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William Ward
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Even more than some of Shakespeare’s other histories, Julius Caesar inevitably offers itself to “topical interpretation”, a Rorschach test of a play which directors short of an...
Jasper Rees
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
This week we were all meant to be gripped by a bunch of ancient geezers nicking diamonds in Hatton Gardens. The postponement of ITV’s nightly four-part drama – the second of four...
David Nice
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Director Richard Jones watched all 156 episodes of The Twilight Zone as research for this Almeida production. I've never seen a single one, to the amazement of the American fan on...
Helen Wallace
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
An icy, wet wind snuck under the door of house number 8 in Fournier Street, where Uri Caine, bundled in coat and woolly hat, conjured Schumann’s darkly powerful "Im Rhein". Beside...
Tom Birchenough
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Is there a key to “infinite variety”? The challenge of Cleopatra is to convey the sheer fullness of the role, the sense that it defines, and is defined by only itself: there’s no...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
The music business is about to disappear on holiday wholesale and we won’t see hide nor hair of it until mid-January. There’s just time for one last 2017 vinyl celebration....
Javi Fedrick
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
In March, Bristol’s Idles drove up and down the country, leaving painfully small quantities of their debut album Brutalism...
Gavin Dixon
Tuesday, 12 December 2017
Expectations ran high for Mark Padmore and Mitsuko Uchida in Winterreise. Both singer and pianist are well known for their...
Owen Richards
Tuesday, 12 December 2017
In the most unlikely of places, there is one of the world’s most prolific directors. He has produced over 110 films, he’s...
Robert Beale
Tuesday, 12 December 2017
The Chineke! Orchestra has won golden opinions for its ground-breaking work and musical achievement, and Manchester caught...
Mark Kidel
Tuesday, 12 December 2017
Bertrand Tavernier’s trip through French cinema is shot through with the love of someone who has grown up with cinema and...
Ismene Brown
Monday, 11 December 2017
Nureyev, the most notorious new production at the Bolshoi Ballet’s modern history, premiered last night in Moscow to a 15-...
David Nice
Monday, 11 December 2017
After Sakari Oramo's dazzling Sibelius rattlebag with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on the centenary day of Finnish...
Matt Wolf
Monday, 11 December 2017
The play that famously got away when one of its stars (quite literally) jumped ship is back. In 1995, Stephen Fry abandoned...
Florence Hallett
Monday, 11 December 2017
Dedicated to a foundation stone of western artistic training, this exhibition attempts a celebratory note as the Royal...
Robert Beale
Monday, 11 December 2017
Shostakovich’s First Violin Concerto is a big work in every sense: four movements, plus a solo cadenza before the last one...
Katherine Waters
Monday, 11 December 2017
The eel is dying. Its body flits through a series of complicated knots which become increasingly grotesque torques. Immersed...
Veronica Lee
Monday, 11 December 2017
Pantomime may be a very old art form, but the Lyric Hammersmith has been injecting some freshness into it each year since...
Kieron Tyler
Monday, 11 December 2017
French stylist Gaspard Royant has recorded at London’s garage-rock-central studio Toe Rag and been produced by Edwyn Collins...
Katherine Waters
Sunday, 10 December 2017
Utopias have a way of going up in flames. Rachel Hewitt’s new book, A Revolution of Feeling: The Decade that Forged the...

★★★★★ THE CROWN, SERIES 2, NETFLIX Private passions and public crises batter the royal household

★★★★ ROBERT PLANT, ROYAL ALBERT HALL No need for a Zeppelin reunion

BOLSHOI'S CONTROVERSIAL NUREYEV BALLET OPENS Creator Kirill Serebrennikov, under house arrest, denied permission to see his own ballet

★★ FROM LIFE, ROYAL ACADEMY Working from casts and life models has been instrumental in defining Western painting

★★★ CELL MATES, HAMPSTEAD THEATRE Intriguing yet opaque


★★★★★ BLUE PLANET II, BBC ONE Attenborough asks: just how fragile?

disc of the day

Albums of the Year 2017: Idles - Brutalism

An album that perfectly marries angst, wit, and beauty

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Blue Planet II, BBC One review - just how fragile?

Spectacle and storytelling combine into an urgent plea for our oceans’ health

The best TV to watch this week

What's on and where to find it

The Crown, Series 2, Netflix review - all our yesterdays, cunningly rewritten

Private passions and public crises batter the royal household


The Prince of Nothingwood review - come for the man, stay for the country

Documentary on Afghanistan’s leading film director is an interesting but frustrating affair

DVD: A Journey Through French Cinema

A film-lover's hymn to French movies: Bertrand Tavernier’s 'Voyage à travers le cinéma français'

Stronger review - Oscar-worthy straight talk and tough love

Jake Gyllenhaal as a Boston Marathon bomb non-victim, in superb romance

new music

Albums of the Year 2017: Idles - Brutalism

An album that perfectly marries angst, wit, and beauty

CD: Gaspard Royant - Wishing You a Merry Christmas

Classy, knowing French entry in the easily maligned field of seasonal albums


Schumann Street, Spitalfields Festival review - illumination on a winter's night

More than a snoop around East End town houses: 'Dichterliebe' in startling focus

Mark Padmore, Mitsuko Uchida, Wigmore Hall review - direct and uncompromising Schubert

A 'Winterreise' of sensitivity and subtly shaded emotion

Chineke! Ensemble, RNCM, Manchester review - musical advocacy

A ground-breaking group in chamber music with a difference


Cavalleria Rusticana/Pagliacci, Royal Opera review - one tenor, two samey brutes

Bryan Hymel's strong-man double-act outshone by Elīna Garanča's Santuzza

I, Object review - this operatic double-bill delivers just a single hit

A bright new talent and a tired old bore make for uneasy bedfellows

theartsdesk in Stockholm - HK Gruber and sacred monsters

Viennese composer, conductor, chansonnier and double-bass player is a force of nature


The Twilight Zone, Almeida Theatre review - from hokum to humanity
Perfectly modulated ensemble and production vary the strains of a classic TV series
Antony and Cleopatra, RSC, Barbican review - rising grandeur
Coquetry and tragic command not quite balanced, but this steady RSC production reaches glory
Cell Mates, Hampstead Theatre review - intriguing yet opaque
Simon Gray play is better served by its cast this time round


Bolshoi's controversial Nureyev ballet opens – to ovations and bans

Creator Kirill Serebrennikov, under house arrest, denied permission to see his own ballet

The Nutcracker, Royal Ballet review - superb start to the festive dance season

Tchaikovsky's grand and gorgeous classic gets the five-star treatment

Sylvia, Royal Ballet review - Ashton rarity makes a delicious evening

Marianela Nuñez and Vadim Muntagirov sparkle as arcadian lovers


Star Wars Battlefront II review - an opportunity missed

The force is less strong with this one

Call of Duty: WWII review - war is an unpleasant business

The veteran franchise returns for another bout of epic war games

visual arts

From Life, Royal Academy review - perplexingly aimless

Working from casts and life models has been instrumental in defining Western painting

The Best Exhibitions in London

Soviet art, Cézanne, Harry Potter and more: our favourite shows to see now

Rose Wylie: Quack Quack, Serpentine Gallery - anarchy at 83

The octogenarian who paints with the fresh eye of a child

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