Birdland is a warning on the perils of fame. That makes it very much a tale of our time but though the bold, exciting presentation from director Carrie Cracknell and the star casting of Andrew Scott catches the eye, this play doesn't really bring anything new to this well-worn subject.
Last up were 79 year old Paddy and dance teacher Nico. It all started, well a bit boring...them dush, the action started. Showing that age is NO barrier, Paddy was awesome. It was so good that Amanda pressed her Golden Buzzer, meaning they are automatically through to the live shows.
'The Lunchbox', a Mumbai fable that's wonderful and 'Calvary', profound and compelling with Brendan Gleeson giving a performance to behold. Two gems in one week.
The scale of The Raid 2 is much larger than the first, with a sprawling, fitfully successful crime saga plot introduced, involving rival Japanese and Indonesian gangs. The plot merely provides moments to compose yourself between the carnage, and what carnage.
What will Charles be like as King? We don't know for sure but many fear it. And we get a dark forewarning in King Charles III, a provocative and controversial future-history play at the Almeida Theatre.
Rev used to offer subtlety, humanity - the realism that we're not all types or stereotypes, that rooted on feet of clay stand individual people doing their best to come to terms with things. The beauty of Rev used to lie in the puzzlement of Tom Hollander's expression: a man bewildered by circumstance and people.
Spanning a decade, Half Of A Yellow Sun opens in 1960 with newsreel footage of Nigerians celebrating Independence from Britain. We are then introduced to and follow the fortunes of Olanna (Thandie Newton) and her twin sister Kainene (Anika Noni Rose), the middle-class, well-educated and headstrong daughters of a wealthy Lagos businessman.
Two years after Marc Webb rebooted Sony's lucrative Spider-Man series, the jury is still out over whether it was too soon to revive the franchise so quickly after Sam Raimi's third installment.
As a result, A Small Family Business very much seems a play of its time. It doesn't shed any light on our society today. It's not helped by the fact that the whole production is set in the 1980s with plenty of permed hair and shoulder pads.
The Winner of The Voice 2014 is....Jermain. Well done Jermain, best of luck for 2014 and beyond. I will definitely be buying your debut album.
'The Double' is absurdist, timeless, Kafkaesque, sad, funny and weird, eccentric and visually captivating.
It seems an impossible feat to capture with mere words a performance as stellar as that of The Cure last Saturday (and I can imagine, that of the first gig on Friday), so strong and pronounced was its identity and drive.
'Nymphomaniac' will undoubtedly be compared to McQueen's 'Shame', and sadly to the forthcoming '50 Shades of Grey', but the subtle difference here is the complete lack of glamour compared to the gluttonous lifestyle that shroud's both Fassbender's Brandon, and inevitably Dornan's Christian Grey.
In Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice, the National Gallery has brought together a vast and extraordinary collection of work from this Renaissance Master, one of the most influential artists of the 16th century.
As we reach the semi-final, the pressure is really on tonight. Who will make it and who will fall just short. The remaining eight are now ready to fight it out for a prized place in next weeks grand final.
It certainly ticks all the boxes when it comes to epic set pieces and impressive visuals. Alas, after a while I tired of the blurry hand-to-hand combat, and was a little bored during the third act, which felt too much like the deafening heli-carrier battle from Avengers Assemble.