novel. Now its Asperger's syndrome hero is back, and as socially inept as everIt took just a year for Graeme Simsion's debut novel, The Rosie Project, to progress from an Austra

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof review revival honours Williamss original vision

After lead Daragh O'Malley took ill, the director and cast stepped in to fill Big Daddy's immense shoes with an illuminating production.

Mr Mac and Me by Esther Freud review meeting Charles Rennie Mackintosh

An oblique portrait of the Scottish architect and designer's retreat to the Suffolk coast during the first world war.

Sherlock Holmes: A Working Hypothesis review extended charades are too elementary

The audience put their detective skills to use in an interactive show that reunites BFFs Holmes and Watson.

Seeing the Lights review well-observed comedy about caring for elderly relatives

Theatre-by-the-Lake, KeswickBrendan Murray's play succeeds because he has an acute and compassionate understanding of families Continue reading...

The Winterling review more Pinteresque than Pinter himself

Jez Butterworth followed the advice of his hero in writing this curio, which is ultimately just a step on the road to Jerusalem.

Beastings by Benjamin Myer review austere and brilliantly shocking

This chase across wildest Cumbria is as gruesome as it is compellingBenjamin Myers was the winner of the 2013 Northern Writers' award, though it is worth noting that he only became a "northern writer" by default. Born in Durham, Myers headed south to spen

O'Hooley and Tidow: Getting to the heart of the hum

Their album pays homage to a West Yorkshire village and its industrial soul, but, Belinda OHooley and Heidi Tidow tell Alfred Hickling, the weirdest thing about their unique take on folk music is the piano parts.

O'Hooley and Tidow: Getting to the heart of the hum

Their album pays homage to a West Yorkshire village and its industrial soul, but, Belinda OHooley and Heidi Tidow tell Alfred Hickling, the weirdest thing about their unique take on folk music is the piano parts.