sun 26/02/2017, first with arts reviews, news and interviews

Liz Thomson
Sunday, 26 February 2017
Yiyun Li’s fiction comes garlanded in praise from authors and journals that don’t ladle it out carelessly so it feels almost churlish to cavil over a memoir written during the...
Matthew Wright
Sunday, 26 February 2017
There’s scarcity value in a Tanita Tikaram gig these days. Like seeing a rare bird, you feel special for simply having been there. Last night, in a programme spanning her whole...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 26 February 2017
In May 1956, the Texan label Starday issued a wild rockabilly single by Thumper Jones. Its top side, the kinetic “Rock It”, was primal, uncontrolled and wild. The flip, “How Come...
Ralph Moore
Saturday, 25 February 2017
It’s a fairly big deal to be interviewing Stan Lee. Generations have been enthralled by his work, from the 1960s comics The Amazing Spider-Man and The Uncanny X-Men – which came...
Thomas H Green
Saturday, 25 February 2017
Vinyl is not a cute, retro, style statement. Well, OK, it can be. But it’s also an analogue format that’s as current as its user wants it to be. Aiding this process, for those who...
Tom Birchenough
Saturday, 25 February 2017
French-Canadian director Xavier Dolan leaves the time and place of It’s Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) deliberately unclear: “Somewhere, a while ago already” is...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 25 February 2017
 Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Op.110 and Op.111, with music by András Szöllösy and Gyula Csapó Gábor Csalog (piano) (BMC)...
Thomas H Green
Saturday, 25 February 2017
Sleaford Mods have had an amazing run. The duo are prized by their fans for their ultra-basic set-up – a guy with a can of...
Alexandra Coghlan
Friday, 24 February 2017
“The nine men’s morris is filled up with mud, and the quaint mazes in the wanton green for lack of tread are...
Jasper Rees
Friday, 24 February 2017
Can something be gained in translation? From its title The Swingers promises much. Much more than the original Dutch title...
Gavin Dixon
Friday, 24 February 2017
Bruckner conductors improve with age: Haitink, Blomstedt, Gielen – octogenarians all. But Stanisław Skrowaczewski went...
Kieron Tyler
Friday, 24 February 2017
With its familiar scenario of massed zombies on the offensive against the living, South Korean blockbuster Train to Busan...
Alexandra Coghlan
Thursday, 23 February 2017
Everybody’s a little bit gay in Simon Godwin’s giddy new Twelfth Night at the National Theatre. From Andrew Aguecheek,...
Alison Cole
Thursday, 23 February 2017
It may be a cliché to say that this is a “timely” exhibition, but America After the Fall invites irresistible parallels with...
Matt Wolf
Thursday, 23 February 2017
Why? That's the abiding question that hangs over The Girls, the sluggish and entirely pro forma Tim Firth-Gary Barlow...
David Nice
Thursday, 23 February 2017
Those of us who saw the first, 1977 TV adaptation of Alex Haley's Roots in our teens still remember the shock and horror at...
Jasper Rees
Thursday, 23 February 2017
Patriots Day is a patriots’ film. It dramatises the grievous day on which American values were threatened on American soil...
David Nice
Thursday, 23 February 2017
Treasure our young continental European musicians in London while you can. Only last week I learned that so many of the...
Liz Thomson
Thursday, 23 February 2017
An album to please old fans and make new ones, Windy City is a peach – even at first playing it feels like slipping in to a...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 22 February 2017
After 27 years away, band leader Kevin Rowland (b 1953) successfully relaunched Dexys as a recording unit in 2012. The album...

AMERICA AFTER THE FALL, ROYAL ACADEMY Revelatory portrayal of the artistic response to the Great Depression

ESTONIAN MUSICIANS CELEBRATE The country's 99th birthday marked by young soprano and pianist

THEARTSDESK RECOMMENDS: ALBUMS OF 2017 Our music critics pick their favourites of the year so far

TWELFTH NIGHT, NATIONAL THEATRE Tamsin Greig leads a superb cast in this giddy take on Shakespeare's classic comedy

THE SWINGERS, CHANNEL 4 In Dutch it was called 'The Neighbours'. Does the translated title deliver?

