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The Silver Tassie, National Theatre

Matt Wolf

"I don't think it makes a good play, but it's a remarkable one," Sean O'Casey famously remarked of The Silver Tassie, his late-1920s drama about the depredations of war, and how...

Quartet for the End of Time, Village Underground

David Nice

Take a cushion or two among the beautiful young people gathered around the players – no Proms Arena crowd, this - pull up a chair or find your standing place; sit bolt upright,...

Sundance London 2014: The One I Love

Katherine McLaughlin

The bitterness and jealousy of a relationship on the rocks is superbly handled in this disconcerting, witty and sharp indie which poses moral quandaries galore. Ethan (Mark...

Under Milk Wood, York Theatre Royal

Steve Clarkson

A spiralling stage, horned with two raised prongs. A circular display, mounted on the back wall, which presents the buildings and coastline of a seaside town from a bird’s eye...

Transcendence

Adam Sweeting

A quick scan of the credits gives grounds for optimism about Transcendence, with Johnny Depp leading a copper-bottomed supporting cast which includes Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman...

Khovanshchina, Birmingham Opera Company

Stephen Walsh

Has anyone ever sat through Musorgsky’s last, not quite finished, opera about the struggle for power in Moscow at the time of Peter the Great’s accession in the 1690s, and come...

Miklós Perényi, András Schiff, Wigmore Hall

Sebastian Scotney

Miklós Perényi makes the listener re-think how a cello should sound. Forget the huge tone of the Russians - think...

Dorian Gray, Riverside Studios

Fisun Güner

Adapted by Linnie Reedman and with music by Joe Evans, Oscar Wilde’s only novel – the more scandalous original version...

Cupcakes

Tom Birchenough

There might seem to be a world of difference between Israeli director Eytan Fox’s last film, the coming-out-of-grief,...

A Will of My Own

Steven Berkoff

I hardly knew anything about Shakespeare as a schoolboy and it was only when attending my first acting classes, when we...

Jamaica Inn, BBC One

Adam Sweeting

"Oi felt a darrrkness creepin' overrr me," said Mary Yellan's voice-over as we launched into the second night of the BBC's...

Privacy, Donmar Warehouse

Aleks Sierz

How careless are we about the details of our private life? Well, unsurprisingly the answer is “very”. To make this point,...

10 Questions for Artist Yinka Shonibare MBE

Mark Sheerin

Yinka Shonibare MBE makes work from a less entrenched position than his many decorations suggest. This Member of the British...

Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This, ITV

Veronica Lee

Comedians offer rich pickings to dramatists – whether they fall into the crying clown category, or the nice bloke on stage...

Exhibition

Emma Simmonds

Home is truly where the heart is in writer-director Joanna Hogg's extraordinarily astute and artistically alive third film,...

An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker

Tom Birchenough

We see the harshness of everyday life in Danis Tanović’s An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker first in its snowy,...

The School for Scheming, Orange Tree Theatre

Caroline Crampton

Usually, to describe a play as "of its time" is a criticism. It is suggestive of drama that hasn't aged well, that doesn't...

Fargo, Channel 4

Adam Sweeting

There's always room on top for another TV anti-hero. After Tony Soprano, Breaking Bad's Walter White and Mad Men's fatally...

Chris Marker: A Grin Without A Cat, Whitechapel Gallery

Fisun Güner

If you’re not already familiar with at least some aspects of Chris Marker’s work, this exhibition will feel overwhelming, if...

 

PRIVACY, DONMAR WAREHOUSE James Graham’s play about the internet is entertaining but lacks drama

EXHIBITION Joanna Hogg's third film is a triumphant marriage of style and substance

JAMAICA INN, BBC ONE Cornish scenery steals the show in mumbled adaptation of du Maurier smuggling yarn

A WILL OF MY OWN On Shakespeare's 450th birthday, Steven Berkoff recalls his eventful life with the Bard

CLASSICAL CDS WEEKLY Britten scores, sacred Poulenc and Peter Whelan on baroque bassoon

disc of the day

CD: Fish - A Feast of Consequences

Has the charismatic ex-Marillion man escaped his genre?

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film

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Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss star in witty, disconcerting marital what-if indie

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tv

Jamaica Inn, BBC One

Cornish scenery steals the show in adaptation of du Maurier smuggling yarn

Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This, ITV

Entertaining if unilluminating biopic about the comedian

Fargo, Channel 4

Brilliant start to tellyfication of the Coen brothers classic

new music

CD: Fish - A Feast of Consequences

Has the charismatic ex-Marillion man escaped his genre?

CD: Pixies - Indie Cindy

A solid return from US alt-rock heroes

CD: Iggy Azalea - The New Classic

Aussie rapper writes her origin story on long-awaited debut

classical

Quartet for the End of Time, Village Underground

Messiaen's prison-camp meditation captivates in Shoreditch

Miklós Perényi, András Schiff, Wigmore Hall

Brahms, Schubert, Kodály and Bartók played without vanity or mannerisms

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In a beautiful and cultured city, 20th-century music and art shine (Glass excepted)

opera

Khovanshchina, Birmingham Opera Company

Musorgsky problem opera takes on new life in the big top

La Traviata, Royal Opera

Opera lovers will not want to miss Damrau's authoritative, vocally triumphant Violetta

theartsdesk Q&A: Soprano Nicole Cabell

The outstanding American singer on winning Cardiff, crying in performance and Kate Bush

theatre

The Silver Tassie, National Theatre

Piercing production of Sean O'Casey play about the ravages of war

Under Milk Wood, York Theatre Royal

Theatre Clwyd's touring revival is an aural treat from another age

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visual arts

10 Questions for Artist Yinka Shonibare MBE

The artist talks about his ambitious new work and tells us why he could never belong to a political party

Chris Marker: A Grin Without A Cat, Whitechapel Gallery

A survey of the influential French filmmaker proves a difficult introduction to his work

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In a beautiful and cultured city, 20th-century music and art shine (Glass excepted)

dance

Rodin, Eifman Ballet, London Coliseum

A ballet to offend lovers, geniuses, muses, sculptors, mental patients and women everywhere

theartsdesk Q&A: Lighting Designer Michael Hulls

Olivier Award-winning genius with light and dance explains his art

The Rite of Spring & Petrushka, Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, Sadler's Wells

Dance theatre at full throttle in two contemporary takes on Ballets Russes classics

comedy

Festival of the Spoken Nerd, Udderbelly

Popular science show with a few whizz-bangs

10 Questions for Ventriloquist Nina Conti

What makes a postmodern vent act tick?

David Sedaris, Cadogan Hall

Essayist and raconteur tells richly comic tales

gaming

Noir Syndrome

A flawed but interesting attempt at a detective game

Kinect Sports Rivals

Motion-capture technology showcase without a soul

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Two ingenious platform games for free

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