mon 23/01/2017, first with arts reviews, news and interviews

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 America and mere hours after women across the world marched in...
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 to Mars in 2033, feels at times as if it were a sketch...
Adam Sweeting
Sunday, 22 January 2017
The big surprise of this new-season opener was that black ops specialist Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) didn't die at the end of series 5 after all, despite the fact that we last saw...
Mark Sanderson
Sunday, 22 January 2017
Only the final 60 seconds of this first episode of Apple Tree Yard could have been described as a psychological thriller. We know Dr Yvonne Carmichael is in the dock – the genetic...
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 Philadelphia works for a firm that manufactures...
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 outfit, she said, was a political statement worn to...
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...
Jasper Rees
Saturday, 21 January 2017
New releases by Mike Oldfield don’t exactly grow on trees, but nor can they be deemed rarities. For the first three decades...
Adam Sweeting
Friday, 20 January 2017
"This had better not be shite, Danny," was the warning delivered to director Danny Boyle from his cast, amazingly reunited...
Peter Quantrill
Friday, 20 January 2017
Symphony is a word carrying heavy historical baggage. It’s understandable when composers dig for inspiration elsewhere. All...
Friday, 20 January 2017
These photographs of sand dunes were taken by Brian David Stevens in Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, along a stretch of pristine...
Markie Robsonscott
Friday, 20 January 2017
“A First Lady must always be ready to pack her suitcases,” remarks Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman). Melania Trump, take...
Aleks Sierz
Friday, 20 January 2017
A day or so after Theresa May’s keynote speech about Brexit the words Europe and European carry an electric charge. For...
Saskia Baron
Friday, 20 January 2017
Charles Burnett is one of the neglected pioneers of African-American film-making. He first won attention back in 1978 with...
Tom Birchenough
Thursday, 19 January 2017
The homecoming narrative is one of the most elemental ones we know, playing on the most primal human emotions. Stories of...

PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK, ROYAL LYCEUM THEATRE, EDINBURGH Terror of the brutal rawness of nature in Malthouse Theatre's masterful stage adaptation

LSO, RATTLE, BARBICAN Symphonies by Mahler and Turnage explode in an ecstasy of grieving

MEET THE TRUMPS: FROM IMMIGRANT TO PRESIDENT The dodgy morals were in the genes

CD: THE xx - I SEE YOU Southwest London trio return energised - but is that what they needed?

WAR IN THE SUNSHINE, ESTORICK COLLECTION Rediscovered paintings and photographs show wartorn Italy through British eyes

JACKIE One brief shining moment that was known as Camelot: how the Kennedy legacy was born

disc of the day

CD: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis - Mars

The soundtrack at the root of Skeleton Tree

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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


T2 Trainspotting

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


One brief shining moment that was known as Camelot: how the Kennedy legacy was born

DVD/Blu-ray: The Glass Shield

Reissue of underrated 1994 portrait of police corruption and racism in Los Angeles

new music

CD: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis - Mars

The soundtrack at the root of Skeleton Tree

Reissue CDs Weekly: Ludus

Profile-raising overview of Linder Sterling’s post-punk musical adventurers

CD: John Mayall - Talk About That

The godfather of British blues: still cutting it at 83


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

LSO, Rattle, Barbican

Symphonies by Mahler and Turnage explode in an ecstasy of grieving


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

La Traviata, Royal Opera

Latest revival of Richard Eyre's war horse is full of youthful energy and passion


Top Trumps, Theatre 503
America's new president gives rise to galvanic, sometimes scary theatre
Winter Solstice, Orange Tree Theatre
New play about the cultivated face of fascism is fascinating if flawed
Picnic at Hanging Rock, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh
Terror of the brutal rawness of nature in Malthouse Theatre's masterful stage adaptation


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

Lockwood Kipling, Victoria & Albert Museum

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

Photo Gallery: Aberdeenshire Sand Dunes

These elegiac images of outstanding natural beauty have since been trumped

War in the Sunshine, Estorick Collection

Rediscovered paintings and photographs show wartorn Italy through British eyes

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