Madonna review – London residency short on hits but big on British banter 4 out of 5 stars

 An ungovernable force of insurrection … Madonna. Photograph: Ricardo Gomes Acurious mix of anticipation and trepidation hangs in the air of the London Palladium as the audience dutifully stash their mobile phones in locked pouches and await the arrival of the biggest-selling female recording artist of all time. The Madame X tour arrives in Britain trailing a…

Pop review: Madonna, London Palladium, W1 ****

The show had an intimacy not usually associated with a star of Madonna’s calibre ★★★★☆ “I never quit!” Madonna told her fans in a statement in late December. Unfortunately, she had done just that — on doctor’s orders. Madonna’s Madame X tour features the reigning queen of pop playing a gruelling six-month schedule of smaller venues, in…