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Marina Vaizey
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
The Other Room, dating from the late 1930s, is the largest painting in this landmark retrospective, the first show to be dedicated to Vanessa Bell since a posthumous Arts Council...
Kieron Tyler
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
Joan Crawford’s towering, lauded and Oscar-awarded lead performance in Michael Curtiz’s powerful 1945 melodrama Mildred Pierce has the potential to diminish appreciation of the...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 27 February 2017
And so to Westminster and Meet the Lords (BBC Two), a series which Radio Times assures me follows “the larger-than-life characters” in one of our “most idiosyncratic and important...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 27 February 2017
The first series of Broadchurch was a gigantic hit four years ago, though 2015’s follow-up suffered a bit of a slow puncture. Can this third and supposedly final outing restore...
Matt Wolf
Monday, 27 February 2017
If only the recent American election had been similarly rectified. That was surely the thought on many people’s lips as the 89th Academy Awards ended in confusion with the news...
Jasper Rees
Monday, 27 February 2017
Gurinder Chadha is still best-known for directing a low-budget comedy set in Hounslow about two girls who just want to play football. Bend It Like Beckham (2002) introduced Keira...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 27 February 2017
Miles Jupp starts by telling us he’s trying to fathom the kind of comic he should be, after he overheard a comment by an...
Graham Rickson
Monday, 27 February 2017
Opera North’s updated version of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel takes place in what looks like a down-at-heel Leeds housing...
Matt Wolf
Monday, 27 February 2017
There's something to be said for encountering a playwright fresh out of the starting gate. Since his debut play Speech...
Kieron Tyler
Monday, 27 February 2017
Temples’ debut album, 2014’s Sun Structures, was an instant and surprise success. Within weeks of its release, the Brit-...
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...
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”,...
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...
Nick Hasted
Sunday, 26 February 2017
When Carrie White’s hand jumps out of the grave to drag Amy Irving’s character to hell, the shock is Psycho-intense. Carrie’...
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...
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...
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)...
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...


BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: FENCES Viola Davis wins in August Wilson adaptation


OSCARS FOR BEST FILM EDITING AND SOUND MIXING: HACKSAW RIDGE Mel Gibson is back with a cacophony of bangs

BEST DIRECTOR AND ACTRESS FOR LA LA LAND Damien Chazelle and Emma Stone do the business

disc of the day

Blu-ray: Mildred Pierce

A film-making masterclass from Joan Crawford and director Michael Curtiz

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Meet the Lords, BBC Two

Was it really wise to let TV cameras loose inside 'the other place'?

Broadchurch, Series 3, ITV

Odd-couple cops tackle their final case on the Dorset coast

10 Questions for TV Producers Stan Lee and Gill Champion

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


Blu-ray: Mildred Pierce

A film-making masterclass from Joan Crawford and director Michael Curtiz

Oscars 2017: Moonlight and La La Land go toe to toe

Climactic cock-up caps most engaging Oscar ceremony in years

10 Questions for Director Gurinder Chadha

Her new film 'Viceroy's House' chronicles the partition of India. How did she get there from 'Bend It Like Beckham'?

new music

CD: Temples - Volcano

Brit-psych sensations second album is defined by a lack of substance

Reissue CDs Weekly: George Jones

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

Tanita Tikaram, Barbican

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


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


Hansel and Gretel, Opera North

Uneven update redeemed by superb singing

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


Speech & Debate, Trafalgar Studios
Tony winner's first play couples awkwardness and charm
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


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


Miles Jupp, London Palladium

A gentle meander through life's vicissitudes

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


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

Vanessa Bell, Dulwich Picture Gallery

The Bloomsbury painter whose life outshone her art

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

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