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MouseCraft

Simon Munk

A minus mark for this puzzle game for cannily, if cheesily, being named to hitch a ride on the wildly-popular MineCraft phenomenon. And another minus mark for its barely-a-concept...

Perseverance Drive, Bush Theatre

Aleks Sierz

Plays about religious belief present something of a problem. How can theatre-makers, who tend to be very secular-minded, convey the mindset of believers without being patronising...

Richard III, Trafalgar Studios

Demetrios Matheou

Imagine Dr Watson trying his hand at Moriarty? That’s not the challenge of this Richard III, but the exciting prospect instead is to see an actor usually called upon to be the...

The Golden Cockerel, Diaghilev Festival, London Coliseum

David Nice

Rimsky-Korsakov’s bizarre final fantasy, puffing up Pushkin's short verse-tale to unorthodox proportions, has done better in Britain than any of his other operatic fairy-tales....

Daneman, Bostridge, Drake, Middle Temple Hall

Sebastian Scotney

Temple Music's enterprising song series, directed by pianist Julius Drake, brought a welcome rarity to Middle Temple Hall last night. Schumann's Myrthen, the garland of twenty-six...

Boyhood

Emma Simmonds

Coming-of-agers, of which we’ve seen an awful lot recently, focus on a turning point in a child’s life: not so much the moment they transition from child to adult but the moment a...

Ryan Gander: Make every show like it's your last, Manchester Art Gallery

Mark Sheerin

When Ryan Gander’s wife wanted a designer lamp, the versatile artist knocked one up from junk. She was so impressed he sold...

Nightmare in Aix: Sarah Connolly on a shocking first night

Sarah Connolly

I felt so shocked by the events that took place during the premiere of Handel’s Ariodante on 3 July in the Festival d’Aix-en...

Pinnock's Passions, Handel's Garden, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Kimon Daltas

The latest in a series of "Pinnock’s Passions" concerts at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse saw the doyen of period instrument...

Daytona, Theatre Royal Haymarket

Heather Neill

When Daytona was premiered at the Park Theatre last year some of the critics went into contortions to avoid giving away the...

Goltzius and the Pelican Company

Emma Simmonds

Perhaps the most surprising - and certainly the most moving moment - of the 2014 British Academy Film Awards was the...

10 Questions for Bassist Marcus Miller

Tim Cumming

This year’s edition of the Gnawa Festival in the medina of the beautiful coastal town of Essaouira featured two spectacular...

Begin Again

Adam Sweeting

Movies about the music industry often end up being bombastic or twee or merely idiotic. This one, written and directed by...

The Lance Armstrong Story - Stop at Nothing, BBC Four / The Nation's Favourite Motown Song, ITV

Adam Sweeting

The fall of super-cyclist Lance Armstrong is a subject fit for Euripides or Shakespeare. It has also worked pretty well for...

Common, BBC One

Matthew Wright

Common, Jimmy McGovern’s new BBC One drama about the effects of the joint enterprise law, seems at first sight to lack the...

Gallery: International Exchanges, Tate St Ives

Fisun Güner

This summer, Tate St Ives turned 21. And this makes it as good a time as any for an exhibition repositioning the artists who...

theartsdesk in Moscow: Blood brothers on film

Tom Birchenough

“We are not politicians – we are artists.” It’s the familiar cry of creatives all around the world, but it came with an...

Maria Stuarda, Royal Opera House

Alexandra Coghlan

The Royal Opera House’s Maria Stuarda is the third major production of Donizetti’s historical opera in less than two years....

Reissue CDs Weekly: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Kieron Tyler

 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: CSNY 1974Considering that their 1974 tour was the world’s first series of dates...

theartsdesk Q&A: Writer Jimmy McGovern

Jasper Rees

The black stuff. The phrase was patented in the early 1980s by Alan Bleasdale, Liverpool's other small-screen big hitter....

Beryl, West Yorkshire Playhouse

Steve Clarkson

Wife. Mother. Yorkshirewoman. Cyclist. Legend. Beryl Burton was perhaps the greatest sportswoman this country has ever...

Classical CDs Weekly: Turina, Rorem, Rhos Male Voice Choir

Graham Rickson

 Ned Rorem: Piano Album 1, Six Friends Carolyn Enger (piano) (Naxos)The prolific Ned Rorem will be 91 this autumn. He's...

The Barber of Seville, Longborough Festival

Stephen Walsh

Speaking from the stage before curtain-up on The Barber, Longborough’s founder and chairman, Martin Graham, stressed the...

Digital Revolution, The Curve, Barbican

Sarah Kent

Digital Revolution begins with an archive section taking you back to the 1970s when Ralph Baer developed a video game...

