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Javi Fedrick
Saturday, 18 November 2017
For a band as big as Depeche Mode, in a venue as big the 21,000-capacity Manchester Arena, on a tour as big as their current Spirit tour, it almost doesn’t need saying that the...
Peter Quinn
Saturday, 18 November 2017
As moments of transcendence go, Laura Mvula’s guest spot at Robert Glasper’s EFG London Jazz Festival show provided one of the year’s most transporting musical moments.Powered by...
Marina Vaizey
Saturday, 18 November 2017
Finland is celebrating its centenary this year and the National Gallery's exhibition of four paintings by Akseli Gallen-Kalela (1865-1931) of a very large lake in central Finland...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 18 November 2017
Herbert Howells: Music for Clavichord Julian Perkins (Prima Facie)Herbert Howells was at a low ebb in the 1920s. His energies were sapped by ongoing health issues and resultant...
Thomas H Green
Saturday, 18 November 2017
Over the last few months Paloma Faith has been talking up her fourth album, The Architect. There were self-perpetuated rumours of her rockin’ out, going off at a completely fresh...
Saskia Baron
Friday, 17 November 2017
Screen biographies are tricky things to pull off when the person portrayed has left behind an indelible screen presence. It was hard to love Michelle Williams dragging...
Owen Richards
Friday, 17 November 2017
During the 19th century, Tiger Bay in Cardiff was the beating heart of the Industrial Revolution and the most multicultural...
Jasper Rees
Friday, 17 November 2017
Love, Lies & Records (BBC One) is one of those bathetic titles that are very Yorkshire. See also Last Tango in Halifax,...
Javi Fedrick
Friday, 17 November 2017
Four albums in, Detroit’s Protomartyr have built up quite a following over the last five years. From the now-hard-to-find No...
Richard Bratby
Friday, 17 November 2017
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla has such a rapport with her Birmingham public that she can silence a capacity crowd - 2000-plus...
Liz Thomson
Friday, 17 November 2017
The family that sings together stays together… At least that’s true in folk music. Think of Waterson- Carthy and Seeger-...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 17 November 2017
In the week that the police announced the final Grenfell Tower fire death toll, this is a timely release. Paul Sng’s 82-...
Owen Richards
Thursday, 16 November 2017
BBC Two’s flagship crime drama Peaky Blinders returns for another guilty dose of slo-mo walking, flying sparks and...
Bill Knight
Thursday, 16 November 2017
What does it take to be included in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize exhibition? This year 2,423 photographers...
Peter Quinn
Thursday, 16 November 2017
If having several projects on the go is a necessity for most jazz musicians, the US drummer Mark Guiliana is more protean...
Barney Harsent
Thursday, 16 November 2017
As Motherland settles down into its first series proper after last year’s pilot, it still seems to be going at a fair gallop...
Theartsdesk
Thursday, 16 November 2017
Yesterday the record for the most expensive painting ever sold was broken. At Christie's in New York Leonardo da Vinci's...
Barney Harsent
Thursday, 16 November 2017
Morrissey inspires some pretty fierce adulation, but there surely can’t be a fan on the planet who loves Morrissey quite as...
Saskia Baron
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
This is not a movie to see in the front row – intrusive close-ups, hand-held camerawork, colour saturated night shots and a...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
There are more clothes flying Kesha’s way than onto the stage at a Las Vegas Tom Jones concert in the mid-Seventies. She...
 

★★★ TIGER BAY, WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE Ambitious but flawed spectacle

THE MOST EXPENSIVE PAINTINGS EVER SOLD Leonardo tops an exclusive list. Who else is on it?

★★★★ KEISHA, ELECTRIC BRIXTON A joyously sassy comeback

★★★ LOVES, LIES & RECORDS, BBC ONE Kay Mellor's city hall drama tries hard to please all parties

THE BEST FILMS OUT NOW We recommend the top movies of the moment

THE BEST EXHIBITIONS IN LONDON From Harry Potter to Soviet art: what to see this weekend

★★★ FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL Annette Bening mesmerises

PEAKY BLINDERS, SERIES 4 Another helping of violence and shocks

★★★★★ FRANG, CBSO, GRAZINYTE-TYLA, SYMPHONY HALL BIRMINGHAM Great Brit goes Nordic Noir, while Beethoven dances for joy

disc of the day

CD: Paloma Faith - The Architect

More orchestral OTT drama from Britain's queen of theatrical pop

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tv

Love, Lies & Records, BBC One review - Ashley Jensen too good to be true

Kay Mellor's city hall drama tries hard to please all parties

Peaky Blinders, series 4, BBC Two review - new threats, same thrills

Opening episode brings another helping of violence and shocks

Motherland / Detectorists review - comedy classics go at their own pace

From fundraising cash to buried treasure, these BBC sitcoms are comedy gold

film

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool review - Annette Bening mesmerises

The story of faded femme fatale Gloria Grahame is coy about her past

DVD: Dispossession - The Great Social Housing Swindle

Polemic documentary about the systematic dismantlement of council-subsidised accommodation

The Best Films Out Now

theartsdesk recommends the top movies of the moment

new music

Depeche Mode, Manchester Arena review - synth-pop gurus raise the spirits of thousands

Eighties icons storm through a set that’s equal parts prettiness, darkness and pomp

Robert Glasper, Barbican review - emotional fellowship and creative interconnections

The Grammy winner and guests cast a warm glow over jazz fest

CD: Paloma Faith - The Architect

More orchestral OTT drama from Britain's queen of theatrical pop

classical

Classical CDs Weekly: Howells, Karayev, Lotichius

Lush orchestral music from Azerbaijan, plus a pair of offbeat keyboard discs

Frang, CBSO, Gražinytė-Tyla, Symphony Hall Birmingham review - an Elgar tradition renewed

Great Brit goes Nordic Noir, while Beethoven dances for joy

Messiaen & Shostakovich, St John's Smith Square review - Osborne and Gerhardt anchor 1940s masterpieces

Lucidity, violence and transcendence in wartime meditations and combats

opera

'Singers must act better than ever before'

OperaGlassWorks collaborate with singers from the start. Director Selina Cadell explains

Lucia di Lammermoor, Royal Opera review - creepy, violent and intense

Powerful staging returns in well-cast revival

The Consul, Guildhall School review - blowsy melodrama rooted by committed students

Overheated fusion of absurdist drama and bureaucratic parody works where it can

theatre

Tiger Bay, Wales Millennium Centre review - ambitious but flawed spectacle
Brand new musical builds high production on a shaky structural base
Network, National Theatre review - Bryan Cranston’s searing London stage debut
Seminal 1976 film resonates anew as Breaking Bad star gets 'mad as hell'
Poison, Orange Tree Theatre review - study of grief is both courageous and subtle
Finely judged two-hander about death and how to survive it

dance

Kenneth MacMillan: A National Celebration, Programmes 2 & 3, Royal Opera House review - abhorrent to sublime

One choreographer, many faces: two works of genius and a torrid muddle

Michael Clark Company, Barbican Theatre review - bad boy of dance comes good

Not what was promised, but ballet's prodigal son delivers

gaming

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

The veteran franchise returns for another bout of epic war games

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

visual arts

Lake Keitele: A Vision of Finland review, National Gallery - light-filled northern vistas

One of the National Gallery's most popular postcards comes under the spotlight

The Best Exhibitions in London

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

Highlights from the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 - raw emotion, not always human

One inveterate - and so far unsuccessful - participant sizes up this year's successes

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