fri 28/10/2016, first with arts reviews, news and interviews

David Nice
Friday, 28 October 2016
So many words, starting with the title - we're told we can call it iHo - and so many lines spoken by anything up to nine characters at once. But as this is the unique world of...
Adam Sweeting
Friday, 28 October 2016
Having survived what you might call his boy-band years, Jude Law has emerged as a truly substantial actor, and his role here as Lenny Belardo, the newly-elected Pope Pius XIII,...
Aleks Sierz
Friday, 28 October 2016
Populist playwright Peter Shaffer, who died in June, gets a rapid honour from this flagship venue, which – aptly enough – is putting on his most popular play. So popular in fact...
Matthew Wright
Friday, 28 October 2016
For more than a decade, Neil Cowley and his trio have built a fervent and substantial following for their prog-jazz compositions of frenetic loops and engaging melodies. With a...
Kieron Tyler
Friday, 28 October 2016
The original 1961 poster for Paris Blues trumpeted it as “a love-spectacular so personally exciting you feel it’s happening to you”. Would it were actually thus. Instead, it’s...
Hanna Weibye
Thursday, 27 October 2016
The reception of Kenneth MacMillan's ballet Anastasia has some similarities with that accorded the Berlin asylum patient who some believed to be the lost Romanov Grand Duchess....
Matt Wolf
Thursday, 27 October 2016
Howard Davies, the theatre director who has died at the too-early age of 71, may not have achieved the renown of many of his...
David Nice
Thursday, 27 October 2016
Osmo Vänskä isn't by any means the only Finn who conducts magnificent Sibelius. Sakari Oramo is the BBC Symphony Orchestra's...
Steve O'Rourke
Thursday, 27 October 2016
The Skylanders titles are at the forefront of the toys-to-life genre. Players place plastic figurines on a physical "portal...
Barney Harsent
Thursday, 27 October 2016
It was 2008 when The Early Years went into the studio to begin work on the follow-up to their impressive self-titled debut....
James Woodall
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Theatre was not Lucy Bailey’s first target. At school she was a flautist, headed probably for music. Then, in her gap year,...
Sebastian Scotney
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
American mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton has a wonderful, characterful voice, with apparently effortless and even tone production...
Marina Vaizey
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Oh, those dogs: just a flick of the brush, and there they are, bursting with life. Pets, hunting dogs, companions, strays:...
Thomash Green
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
When Madness appeared on Saturday afternoon at the Glastonbury Festival this year, there may initially have been a sense of...
Saskia Baron
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Aiming for the trippy qualities of The Matrix and Inception, Doctor Strange is possibly the most enjoyable Marvel foundation...
Aleks Sierz
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
What’s incest got to do with a town in North Yorkshire? At first this seems a reasonable question to ask of Al Smith’s...
Alexandra Coghlan
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Handel’s Alcina is about sex, certainly. But unlike Olivia Fuchs’s new production for the Royal Academy of Music, it’s about...
Nick Hasted
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
The parallel universe of what was known as “race” cinema gets five packed DVDs here. Instead of cringing with sympathy at...
Jasper Rees
Monday, 24 October 2016
In the end, what makes a good drama series? It’s probably that you want more of it. This is the end of Cold Feet until a...
Tom Birchenough
Monday, 24 October 2016
Television is not a medium we much associate with any sense of the "sacred". It grapples with "momentous" frequently enough...
Russ Coffey
Monday, 24 October 2016
According to convention, a country gal like LeAnn Rimes should garner her lyrical inspiration from hard liquor and hard...
Liz Thomson
Sunday, 23 October 2016
To settle down on a darkening evening with a new volume of Alan Bennett is to be in the company of an old friend. Someone...
Harriet Walter
Sunday, 23 October 2016
A part we have played is like a person we once met, grew to know, became intimately enmeshed with and finally moved away...
Kieron Tyler
Sunday, 23 October 2016
Although the reformed Undertones, with Paul McLoone replacing original singer Feargal Sharkey, have been a popular live draw...

SIX OF THE BEST: FILM I, Daniel Blake heads our list of films to catch this weekend

SKYLANDERS IMAGINATORS Taking toys to life one step beyond

10 QUESTIONS FOR LUCY BAILEY Is Milton's Comus such a far cry from her Globe shocker Titus Andronicus?

FROM THE ARCHIVE: POPS: A LIFE OF LOUIS ARMSTRONG Robert Sandall on the wonderful world of Satchmo

ADRIAEN VAN DER VELDE, DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY Golden Age landscapes brought to life

ALCINA, ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC Strong singing lost in bad production and wrong venue

SIX OF THE BEST: THEATRE theartsdesk recommends the plays and musicals to see now

disc of the day

DVD/Blu-ray: Paris Blues

Low-on-pep Duke Ellington-scored curio rates highly for its jazz content and analysis of American racism

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The Young Pope, Sky Atlantic

Jude Law battles for the soul of the Catholic church

Cold Feet, Series Finale, ITV

Midlife crisis comedy drama is moreish to the end

Aberfan: The Green Hollow, BBC Four

If British television makes anything better this year, it will be a surprise


DVD/Blu-ray: Paris Blues

Low-on-pep Duke Ellington-scored curio rates highly for its jazz content and analysis of American racism

Six of the best: Film

theartsdesk recommends the half-dozen top films out now

Doctor Strange

Benedict Cumberbatch makes a promising debut on the Marvel production line

new music

Neil Cowley Trio, Union Chapel

Intergalactic chill settles over brilliant new concept album Spacebound Apes

CD: The Early Years - II

A decade-long synthesis proves a winning formula for the experimental rockers

CD: Madness - Can't Touch Us Now

Camden's well-loved and unstoppable six-piece are still well worth a listen


Wallfisch, LPO, Vänskä, RFH

Sibelius' Fourth Symphony nears spare perfection in a mixed evening

Jamie Barton, Wigmore Hall

A wonderful Sibelius interpreter and canny programmer shows more than promise

Classical CDs Weekly: Leo, Martinů, Schubert

Neapolitan Baroque music, a witty Czech opera and a pair of piano trios


Alcina, RAM, Round Chapel, Hackney

Strong singing gets lost in this missed opportunity of a production

Martyn Brabbins: a safe pair of hands at ENO

Noble choice for new Music Director under difficult circumstances

The Nose, Royal Opera

Not quite as sharp as a pen, Kosky's Shostakovich has its funny moments


Amadeus, National Theatre
Revival of Peter Shaffer’s most famous play is a musical triumph
Six of the best: Theatre
Potter, Pinter and kinky footwear: theartsdesk's stage tips


Anastasia, Royal Ballet

Ballet about identity and memory is flawed but fascinating

Shakespeare triple bill, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Sadler's Wells

Creative renditions of the Bard's works in dance

The Sleeping Beauty, Australian Ballet, cinema broadcast

A sparky, faithful rendition of a classic


Al Murray, Royal Albert Hall

Pub Landlord fails to capitalise on Brexit

James Acaster, Touring

Beautifully crafted show of offbeat observations

Tom Ballard

Australian comic with a pleasingly original take on modern life


Skylanders Imaginators

Taking toys to life one-step beyond

Skylanders Imaginators

Taking toys to life one-step beyond

Mafia III

An offer you can refuse

visual arts

Adriaen van de Velde, Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dutch Golden Age landscapes brought to life by a vivid cast of characters

Opinion: ArtReview Power 100

Hans Ulrich Obrist tops a list dominated by globetrotting gallerists, curators and museum directors

Rodin and Dance: The Essence of Movement, Courtauld Gallery

Inspiring show highlights experimental studies of the female form in motion

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