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It begins so gently. Initially, Prune is a slow-paced and simple puzzle game – you stroke the screen to start growing a tree, then encourage it to bloom by pruning away errant...
Stepping in for Brad Bird, who helmed 2011's Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, director Chris McQuarrie has brought a high-speed sheen and effortless technical assurance to...
Sergei Filin, the Bolshoi Ballet artistic director whose sight was maimed two years ago by an acid attack organized by a disgruntled dancer, will lose his job when his contract...
Urban streets are littered with bodies. Barricades constructed from cars are ablaze. The national broadcaster works behind security suitable for a prison camp, Fearful old people...
After years of pussyfooting around pop, hoping the Pet Shop Boys will write something in a passable classical idiom, the Proms has embraced the most euphoric popular genre of all...
When a photographer is as little known as Shirley Baker, it is probably only natural that we scour her work for clues to the personality behind the camera. Certainly, Baker’s...
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We Made It heads to South Wales to discover a living craft tradition
Peek behind the scenes with the set builder of the Young Vic's amazing mirrored box for Caryl Churchill's A Number
Gallery director Alice Workman on housing contemporary art in the threshing barn
The elaborate lives and loves of the exhaustingly self-obsessed Bloomsbury Group
David Walliams and Jessica Raine have fun as amateur sleuths in updated Agatha Christie
She's done Divine Women. Now for three thinkers: Socrates, Confucius and the Buddha
Euphoric celebration of dance music let down by strange orchestration and sound issues
Collection of originals and adaptations bears witness to Taylor's understated brilliance
World Music Fest gets muddy but Senegalese and systems folk group shine
Five-work marathon showcases exceptional pianists and the less familiar specimens
Bliss’s personal war requiem in Hereford Cathedral
Utopian music-making led by the Järvi family in Estonia's magical summer town
Bryn Terfel's effortless Tevye hampered by amplification as the shtetl musical hits the Proms
Handel's Persian comedy in a nightclub done with great polish by young singers
High operatic standards for Donizetti, Verdi and Charpentier in the Peak District
A bit of everything in theartsdesk's stage tips
How to turn an epistolary humour book into a West End play starring James and Jack Fox
Patrick Marber’s adaptation of Turgenev’s classic is fun, but lacks subtlety and profundity
A forgotten photographer of the northern slums is rediscovered
The artist who wraps the world in gleaming copper wire – but to what end?
A dynamic art scene in Norway's capital is giving London and Berlin a run for their money
Sergei Filin's contract will not be renewed, and his post abolished
New Adventures company on sizzling form in revival of slick, exciting show
Dutch National Ballet give UK première of oddly modernised fairy story