sat 19/08/2017

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Graham Rickson
Saturday, 19 August 2017
Krenek: Complete Piano Concertos, Volume 2 Mikhail Korzhev, Eric Huebner (pianos), Nurit Pacht (violin), Adrian Partington (organ), English Symphony Orchestra/Kenneth Woods (...
Aleks Sierz
Saturday, 19 August 2017
Luke is a Silicon Valley billionaire, a high-tech wizard. And he’s just had a message from God. And what does God say? Well, He says, “Go where there’s violence.” So what does...
Demetrios Matheou
Friday, 18 August 2017
When An Inconvenient Truth won the best documentary Oscar 10 years ago, the film’s success marked two significant events: a positive turning point in the campaign to avert...
David Kettle
Friday, 18 August 2017
 Meet Me at Dawn ★★★★★ Edinburgh-based playwright Zinnie Harris is the subject of a particular focus at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival, with three...
Jasper Rees
Friday, 18 August 2017
It was only at the dawn of the Blair age that Peter Kosminsky truly emerged as a basilisk-eyed observer of the nation’s moral health. By the time New Labour came to power in 1997...
Jasper Rees
Friday, 18 August 2017
There are three bravura scenes in Ronin that merit the price of acquisition. Two of them are French car chases, one along the twisting alleys of Nice, the other through the...
Saskia Baron
Thursday, 17 August 2017
No cliché is left unturned in this odd-couple action comedy. Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson are the salt ‘n’ pepper...
Alexandra Coghlan
Thursday, 17 August 2017
Every play is a Brexit play. This much we have learnt in the year since the referendum. But in Nancy Meckler’s hands the...
Barney Harsent
Thursday, 17 August 2017
Whether it’s the £400,000 that separates Mishal Husain from John Humphrys, or the 74 million miles between the ...
Veronica Lee
Thursday, 17 August 2017
Hannah Gadsby ★★★★This is Hannah Gadsby's last show, she tells us. Not because she has stopped being funny (she most...
Kieron Tyler
Thursday, 17 August 2017
True to their name, Finland’s Man Duo are male and there are two of them. The better-known half is former Helsinki tram...
David Kettle
Wednesday, 16 August 2017
It was an intriguing, contrast-filled programme that Swiss-born pianist Andreas Haefliger brought to Edinburgh for his Queen...
Jasper Rees
Wednesday, 16 August 2017
The name will never trip off the public tongue. Millions watch his work - most recently his superb realisation of Hilary...
Thomas H Green
Wednesday, 16 August 2017
As a live phenomenon Gogol Bordello are unstoppable, a crowd-whipping Balkan-punk storm that sweeps venues away with them....
Aleks Sierz
Tuesday, 15 August 2017
A new plague is sweeping British theatre: audience participation. Instead of just sitting back and enjoying the show, your...
David Kettle
Tuesday, 15 August 2017
Pike St ★★★★ London-based theatre company Paines Plough’s pop-up touring venue Roundabout has been a regular Edinburgh...
Markie Robson-Scott
Tuesday, 15 August 2017
Christopher Rainey, aka "Quest" – his hip-hop name – lives with his wife Christine’a and their young daughter PJ in...
Veronica Lee
Tuesday, 15 August 2017
 Tom Allen ★★★★ Tom Allen is celebrating his 10th year at the Fringe, and he appears to be having a ball –...
Graham Rickson
Tuesday, 15 August 2017
There are lots of ideas bubbling away under the surface of The 5000 Fingers of Dr T. There would have been even more had the...
David Nice
Monday, 14 August 2017
So it was Rachmaninov night at the Proms, but with a difference: a trinity of works sacred and profane, the first two...

★★★ NO MORE BOYS AND GIRLS, BBC TWO A classroom becomes the first battleground for one doctor's war on gender bias

EDINBURGH 2017 ROUND-UP theartsdesk recommends the shows to catch

★★ KING LEAR, SHAKESPEARE'S GLOBE Kevin R McNally stars in a tragedy so quiet it proves almost inaudible at times

PETER KOSMINSKY: 'I'M A STUBBORN BASTARD' Q&A with the director of new C4 drama 'The State'

★★★ CD: MAN DUO - ORBIT Uneven electropop outing from Finnish twosome

★ THE HITMAN'S BODYGUARD Formulaic high-end action movie fails to challenge Samuel L Jackson and Ryan Reynolds

EDINBURGH FRINGE 2017: PIKE ST / BOX CLEVER / SUGAR BABY Comedy, tragedy and a whole lot more at Paines Plough's pop-up Roundabout

disc of the day

Blu-ray: Ronin

Robert De Niro leads a classy cast through French car chases in thrilling pursuit of a MacGuffin

