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THE CRITICS MUSIC NormanLebrecht Time to dress your age, Yuja 78 OPERA Robert Thicknesse Wagner: he’s not for morons 79 POP Sarah Ditum Making Lana Del Rey cool 80 ART Michael Prodger Marie Antoinette’s sparklers 81 THEATRE Anne McElvoy Cush Jumbo’s expressive Hamlet 82 CINEMA Christopher Silvester Extraordinary war films from the East 83 TELEVISION AdamLeBor Strong women in the borderlands 84 RADIO Michael Henderson Woeful white mischief 85 ARCHITECTURE Charles Saumarez Smith The Cosmic House is still heavenly 86
TABLE TALK Eating Out Lisa Hilton enjoys a steamy Thai jungle curry 89 Eating In Felipe Fernández-Armesto asks why breakfast must be the dullest meal 90
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