 

DAYTONA, THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET Maureen Lipman shines in West End transfer of post-Holocaust romantic comedy

CD: HONEYBLOOD Promising debut from Glasgow duo packed with sugar and venom

GOLITZIUS AND THE PELICAN COMPANY Peter Greenaway is back and, yes, he's as wonderfully perverse as ever

PINNOCK'S PASSIONS, SAM WANAMAKER PLAYHOUSE Musical showman leads candlelit exploration of magpie composer

RYAN GANDER: MAKE EVERY SHOW LIKE IT'S YOUR LAST, MANCHESTER ART GALLERY A mischievous display from the sculptor, painter, photographer, prankster and storyteller

10 QUESTIONS FOR BASSIST MARCUS MILLER The band leader talks musical and cultural origins and the philosophy of fusion

REISSUE CDS: CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG Warts-and-all document of the fantastic four’s mammoth stadium tour of 1974

NIGHTMARE IN AIX The great mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly on how her Ariodante at the Provençal festival was sabotaged

disc of the day

CD: Judas Priest - Redeemer of Souls

Are the veteran Brum-rockers ripe for re-appraisal?

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six of the best

Six of the best: Film

theartsdesk recommends the half-dozen top movies out now

Six of the best: Theatre

Let the right Mormons in: a bit of everything in theartsdesk's tips

Six of the best: Art

theartsdesk recommends the half-dozen top exhibitions

film

Boyhood

Linklater unveils his labour of love, over a decade in the making, and it's a doozy

Goltzius and the Pelican Company

Peter Greenaway is back and, yes, he's as wonderfully perverse as ever

Six of the best: Film

theartsdesk recommends the half-dozen top movies out now

tv

Common, BBC One

Jimmy McGovern shines a light on both the humanity and legality of joint enterprise

theartsdesk Q&A: Writer Jimmy McGovern

Television's premier dramatist on righting wrongs in his new courtroom drama Common

new music

CD: Judas Priest - Redeemer of Souls

Are the veteran Brum-rockers ripe for re-appraisal?

CD: Morrissey - World Peace Is None Of Your Business

British institution and one-time indie icon returns to form

CD: Honeyblood - Honeyblood

Promising debut from Glasgow duo packed with sugar and venom

classical

Daneman, Bostridge, Drake, Middle Temple Hall

Pianist and soprano capture Schumann's emotional range, but the tenor seems distracted

Pinnock's Passions, Handel's Garden, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Musical showman leads candlelit exploration of magpie composer

Classical CDs Weekly: Turina, Rorem, Rhos Male Voice Choir

Glittering orchestral music from 20th century Spain, contemporary piano miniatures and an accomplished amateur choir

opera

The Golden Cockerel, Diaghilev Festival, London Coliseum

Musical values outstanding, decor and dance not bad in tribute to Diaghilev opera-ballet

Nightmare in Aix: Sarah Connolly on a shocking first night

The great mezzo reports on how her Ariodante at the French festival was sabotaged

Pinnock's Passions, Handel's Garden, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Musical showman leads candlelit exploration of magpie composer

theatre

Perseverance Drive, Bush Theatre

A new play about religion and prejudice is just too traditional in form and content

Richard III, Trafalgar Studios

Martin Freeman’s smooth villainy fails to reveal the twisted depths of his hunchback king

Daytona, Theatre Royal Haymarket

Maureen Lipman shines in West End transfer of post-Holocaust romantic comedy

visual arts

The Golden Cockerel, Diaghilev Festival, London Coliseum

Musical values outstanding, decor and dance not bad in tribute to Diaghilev opera-ballet

Ryan Gander: Make every show like it's your last, Manchester Art Gallery

A mischievous display from the sculptor, painter, photographer, prankster and storyteller

Gallery: International Exchanges, Tate St Ives

Connections explored in an exhibition that takes a fresh look at the St Ives group

dance

The Golden Cockerel, Diaghilev Festival, London Coliseum

Musical values outstanding, decor and dance not bad in tribute to Diaghilev opera-ballet

Sehnsucht/Schmetterling, Nederlands Dans Theater 1, Sadler's Wells

NDT1 deliver another fine display of contemporary ballet

Swan Lake, Dada Masilo, Sadler's Wells

This South African reworking is serious and funny in equal measure

comedy

Monty Python, O2 Arena

Reunion of comedy royalty is worth the wait

Dawn French, Brighton Theatre Royal

One half of comedy duo makes assured debut as solo performer

Adrienne Truscott, Soho Theatre

Show about a serious subject is acidly funny

gaming

MouseCraft

Cheesily-named puzzle game mixes Tetris and Lemmings…

Fluid SE

A finely tuned test of skill that will draw you back for just one more try

Sniper Elite III

Action, if not morality, in the sights of this sniping action game

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