sat 21/10/2017

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Alexandra Coghlan
Sunday, 22 October 2017
Beautiful though Katie Mitchell’s original production of Written on Skin is, George Benjamin and Martin Crimp’s opera has always felt more at home in the concert hall. Last year’s...
Jenny Gilbert
Saturday, 21 October 2017
If there were an arts award for loyalty, the Barbican Theatre would surely win it for having kept faith with Michael Clark. It’s no secret that the bad-boy image that has clung to...
Katherine Waters
Saturday, 21 October 2017
During his time at the Slade David Bomberg — the subject of a major new retrospective at Pallant House Gallery — was described as a "disturbing influence". The fifth son of Polish...
Aleks Sierz
Saturday, 21 October 2017
A new baby is like an alien invasion: it blows your mind and it colonises your world. For any couple, parenthood can be both exalting and devastating, with the stress hugging the...
Graham Rickson
Saturday, 21 October 2017
Beethoven: Symphony No 9 Park Avenue Chamber Symphony/David Bernard (Recursive Classics)My favourite recent Beethoven cycle is a largely unnoticed one from Copenhagen. This disc...
Katie Colombus
Saturday, 21 October 2017
I have a confession to make. The first time I heard "This Town" – the debut release for Niall Horan's new album – I thought it was Ed Sheeran.Which gives an indication of the...
Nick Hasted
Friday, 20 October 2017
Like Steptoe and Son with ideological denouncements, Stalin’s Politburo have known each other too long. They’re not only...
Hanna Weibye
Friday, 20 October 2017
There are different ways of celebrating a great artist’s legacy, and I suppose they have to coexist. One approach is raptly...
Thomas H Green
Friday, 20 October 2017
British singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey’s new album, Wake Up Now, is one of the year’s finest. However, there’s a moment on...
Veronica Lee
Friday, 20 October 2017
Kerry Godliman is such an affable and down-to-earth onstage presence that when she talks about whether she should move now...
Guy Oddy
Friday, 20 October 2017
For those who are unsure of Bootsy Collins’ place in the funk pantheon, he is the bassman who put the One into James Brown’s...
Jasper Rees
Thursday, 19 October 2017
Harry Potter has a track record of trickery. He miraculously persuaded a generation of screen addicts to get stuck into...
David Nice
Thursday, 19 October 2017
What a profoundly beautiful play is Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea. It stands in relation to the earlier, relatively confined...
Bernard Hughes
Thursday, 19 October 2017
On paper this was a fairly austere piece of programming. No variety in composer, genre or style, just four Bach Partitas in...
Katherine Waters
Thursday, 19 October 2017
In David Ireland's new hour-long two-hander – a co-production between Soho Theatre and west London's Orange Tree...
Guy Oddy
Thursday, 19 October 2017
It’s a long time since The The were bothering the charts with songs that, while often witty and thought provoking,...
Marianka Swain
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
A hit on Broadway, David Ives’s steamy two-hander now boasts Natalie Dormer and David Oakes, well-known for their screen...
Sarah Kent
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
The Kabakovs' exhibition made me thank my lucky stars I was not born in the Soviet Union. A recurring theme of their work is...
Aleks Sierz
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Prolific writer Mike Bartlett is the most impressive penman to have emerged in British theatre in the past decade. The...
Marina Vaizey
Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Chris Packham, who devises and presents programmes about nature and animals, has described himself as "a little bit weird"....

★★★★ ANGELA HEWITT, WIGMORE HALL Bach Partitas shine and sing

BEST PLAYS IN LONDON From Albion to Venus in Fur: theartsdesk's stage tips

THE MOST EXPLOSIVE TV THIS WEEK What's on and where to find it


NICK MULVEY, TOURING British singer-songwriter with a difference holds audience in thrall

★★★★ KERRY GODLIMAN, TOURING A canny look at social mobility

FIERCE The Birmingham festival which reaches out to Europe and beyond

★★★★ HARRY POTTER: A HISTORY OF MAGIC, BRITISH LIBRARY Weirdly wonderful mix of ancient and new

disc of the day

CD: Bootsy Collins - World Wide Funk

Bootsy’s back and he’s still funky

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The best TV to watch this week

What's on and where to find it

Chris Packham: Asperger's and Me, BBC Two review - 'like an alien from another planet'

How the nature broadcaster copes with life on the spectrum

George Michael: Freedom, Channel 4 review - just a supersized commercial?

Much-anticipated official documentary fails to deliver


The Death of Stalin review - dictatorship as high farce

Armando Iannucci finds a reign of terror's funny side

The Best Films Out Now

theartsdesk recommends the top movies of the moment

Dina review - a poignant treat

Sundance documentary winner is a rewarding study of love and the human spirit

new music

CD: Niall Horan - Flicker

Despite the fact that the 'li' in his album title looks a bit like a 'u', there is no foul play here

Nick Mulvey, De La Warr Pavilion review - a band chasing the ecstatic

A singer-songwriter with a difference holds this seaside venue in thrall

CD: Bootsy Collins - World Wide Funk

Bootsy’s back and he’s still funky


Classical CDs Weekly: Beethoven, Prokofiev, Scriabin

Edge-of-the-seat playing from a New York orchestra, and Russian music via Merseyside and Oslo

Angela Hewitt, Wigmore Hall review – Bach Partitas shine and sing

Piano recital of unassuming mastery speaks deep musical truths

Ensemble InterContemporain, Pintscher, RFH review - a visit from the gentle ghost of Boulez

Two modernist masterpieces suspend the rules of time and space


Of Kith and Kin, Bush Theatre, review - comic but confused gay surrogacy drama
New play about gay parenthood suffers from an identity crisis
The Best Plays in London
From Harry Potter to The Ferryman: theartsdesk's stage tips
The Lady from the Sea, Donmar Warehouse review - Nikki Amuka-Bird luminous in a sympathetic ensemble
Ibsen's great human comedy weathers a sea-change from fjord to Caribbean island


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

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

Kenneth MacMillan, Royal Opera House review - a sprite proves merciless

Celebration opener recovers MacMillan's uneasy 1960 Stravinsky collaboration

Fierce: the Birmingham festival which reaches out to Europe and beyond

The new artistic director of the international showcase of live art and performance says what's coming


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

Destiny 2 review - a worthy follow-up to the biggest game of a generation

Bigger means better for this online sci-fi shooter

visual arts

David Bomberg, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester review - a reputation restored

Light shed on neglected British artist by a timely touring exhibition

The Best Exhibitions in London

Whiteread, Basquiat, Harry Potter and more: our favourite shows to see now

Harry Potter: A History of Magic, British Library review - weirdly wonderful

Loans from JK Rowling sit comfortably alongside ancient books and objects


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