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The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd review a cracking DH Lawrence revival

Orange Tree, RichmondPaul Miller gets off to a fine start as the Orange Trees new director with this intense version of Lawrences hard-hitting working-class tragedy.

Juno and the Paycock review classic with the twinkliness stripped away

Bristol Old VicThis powerful production with Naimh Cusack is a stark portrait of a divided house and country Continue reading...

True West review sibling rivalry erupts like a volcano

This searing staging of Sam Shepards play tackles the violence between two misfit brothers head-on.

City of Lies: Love, Sex, Death and the Search for Truth in Tehran by Ramita Navai review

In few other places is the gulf so wide between what is said and what is doneOf the great cities of the Earth, Tehran is by no means the most engaging. An old citadel and a few villages when it became the capital of the Qajar kings in the 1790s, fame

The Children Act by Ian McEwan review the intricate workings of institutionalised power

A high court judge immersed in her work finds her world disrupted by a life-or-death decision.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari review

A swash-buckling account that begins with the origin of the species and ends with post-humans.

Ming mania at the British Museum is it time we got over our obsession?

As a blockbuster show of the exquisite Chinese porcelain opens at the British Museum, Jonathan Jones takes a hammer to our cliched obsession with all things Ming.

Strauss: Josephslegende CD review beautifully performed rarity

Premiered in Paris in May, Josephslegende was Richard Strausss first completed ballet score.

Rudys Rare Records review Lenny Henrys reggae romp has the audience roaring

Birmingham RepStuffed with gags and overflowing with an easygoing, laid-back liberalism, this comedy about a vinyl-shop owner fighting developers has the feel of a stonking hit.

Zone by Mathias Énard review

I am in two minds about this epic single-sentence story of mankind's savagery, hailed as one of the most significant novels of the century so far.