wed 25/01/2017, first with arts reviews, news and interviews

Gavin Dixon
Wednesday, 25 January 2017
Visions de l’Amen was a shoo-in for ‘Belief and Beyond Belief’, the year-long festival of art inspired by religious faith. The festival’s goals seem dangerously nebulous - almost...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 25 January 2017
New year, new vinyl. The tidal wave is growing. But not everyone wants to play their vinyl. Included below are a couple of picture discs which seem to be primarily for owning and...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 25 January 2017
Brit singer Rose Elinor Dougall is best known for her various associations with Mark Ronson and her time in the polka dotted girl band The Pipettes. Ten years into her solo career...
Matt Wolf
Tuesday, 24 January 2017
Unimaginable tragedy is given poignant, piquant form in Us/Them. The hour-long performance piece from Belgian theatre company BRONKS has arrived at the National after a much-...
David Nice
Tuesday, 24 January 2017
To catch the searing desolation of a lover scorned, you need to be the complete artist, with temperament and technique in perfect equilibrium. Mezzo Christine Rice has taken us...
Marianka Swain
Tuesday, 24 January 2017
“I’m Death.” “And you’re on holiday?” Well, there’s really no way to disguise the preposterousness of this musical’s premise, nor to reconcile its winking humour and self-serious...
Markie Robson-Scott
Tuesday, 24 January 2017
This is a story of an adorable dachshund and her cross-country travels, divided into four parts. So far so cute, but as this...
Mark Sanderson
Monday, 23 January 2017
Only the final 60 seconds of this first episode of Apple Tree Yard could have been described as a psychological thriller. We...
Alexandra Coghlan
Monday, 23 January 2017
Juxtaposition is a powerful thing. Just one day after Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the USA and mere...
Adam Sweeting
Monday, 23 January 2017
The big surprise of this new-season opener of Homeland was that black ops specialist Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) didn't die...
Sarah Kent
Monday, 23 January 2017
An exhibition of this calibre deserves to be in the main gallery rather than tucked away in a side room; but these...
Mark Kidel
Monday, 23 January 2017
Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’s soundtrack for the National Geographic drama documentary about an imagined manned space mission...
Boyd Tonkin
Sunday, 22 January 2017
In one of Tessa Hadley’s piercingly smart and subtle tales, a woman whose upwardly-mobile path has taken her from Leeds to...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 22 January 2017
At September 2010’s MTV Video Music Awards, Lady Gaga took the stage in a dress made of stitched-together cuts of meat. The...
Liz Thomson
Sunday, 22 January 2017
In the era of star-making TV progs and here-today-gone-tomorrow musicians, just how wonderful is it to have a new album from...
Matt Wolf
Saturday, 21 January 2017
There's an irony to be found in the fact that America's 45th president is already abolishing any and all things to do with...
Gavin Dixon
Saturday, 21 January 2017
The Bergen Philharmonic recently appointed Edward Gardner as its Chief Conductor – ENO’s loss is Bergen’s gain. He is...
Marina Vaizey
Saturday, 21 January 2017
From India, here is a hoard of what really looks like treasure, much of it emerging into the light of day after decades, if...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 21 January 2017
Strauss: Suites from Elektra and Der Rosenkavalier Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra/Manfred Honeck (Reference Recordings)...
Peter Culshaw
Saturday, 21 January 2017
Another peripatetic global music update from theartsdesk's Peter Culshaw, hosted by Music Box Radio. This edition features...

T2 TRAINSPOTTING Danny Boyle and his reunited cast defy the curse of the sequel

THEARTSDESK RADIO SHOW Eclectic global music mix bursts with sizzling new tunes

CLASSICAL CDS WEEKLY Fruity opera suites, fiery pianism plus, er, classical banjo

HOMELAND BACK FOR SERIES 6 Carrie Mathison has a new job and the USA has a new President


disc of the day

CD: Rose Elinor Dougall - Stellular

Singer aims firmly for pure pop but can she succeed?

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Homeland, Series 6, Channel 4

Carrie Mathison has a new job and the USA has a new President

Meet the Trumps: From Immigrant to President, Channel 4

Donald Trump's dodgy morals were inherited from his forebears. Here's how

Sound of Musicals with Neil Brand, BBC Four

The magic swirling trip from the Edwardian musical to the Broadway blockbuster


DVD: Weiner-Dog

A dachshund looks for America in Todd Solondz's latest

The Best Films Out Now

theartsdesk recommends the half-dozen top films out now

T2 Trainspotting

Danny Boyle and his reunited cast defy the curse of the sequel

new music

CD: Rose Elinor Dougall - Stellular

Singer aims firmly for pure pop but can she succeed?

theartsdesk on Vinyl: Volume 24: The Doors, Disney, Bonobo, Star Wars and more

Record reviews covering every musical style imaginable

CD: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis - Mars

The soundtrack at the root of 'Skeleton Tree'


Christine Rice, Julius Drake, Middle Temple Hall

Glorious abandonment and perfect technique from one of the world's great mezzos

Mørk, Bergen Philharmonic, Gardner, Cadogan Hall

Gardner’s dynamic leadership perfectly complements the Bergen sound

Classical CDs Weekly: Strauss, John Bullard, Tania Stavreva

Fruity opera suites, classical banjo and fiery pianism


Christine Rice, Julius Drake, Middle Temple Hall

Glorious abandonment and perfect technique from one of the world's great mezzos

Fidelio, LPO, Jurowski, RFH

A misguided staging obscured the power of this fine performance

Summerfield, Jackson, Riches, Classical Opera, Page, Wigmore Hall

Three outstanding singers and an early Mozart revelation focus on 1767


Us/Them, National Theatre
Startling hour-long play mixes the poignant and the playful
Death Takes A Holiday, Charing Cross Theatre
The Grim Reaper seeks the meaning of life in this lush but ludicrous musical
Top Trumps, Theatre 503
America's new president gives rise to galvanic, sometimes scary theatre


Giselle, English National Ballet, London Coliseum

Cojocaru and Hernández delicious in perfect heritage production

Best of 2016: Dance & Ballet

Tamara Rojo's ENB and Akram Khan trump Royal Ballet in theartsdesk's highlights

Strictly Come Dancing 2016 Final, BBC One

Ore Oduba's win is evidence that light entertainment isn't just white entertainment


Mr Swallow - Houdini, Soho Theatre

Daft escapist fun from bumbling spoof performer

The Great Indoors, ITV2

Limp US inter-generational sitcom starring an out-of-place Stephen Fry

Scott Gibson, Soho Theatre

Award-winning show about a medical calamity


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?

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Infinite warfare but finite fun

visual arts

Terrains of the Body, Whitechapel Gallery

Exhibition of works by 17 female artists is fascinating but badly organised

The Best Exhibitions in London

From Elton's collection to Australia's Impressionists, theartsdesk's favourite shows on now

Lockwood Kipling, Victoria & Albert Museum

Not just Rudyard's father: treasures fRom India evoke the life of an eminent Victorian

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