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Thomas H Green
Sunday, 23 July 2017
Lana Del Rey is hard to suss. Her cinematic plasticity is part of her appeal, yet it’s also what makes her difficult to love. One thing she cannot be accused of is laziness. For a...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 23 July 2017
Production gloss and deliberation are not notions immediately springing to mind while pondering the 1976-era Ramones. Even so, this new edition of their second album, the ever-...
David Nice
Saturday, 22 July 2017
What a pity Beethoven never composed an appendage to Fidelio called The Sorrows of Young Marzelline. One crucial moment apart, the music he gives to his second soprano in his only...
Sarah Kent
Saturday, 22 July 2017
Two performers rush down the stairs and sweep through the audience, their designer outfits splaying out as they speed elegantly around the gallery and disappear as quickly as they...
Barney Harsent
Saturday, 22 July 2017
Duff McKagan is a survivor. He’s a bass player too, from the fledgling Seattle punk/proto-grunge outfit 10 Minute Warning to the stadium-filling behemoth of Guns N’ Roses, but if...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 22 July 2017
 Beethoven: Symphonies 1-9 Gewandhausorchester Leipzig/Herbert Blomstedt (Accentus)There's already an excellent set of Beethoven symphonies conducted by Herbert Blomstedt...
Guy Oddy
Saturday, 22 July 2017
The cover of Alice Cooper’s first album in six years shows the erstwhile Vincent Furnier with two heads. This, one assumes,...
Alexandra Coghlan
Friday, 21 July 2017
When I say that Matthew Dunster’s Much Ado is revolutionary I’m not talking about the many textual updatings and rewritings...
Graham Rickson
Friday, 21 July 2017
Baron Munchausen’s exploits have been filmed before. Terry Gilliam’s star-studded 1988 version floundered thanks to a sub-...
Jasper Rees
Thursday, 20 July 2017
What is the Dunkirk spirit? It has been so thoroughly internalised by the national psyche that, 77 years on, it’s as much a...
Alexandra Coghlan
Thursday, 20 July 2017
It’s at times like this that I give thanks for the Proms. Who else would (or could) have put together a programme pairing...
Howard Male
Thursday, 20 July 2017
If you consider the fanciful notion that Arcade Fire are a kind of Canadian art house Dexys Midnight Runners who have...
Gavin Dixon
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Nicola Benedetti was the star of this show, no doubt about that. She is a Proms regular and favourite, attracting a large...
David Kettle
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Raqqa was once a prosperous if little-known town in northern Syria. Since 2014, however, it has served as the de facto...
Matt Wolf
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
"What is this, Saving Private Ryan?" a character randomly queries well into the actor Oliver Cotton's new play, Dessert....
Sarah Kent
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Rose Finn-Kelcey was one of the most interesting and original artists of her generation. Yet when she died in 2014 at the...
Mark Kidel
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Staff Benda Bilili and Kasai Allstars redefined the sound of Congolese dance music: the supremacy of the Rumba popularised...
Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 18 July 2017
It was a coup by ITV to get Homeland writer Patrick Harbinson to pen this paranoid-conspiracy series, and rather droll to...
Demetrios Matheou
Tuesday, 18 July 2017
In his biography The Magic Lantern, Ingmar Bergman recalls his first encounter with the Swedish island of Fårö, in 1960,...
Adam Sweeting
Tuesday, 18 July 2017
If nothing else, Game of Thrones has surely been the greatest boon to the British acting profession since they invented...
 

★★ DESSERT, SOUTHWARK PLAYHOUSE Oliver Cotton's new play is undercooked and overwrought

★★★ PROM 6: NICOLA BENEDETTI, BBC NOW Dazzling violin magic

★★★★ DUNKIRK Christopher Nolan's evacuation epic lets Spitfires and 'Nimrod' do the talking

★★★ JETTE PARKER YOUNG ARTISTS SUMMER PERFORMANCE, ROYAL OPERA Four standout singers but poor stagecraft

★★★★★ CD: ARCADE FIRE A joyous pop album that depicts a world in tragic freefall

THE ARTS DESK AT BERGMAN WEEK Finding the spirit of the great Swedish filmmaker

disc of the day

CD: Lana Del Rey - Lust For Life

The queen of doomed, widescreen melancholia returns with an overdose of sultry slow-burners

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tv

It's So Easy and Other Lies, Sky Arts review - uneven rock bio outstays its welcome

Duff McKagan's excellent memoir is poorly rendered for TV

The best TV to watch this week

What to watch and where to find it

Fearless, Series Finale, ITV review - big build-up to an anticlimax

Fearless human rights lawyer battles increasingly improbable conspiracy

film

Coming soon: trailers to the next big films

Get a sneak preview of major forthcoming movies

DVD/Blu-ray: The Fabulous Baron Munchausen

Enchanting, surreal romp: one of the greatest fantasy films ever made

Dunkirk review - old-fashioned filmmaking on the grandest scale

Christopher Nolan's evacuation epic lets Spitfires and 'Nimrod' do the talking

new music

Reissue CDs Weekly: Ramones

Repackaged ‘Leave Home’ reveals how New York’s finest approached recording

CD: Lana Del Rey - Lust For Life

The queen of doomed, widescreen melancholia returns with an overdose of sultry slow-burners

CD: Alice Cooper - Paranormal

Alice returns to give his theatrical stylings an alt-rock make-over

classical

Classical CDs Weekly: Beethoven, Louis Frémaux, Les Passions de l’Ame

Scintillating German symphonies, analogue treats from Birmingham, and a disc of baroque humour

Prom 7 review: Weilerstein, BBCSO, Weilerstein - new cello concerto enthrals

Controlled performances struggle to find their release in this striking programme

Prom 6: Benedetti, BBC NOW, Søndergård - dazzling violin magic

Benedetti shines, Søndergård intrigues, but orchestra disappoints

opera

Prom 9 review: Fidelio, BBCPO, Mena - classy prison drama rarely blazes

Lively conducting and difficult roles well taken, but the supporting cast shines brightest

Jette Parker Young Artists Summer Performance, Royal Opera review - vocal promise, poor stagecraft

Four standouts in a fine line-up which needed help with movements and gestures

Katya Kabanova, Opera Holland Park review - clarity and pace in Janáček's Volga tragedy

Well-cast ensemble delivers intense and claustrophobic music-drama

theatre

Dessert, Southwark Playhouse review - undercooked and overwrought
Oliver Cotton's new play, directed by Trevor Nunn, begins well before succumbing to absurdity and hysteria
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dance

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Scottish Ballet, Sadler's Wells review - striking and memorable dance

Crystal Pite's 'Emergence' is a smart pick for the company

Sergei Vikharev, master ballet-reconstructor, 1962-2017

Sudden death at 55 of bold seeker after 'authentic' classical ballet

comedy

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Russell Brand, Touring review - grandiloquent performer in reflective mood

Fatherhood prompts a look back at earlier misdemeanours

Jeremy Hardy, Brighton Festival review - expert raconteur shows political bite

Radio 4 regular's conversational style masks a passionate pin-sharp topicality

gaming

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Get Even review – good idea ineptly handled

The odds are stacked against you in this ambitious psychological thriller

Are video games an art form? Unquestionably

Ten proofs that games that can hold their own as works of art

visual arts

Trajal Harrell: Hoochie Koochie, Barbican review - flamboyant and mesmerising

Narcissism meets restraint in a fascinating hybrid of performance art and dance

Rose Finn-Kelcey: Life, Belief and Beyond, Modern Art Oxford review - revelation and delight

First posthumous show of an influential but little-known artist

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