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Prom 17: Les Arts Florissants/Christie familiar finesse, classy soloists

Rameau's vivid, emotionally immediate Grand Motets brought a flavour of his importance as a composer of sacred music to the anniversary celebrations.

Prom 16: Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic/Goetzel review

This was a classy, enthusiastic ensemble and Sascha Goetzel the consummate showman at this Middle East-inspired evening.

The Secret Garden review ingenious design in an alfresco setting

Grosvenor Park Open Air theatre, ChesterKate Saxon's adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's novel boasts heart, charm and a thoroughly convincing cast Continue reading...

The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes review an Iraqi's identity crisis

Arcola, LondonThis story of a Sunni man who flees sectarian Iraq for a life in Britain is more striking in individual scenes than as a whole Continue reading...

Mariinsky Ballet: Romeo and Juliet review leads save dated classic

The violence is hammy, as are some performances in Lavrovsky's seminal ballet, but Vladimir Shklyarov and Diana Vishneva are nearly flawless.

Prom 15 BBCSO/Pons review harmonic and orchestral sophistication

The BBC Symphony Orchestra perform Jonathan Dove's new work confidently, but it often comes across as background music needing a voiceover.

Porgy and Bess review exquisitely sung Gershwin in the fresh air

The singing is easy but life is hard in Timothy Sheader's refreshingly spare production.

Alex Horne: Edinburgh fringe comedy veteran who keeps upping the eccentricity

Every year at the Edinburgh fringe festival, the comedian pushes his luck a bit further – and his latest show is outright folly.

Cat Sense by John Bradshaw review what is your cat thinking?

A thoughtful, useful and utterly absorbing study of how cats perceive the world.