DVD/BLU-RAY: TRAIN TO BUSAN Efficiently exhilarating South Korean zombies-on-a-train shocker

FAREWELL, STANISLAW SKROWACZEWSKI (1921-2017) A tribute to the conductor and composer who has died at the age of 93

disc of the day

CD: Sleaford Mods - English Tapas

Can the slam-poet electro-punk duo continue their unlikely success story?

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10 Questions for TV Producers Stan Lee and Gill Champion

The Marvel Comics legend and his production partner talk 'Lucky Man', London and longevity

The Swingers, Channel 4

In Dutch it was called 'The Neighbours'. Does the translated title deliver?

Roots, BBC Four

Kunta Kinte and his family rivet attention again in well-cast, finely filmed miniseries


It’s Only the End of the World

Family reunions have gone smoother: Xavier Dolan's latest compels attention

DVD/Blu-ray: Train to Busan

Efficiently exhilarating South Korean zombies-on-a-train shocker

Patriots Day

Mark Wahlberg stars in solid, pacy but unquestioning account of the Boston bombings

new music

Tanita Tikaram, Barbican - "palpable loveliness"

Generous show balances onstage charm with songs full of barbs and doubts

Reissue CDs Weekly: George Jones

Definitive box set dedicated to the early years of the country great

theartsdesk on Vinyl 25: Pink Floyd, The Damned, Acid Arab, post-punk women and more

Ultimate record reviews covering every style imaginable


Classical CDs Weekly: Beethoven, Rasmussen, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky

Hungarian pianism, a Faroese symphony and two Russian violin concertos

Farewell, Stanisław Skrowaczewski (1923-2017)

A tribute to the conductor and composer who has died at the age of 93

Mirjam Mesak, Kristiina Rokashevich, St Bartholomew the Great

Impeccable musicianship and stylish programming from two young Estonians


Juan Diego Flórez, Vincenzo Scalera, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Quiet smiles outweigh high Cs in a recital of two distinct halves

Le Vin herbé, Welsh National Opera

A 1930s Tristan opera, beautiful and sombre, brilliantly played and sung

Listed: How I Do Love Thee

Let theartsdesk count the ways with our romantic favourites from all over the arts


A Midsummer Night's Dream, Young Vic
Shakespeare's comedy gets bogged down in this messy production
The Best Plays in London
Wizards, devilry and Stoppard in Zurich: theartsdesk's stage tips
Twelfth Night, National Theatre
Tamsin Greig leads a superb cast in this giddy take on Shakespeare's classic comedy


FLA.CO.MEN, Israel Galván, Sadler's Wells

Maverick dancer opens annual flamenco festival with a playful jam-session of a show

Masurca Fogo, Pina Bausch, Sadler's Wells

Tanztheater Wuppertal in one of their founder's lightweight works

Giselle, English National Ballet, London Coliseum

Cojocaru and Hernández delicious in perfect heritage production


The UK Pun Championships, Leicester Comedy Festival

Wordplay galore as jokesmiths battle for title

Suzi Ruffell, Soho Theatre

Amusing take on how class defines us

Chris Gethard, Soho Theatre

US comic tackles his mental-health problems


Sniper Elite 4

Life through a long-range lens

The Best Games of 2016

theartsdesk's gamers choose their personal highlights of the year

Time Locker

Is this top-down 2D endless run & gun game a timeless classic?

visual arts

The Best Exhibitions in London

David Hockney, Depression-era America, the British in Italy: our favourite shows to see now

America After the Fall, Royal Academy

Revelatory portrayal of the artistic response to the Great Depression

Listed: How I Do Love Thee

Let theartsdesk count the ways with our romantic favourites from all over the arts

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