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theartsdesk Q&A: Director Peter Kosminsky, Part 2

The director of C4's new drama The State has always taken the pulse of modern Britain. Here he talks about his Blair trilogy

The best TV to watch this week

What to watch and where to find it

No More Boys and Girls, BBC Two – baby steps lead to great leaps for children

A classroom becomes the first battleground for one doctor's war on gender bias


An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power review - Al Gore's urgent update

Back on the road with his stirring environmental road show, Gore doesn't expect Donald Trump to gatecrash his party

Blu-ray: Ronin

Robert De Niro leads a classy cast through French car chases in thrilling pursuit of a MacGuffin

The Hitman's Bodyguard - potty-mouthed, turgid waste of talents

Formulaic high-end action movie fails to challenge Samuel L Jackson and Ryan Reynolds

new music

CD: Man Duo - Orbit

Uneven electropop outing from Finnish twosome

CD: Gogol Bordello - Seekers and Finders

New York's globe-trotting gypsy punks do what they always do - with diminishing results

CD: Dent May - Across the Multiverse

Directness trumps the calculating on US singer-songwriter’s fourth album


Classical CDs Weekly: Krenek, Belfiato Quintet, Bjarke Eike Barokksolistene

Atonal piano concertos, Czech wind music and an evening in a 17th century pub

Edinburgh Festival 2017 review: Andreas Haefliger

A recital that was both frustrating and visionary from the Swiss-born pianist

Proms 37 / 38 review: Latvian Radio Choir, Gavrylyuk, BBCSSO, Dausgaard - numinous Rachmaninov triptych

Symphony, concerto, chants and Vespers combine for a vintage night at Royal Albert Hall


Prom 31 review: La Damnation de Faust, Gardiner - Berlioz tumbles out in rainbow colours

Youth in the choir and a youthful 74-year-old conductor spark a supernatural masterpiece

Prom 29 review: BBCSO, Bychkov - Musorgsky's Khovanshchina sears in concert

Superlative conducting and cast vindicate a drama of political chaos as a total work of art

Michael Volpe on a Requiem for Grenfell: 'one of the most remarkable evenings in our history'

Opera Holland Park's General Director on the company's response to losing a team member in the Grenfell Tower fire


Against, Almeida Theatre review - Ben Whishaw is a modern-day Jesus
New American drama about God and violence is baggy, but often brilliant
Edinburgh Festival and Fringe 2017 reviews round-up
theartsdesk recommends the shows to catch this August
Edinburgh Festival 2017 reviews: Meet Me at Dawn / The Shape of the Pain / Wild Bore
Grief, loss, unending pain - and critics talking out of their backsides


La Bayadère, Mariinsky Ballet review - a parade of delights

Russians save the best till last in lavish display of showmanship and art

Contrasts, Mariinsky Ballet review - company shows off range of its powers

Ekaterina Kondaurova the star as Russians display heritage and contemporary works at Royal Opera House

Swan Lake, Mariinsky Ballet review - Xander Parish lacks the spark of wildfire

Heritage company fail to set stage alight in good, but not great, performance at the Royal Opera House


Edinburgh Festival and Fringe 2017 reviews round-up

theartsdesk recommends the shows to catch this August

Edinburgh Fringe 2017 reviews: Hannah Gadsby / Suzi Ruffell / Ivo Graham / Athena Kugblenu

A possible valediction, class concerns, feeling the privilege, and millennial politics

Edinburgh Fringe 2017 reviews: Tom Allen / Cally Beaton / Lauren Pattison / Trumpageddon

A happy anniversary, neural pathways, an assured debut, and a deflated Trump


h.Club 100 Awards: Video games - you've come a long way, baby

From hit shows on Classic FM to bestselling novels, the influence of videogames stretches far beyond the confines of the screen

Enter theartsdesk's Young Reviewer of the Year Award

In association with The Hospital Club's h.Club 100 Awards, we're launching a new competition to find a brilliant young critic

Get Even review – good idea ineptly handled

The odds are stacked against you in this ambitious psychological thriller

visual arts

James Hamilton: Gainsborough - A Portrait review - an artistic life told with verve and enthusiasm

An original, chatty but scholarly biography of the great English artist

Matisse in the Studio, Royal Academy review - a fascinating compilation

Intriguing insight into the artist's relationship with his possessions

The Best Exhibitions in London

Giacometti, Picasso, Pink Floyd and more: our favourite shows to see now


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