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Jasper Rees
Thursday, 19 October 2017
Harry Potter has a track record of trickery. He miraculously persuaded a generation of screen addicts to get stuck into hardbacks. Lately he has been luring multiplex junkies into...
David Nice
Thursday, 19 October 2017
What a profoundly beautiful play is Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea. It stands in relation to the earlier, relatively confined A Doll’s House, Ghosts and Rosmersholm as Shakespeare'...
Bernard Hughes
Thursday, 19 October 2017
On paper this was a fairly austere piece of programming. No variety in composer, genre or style, just four Bach Partitas in a row, works of similar approach, length and technique...
Katherine Waters
Thursday, 19 October 2017
In David Ireland's new hour-long two-hander – a co-production between Soho Theatre and west London's Orange Tree – two strangers, Janet and Dermot, meet for a...
Guy Oddy
Thursday, 19 October 2017
It’s a long time since The The were bothering the charts with songs that, while often witty and thought provoking, resolutely viewed the glass as not only being half-empty but...
Marianka Swain
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
A hit on Broadway, David Ives’s steamy two-hander now boasts Natalie Dormer and David Oakes, well-known for their screen work, in its West End cast, with Patrick Marber on...
Sarah Kent
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
The Kabakovs' exhibition made me thank my lucky stars I was not born in the Soviet Union. A recurring theme of their work is...
Aleks Sierz
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Prolific writer Mike Bartlett is the most impressive penman to have emerged in British theatre in the past decade. The...
Marina Vaizey
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Chris Packham, who devises and presents programmes about nature and animals, has described himself as "a little bit weird"....
Aaron Wright
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Since its inception in 1997 Fierce, Birmingham’s International Festival of Live Art & Performance, has championed the...
Kieron Tyler
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Super Besse are from the Republic of Belarus, Europe’s sole dictatorship – a country where freedom of expression and...
Veronica Lee
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
In a rather clever wheeze, Dominic Dromgoole, former artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe – who therefore knows a thing...
Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
You might expect a posthumous 90-minute documentary – and that’s before you insert the ad breaks – about one of the biggest...
Peter Quantrill
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
The Royal Festival Hall rather belied its name for a visit to London on Saturday of France’s premier new-music ensemble. It...
Owen Richards
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Director Dan Sickles has known Dina her entire life. He knows her engaging personality, and he knows her tragic past. It’s...
Saskia Baron
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
It takes a while to get going, and doesn’t altogether evade sentimentality but overall this black comedy is hugely endearing...
Jessica Duchen
Monday, 16 October 2017
Now we know who sent Jonas Kaufmann the Union Jack boxer shorts for the Last Night of the Proms. Whether the sender’s...
Stephen Walsh
Monday, 16 October 2017
How many dead female composers can you name? Tom Green, the composer of this stunning one-woman show, could initially only...
Jasper Rees
Monday, 16 October 2017
“He has something of Dillane about him.” Thus Patrick Marber on David Oakes. “I rate him very highly indeed. One of the very...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 16 October 2017
Mat Ewins comes on stage with a bullet belt slung across his chest. Indiana Jones he ain't, but what follows is a spoof on...
 

★★★★ A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE, VAUDEVILLE Eve Best is superb as a woman scorned

INTERVIEW - DAVID OAKES 'I haven’t done anything as bad as my characters'

★★★★ VENUS IN FUR, THEATRE ROYAL HAYMARKET It's Fifty Shades of Auditioning in this tricksy erotic comedy 

★★★★ CHRIS PACKHAM: ASPERGER'S AND ME, BBC TWO How the nature broadcaster copes with life on the spectrum 

★★★★ JONAS KAUFMAN: TENOR FOR THE AGES A musical megastar with sword and shortbread

★★★★ CD: SUPER BESSE - LA NUIT Top-drawer Belarusian post-punk? You’d better believe it

★★★★ ILYA AND EMILIA KABAKOV, TATE MODERN The artist who came in from the cold and met his soulmate

disc of the day

CD: The The - Radio Cineola: Trilogy

Matt Johnson returns to the fray with a sprawling art project

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tv

Chris Packham: Asperger's and Me, BBC Two review - 'like an alien from another planet'

How the nature broadcaster copes with life on the spectrum

George Michael: Freedom, Channel 4 review - just a supersized commercial?

Much-anticipated official documentary fails to deliver

Jonas Kaufmann: Tenor for the Ages, BBC Four review - a musical megastar with sword and shortbread

John Bridcut's portrait is beautifully made, but gives little away beyond the public laughter

film

Dina review - a poignant treat

Sundance documentary winner is a rewarding study of love and the human spirit

DVD/Blu-ray: A Man Called Ove

Neither Scandi noir nor IKEA fantasia: an endearing Swedish black comedy about a grumpy old man

Loving Vincent review - Van Gogh biopic of sorts lacks language to match its visuals

Artistry aplenty jostles cloth-eared writing in painstaking hagiography

new music

CD: The The - Radio Cineola: Trilogy

Matt Johnson returns to the fray with a sprawling art project

The Best Albums of 2017

theartsdesk's music critics pick their favourites of the year

CD: Super Besse - La Nuit*

Top-drawer Belarusian post-punk? You’d better believe it

classical

Angela Hewitt, Wigmore Hall review – Bach Partitas shine and sing

Piano recital of unassuming mastery speaks deep musical truths

Ensemble InterContemporain, Pintscher, RFH review - a visit from the gentle ghost of Boulez

Two modernist masterpieces suspend the rules of time and space

Jonas Kaufmann: Tenor for the Ages, BBC Four review - a musical megastar with sword and shortbread

John Bridcut's portrait is beautifully made, but gives little away beyond the public laughter

opera

Lucy Worsley's Nights at the Opera, BBC Two review - there's anti-elitism, and there's infantilism

The poshies' art form explained by use of the dressing-up box and the toy box

Osud/Trouble in Tahiti, Opera North - swings and roundabouts in a surprising double-bill

Janáček sold short, Bernstein in a top-notch production with a star performance

theatre

The Lady from the Sea, Donmar Warehouse review - Nikki Amuka-Bird luminous in a sympathetic ensemble
Ibsen's great human comedy weathers a sea-change from fjord to Caribbean island
The End of Hope, Soho Theatre review - initially bold but not quite enough
Darkly comic two-hander opens daringly and goes nowhere
Venus in Fur, Theatre Royal Haymarket review - pain and pleasure in a starry two-hander
It's Fifty Shades of Auditioning in this tricksy erotic comedy

dance

Fierce: the Birmingham festival which reaches out to Europe and beyond

The new artistic director of the international showcase of live art and performance says what's coming

A Celebration of Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Northern Ballet review - a brave and worthy tribute

An ambitious triple bill honouring great British choreographer

h.Club 100 Awards 2017: The Winners

News from The Hospital Club's annual awards for the creative industries, plus theartsdesk's Young Reviewer of the Year

comedy

Mae Martin, Soho Theatre review - life is a drug

Dry storytelling about an obsessional life

gaming

h.Club 100 Awards 2017: The Winners

News from The Hospital Club's annual awards for the creative industries, plus theartsdesk's Young Reviewer of the Year

FIFA 18 review - as polished as football silverware

Slicker and slower, the latest version of the football bestseller takes its time to shine

Destiny 2 review - a worthy follow-up to the biggest game of a generation

Bigger means better for this online sci-fi shooter

visual arts

Harry Potter: A History of Magic, British Library review - weirdly wonderful

Loans from JK Rowling sit comfortably alongside ancient books and objects

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Tate Modern review – funny, moving and revelatory

Not Everyone Will Be Taken into the Future: the artist who came in from the cold and met his soulmate

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